Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
928 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Apex PredatorApex Predator
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
928
Reviews:
144
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
8.58%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
186
For Trade:
2
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 928 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, yeast, funk, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart grain, yeast, spice, and citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

 587 characters

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a saison better in overall impression than any of its component parts taken in isolation. this is a fantastic four pack of beer, finally reasonably priced from these guys too. its hazy honey colored with large soda bubbles accumulating into a fizzy grayish white head thats relatively short lived. the nose on this suggests a basic french saison yeast, but its way too background to be just that. not sure i detect brett, but that level of funk is appearing on the smell as well, maybe a subtle brett C type strain here, real mild. wheat malt base is comfortable, round, and a good base for a very complex yeast character and a grassy bittering hop finish. i love the marketing and packaging on it just as much as the beer itself, witty and tasteful, like most of the beers ive had from off color in general actually. i hope their stuff continues to come to colorado, its unique enough to stand out, like when stillwater four packs first landed. dry as anything in the finish, despite have an oaty sweet middle. fantastic carbonation finishes it clean, just a hit of that white wine french saison yeast as it goes down. drinking all four of these in a sitting was a delight, and a sixer would not have been an issue. stoked on this.

 1,232 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of peppery spices are present in the nose along with notes of lemons.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and tastes like lemon-pepper spice mix to some degree.
M: It feels a bit more than light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The saison has a nice balance between the lemons and peppers in the taste and is easy to drink.

 562 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loving the attitude that the Off Color team exhibit in this saison, its rustic grain and hop profile is one of spice and bread but its the yeast that tells the rest of the story.

Their Apex Predator kicks off with an abundant of fruit aromas- lemon, grapefruit and cider roll onto the nose while its taste of biscuit, grain and honey frame a malty sweet upstart. Pale straw in its color, the frothy ale heads onto the middle palate with a fruit forward demeanor.

Lemon, lime, grapefruit and melon roll onto the tongue once the malty sweet impressions begin to subside. But a counter of peppercorn, white wine and dry hay offer a biting bitterness that offsets the sweetness and fruitiness with ease. Hints of toast and campfire join an earthen must of grassy, straw and pepper to close.

Medium bodied and faintly labored with honey, the beer's fermentation character leads to a fruity, weighted taste and texture that inhibits its spice formation and its dry effervescence. Apex Predator makes a very nice Belgian pale ale but an uncharacteristic farmhouse ale.

 1,064 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale pastel yellow gold, topped with a rocky head of soufflé foam that leaves lots of lacing behind as it slowly deflates. There's a slight haze, and slow rising trails of carbonation.

Aroma is all fruity hops, apparently dry hopped with Crystal. In the distinctive vein of Nelson, but it's own thing. Some light yeast spiciness comes through, mild clove.

Taste is more straightforward, quenching and light foremost, with an undercurrent of complexity that keeps the mind interested. Light notes of spicy yeast esters and dried fruit, alongside minor notes of dried floral bits. Crystal hops provide the x-factor that keeps you guessing. Simple but pleasantly nuanced.

 671 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

 407 characters

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. The finish is fairly dry, but still has some light lingering flavor notes after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,554 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 928 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe