Free State Brewing Company Reviews




MetalNHopHead
3.4
Free State Garden Party
Free State’s crafted something really weird and also really nice here. When a beer’s brewed with Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic, I would generally say, "It ain’t broke. Why fix it?" Especially with additions as odd as these: basil, cucumber, and juniper berries. And no doubt, the end result is truly odd, but it manages to respect each ingredient. You taste all of them. The piney, citrusy hops start first. They quickly transition into savory basil. From there the spicy juniper picks things up and the finish has a refreshing cucumber note. Aroma captures everything too. Vegetal, spicy, and herbal. This could be pretty gross if it wasn’t so well executed. Luckily, Free State knows their way around infusions.
Sunday, August 21, 2016

beastiefan2k
3.4
Free State Estado Libre Lager
Dark copper color. Interesting take on the style. It’s much sweeter and a bit syrupy than the typical Mexican lager. So, i think they were really going for the actual Austrian Vienna style. I love that I has flavor but it’s just too sweet for the style. A bit of rye bread, low hops.
Thursday, August 04, 2016

beastiefan2k
3.7
Free State Garden Party
Dim golden color. The beer has a lot of additions bit isn’t an adjunct laden brew. Even the cucumber is light and could bt missed. Some botanicals,which are stronger than the cucumber. Find beer, a little slick base beer could be better but mostly fun.
Thursday, August 04, 2016

nimbleprop
3
Free State Brinkley’s Maibock
12oz bottle pours a clear gold with some ringing, white head. Nose has malt, honey, candy, grain. Flavor has more yeast, malt, honey, mild stone fruit. Creamy finish. Decent.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

dinkle50
3.2
Free State Stormchaser Summer IPA
Orange to golden pour with a foamy single finger head. Lots of lace present. Aroma has some orange notes and is a little sweet. Taste is pretty bitter with some bread like qualities. Hints of citrus, grass and is a bit astringent. Medium bodied.
Monday, July 25, 2016

coachd
3.1
Free State Stormchaser Summer IPA
Aroma of caramel and tart citrus rind, but has an odd soapy quality that knocks it down a notch for me. Very attractive medium orange color that is barely see through and has bubbles rising to the top of a bright white head. The taste is very malty (again caramel) with the same orange rind quality from the aroma. Pleasantly bitter and refreshing, it truly is a summer IPA. The aftertaste is a little metallic which detracts from the taste a bit. Nice palate, smooth albeit a little watery with good refreshing carbonation. Not bad, but the other reviewers were right on this one. Buy Free State’s Cloud Hopper instead - it’s much better.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

csaso
3.4
Free State Stormchaser Summer IPA
Bottle - good size foamy head, light copper color, moderate citrus and earthy hop aroma and flavor, fair malt backbone, good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

unclemike
3.6
Free State Bricklayer Red
poured a copper/red color with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, red malt, toasted malt, fruit, spice/earth, and a dash of pine. Flavor was quite enjoyable. Caramel, pine, earth; primarily.
Monday, July 18, 2016

unclemike
3
Free State Summer Breeze Wheat
Orange-peach malt and grapefruit peel aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet light orange-peach malt and moderately bitter grapefruit peel flavor. Light body. Decent - would like more malt presence.
Monday, July 18, 2016

unclemike
3
Free State Estado Libre Lager
Pours clear reddish orange with nice lacing white head. Aroma of some pine, metallic, caramel and some nutty. Taste is some pine up front, caramel, grain, and biscuit sweet, and a clean slightly bitter finish
Monday, July 18, 2016

bartzluke
3.4
Free State Dirty Kanza Kolsch
6 oz pour from bottle into clear plastic cup. Pours gold, hazy , beautiful carbonation, full fluffy head. Nose is very grainy and maybe a little herbal. Medium body and crisp. Taste is mild, leaning grainy and herby. Slight spiciness.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Bif
2.7
Free State Frost Flower
Bottle. Pours a clear light golden color with a big foamy head and some lacing. Aroma is quite herbal, with malt sweetness and citrus. Taste of malt sweetness, grass and bit of citrus. Decent bitterness and a bit of a sticky finish. Light body, with a lingering malty sweetness.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

RobertDale
3.8
Free State Comet IPA
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a clear gold with a nice white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is pine, grapefruit, lemon, and malt. Somewhat dank. Very nice.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

RobertDale
3.4
Free State Estado Libre Lager
On tap at the brewpub. Comes reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is malt, caramel, grain, and a touch of chocolate. Good one.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

solidfunk
3
Free State Brinkley’s Maibock
Some candied malt and grain. Golden pour with good head and lacing. Light sweet finish with ok mash. Good for style. Bottle.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Iphonephan
3.3
Free State Brinkley’s Maibock
From a bottle at the DC tasting July 10, 2016. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors same.
Sunday, July 10, 2016

bartzluke
4
Free State Old Backus Barleywine
6 oz pour from chilled bottle into sniffer. Deep burnt orange, opaque, weak off-white head. Nose of plum, stone fruit, raisin, a little apricot, caramelization. Body is syrupy, thick, a little carbonation on the finish. Taste is sweet, molasses, malty, raisin a little lingering boozy-burn on the finish.
Friday, July 08, 2016

RobertDale
3.4
Free State Summer Breeze Wheat
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a hazy pale gold with a decent white head. Aroma of malt, grain, and citrus. Taste is similar. Very "crushable".
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

csaso
2.8
Free State Brinkley’s Maibock
Bottle - small foamy head, medium gold color, sweet malt and almost corn like aroma and flavor, mild hop balance, ok overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, July 02, 2016

ozzy70
3
Free State Dirty Kanza Kolsch
Sample at Omaha Beer Fest, Stinson Park. 6-11-16. Bottle. Poured straw, white head. Aroma was yeasty and citrus. Taste was lemon, mild bitter and spices.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

rdixon77
4
Free State Spring Fling Gose
At brewpub. Bright, refreshing beer...just my style. Slightly hazy golden color. Lemon, moderate tart, some saltiness. Extremely crisp and light bodied with pleasant fizziness. Yum.
Friday, June 10, 2016

MaBeer1972
3.7
Free State Yakimaniac IPA
On tap at Burg & Barrel in Overland Park. Medium golden color. Earthy floral profile. Clean drinking. Some citrus and tropical fruit. Dry bready bitter finish.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

rdixon77
3.6
Free State Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA
Smooth DIPA. Slightly Piney and bitter, but had a nice mild flavor overall. Nothing amazing but excellent example of the style.
Monday, May 30, 2016

rdixon77
3.4
Free State Brightwater Saison
Very bright citrusy saison, mild pepper aspect, more floral and citrus hops. Easy drink in'
Monday, May 30, 2016

rdixon77
3.4
Free State Brinkley’s Maibock
At brewery...earthy grassy and slightly musty. Some piney hops presence. Pretty smooth. Not my fav style but good showing.
Sunday, May 29, 2016

rdixon77
3.7
Free State Stormwatch Dark Ale
Really well done black iOS. Citrus hops with a nice smoky malty body. Relatively light, well balanced.
Sunday, May 29, 2016

rdixon77
3.2
Free State Ad Astra Ale
Pretty good Amber. Malt, caramel, toffee, biscuit, some fruitiness. Down the middle of the plate.
Sunday, May 29, 2016

thomashall
3.9
Free State Old Backus Barleywine
12oz bottle shared. Nice caramel color. Nice hoppy caramel toffee aroma. Taste pretty much follows, bitter up front, sweet in the middle, dry finish. Pretty solid!
Friday, May 27, 2016

CopterScott
2.9
Free State Dirty Kanza Kolsch
Clear gold color with a thin white head. aroma is bread dough and grain. Flavor is grain, light malt, and a hint of pepper.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Zeswaft
3.7
Free State Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA
Bottle. A classic 3-C IPA. Bountiful pine aroma and flavor. surprisingly smooth for 9.2%. Sizable caramel and bready malts keep things in check.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

MetalNHopHead
4.3
Free State Copperhead Pale Ale
Copperhead Pale Ale has become one of Free State’s best-known brews, so it’s probably good that the Copperhead this beer is named after chose Free State brewmaster Steve Bradt as its prey. Copperhead has a lovely amber shade and cream-colored head. Berry, spice, grass, chocolate, and toffee aromas. The flavor offers a lot of layers with caramel and bread tastes within the malt and hop characteristics redolent of citrus, herbal tea, and cannabis. Feel is creamy, medium-bodied, and pretty bitter. All in all, it’s lucky that Bradt came into contact with that fateful pit viper. It’s also lucky that - you know- it didn’t kill him.
Friday, May 20, 2016

RobertDale
3.4
Free State KellerHell
On tap at the brewpub. Comes golden brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of malt, grass, and spice. Taste is similar. Very drinkable but a bit sweet.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

RobertDale
3.5
Free State Hop Jack Ale
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a mostly clear gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, and malt. Taste is citrus, fruit, pine, and malt. Nice addition of the Hop Jack series.
Earlier Rating: 1/11/2013 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at the brewery. Comes a clear light amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus, malt, and caramel. Taste is tropical fruits and caramel malt. Uncomplicated but very tasty!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ads135
3
Free State Frost Flower
An okay pils. A bit on the earthy side with grassy hops, but it has a nice sweetish bready finish.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DBob5150
2.5
Free State Brinkley’s Maibock
Pours a medium yellow body with an average white head. Aroma is faint musty sweet, fruity. Taste is slightly bittersweet, hops and citrus. Mild-bitter finish.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

MetalNHopHead
2.5
Free State Wheat State Golden
Free State’s Wheat State Golden is a light drinker, for sure. Golden shade and pure white suds. A clean, malty nose. Bread flavors with a hint of citrusy hops. Light-bodied and lively carbonation that’s just south of prickly. A nice brew for hot weather.
Monday, May 02, 2016

Travlr
3.6
Free State Dirty Kanza Kolsch
Draft at the source. Clear golden yellow color, white head. Aroma of lightly peppery citrus. Taste is bitter straw and lemon. Decent.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Travlr
3.7
Free State Cameron’s Treehouse IPA
Draft at the source. Hazy deep golden amber color, white head. Aroma of stone fruit. Taste id lightly bitter, fruity, bready. Tasty.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Travlr
3.8
Free State Fieldhouse ESB
Draft at the source. Clear amber maroon color, tan head. Aroma of toasted biscuit. Taste is burnt caramel. Nice.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Travlr
3.4
Free State Brinkley’s Maibock
Draft at the source. Clear amber color, white head. Light cherry aroma. Taste is light straw. OK.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Travlr
3.9
Free State Stormwatch Dark Ale
Draft at the source. Clear deep maroon color, tan head. Taste has burnt toast, pine. Taste is riasty, bitter finish. Very tasty.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Travlr
3.5
Free State Cherry Blossom
Draft at the source. Clear deep amber color. Floral aroma with light cherry. Taste is lightly sweet herbal cherry nice. Reminds me of sakura.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Travlr
3.8
Free State Bora Bora IPA
Draft at the source. Clear deep golden color. Nice tropical fruit aroma. Taste is bittersweet tropical fruit. Delicious.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Travlr
3.9
Free State Squeeze Play Pils
Draft at the source. Clear yellow color. Aroma of white pepper and hay. Taste is clean, crisp, peppery. Nice.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Travlr
3.8
Free State Alley-oop Dunkel
Draft at the source. Beautiful clear golden ruby color, thick tan head. Solid lacing. Aroma of caramel biscuit. Taste is bittersweet peppery caramel. Nice.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Travlr
4.1
Free State Black Wolf
Draft at the source. Jet black color, brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of burnt toast. Taste is burnt espresso. Great body. Delicious.
Friday, April 29, 2016

RobertDale
3.5
Free State Squeeze Play Pils
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a clear gold with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of malt and tropical. Taste is malt, grain, and tropical fruit. Nice hoppy Pilsener.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

theisti
3.9
Free State Comet IPA
4 oz mini goblet draft at Bier Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a clear golden with a foamy off white head that leaves behind great lace. The aroma is pungent resin, dank earth along with cracker malt. Fresh and bright The taste is the clean, fresh resin hop notes, with the crisp cracker malt and the super fresh dry finish. The palate is medium bodied with soft carbonation and a natural mineral resin finish. Nice, clean and tasty.
Friday, April 08, 2016

Terminus
4
Free State Stormwatch Dark Ale
Tap at brewery Pours deep amber hue a little lighter than most black ipa’s. Nose is big pine resin chocolate notes. Flavors are famtastic. Lots of grapefruit leafy hops chocolate toasted malt. No metallic notes at all. Body is full yet easy somewhat crisp even. Long bitter finish grapefruit rinds and toasted malt. Fantastic stuff!
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

RobertDale
3.5
Free State Cherry Blossom
On tap at the brewpub. Comes reddish gold with a decent pinkish head. Aroma of fruit and malt. Taste is tart cherries, sweet cherries, and malt. Not too sour, but not too sweet. Enjoyed the balance. Nice to sip on.
Monday, April 04, 2016