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Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 653
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 21
Gots: 99 | 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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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 653
Photo of mactrail
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Murky straw/pale gold with a white, frothy head. Light retention but excellent strings of Belgian lace around the glass.

Fruity esters dominate the aroma. Lemons, orange peel, and bananas. Phenolics that lean more towards spice than clove, with a gentle, herbal and floral hoppiness. Straw/hay flavors. Lightly funky and acidic, but these flavors are far from overwhelming.

Spicy white pepper is the first thing that hits the back of my mouth. Grainy wheat and citrus flavors follow. Hay and wet blanket funkiness combine with a dry, sharp, crisp acidity and gentle herbal hoppy bitterness.

Light-medium bodied and well carbonated. Soft, almost oat-like creaminess combines with the sharp acidity to give it a refreshing, but fairly balanced mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warmth.

This is an excellent saison. Slightly funky but not overbearing with a well-balanced flavor, finish, and mouthfeel. (937 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Evahflow
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Murky, Golden straw colored, decent 1 finger of soapy head

S-Whoa! This is a fruit bomb. Smells like bubblegum, citrus zest leaning more towards fresh oranges, pears, pepper notes, maybe some cloves as well. This is where the beer truely shines

T-True saison taste, hay, pepper, cloves, maybe some honey? You definately get the fruits from the smell as well as some honey. Really really well done.

M- Very bright, light carbination, almost creamyness, no alcohol at all, In fact you would think you were drinking a 4.5-5% saison not one thats almost 7%

O- I was surprised by how good this was. It's not easy to make a saison of this quality and they really knocked it out of the park with this one. My only problem is I didn't grab more than 1 of these and they don't distribute to Pittsburgh. (800 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,554 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
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 humuloner22
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +22.9%
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 -0.2%
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 -15.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +8.8%
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 -14%

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 -1.7%

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 -11.3%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%

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 +4.4%
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 +10.6%
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 -7.9%

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. (516 characters)

Photo of LANDRY
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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 -3.9%

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 -1.7%

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 +4.4%

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 -1.7%

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 +3.9%

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)

Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.