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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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4.5
balloonbuffoon (605) - - MAY 23, 2017
12floz bottle with a BBD 05.31.2017 imprinted on the neck. Looks about as amazing as a beer can get. A one-finger head settles to a frothy half-finger leaving webs as the dark-copper body lowers with each drink. Smells good too, consisting of toasted caramel and mossy earthiness. This is carries through in the easy going palate. An excellent American altbier/amber ale as it is a very well composed malt centric ale.

4.3
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 Excellent altbier. Malty aroma and flavor, with nice, rich reddish-brown color. Nice aftertaste to go along with initial terrific flavor.

4.1
tybee199 (13) - USA - OCT 1, 2001
A nice beer, and a good representation of its Alt style. Malty with some subtle hop balance, and a rich brownish color (without a doubt one of the best looking Free State brews). While not my favorite Free State brew, it's easy- drinking (goes great with chili), and always a 'go to' beer when nothing else on the menu grabs my attention.

4.1
psychpunk99 (13) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Easy drinking---crisp and clean. A good beginning beer for those new to microbrews.

4.1
Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - OCT 26, 2005
red pour with a nice white head. aroma of cherries. tastes of strawberries and brown sugar with citrus. toffee finish is nice.

4.1
ranger7 (8) - Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2015 does not count
I love a good Altbier. Definitely a pleasant surprise from KS. Picked up a six pack. L: Clear amber with nice white head. S: Malty and yeasty. T: Balanced. Malt edge with nice aftertaste. F: Medium and smooth. O: Would have again. Great with food (pizza) or without.

4
jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2012
On tap at Free State. Pours an amber color with white head. Malty sweet, bready/biscuit, caramel flavors. My favorite of Free State’s regular line-up. Very tasty altbier.

4
Quetzolcotl (26) - - MAY 18, 2015
I think this is actually an Alt Bier, not a brown ale. This will seem more like an American Amber because it has good hop presence and taste. It is a lot better than what I was expecting and well worth a try.


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