Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
According to Full Sail Executive Brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson, “Session Fest is a Czech-style strong lager called polotmavé or literally “light dark or semi-dark.”
Brewed with 2 Row Pale malt, Munich malt, Caramel malt and Wheat malt, and hopped with a blend of Glaciers and Cascades.

6.2% ABV
26 IBU

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-30-2011)
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3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film surrounded by a medium thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with a lighter presence of biscuit malts. Hints of spicy hops are present as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and biscuit malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy + spicy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which lingers lightly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with enough flavor + aroma that I could easily have a couple of these during a single afternoon. Alcohol is well hidden.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Orangy golden amber, crystal clear, 1 finger head dissipates very fast and retains very poorly, leaves almost no lacing. Not a good look.

Smell - Lots of clean, toasty, bready malts. A whiff of vague fruity sweetness and spicy hops... Hint of booze?

Taste - Aligns with smell mostly: Clean, toasty, bready, sweet maltiness up front, spicy/grassy hopping is extremely mild, subtle fruity grape/apple notes, kiss of alcohol lends a spicy and peppery note. Finishes on the dry side with almost no bitterness and a bit of vegetal maltiness. Flavor is actually quite reminiscent of a malt liquor.

Feel - Very smooth, but this one feels a bit thick despite the medium body, low carbonation doesn't help that fact - finish falls quite flat. Doesn't have a great deal of that "crisp" lager character. Somehow remains quite drinkable, though... An oddity.

Overall - A good beer, just not a real good one, and certainly not a "session" beer despite the product line. This is a pretty heavy feeling lager, and weighs a bit more than your average amber @ 6.2% ABV (the booze is detectable but actually pleasant). Good tasting, but could use more carbonation and a heavier hopping hand for more balance and bite: needs a body tweak for improved crispness. C'mon Full Sail, I know you could do this better!

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Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.