Free State Brewing Co.

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Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
American IPA
Ranked #2,638
Ranked #19,777
3.8 | pDev: 10.53%
Mar 30, 2024
Jun 07, 2012
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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Ratings by defunksta:
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark golden/slightly amber color with a medium off-white head. SRM of 14. (4.25)

Aroma: Mild aromas of fruit upfront before a moderate sweet caramel and crystal malt backbone. Resinous, sweet, but has a light honey or crystla malt note to it as well

Flavor: Moderate flavors of pine, grapefruit, caramel upfront. Finishes with a smooth honey, caramel, and pine finish.

Feel: Body is light to medium. Carbonation is moderate, and finish is relatively light and clean for the darker malt flavors.

Overall: A lighter-bodied IPA with a darker malt flavors, but a clean finish. Some grapefruit, but this one focuses on the caramel and possibly crystal malt flavors. Drinkable and a midwest IPA. (Final Rating: 3.78)
Dec 26, 2021
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.72 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 30, 2024
Rated: 3.76 by SicemWT from Texas

Mar 30, 2024
Rated: 3.58 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Mar 17, 2024
Rated: 3.88 by MJ64 from Mississippi

May 21, 2023
Rated: 3.69 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Oct 06, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by WDJersey from Colorado

Nov 01, 2021
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up in Kansas over the summer when I drove across the country on U.S. 50, vowing to get at least a bottle and a can from every state that I passed through where I hadn't had one before. Kansas was pretty much it for me and this was the best of the bunch that I found at Walmart and although it didn't taste or feel like an IPA, this was fine to kick back with on this mild autumn evening!

This poured like apple cider with a good amount of haze to it and plenty of foam that slowly came out of the bottle as I threw the cap out. Needless to say, that nearly topped off my pint glass once I filled it up with the liquid as the lacing left behind was mostly in the form of a few thing rings near the top. Lots of wheat and Crystal Malt in the nose as there was a bit of floral earthiness and tart citrus underneath that, although this was quite mellow. I say that since this didn't feel like an IPA when it came to the aroma and that was true for the taste as well, between the light and British-feeling hops and lack of overt alcohol and heft. No doubt that was nice to kick back with, although the full, bready body and light carbonation ensured that this would be fairly balanced from start to finish.

A bit of apple and pear emerged as this warmed up with those notes staying on the palate as the final sips went down. A bit of caramel stickiness and citrus pith rounded out the flavor profile as this was subtly complex but never overbearing. No date was given on the bottle but the tornado on the label was a cute - and fitting - from a brewery that existed there before nearly any other. This was nothing compared to it's bigger counterparts on the coasts but as a change of pace, I welcomed it and could easily see it being Free State's flagship!
Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by joran from Kansas

Jul 04, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Apr 16, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Stormchaser has a thick, off-white head and a somewhat cloudy, bubbly, orange-gold appearance, with fairly heavy lacing. The aroma is of hop resin and white bread crust. The taste is the same, with robust, but not harsh, bitterness. Stormchaser is rather thin bodied with a mostly-dry finish.

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by Jcreek from Illinois

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by jchanley from Illinois

Jan 25, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color - except for some small particulates floating in suspension - and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with some delicate lacing covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of woody and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, starting out with flavors of woody/spicy hops and finishes with notes of orange citrus and underlying hints of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the crisp bite of this beer and the contrasting flavors of woody and citrusy hops in the taste.

Serving type: bottle
Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured a clear tangerine color with slight rose hints and a slightly less than 1" off-white foam head. Scent is hoppy, with notes of citrus and other tropical sensations. Some floral scents are also present. Taste follows closely, with a surprisingly robust bready maltiness to ease out some of the more hoppy/fruity flavors present. Feel is bright (dry) and refreshing with a bit of lingering hoppy bitterness. A fun beer to have tried out!
Jan 03, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by alexsergio from New York

Dec 28, 2019
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
BOM 12/2019
Dec 21, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by DudMan from New Jersey

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 03, 2019