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Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States | website

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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Photo of Absalom
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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 BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light tangerine color with a huge, fluffy white head that persists. Aroma is classic saison with bready malt, funk, fruit (mainly peach and orange), and light pepper spice. Taste follows with bread dough and wheat upfront, followed by a mellow funk and earth through the middle and the fruit and spice mix coming through in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit oily, but with enough carbonation to keep it crisp and dry. Overall, this is a very good saison that could compare with some of the standards of the style.

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Photo of hman43
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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 daledeee
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this because of the name and my fondness for Farmhouse ales

It pours a bright cloudy yellow with lots of head. Nose is lemony and spicy.

Taste is light and refreshing but has nice citrus peel and mild pepper influences. I find this one of my go to beers. I have had several now and just got around to putting a number on it. This is one of the best American Farmhouse ales. At least of those I have tried.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color with a strong haze. Moderate head that leaves a couple vertical streaks of lace.

Very soft aroma of grass and mango.

The flavor reminds me of juicy-fruit gum initially. It evolves to cream, orange and mild hop bitterness. As far as Farmhouse Ale go, this is perhaps the softest I've ever had. I get pineapple in the swallow and mild sour berry and bitter rind aftertaste. In a word: complex.

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Photo of Act25
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rated A so high because it never lost its head, retained and laced all the way down.
A - It's a cloudy pale yellow color, with a large foamy white head that always lasts and leaves a thick lace on the snifter.

S: The aroma contains some strange and wild Belgian yeast, citrus, spices, light malts and hops.

T: The taste starts a tight citrus bite and and wild Belgian yeast. Wild animal. Even some dog body scent.

Then rambles in complexity. The citrus mixing with the yeast, the yeast with the malty grain, there's cider, there's a saison wildness, and the finish is bready and quite tart. Worth meditation and savoring

M: Chalky. crisp and smooth, medium body, low carbonation, finish is dry, bitey, and clean.

O: Very tasty and complex, a splendid sour saison to drink for a long time and to share with friends. Try 12 and share!

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Photo of mikem0487
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with nice off white foam.

This batch seems to have more sulfur than I remember previous versions. Getting past the sulfur you get soft fruit flavors mixed with dough and yeast esters.

The taste of this saison is beautiful. Even though I pick up sulfur in the aroma, the flavor is what I look for in a saison with a more fruit forward taste. Melon, peach and lime come to mind while drinking this beer. Spicy phenols are blended well with the fruity overtones. The bread dough like grain flavor helps to keep the yeast in check.

Medium/thin body with a nice effervescents. Dry finish.

This is one of two Off Color Brewing beers I've been able to try and neither have disappointed. Highly recommended if you're a saison fan.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a blonde color ale with a nice thick white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light rustic malt notes with some light floral notes and some lilac notes. Taste is also a nice mix of floral notes with light rustic malt and some lilac notes that are easily identifiable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad though lilac notes do becomes a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to summer. Not the usual farmhouse ale. Almost IPAish. But wait, the carbonation, the yeast, the brightness, the peppery notes, yes farmhouse.

L: Yellow to golden haze
S: Yeasty, peppery spice, some citrus notes
T: Ooh ah, refreshing, bright and bold
F: High carbonation for no head, surprised
O: Will keep this in the fridge for the summer rotation

My 1st Off color Brewing beer, excited for more.

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Photo of zonker17
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour to a shaker. No head, hazy, yellow, and significant lacing. Floral hop nose with citrus notes. Citrus flavors most present on palate with hops followed by slight bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Well done.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried as I might, I could change my rating only slightly in a re-tasting.
Since Apex has some yeast bottle-conditioning, the two tastings separated by ten months indicate this is not affecting consistency.... an achievement for a young brewer.

While Apex's looks are no big deal (and I dislike the "Predator" name), the aroma is full of tropical fruits. The taste comes in about the same, but the hops eventually make themselves known... and the balance from the spice is pretty nice. The mouth feel is good drinking by itself and mixes up well with many of the garlicky, olive-oily foods I eat. Perhaps I buy 10 six-packs a year. Apex was one of them. Kudos to Off Color.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016, pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a very small white head. There seems to be good carbonation and some lacing. The odor for me is citrus tangerine, lemon, tropical fruit, passion fruit, slight melon, grassy, hay, slightly bread like. The taste for me is crisp, refreshing, grassy, hay, cracker, passion fruit, tangerine, herbal. A little dry bitterness on the backend.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. Hazy golden with minimal head. The smell hits all the right saison notes and the taste is crisp, Lightly tart and fruity, and finishes smooh and slightly funky. Fairly hoppy for a saison with citrus flavors coming out as it warms. Delicious. yb

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Photo of spacecake9
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours an opaque golden yellow color with a thick foamy white head that never completely goes away. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S - The aroma is citrus, almost like an IPA.
T - The flavor is very interesting as you get fruit up front, then a little bit of farmhouse funk, cracker and lemon followed by a peppery finish.
M - It has a light feel to it. Crisp and refreshing.
O - Very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beauty of a beer. Solid aroma here, banana, melon. Clean taste funky up front sharpening off towards a clean peppery finish. Love this beer, Off Color killing it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow pour, some hazy sediment like floctuation. Aroma was tart, lemons, wheat, dryness. Kept the yeast notes chill.

I liked this was one of those good wild ale and saison type of blends that really had the body of the saison and the sour and tartness of a lactic wild ale. Maybe its kettle soured, I dunno but it was good and should be a staple of warm weather drinking, that gritty kind of mouthfeel good.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass

Hazy yellow, pencil thin white foam layer settles to some ideal bubbles

Funky lemon and grapefruit, citrus

Taste of wheat, citrus

Suds up well

Nice beer

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: hazy, orange, little head retention
smell: funk, citrus, bleu cheese
taste: wheat, floral, citrus, bread
feel: slightly sweet, medium body, a little sticky
overall: great beer. love the unique brewing method. thinking outside the box and straying from the norm

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like saisons/farmhouse ales then Apex Predator is for you. It is quite similar to the Le Predateur that I have had before this, but I think this one is better if my memory serves me correct. It is a nice, clear gold tone with large bubbles and 2/3 inch head. It has some good body to it. It tastes very clean and has a wet after note begging for another sip. This is definitely Off Color's best year-round beer

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Photo of F1Rumors
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Although self described as a Farmhouse Ale, this tastes almost like a lighter version of the breed. The citrus finish lends to a very clean experience, as the other flavours diminish very quickly before it. If you think of it as Farmhouse lite, you will not be disappointed.

For me, the alcohol content was high for the experience - I would have expected something around the 5% mark from the taste and smell, lending itself to the lighter experience.

Cloudy amber, delicate nose, refreshing taste, this is easy to repeat, but also relatively easy to overlook.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Cloudy straw yellow with one finger white head that lasted a few minutes before settling to a thin cap and leaving some nice lacing.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, and floral hops combined with a burst of barnyard funk.

T: Cracker malts mixed with lemon, grapefruit, and mango. Earthy hops and just a touch of pepper spice.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Finish is crisp and dry.

O: Very nice farmhouse ale. Enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slighty hazy, straw golden color, pours about a 1 inch white fizzy head. A few white figures of lace on the glass and a decent amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, some black pepper. A good smelling saison, a hint of floral hops in the nose.

T: Crackery malt, some lemon, orange and grapefruit, floral hops and a slight bit of bitterness.

F: Light and crisp and very refreshing. Pretty high carbonation.

O: A very solid saison, would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light orange hazy color with good white head that dissipates fairly quickly some lacing.

Smell I get some mango and hints of orange and grapefruit also get a slight yeast smell as well.

Taste mainly grapefruit up front little orange comes in on the back end little bit of the yeast comes through as well.

Feel very smooth light and crisp not aftertaste

Overall a good farmhouse ale that is very refreshing.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light but pours hazy, funky, complex. Yeasty, mango, smooth, fizz. All over the place at first taste but comes together nicely and grows on you as you drink. Nice.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz beer was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal, spicy, citrus, toasted, honey, vanilla, apple, saison yeast, and bready.

Taste: This beer tastes better than it smells. Everything blends well together and rolls throughout the palate. Light bitterness and chewy notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, light bitterness, and a little chewy.


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