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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gururyan (609) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Had to drive up to Kansas to pick some up, been wanting to try a Free State brew. Well, it was worth the drive. Pours a clear, rich amber, no head to really speak of. Very smooth, very tasty...will have to hit the brewery next time as it’s not that much farther of a drive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium sized off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and grassy, floral hops. Flavor is sweet malt with a fairly bitter hop kick. Some fruity notes. Finish is a bit odd: astringent, coffee, peanuts, slightly sour. Drinkable, balanced, complex alt. Rock Chalk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OzarkElmo (295) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2011
From bottle on Jan. 15, 2011. Pours a dark brown with thin head. A bit of smoke, nuts, caramel, bread on the nose. Smooth and flavorful, finishes well. Nice offering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Red brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is brown sugar, dark fruit, and lots of malt. Taste is astringent, a little vegetal, caramel, and kinda roasted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy drfabulous. Clear orange color with white head. Aroma is slightly chocolatey, caramel malts and some grain. Flavor is watery malts with some dry bitterness. Easy drinking with not a lot goin on.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mattcoats (47) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Aroma is light and slightly nutty. No hops (floral or otherwise) evident on the nose. Mouthfeel is acceptable yet very light with a quick finish. Not the greatest beer around but light refreshing and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaycount (7) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2010 does not count
Good ale. Not alot of extra flavors thrown in, but a good taste of hops. Will be in my normal rotation as long as I can keep getting it around town.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9701) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (nutty, toast, biscuit, caramel), average hops (grassy, earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates. Flavor is average malt (nutty, toast, biscuit, caramel), average hops (grassy, earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates. Medium body, low warmth, medium carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2011 On tap @ Free State. Burnt red appearance with a cream colored head. Nutty, caramel malty nose. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly nutty, caramel malty flavor with some balancing hops. Good American Altbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas mof cocoa, carmel and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light cocoa with a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.

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