Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 623
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 18
Gots: 93 | 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 humuloner22
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Received this one on a trade. This is one of the cleanest beers I have ever had.

Appearance: Decent head retention. Hazy golden yellow body. Light fluffy head.

Nose: some farmhouse barnyard aromas. Not too fragrant, nice grassy notes.

Taste: Clean crisp beer. Nice floral notes and is one of if not the cleanest finishing beers I have ever had. Really enjoyable brew. I could drink this one every day.

Overall: This is a pleasant beer. I would seek this one out again. Thanks for the opportunity to to try this one! (520 characters)

Photo of Theprofessor92
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been to quite a few breweries from eight cities. I have yet to find something as delicious and consistently worth my time. I know it's only n opinion, but this beer is my number one. By a landslide. (205 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy light golden colour with a really great lacing and retention of a pleasant white head.

S- pungent lemon must, evergreen, wildflower honey, clean malt profile, slightly sweet+bready. Florals pop, with a really assertive saison yeast, earthy spice, pepper, lemongrass, really nice and complex balance.

T- florals, lavender, honey, then more of a drying slightly biscuity malt profile. Hay and a complex fruity yeast profile, with some pepper and slightly drying bitterness. Lemony and a bit of a ground cherry note, refreshing throughout with a pleasant yeast character, subtle hops and a clean backdrop, nice.

M- clean and bright, moderate carbonation, very refreshing with a creaminess in the body and then a lingering earthy finish. With some light spice notes. Body is moderate but with a lightness to it.

A very nice saison, I think the aroma was more impressive than the taste, but it's a tough call as this was a well balanced and complex saison, shows some. Traditional crispness and yeast flair with a nice incorporation of the hops. Good stuff. (1,067 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 notchucknorris
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely killer saison that pulls out a variety of flavors, from an intense fruity note, to creamy yeast notes. It really is a culmination of the saison style for me. Incredibly well done. (190 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 hail_seitan
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams glass

A - A pale straw body with a foamy, frothy three finger head.

S - Coriander, white pepper, lemon zest, pear, and a touch of yeasty funk.

T - More funky than the smell, with ripe bananas, pear, grass, and spice. The malt is dry and wheaty.

M - A very creamy mouthfeel with a delightfully medium-low carbonation.

O - A saison worth checking out. Goes great with mushroom pizza! (428 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 VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%

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. (677 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: fruit, a little light sour funk, spice, saison nose.
Pours hazy gold, 2” very finely bubbled foam cap, descends to a thick ½” moussey foam cap that persists.
Starts creamy, fruit, funk, saison, hop finish, very fine carbonation, very light for the amount of flavor packed into the glass, lemony, very airy and moussey, herbal, spice – sage?
The texture is outrageously good. Medium to medium light body, effervescent, very nicely done. (451 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 LANDRY
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

I'm guessing a farmhouse ale is a saison because this is a really good saison, crisp and refreshing with notes if lemon zest and straw. Leaves a very nice slightly tangy bittersweet coat to the pallet that becons for another sip. Very thin head with little lacing. Color is very pale yellow almost lemonade color. LSitting in my garage on a hot humid September night I'm not sure if there is a better beer to be sipping in right now. (437 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 Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Hazy and glowing gold. Great frothy head and retention.

Lemony smell with sine clove and funk. Grassy hops.

A nice combo of funk, peppery spice and citrus flavors of lemon and orange. Lightly phenolic with some overripe banana.

Good carbonation, medium body. Clean mouthfeel.

A very good saison that's true to style. Refreshing on a hot summer day. (356 characters)

Photo of riotontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

really good funky smell.
nice frothy head and cloudy golden body.
refreshing farmhouse flavor.
bonus for the hand drawn label.
overall, good representation of the style.
will drink again. (187 characters)

Photo of LovingCup
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Personal notes: After trying "Fierce" by Off Color today, and going back and forth between a 3.75 and 4 I look back on "Apex Predator," a beer I need to revisit but have a endearing memory of, as rating a 3.75 and it just seems that the rating for this beer should not be the lower of the two and so I'm bumping this up to a 4. i shall revisit this one and update then. For some reason when I rate out of five I seem to end up rating lower. 4/5 just seems better than 80 out of 100 or 8 out of 10...but i digress. (514 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip,

Appearance: Pours a hazy bright gold. Carbonation is heavy. Nice 1.5-finger white head that hangs around a bit. Slightly more than minimal lacing.

Aroma: Smells of spices, lemon, some citrus, zest, and some dry hops.

Taste: Really nice dry flavor with some spices and lemon mixed in. Very appealing saison. Little more alcoholic kick than some of its peers.

Mouthfeel: Just right for a saison. Well balanced.

Overall: I don't know much about this brewery or Midwestern craft beer in general, but this beer is a real hit. I like the funky bottle design, too. Will recommend to saison fans. (628 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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) (536 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a hazy orange with decent sized white head. Nice lacing.

Pear and apple in the aroma. A hint of clove and pepper. Extremely aromatic. Citrus fruits and grassy spicy hops. Orange marmelade. Spicy alcohol.

Very spicy and almost tangy on the palette. Where the aroma was quite sweet and fruity, the flavor is much more dry and spicy. Citrus fruits come back in the background along with cracker-like pilsner malt. Honey on the finish. Spicy hops add a firm bitterness.

Heavily carbonated which adds to the dry and tangy character. Flaked wheat seems to add softness to the palette.

Complex, balanced, and drinkable. This is definitely a contender for one of the best American made saisons I've had. (705 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazed straw color yellow. Bright but chalky glow to the beer. A a fat white head of creamy foam is loathe to fall on this one and clings and leaves lace. The nose is gay with a touch of soft malt sweetness and bright sweet orange. A bit of the sweet lemon peel and some herbal round out this nose. There is a bit of yeast with a good funk on it and of all the characteristics I have mentioned this one is the most rugged. Taste is wonderful This is a delicate bit of soft bread with a drizzle of honey. The bright and delicate orange and some tart lemon. The grass is sweet on this and there's a touch of spice as it finishes. Finishes perfectly dry and with a bubbly carbonation that adds lightness. The body is supple and medium, the lingering finish is slightly bitter and leaves the sweet orange to resonate alongside it's perfect counterpart the tart lemon .

This was a handsomely crafted beer with all it's facets meeting the other perfectly and gently. it has a serenity in the drink like if you were to come in to a noontime table filled with fruits, cheeses, breads and honey. It drinks gayly but not loudly. It is sweet and gentle and a formidable example of all this style has to offer. (1,208 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apex Predator pours a beautiful light golden straw color. At least 2 fingers of head that sticks around for quite a while and does not dissipate. The nose is excellent, huge scent of pineapple, grapefruit skins, ruby red grapefruit inners, a little bit of that body odor quality. It's all done with a very subtle hand too. The taste is just a nice wash of these fruits down the gullet. It's subtle but still noticeable what they are doing with this beer, the flavors don't punch you in the face but it's like a nice tropical blend that meets a Belgian style saison.

Was pretty impressed with this one, one of the most flavorful, yet even handed saison I have ever tried. (671 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle into a tulip. No date that I could find.

A-The beer has almost two fingers of white head from a normal pour. There is some lacing left behind as the head fades. The beer is sunny and bright straw-colored without much in the way of visible carbonation. A murk obscures the view through the glass.

S-The aroma is on the lighter side with lemon, spice, dough, Belgian yeast, and some dried grass. The smell fits the style profile, but is nothing spectacular.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, but better. Flavors include lemon (which gives just a bit of tartness), a light spice mixture, some Belgian yeast, dried grass, and a bit of musty white grape. The beer has a nice, complex mixture of tartness and doughy, spicy, sweeter flavors.

M-The heft is medium to light with semi-crisp, active carbonation. A nice example of the style.

O-This is a very enjoyable beer. Like the other offerings I have had from Off Color, this beer drinks well without trying too hard to impress with a bunch of alcohol or odd flavors. I would happily drink this again, preferably sitting outside in the sunshine of a warm summer day. (1,140 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy pale golden color with a faint orangey tint. A finger of rocky white head lingers briefly falling to leave an even skim coat on the surface of the beer and a thick, foamy collar around the glass.

S - Very citrusy featuring lemons and oranges up front. A bit sweet and also showing some floral aromas, traces of hay, a bit yeasty.

T - Spicy, hoppy bitterness up front backed by light citrus, a bit of a cool herbal character, grassy/hay, yeasty, a bit spicy...surprisingly good.

M - Light body, spicy hop character, lots of farmhouse fermentation goodness, spritzy medium carbonation.

O - Nice, easy drinking farmhouse ale. Not mind-blowing, but solid all around. I would buy this regularly in warmer months and be plenty happy with it. A pleasant surprise. (829 characters)

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.