Ad Astra Ale | Free State Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
freestatebrewing.com

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,336
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
285
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
86
Trade:
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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle nabbed at Goebel Liquor in Wichita, Kansas.

I'm not getting any toasted amber malt, but there's plenty of pale/Munich malt. Mildly hopped.

Not much of an attempt at an amber ale, but it's drinkable.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of procession7
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing incredible. It had a metallic flavor (from a bottle).

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Photo of Captain69
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SLIGHT AMBER COLOR AND TASTE - GREAT ALE - FOUND A MIXED 12 PAK GREAT COLLECTION OF BEERS

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Photo of Jerryb1961
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I didn't care for it. It isn't sweet or bitter....it just is. Not really bad, but not something I'd buy again either. I drank it cold straight from the bottle.

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Photo of mwvman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BAHartman
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rdoggg
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J_Arbizzle
2.61/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ICTguy21
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head that dies fairly quick, beer is a deep dark amber in color. Smells sweet of slight hops and breadiness. Tastes nicely balanced between malt and hops with a bit of breadiness and slight sweetness. Free State calls this one an Amber Ale. Overall it's a nicely balanced easy drinker, a well done beer.

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Photo of BellsFan
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CUBeerBuff
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a clear and very dark color. The head is a creamy tan color and the aroma is a little malty, with toffee and cracker...the taste is drier than I was expecting, with some malt and roasted notes. A little caramel. The finish is, again, dry. Just moderate

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Photo of S-Taylor
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sasatter
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harrison8
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich bloody-burgundy with a finger of khaki head. Head foams up nicely, leaving a solid ring of foam around the top of the beer. Lacing is strewn around the glass after each gulp. Aroma brings about a barrage of lighthearted malts in the form of toasted and slightly bready notes. Earthy hops sit right below. Flavor profile opens up wonderfully, with notes of toasted and breaded malts, and earthy hops yet again. Caramel and toffee notes peak out ever so slightly at the height of the flavor profile. Mouth feel has a slight bit of grain to it, otherwise the carbonation adds some texture. It has a smooth, fairly crisp, medium-thin consistency. Overall, a solid beer. It focuses on a select few notes, and delivers well. It's easy to gulp with its thinner feel, and tasty flavor.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The copper color of the liquid is piercingly clear and the two fingered head complements the look; a lot of splashy lacing left behind

Smell: Stong caramel tones with earthy hops underneath

Taste: Caramel forward, with a touch of molasses adding depth; earthy hops add some bitterness, through the middle; the finish is on the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure why this is considered to be an Altbier, although Munich malts are in the grist; tastes more like an Amber Ale to me; decent, if you like the style

Thanks, jmueller216, for the opportunity

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Photo of ffshore545
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpro
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bear1964
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper with long lasting lacing.
Smell is caramel hops with a hint of dark fruit and chocolate.
Taste is roasted malts with a faint chocolate finish.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 285 ratings