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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

176 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

Photo of IreRican
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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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Redneckwine
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of SVan007
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.