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Apex Predator - Off Color Brewing

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89 Reviews
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Reviews: 89
Hads: 706
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 23.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 114 | 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 Jimlikesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of dzni
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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Photo of LANDRY
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -3%

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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of riotontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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Photo of LovingCup
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.23/5  rDev +5%

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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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)

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Photo of sjccmd
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of SCbrewpubfan
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of pknyc
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.