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RATINGS: 177   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 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3012) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2007
On tap at Barley’s with Dansting, TimmyK, and Caddy. Pours a deep copper color with a weak initial head and lacing (altbiers should be easy to pour pretty). The aroma was caramel, light roast, which caught me off guard. Flavor was caramel, light roasted malts, which yielded some faint coffee and smoke. Only the second beer, so my buds couldn’t have been off, could they? But, this was not classic altbier-like, though. Even the alcohol was a tad bit hot for a plain old alt. Oh well, the Ohio State-Xavier ball game was quite fun to watch while hanging with these guys. Cheers to my Kansas pals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2007
From the tap, this one poured a clear deep brownish amber beverage with a small off-white smooth head that was mostly diminishing and left very little lacing on the glass. The aroma was well balanced between the malt characters that included roasted, nutty and caramel and the hop characters which were lightly floral and grassy. The body was medium with lively carbonation and a dry, lightly astringent texture. The flavor started out lightly sweet but quickly turned to a light bitterness that lasted through the average length finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 I don’t normally like altbiers, but I liked this one. Good stuff. Since I usually avoid altbiers and don’t have a strong basis of comparison, I’ll dispense with the comments and keep it to a general "I liked it."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Draft at Barleys in OP, KS. Copper red in color. Not much head by the time I got it at the table. No memorable aroma, though a nice full malted barley taste. Decent bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2062) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Draught: Mine poured a clear amber color that was tinged with red. It had a bit of an off-white head that left a decent amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma was a bit weak, while still nice. It was somewhat malty and a bit grassy. The taste was much better. A decent maly body without any real sweetness. A bit of a roastiness to it with a hint of coffee. A fair amount of biterness to it. This is really a decent brew.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Tap at Anchor, Wichita, KS. There is no smell to this beer. Pours tea brown with no head and little lacing. Tastes like a melted penny. Watery. Very bitter and metallic. Friggin’ crappy.

   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.

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