Ad Astra Ale - Free State Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zhanson88:
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: pours a dark copper color, almost brown, with ruby highlights. About a finger of light caramel head forms, reducing down to a fine film of lacing.
Smell: a lot of caramel malts and earthiness is present with slight piney and floral hops.
Taste: lots of caramel malts up front, with floral and piney hops. Maybe a hint of a coffee on the back end. This is a pretty balanced beer, lots of earthy tones with slight hops. Not the most flavorful beer overall, but still a nice offering.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: in between light and medium bodied and pretty smooth drinking overall. This is definitely a beer that I could drink a few of, pretty nice. Looking forward to trying more from Free State.
12-13-2010 22:30:08 | More by zhanson88
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3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
Re-Rate: I have a keg at my home now. Fresher than before. Bumped the aroma, flavor, and overall up 1 point. This is a much better product than is served at Old Chicago.
As Astra is a pretty good session beer. Not a lot there to overwhelm, but enough to make it interesting. Dark red to brown in color, served with no head. Aromas of backed goods, and some brown sugar. Light sweet toasted flavor with decent bitterness. Light inthe body.
08-26-2005 13:12:18 | More by tjthresh
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Ad Astra Ale is a beer I got from a Reddit Secret Santa gift. It is a nice looking reddish brown beer with just a little lace of rocky head. The beer smells darkly toasty like pumpernickel bread and also a little sweet caramel malt. The beer is a little fruity, very nicely malty and accented with good german hoppy bittering. This is a good beer with a nice aftertaste that I definitely enjoyed.
12-13-2010 05:52:07 | More by Soonami
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
Appearance - Nice rich red amber colorado with a head that quickly leaves.
Smell - Lots and lots of malts. Sweet bitter finish.
Taste - again you get a lot of the malts you smelled with a nice bready finish.
Mouthfeel - leaves a nice sweet taste in your mouth.
Overall - glad I got to try it
05-05-2014 20:37:42 | More by beatenbyjacks
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
This one's a red-brown-orange color, translucent at about the exact point between transparent and opaque, with a soft but firm off-white head roughly half a finger high. It holds up pretty well and drops down a mixture of patches and spotting.
Malt-forward, this presents some toasty, honey-like and caramel notes with earth and grains as well as a balance from notes of young wood and herbal leaf.
The flavor is likewise malty and almost nutty, a little bit of not savory but meaty sort of an element present along with earth, leaf and herb with a touch of black pepper. Underneath is a soft sweetness like the flesh of ripe white fruits. It finishes dry as the leafy hops linger nicely.
The medium body has both crispness and smoothness to it, though it leans light and the soft carbonation keeps up at the end of the session slightly less than it began.
07-15-2014 21:09:50 | More by Brenden
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
I had this on draft from my local craft bar.
It is a deep reddish brown, with clarity. The head doesn't last long. It smells and tastes malty, and reminds me of a marzen style beer. It drinks smoothly and cleanly, excellent for accompanying food. A definite favorite.
03-07-2010 18:36:10 | More by ZebedeeDuBois
4.33/5 rDev +17.3%
This copper hued ale was the first to be brewed in Kansas since the wild west days. This is an easy drinking beer, with a slight sweet edge that is balanced nicely with the hops. Perhaps too easy drinking on a monday night with $1.75 pints on tap. This is excellent beer.
03-09-2005 00:30:45 | More by KansasNate
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
A: Ruby brown; clear and bubbly with a thin quickly dissipating head; leaves a faint film with nice lacing
S: Sweet caramel malts; tea leaves and lemon juice linger on the back end
T: Nice subtly sweet maltiness rich with caramel and wet grains; backed by lemon and tea; lingering pleasant aftertaste
F: Good even mouth feel; even a bit of sediment left on tongue that is pleasant
D: Very nice, drinkable beer; first beer from Free State but hopefully not the last
01-03-2011 02:41:49 | More by dbossman
3.3/5 rDev -10.6%
A: Pours kind of copperish with a 2 finger head. Nice and frothy head with little lacing though.
S: Immediately your nose is rushed with sweet malts. Not much if any hop characteristics.
T: The taste is very malty and sort of sweet. Maybe a little hop bite on the back but very lack-luster.
This is an OK beer. Too sweet and malty for me. The lack of any hop character is a downer for me. Great beer but not in the category for me. Very smooth and goes down easy is a plus though. Great beer Free State Brewing!!!
01-08-2011 04:50:54 | More by midwestbrewers
3.3/5 rDev -10.6%
Review from notes,
Pours an effervescent amber with brown/tan head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Toasty malt, leafy hops & pears
T: Follows the nose, along with grassy & peppery notes up front. Pear note dominate as this warms. Finishes crisp & fruitty
MF: Light/medium body with firm carbonation, decent balance
Drinks easy enough, but nothing special as Alts go
10-03-2011 01:45:49 | More by russpowell
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is from a selection of Free State Brewing beers send to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!
Pours a clear coppery amber, with a ½ finger of off-white head. This retains with a thin creamy film that stays frothy when swirled leaving back some nice looking foamy swathes of lacing. The aroma is floral and leafy smelling, with some green citrus flavors that mingle with sticky caramel malts and a fairly prominent deep roasted feel that fills the back of the nose. This is decent, if maybe a little too heavy on the roast at times.
The taste is similar to the nose, with a mix of caramel, toast, and bitter citric fruit that gives the overall profile a bit of a green tangy feel. There is some darkness to the flavors but they seem less pronounced than in they were in the aroma. Leftover hops linger on the tail-end with some lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth easy crispness in the mouth that definitely helps keeps this quite drinkable.
This was quite an interesting beer, with some characteristics keeping this closer to traditional Amber Ale and then others finding their over more over to the Altbier category. It never really seems to find it's footing in the middle of the two. That being said though, this is by no means a bad beer in any way and just seems a little confused. There is still more than enough flavor and drinkibility for you to take a chance on it. Worth a look.
02-03-2011 20:27:31 | More by Kegatron
3.05/5 rDev -17.3%
Clear, dark reddish/slightly bronzy hue, served with a thick off-white head, excellent retention, laced well. Clean nose there was a slight dull maltiness disappointing, mute invitation. Moderately flavorsome palate, the maltiness is the focal point, accomplished, the hops play a minor supporting rule, they do add a touch of bitterness. Some caramel and nut hints too. Nicely balanced if not too soft. Modest carbonation. The finish is clean decent enough to drink. Not really that impressive of an offering try something else.
08-11-2003 01:19:57 | More by bditty187
Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.