Session Fest | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

BA SCORE
83
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205 Ratings
Session FestSession Fest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.96%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KWolf
4.79/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, malty, wondrous drinkable session beer. Brilliant!

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Photo of MikeDAdams
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of DrewBest
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Strauss95
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Packard
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of WORfan
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sneth019
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid session ale will def. get again.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of foureyedgeek
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Falien02
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Uzz
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of jadpsu
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great with its light amber body and abundant tan foamy head that stays around for a while.
Aroma is roasty malts, some sweet chocolate and grassy scents..
Taste: Pick up some roasted malts, some light hop bitterness. Very dry.
Medium to full body. Very nice. Only complaint is the bottle of 11 ounces.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce bottle - at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Enjoy By: 12/25/11.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-tan body with a small, brief, near white head.

Smell: Smells of bread crusts delightfully toasted up to a golden-brown and topped with sweet, wholesome caramel and a few coarsely chopped nuts backed by a note of spicy hops.

Taste: Toasted, grainy bread with a wash of sweet, sugar-induced caramel. Some nuttiness. Zesty, spicy hops with ample bitterness to balance things out nicely. Drying, malty on the back end with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation with some tingle present (that tells you it's working).

Overall: Now, that's a beer I've not had in a long time... a long time. Maybe it's just me, but this one reminds me of the first installment to the LTD series.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a rich clear cooper with a large head. The aroma is full of rich malts, with caramel, toffee, musky spice, and earthy and floral hop notes. The flavor offers mild and dry caramel and toffee, with earthy and spicy notes, and a rather dank bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this was a really nice beer with full flavored but not overly sweet malts, and a distinctive and appropriate hop character.

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Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handsome dark amber in the wine glass. Abundant cap of foam.

Full bodied with plenty of malt. It tastes stronger than it is. Definitely sweet, and more like a golden bock at first taste, but it has a smooth edgy sensation that is more balanced. Such a warm malty flavor that keeps returning with every sip. Sudsy mouthfeel and a nutty, roasty aftertaste. Spicy but mellow.

Hugely drinkable rich lager. A cut way above so many over hopped Reds and over-strong winter brews. I am never disappointed by the numerous brews in the lager style that Full Sail is making. From the 11 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

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Photo of tkone
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a glass poured from their awesome "grenade" bottle.

Nice malty backbone with a touch of a hop finish, but nothing to be all sierra Nevada or arrogant bastard about.

Smooth and to the point, bit of a sweet aftertaste in the sweet sticky beer way.

Would drink again. In fact I've had several already. But only won once at paper rock scissors.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, dense head that is slightly red and has good persistence. Sweet malt aroma with a slight spiciness to it. A copper-yellow-brown color. Starts with a nice, mild hop bitterness that is somewhat spicy, with sweet malt supporting it. Builds to a medium-low bitterness, and then the malt just comes in and sits atop the floral, spicy hops.

This is really, really nice. Easily the best lager I've had from the Western United States. It's like an Oktoberfest-light. The smooth malt and medium bitterness are balanced wonderfully (not as well as a Wisconsin lager, but this is not to discredit this brew), with a slight spiciness to it.

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4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of mjurney
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Light copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising up to the top. Thin head.

Aroma:
Sweet malts, fruity, hint of earthy, crisp.

Taste:
Sweet malts up front, toasted nuts, caramel, bright fruit, herbal hop finish. Body is medium, crisp, slight dry aftertaste, well carbonated.

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Photo of karlt
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought on vacation in Seattle, WA, $1.19 in a singles cooler.

Look : A very festive autumn brown/copper colored body, 30% opaque. The popcorn colored head starts off colossal, like a lovely IPA. 3 fingers tall, rocky, and fluffy.

Smell : Lots of baked and caramelized malts, barley, with a faint hint of pumpkin flesh. A little nutmeg, clove, allspice.

Taste : A fantastic balance of caramel malts and hop. It ying yangs quite well in the beer, and it starts sweet, but follows with a punch of rind-y hop, and a strong presence of allspice. The finish leaves a delicate lingering bitterness that is pleasant for several seconds after the swallow.

Feel : Medium bodied, very creamy, and mild carbonation. Ends with a hanging dryness. The feel can't get much better here.

Overall : What a nice beer. These guys in the PNW know how to brew. I'd gladly have it again and will probably go back to it at this price.

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Session Fest from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.65 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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