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Ad Astra Ale - Free State Brewing Co.

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
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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TylerDYoung


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-31-2012 03:20:39 | More by TylerDYoung
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful deep amber pour with a half inch of head. smells of floral hops, caramel sweetness and honey. tastes of chocolate, cherry, caramel.. really sweet! light body crossing over to medium body with moderate carbonation. very easy to go down, very tasty, and very enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 22:12:43 | More by facundoCNB
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schoun

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.7%

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

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +22%

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

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-19-2012 00:12:55 | More by corbs
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AudreyLOglesby

Missouri

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-16-2012 22:39:44 | More by AudreyLOglesby
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fairly dark brown pour with a very light tan head. Head is dense and retains very well. Lots of thick lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel, toasted malt and some earthtones. A touch of dark fruit? Chocolate as it warms.

T: Toasted malt mixed with some caramel and chocolate. Earthy aftertaste.

M: Pretty light, to be expected for a 5.6% ABV beer.

O: Honestly not bad, a pretty simple and malty beer. Drinkable and inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:58:04 | More by Dope
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KansasBeerLover

Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-26-2012 02:15:57 | More by KansasBeerLover
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sportsdrenched


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-25-2012 21:55:05 | More by sportsdrenched
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-21-2012 15:13:59 | More by sgttibbs
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jrenn

Kansas

3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-19-2012 21:12:15 | More by jrenn
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kclegends03

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-17-2012 03:03:13 | More by kclegends03
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jwmarcum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-15-2012 21:19:25 | More by jwmarcum
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

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

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-26-2012 06:46:32 | More by Whiskeydeez
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MTNboy

Germany

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a transparent brown body with a thick sandy head. A bit more tha average carbonation to the body.

Smell: It has a fruity hop aroma.

Taste: A bit yeast spicy at first then it is toffee like and then it finishes with mild grapefruit bitterness and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Dry and sweet brought together in a medium body.

Overall: It was a bit more complex that I thought it would be. I liked it and if I was reaching for something out of my norm I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 05:35:11 | More by MTNboy
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katiesusie

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +22%

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

Kansas

3/5  rDev -18.7%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-28-2011 01:50:30 | More by Grebdioz
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campofapproval

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-20-2011 20:58:17 | More by campofapproval
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goates

Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-10-2011 00:50:09 | More by goates
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AJD1201

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-04-2011 03:34:14 | More by AJD1201
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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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tronester

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep dark brownish red with a creamy tan head. Smell is a bit of dark fruit and freshly cut hay. Taste is initially some munich malt sweetness, followed by a cinnamony, rye bread middle, and a slightly tart, earthy finish. Mouthfeel is rich, cask like carbonation. Overall a good beer. Not too often you find an altbier in the USA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 23:51:43 | More by tronester
Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.