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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

MikeDAdams, Friday at 05:14 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

DrewBest, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Strauss95, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

prisdefer, Nov 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Packard, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

minneapolitanjim, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

foureyedgeek, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of jadpsu
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great with its light amber body and abundant tan foamy head that stays around for a while.
Aroma is roasty malts, some sweet chocolate and grassy scents..
Taste: Pick up some roasted malts, some light hop bitterness. Very dry.
Medium to full body. Very nice. Only complaint is the bottle of 11 ounces.

jadpsu, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Falien02
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Falien02, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Uzz, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handsome dark amber in the wine glass. Abundant cap of foam.

Full bodied with plenty of malt. It tastes stronger than it is. Definitely sweet, and more like a golden bock at first taste, but it has a smooth edgy sensation that is more balanced. Such a warm malty flavor that keeps returning with every sip. Sudsy mouthfeel and a nutty, roasty aftertaste. Spicy but mellow.

Hugely drinkable rich lager. A cut way above so many over hopped Reds and over-strong winter brews. I am never disappointed by the numerous brews in the lager style that Full Sail is making. From the 11 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

mactrail, Dec 21, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce bottle - at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Enjoy By: 12/25/11.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-tan body with a small, brief, near white head.

Smell: Smells of bread crusts delightfully toasted up to a golden-brown and topped with sweet, wholesome caramel and a few coarsely chopped nuts backed by a note of spicy hops.

Taste: Toasted, grainy bread with a wash of sweet, sugar-induced caramel. Some nuttiness. Zesty, spicy hops with ample bitterness to balance things out nicely. Drying, malty on the back end with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation with some tingle present (that tells you it's working).

Overall: Now, that's a beer I've not had in a long time... a long time. Maybe it's just me, but this one reminds me of the first installment to the LTD series.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 20, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, dense head that is slightly red and has good persistence. Sweet malt aroma with a slight spiciness to it. A copper-yellow-brown color. Starts with a nice, mild hop bitterness that is somewhat spicy, with sweet malt supporting it. Builds to a medium-low bitterness, and then the malt just comes in and sits atop the floral, spicy hops.

This is really, really nice. Easily the best lager I've had from the Western United States. It's like an Oktoberfest-light. The smooth malt and medium bitterness are balanced wonderfully (not as well as a Wisconsin lager, but this is not to discredit this brew), with a slight spiciness to it.

TheSSG, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of mjurney
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Light copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising up to the top. Thin head.

Aroma:
Sweet malts, fruity, hint of earthy, crisp.

Taste:
Sweet malts up front, toasted nuts, caramel, bright fruit, herbal hop finish. Body is medium, crisp, slight dry aftertaste, well carbonated.

mjurney, Nov 17, 2012
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4.12/5  rDev +12.3%

cmbeddoe7997, Aug 31, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a glass poured from their awesome "grenade" bottle.

Nice malty backbone with a touch of a hop finish, but nothing to be all sierra Nevada or arrogant bastard about.

Smooth and to the point, bit of a sweet aftertaste in the sweet sticky beer way.

Would drink again. In fact I've had several already. But only won once at paper rock scissors.

tkone, Oct 08, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish brown with a frothy off white head that sticks around. Smell is mostly malt with some yeast and subtle spice notes. The taste starts with the malt and moves into the yeast, and has a nice subtle spice finish. The aftertaste has some of the malty notes with a subtle sweetness. A nice medium mouthfeel adds the the depth of the beer, giving a thicker style. Nice carbonation and an easy drinker. These session beers are solid beers, all with subtle nuances and great flavor. Nothing huge and over the top but done right.

wingman14, Oct 17, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Gorgeous clear amber red. Very little suds on top.
S - Sweet malt.
T - Almost nutty, with some caramel, graininess, and minimal roast the predominate flavors. Hops enough to notice, but not pick out what types. Not much yeast character, but fits with the style.
M - Thick and foamy for a lager.
O - I enjoyed this. Once again, Full Sail does a good job of giving you session beers that are drinkable but not boring.

gaugebozo, Feb 25, 2012
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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

Pshore91, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

dangelop, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this literally as they were being unloaded on display. I was told this was the first batch arrived.

I have not had many Full Sail brews, so I didnt know what to expect. My initial impression was of high hopes. The grenade-type bottle is pretty darn cool, plus I like it when any brewery has a "series", like the Session series.

The smell was malty, and very similar to many american style fest lagers. It pours a nice autumn brown, little head, but nice carbonation. The carbonation actually made this fall brew pretty refreshing.

The flavour was great. Slightly hoppy and nutty...a really unique characteristic. The higher than normal alcohol was noticeable, but enjoyable. This is probably up there as one of my favorite fest beers and I would buy this again.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

Knobs303, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

speedvagen, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Brownish/amber color with a nice big 2 fingers worth of head that settle to a nice thin layer with great lacing.

S: I'm getting sweet malt, a little breadiness and toast

T: Sweet malty right up front, follows and finishes with a nice roasted grainy toast mixed with a little caramel.

M: Crisp yet clean and smooth. Good carbonation.

O: Very drinkable brew with pretty good ABV.... with looking for and a like the bottle says... Session Fest.

mralphabet, Jan 23, 2012
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Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.