Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 01-15-2014

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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 796
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.

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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.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like saisons/farmhouse ales then Apex Predator is for you. It is quite similar to the Le Predateur that I have had before this, but I think this one is better if my memory serves me correct. It is a nice, clear gold tone with large bubbles and 2/3 inch head. It has some good body to it. It tastes very clean and has a wet after note begging for another sip. This is definitely Off Color's best year-round beer

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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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer. Funky and dry, tropical fruits mingle with malty sweetness and classic Belgian funk. I swear there was some sort of Brett in there but the bottle doesn't say anything about it easily the best Farmhouse/Saison I've had this year and in a long time. This is going to be a household and cellar staple.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy bright gold color nice carbonation.

S: Super farmhouse funk.. White wine. A little hoppy mango citrus.

T: Mango citrus tartness, some oak..Funk not like smell a bit more on the medicinal end.

F: Light, prickly carbonation.

O: Really surprised by this beer. Really good saison. The white wine like smell and taste reminds me of goose island Sofie..IMO that's a compliment.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy straw-gold with 3-4 fingers of rocky white head
Smell: Earthy, herbal, floral, slight "funkiness"
Taste: Floral, funky citrus, peppery, very dry with slightly mineral clean, moderately bitter finish
Feel: Light, effervescent, bubbly

Overall: Apex Predator meets all my criteria for an excellent saison - dry, effervescent, complex, refreshing, distinctive. Even the ABV is a refreshing 6.5% (like Dupont) as opposed to the stronger saisons that dominate the American scene (Hennepin, Tank 7, etc). I love the label too - awesome design and loaded with information about the beer. I look forward to hunting down other Off Color brews.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to summer. Not the usual farmhouse ale. Almost IPAish. But wait, the carbonation, the yeast, the brightness, the peppery notes, yes farmhouse.

L: Yellow to golden haze
S: Yeasty, peppery spice, some citrus notes
T: Ooh ah, refreshing, bright and bold
F: High carbonation for no head, surprised
O: Will keep this in the fridge for the summer rotation

My 1st Off color Brewing beer, excited for more.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy pale gold with a beautiful frothy head that maintains well and laces nicely throughout.

S: Big yeasty esters of white pepper with notes of citrus.

T: Tart citrus fruit with slight notes of lively pepper that is well-balanced and finishes cleanly and dry.

M: Light and crisp with excellent carbonation, this beer has a great mouthfeel.

O: An ideal pairing for a variety of dishes, this no-frills and superbly executed saison is delicious, straightforward and easy-drinking. An innovative beer that must be tried.

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

L: Slighty hazy, straw golden color, pours about a 1 inch white fizzy head. A few white figures of lace on the glass and a decent amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, some black pepper. A good smelling saison, a hint of floral hops in the nose.

T: Crackery malt, some lemon, orange and grapefruit, floral hops and a slight bit of bitterness.

F: Light and crisp and very refreshing. Pretty high carbonation.

O: A very solid saison, would definitely buy again.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowy bright yellow with a blanket of fizzy bubbles on top. Nose is feral funk, subtle sweet grain and pungent, peppery, fruity hops. Taste is easy light sweet grain with a smack of spicy green hops. Texture is soft with some good fizz. Awesome hoppy Farmhouse Ale.

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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.

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

i don't think there are lions in france. probably for good reason.

pale yellow, with a thick, white head. not clear, but not cloudy or bothered with floaters. just a very pretty beer.

it smells of yeast and lemon sorbet. i keep thinking there should be something funky to this one, but it's not quite there.

taste is juicy fruit. kumquats? something a little sweet, but a little tart and a little bitter?

rinses clean with a hint of an aftertaste. what you'd expect from this style.

mighty tasty.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beauty of a beer. Solid aroma here, banana, melon. Clean taste funky up front sharpening off towards a clean peppery finish. Love this beer, Off Color killing it.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light orange hazy color with good white head that dissipates fairly quickly some lacing.

Smell I get some mango and hints of orange and grapefruit also get a slight yeast smell as well.

Taste mainly grapefruit up front little orange comes in on the back end little bit of the yeast comes through as well.

Feel very smooth light and crisp not aftertaste

Overall a good farmhouse ale that is very refreshing.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date
A - creamy white head holds amazing retention atop a very cloudy pale golden colored body
S - earthy, yeast, pilsner malt, biscuity grain, cracked wheat, lemon & orange zest, grassy hops
T - zesty orange and lemon, grassy, wheat, biscuity pilsner malt, yeasty; great flavor & balance
M - medium body, semi-dry finish
O - really good farmhouse ale! I'll drink this again!

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.