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Ad Astra Ale - Free State Brewing Co.

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

thufflife, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Brenden, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Justinbshelton, Jul 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

IrishTank, Jul 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

bbugclubb, Jul 06, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

erredin, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

tyler_aks, Jul 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

RHP18, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Chellsburger, Jun 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

pjbfromkc, Jun 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

KSMONHNYIL, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bdoolittle, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

DVG72, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

AGoodStout, Jun 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Ristaccia, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

22Blue, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

RMKsBeer, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

beatenbyjacks, May 05, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid (if not particularly memorable) local beer from Lawrence, Kanasas. This is a rather dark beer with a small fuzzy head, and, as advertised, a great balance between malts and hops. The malts will hit you first--smooth, coffee-flavored, full-bodied. Then come the grainy, spicy hops. The flavor is rather pronounced but neither element is very strong. Great beer.

AmyfaceNYC, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Skyjmpr, Mar 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Tafyob41, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

falconxman, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

JMC0054, Mar 12, 2014
Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.