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Ad Astra Ale - Free State Brewing Co.

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | 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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Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of maxpower
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.

maxpower, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Tafyob41
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Tafyob41, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
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.

emmasdad, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of KSMONHNYIL
3/5  rDev -18.7%

KSMONHNYIL, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of IrishTank
3/5  rDev -18.7%

IrishTank, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -18.7%

TastyIsBeer, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jrenn
3/5  rDev -18.7%

jrenn, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of schoun
3/5  rDev -18.7%

schoun, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of rfbenavi80
3/5  rDev -18.7%

rfbenavi80, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of SirPlunkett
3/5  rDev -18.7%

SirPlunkett, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of HawkeyeNation
3/5  rDev -18.7%

HawkeyeNation, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of DB85
3/5  rDev -18.7%

DB85, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of bditty187
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.

bditty187, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of sulldaddy
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.

sulldaddy, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of birchstick
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.

birchstick, Jun 08, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

sammo, Jun 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Allurex, Jan 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Duff27, Aug 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

cardern, May 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Ristaccia, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

rapayn01, Nov 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Punisher, Jul 20, 2013
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Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.