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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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164 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 164
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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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

M_C_Hampton, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

TheBigBoy, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

BuzzLitebier, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Act25, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DerekP, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

WVbeergeek, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Loakwurm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Loakwurm, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ryan1788a5, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of heytomcat
3/5  rDev -18.3%

heytomcat, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of williahd
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

williahd, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

ygtbsm94, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.
M - To me the 6+% seems too high for a session ale. Medium bodied and somewhat chewy.

Overall not my cup of tea too metallic and forgettable. Pass

DrDemento456, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark amber colored lager with a small white colored head.

Smells malty with with a nutty aroma that reminds me of a bock beer. Caramel and toasted grains and a strange milky aroma, wonder if the put lactose in the mix. Slight grassy aroma to the hops.

Starts out mildly malty with a toasted grain flavor with a little burned sugar flavor. Flavor is something like bock beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer, but not a favorite.

Zorro, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

seavercm, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +9%

tbeer40, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Packard
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Packard, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jwps214, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of jps0869
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jps0869, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

foureyedgeek, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -18.3%

XmnwildX12, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Chugs13, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

prisdefer, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of SaranacinTexas
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

SaranacinTexas, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

warpedrevolution, Nov 01, 2013
Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.