Free State Brewing Company Reviews




RobertDale
3.5
Free State Picket Fence Pils
On tap at the brewery. Comes a clear gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus and spice. Taste is citrus, malt, grain, spice, and some yeast. Nice.
Friday, April 21, 2017

RobertDale
3.4
Free State Homestead Helles
On tap at the brewery. Comes a pale gold with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus, spice, and malt. Taste is malt, grain, citrus, and spice. Refreshing.
Friday, April 21, 2017

RobertDale
3.7
Free State Amplification
On tap at the brewery. Comes a somewhat hazy dark gold with a nice beige head. Aroma of citrus, tropical, and pine. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, pine, and malt. Nice.
Friday, April 21, 2017

MetalNHopHead
4.6
Free State Old Backus Barleywine
Free State’s Old Backus is a malt bomb with lots of class. It pours brown. It has a nose that leans heavily toward toasted malt sugar - brown sugar, caramel, and cooked fruit. Caramel, molasses, butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate, stone fruits, and dark fruits make up the flavor profile. While this definitely leans more toward the English malt-forward style, you still get some zesty hops toward the finish. Gorgeous stuff.
Sunday, April 16, 2017

ehaak26
2.8
Free State Ironman Imperial Stout
Bottle from a friend into a snifter. Pours a nice black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, hops, and licorice.
Monday, April 3, 2017

RobertDale
3.4
Free State Rikki Tikki Trippel
Sample at Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition 2017. Comes a mostly clear gold with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and alcohol. Taste is malt, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, and alcohol. Pretty good.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

RobertDale
3.5
Free State JumpsTart IPA
Sample at Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition 2017. Comes a somewhat hazy gold with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical, and pine. Taste is pineapple, lemon, orange, melons, pine, and malt. Nice mild IPA.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

imdownthepub
3.7
Free State Ironman Imperial Stout
Bottled, 355ml aged 4yrs many thanks to Doppelganger. Black with tan head. There is a milk chocolate character to this along with a fruity, plummy note, some tarry notes some caramel. Not as deeply flavoured as many Impy Stouts but there is a reasonable palate. Overall pretty decent.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

RobertDale
3.7
Free State Chocolate Baltic Porter
Sample at Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition 2017. Comes dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some alcohol. Mild bitterness. Nice.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

RobertDale
3.4
Free State Incomparable Wit
Sample at Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition 2017. Comes a hazy pale gold with a small white head. Aroma of fruit, grain, and spice. Taste is orange, grain, yeast, and coriander. Pretty good.
Sunday, March 12, 2017

bigtaster
3.8
Free State Ad Astra Ale
From a bottle into pint glass. Amber color, big beige head. Mostly molasses on the nose. sweet, well balanced, medium carbonation. Solid satiated, solid beer.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

ozzy70
2.7
Free State Winterfest IPA
12 oz. bottle. Light copper with an foamy off white head. Aroma of pine, pine cleaner, citrus fruit, earthy dirt. Taste was bitter, pine, grapefruit rind, lasting bitterness.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

RobertDale
3.4
Free State Monument Rocks Pale Ale
Sample at Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition 2017. Comes a clear dark gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is citrus, pine, malt, grain, and floral. Nice APA.
Friday, March 10, 2017

ads135
2.9
Free State ’Czech That’ Pils
A nice, very basic pilsener. Light yellow, thick soapy head. Medium bodied with a tasty hop finish. Tried at the brewery in 2017.
Friday, March 10, 2017

gschrade
3.1
Free State Brinkley’s Maibock
I had this at Flying Saucer in KC. Pours copper with thin white head. Taste malt, caramel, biscuits. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, February 25, 2017

PanMarek
2.9
Free State Octoberfest
Reddish, mostly clear pour with somewhat lasting foam. Bread and malt in the nose with some richness, perhaps chocolately. Flavor follows, but the spice gives the finish some bitterness. Medium body, mild fizz.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Finhead
3.7
Free State Yakimaniac IPA
Hazy, yellow-orange pour with a white head. The aroma has strong citrus notes with orange peel. It has a medium body with oily texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a slightly dry finish.
Sunday, January 29, 2017

vyvvy
3.8
Free State ’Czech That’ Pils
It pours clear golden with a white head. The taste has floral hops, noble hops, clean pils malt and pleasing spice. It has a medium body with soft carbonation. The taste has the aroma notes with a way more herbal notes, light sulfur and dry malt. Solid.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

theisti
3.5
Free State Frost Flower
12 oz single purchased at MDL Wine and Spirits in Overland Park, Kansas. Best by month 2, week 4 notched on label. The pour is mostly clear golden with a foamy one inch off white head that falls slow with splotchy lace. The aroma is clean cracker cereal malt, along with a gentle floral hop. The taste mineral, cracker malt, and earth, softly spice floral hop notes. The palate is medium to light bodied, active carbonation and dry mineral finish. Nice one.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

RobertDale
3.5
Free State Clyde’s American Pale
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a clear bright gold with a nice white head. Aroma of malt, grass, and floral. Taste is malt, grain, grass, and floral. Very nice APA.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

RobertDale
3.5
Free State ’Czech That’ Pils
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a mostly clear gold with a decent white head. Aroma of malt, grain, and fruit. Taste is malt, grain, spice, fruit, and a touch of floral. Enjoyable.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

RobertDale
3.5
Free State All-Season Wiesn
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a hazy pale gold with an average white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Taste is malt, grain, floral, and a bit of spice. Very nice.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

RobertDale
3.6
Free State Gigantor
On tap at the brewpub. Comes brown with a small tan head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and yeast. Taste is dark malt, fruit, yeast, and caramel. Perhaps a bit too sweet. Nice.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MetalNHopHead
4.1
Free State Winterfest IPA
Free State makes some of the best IPA’s in the Midwest. They make it look easy, but Winterfest is a thoughtful, well-constructed ale that demonstrates expertise. Pour is golden orange with a long-lasting white head. Spicy hop aroma that translates into a citrusy, resinous, grassy, floral, and semi-piney taste. This beer is hop-forward, but there’s a sturdy malt backbone that supports everything. Crisp feel and the texture is somewhat oily. It’s a Winter IPA that deserves a place alongside your gingerbread.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Zymurgeist2
3
Free State Garden Party
Bottle to glass. Pours a hazy yellow and full white head. Lots of spice and herb really drown out the great hop combo.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

ANZUShophunter
3.6
Free State Copperhead Pale Ale
Rating from old records. From bottle in a shaker. Pours amber with citrus and pine hops on the nose. A bit of caramel from the malt works well with the hops. A nice APA.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

RobertDale
3.4
Free State Die Fledermaus
32 ounce growler. Pours a clear amber with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt and chocolate. Taste is malt, chocolate, and some citrus. Easy to drink.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

boto
3.4
Free State KellerHell
Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a clear golden color. there was some white head and lacing. Malts, earthiness, grassy and pepper to the nose. The taste was very similar. A touch dry to the finish. Good.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

boto
3.7
Free State Cherry Blossom
Draught @ Brewpub: Served in a tulip glass. This one poured a dark, clear ruby tinged amber color. There was a frothy beige head that leaves some lacing. The nose is good. Malts, earthiness and cherries are predominant. The taste is good. Touch of sweet malts, cherries, biscuity and earthy. Nice.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

unclemike
3.7
Free State C4 Imperial Black IPA
ice pine aroma, bit of cream too. Light roastiness too. Taste is great. Quite subtle. Chocolate, light coffee, then citrus fruitiness. Bit funky maybe. Creamy, very nice. Subdued in its deliciousness. Further down hop hit has gone, just lovely maltiness.
Sunday, October 23, 2016

unclemike
3.3
Free State Prairie Fog
Poursclearish amber with a good looking head that lasts. Aroma is malty with good grain faint florals. Taste is smooth crisp malt and balanced hops with gentle bitterness.
Sunday, October 23, 2016

rosenbergh
3.2
Free State Oatmeal Stout
12 oz bottle. BB 11 wk 3. (MDL Wine & Spirits) Overland Park, KS.
Dark reddish brown color with a small tan head. Roasted malt, sweetness, mild vegetables and licorice in the aroma. The flavor is roasted malt, licorice, brown sugar and mild hops. Brown ale... is it?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

rosenbergh
3.3
Free State Yakimaniac IPA
12 oz bottle. BB 1 wk 2. (MDL Wine & Spirits) Overland Park, KS.
Slightly cloudy yellow color with a small white head. Citrusy and candy hops, sweetness, mild soap and some malty notes in the aroma. The flavor is citrusy and fruity hops, moderate bitterness, dryness and malt.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

ads135
3.5
Free State Cherry Blossom
Very solid sweet ale. Soft mouthfeel, light floral, grassy finish. Cherry is minimal, but still the defining feature of the beer. Tried at the brewery in 2016.
Friday, October 21, 2016

AbbeyRoade
3.1
Free State Yakimaniac IPA
Not bad. Orangish yellow color with sharp piny herb hop aroma. Good equally sharp taste with peppery, spicy hop throughout and just a mild hint of sweetness. Some bitterness as it goes down.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ozzy70
3.4
Free State Octoberfest
Tap at Whole Foods, Omaha. Pours dark amber, fleeting off white head. Aroma was roasted malts, earthy, caramel. Taste was mild sweet, toasted malts, spicy finish.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

MetalNHopHead
3.7
Free State Ad Astra Ale
I get it, there’s lots of American Amber Ales out there, but to my mind, Ad Astra is underrated. Deep amber pour with a light brown head and lacing. Biscuit and toffee aromas from the toasted malt. Flavor goes with what you smell. You also get some caramel. Tea and apricot hop flourishes, too. The hops are present, but the bitterness is kept low. Smooth and partially creamy mouthfeel. A paradigm-shifter? No. A tasty beer? Absolutely.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

dzerach
4.6
Free State Luminosity IPA
One of my two favorites so far. Another one of their nicely complex beers I wish they could bottle.
Monday, September 12, 2016

RobertDale
3.5
Free State Luminosity IPA
On tap at the brewery. Comes a hazy pale gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus and fruit. Taste is grapefruit, tropical, and malt. Very good.
Monday, September 5, 2016

RobertDale
3.4
Free State Harvest Sunset
On tap at the brewery. Comes a clear amber with a decent off-white head. Mild aroma of malt and fruit. Taste is malt, citrus, and a bit of pine. Nice.
Monday, September 5, 2016

RobertDale
3.3
Free State Hibiscus Rose
On tap at the brewery. Comes a pale red with a small pink head. Aroma of fruit and floral. Taste is tart fruit, berries, and floral. Light and refreshing.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

MetalNHopHead
3.9
Free State Yakimaniac IPA
Free State does some lovely things with hops, and this batch of cones out of Yakima was certainly not wasted. Golden, hazy pour. Lemongrass, tropical fruit (namely pineapple and grapefruit) aromas. There’s definitely a big alpha acid presence. Plenty of grapefruit, pine, and lemon peel bitterness. Still, there’s enough crackery malt to keep it from being astringent. Juicy, oily mouthfeel. Very well done.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

MetalNHopHead
4.5
Free State Octoberfest
There’s some German blood flowing through Kansas, and Free State apparently channeled all of it to churn out this copper-colored beer. It smells malty, bready, and lightly chocolaty. Its flavors are mostly sweet. There’s caramel and a mildly spicy finish from the hops. Balanced feel. Rich but not as full-bodied as some fest beers. This beer has long history with Free State, yet it continues to be a winner. That’s pretty fucking special.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

HuskerTan
3.1
Free State Yakimaniac IPA
Draft/Fest. A- Pine. A- Gold color, clear liquid, white head. T- Pine, dank, citrus. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish. O- Okay, pretty standard IPA on all counts.
Monday, August 29, 2016

HuskerTan
3.1
Free State Hibiscus Rose
Draft/Fest. A- Raspberry. A- Pink color, hazy liquid, pink head. T- Tart, berries, subtle spice. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, tart finish. O- Not bad but I expected a more floral aroma from the rose and hibiscus. Didn’t get any of that. Instead of some raspberry. Still plenty drinkable.
Sunday, August 28, 2016

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 4, 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 4, 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