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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3254) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2011 tap at brewery-pours a copper hue with minimal white head-aroma is earthy and malty-very mild flavors and decent body-i lost my notes from this place, so im going on memory. Rerate dec 2011 very nice lacing on the pour very nice toasted grains and sweet carmel malt,flavors more than a standard amber ale has a touch of toffee as well good stuff bumped up the,beer .5

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 Excellent altbier. Malty aroma and flavor, with nice, rich reddish-brown color. Nice aftertaste to go along with initial terrific flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Amber-copper color with a modest hop bitterness. Good "safe" beer for the timid. Nothing special, but still quite drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (7976) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
Bright clear chestnut; little amber head, fast gone. Nose, after much sniffling, just yields a little liquorice - some roasted malts might be hinted at. Taste is a combination of well-roasted malts and a hidden, but present hoparoma - but all of it in a kind of low-key. Not very well-bodied; slightly velvety mouthfeel. Either I'm missing something, either there's not much ado in this beer...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Nice delicate flavor on this one. Creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Beautiful balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2003
Copper color with a moderate light beige head. Mild caramel and light hops make for a smooth, but unremarkable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2003
One of Free State's most drinkable beers, I waited until I tried it at the brewery (vs. a keg) to rate and am glad I did. After a bit, the spicy hops overwhelmed my palate. In moderation, this beer would be great accompanying a light meal or appetizers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2003 Absolutely average. Had from a keg which emitted more foam than beer. No real distinguishing characteristics, just a middling amber ale. It's probably what I'd recommend non beer-lovers to get at Free State. Re-rate: The keg experience was a fluke. Actually a quite respectable, slightly above-average Amber ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 A great standard beer from a wonderful brewery. One of the more refreshing and easy-drinking beers at Free State, yet still rich and mildly hoppy. A delicious, yet unchallenging, beer that would be great for newcomers.


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