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): 6.80%

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:
941
Reviews:
148
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
8.58%
 
 
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28
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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of keithmurray
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - clear golden colored body with white head

Smell - lemon, lime, ginger, coriander

Taste - much like the smell - lemon, ginger, lime, coriander

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus from the lemons/limes upfront, ginger in the back end

Overall - nice beer here that has nice flavor and is refreshing. Worth a try

Price Point - $12.99/ 4 pack 12 oz bottles

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

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.

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Photo of DubiousGopher
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taologic
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of egoo33
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy pineapple flesh color, with 1 finger of fluffy, dense head.

Aromas of banana peel, clove, pepper, and asian pear.

Flavors of coriander and pepper, with blackberry, boysenberry, hints of clove, wet paper, and yeast.

Feel is creamy and carbonated, slightly dry, and a spicy finish.

Overall, it's a pretty knockout Saison for those who like Saisons. I'm not a huge Saison fan, so I'm naturally not hyped about this beer, but I can respect it.

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Photo of hophugger
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-cloudy pale yellow-gold with very minimal head and light, very light spotty lacing. Aroma is of pineapple and lemon and some lingering malts and barnyard funnkiness, very refreshing !. Taste is light, yet had a nice complexity and balance with extra clean bready malts and light lemony citrus balancing quite well together. Clean finish, no bitterness, refreshing

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smithj4
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curlybird
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Dewsby
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of muirn
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 25, 2016

Poured from bottle into a chilled tumbler.

Look: Poured a slightly hazy dark yellow-gold with a light, white head that dissipated after a minute or two. Left behind some fine lacing on the edge of the glass, but otherwise nothing dramatic either way.

Smell: Immediate and crystal clear with lots of fruit and a slightly herbal character, some traces of citrus and a slight earthiness as well. Actually got a whiff of it just opening the bottle. Alcohol not apparent. Really elegant stuff, not oppressive but perfectly defined right out of the gates.

Taste: Strong notes of stone fruit and apple with moderate tartness and a slight minerality that all mingles beautifully, especially as the beer warms slightly. Fruit subsides into a lingering finish that is clean with minimal bitterness. Extremely refreshing, can't put that any other way.

Feel: Light and crisp, though carbonation is slightly less than I would have expected. Bet it would be excellent with seafood. Some minimal astringency on the way out, but it works very well.

Overall: Really a beautifully done beer and one I'd definitely buy again to share with friends, especially in the summer. Everything about it feels precise and to-the-point, and while this beer is by no means simple, the impression is of total cohesion and clarity.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of _Adam_
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of charanraj92
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Robtobfest
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jvillefan
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jsonta
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 941 ratings.
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