Pours clear with a thick, off-white, tightly packed foam. Retention is outstanding while lacing begins as it recedes, leaving sticky sporadic impressionistic art on the glass.
Bread/biscuit and caramel malt sweetness greets the nose. Clean, fresh, and herbal hops hit for a bit of a balance.
Taste is sweet up front with wave of biscuit and caramel malts settling in. Toffee comes in the finish and I might even so a slight roast but really ends sweet, leaving the lips sticky. Once again the clean, fresh hop profile comes on.
Light-medium to medium body with a rather mild carbonation that hits the middle of the tongue. Dries the palate while leaving a sweetness on the lips.
I haven't had a load of Alt beers to compare this too. I like the balance, to a point, as the sweet, stickiness left on the lips tells me there might be a bit too much unbalance to the malts. But the overall simple complexities of the malt and hops allow this beer to be drank rather easily. Enjoy!
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.