Free State Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #4,507
Ranked #24,101
3.81 | pDev: 11.02%
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
Very Good
Notes: This bold, blonde American IPA employs a healthy dose of wheat malt and generous amounts of Crystal, Centennial, and Citra hops. The hops provide a great citrusy bouquet and abundant notes of grapefruit and orange, while the wheat malt provides a crisp tartness to this lighter-bodied IPA.
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Photo of h4ximus
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - deep straw with golden hues
S - mild citrus, subtle pine
T - resins with late citrus again
F - clean, low bitter finish on sides of tongue

One of the better IPAs in Kansas. Very drinkable. Wish it were a flagship for Free State.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Honey golden color with lacing and head of 2 fingers

Smells of cracker malt backing with pine and grapefruit

Taste is pretty bitter with honey notes, rinds and light toffee malts

Feel is carbonated and biting, aggressive

Not a fan really, a very linear, toffee-infused piney pale ale.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a clear amber that develops a bit of a chill haze with a light tan head that fades fairly fast.
The aroma is fruity up front, grapefruit and peach with a bit of candied fruit and pineapple.
The taste differs a bit from the smell. Mainly bitter pith and pine with some citrus at the end. A lot of bitterness and not much else.
Mouthfeel is medium and a touch dry.
Not sure how old this is (no bottling date, just the "Best by...") and it seems to be lacking.

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3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting patiently in my fridge for a couple of months now. Time to stop passing it bye.

A nice bit of carbonation gets me about two inches of crackling bubbles that are doughy beige in tone. Body is the color of unfiltered honey in my glass. Nose includes soft citrus and flowery sweet malts. With first sip you are instantly greeted by a crisp and refreshing flavor profile. Citrus and fresh cut grass meld well together on the tongue. A bit of bready sweetness builds on the back of the palate with second sip. There is a nice dry body to this beer overall. This is a very well made IPA that could easily be enjoyed after mowing the yard or setting beside the pool.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is of lemon-lime citrus reminiscent of Sprite, malt sweetness, and a little bit of pine resin. The taste is fairly bitter up front with a strong citrus flavor. Another not overly complex but fairly easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of ranger7
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Nice. Good white foamy head.
Smell: Strong piney hops. Getting a sense I'm going to be bowled-over.
Taste: Tastes like it smells. Strong hops up front, little substance otherwise.
Feel: Somewhat dry.
Overall: I've tried many examples of this style, but the problem I'm having is consistency. Hop content varies so much from beer to beer within the style that it's hard to get a grip on what an American IPA is. I'd probably put this with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute as a DIPA. Needs more character to be an AIPA, IMO.

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

I had the Free State Stormchaser summer IPA on tap at yard house in Kansas City. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a chill hazed dark gold with a slim of beige foam.

I like the aroma of grains, pine and a touch of stone fruit.

Nice malt backbone that adds a grainy cereal taste. There are resin notes and there is a bit more fruit (plum & peach) in the taste than in the smell. Not sure why it's a summer IPA, but it is tasty.

The mouth is slick and a bit coating.

The brewer did a nice job of balancing all the elements.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good Stuff

I spent a week in Kansas and tried a different beer every night. This unfortunately was from my last night in town. I would have been happy as can be drinking this every night.

Pouring it out of the bottle into one of those mini 6 oz. hotel glasses, it has a rust color. There's just enough head. Enough to generate a splendid aroma. It has a great smell and a great taste of IPA. It's not overly bitter. The only problem is that I think the taste and smell are a little weak.

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Photo of jw4free
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Color: Light head fades quickly, Light honey, medium amber color

Aroma: Piney, juniper fades quickly
Taste: Piney hops, Crackers
Feel: dry, but smooth

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Photo of Nickholland
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had FreeState's Cloud Hopper, Ad Astra and Copperhead and this was the best of all of them. Great herbal/grassy hops with a hint of orange and well balanced with malt. This should be their flagship pale ale imo, unfortunate that it's only seasonal. Don't know why they call this a "light" IPA.

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Photo of rwhitmore
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This their summer seasonal, so I'm reviewing it by memory. This my favorite Free State release, bar none. I can't wait for the warm months to have Stormchaser around.

It's crisp, citrusy and juicy IPA, wonderfully balanced with a light caramel malt backbone. A great summer ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My neighbor brought over a storm chaser IPA that is quite nice and definitely a sessionable IPA for the SUMMER TIME! The beer poured clear copper color with white head that is leaving a very nice lace. The scent is faint bitter hops. The taste is a decent balance between malt and bitter hops with some slight lemon/lime citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good summer style beer.

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Photo of jsausley
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a heavy, alcoholic beer that has a resilient head. This one scores great from me for its ability to cling to the inside of a pint glass.

Served on-tap at Cinetopia dine-in theater at Overland Park in Kansas.

A: This beer has a lovely appearance. It's dark for an IPA and could easily pass as an amber lager with its thick frothy head. It has an amber glow that is transparent and inviting. The rings on the inside of the glass stayed active for over an hour while the movie went on (enjoyed during a movie at Cinetopia in Overland Park, KS). Lovely and bonus points here from me.

S: Delightfully hoppy, crisp and fresh. Nothing too unexpected - notes of green apple and lemon are possibly hidden away deeply, perhaps some grapefruit as well.

T: A wonderfully hoppy beer that isn't too biting or bitter. A bit of a citrus tart underneath. Hoppy and malty (which you would expect with a nearly amber appearance) with a delightful caramel aftertaste. Unexpectedly vibrant and balanced for an IPA.

M: Crisp, smooth, somewhat tart, fairly bitter and a good balance of carbonation. I couldn't ask for any more from an IPA in this category.

O: Definitely sad that I can't get this one on tap at my local watering hole!

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Best by 8/14, so I assume bottled 5/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear honey gold with two fingers of white head. A thin layer persists, leaving healthy sheets of attractive lace.

Smells of orangey citrus, cracker and grass. Simple but just fine.

An earthy citrus flavor leads, followed by grass, cracker, pepper and a tiny bite that might be alcohol. Smooth and easy drinking.

Fairly light in both body and carbonation. The finish is crisp with citrus peel and a little bread.

I can see why they label this a summer IPA. Stormchaser is an unassuming, non assertive IPA that is smooth, flavorful and goes down easy on a hot day. A considerable step above the thin weakness of a pale ale or session IPA.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored brew with an inch thick of off white head. There is some light Brussels lacing. Excellent clarity. Aroma is of floral hops and sourdough bready malt. The flavor is full on floral hops and light malt. The finish is very clean and the hops are very light. The body is light and dry.

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, citrus hops, hint of floral hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and sugar. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of sugar, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, weak aroma, but decent blend and body.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 4th week of November. Pours clear golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny, fruity, peppery hops.

The flavor is bready caramel malts with some fruity resiny hops that leaves a good sized bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

Overall, a solid IPA.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle picked up at Devlin's in Topeka, KS. Best by the first week of October. No ABV listed though I didn't detect any heat so I'm assuming 6% ABV? 59 IBUs. Poured into a pint glass straight out of the fridge.

Appearance: Pours two fingers of creamy, bubbly looking head. Lots of big bubbles. Nice lacing. An almost clear golden colored body. Looks ideal for quaffing.

Smell: Like walking through a hop garden. Lots of floral hops and citrus fruit. Lemon rind, fresh grapefruit, etc. Small amount of pine sap like bitterness. Negligible malt.

Taste: Sweet, floral citrus notes. More of the pine, though not offensively bitter with a soft malt backbone. The wheat's there though you have to look for it and the malts only serve to back up the hops. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than what I normally get from an IPA. Carbonation is light but that really helps this beer and aids the drinkability.

Overall: The floral, hoppy nose is what this beer really has going for it. Total hop bouquet. Drinkability is high on this one. Perfect for humid, story nights in KS. The only thing holding back the beer is the thin mouthfeel. If it were fuller this would be an amazing IPA. As it stands though, another great beer from Freestate.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a 16 oz nonic glass. No discernible bottling or freshness date, but I'm certain this is from the 2013 batch.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a frothy one-finger head that dissipates to a half finger or less fairly quickly. Lacing is watery and sparse. Body is a beautiful hue of golden apricot with some faint haze.

Smell - A complex but light blend of citrus peel, pine needles and a hint of grapefruit. Some floral notes as well. Intoxicating and fragrant to the point that I'm willing to sit here and enjoy the aroma for awhile

Taste - Not as intense as the nose, but still bright and flavorful. Mostly notes of orange fruit flesh--tangerine, clementine, maybe even some limoncello and a faint bitterness. A bit more wheaty as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Clean, refreshing and with a bit of a juicy quality to it. Enough carbonation to give it a tiny bite.

Overall a great light and refreshing summer IPA. Low bitterness and crisp, tasting sessionable even though I can't find the ABV listed anywhere, on the label or online.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Copper amber color. Light cream colored head, slow dissipation with good foamy lacing.

Aroma: A touch of sweet malt, bitter hops, and a smoky, peaty moss thing.

Taste: The malts fade away quite fast, and a storm of bitter hops and citrus rinds come. A very lemony, bright citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Lots of citrus and bitter hops overall, a good IPA worth a try.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler split between 4 people

A - Clear amber body with 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing and pretty good retention.

S - Pine, lots of grapefruit, crunchy floral, bready pale malt.

T - Green pine hops at first but after it opens up bright grapefruit comes out taking over the pine. Pithy bitterness. Pale and caramel malts are lightly sweet and supports the hops while keeping a back seat. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Light side of medium body, pithy bitterness, crisp and clean, dry finish.

This was straight and to the point. Clean summer flavors with a very nice crispness too it. Glad I got a chance to try this.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very warm honey color. Mostly clear, but has a touch of haze. Moderate carbonation. Nice 1/2" of white head forms, which reduces to a slight cap of foam.

Smell: First thing that comes across to me is a lot of florals. Some maltiness backs that up, as well as some citrus/lemon. Nicely balanced, and the florals are very nice.

Taste: A lot of caramel malt backbone shows up initially. Again, some citrus and especially lemon come out after that, followed by lots of nice florals. It leans more towards malt than hop in the taste, which I did not anticipate after the nose. Good, but not great taste.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium in body, nice carbonation presence. About right for the style. Moderately dry finish. Overall, I liked the beer and would have again. It leans more towards being a pale ale than IPA to me though, with those great floral notes and ample malt presence.

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Photo of UnkleFester
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

best by 2nd week of October

A: Pours a clear light copper, 2 fingers of white head that slowly recedes, has a good lacing.

S: Pine, citrus and a hint of sweet malt on the nose.

T: Grapefruit was the first thing I picked up with pine and grassy notes, and a well balanced malt finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

O: A well balanced IPA perfect for summer, I'll be sad when this is gone.

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Photo of olddogdave
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nicely balanced Pale Ale. Not truly an American IPA as it is not that heavily hopped. Although the hops dominate the flavors, here they are not out of balance with the malt background.

This is a great summer beer. Refreshing and extraordinarily dry.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack in McPherson, KS.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus - mostly orange and grapefruit. A touch of caramel in the nose, too.

T - Good toasty, caramel malt backbone. Citrus and piney hops. Slight grapefruit tartness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is another really good IPA from Free State. Love the label artwork, too.

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Stormchaser from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 131 ratings