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Session Fest - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | 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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bifrost17

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-08-2012 21:48:20 | More by bifrost17
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brethartt

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-03-2012 03:27:17 | More by brethartt
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-01-2012 15:30:48 | More by sendbeer
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Bigmatty42


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-29-2012 05:20:41 | More by Bigmatty42
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Uzz

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

10-22-2012 18:54:38 | More by Uzz
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beertunes

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a nice coppery-brown color, the beer was clean and clear with no head, retention or lacing.

The beer had nice malts, was a bit sweet and had just a bit of delicate hops. The flavors were the same, nicely even and well balanced.

The body was smooth and even, but a slightly sticky finish was a bit off-putting. Drinkability was very nice, I could easily knock back a few of these. Overall, I think this is my favorite of the Sessions brews (although I do like the Black fairly well). A nice brew that's worth a shot when you see it.

10-07-2012 23:10:03 | More by beertunes
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

This is a fairly good amber ale. The carbonation seems a bit too high, in my opinion. Kind of too frothy in the mouth. But the flavor tone is nice enough. Seems to be some spices on there (maybe it's just the mix of malts and hops?), but it's too muddled for me to be able to pick something out precisely. Either way, a pleasant enough ale.

07-30-2012 04:27:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -27.6%

Pours chestnut brown with dark orange edges and a 1.5 finger off white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of spicy, earthy hops. Hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit countered by grassy, spiky hops. Not bad smelling, just kind of bland.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of sweet malt and earthy hop notes. Hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut followed by grassy, spilt hops. There's also a lactic diaceytl presence which is off-putting and slightly sour. Just really odd tasting.

05-22-2012 03:10:44 | More by corby112
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rjpetrizzo


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-29-2012 03:43:07 | More by rjpetrizzo
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

03-29-2012 00:58:56 | More by gleemonger
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CloudStrife

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

11oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before 01/21/12 date on bottle.

A: Pours a clear orangish red with a 1 finger white head that has slight hints of yellow. The head thins down to a film after a few minutes. Even though the beer is real clear there is no visible carbonation.

S: Grassy hops and malts hit the nose at first. Some bready wheat and yeast. Some citrus hops and hints of alcohol. Mostly malt dominates at this point reminding me of a dunkel.

T: Good lager taste, mostly malt with some hops chiming in at the end. Yeasty malty aftertaste. Remember it having more hops when it was fresher.

M: This beer is a little flat at this point. Light bodied and real easy to kick back. 6.2% is well hidden.

Overall a nice addition to the session lineup. Not as dramatic as the Session black but still pleasant. Great deal when a 12pack was 8bucks.

03-04-2012 01:08:43 | More by CloudStrife
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look – dark brown in color, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – light malty smell, but other than that the aroma is very illusive!

Taste – much like the smell, the taste is a bit illusive. In the middle of the taste it does appear more sweeter and malty, and then finishes with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans just a touch more on the watery side. Just barely.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, once you get to the taste. But it seems to evade one a bit.

02-29-2012 04:31:05 | More by Nerudamann
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-26-2012 17:48:26 | More by ltdantheman
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gaugebozo

New York

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

A - Gorgeous clear amber red. Very little suds on top.
S - Sweet malt.
T - Almost nutty, with some caramel, graininess, and minimal roast the predominate flavors. Hops enough to notice, but not pick out what types. Not much yeast character, but fits with the style.
M - Thick and foamy for a lager.
O - I enjoyed this. Once again, Full Sail does a good job of giving you session beers that are drinkable but not boring.

02-25-2012 00:21:09 | More by gaugebozo
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

A: Amber color with a brown tinge. Poured a coarse 2 finger off-white head with good retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in rings with faint legs running down the glass.

S:Sweet crystal malt; caramel and bread. Faint toast aroma and some grassiness.

T: Sweet and malty up front. Toast and caramel solidify in the middle and carry through to mild, building bitter in the finish..

M: Medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Crisp and clean in the finish.

O: Very drinkable. Malty, good feel and balance.

02-21-2012 21:48:54 | More by Haybeerman
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josiahschlender

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

Original Session and Session Black are definite repeaters in my beer rotation, so it was natural to pick up this mini case when I saw it this holiday season.

Session Fest pours a semi-cloudy dark amber color with some golden highlights. Not much of a head that fades quickly and leaves no lace.

A lot of malts to smell. A mix of sweet malts, bready and even some roast. Bready maybe the most. I'm also noticing some pilsner-like grassy hops.

Flavors are well blended diversity of malts that have enough oomph to keep up with the color and medium body of this beer. Not as full flavored as a lot of amber ales, but good and adequate for a red lager. Just a twinge of bitterness on the otherwise fairly short and clean finish.

Not sure yet if I'll repeat this next holiday season. The other Session brethren knocked it out of the park in my opinion, but this one fell a little short of the high standard set.

02-18-2012 22:09:27 | More by josiahschlender
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sharpski

Oregon

3/5  rDev -18%

02-15-2012 20:59:34 | More by sharpski
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kuhndog

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-05-2012 02:53:54 | More by kuhndog
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

Strong, crisp aroma is mainly malty and has quite a bite to it. I got a mild skunky whiff, but that hardly put me off. It pours a nice clear, dark coppery amber with a thick and fluffy pale tan head that sticks around for a while. Flavor is fairly typical for a lager, except fairly strong and with nary a trace of the skunkiness I detected in the aroma. Maybe I was smelling things? ;) It does have a hoppy, somewhat bitter tone with a hint of something nasty, but it is still decidedly drinkable. Texture has average body and average fizziness. Overall, not great but worth a try. Maybe this sample was from not their best batch.

01-28-2012 18:46:14 | More by Cyberkedi
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

01-26-2012 04:46:50 | More by morebeergood
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Strauss95

New York

4.5/5  rDev +23%

01-26-2012 03:40:00 | More by Strauss95
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mralphabet

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

01-23-2012 03:51:19 | More by mralphabet
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.23/5  rDev -39.1%

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.

01-19-2012 02:22:33 | More by Beaver13
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Pegasus

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

01-06-2012 02:01:49 | More by Pegasus
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4balance


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-28-2011 03:50:46 | More by 4balance
Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.