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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2089) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 26, 2005
red pour with a nice white head. aroma of cherries. tastes of strawberries and brown sugar with citrus. toffee finish is nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Deep amber with a bountiful beige head. Flavor is malty and caramely, but not all that interesting. Rather bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29464) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2005
[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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2005
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. Tap: 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
(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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2004
At the brewpub ... Dark red-copper with an adhesive side. Sweet malts and light caramels. Minor bittering finish. Good copper-ale style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2004
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.

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