Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
offcolorbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,550
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
1,004
pDev:
8.44%
 
 
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Photo of tyjohnson55
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryld77
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hommeside2
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woemad
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Nectar, Kendall Yards, Spokane, WA, for $3.99. According to the stamp on the neck, it was bottled on June 13, 2018. My first beer from Illinois that didn't say Goose Island on it.

Poured into a Kane snifter (thanks again, MacMalt), this was a hazy shade of gold, with a fat finger's worth of bone-white head. Said head was spotty, streaky, and easily agitated back to life by a twirl of the glass.

Sharp, herbal and fruity esters greet the nose. A fairly spicy take on the style.

Sharpest at the start, midway through the taste things get a little more easygoing, finishing on a light, moderately dry note. As it passes through, the taste has elements of lemon, grass, pepper, coriander, a bit of bread and just a whiff of funk.

Fairly light bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel.

A pretty nice Saison, I must say. It's proving to be a nice beer to drink on a lazy fall Sunday afternoon while watching football. I'll keep my eye out for other releases from this Chicago brewery.

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Photo of D-Duvelicious
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Diura
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mclacaj
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LukeGude
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wyler Road (cool place!). Pretty good saison--some head, a hint of funk but not too sour.

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Photo of Buck89
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A hazy golden color with a thick white head. The foam slowly settled, leaving a few laces. Aromas of tropical fruit, wheat, faint lemon, and some grass. The fruitiness was front and center on the palate, but in a nice restrained way, allowing peppery and lemony esters to present, along with a doughy malt presence. Bright carbonation in line with the style. A clean and dry finish. Overall a nice Saison, will definitely revisit.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light gold and very hazy in complexion. There's a fingernail of eggshell white on top. Moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is of peppery to earthy saison yeast. I'm tasting earthy yeast, white peppercorns, and light doughy malt. The mouth is moderately carbonated, delicate, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Piccholo01
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tomagra
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 oz pour at the Mousetrap tasting room in Chicago. Hazy pale golden with 1 finger fluffy head. Smell is peppery yeast, lemon, melon. Taste is a wonderful slightly funky peppery fruit - lemon tartness, melon, ?coriander on a yeasty backbone. Amply carbonated with refreshingly clean and dry mouth feel. Really good beer and good representation of farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Off Color:

B / GOOD

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Photo of SFNC
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright and refreshing saison, light funk and sweetness balanced with a juicy, hop burst at the finish.

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Photo of Xxambersky89
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The golden liquid presents hazy with a two fingered head; nice retention with copious lacing

Smell: Herbal and vinous with sweaty socks, spicy yeast and vague citrus tones

Taste: Lemon/lime flavors forward with a spicy yeast aspect building; peppery herbal and sweaty sock flavors emerge, through the middle, with the finish phenolic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall; A muddle of a farmhouse with a number of off flavors I didn't particularly enjoy

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Photo of Roy1586
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mooseo
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pohr10
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chilmer
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,004 ratings