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RATINGS: 178   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". 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.

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3.5
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Flight pour on tap at the brewery (Lawrence, KS). Pours a deep ruby copper hue, a faint haze but near perfect deep winter sunset crimson glow throughout. Frothy offwhite head atop dies to a nicer layer, decent film and thicker ring laces well enough. Aromas are a bit carmelized and toasty, decent florals, biscuits and earth. Some touches of Munich and bready malts show that carmelized tang meeting ewarthy hops, soap and florals. Initial is lighter in body, some metallic and floral bitterness quickly hit the palate. Touches of soap, grass, a bit of toastioness. Earth, a lighter body with carmelized malts, biscuit and toast hits. Some firmer bitter twangs into the middle with some earth, a firmer but earthy hop slant into the backend makes this fresh and sufficiently bitter with some toasty, biscuit and gentle carmelized malt slants behind. Overall, the hop profile here is firm and does the work instead of getting sweet, thick, or becoming a caramel bomb. Solid drinkering overall. Great look.

3.7
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Pours dark amber, slight white head. Aroma very malty, Irish ale type stuff. Crrisp and clean/ Eash to drink nice malt profile. Good.

2.9
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Tap at Archie’s. Pour is clear, light brown/tan with a light head. Aroma is generic malt, maybe a bit bready. Flavor is the same with a dry hoppy finish. Palate is good, not too harsh. Overall a bit watery, and not very flavorful, just generic. Not worth buying again.

3.5
wlajwl (7121) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Aroma is nutty malts, tea and a hint of tobacco. The flavor is dry/nutty malts, fruit, a hint of tobacco and a mildly tart/citrus finish.

3.5
jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2014
On tap. Light tan-copper. A-medium malt-caramel, a little roasty, orange. T-medium malt-caramel, a little roasty, citrus/orange hops bite.

3.1
TylerGreenDC (1093) - - OCT 2, 2014
On draft. Malty orange aroma. Malt forward flavors with a hop bitterness finish. Nice but not extraordinary.

3
BVery (11390) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Tap at Beercade. Orange-amber pour with a clingy white head. Doughy and malty. Smooth palate with some heft. Pretty solid alt.

3.8
ads135 (5053) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
The go to beer and standard for Free State is still one of their best. Deep amber brown with a thick head. Great balance with a tobacco and caramel character.

3.7
egajdzis (6776) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Chestnut color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, caramel, toast, and toffee malts. Taste of caramel, light roast, nuts, and a semi sweet finish.

3.6
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2014
The color is a brownish red with a large light tan head, and the aroma blends caramel malts and doughy yeast. The taste is mildly sour, and a touch umami, and a touch sweet; the palate fuses a medium body, thick texture, soft carbonation, and a malty finish.


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