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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2006
On draught at the brewpub. It pours clear medium ruby red in color with an off white head and lacing. Sweet malt nose with earthy notes. It has a balance malt flavor with an earthy hop flavor and bitterness. Nice and drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
I like most Free State beers, so was suprised to find this one too skunky for me. It was fairly malty, with average off-white head. The body was fairly medium, and the mid and finish is very bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Deep ruby. Nice malty aroma, munich, moderate hops. Clean yeast aroma. Moderate bitterness. Extremely malty, great munich character. Solid bitterness. This is really nice and extremely drinkable. Thanks to my neighbor Brett for sharing a growler with me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Nice, this was a refreshing beer that kind of took me aback. Lots of malt and lots of fruit, but none of them compete for being overpowering. This is just a good solid easy to drink beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2156) - 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 (1253) - 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 (1867) - 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 (30818) - 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 (889) - San Francisco, California, 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.

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