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Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 682
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 21
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 ajm5108
2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

For a saison, there are tons of hops on the aroma and taste, but mixed in with all the dry yeast it ends up tasting like a very stale IPA. Just some flat citrus and musty yeast. Bad representation ofthe style and overall a bad beer.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale yellow. Medium white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Honey. Wheat. Kinda yeasty. Pilsner malt aroma.

Taste - Very grainy. Lots of wheat. Sweet pilsner malt. Honey kicks in in the back end. Mineral flavor verging on salty in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light. Crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Simple, but well made saison.

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Photo of trippytbta
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into tulip glass

A: golden and hazy, about half inch of white head

S: smells a little of dried fruit, spice maybe some hay

T: tastes a tad spicy, herbal, a little fruit, dry. Tastes a little but sour/bitter, could be from the type of hops used, but I'm a little n00b to be staying types of good used.

M: light and crisp, but good smooth mouthfeel

Overall: a good farmhouse ale. It tastes like what it was meant to be.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Didn't like Apex Predator by Off Color Brewing as much as most of the other reviewers that have posted, but then again, I am not real fond of wheat beers. However it is light and easy to drink. Definitely taste and smell the citrus. Good head. The finish is just a little missing for me. I prefer a beer that is more complex. The finish in this beer is the same as the start. No surprises. Overall a nice summer selection.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue. No bottling date that I could locate. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a hazy, pale, straw yellow with two fingers of white head. A very thin layer persists and leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells farmhouse funky with wet hay, lemon and a little bit of spice.

There is a little more complexity to the flavor than the nose let on. A surprising initial sweetness hits right along with the farmhouse funk. Wet hay, old grass, dry yeasty character, lemon peel, earth, honey, biscuit and a bit of spice. I like the fact that this has a noticeable sweetness and doesn't lean towards the sour funk of so mamy others in the style.

Dry, crisp, medium body with lively carbonation. Lemon, hay, honey and more dry yeast in the finish.

The style may not be my thing but Apex Predator is an easy drinking brew. I would say that it is worth a try for fans of the style.

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Photo of pknyc
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date.

A: Rather aggressive pour with a two finger white head which recedes quickly. Pale golden and very hazy. The head settles to a film which leaves nice lacing.

S: Citrus. Tangerine. Banana. White grapes. Some must. It really reminds me of those mixed fruit Tropicana juice drinks. I cannot think of a fruitier saison. It is lacking any typical saison notes though, such as phenols and funkiness. There is a lot going on and it is enjoyable, but it isn't a saison.

T: Again, massive tropical fruit. Cantaloupe, sweet tropical mix. Very refreshing, but sweet. Does not contain any saison notes

MF: Prickly and coating, but light. Pretty nice.

O: Nothing about this beer says saison except the label, and I rated it as one. I feel that a more accurate description would be "tropical" pale ale or Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

But can it be considered an apex predator if I'm consuming it...? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild tart lemon, light musty wheat, and a touch of clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a much milder lemon character and the general sense of Brett. The body is a light medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid farmhouse, but the slight mustiness keeps this from standing tall in my eyes.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
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 JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty decent Saison. Light on the funk but good yeasty and lemon zest flavors. Pours a dark hazy gold color into a pint glass. I had knocked the beer over before I opened it so the huge delicately bubbly white head might have been less prominent otherwise. Head retention is good. Spotty patches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a bit mild. Would have liked a strong grassy/musty/funky presence but it wasn't there. The is some lemon yest and a bit of peppery spices though.

Flavor is stronger than the aroma. The malty, yeasty lemon zest presence is tasty and fairly strong. Once again I missed that barnyard funk aspect that makes the best Saisons so distinctive.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a good summer beer, good for thirst quencher or as a session type beer.

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Photo of dzni
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from bottle

appearance - hazy, golden color; decent head lasts for a little bit
nose - citrus and spice
taste - Get the citrus more on the nose; don't really taste it much. Maybe a little light spice, but otherwise mainly get the carbonation. A nice, light crispness
mouthfeel - Light body, but lots of carbonation
drinkability - This is enjoyable, but perhaps not the best saison I've had. It has a nice nose, but lacks some flavor. The light body and carbonation, though, would be enjoyable on a warm day.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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 stakem
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first off color experience: 12oz bottle poured into a stang. The brew appears a clouded golden yellow color with a firm white cap that persists throughout the entire duration supported by rising bubbles.

The aroma is fruity and zesty almost like lemon rinds and grapefruit pith. Some cereal grain sweetness underneath. There is a funky lacto thing going on that almost feels like this was sour mashed for a brief period of time.

The taste brings forth some spicy yeast elements, mild clove and hints of fruity tinges like pear and apple skins. The grain flavor is slightly footy like pils and like the nose, has some characteristics suggesting sour mash process was utilized. The aftertaste is lightly husky and tannic with touch of yogurt and earthy to herbal hops.

This is light bodied, modestly carbonated and overall unique. They got some interesting things going on with this and while some of it worked, im not sold on whether id want to pay to drink this again. Though im glad i got a chance to try it.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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 mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 02/01/14 notes. On tap at The Jeffrey in NYC. 14 oz. pour in a snifter.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy yellow-golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, fruity esters, bananas, cloves, bready malts, and wheat. Nice Belgian notes and lots of fruit to it, I like the nose.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, fruity malts, soap, apples, bananas, pine hops, grains, and wheat. More spice than the nose, a slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice saison. Nose is and fruity with Belgian notes, though the taste has more spice. Worth checking out, would probably have it again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy light golden yellow with a foamy white head that laces and remains a thin blanketing throughout drinking. The nose is bubble gummy and sweet with some funk, wintergreen, ripe melon, and wheat. The taste is predominantly the same big flavors cast off by the yeast (bubbe gummy once again), which overshadows the beer's slightly bitter, wheaty finish (these flavors could afford to be bigger). This is definitely a light bodied, highly carbonated farmhouse that captures and highlights the near-artificial flavors that can be produced when yeast meets grain , but still has a semi-sweet, crisp, slightly bitter, finish that makes it refreshing and drinkable. I enjoy this beer despite not being particularly fond of the flavors highlighted.

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of peppery spices are present in the nose along with notes of lemons.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and tastes like lemon-pepper spice mix to some degree.
M: It feels a bit more than light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The saison has a nice balance between the lemons and peppers in the taste and is easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some straw yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall slightly fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a small slightly thick patch, surrounded by a mottled patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sour pale malts and wheat with a moderate to strong presence of lemon citrus and spicy/peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts and wheat with a slight hint of sour funkiness and just a touch of grass/hay. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of lemon citrus and spicy/peppery yeast. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with just slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing and extremely easy to drink with well hidden alcohol - I was surprised to see that this beer was 6.5% ABV. A very nice beer for the summer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -3%

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, yeast, funk, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart grain, yeast, spice, and citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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 rEBELlION
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of Czarkazm
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.