Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 622
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 18
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
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Off Color Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-15-2014

When you brew as much as we do, sometimes we get tired of telling the yeast what to do. For Apex Predator Farmhouse Ale, we pitch the yeast cold, turn off the temperature control, and let the yeast do it's thing. To our delight, it spat out the sweet scent of juicy fruit wafting from a frothy, white mane. Brewed only with grain and sugar unencumbered by the heat of the kiln, we create a hazy, golden body. Apex Predator gets its teeth from a generous Crystal dry-hopping that completes the dry finish with a fruity bite. Pounce on the opportunity to let it part your lips and you may find yourself at the top of the food chain.

35 IBU
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Photo of Theprofessor92
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been to quite a few breweries from eight cities. I have yet to find something as delicious and consistently worth my time. I know it's only n opinion, but this beer is my number one. By a landslide. (205 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours light yellow with a white head. Aroma is funky, with mild cereal grains, white pepper, fruity esters, lemon, clove, and grass. Flavor follows suit. A thin, crisp and active mouthfeel. Overall, an increbible saison here. I would expect there to be a much stronger love for this beer than there seems to be. It's one of the best examples of the style on US shelves right now, IMO. (384 characters)

Photo of Sacrifist
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This farmhouse is exactly to my taste. Excellent lemony nose. Light-medium body, which is a little surprising considering the relatively high ABV for style. Prickly carbonation and citrusy flavors with a very dry finish with just a hint of sweetness is everything I like about an American farmhouse.

I'll make it a point to pick some of this up next time I'm in Illinois. (374 characters)

Photo of Evahflow
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Murky, Golden straw colored, decent 1 finger of soapy head

S-Whoa! This is a fruit bomb. Smells like bubblegum, citrus zest leaning more towards fresh oranges, pears, pepper notes, maybe some cloves as well. This is where the beer truely shines

T-True saison taste, hay, pepper, cloves, maybe some honey? You definately get the fruits from the smell as well as some honey. Really really well done.

M- Very bright, light carbination, almost creamyness, no alcohol at all, In fact you would think you were drinking a 4.5-5% saison not one thats almost 7%

O- I was surprised by how good this was. It's not easy to make a saison of this quality and they really knocked it out of the park with this one. My only problem is I didn't grab more than 1 of these and they don't distribute to Pittsburgh. (800 characters)

Photo of pants678
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bright, cloudy, gold/yellow with puffy white head.

Tangy, earthy, citric. Exactly what I want from a saison.

Could use a tad more emphasis on tart and the finish leaves something to be desired but otherwise delightful. Little spicy and citric, kinda hoppy, fairly musty and bread/biscuity. Gimme more.

Light, bright outdoorsy beer. (334 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: fruit, a little light sour funk, spice, saison nose.
Pours hazy gold, 2” very finely bubbled foam cap, descends to a thick ½” moussey foam cap that persists.
Starts creamy, fruit, funk, saison, hop finish, very fine carbonation, very light for the amount of flavor packed into the glass, lemony, very airy and moussey, herbal, spice – sage?
The texture is outrageously good. Medium to medium light body, effervescent, very nicely done. (451 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a hazy orange with decent sized white head. Nice lacing.

Pear and apple in the aroma. A hint of clove and pepper. Extremely aromatic. Citrus fruits and grassy spicy hops. Orange marmelade. Spicy alcohol.

Very spicy and almost tangy on the palette. Where the aroma was quite sweet and fruity, the flavor is much more dry and spicy. Citrus fruits come back in the background along with cracker-like pilsner malt. Honey on the finish. Spicy hops add a firm bitterness.

Heavily carbonated which adds to the dry and tangy character. Flaked wheat seems to add softness to the palette.

Complex, balanced, and drinkable. This is definitely a contender for one of the best American made saisons I've had. (705 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely killer saison that pulls out a variety of flavors, from an intense fruity note, to creamy yeast notes. It really is a culmination of the saison style for me. Incredibly well done. (190 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wish I could describe this aroma. It's a French farmhouse kitchen with pickles fermenting under the table, and downstairs the chickens are clucking. And there's a horse somewhere.

Crisp and refreshing with the suggestion of tartness. Light body, fragrant, and wheaty. A suggestion of malt and honey. A mineral tang. Pale yellow with a greenish cast in the wine glass. Creamy mouthfeel.

This is a sensational Farmhouse style of beer that is delicate yet funky, and so sudsy and aromatic. This bottle says the ABV is 6.5% and 25 IBU and that it's brewed with Crystal and Sterling hops. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, Oregon. (656 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Scent of lemongrass, tart citrus, dry wheat, lively yeast and a hint of peppercorn. Taste of tart citrus, fresh yeast, grassy hops, straw and lemongrass. (153 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apex Predator pours a beautiful light golden straw color. At least 2 fingers of head that sticks around for quite a while and does not dissipate. The nose is excellent, huge scent of pineapple, grapefruit skins, ruby red grapefruit inners, a little bit of that body odor quality. It's all done with a very subtle hand too. The taste is just a nice wash of these fruits down the gullet. It's subtle but still noticeable what they are doing with this beer, the flavors don't punch you in the face but it's like a nice tropical blend that meets a Belgian style saison.

Was pretty impressed with this one, one of the most flavorful, yet even handed saison I have ever tried. (671 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Received this one on a trade. This is one of the cleanest beers I have ever had.

Appearance: Decent head retention. Hazy golden yellow body. Light fluffy head.

Nose: some farmhouse barnyard aromas. Not too fragrant, nice grassy notes.

Taste: Clean crisp beer. Nice floral notes and is one of if not the cleanest finishing beers I have ever had. Really enjoyable brew. I could drink this one every day.

Overall: This is a pleasant beer. I would seek this one out again. Thanks for the opportunity to to try this one! (520 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful looking, interesting tasting beer. Light, crisp, tart. As I move through the four-pack and compare it to other farmhouse ales, the beer grows on me. It's a little lighter than I'd like and could pack a bit more punch, but it strikes me as a great thirst quencher and a beer I'll be revisiting when then weather heats up. (332 characters)

Photo of riotontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

really good funky smell.
nice frothy head and cloudy golden body.
refreshing farmhouse flavor.
bonus for the hand drawn label.
overall, good representation of the style.
will drink again. (187 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy light straw, light layer of head, effervescent.

Aroma: Grassy, slightly tropical with a hint of bubblegum.

Flavor: Peppery, lemon peel, and a hint of grass.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, high carbonation.

Overall: A+ text book saison. (248 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first from this brewery. This beer pours nicely with a massive head. Nose is bursting with citrus. Flavor is as well with a very mild earthiness that is barely an accent. Extremely easy to drink beer. Might be a bit too much on the citrus edge of things for some people, but I really like it. Definitely looking forward to the other two beers I picked up from this new to me brewery. (386 characters)

Photo of LANDRY
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

I'm guessing a farmhouse ale is a saison because this is a really good saison, crisp and refreshing with notes if lemon zest and straw. Leaves a very nice slightly tangy bittersweet coat to the pallet that becons for another sip. Very thin head with little lacing. Color is very pale yellow almost lemonade color. LSitting in my garage on a hot humid September night I'm not sure if there is a better beer to be sipping in right now. (437 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip,

Appearance: Pours a hazy bright gold. Carbonation is heavy. Nice 1.5-finger white head that hangs around a bit. Slightly more than minimal lacing.

Aroma: Smells of spices, lemon, some citrus, zest, and some dry hops.

Taste: Really nice dry flavor with some spices and lemon mixed in. Very appealing saison. Little more alcoholic kick than some of its peers.

Mouthfeel: Just right for a saison. Well balanced.

Overall: I don't know much about this brewery or Midwestern craft beer in general, but this beer is a real hit. I like the funky bottle design, too. Will recommend to saison fans. (628 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a an effervescent & slightly hazed hay color with 2 fingers of frothy pearl colored head. Stellar
head retention & lacing (4.75)

S: Grassyness, sourness, hay & lemons (4.0)

T: Grapefruit, grassiness, wet hay, & lemons up front. Tartness & grassiness as this warms, some
dryness, more grapefruit (pink). Finishes with grapefruit, slight tartness & sourness, a little pear &
white grapes (4.25


MF: Medium bodied, fluffy carbonation (4.0)

Drinks so easy, well done. So glad these guys are now selling in Arkansas (4.0) (536 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is bright lemon yellow with a massive, fluffy head that lasts and bubbly lacing.

Nose has a real pop of citrus and yeast, lemon zest and dry malt.

Taste is light and simple with baked bread and malt, and just a little bit of an interesting funk.

Mouthfeel is light with plenty of carbonation. Easy-going and drinkable as you'd expect from a farmhouse.

Overall, this tastes overly simple for a farmhouse ale, but maybe that is the point? (452 characters)

Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Three Notch'd tulip. No freshness date obvious. Purcahsed at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy lemon yellow with soft but quickly receding 1/2-finger of white head. Leaves only a trickle of lace here and there at the mid glass.

S: Nice lead-off with pilsner malt graininess, no corn but a bit of toastiness, which is followed by strong lemony citrus and grassy herbal hops notes and finished with soft phenolics and a bit of green apple (in a good way).

T: Excellent flavor profile with the same not-sweet but grainy pilsner maltiness tempered by the lemon-lime citrus, honeysuckle, and lightly herbal, grassy hops notes. The yeast esters are subdued but provide some tart apple, pepper and light clove notes. A really nice refreshing flavor, a great balance of lightly tart and lightly hoppy, all built on a solid pilsner malt base.

M: They nailed the mouthfeel with a light body and very dry, tart finish that is very quenching. I like that this isn't an 8% saison. Very drinkable and refreshing.

O: I was really impressed with the attention to detail this beer display -- nuanced and original but still providing what the drinker is looking for in the saison style. Like has been said before, "it's not reinventing the wheel, but they make a realy nice wheel." Off Color's APex Predator is a stellar saison. (1,369 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Appears a hazy yellow with thin head. The nose starts with strong grassy hop notes paired with lemon zest. Candied fruit along with black pepper, coriander, and orange all come through. Plenty of floral notes. The saison yeast character is rather tame and the hops seem high for the style. Taste is clean and refreshing. Light citrus fruit starts up front with notes of cracker, lemon, a brief tartness and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and begging to be drunk in the summer sun. Overall, I really enjoy this brew. I am not always the biggest saison fan as the yeast/spice notes don't always agree with me. This one works. Has some notes reminiscent of a berliner and a pale ale. A solid and unique brew. (741 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to my brother for procuring this bottle for me, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is hazy golden with 2 fingers proud of white cream with snowy look and very fine bead with lace that clings and retention is very good with carbonation visible. The smell is slightly mineral with leafy hop adding spice and citrus scent with a mild tropical pineapple-like smell and yeast ester with light phenolic and herbal woody odor. The feel is thin yet has a moderate spice texture with moderate carbonation and light sweetness with yeast smoothness and light bitterness in the mostly dry finish.

The taste has a nice amount of yeast with slight malt flavor with an herbal hop compliment and slight citrus flavor with grapefruit and grassy bitter element with light fruity tropical quality mid-palate with pepper in the finish and slight alcohol influence. Overall I consider this a very good farmhouse with a nice amount of hop flavor with subtle citrus/herbal with mild tropical elements that are very good with mild saison type dry drinkable beer -I would definitely drink this again. (1,096 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed light golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves huge swathes of lace with each sip.

S: Definitely reminiscent of Boulevard's Tank 7, smell-wise, which is awesome. Musty brett mixed with a layer of lemon zest and hints of tropical fruit from the yeast.

T: Light grain and bready malt mixed with some lemon and funk. Maybe just a hint of spice on the finish. Very clean with a good amount of funk thrown in. A really solid saison. (456 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen

Apex Predator is pale. Straw golden as a matter of fact with a 24kt hue. The initial pour was clean but the top-off muddied it up with the addition of yeasties. Carbonation is lively and rushes to the surface from everywhere to keep the billowing head billowing. The snow white foam becomes craggy over time but never shows signs of receding. Lacing will have to be scraped off.

The nose is flat out mouthwatering. There is certainly a Saison present with spicy white pepper and faint bubblegum esters. A squeeze of musty lemon and fresh cut grass prowl the perimeter but what's most apparent, most mouthwatering, is the unique, tropical hop profile. Mango, pineapple, and other unnamed, sweet tropical fruits are all present simply from the Crystal hops. Nicely done!

The flavor profile is surprisingly different from the nose. Typical Saison notes are more pronounced while the hop profile plays the accompaniment. Spicy white pepper and floral notes get things going. Bazooka Joe hits in the middle and it's actually fresh. Earthy orchard fruits pick up on the backend, but it is hard to put my finger on exactly which ones, along with a drop or two of lemon juice. The tropical notes run start to finish but remain a component instead of taking over. Very unique. I dig it.

Snappy carbonation propels the light, airy body. The bubbles are enough that they actually tingle the tongue after each drink and seem to scrub the palate clean. The finish eventually dries out and leaves a soft but lingering bitterness in its wake. Drinkability is off the charts and I could see this beer, at 6.5%, being dangerous throughout a long day of drinking. It drinks much smaller.

Off Color has come up with a gem in Apex Predator. It has the Saison characteristics I thoroughly enjoy in traditional examples; spicy esters, bubblegum, orchard fruits, and a bright lemon quality while throwing a wrench in the gears with liberal usage of a tropical fruity hop like Crystal. It will keep you guessing and coming back for more. I come across this beer when I decide to cut back my drinking? Fuck... (2,143 characters)

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.