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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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This ale is the first brewed in Kansas since 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. Nugget and Fuggles hops balance out this malt forward brew.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Solid brew that is more like an American Pale Ale. Caramel, toffee and bready malt notes with a nice fruity hop aroma. Flavor is sweet up front and finishes bitter. Medium body, nice and creamy.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2668) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draft at the brewery. Pours a thin head over a clear, medium brown (SRM 15) body....nose is of medium malts, with a bit of toffee, slight bread.....taste is primarily mild roast, with caramel, primarily toward the finish and lingering thereafter.....medium mouth feel. A pleasant malty amber.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Date: February 25, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, patterned lace
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: rich dry caramel malt flavor, lots of earthyness keeps it pretty dry, long bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2009
On tap at Free State during the 20th anniversary. Pours a clear and see through copper red body with an average sized, smooth looking, off-white head that dissipated slowly and remained nicely laced. Aroma is a caramel-rose maltiness. Flowery smoothness with a biscuity smell as well. A bit of earthy molasses in there too. Flavor is malty. More of that biscuit malt and molasses taste. Light amount of bitterness and a creamy nuttiness. Slightly citrus in the aftertaste, but mainly a hazelnutty linger. More and more hazelnut flavor is coming through as this warms up too. Palate is medium bodied and exceptionally smooth. Very clean throughout with a nice balance of flavor. Overall, not the most flavorful or complex beer out there, but a very nice tasting beer for the style. Great balance from beginning to end as well. Another impressive brew from Free State.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Growler courtesy of theisti, Pours mahogany with a thin but determined withe head. Smells of caramel, light spice, roses, some sugary hints, earthy. Tastes of spice, pepper, earthy, tea, some citrus, caramel. Finishes with a light earthiness. Enjoyable session beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
On tap at the brewpub, 02/01/07. Clear ruby brown with a one finger creamy beige head, good retention. Aroma of toast and woody hops, also a bit of molasses. Flabor added biscuity malts, a bit of brown sugar, and some light bitterness--well-balanced. Light to medium body with light spritzy carbonation. Good session beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2007
5 oz sample draft at the brewpub. This has been a staple brew here since the early days and a lot of the KC Crew seems to enjoy it, but I’m jut not feelin’ it. The pour is a clear root beer brown with a thin creamy off-white head that laces decently. The aroma is dark caramel maltiness, light fuggles and a faint metallic note. Light-bodied and slick with a crisp, bitter, fairly metallic finish. The flavor follows the nose and palate with toasty malts up front and an earthy, dry, metallic finish. While I have a tendency to pull metal notes from beers that others do not, I taste what I taste, and this is probably my least favorite Free State offering to date. I suppose I’ll try a full pour again some time, just to give it a second chance, but unless it can shake the metallic characteristics, I will remain unmoved.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
extremeicon (112) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Very nice dark purpley red color with a creamy light tan head. Bready, malty aroma with just a hint of citrus and floral hops. Flavor is predominantly malt with only a slight hop bitterness and some underlying citrus/fruit and a dry, bready finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2007
On tap many times @ various places, pours a cloudy dark amber with a moderate off-white head and good lacing. Mild aroma of malty caramel and some hops. A mild hops bite with a malty backbone. Definitely not a favorite of the FS lineup, but decent and still much better than alternative big beer choices.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Poured dirty amber with a dirty white head. Aroma had some faint earth notes, and really faint floral hop notes to it. Flavor was slight citrus hops. Thin body with a dry finish. Very bleh!


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