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Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 653
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 21
Gots: 99 | 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 barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (410 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bier Stein.

While a bit on the sweet side, I really enjoyed the amount of honey, citrus, clove and underlying spice this beer delivered. There's enough hoppy bitterness to dry this beer out on the finish, which I thought enhanced the beer's drinkability. The beer seemed to have a fairly full mouthfeel for the style, but it was not at all heavy or tiring on the finish (alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile). Not familiar with this brewery, but was impressed by this offering. Am looking forward to trying other beers from this "new to me" brewery. (582 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was fantastic and it was a lot different than what I expected. Saisons are still a style that I am trying to get more familiar with. I have never had one though with the citrusy hop presence that this beer had. (220 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of slight yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, slight bacterial funk, slight hop, slight alcohol, hint of floral, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hops, hint of grass, hint of clove, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of citrus, yeast, and floral notes. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, complexity, and feel. (565 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of floral and fruit notes.

Tastes of the floral notes coupled with a grainy malt. Floral notes lead off before leading into some fruity berry notes. This gives way to bready and grainy malt notes. A touch of funk and yeast comes next. Finishes with a bit more fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty nice saison. (468 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Belgian Tulip at Nob Hill Bar and Grill.

A- half finger of pale white foam, cloudy, golden and amber body. 4.25

S- Beautiful nose. Captivatingly floral. I'm reminded of sweet fruit and lilies. I'm struggling to connect these aromas to something specific, but berries are my guess. 4.5

T- Smell carries over to the tongue but with less favorable results. Faint citrus and berry and then sweet wheaty malts. More orange emerges as I drink but a sweet malt flavor seems to stifle the subtler flavors. 3.5

Lightness is a bit lost on this beer. Heavy carbonation and a maltiness that seems to drag on the tongue cut into the refreshing factor here. The finish is lingering citrus, which helps a little. 3.5

This beer has a nice aroma and some nice flavors, but leaves me wanting as far as drinkability. (814 characters)

Photo of Sacrifist
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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 dorianmarley
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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 paco1029384756
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (153 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.76/5  rDev +17%
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 hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold with a nice billowy head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast, sulfur note
Taste-Pale malt, spicy yeast, faint hop and a curious sulfur note. (162 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +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 TheSSG
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a frothy white head. Bright, citrus aroma. Starts fruity and slightly bitter, with a decent maltiness.

I wasn't a huge fan of this one. It's a bit too bitter for the style, and it doesn't live up to the aroma. (218 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy straw color. The head is pretty at two fingers high and an eggshell shade, plus retention isn't half-bad, either. A little bit of lacing sticks to the glass. All in all, it isn't exactly a looker, thanks to how hazy it is. (2.75)

Smell: This has a lot of funk, as well as...lacto? The aforementioned lacto seems to give it a mild sourness, also. As it opens up, the saison yeast hits like a truck with a ton of black pepper, grass, lavender, and distant white grape. This is a very spicy beer, and I like it! (3.75)

Taste: It opens up with some bready malt - I don't really get the lacto I picked up on the nose. Spices start to infiltrate past the middle, along with some cherry and white grape flavors. A gentle hint of tartness combined with a mild hop bite finishes it off. This is a legit saison: nothing here screams 'standard wheat ale with a bit of farmhouse yeast'. Nope, this is rustic as hell, and I'm digging it. (4)

Mouthfeel: Dry, dry, dry, dry. This is pretty much what I want from a saison: parching dryness. Okay, it has a little bit of sweetness lurking around, but so does Dupont. This has enough carbonation to feel lively and refreshing without bloating the palate. (4.25)

Overall: I'd say this is one of the best American-brewed (standard) saisons I've sampled - one that can easily be mentioned in the same breath as Dupont. These guys got the finish and the spiciness right. Ergo, I'll be looking for this one in the future. (4)

3.89/5: Among other American saisons, this beer's name is oddly fitting (1,588 characters)

Photo of Czarkazm
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the look and color of this beer! It's a vibrant straw yellow color, hazy with loads of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, topped by a nice white head. Smell is mild yet refreshing. A slight lemony tartness, clean peppery yeast, green apple and yellow pear fruitiness. The flavor stands out more than the aroma. Pleasantly light pilsner malt backbone with citrus and peppery spice, faint tartness, nice carbonation. (442 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale yellow body; hazy; 1+ finger thick, white head. Fruity aroma; ripe pear and peach. Lemony flavor; peppery; acidic; yeasty and bitter tasting. Medium body; wet and juicy with decidedly dry finish.

This saison drinks easily and leaves a satisfying mild fruitiness and soft hop bitterness flavor on the tastebuds. Pleasant and delicious... (347 characters)

Photo of rEBELlION
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been about a year since I had this last. Nice Belgian yeast profile- some earthy esters. Taste follows. I somehow remember this being a little juicier, maybe more in line with a Belgian strong pale but overall it's a little nice farmhouse ale. (243 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw yellow body with a white cap. Aromas of grass, yeast, citrus. Cracked pepper and grain with floral notes. Light acetic character, finishing dry. Active carbonation with a touch of lemon tartness. Pretty good. (220 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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 tigg924
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flavor profile is lemon, pepper, hay, and tropical fruits. Nicely done for the style, although I have others that I prefer. This is my favorite beer from Off Color so far. (172 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

February 1, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

A – Light to medium gold, hazy with low filtering, and a wheaty protein appearance. Head is white, about 1-2 inches, foamy/bubbly with high retention. Looks like it will be refreshing.

S – Light bready malt with a touch of acidity. Hops have a tropical fruit component, mango and guava, with some peach following behind. Some slightly funky, earthy notes.

T – Lemony-citrus with an acidic bite, tropical fruit present but more subdued here. A touch of funky yeast flavor present, adds complexity, very pleasant. Malt is light, doughy/bready.

M – Medium to full body with high carbonation, the wheat component providing fullness. Moderate dryness, especially on the finish. Palate-cleansing and refreshing. Enough bitterness to balance.

O – I love that this is such an easy drinking saison but has a lot going on to distinguish itself. The wheat character and funky touches from the yeast are very exciting. (978 characters)

Photo of pants678
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with minimal head and lace. Aroma is juicy with sour and funky notes, a touch of acidic sharpness (citrus), along with yeast and something like tropical fruit. Smooth body thanks to yeast, light to medium strength, balances/mixes that citric acidity/tartness (or sour - these terms have become interchangeable at this point to some) with tropical fruit like sweetness (thinking pineapple) and finish crisp and dry. (444 characters)

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.