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Apex Predator | Off Color Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
840
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
22.36%
 
 
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Photo of Sacrifist
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This farmhouse is exactly to my taste. Excellent lemony nose. Light-medium body, which is a little surprising considering the relatively high ABV for style. Prickly carbonation and citrusy flavors with a very dry finish with just a hint of sweetness is everything I like about an American farmhouse.

I'll make it a point to pick some of this up next time I'm in Illinois.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is bright lemon yellow with a massive, fluffy head that lasts and bubbly lacing.

Nose has a real pop of citrus and yeast, lemon zest and dry malt.

Taste is light and simple with baked bread and malt, and just a little bit of an interesting funk.

Mouthfeel is light with plenty of carbonation. Easy-going and drinkable as you'd expect from a farmhouse.

Overall, this tastes overly simple for a farmhouse ale, but maybe that is the point?

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Scent of lemongrass, tart citrus, dry wheat, lively yeast and a hint of peppercorn. Taste of tart citrus, fresh yeast, grassy hops, straw and lemongrass.

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Photo of denver10
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours light yellow with a white head. Aroma is funky, with mild cereal grains, white pepper, fruity esters, lemon, clove, and grass. Flavor follows suit. A thin, crisp and active mouthfeel. Overall, an increbible saison here. I would expect there to be a much stronger love for this beer than there seems to be. It's one of the best examples of the style on US shelves right now, IMO.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great saison aroma and taste -- sweet and funk with some hops (a bit more than to my taste but is probably consistent with the style). An interesting beer that I'll look for again -- especially where available on draft.

(at Jerry's in Chicago)

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Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold with a nice billowy head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast, sulfur note
Taste-Pale malt, spicy yeast, faint hop and a curious sulfur note.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to my brother for procuring this bottle for me, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is hazy golden with 2 fingers proud of white cream with snowy look and very fine bead with lace that clings and retention is very good with carbonation visible. The smell is slightly mineral with leafy hop adding spice and citrus scent with a mild tropical pineapple-like smell and yeast ester with light phenolic and herbal woody odor. The feel is thin yet has a moderate spice texture with moderate carbonation and light sweetness with yeast smoothness and light bitterness in the mostly dry finish.

The taste has a nice amount of yeast with slight malt flavor with an herbal hop compliment and slight citrus flavor with grapefruit and grassy bitter element with light fruity tropical quality mid-palate with pepper in the finish and slight alcohol influence. Overall I consider this a very good farmhouse with a nice amount of hop flavor with subtle citrus/herbal with mild tropical elements that are very good with mild saison type dry drinkable beer -I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a frothy white head. Bright, citrus aroma. Starts fruity and slightly bitter, with a decent maltiness.

I wasn't a huge fan of this one. It's a bit too bitter for the style, and it doesn't live up to the aroma.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy straw color. The head is pretty at two fingers high and an eggshell shade, plus retention isn't half-bad, either. A little bit of lacing sticks to the glass. All in all, it isn't exactly a looker, thanks to how hazy it is. (2.75)

Smell: This has a lot of funk, as well as...lacto? The aforementioned lacto seems to give it a mild sourness, also. As it opens up, the saison yeast hits like a truck with a ton of black pepper, grass, lavender, and distant white grape. This is a very spicy beer, and I like it! (3.75)

Taste: It opens up with some bready malt - I don't really get the lacto I picked up on the nose. Spices start to infiltrate past the middle, along with some cherry and white grape flavors. A gentle hint of tartness combined with a mild hop bite finishes it off. This is a legit saison: nothing here screams 'standard wheat ale with a bit of farmhouse yeast'. Nope, this is rustic as hell, and I'm digging it. (4)

Mouthfeel: Dry, dry, dry, dry. This is pretty much what I want from a saison: parching dryness. Okay, it has a little bit of sweetness lurking around, but so does Dupont. This has enough carbonation to feel lively and refreshing without bloating the palate. (4.25)

Overall: I'd say this is one of the best American-brewed (standard) saisons I've sampled - one that can easily be mentioned in the same breath as Dupont. These guys got the finish and the spiciness right. Ergo, I'll be looking for this one in the future. (4)

3.89/5: Among other American saisons, this beer's name is oddly fitting

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the look and color of this beer! It's a vibrant straw yellow color, hazy with loads of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, topped by a nice white head. Smell is mild yet refreshing. A slight lemony tartness, clean peppery yeast, green apple and yellow pear fruitiness. The flavor stands out more than the aroma. Pleasantly light pilsner malt backbone with citrus and peppery spice, faint tartness, nice carbonation.

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale yellow body; hazy; 1+ finger thick, white head. Fruity aroma; ripe pear and peach. Lemony flavor; peppery; acidic; yeasty and bitter tasting. Medium body; wet and juicy with decidedly dry finish.

This saison drinks easily and leaves a satisfying mild fruitiness and soft hop bitterness flavor on the tastebuds. Pleasant and delicious...

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Photo of rEBELlION
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been about a year since I had this last. Nice Belgian yeast profile- some earthy esters. Taste follows. I somehow remember this being a little juicier, maybe more in line with a Belgian strong pale but overall it's a little nice farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy light straw, light layer of head, effervescent.

Aroma: Grassy, slightly tropical with a hint of bubblegum.

Flavor: Peppery, lemon peel, and a hint of grass.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, high carbonation.

Overall: A+ text book saison.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw yellow body with a white cap. Aromas of grass, yeast, citrus. Cracked pepper and grain with floral notes. Light acetic character, finishing dry. Active carbonation with a touch of lemon tartness. Pretty good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 3/21/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy bright yellow color, with a large foamy white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, spices, wild Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a tart bite from flavors of citrus and wild Belgian yeast. Then those same flavors diverge. The citrus couples with some spice and creates some sweetness. The wild Belgian yeast pairs with a thin malt character to create some breadiness. The hops presence is very mild but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty and complex, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sour saison to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful looking, interesting tasting beer. Light, crisp, tart. As I move through the four-pack and compare it to other farmhouse ales, the beer grows on me. It's a little lighter than I'd like and could pack a bit more punch, but it strikes me as a great thirst quencher and a beer I'll be revisiting when then weather heats up.

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Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flavor profile is lemon, pepper, hay, and tropical fruits. Nicely done for the style, although I have others that I prefer. This is my favorite beer from Off Color so far.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

February 1, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

A – Light to medium gold, hazy with low filtering, and a wheaty protein appearance. Head is white, about 1-2 inches, foamy/bubbly with high retention. Looks like it will be refreshing.

S – Light bready malt with a touch of acidity. Hops have a tropical fruit component, mango and guava, with some peach following behind. Some slightly funky, earthy notes.

T – Lemony-citrus with an acidic bite, tropical fruit present but more subdued here. A touch of funky yeast flavor present, adds complexity, very pleasant. Malt is light, doughy/bready.

M – Medium to full body with high carbonation, the wheat component providing fullness. Moderate dryness, especially on the finish. Palate-cleansing and refreshing. Enough bitterness to balance.

O – I love that this is such an easy drinking saison but has a lot going on to distinguish itself. The wheat character and funky touches from the yeast are very exciting.

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Photo of pants678
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bright, cloudy, gold/yellow with puffy white head.

Tangy, earthy, citric. Exactly what I want from a saison.

Could use a tad more emphasis on tart and the finish leaves something to be desired but otherwise delightful. Little spicy and citric, kinda hoppy, fairly musty and bread/biscuity. Gimme more.

Light, bright outdoorsy beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with minimal head and lace. Aroma is juicy with sour and funky notes, a touch of acidic sharpness (citrus), along with yeast and something like tropical fruit. Smooth body thanks to yeast, light to medium strength, balances/mixes that citric acidity/tartness (or sour - these terms have become interchangeable at this point to some) with tropical fruit like sweetness (thinking pineapple) and finish crisp and dry.

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Photo of mactrail
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wish I could describe this aroma. It's a French farmhouse kitchen with pickles fermenting under the table, and downstairs the chickens are clucking. And there's a horse somewhere.

Crisp and refreshing with the suggestion of tartness. Light body, fragrant, and wheaty. A suggestion of malt and honey. A mineral tang. Pale yellow with a greenish cast in the wine glass. Creamy mouthfeel.

This is a sensational Farmhouse style of beer that is delicate yet funky, and so sudsy and aromatic. This bottle says the ABV is 6.5% and 25 IBU and that it's brewed with Crystal and Sterling hops. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, Oregon.

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Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Murky straw/pale gold with a white, frothy head. Light retention but excellent strings of Belgian lace around the glass.

Fruity esters dominate the aroma. Lemons, orange peel, and bananas. Phenolics that lean more towards spice than clove, with a gentle, herbal and floral hoppiness. Straw/hay flavors. Lightly funky and acidic, but these flavors are far from overwhelming.

Spicy white pepper is the first thing that hits the back of my mouth. Grainy wheat and citrus flavors follow. Hay and wet blanket funkiness combine with a dry, sharp, crisp acidity and gentle herbal hoppy bitterness.

Light-medium bodied and well carbonated. Soft, almost oat-like creaminess combines with the sharp acidity to give it a refreshing, but fairly balanced mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warmth.

This is an excellent saison. Slightly funky but not overbearing with a well-balanced flavor, finish, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first off color experience: 12oz bottle poured into a stang. The brew appears a clouded golden yellow color with a firm white cap that persists throughout the entire duration supported by rising bubbles.

The aroma is fruity and zesty almost like lemon rinds and grapefruit pith. Some cereal grain sweetness underneath. There is a funky lacto thing going on that almost feels like this was sour mashed for a brief period of time.

The taste brings forth some spicy yeast elements, mild clove and hints of fruity tinges like pear and apple skins. The grain flavor is slightly footy like pils and like the nose, has some characteristics suggesting sour mash process was utilized. The aftertaste is lightly husky and tannic with touch of yogurt and earthy to herbal hops.

This is light bodied, modestly carbonated and overall unique. They got some interesting things going on with this and while some of it worked, im not sold on whether id want to pay to drink this again. Though im glad i got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Murky, Golden straw colored, decent 1 finger of soapy head

S-Whoa! This is a fruit bomb. Smells like bubblegum, citrus zest leaning more towards fresh oranges, pears, pepper notes, maybe some cloves as well. This is where the beer truely shines

T-True saison taste, hay, pepper, cloves, maybe some honey? You definately get the fruits from the smell as well as some honey. Really really well done.

M- Very bright, light carbination, almost creamyness, no alcohol at all, In fact you would think you were drinking a 4.5-5% saison not one thats almost 7%

O- I was surprised by how good this was. It's not easy to make a saison of this quality and they really knocked it out of the park with this one. My only problem is I didn't grab more than 1 of these and they don't distribute to Pittsburgh.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.
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