Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 678
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 23.51%
Wants: 22
Gots: 101 | 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 Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Evilyak
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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 ChrisMon02
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is classic saison-little head with no retention.

Muted nose-faint yeast and some honey.

Taste is really nice. On the sweeter side but not cloying. Honey, funk and yeast. Unique for the style.

Mouthfeel is good. Moves along with ease.

Overall I like this. Not sure I have had a saison quite like it. Again, on the Sweeter side but would have again.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Traditional yeast with some spice (pepper?) notes. Light haze, amber-orange with foamy, moderately resilient head throughout. Hint of fruit. My wife loved this beer, I thought it was solid if unspectacular representation.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
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 LeRose
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Bugs318
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lightly hazy amber-orange with a pretty thick, creamy white head. The head lingers throughout and some wisps of lace present as well.
S: Traditional yeast characteristics, some pepper notes, some apple skin.
T: A touch sweeter than imagined, but with a fine mineral quality, low spicyness and just a hint of dust and fruitiness.
M: Light and fairly effervescent.
O: Quite solid, if not spectacular.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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 maedhros09
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
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 John_M
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Sacrifist
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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 dorianmarley
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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?

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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 denver10
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
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 hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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...

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Photo of rEBELlION
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.