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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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". Weíve 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Tap. Poured a light brown color with a smaller head that went rather quick. Aroma was molasses, brown sugar and grains. Flavor was toast, burnt notes, and candies. Medium body. Above average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4642) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Brick red color, clear look, cream colored head. The smell is toasty, bready, whole grains, definite malt forward, and good. The taste is just like the smell. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4446) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Light brown in color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is of all-grain toast, brown sugar and malt. Taste is the same.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2011
12oz bottle.. pours an ugly muddy amber, a light tope head, good lace... malt bomb, not in a good way, wet grains, rye, toffee, a bit of vomit, alcohol, not good... the taste is really bad, skunked vomit with chemicals, pass on this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10416) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Sample at Flying Saucer in KC. The beer is a clear dark amber color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and grassy hops. Medium body with flavors of hops, caramel malt and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is sweet and malty at first with a lightly grassy hops aftertaste that does not linger long. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Clear dark copper with almost no head. metallic grainy aroma and taste with a bready finish and a thin palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
Tasted 4/11/11. 12oz bottle. Pours filtered with a maple amber hue. Trace ring of off-white head. Aromas of caramel malts and soapy hops. Medium bodied with a good medium malt roast. Flavors of caramel with a toasty and nutty nuance. Slightly bitter, but the hops remain in the shadow of the malts. A decent palate, but mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UserNameTaken (8) - - APR 22, 2011 does not count
Pours a medium reddish brown...nothing special. Has a decently foamy head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma from 12 oz bottle, 2 weeks from best by date has a nice balance of caramel malt with grassy hop overtones... surprisingly fresh hoppiness despite biscuit-y caramel dominance. Also slightly bitter finish closer to a light IPA. Pleasant but could use some more...amber ale is not my favorite but giving Free State a chance. Not a bad ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap in August 2009. Pours a moderate brown color with a slight rusty tint. Short white head. The nose brigs some fruits and lift caramel plus a small amount of hops. Bad news underneath though. Just like other beers here, we were unfortunate to get somethig bad going on, as the taste here was quite buttery as well. Luckily this hadnít pervaded other aspects of the beer all that much. Itís too bad as I really enjoyed their barleywine and that had no off flavors at all. Maybe we just happened to catch a bad time either with brewing or bad lines. It was at the brewpub though, so either way I have to say that itís on them. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-11-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by sneagrams3- thanks Andy! Pours a clear tawny amber color with a small off-white head that leaves just a ring. Aroma of roasty amber malts, toast, brown sugar, crackers, and nuts. Flavor follows along the same lines but is a bit watered down from the nose, along with some earthy, leafy notes. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, sweet mouthfeel. Dry finish. Not bad.

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