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): 6.50%

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
Ranking:
#3,549
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
981
pDev:
8.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 981 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of dflo32
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of braican
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erk0607
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Great for a saison... straw yellow with a bubbly, soft white head, no visible effevesence
Smell: A bit yeasty from what I can tell, but I can't smell much due to a cold...
Taste: Unique... somewhat of a bitter take on a saison with the hop profile, enough so that it makes you stop and think, but not enough to turn you away
Feel: Full, foamy, decent carbonation... fits the bill nicely.
Overall: No frills, farmhouse ale with a bitter backbone to support it. It would be interesting to pair with a sweeter pasta like a vodka sauce.

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Photo of Obake21
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer. Pours with a good head from the flaked wheat and is a light yellow color that is slightly hazy. It has tons of bubbles that is refreshing. The malt and hops blend nicely. The hops just come through to make things interesting and give it a lemony kick at the end, but still very much a Farmhouse ale with lots of wheat/malt on the front.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow, with a low, but dense, foam.

Smell is a bit funky, with yeast, apricot and a bit of pear chipping in.

The taste is really good, starts of yeasty with some hints of smoked sausage and apricot. Some funk and booze join the party, and the whole thing is closed out with a nice soft hoppy bitterness.

Medium bodied, less carbonated than most Euro versions.

I really liked this. It seemed like a veru American take on a classsic European style, in a good way. Lots of nuances playing well together, a treat to drink.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krl2112
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Baumer
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

beautiful off-white golden color. very hazy. bright white head dissolves to a thin film with some lacing. pretty yeasty aroma, also smelling the hops and citrus, maybe berries. Not overly aromatic, but pleasant. wow, really good. fruity with some honey and maybe lemon, very citric and feels a little bit wheaty. might benefit from an orange garnish. nice flavor for sure. light end of medium in terms of body. mid paced finish. moderately high carbonation in the mouth, which increases its already refreshing quality. the feel is great overall. great farmhouse saison. I really enjoyed this beer and i think it'd be perfect for late summer outdoor parties. crisp and refreshing with a little extra kick. I'd recommend drinking in the sun with the beer brutally cold.

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Photo of MacStinson
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of keithmurray
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taologic
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of egoo33
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 981 ratings