Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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Apex PredatorApex Predator

Brewed by:
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: 139 | Ratings: 912
Photo of NickandToni
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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 +3.2%
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 +4.7%
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 second re-tasting. The 3rd and 4th stayed the same.
Since Apex has some yeast bottle-conditioning, the tastings separated by 20 months indicate that Off Color's unorthodox yeast treatment 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 just enough for my malt-preferring palate. The mouth feel is good drinking by itself and, typical of its style, this saison mixes up well with many of the garlicky, olive-oily foods that I eat. Despite everything that goes on in this ale, it finishes surprisingly dry.
Perhaps I buy 10 six-packs a year. Apex was one of them. And I'll probably buy this sixes again next year.
Kudos to Off Color. A ful gamut of flavors in one bottle.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +4.2%
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 smooth and slightly funky. Fairly hoppy for a saison with citrus flavors coming out as it warms. The finish is interesting - funky and fruity. Delicious. yb

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Photo of spacecake9
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +4.9%
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 +2.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.9%
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 +16.4%
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 -0.2%
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 -2%
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 +6.6%
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 +4.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy bright gold color nice carbonation.

S: Super farmhouse funk.. White wine. A little hoppy mango citrus.

T: Mango citrus tartness, some oak..Funk not like smell a bit more on the medicinal end.

F: Light, prickly carbonation.

O: Really surprised by this beer. Really good saison. The white wine like smell and taste reminds me of goose island Sofie..IMO that's a compliment.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy straw (SRM 3). When up to the light this one turns golden orange in a PBGC subtle glass. A two-inch, white meringue head lasts a long while before leaving thick patches of lace. Swarming, tiny carbonation seemingly fills the glass.

A fresh aroma with light, yeasty funk, followed by orange, lemon, pepper and mango.

The balance is superb between bitterness, sweetness and sourness. Specific flavors include lemon, banana, and pepper. A subtle, dry finish lingers.

The medium body is refreshing against a soft, silky texture and smooth, ample carbonation. This one is light and crisp with modest astringency and alcohol as expected.

The label art is playful and informative of the beer within. This Saison is superb for relaxation on a cool Memorial Day Weekend. It is definitely worth seeking out and trying other brands from Off Color Brewing.

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Photo of Seebeej
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was great, but I haven't found it many places. It reminded me of a Trillium style light IPA. I had it again but it wasn't as hoppy as I remember.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy pale gold with a beautiful frothy head that maintains well and laces nicely throughout.

S: Big yeasty esters of white pepper with notes of citrus.

T: Tart citrus fruit with slight notes of lively pepper that is well-balanced and finishes cleanly and dry.

M: Light and crisp with excellent carbonation, this beer has a great mouthfeel.

O: An ideal pairing for a variety of dishes, this no-frills and superbly executed saison is delicious, straightforward and easy-drinking. An innovative beer that must be tried.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very hazy, golden straw color. Barnyard funk smell, smells like tart green apples. Lots of flavors going on here, cloves, flowers, bright earthiness. Feel is not very quenching coats your mouth but not a because of a cloying sweetness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Julio's
Somewhat hazy deep yellow color with decent sized bubbly white head. Earthy funky citrus, grapefruit, and juicy fruit on the nose with a hint of sweet bready crackey malt and a touch of earthy fruity yeast esters, that is an awesome aroma! Flavor is light fruity almost juice like with a distinct tart earthy flavor to it. Damn that is a flavorful tart earthy farmhouse style ale!

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright gold with a good amount of haze. Voluminous white head is long lasting. Moderate sticky lacing.

Aroma is yeast, dough, lemon, and earth.

Taste starts with citrus transitioning to earthy, doughy yeast. Raw grain. Something floral. Pineapple, musty grapes, and pear.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Very dry. Earthiness lingers.

Very nice saison. Good mix of citrus and yeast. Earthy and dry.

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

Pours a hazed light amber with thin white head that settles to a thin ring, a few dots of lace on the glass. Smell: pear in syrup, orange, dried pineapple, a little grain twang... lightly bready, spicy. Taste: sugary... pear and peach in syrup, vague citrus, peppery. Medium bodied, chill carbonation, sugary. Liked this one but it's a bit sweet and could do more with the yeast and this secret Prey Selection tech.

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 912 ratings.
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