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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 12
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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Johnct

Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

08-07-2014 14:30:28 | More by Johnct
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-02-2014 05:07:44 | More by zestar
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SVan007


3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

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

08-01-2014 20:34:11 | More by SVan007
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Knobs303

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-23-2014 21:02:06 | More by Knobs303
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bongobeer

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-22-2014 01:32:33 | More by bongobeer
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-08-2014 05:31:31 | More by GClarkage
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zander4dawin

Texas

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

06-30-2014 00:21:26 | More by zander4dawin
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kantsurf

California

3/5  rDev -18%

06-17-2014 06:42:50 | More by kantsurf
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jag21

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-13-2014 21:44:19 | More by jag21
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Kidspice


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-13-2014 21:40:15 | More by Kidspice
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-09-2014 18:38:32 | More by HoppySeb
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-29-2014 01:18:34 | More by Latarnik
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-23-2014 21:30:08 | More by afsdan
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metter98

New York

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

04-21-2014 02:05:00 | More by metter98
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makeitavintage

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%

03-19-2014 22:03:41 | More by makeitavintage
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red amber colored with a short off white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: pretty heavy on sweet malt, dark bread

T: quite clean flavor, sweet up front balanced by bitter hop finish, well balanced

M: light to medium bodied with high carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: nice red lager, full of flavor

02-25-2014 02:17:48 | More by M_C_Hampton
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

02-08-2014 17:55:33 | More by TheBigBoy
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BuzzLitebier

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-05-2014 01:51:02 | More by BuzzLitebier
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Act25

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Light carbonation, but good tingly mouth feel.

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.

01-29-2014 23:33:40 | More by Act25
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-26-2014 02:30:46 | More by DerekP
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-09-2014 17:39:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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Loakwurm

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-05-2014 20:26:02 | More by Loakwurm
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

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.

M: Medium bodied, but very rich and full. It sits in the mouth with a sense of heft, though it stays very quaffable. Prickling carbonation. Slick smoothness.

O: At 6.2% abv, this is not a session beer in the British sense of the word, but true to the Session brand, it is very quaffable. No flaws and no frills, this is just an easy lager to put down and a fun beer to drink overall.

01-04-2014 16:56:20 | More by ryan1788a5
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heytomcat

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18%

01-02-2014 03:59:02 | More by heytomcat
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williahd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-28-2013 23:06:44 | More by williahd
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Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.