Apex Predator
Off Color Brewing

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From:
Off Color Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #388
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,460
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 8.44%
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
888
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 12, 2022
Added:
Jan 15, 2014
Wants:
  34
Gots:
  229
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: 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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Rated: 3.77 by QuintusHorace from California

Nov 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Nov 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by MizzouBrew from Missouri

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by uncleotis from Illinois

Apr 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by Nunya from Ohio

Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by tjnordy from Missouri

Feb 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.89 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois

Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.45 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.86 by illtexzona from Illinois

Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a cloudy brassy golden color with visible carbonation. A large frothy head billows to the top and retains well. Nice lacing throughout.

The nose is fruity with some nice spices. Aromas of peach, pear, orange zest, and lime. Notes of cracker, grape, peppercorn, grass, honey and sweet floral spices.

Opens sweet with malty notes of graham cracker, bread and honey along with bright citrusy flavors. Zesty notes of orange jam, lime and lemon, pair with fruity notes of peach, pear and white grape. Notes of peppercorn, grass and a developing touch of bitterness add some balance.

Medium bodied with a mostly smooth mouthfeel. The finish is smooth and slightly dry. The carbonation is moderate.

A little more malty and less dry than other Saisons, nevertheless, it has some nice flavors. I would have again.
Nov 10, 2021
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Reviewed by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
No where near as much funk as I've become accustomed to with farmhouse beers but it is there .. Very smooth ,crisp ,clean easy drinking session beer for sure..

6.5% alc and you can't tell at all .
Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Golden color in a tulip with a 4F head.
Very spicy aroma, reminiscent of other saisons with clove.
Very sharp spicy taste. More bitterness to the finish than other beers in the style.
Warming mellows the beer.
Very different approach to a Saison. I enjoyed this beer, but I prefer a more traditional Saison with heavy clove, more carbonation, and fruitier.
Aug 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.69 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

May 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.52 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Zwanze 2018 goblet (quite appropriate, since the bottling date on this sample was 7/20/18). Striking appearance: hazy pale yellow colored body, with two and a half fingers of dense white foam head. Excellent retention, plenty of sticky lacing. Aromas and flavors of light malts, with grassy and herbal notes, some tart apple, and a hint of funk. This reminds me of several things that I love about the style. It's an excellent table beer. It's fairly light, dry, highly drinkable for the ABV (6.5%), and there is an unmistakable umami character that always leaves me wanting another sip. Outstanding beer, highly recommended.
Apr 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Feb 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by BNoble4Life from New York

Jan 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by weavere15 from Illinois

Jan 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by David_Waterman from District of Columbia

Dec 26, 2020
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Straw and light in color with a huge foamy white head.

Smells of Belgian yeasts and coriander.

The taste follows the nose.

Light body, very light for the ABV.

I got this in SoCal, and am drinking it in Redding, Dec 20th, 2020.
Dec 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.56 by Jotunsynth from Illinois

Dec 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by bgunnink from Illinois

Nov 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by heymikew from California

Nov 14, 2020
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Rated by marion_district from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
yeasty and complex, a little on the sweet side for me
Oct 06, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Can from lupulo Santa Cruz.
Very solid, just too tipsy to write a quality review.
This beer is great with all the earthy, estery barnyard, fruity saison you could want without being extended barrel-aged or adding adjuncts/ingredients. Definitely smell the juicy fruit as advertised.
Highly recommended.
Oct 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.7 by ChiUKfan04 from Illinois

May 18, 2020
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
This is the pride and gem of craft beer,

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, effervescent, bright but hazy lemon color with a light, crispy white head. SRM of 7. (4.50)

Aroma: Initial aroma of pear, white wine, grapes, tart lemon/lime, pear, juicyfruit esters with a peppery spice. A slightly sweet bubblegum ester aroma. present. As the beer sits more sour, tart pear, grape, apricot, and strong heated plastic and grassy funk aromas arise. Strong, mostly grassy or rubber-like aroma. Some yeast pepperness. (4.50)

Taste: Yeasty and peppery initially with a tart pear, green apple, pineapple, grapefruit flavor. Evolves toward a predominately vinous white wine flavor, but tropical juicyfruit is present too. A decent amount of Belgian yeast flavors, mostly coriander. A spicy, dry finish. Pleasant amount of pale bread-malt sweetness comes forth at the end but is well-balanced and dry. The tart fruit and summer pool chlorine bitterness emerges. A fresh rubbery or wet, lemony plastic flavor on the end. Complexity describes the flavor of this beer and what makes it supreme. (4.75)

Feel: Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Not overly carbonated but enough. Very clean and dry. Palate cleansing, leaving no resin or oil on the tongue. However, leaves a peppery, and spicy feel lingering on the palate. (4.25)

Compared side-by-side to the Allagash Saison, I would say this one is the winner. Carbonation is less, however the body is heavier, alcohol slightly more pronounced, but the earthy funk is more present that well-balances the spicy, peppery yeast. This is overall a well-balanced and complex farmhouse ale. Yet, it achieves this complex flavor balance while maintaining a reasonable alcohol content, which is not an easy feat. You have to give credit to this brewery for creating this beer profile.

Compared side by side to the standard Saison Dupont: This one has a lighter lemony color. More fruity, tart/sour lemon, pear, vinous aromas. More citrus as well. Less Belgian yeast flavors of banana/clove esters and much less malt. More of a earthy funk. Apex predator is my personal favorite due to the heavy fruity sour/funk, but I would say the Saison Dupont is much more balanced and yeast/hop heavy.

Compared with New Belgium's Sour Saison, this one has more lemon and white wine. Less pear and red grape. Lighter bodied. Less sour. Similar dryness and funk. Slightly dryer. Actually they are very similar.

Compared side by side with a Tank 7: This one has more of a lighter, crisp, yeasty and tart fruit flavor. More tart/sour pear and grape. The funk is more dank and earthy from the Brettanomyces, but less rubbery overall. The mouthfeel is lighter, crisper, less oily. ABV is more hidden. Both have a similar dry finish but this one is cleaner and doesn't last on the tongue.

Compared side by side with Very Very Far (from Off Color). This one has more of an earthy funk. More pear and tart fruit flavors. Much stronger in yeast spice, tart fruit, and funk. Stronger astringency and lingers on the palate much longer. This is the better option.

Compared with Goose Island's Sofie: This one is more bold all around. Has more of tart lemon/lime citrus rather than a tropical orange citrus. Similar white pepper yeast and earthy funk presence. Lighter, crispier, more carbonated. More like champagne.

Compared with Funkwerk's Saison, this one is more tart fruit and less citrus fruit focused. More sour. More funk. Less belgian yeast, spices, and malts. Drinks more like a sour wine than a Belgian Ale.

Compared with the Farmgirl Saison: Similar color and carbonation. It has more pear and peppery yeast flavors. Less citrus and bubblegum. More plastic funk flavor and finishes slightly lighter and dryer.

Overall: Among the best craft beers to date due to the balance & complexity of yeast spice, funk, and fruity flavors. The sour and tart fruit flavors are pleasantly balanced with the rubbery, earthy funk. All rounded-out by a yeast, peppered, dry finish. This beer continues to impress me and deserves a higher rating on BA. Compared with other Belgian saisons it has such a stronger tart/sour lemon, grape, pear, and juicyfruit flavor, with a stronger underlying funk twist. More tart fruit. Less Belgian yeast and malt flavors but still enough underneath. Its unique and absolutely delicious. It's what I compare all my other saisons to. It's a tart-fruit twisted saison. Would describe as a delicious, dry lemonade/sprite with a unique funky twist. Better yet, it's like a white wine with a light, grassy & rubber funk. The novelty of this beer is unlike any other I've tried so far. This beer should be in the Hall of Fame in the craft beer industry. (Final Rating: 4.68)
Apr 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.6 by pwillson from Illinois

Apr 02, 2020
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Medium carbonation as well as medium body. Has a slight oily feel that coats the tongue
Orange and lemon fruit,citrus peel, sugary malt, earthy, mild grass
Taste is citrus fruit and peel,sugar, malt, earthy, grapefruit/hop bitterness
This was really well done and something I would look for again
Mar 24, 2020
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz. capped bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Great goldenrod color. Even better fluffy white head with great retention. Nose is clove, coriander, tulip, cane sugar, peppercorn and a touch of lemon zest. Super aromatic. Perfect for the style. Beer opens flour, coriander and cane sugar. Clove and Belgian yeast in the middle with some breadiness and lemon zest at the finish. This is spot on for the style. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down aggressive. Sparkling. Dry finish. Super drinkable.

One of the best values in the style.
Feb 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by dbauer from California

Feb 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Jan 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by delmarkchicago from Illinois

Dec 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Dec 05, 2019
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Reviewed by BayAreaJoe from California

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Glad to see this at a grocery store here in the CA Bay Area. Love strong, hoppy farmhouse/saisons, we definitely need more of these around. Highlight is the aroma, yeast funky with bright citrus and grassy hop notes. Taste is mostly funky fruity with tart, riped citrus flavors.
Nov 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by BalancingBrooms from California

Nov 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by LennyBound from Illinois

Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by rjd722 from Maryland

Sep 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by travolta from California

Sep 03, 2019
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Serving: On tap
Consumed: Aug-14-2019


Pours a pale gold semi-hazy with big white head that stays and leaves some lacing. Aroma is knockout: floral, soapy. lightly tart, lemon zest, baguette crust, faintly grassy, light funk. The flavor is similar, light malt, some semi-tart funk, etc. A fairly dry, semi-dry feel that is almost fluffy. This was a most excellent saison that really checked most every box that I look for. could be a touch dryer but beyond that just downright good. I would definitely have it again.

4...4.5...4.25...4...4.25
Aug 18, 2019
Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
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