Gregis (1276) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shakers at the brewpub. Pours a clear pale copper with a small beige head. Clean, somewhat biscuity malt with a solidly balancing earthy/citrusy hop note. On medium side of light-bodied with a nice soft mouthfeel and a tight bitter finish. Biscuity malt dances with a significant earthy, grassy, and slightly critic hop note and finishing bitterness. This is a really nice beer. Free State makes some of my favorite lagers ever.
beastiefan2k (2197) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shaker @ the brewpub. The beer is a copper color with a strong sticky head. The head has good retention and rings are formed as I gulp the beer down, akin to the age rings on a tree stump. Aroma has a great bitter, herbal hop aroma. I love it. Its a clean lager with bitter herbal hops; awesome. The slight difference here is a bit of sweetness, just a bit coming off the malt. Flavor has a great bitter herbal hop flavor as well mixed with that light sweetness. Otherwise it is all clean, nothing else coming off the malt.
Bottom line: Just a simple, clean beer with an herbal hop center and a light malt sweetness.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Free State. Pours a crystal clear, golden-copper colored body with a finger-width, off-white, creamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with a light citrus hopping. Smooth caramels, lemon, earth, straw, and a faint spicing I can’t seem to put my finger on. Flavor has a much more pronounced hop character than the aroma. Sweeter caramels up front before an earthy, straw-like lemony hoppiness comes in. The hops grow into the finish where this dries with a moderate bitterness and a clean, caramel sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste of earthy lemons after a smooth, medium, very clean body. Overall, a solid beer. Fairly simple, but balanced with a good amount of hops and a sweeter, smooth malt body. Very clean and easy drinking.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10 oz draft pour at the brewpub. Pour is a clear golden amber with a smallish white head that falls with glass coating lacing. Aroma of not too much, some straw some hay, maybe a touch of earthiness behind that. Taste is mild sweet malt followed quickly by really drying straw mineral hops. Palate has light to medium body with lighter carbonation and the aforementioned dry finish. This was clean and easy to drink, nice, well made, straight forward beer.
Indra (2531) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, hoppy aroma, some citrusy orange and caramel malt sweetness with lighter notes of of mint, spicy hop and apple skin. Medium-dark copper color, clear, with a slight, subsiding head. Fruity and sweet up front, becoming hoppier as the flavor progresses and with lightly spicy, lemony finish. Moderate amount of bitterness throughout. Medium bodied, palate is quite lively. A lager that drinks like an IPA.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. The aroma and flavor practically hollared this to me. Beautiful deep amber shade, little head. It was "super clean", a little much for me though. The palate belied a slightly wheaty and complex malt character. But this was only after the grapefruit orgy faded to silence.