Ad Astra Ale - Free State Brewing Company

Ad Astra Ale

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Overall: 8.12/10 by 1 dude

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Style: Altbier

IBU: 24

Season: Year Round

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  • Color: Amber
  • 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!
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  • Reviewed: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 21:45:22
  • Tasted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
  • $0.00 for 12 oz. bottle
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Beer Notes
  • 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.
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