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:
274
Reviews:
70
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
80
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of Aaron197
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweenz
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brick red with a single finger light tan head that fades fast and leaves spotty lace.
The aroma is toffee, spicy and fruity.
Toffee leads the taste with caramel and spice notes, a bit of dark fruit and a long lasting bitter finish.
The mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Very good.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Lovely Amber color fairly clear with an off white head.

Nice molasses malt aroma.

Definitely an amber lager like taste. Not overly complex basically malt and lager yeast but the sum of the parts is very good.

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Photo of batt6343
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonboy1138
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jws7968
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this from a beer of the month club and it is my favorite so far. Nice smooth beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chestnut colored body with reddish copper tinges. The head is 2 fingers and pillowy, popcorn colored and holds good retention. 1/4 finger left after several minutes.

The malt is apparent in the nose but so are the hops. I'm getting a bit of nut, grapefruit, roast barley, and squishes of lemon.

Hops kick out first with a slight metallic quality, but a nice bready malt rush comes in to balance things out. The metallic presence remains throughout the tasting but isn't overwhelming to the degree of degrading the beer. Slight tomato presence also keeps things interesting.

Feel is super creamy and medium bodied in every sense, just barely bordering of heavily bodied. It tapers off to a carbonated quisp and leaves a zing and slight alcohol burn on the back of the throat.

Ad Astra Ale is a fair Amber worthy of a try. It could use a few revisions and recipe tweaks, but it's not half bad for its price per bottle.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown bottle date

Pours deep ruby and amber color with one finger head. Crystal clear and somewhat lively bubbles rising. Looks really nice and even leaves some decent lacing.

Nose is blend of lager like yeast and hints of coffee and toffee. Peaty, grassy, and floral hops. Maybe a little bit of seasoned wood. Smells like it's going to have a lot going on.

First sip is primarily sweet with very light caramel followed by grassy hop notes and then a bit of metallic-like bitterness. Continuing into it opens up a little bit of lemon and orange rind. Not bursting with citrus but very laid back compliment to the sweet malts. Metallic flavors fade away.

Fairly light bodied and the carbonation is a bit fizzy on the palate and tongue. Very easy to drink and finishes pretty clean. Little in the way of aftertaste.

Pretty impressed with this beer. Many different flavors all blending well together and it's very easy to drink. Got this in a beer of the month club gift so not sure I'm able to pick this up in my parts but I'd definitely have this again. Under rated IMO.

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Photo of 50StateBeerTour
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGCoon
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zaraspook
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bbeerman
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmd1978
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nose of malt, honey, and caramel. Small head with the pour. Taste of malt and Carmel. Bits of pepper. Decent beer. Good transition beer to get off of Busch and Budweiser

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McAfee85
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of theranko
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcb
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hired_Goon
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpuetz
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chucker17
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AMCPhD
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Penrodeo
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ad Astra Ale from Free State Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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