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Ad Astra Ale - Free State Brewing Co.

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This ale is the first brewed in Kansas since 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.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-14-2002)
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katiesusie

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-07-2012 22:01:45 | More by katiesusie
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PAL


4.5/5  rDev +22%

10-08-2012 17:50:07 | More by PAL
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phishbone23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-23-2013 17:56:57 | More by phishbone23
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shebby

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +22%

03-21-2012 19:02:46 | More by shebby
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep copper color in the body with a fairly good sized, 3 finger head. Body is almost completely translucent, despite the darker color. Retention and lacing are very good on the light tan head.

S- Starts off with huge caramel malts right off the bat. The scent quickly turns darker and displays some milk chocolate scents as well. Throughout the smell, there is a fair amount of sweetness underlying the caramel and chocolate scents.

T- Surprisingly dark in flavor, just like the scent was. Starts with a dull, only slightly sweet caramel flavor. Chocolate flavors creep in and darken the drink's flavor and up the sweetness a little bit. Slight brown sugar sweetness peeks in before the caramel malt returns to prominence to end the drink.

M- This beer is smooth as silk with low to medium carbonation levels. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, I think there is one way to describe this beer; an awesome American take on a German style that might beat the native Germans in terms of a smooth drinking lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:59:39 | More by boilermakerbrew
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at The Library in Manhattan, Kansas, enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City.

Pours a brown liquid with a huge, huge, super-smooth fluffy tan head. Excellent bready-aroma.

Flavor is interesting. Lots of roasted notes, some brown bread, a tiny bit of caramel but that is offset by the bitterness and a little bit of acidic prickle. Some coffee. Lingering bitterness with some slight hint of chocolate.

Very smooth. Reminds me just a little bit of a nitro-can Guinness, but this is much better.

Yet another superior Kansas beer. I'm becoming quite the fan of KS beers I must admit.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:51:31 | More by jmbranum
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KansasNate

Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2005 00:30:45 | More by KansasNate
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Dansting

Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Old Chicago in Overland Park, Kansas. Excellent altbier. Pleasant malty aroma and flavor, with nice, rich dark reddish-brown color. Light head that disappears rather quickly. Nice orange aftertaste to go along with initial terrific flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2005 13:57:58 | More by Dansting
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duhbled

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite at the local water hole. The poor is full with a nice 1/2 inch head that is creamy white. The smell is rather intoxicating itself but the mouthfeel is smooth and it goes down glass after glass. The taste is slightly sweet and fruity, usually reminding me of plum. It carries a good amount of kick and after 5 I feel like I want one more. It has the right balance between hoppiness and yeast which makes this Altbier a pure delight.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 17:06:36 | More by duhbled
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TIMMA87698

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

10-26-2012 02:09:04 | More by TIMMA87698
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mistroth

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

06-30-2012 13:49:19 | More by mistroth
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smdwyr


4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

04-18-2012 21:29:02 | More by smdwyr
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arc3636

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-25-2012 04:57:14 | More by arc3636
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erredin


4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

07-05-2014 17:46:41 | More by erredin
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-19-2012 01:21:39 | More by jewellrunner
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pjbfromkc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

06-24-2014 20:25:09 | More by pjbfromkc
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SafeAtFirst

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance of this beer is a deep clear ruby/amber color with a slightly off-white head. There is not a lot of aroma - some light roasted malts and earth are all I can pick up. The flavor is much better a good toasty malt base with just enough hop bitterness and carbonation to wash it all away and send me back in for another sip, perfectly balanced.

Overall this is one of my "go-to" beers at Free State. It's a real smooth, easy drinking, award winning beer.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2007 19:44:34 | More by SafeAtFirst
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a mahogany/ruby color. A cream colored head dissipates quickly but leaves decent lacing. The beer smells toasty, nutty, and malty. The taste is an exercise in thinking. It tastes malty in a nut brown way, but there is a touch of cherry tartness. Maybe a faint hop finish. The beer is medium bodied.

Overall, I like it. I just may not have this one very often. It's an easy-drinking beer, and well crafted from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 23:53:20 | More by JuicesFlowing
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Plumb colored; small head, which quickly dissipates.

Smell
Inviting fruity aroma, berries, caramel, and just a touch of earthy hops (Northern Brewer and Fuggles)

Taste & Body
Well balanced, leaning towards hoppy; opens slightly sweet and malty, finishes nicely with complex flavors of both fruity yeast, caramel, bitter hops, and ending dry; light body and good texture with the perfect level of carbonation

Overall
It's a good choice and recipe for a house beer. Different enough not to be just another amber ale in the portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 22:16:31 | More by JEdmund
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my cousin for breaking out a surprise growler of this at the family smörgåsbord. Into my new Free State pint glass (also courtesy of my cousin) this poured a nice bright amber color, good clarity, with a generous cap of puffy offwhite foam. The lace was sticky and stayed around for awhile.

Aroma was mainly malty with mild multigrain and sunflower seed notes. Flavor was similarly bready with some light sweetness that finished dry. There were some notes of earthy hop as it came to room temperature. The body was light for an alt, but this rendered it very drinkable. I drank my half of the growler no problem. Free State is on my radar, hope to visit the brewpub someday.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2009 04:39:10 | More by emerge077
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 02:41:49 | More by dbossman
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marc77

California

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange / copper in color and very clear. Impressive, thick and sticky head. Nutty, lightly roasted malt aroma, w/ a mild green and floral Hallertauer nose. Toasted and dark caramel malt flavors are accompanied by moderate hop bitterness. The medium body and fairly high carbonation make this brew quite effervescent and refreshing. The finish is quite dry and tannic, but in a pleasant way. Ad Astra is an all around very drinkable beer and a fine example of a style that isn't brewed enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2002 05:29:09 | More by marc77
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karst

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear deep copper with a persistant 3 finger head that persists.

Aroma of nutty malt and Hallertauer hops.

Flavors of crystal 60 and toasted nutty malts balanced by moderate IBUs

Medium body, active carbonation and unfermentable dextrins yield a satisfying mouthfeel with a dry finish from hops. Ad Astra is an excellent Alt bier a style that I have began to delve into.

Most drinkable!

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2006 02:14:39 | More by karst
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jaycount

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden appearance. Clean fresh looking white head. Good ale. Not alot of extra flavors thrown in, but a good taste of hops. Earthy, hoppy, malty taste. Average mouthfeel, not alot of carbonation. Very sessionable.

Will be in my normal rotation as long as I can keep getting it around town.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:50:19 | More by jaycount
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Tone

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 6/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight earthy malt, slight caramel malt, hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of citrus, hint of grass, slight earthy malt, hint of caramel, and a hint of honey. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:47:48 | More by Tone
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Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.