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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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165 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Falcone, Yesterday at 07:45 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

MikeDAdams, Friday at 05:14 PM
Photo of Redneckwine
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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 - simple but good.

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!

Redneckwine, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

RHVC59, Sep 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

kb2250, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerRunner, Sep 15, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

Pshore91, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jyacco15, Sep 09, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +12.3%

cmbeddoe7997, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

misternebbie, Aug 28, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

TeamSeinfeld, Aug 27, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%

Johnct, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of SVan007
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First time having anything by full sail, but what caught my eye was the red lager on the bottle. Poured into a glass almost no head despite being fairly carbonated. A dark amber you'd expect from an ale. Smelled sweet, first pull was different and not off putting . Enjoyed the carbonation and the body which was a little distracted by the tingling of the carb. Almost a light brown sugar after taste and almost no hop notes at all. Considering the high abv for a brew lager this is pretty great. Sorry for the lack of descriptive language lost my sense if smell due to being sick, just now slowly getting it back. Will get again once full senses come back (olfactory). Would recommend if your wanting something different to enjoy. No risks here

SVan007, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Knobs303, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bongobeer, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First beer I can remember in the now popular "session IPA" mold. Fest does a great job of keeping a great flavor on a thin bodied, highly drinkable beer. Pours a surprisingly dark amber with a soupy head. Smell is floral, taste is a non bitter hoppyness with notes of butterscotch. Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery. Overall I great drinker and one to look forward to in the winter.

zander4dawin, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

kantsurf, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jag21, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Kidspice, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

afsdan, Apr 23, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin film covering the surface in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a lot of flavors of toasted malts, but no sweetness is apparent because the malts are balanced out by a slight amount of bitterness and associated flavors of grassy hops.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied, clean and mostly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and I would have no problem knocking back of few of these in succession.

metter98, Apr 21, 2014
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Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.