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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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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