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Ad Astra Ale - Free State Brewing Co.

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Ad Astra AleAd Astra Ale

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

22Blue, May 31, 2014
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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%

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JMC0054, Mar 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

duceswild, Mar 12, 2014
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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.

boilermakerbrew, Mar 12, 2014
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Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.