Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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

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Reviews:
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pDev:
8.46%
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

Pours a cloudy lemon gold. Sugar white head retains indefinitely.

Smells of rose water, coriander, lemongrass, cracker, and white grape.

Tastes of grape, mild citrus tartness, lemon zest, straw grassy malts, cracker, coriander and a light herbal hop bite.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice tasty saison, lots of great flavor with some nice mild hoppiness to set it apart. Very much worth trying.

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4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, semi-murky orange with a finger and a half of white head. Head retention is fair with good lacing left behind. Aroma is light Belgian yeast, cloves, and biscuit malts. Flavor profile is Belgian yeast spice, cloves, and biscuit malts at the start, but takes a slightly sour dive as the yeast and cloves fade. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a slightly fizzy, harsh feel. Overall, a fair farmhouse, but it does feature a slightly harsh finish and feel.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 984 ratings