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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. The hops balance this malty sweetness, and we've chosen Northern brewer and Fuggles hops for their flavor.
O.G. - 13/1052. Hops - 27 IBUs

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (7886) - 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...

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Deep copper body with little head. Caramel and maple aroma. Flavor is mild caramel malty followed by earthy hops. Pleasant beer, though maybe a bit sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
psychpunk99 (13) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Easy drinking---crisp and clean. A good beginning beer for those new to microbrews.

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