Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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Apex PredatorApex Predator

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 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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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowy bright yellow with a blanket of fizzy bubbles on top. Nose is feral funk, subtle sweet grain and pungent, peppery, fruity hops. Taste is easy light sweet grain with a smack of spicy green hops. Texture is soft with some good fizz. Awesome hoppy Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very surprised by how much I enjoyed this... Earthy and dank aromas give way to a surprising fruity hop presence that accentuates the yeast and slight funkiness of the beer... Crisp carbonated feel to it... Maybe a hair too much but I can't really find anything wrong with this... It's delicious, refreshing, and very well done... A little pricey but I would purchase this again for sure. Would make a terrific summer beer..

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Photo of ajm5108
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

For a saison, there are tons of hops on the aroma and taste, but mixed in with all the dry yeast it ends up tasting like a very stale IPA. Just some flat citrus and musty yeast. Bad representation ofthe style and overall a bad beer.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best clean saison I've had in a long time. I'd love to keep this in the fridge at all times. Yeasty aroma (as it should be) with notes of citrus and spice. Super easy drinking with a nice hop bitterness followed by the juicy fruit notes and malt sweetness. Well done.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i don't think there are lions in france. probably for good reason.

pale yellow, with a thick, white head. not clear, but not cloudy or bothered with floaters. just a very pretty beer.

it smells of yeast and lemon sorbet. i keep thinking there should be something funky to this one, but it's not quite there.

taste is juicy fruit. kumquats? something a little sweet, but a little tart and a little bitter?

rinses clean with a hint of an aftertaste. what you'd expect from this style.

mighty tasty.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is classic saison-little head with no retention.

Muted nose-faint yeast and some honey.

Taste is really nice. On the sweeter side but not cloying. Honey, funk and yeast. Unique for the style.

Mouthfeel is good. Moves along with ease.

Overall I like this. Not sure I have had a saison quite like it. Again, on the Sweeter side but would have again.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Traditional yeast with some spice (pepper?) notes. Light haze, amber-orange with foamy, moderately resilient head throughout. Hint of fruit. My wife loved this beer, I thought it was solid if unspectacular representation.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer. Funky and dry, tropical fruits mingle with malty sweetness and classic Belgian funk. I swear there was some sort of Brett in there but the bottle doesn't say anything about it easily the best Farmhouse/Saison I've had this year and in a long time. This is going to be a household and cellar staple.

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Photo of LeRose
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An undated 12 ounce bottle was poured into an Allagash tulip.

Look - a hazy golden color with a strong white head that was pretty dense and lingered nicely. Lots of foam clinging to the glass, soapy. The head eventually collapsed to a small raft. There was a pretty steady stream of bubbles that kept the remaining head supplied.

Smell - definitely citrusy with lots of lemon and orange. A bread sweetness, and a little 'tangy" note. Vaguely fruity - apple/pear, maybe some white grape. I don't know if it used honey, but has the smell of it. A very bright floral/grassy component, some spiciness, and some earthiness. With all that going on, still seemed very straightforward. Balanced aromas.

Taste - a little different, and changed a bit with each sip. But first impression was a pleasant sweetness followed by spicy, phenolic notes. Then a wave of fruitiness with lemon/orange. There is a floral/herbal taste that is light yet assertive. A bit of earthiness, and a very mild acidity. Just enough bitterness to provide balance. It is a satisfying combination of flavors which are harmonized very nicely. The citrus lingers pleasantly.

Feel - moderately drying, carbonation in keeping with the style, a bit of bitterness. Crisp and smooth.

Overall, very good brew. It is a well-crafted, complex, well-balanced beer that is just enjoyable to drink and well within the style.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lightly hazy amber-orange with a pretty thick, creamy white head. The head lingers throughout and some wisps of lace present as well.
S: Traditional yeast characteristics, some pepper notes, some apple skin.
T: A touch sweeter than imagined, but with a fine mineral quality, low spicyness and just a hint of dust and fruitiness.
M: Light and fairly effervescent.
O: Quite solid, if not spectacular.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date
A - creamy white head holds amazing retention atop a very cloudy pale golden colored body
S - earthy, yeast, pilsner malt, biscuity grain, cracked wheat, lemon & orange zest, grassy hops
T - zesty orange and lemon, grassy, wheat, biscuity pilsner malt, yeasty; great flavor & balance
M - medium body, semi-dry finish
O - really good farmhouse ale! I'll drink this again!

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
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