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Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 01-15-2014

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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 825
Photo of Seebeej
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was great, but I haven't found it many places. It reminded me of a Trillium style light IPA. I had it again but it wasn't as hoppy as I remember.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy pale gold with a beautiful frothy head that maintains well and laces nicely throughout.

S: Big yeasty esters of white pepper with notes of citrus.

T: Tart citrus fruit with slight notes of lively pepper that is well-balanced and finishes cleanly and dry.

M: Light and crisp with excellent carbonation, this beer has a great mouthfeel.

O: An ideal pairing for a variety of dishes, this no-frills and superbly executed saison is delicious, straightforward and easy-drinking. An innovative beer that must be tried.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very hazy, golden straw color. Barnyard funk smell, smells like tart green apples. Lots of flavors going on here, cloves, flowers, bright earthiness. Feel is not very quenching coats your mouth but not a because of a cloying sweetness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Julio's
Somewhat hazy deep yellow color with decent sized bubbly white head. Earthy funky citrus, grapefruit, and juicy fruit on the nose with a hint of sweet bready crackey malt and a touch of earthy fruity yeast esters, that is an awesome aroma! Flavor is light fruity almost juice like with a distinct tart earthy flavor to it. Damn that is a flavorful tart earthy farmhouse style ale!

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright gold with a good amount of haze. Voluminous white head is long lasting. Moderate sticky lacing.

Aroma is yeast, dough, lemon, and earth.

Taste starts with citrus transitioning to earthy, doughy yeast. Raw grain. Something floral. Pineapple, musty grapes, and pear.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Very dry. Earthiness lingers.

Very nice saison. Good mix of citrus and yeast. Earthy and dry.

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

Pours a hazed light amber with thin white head that settles to a thin ring, a few dots of lace on the glass. Smell: pear in syrup, orange, dried pineapple, a little grain twang... lightly bready, spicy. Taste: sugary... pear and peach in syrup, vague citrus, peppery. Medium bodied, chill carbonation, sugary. Liked this one but it's a bit sweet and could do more with the yeast and this secret Prey Selection tech.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowy bright yellow with a blanket of fizzy bubbles on top. Nose is feral funk, subtle sweet grain and pungent, peppery, fruity hops. Taste is easy light sweet grain with a smack of spicy green hops. Texture is soft with some good fizz. Awesome hoppy Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very surprised by how much I enjoyed this... Earthy and dank aromas give way to a surprising fruity hop presence that accentuates the yeast and slight funkiness of the beer... Crisp carbonated feel to it... Maybe a hair too much but I can't really find anything wrong with this... It's delicious, refreshing, and very well done... A little pricey but I would purchase this again for sure. Would make a terrific summer beer..

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Photo of ajm5108
2.8/5  rDev -31%
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 Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +5.7%
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 -5.4%
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 +14.8%
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 +3.7%
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 -3.2%
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 +4.9%
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
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 +3.4%
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 -1.5%
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 -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.

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Photo of Sacrifist
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +3.2%
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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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.