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Wandering Star Ultimate Summer Session Rye (’U.S.S.R.’)

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
This quenching red summer ale is brewed with premium UK malts, bittered with Columbus hops and finished with Perle hops for flavor. Crystal rye malt imbues crisp complexity and a unique red color (no caramel or other artificial colors here). A perfect session beer for the summer! RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS: Fish and chips, pizza dishes, chicken wings and other summer favorites; also cheese plates, especially soft cheeses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Had on cask at Mahar’s in Albany, NY, Wandering Star’s USSR is a somewhat lacking on the "rye" portion, but it is nonetheless a decent sessionable beer. Grains and malt play with the rye in the presence of a sweet taste I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but I suspect that it was something to do with the "summer" portion of this beer. I wouldn’t go out of my way to get one, but I drank the one I had with no complaints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Pours clear red amber. Mild stone and mineral aromas. Palate is session able and nicely balanced with a definite rye note at the end. Very tasty!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBoxer (2593) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Draft. Bright reddish amber color. Small head. Scent is pretty not present. Taste is watery and not flavorful. I see how they say its a summer session beer, but there are better options

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 20, 2012
A nice interpretation of an interesting style. The rye is certainly present, moreso than in many ’rye ipas’ from other breweries, but the taste lacks much else. Drinkable, but not terribly. An interesting attempt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (8181) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Cask. Pours amber with a thin head. Relatively bland, with light grains, floral hops, and a hint of rye malts. Clean and nondescript.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2984) - New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Drafy from brouwerij Lane. Orangey brown pour with bubbles. Deep rye grain aroma. Caramel malts spice and grain. Thin body. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (14942) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Draft. Pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose and taste of rye, peppermint and malt. Light body.

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