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Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 655
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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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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 +10.6%

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 -1.7%
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 +6.6%
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 +1.5%
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 +0.7%
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)

Photo of SCbrewpubfan
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy straw color. Little head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
S - Lots of lemon and citrus. Some banana and estery yeast. Tropical fruit and pear as well.
T - Lemony tartness up front, but not really sour. Bit of saltiness and apple as well. Gives way to a nice funky yeast flavor, and finishes with some tropical hop bitterness. Finishes pretty dry. Very pleasant overall.
M - Fairly carbonated, but not over the top. Light but creamy. Fits the style perfectly IMO.
O - I very much dig this beer. Best thing I've had from Off Color so far. Maybe not exactly true to the Saison style, but an extremely enjoyable beer. (656 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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)

Photo of pknyc
3.54/5  rDev -13%
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 JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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 argock
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,369 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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 avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bold finger of head on the pour. Sticky random lacing left behind at each level. Cloudy, murky light orange color. Active carbonation, but probably on the lower side for a saison.

Smell: Lemongrass and a slight peppery nose hit the drinker first. Bready, airy yeast forms a pleasant body with well balanced hop notes. Touch of honey sweetness on the back end rounds it out.

Taste: Sprite, bright fruits hit the palate first. Lemons, prairie grass, and traditional yeast flavors make up the body. Flavors transition well off of each other create a balanced easy going saison.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower side for a saison but nothing is lost with this incredibly drinkable saison. Sweet malts, bready yeast, and bright fruity hops all mesh well together and linger on the palate long after drinking.

Overall: Another awesome brew from Off Color. Crushable summer saison that hits all the checkpoints I look for in a great saison. I will continue to give these guys my money. (1,001 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Bottle to tulip - huge 3 finger head took its time to settle down. Beer is a cloudy orangish yellow

S - Belgian yeast , wheat

T - bread, juicy fruit, a tad of honey sweetness, slight bitterness

M - high carbonation. Body on the lighter side, Crisp. Dry finish

O - tasty and refreshing saison (301 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Appears a hazy yellow with thin head. The nose starts with strong grassy hop notes paired with lemon zest. Candied fruit along with black pepper, coriander, and orange all come through. Plenty of floral notes. The saison yeast character is rather tame and the hops seem high for the style. Taste is clean and refreshing. Light citrus fruit starts up front with notes of cracker, lemon, a brief tartness and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and begging to be drunk in the summer sun. Overall, I really enjoy this brew. I am not always the biggest saison fan as the yeast/spice notes don't always agree with me. This one works. Has some notes reminiscent of a berliner and a pale ale. A solid and unique brew. (741 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,099 characters)

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

Photo of kevanb
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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 joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen

Apex Predator is pale. Straw golden as a matter of fact with a 24kt hue. The initial pour was clean but the top-off muddied it up with the addition of yeasties. Carbonation is lively and rushes to the surface from everywhere to keep the billowing head billowing. The snow white foam becomes craggy over time but never shows signs of receding. Lacing will have to be scraped off.

The nose is flat out mouthwatering. There is certainly a Saison present with spicy white pepper and faint bubblegum esters. A squeeze of musty lemon and fresh cut grass prowl the perimeter but what's most apparent, most mouthwatering, is the unique, tropical hop profile. Mango, pineapple, and other unnamed, sweet tropical fruits are all present simply from the Crystal hops. Nicely done!

The flavor profile is surprisingly different from the nose. Typical Saison notes are more pronounced while the hop profile plays the accompaniment. Spicy white pepper and floral notes get things going. Bazooka Joe hits in the middle and it's actually fresh. Earthy orchard fruits pick up on the backend, but it is hard to put my finger on exactly which ones, along with a drop or two of lemon juice. The tropical notes run start to finish but remain a component instead of taking over. Very unique. I dig it.

Snappy carbonation propels the light, airy body. The bubbles are enough that they actually tingle the tongue after each drink and seem to scrub the palate clean. The finish eventually dries out and leaves a soft but lingering bitterness in its wake. Drinkability is off the charts and I could see this beer, at 6.5%, being dangerous throughout a long day of drinking. It drinks much smaller.

Off Color has come up with a gem in Apex Predator. It has the Saison characteristics I thoroughly enjoy in traditional examples; spicy esters, bubblegum, orchard fruits, and a bright lemon quality while throwing a wrench in the gears with liberal usage of a tropical fruity hop like Crystal. It will keep you guessing and coming back for more. I come across this beer when I decide to cut back my drinking? Fuck... (2,143 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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 ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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)

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