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Ad Astra Ale - Free State Brewing Co.

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Ad Astra AleAd Astra Ale

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 53
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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maxpower

Missouri

2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep clear amber color, nice white lasting head, malty bready aroma. Light and sweet caremel malt flavor, some light hop flavor stand out in a clean dry finish, light body and a thin, watery mouthfeel, a good one for microswill drinkers just to bland for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2003 17:54:28 | More by maxpower
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Tafyob41

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

03-22-2014 03:44:37 | More by Tafyob41
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap in August 2009.

Pours a moderate brown color with a slight rusty tint. Short white head. The nose brigs some fruits and lift caramel plus a small amount of hops. Bad news underneath though. Just like other beers here, we were unfortunate to get somethig bad going on, as the taste here was quite buttery as well. Luckily this hadn't pervaded other aspects of the beer all that much. It's too bad as I really enjoyed their barleywine and that had no off flavors at all. Maybe we just happened to catch a bad time either with brewing or bad lines. It was at the brewpub though, so either way I have to say that it's on them.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 20:26:29 | More by Thorpe429
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emmasdad

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Dan (and Ratman) for sharing this one last night. Although I sincerly appreciate it, I did not enjoy it. Poured a dark amber color with a little bit of head on top. Aromas of cardboard, nuts and caramel. Medium bodied, with flavors of cardboard, roasted nuts and caramel malt. Kind of sad, maybe this one sat for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 23:16:20 | More by emmasdad
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KSMONHNYIL

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

06-24-2014 15:02:12 | More by KSMONHNYIL
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IrishTank

Kansas

3/5  rDev -18.7%

07-13-2014 11:45:24 | More by IrishTank
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-31-2012 04:38:21 | More by TastyIsBeer
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jrenn

Kansas

3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-19-2012 21:12:15 | More by jrenn
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schoun

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-25-2012 17:06:07 | More by schoun
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-22-2013 19:38:42 | More by rfbenavi80
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SirPlunkett

Kansas

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-05-2012 23:25:56 | More by SirPlunkett
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DB85


3/5  rDev -18.7%

07-26-2012 09:51:52 | More by DB85
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2003 01:19:57 | More by bditty187
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. A gift from my friend Ragingbull.
The beer pours a clear beautiful mahogany color with ruby highlights and a 1 cm creamy beige head. The foam receds slowly to a sturdy surface layer with very tight lattice on the sides of the glass. Very appealing looks.
Aroma is caramel and some grainy malt with a bit of spicy and grassy hops in the background, but this is a malt driven nose.
First sip reveals an average bodied beer with very fine yet tingly carbonation.
Flavor is grainy and husky malt with a touch of toffee. I also get a little bit of grassy hop but the beer finishes with an almost tangy malt hit, more like a wheat twang than caramel. The finishing flavor is a little weird as it is out of balance with the rest of the beer.
No hint of any booze on this one and the beer drinks very smooth and easy.
I like the beer overall but the flavor on the finish is a little strange.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:25:49 | More by sulldaddy
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birchstick

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amberish copper with a creamy white head on it. Smells of toasts malts with a bit of nut character. The taste is close to the nose with a nice toasted malt but deviates from the aroma in that it has a stronggrassy hop bitterness. I don't lnow if it my palate or this brewery but I am getting a lot of grass hop on their beers. As Ith their other beers, I really enjoy the story behind the name and appreciate the effOrt put into the beer but it isn't one I would necessarily go out of my way for. Worth a try, though?, definitely.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 03:36:34 | More by birchstick
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sammo

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-25-2012 17:23:13 | More by sammo
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Allurex

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

01-05-2012 01:24:12 | More by Allurex
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Duff27

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-13-2012 00:45:59 | More by Duff27
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cardern

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

05-02-2012 00:13:06 | More by cardern
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-07-2014 22:13:30 | More by Ristaccia
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rapayn01

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-04-2013 02:11:38 | More by rapayn01
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Punisher

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-20-2013 17:02:12 | More by Punisher
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper-tinted brown pour, with a faint light white head, lacy fingers scratching their way down the glass.

Bready malt dominates, leaving little else to the imagination. Smells alot like a brewery, actually.

Highly bready - caramel, woodsy, pumpernickel, with only an allusion of citrus - grapefruit, orange.

Crisp and hearty, with ample carbonation.

Not a great beer, but I certainly could drink a lot of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 03:47:46 | More by mdcrouser
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V3XX069

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-16-2013 06:16:57 | More by V3XX069
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irongator

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

09-28-2013 21:41:55 | More by irongator
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Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.