Sunday, September 28, 2014

Off Color Apex Predator

This is a 6.5% ABV farmhouse ale, described on the bottle as a "Third trophic level farmhouse ale." It uses Pils, flaked wheat, and honey malts, along with Crystal and Sterling hops. It says its "secret techniques" are free-rise fermantation and "prey selection."  It is from Off Color Brewing of Chicago, Illinois. 

The beer pours a hazy yellow and golden. There is nearly an inch of white, somewhat fizzy, foamy head. The aroma is tart, tangy, citrus, lemon, passion fruit, lightly tropical and very floral. The taste follows the aromas, flowers, citrus, tropical fruit, sweet notes, but mostly tangy. Underneath is a light bready malt, think the soft inside of French bread. It has a light, yet tingling and refreshing, crisp carbonation. This is one of those beers that is really hard to do justice to in words, it is so well put together, so harmonious in its many flavors. This beer is definitely the apex predator in its particular food chain. 

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