desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber with a bountiful beige head. Flavor is malty and caramely, but not all that interesting. Rather bland.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Tap in Overland Park-Barley’s- Decent amber ale, but would like a little more hops to balance out the malt. Hard to say how fresh it was considering the number of taps they had avail.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Re-Rate: I have a keg at my home now. Fresher than before. Bumped the aroma, flavor, and overall up 1 point. This is a much better product than is served at Old Chicago.
As Astra is a pretty good session beer. Not a lot there to overwhelm, but enough to make it interesting. Dark red to brown in color, served with no head. Aromas of backed goods, and some brown sugar. Light sweet toasted flavor with decent bitterness. Light inthe body.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[At GABF 2004] A copper colored beer with a beutiful orange head. The aroma is sweet and sour with notes of berries. The flavor is sweet nutty with a dry hoppy end.
KUEric (866) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 I thnk this is Free States most popular beer, but while I liked it, I dont think it was thier best ... which doesn’t necessarily say a lot about the brewery because most range from good to outstanding.
I thought it was a very nice dark reddish-brown-copper color (not quite as dark as mahogony wood). Had more carbination than I was expecting (in appearence, as it wasn’t there as much in mouthfeel). Definitly some carmel and sweet malty flavor.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Tap at brewery) Pours a deep copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and light hops. Flavor of malt, caramel and a some hops.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biscuit malt in aroma, nice cherry-mahoghany color that shimmers in the glass. Thick, sweetish, caramel flavor, unhoppy and yet dryish finish. Solid mouthfeel. Flavorful but not real appealing to me.
Braudog (5353) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the brewpub ... Dark red-copper with an adhesive side. Sweet malts and light caramels. Minor bittering finish. Good copper-ale style.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
New stats. O.G. 13/1064. 25IBU. Tasted from a 5oz sample. Reddish, clear color with an off white head. I couldn’t get a good idea of the head in the sample glass. This beer has a great nose. It is fruity, hoppy and it just keeps on coming. The beer has a great hops flavor that is fruity, but balanced. The beer seemed sweet and dry at once. Easy finish. I love this beer. A friend and I split a keg of it this summer at a 4 day music fest.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 Samples at the brewpub. Fairly dark amber coloring with a small head and tons of lacing. The Aroma is a little bit of orange peel and some pepper spice. The taste is oranges and a little bit of fresh bread. Solid grapefruit comes out at the end.