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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
This Ale is the first brewed in Kansas since the pioneering days. The name "Ad Astra" comes from the Kansas State Motto - Ad Astra per Aspera, Latin words meaning "To the Stars Through Difficulties". We’ve blended Pale, Caramel, and Munich malts for a rich amber beer. The hops balance this malty sweetness, and we’ve chosen Northern Brewer and Fuggles hops for their flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Clear dark copper with almost no head. metallic grainy aroma and taste with a bready finish and a thin palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
Tasted 4/11/11. 12oz bottle. Pours filtered with a maple amber hue. Trace ring of off-white head. Aromas of caramel malts and soapy hops. Medium bodied with a good medium malt roast. Flavors of caramel with a toasty and nutty nuance. Slightly bitter, but the hops remain in the shadow of the malts. A decent palate, but mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UserNameTaken (8) - - APR 22, 2011 does not count
Pours a medium reddish brown...nothing special. Has a decently foamy head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma from 12 oz bottle, 2 weeks from best by date has a nice balance of caramel malt with grassy hop overtones... surprisingly fresh hoppiness despite biscuit-y caramel dominance. Also slightly bitter finish closer to a light IPA. Pleasant but could use some more...amber ale is not my favorite but giving Free State a chance. Not a bad ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap in August 2009. Pours a moderate brown color with a slight rusty tint. Short white head. The nose brigs some fruits and lift caramel plus a small amount of hops. Bad news underneath though. Just like other beers here, we were unfortunate to get somethig bad going on, as the taste here was quite buttery as well. Luckily this hadn’t pervaded other aspects of the beer all that much. It’s too bad as I really enjoyed their barleywine and that had no off flavors at all. Maybe we just happened to catch a bad time either with brewing or bad lines. It was at the brewpub though, so either way I have to say that it’s on them. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-11-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9322) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by sneagrams3- thanks Andy! Pours a clear tawny amber color with a small off-white head that leaves just a ring. Aroma of roasty amber malts, toast, brown sugar, crackers, and nuts. Flavor follows along the same lines but is a bit watered down from the nose, along with some earthy, leafy notes. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, sweet mouthfeel. Dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wphilips (11) - Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2011
floral, spruce oder color isamber, clear with minimal head, medium bitterness, medium sourness, light sweetness: OK, but I don’t enjoy the aftertaste. light body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3792) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Sampler at the pub. It poured a dark amber color with not much head. The aroma is a smell of orange peel and some spice. The taste is oranges and a some fresh bread. Not a bad brew overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6052) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Huge thanks to theisti for this one. Pours clear dark reddish coppery brown...I’m trying to avoid saying "amber", ’cause that’d be too easy. But, yeah. Decent beige head. Ambers are kinda the orphan step child of the beer world - no one ever says ambers are their favorites, and a lot of people actively dislike ’em. They can end up being a malty pale ale, or a slightly hoppy brown. Anyway, this one was about as amber ale as an amber ale can be. Smooth and caramelly, very rich palate, and a restrained hop bite. Actually not bad. Thanks! Edit: This is n ALT? really? Well never mind my whole "amber" rant, then...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2011
little dry caramel nose, leathery brown in the glass. dry toasty cereal body, light with a leafy finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6107) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Nose is toasty/roasted malts, floral hops C hops. Darker amber pour. Toasty/roasty dry light to medium floral/citrus. Drinkable well done darker amber ale.

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