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RATINGS: 176   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2010
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Kansas City. Pretty decent stuff here. Aroma of good malt wafers, a lager herb and grassiness, peanuts, and caramel malts. Poured with a layer of white bubble head, semi-translucent, and deeper amber in color. A light carbonation on the palate, and fairly refreshing, though seemingly not quite to the German minded style for this type of beer. Still, some good notes here. Leafy grass, dark malted caramel, mixed citrus, malted malts, and almond cookies. There was a lot of promise in this beer. I would like to try more of what Free State has to offer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobertDale (5088) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Just recently available bottled. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, hops and caramel. Tastes of malt and caramel. Very smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
A deep, clear, caramel color makes you expect this to be a light brew. But instead, its taste is heavier than you would think. It has a chocolate or coffee taste with a hint of bitter that’s unique for an ale. It’s strong but with a very subtly sweet undertaste. A clever, complex ale from this Lawrence, Kansas brewpub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (865) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle from the first release (of bottles). Pours a clear deep copper color. Aroma of roasted grain and molasses. Flavor is grain, molasses, and prunes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4937) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Clear, medium brown with a reddish glow. Fruity, oat-cereal aroma. Sweet, mellow a little bocky and well-bittered. Not over-carbonated. Slightly tannic. Chalky, medium body. Decent. Tap, Flying Saucer, Kansas City.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2010
On tap at Barley’s Brewhaus in Overland Park. Pours clears light brown with off-white head. Aromas of german malts, caramel, and light hops. Flavors malt, caramel, and light hops. Nice drinkable ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Draft at Free State. Pours a dark amber body with an off white head. Cereal notes, malt y bread y rye and pumpernickel. Caramel notes a bit nutty and chewy with a spiced bitter finish. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Tap @ Free State. Copper color, lacey tan head. Nice munich and pale malt flavors. Nutty, musty, and caramel. Aroma has a nice nutty caramel note. Finishes with an earthy, woody hop. Clean, crisp, smooth Amber beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Given to me from Dansting, Caddylac, TimmyK and the crew from Kansas- Thanks boys!! Pours a dark brown colour with a very small head. Aroma is nice, plenty of nutty character, some caramel and roasted malt. Flavour was incredible smooth and biscuity. Thought it might be a heavier amber first, but now by the description it makes sense that it’s more of an Alt. Rich and balanced, soft little hop finish. Nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7773) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Had on tap at the brewpub while visiting the university. Easy and drinkable, and not bad on the style mark.

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