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: 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
Ratings:
273
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
79
For Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of DevAJ
2.49/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It looks nice, but I'm starting to think that maybe I got a bad one or it's expired (picked up in a build your own six pack). The smell is very metallic. The taste is of burnt malt, but then the aftertaste is slightly metallic as well. I am a little disappointed as I was actually looking forward to this one after finding out the style.

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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.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -22%
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.

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2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of zaraspook
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bditty187
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of McAfee85
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of kinmundy77
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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