Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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4.03/5
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,526
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
1,010
pDev:
8.44%
 
 
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Photo of GratefulFC
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow. Flakey. Smell is hops and lemon. Taste is a hops, lemons, citrus. Dry finish.

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Photo of defunksta
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle at 40 degrees,

Look: Pours a dark yellow, hazy color with a light, white head
Smell: Strong earthy, dank, like aroma. Almost strong enough to mimic sulfur in a chemistry lab.
Taste: Yeasty, some grapefruit present. A spicy, dry finish. The fruity flavor comes through as the beer sits.
Feel: Mouthfeel is moderate. Not overly carbonated. Well-balanced

Overall, this one just didn't hit me. After all the good reviews, maybe my expectations were too high. The flavor didn't stand out and grab me. I will definitely try it again, but I was disappointed a bit by this one. I would much prefer a Tank 7.

Edit: My second try at this one was much improved! The aroma, earthiness, and funk was much more pronounced.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice American saison which I believe is because they do not ferment at too high a temperature which most American brewer's are guilty of. It is bright tasting and not being laden with yeast phenols. Looks great in tulip and is easy to drink.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Tulip
No date code
Pours a light orange with surprisingly thin white head
Peach, white grape juice
Taste follows nose supported by a sturdy crackery malt, and a big yeasty finish
Medium bodied,  fully carbonated drinks nicely
Overall this is a great saison, I like it

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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
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheesy and funky farmhouse

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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

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,010 ratings