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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Ale is the first brewed in Kansas since the pioneering days. The name "Ad Astra" comes from the Kansas State Motto - Ad Astra per Aspera, Latin words meaning "To the Stars Through Difficulties". Weve blended Pale, Caramel, and Munich malts for a rich amber beer. The hops balance this malty sweetness, and weve chosen Northern Brewer and Fuggles hops for their flavor.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (11036) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Reddish puor, light head. Aroma of wheat toast, honey butter, stone fruit jam and some apples. Flavor is lightly hoppy, toasted malt, and a bit grassy. Interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle pours a red/amber with a beige head. Aroma is toasty malt. Flavor is sweet with a little toasty caramel, grain, and peanuts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Had this one bottled, thanks to Arnie! Nose is typically well-balanced for an alt, complex, and refreshing. Highly quaffable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7662) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Draught at brewpub. IPA with caramel and reddish hue. Sweetness with a little bit of bitterness. Refreshing and nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2010
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Kansas City. Pretty decent stuff here. Aroma of good malt wafers, a lager herb and grassiness, peanuts, and caramel malts. Poured with a layer of white bubble head, semi-translucent, and deeper amber in color. A light carbonation on the palate, and fairly refreshing, though seemingly not quite to the German minded style for this type of beer. Still, some good notes here. Leafy grass, dark malted caramel, mixed citrus, malted malts, and almond cookies. There was a lot of promise in this beer. I would like to try more of what Free State has to offer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobertDale (6320) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Just recently available bottled. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, hops and caramel. Tastes of malt and caramel. Very smooth. Nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
A deep, clear, caramel color makes you expect this to be a light brew. But instead, its taste is heavier than you would think. It has a chocolate or coffee taste with a hint of bitter thats unique for an ale. Its strong but with a very subtly sweet undertaste. A clever, complex ale from this Lawrence, Kansas brewpub.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (895) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle from the first release (of bottles). Pours a clear deep copper color. Aroma of roasted grain and molasses. Flavor is grain, molasses, and prunes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5255) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Clear, medium brown with a reddish glow. Fruity, oat-cereal aroma. Sweet, mellow a little bocky and well-bittered. Not over-carbonated. Slightly tannic. Chalky, medium body. Decent. Tap, Flying Saucer, Kansas City.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2010
On tap at Barleys Brewhaus in Overland Park. Pours clears light brown with off-white head. Aromas of german malts, caramel, and light hops. Flavors malt, caramel, and light hops. Nice drinkable ale.


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