Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 629
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 18
Gots: 94 | 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 TheSSG
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
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 Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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. (428 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of pknyc
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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 JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of dzni
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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. (516 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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 stakem
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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 ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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... (347 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%

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. (587 characters)

Photo of rEBELlION
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Czarkazm
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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 LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a hazy light straw amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of thick lacing. Aroma of orange citrus, bready malt, saison yeast and light clove, smells nice. Flavor is dry, earthy saison yeast, light citrus, developing light ephemeral mixed stone fruit in the middle before finishing semi dry with a return of peppery, lightly funky yeast and lemon citrus. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A light saison that is milder and less balanced than other similar saisons, but with an interesting flavor progression. Hits all the saison style notes, but in a understated way. Refreshing. (651 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an Off Color Brewing Cervoise.

The beer pours a cloudy, hazy, apricot-peach color, hues of gold and straw with a lively white head, that has very nice retention and leaves a nice wreath of soapy lace behind. The aroma is nice, spicy hops and crisp, earthy bitterness peak out while nice yeasty funk comes forward with rustic grain and some light fruit. The flavors are in line, lots of rustic spiciness, crisp grain, earthy hop bitterness that also has some floral qualities. The funk and yeast of the beer are nice layers, help to sweeten and tone down the bitterness and earthy nature of the beer. The grain really shines in this saison, which I really like, not too yeasty, not too hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice, crisp and lively, coats the mouth well, the finish is a bit prickly but ends with a nice soft, creamy touch.

Verdict: A very nice and engaging saison from Off Color, the hoppiness is a nice influence, adds some earthiness and helps with the rustic nature. What really ensures success for Apex Predator is how it remains refreshing and easily quaffable. It's definitely 'off color' and quite American with its creativity, but still a good showing of the style. (1,201 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a saison better in overall impression than any of its component parts taken in isolation. this is a fantastic four pack of beer, finally reasonably priced from these guys too. its hazy honey colored with large soda bubbles accumulating into a fizzy grayish white head thats relatively short lived. the nose on this suggests a basic french saison yeast, but its way too background to be just that. not sure i detect brett, but that level of funk is appearing on the smell as well, maybe a subtle brett C type strain here, real mild. wheat malt base is comfortable, round, and a good base for a very complex yeast character and a grassy bittering hop finish. i love the marketing and packaging on it just as much as the beer itself, witty and tasteful, like most of the beers ive had from off color in general actually. i hope their stuff continues to come to colorado, its unique enough to stand out, like when stillwater four packs first landed. dry as anything in the finish, despite have an oaty sweet middle. fantastic carbonation finishes it clean, just a hit of that white wine french saison yeast as it goes down. drinking all four of these in a sitting was a delight, and a sixer would not have been an issue. stoked on this. (1,232 characters)

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.