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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

151 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews by 2xHops:
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2xHops

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was sort of surprised, but not really, to see this offered at a local Central Market. They had few other good stuff I will be reviewing soon.

I poured this red lager into a pint glass...

The taste's great for a red lager. The alcohol did not come on strong, and it certainly tasted somewhat malty. It reminded me of Killian's Irish Red but with couple notable differences. First, this beer taste better, and it does not have a peculiar aftertaste like Killian's does.

Is this a session beer? Probably not because it has 6.2% ABV, but it is definitely a welcome change to their regular lineup.

Overall, you can't go wrong with this beer. I think it's a great beer to have at parties. I love the bottles and they're so easy to put in the coolers to lug around.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:04:04 | More by 2xHops
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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.
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S: pretty heavy on sweet malt, dark bread

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Short bottle, short review, best I've had from Session. (Full Sail)

A: Pours a clear, red-amber-mahogany body with a brief, near white head that fades and doesnt lace.

S: Toasty rye bread/wheat bread combo with caramel and maybe some hazel nut spread or a drizzle of toffee. (good but faint)

T: Wonderfully follows smell, w toasted, full grain bread more flow of caramel, nuttiness, zesty, spicy hops that provide bitterness to balance. Then into a long, drying, malty back end with a very pleasant lingering bitter sweet spicy finish. Taste is best part.

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O: A dark Lager, or mid-dark Czech style. Very original, very good, very good food beer. Must try, but a bit too sweet for me to make it a regular, or a, well, a session. I think it's a winter seasonal.

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A: Red/orange in color with great clarity. The fine-bubbled white head settles to a thin cap. Thin ring of lacing.

S: Sweet on the nose with aromas of brown molasses, slight caramel, toasted grain, vague red fruits, doughy yeast, dried grass, and spicy and oily hops.

T: Sweet malt tastes of brown molasses, dark caramel, toasted grain, and grass. A red fruit juice sort of taste also seems to be malt-derived, the beer as a whole is clean. Very subtle hint of doughy yeast. Hops stay conservative, but add a wet, spicy herbal balancing note toward the back. Brush of cocoa. Toasty finish.

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A - Brownish/amber with a nice, off-white head. Good retention. Not bad.
S - Smell is somewhat nutty with a touch of toasted malts. Reminds me of a bock with caramel malt sweetness.
T - Well its mostly sweet I am getting a faint metallic note that I don't enjoy. Somewhat nutty, sweet and somewhat good flavor.
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Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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