Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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Apex PredatorApex Predator

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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

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Reviews by joe1510:
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen

Apex Predator is pale. Straw golden as a matter of fact with a 24kt hue. The initial pour was clean but the top-off muddied it up with the addition of yeasties. Carbonation is lively and rushes to the surface from everywhere to keep the billowing head billowing. The snow white foam becomes craggy over time but never shows signs of receding. Lacing will have to be scraped off.

The nose is flat out mouthwatering. There is certainly a Saison present with spicy white pepper and faint bubblegum esters. A squeeze of musty lemon and fresh cut grass prowl the perimeter but what's most apparent, most mouthwatering, is the unique, tropical hop profile. Mango, pineapple, and other unnamed, sweet tropical fruits are all present simply from the Crystal hops. Nicely done!

The flavor profile is surprisingly different from the nose. Typical Saison notes are more pronounced while the hop profile plays the accompaniment. Spicy white pepper and floral notes get things going. Bazooka Joe hits in the middle and it's actually fresh. Earthy orchard fruits pick up on the backend, but it is hard to put my finger on exactly which ones, along with a drop or two of lemon juice. The tropical notes run start to finish but remain a component instead of taking over. Very unique. I dig it.

Snappy carbonation propels the light, airy body. The bubbles are enough that they actually tingle the tongue after each drink and seem to scrub the palate clean. The finish eventually dries out and leaves a soft but lingering bitterness in its wake. Drinkability is off the charts and I could see this beer, at 6.5%, being dangerous throughout a long day of drinking. It drinks much smaller.

Off Color has come up with a gem in Apex Predator. It has the Saison characteristics I thoroughly enjoy in traditional examples; spicy esters, bubblegum, orchard fruits, and a bright lemon quality while throwing a wrench in the gears with liberal usage of a tropical fruity hop like Crystal. It will keep you guessing and coming back for more. I come across this beer when I decide to cut back my drinking? Fuck...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of c_tails
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle unsure of date

Pours dark yellow, slightly hazy

Smells of sweet berry, cider, yeast

Taste: rich berries, a little tartness, dry apple, the banana flavor you get from a hefe, a little citrus and a touch of dry hops

Feel- medium, nice bubbles, rich

Overall excellent. My first off color. Easy drinking, lots of layers to this. Great and interesting farmhouse offering that's a little tart, tiny bit of funk, fruity, a little hops on the end.

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Photo of c014572
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

pours a glorious cloudy amber with a nice white head.

Aroma is of breads and Belgian yeast funk.

Taste is GLORIOUS. Malty, phenolic, spicy. Truly one of my top 5 beers of all time. Try this one, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Absalom
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Better than most beers out there. It is a classic farmhouse style ale, similar to a farmhouse saison, and pulls so many interesting characteristics from the hops. The fact that they can list literally all of their ingredients on the label is of course not to be overstated either. Overall an absolute legend of a beer, and to be honest, hoppy beers are 100% hype most of the time. Personal opinion.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%

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 Theprofessor92
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been to quite a few breweries from eight cities. I have yet to find something as delicious and consistently worth my time. I know it's only n opinion, but this beer is my number one. By a landslide.

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Photo of hman43
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours pale gold with a white head. There is some lacing.

Smell: It has a horse blanket, earthly aroma with orange, and citrus.

Taste: It has a sweet bite for the initial taste with a bit a tart. There are flavors of orange, and citrus. The spices are low-moderate. There are also earthly flavors as well.

Feel: It has a moderate feel with high carbonation. It has a dry finish with a spicy aftertaste.

Overall it is a strong fruity, slight tart ale with a dry finish.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage; drank 11/6/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Cloudy yellow appearance.

Small bright white head; strong lace.

Lemon, banana & faint honey notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & lemon zest flavors up front; faint black pepper bite on the finish. Not my favorite style, but this was a very enjoyable example.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Hennepin stemmed glass a slight hazed lemon yellow with just a tinge of orange,a great looking one finger bone white head that settled slowly into a frothy mass.Alot of lemon and orange oils in the nose wich gives off some tartness,mild funk in the background.Dry with a little toasted grain upfront on the palate with a little tartness from lemon-like notes,not much funk or phenols to be found wich I like.Very drinkable and dry with refreshing tartness,awesome summer beer here,my first Off Color beer is a hit.

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Photo of braugon
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tjk135
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light, slightly hoppy farmhouse ale. Yeasty, fruity and refreshing, really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of joemetric
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of dimitrov
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Jared14
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Ryno3031
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Sacrifist
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This farmhouse is exactly to my taste. Excellent lemony nose. Light-medium body, which is a little surprising considering the relatively high ABV for style. Prickly carbonation and citrusy flavors with a very dry finish with just a hint of sweetness is everything I like about an American farmhouse.

I'll make it a point to pick some of this up next time I'm in Illinois.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with Bottled on dating, hard to read, on the neck of the bottle...Sept 27, 2016?

Pours light whitish dull lemon juice in color...delicate tiny bubble, mini head, fine film, and more fine strands and bits of lacing..some floaties doing their thing.....nice looking beer

sniff reveals a bit of lemon juice, light pepper, crackery malt

tasty, delicate, complex and very enjoyable saison thats on the understated side...I get notes of more lemons, drying earthy hops and again crackery malts to balance things out.yeasty/nutty final tasty pour..well done and well worth a try.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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