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:
#6,708
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
996
pDev:
8.46%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
212
Trade:
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Photo of Buck89
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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%
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 +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tomagra
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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 -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mooseo
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pohr10
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chilmer
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AGust82
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Off Color Brewing "Apex Predator"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without packaging codes or freshness dating
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's a hazy yellow gold beneath a short head of creamy white. I'll assume that the flaked wheat has added somewhat to that haze, and that it's also unfiltered as there seemed to be some yeast in the base of the bottle. So far it looks to have just average head retention and lacing but we'll see. In the nose it's yeasty, mineralish, spicy, and lightly floral and woody. It's got an overall kind of note of crushed lemongrass. The flavor follows with some sweetish golden malt at its base. It's not just pilsner, it's fuller than that and kind of bright, most likely from the honey malt. I was originally skeptical about honey malt but once I started brewing with it I came to love it. Looking back at the head I've still got a solid cap. It's thin, but it's solid, and there are some nice creamy mountains of lace rising along the inside of the glass so I guess I was wrong, it's got pretty good head retention and lacing. Back to the flavor the woody and floral note is interesting. It's unusual. I guess it's a bit herbal as well. And I find plenty of spiciness including just a touch of black pepper, but I'm surprised it's not more fruity, especially as they've allowed it to free-rise during fermentation. I'm getting apple, soft orange, and a hint of lemon, well, it's really more like lemongrass but that's probably because of the herbal quality of the hops. Regardless, it's nice. In the mouth it's medium bodied, perhaps leaning towards medium-light, and delicately effervescent and gently crisp. It's really well balanced although leaning slightly towards sweetness. It's very easy to drink which could be dangerous at 6.5% abv. This isn't my first Apex Predator, I was going to start off with that, and I wondered why I didn't review it, but I decided to just jump in instead, and now I recall why I didn't - sometimes if a beer is really good I just want to enjoy it I just forget about doing a review.
Review# 5,979

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Photo of SB2017
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks cloudy, pale green straw. On the nose it's crisp and clear, wintery. It tastes fruity, light, almost like a pinot grigio. Quite nice. The hops are mellow, not overly piney or earthy like many ales, but I get pineapple and passionfruit here. Citrus too. It's a good ale.

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Photo of Half-full
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JTBrewer
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of sb17
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 996 ratings