Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 679
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 22
Gots: 102 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 +24.1%
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 maedhros09
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 denver10
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Sacrifist
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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 +15.6%
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 Evahflow
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +12.9%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +11.7%

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 breadwinner
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +9.2%
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 paco1029384756
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +7.7%
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 +7.7%
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 Qbdoo
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +6.5%
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 barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of riotontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best clean saison I've had in a long time. I'd love to keep this in the fridge at all times. Yeasty aroma (as it should be) with notes of citrus and spice. Super easy drinking with a nice hop bitterness followed by the juicy fruit notes and malt sweetness. Well done.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of LANDRY
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.23/5  rDev +5%

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.

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Photo of LeRose
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An undated 12 ounce bottle was poured into an Allagash tulip.

Look - a hazy golden color with a strong white head that was pretty dense and lingered nicely. Lots of foam clinging to the glass, soapy. The head eventually collapsed to a small raft. There was a pretty steady stream of bubbles that kept the remaining head supplied.

Smell - definitely citrusy with lots of lemon and orange. A bread sweetness, and a little 'tangy" note. Vaguely fruity - apple/pear, maybe some white grape. I don't know if it used honey, but has the smell of it. A very bright floral/grassy component, some spiciness, and some earthiness. With all that going on, still seemed very straightforward. Balanced aromas.

Taste - a little different, and changed a bit with each sip. But first impression was a pleasant sweetness followed by spicy, phenolic notes. Then a wave of fruitiness with lemon/orange. There is a floral/herbal taste that is light yet assertive. A bit of earthiness, and a very mild acidity. Just enough bitterness to provide balance. It is a satisfying combination of flavors which are harmonized very nicely. The citrus lingers pleasantly.

Feel - moderately drying, carbonation in keeping with the style, a bit of bitterness. Crisp and smooth.

Overall, very good brew. It is a well-crafted, complex, well-balanced beer that is just enjoyable to drink and well within the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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)

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
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