Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 19
Gots: 83 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale pastel yellow gold, topped with a rocky head of soufflé foam that leaves lots of lacing behind as it slowly deflates. There's a slight haze, and slow rising trails of carbonation.

Aroma is all fruity hops, apparently dry hopped with Crystal. In the distinctive vein of Nelson, but it's own thing. Some light yeast spiciness comes through, mild clove.

Taste is more straightforward, quenching and light foremost, with an undercurrent of complexity that keeps the mind interested. Light notes of spicy yeast esters and dried fruit, alongside minor notes of dried floral bits. Crystal hops provide the x-factor that keeps you guessing. Simple but pleasantly nuanced.

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Hennepin stemmed glass a slight hazed lemon yellow with just a tinge of orange,a great looking one finger bone white head that settled slowly into a frothy mass.Alot of lemon and orange oils in the nose wich gives off some tartness,mild funk in the background.Dry with a little toasted grain upfront on the palate with a little tartness from lemon-like notes,not much funk or phenols to be found wich I like.Very drinkable and dry with refreshing tartness,awesome summer beer here,my first Off Color beer is a hit.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of mactrail
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

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)

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. The finish is fairly dry, but still has some light lingering flavor notes after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -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.

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, sweet aroma of light fruit, malt, and the saison funkiness.

T: Tasted of the saison funk, some spices (cloves), yeast, grain, and a surprisingly large amount tropical fruit (tasted like mangoes to me). A different twist on the typical saison. Very light, fruity and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a prickly, lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: I don't think this beer will appeal to everyone, especially purists, but it is an interesting take on the style. Drinkable.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle. Pours cloudy and pale yellow. The head is large and strong. It retains with stubbornness. Light scars of lacing. The aroma is very exciting. It smells funky and has a pronounced lemon character. Sourdough and grains and light Belgian yeast phenols. The flavor is interesting. The Belgian yeast character is noticeable but not overpowering, thankfully. The funk found in the nose is set to a similar intensity. Just a slight hint of sourness. Lemons and homemade cider. Hay and soft spice. All parts are balanced. Body is fairly light. Carbonation nearing soft. I enjoy this brewery's look, their style preferences and their product quality. Another nice Off Color beer.

Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Orangish yellow hazy bodied beer with a large white head. Lots of thick lacing on the glass. The beer head has a lot of staying power as well.

Smell: bready malts and yeasty. Banana fruity yeast. Spicy white pepper and clove. Hint of lemon grass.

Taste: Yeast driven saison. Low bitterness. Belgian yeast full of bananas and clove. Slightly peppery and floral. Hint of lemony hops. Bready malts. Good balance of flavors except for the overpowering banana fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. really nice creamy mouthfeel on this saison. Just like all the Off Color beers that I have had they have a really good mouthfeel.

Overall: Nothing thats mind blowing here, just very solid. Mouthfeel is definately the highlight for me of this beer. Great beer, but I wish that the banana was dialed down a bit.

Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Three Notch'd tulip. No freshness date obvious. Purcahsed at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy lemon yellow with soft but quickly receding 1/2-finger of white head. Leaves only a trickle of lace here and there at the mid glass.

S: Nice lead-off with pilsner malt graininess, no corn but a bit of toastiness, which is followed by strong lemony citrus and grassy herbal hops notes and finished with soft phenolics and a bit of green apple (in a good way).

T: Excellent flavor profile with the same not-sweet but grainy pilsner maltiness tempered by the lemon-lime citrus, honeysuckle, and lightly herbal, grassy hops notes. The yeast esters are subdued but provide some tart apple, pepper and light clove notes. A really nice refreshing flavor, a great balance of lightly tart and lightly hoppy, all built on a solid pilsner malt base.

M: They nailed the mouthfeel with a light body and very dry, tart finish that is very quenching. I like that this isn't an 8% saison. Very drinkable and refreshing.

O: I was really impressed with the attention to detail this beer display -- nuanced and original but still providing what the drinker is looking for in the saison style. Like has been said before, "it's not reinventing the wheel, but they make a realy nice wheel." Off Color's APex Predator is a stellar saison.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed light golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves huge swathes of lace with each sip.

S: Definitely reminiscent of Boulevard's Tank 7, smell-wise, which is awesome. Musty brett mixed with a layer of lemon zest and hints of tropical fruit from the yeast.

T: Light grain and bready malt mixed with some lemon and funk. Maybe just a hint of spice on the finish. Very clean with a good amount of funk thrown in. A really solid saison.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.