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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
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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Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this stubby bottle in my fridge for a while, and I have been meaning to drink since Xmas 2011. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark amber body. Not much head, and no lacing. Not very impressive to look at. Smell had faint hints of holiday spices. Taste was only slightly above average. Some orange peel, ginger, toasted malt, and cherry. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, and slightly bitter at the end. The abv of over 6% was not really noticeable. I wouldn't consider this a session beer, as I wouldn't see myself drinking multiple bottles of this.

morebeergood, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Strauss95
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Strauss95, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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
Photo of Beaver13
2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11oz bottle, enjoy by 1/29/12. Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a small rocky off white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet toasted malts with some vegetal notes.

The flavor is sweet toasted malts with some balancing bitterness in the finish. I get some off plasticky notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for it. Some off notes and I don't care for toasted ambers like Fat Tire.

Beaver13, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber in color with just a hint of haze, topped by a small, dense, and persistent white head. Thin, fine-beaded lacing lies in scattered patches on the glass walls. The carbonation is faint.

Aroma: Moderate roasted and caramel malts, with a mild wave of grapefruit hops.

Taste: Opens with moderate toasted malts, lesser caramel malts, and a decent grapefruit rind hop flavor. As the taste progresses, the hops intensify a bit and assume an earthy note. The toasted malt carries throughout, although it is overshadowed by the hops. Late in the taste there is a brief punch of juniper. Finishes with a mild, lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Pleasant, smooth, a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, although I find it unlikely to be a "go to" holiday beer. It seems a bit understated for a holiday beer with an ABV of 6.2%.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby eleven-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of 4balance
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

4balance, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Amp
3/5  rDev -18%

Amp, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of brokentee
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

brokentee, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +9.3%

verdict603, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 12/21/11

Enjoy by: 01/07/12

Faded and dulled tobacco brown; it's clear for the most part, though. Two and a half finger head drops to a 1/4th inch that seems incline to stay around. Patches of lace try but fail to catch.

Aromas of baked bread, caramel, yeast, dust, nuts and earthy/grass hops in decline; the balance is smooth between the lot. The flavor profile has some similarities but finds snappier fruit tones mingling with the bread and caramel. A subtle hoppy nudge marks the finish. Thinner than medium body with steady, rippling carbonation that moves the beer without agitating the feel. Finishes with a mild grittiness.

Overall impression - an easy drinking beer with no shortage of pleasant subtleties.

Ryan011235, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 12oz stubby to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/22/11
*From notes

A: More of a darker golden then a traditional red. A standard pour yields a nice 2.25 finger head that retains well.

S: Absent of any real nose at all. A touch of cereal or filler grains, maybe. That'd be about it.

T: Again, kind of bland. Easy to drink? Sure it is, but I'd like some Flava Flav to go along with it. As it moves back a bit, some sweet, buttery grains and malt wrap things up.

M: Yeah, this is pretty decent. For a beer of this kind, I'm pretty happy with the consistency. A bit creamy, yet not overwhelming.

O: The first thing that needs to be asked: how is this a "session" beer? It's got 6.2% ABV for Christ's sake. The second? We're calling this a "Fall" seasonal, even though it's a Christmas themed beer?

Otherwise, this gets the proverbial job done. If you're looking to put a few back, maybe tie one on with decent craft beer, this'll certainly suffice. It's not packed with a lot of flavor or a complex bouquet, but as I said, it'll do the job it's been tasked to do.

Rhettroactive, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Dunkelhund
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Dunkelhund, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle x2. Best by 01/29/12. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a clear copper with a very small head of beige foam which mostly disappears. No real lacing.

Aroma of toasted, bready, and slightly caramel malt. A little bit of fruit (apples) and hints of marshmallow. Some spiciness. Some noticeable yeast.

Flavor is a blend of toasted malt and a sweet apple-juice type fruitiness. Hints of marshmallow and peppery spiciness. Mild hop bitterness Very balanced malt sweetness to hop bitterness. No real flavor of alcohol but some warming in the finish.

Medium bodied with above medium semi-sharp carbonation. A refreshing mouthfeel and very drinkable. This is one of those beers that you will probably drink faster than you should given the 6.2% ABV. But hey, it's the holidays.

brotherloco, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ironklad
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ironklad, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - very lager like appearance golden and small head but good retention and lacing

smell - malty and bready very nice lager smell

taste - very easy to drink with mild flavors slightly crisp in the finish. Can't believe this is 6.2%...seems more like 5%

Mouthfeel - very full bodied

Overall - another good offering from session

bubseymour, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Session Fest
11 oz. "stubby" bottle; clearly marked freshness date.
$1.27 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Appearance: Clear, dark copper colored body. Frothy one-finger thick head of off-white. Good retention; decent lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly limited, offering only a bit of maltiness touched by minor, non-descript hops.

Taste: Rich, caramel and toasty maltiness infused with spicy and grassy hops. It's balanced by a solid bitterness, and only a touch of sweetness comes through. Short lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp.

Overall: Remarkably drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head. Lots of carbonation is visible from all points of the glass. An orange red is the color of the beer with clarity seen through the other side. Ahh, holy carbonation and the head of beer has quickly reduced to a thin layer and has left some spotty lacing on the side of the glass too.

Smell: Sweet bready and biscuity malts.

Taste: There are more to the flavor in the mouth that I am trying to figure out.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, high carbonation, silky smooth, and a little chewy.

Overall: This is another beer from Full Sail that I have enjoyed in the past week. Will have to upgrade my selection and try some of their other stuff in the near future.

Flounder57, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of beergoot
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, it's a holiday session beer!

Some nice spice and floral notes. Decent balance of bitterness and malt flavors overall and goes down nicely.

I can see knocking back a few over a period of time. Another fine addition to Full Sail's Session beer family.

beergoot, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +9.3%

HopStoopid120, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Anew, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of dangelop
4/5  rDev +9.3%

dangelop, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pint

A - Copper colored brew with high clarity and medium carbonation. About a 1-finger head that dissipated pretty fast. It left a few spots on my glass.

S - Nice, bright citrus and rind hop characters upfront, with a mellow caramel malt note underneath. Mild bread and musky Lager yeast is also present.

T - Oily hop characters like rind, lemon, grapefruit and a touch of pine mingle with a beefy caramel, bread, nut, and toffee malt characters. It finishes with musty lager yeast that lingers a bit, and mild bitterness that balanced out the flavor profile.

M - Lite-Medium bodied with soft crispness and a slightly oily feel.

O - Hmm, well there ain't much to this brew. It's an affordable/sessionable Lager that would probably go great with some pulled pork sandwiches. I liked the flavor profile, and it smelled clean and inviting to me. Overall though I thought this beer was just alright. I'd probably buy it again because it tastes good and it's on the cheaper side.

PintOHops, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of JosiahS
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

glass: Pint

Copper appearance, very clear. Spotty lacing. Smells like crackery malt, grape juice and gym socks. Taste has a bitterness of upfront that seems like its coming from the hops. Falls into that apple/grape juice flavor finishes with a slight doughy malt, hop bitterness and gym sock yeast.

Light, but not too light, low-medium carbonation. An alright beer at best.

JosiahS, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of splendidsplinter
4/5  rDev +9.3%

splendidsplinter, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the Session pill-bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an almost crystal-clear, brown-copper coloring with a slow, steady flow of bubbling and a filmy coating of head. Aromas are rich and malty, with a sweet caramel tang to the normal roasted cereal scents of a lager. Flavors are nutty and spicy, with a caramel backbone and a slight hopping at the end to clean everything from the palate. Tasty brew on a round, smooth, yet crisp body. The aftertaste is a bit resiny and bitter, with a roasted character. The finish dries nicely, leaving the palate clear for more. Very easy brew to drink, and the flavors are spiced and smooth enough to make a very sessionable holiday ale.

GarthDanielson, Nov 23, 2011
Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.