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Session Fest | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Session FestSession Fest

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

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

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Photo of Beaver13
2.24/5  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.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of matodowd
2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of corby112
2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz stubbie into a pint glass while watching a dismal Buffalo Bills performance against the vile Cowboys.

A: Reddish bronze with one finger of off white head that fades more quickly than the Bills' playoff hopes.

S: Caramel and pale malts with piney hops.

T: This is a pretty hop-forward brew. The pine-flavored hops mingle with the miscellanous malts and leave a mild to moderate bitterness on the tongue. Not bad.

M: Medium and kind of creamy.

O: Decent, accessible beers seems to be the notion that the Session series is built upon, and that's continued here. All in all I like their standard lager better and their black lager best. A nice, crisp lager without a whole lot to make it stand out. Seems like it'd be good to keep around in the fridge if company comes by. Not offensive or overly powerful flavorwise, but a world better than the Bills... I mean, Buds, of the world.

(Seriously, all I want is to see the Cowboys lose. I don't care to who. Is that too much to ask?)

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Photo of JosiahS
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a burnt sienna color. Malty molasses aromas, lightly hopped. Light, bitter, but not really all that enjoyable. Thin finish. The malt profile is out of alignment. It doesn’t hold up to warming—the spices/flavoring goes out of balance and comes off harshly. At least the stubby bottle is cute.

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Photo of Moose90
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morebeergood
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not really sure what to expect here, it's supposed to be a lager, but it's a Czech style lager? But at the same time an American Red? I dunno. Pours almost a one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is maybe just a hair darker than white in color. The head is pretty soapy looking, and it doesn't have the best retention, it's already almost gone. The lacing doesn't look bad, but we'll have to see how it goes once I get down to the bottom of the glass. The body is as clear as could be, like many lagers are, however I would think I red lager might have a little cloudiness to it. The only reason visibility isn't 100% is because it's darker than your average lager. I wouldn't really call the color of this beer red, it's more brown, with some orange and yellow. Almost golden in color really. Honestly the color combination is kinda ugly, but oh well. The carbonation looks a little bit under medium. The head is now gone but some nice foam is still on top of the body. Overall not an outstanding looking beer, we'll see how the lacing goes. It's not a bad looking beer, but not too great. The smell is very light, I get the red lager smell, medium malts, some hops, etc etc. Maybe a tiny bit hoppier than your average red lager? Still, it's not very hoppy. The smell is just really small, I get it's a session lager, but there just isn't much here. I maybe even get a nut smell here? I'm not sure, I'm digging for anything to comment on the smell. Really just not much going on here at all, I wish I had more to say. Overall a pretty boring, and very small smell, maybe a 3 is harsh, but I don't see any reason to give it more than that. The flavor is slightly better, for sure more potent than the smell. A little sour to start things off, maybe some adjuncts, or cheap malts. You kinda get that average sweet, sour, macro lager taste. After that comes some quality medium malts and a tiny bit of hops (I guess a decent amount if your considering it's a lager). You do kinda get that red lager taste, I little hard to describe, it's kinda a distinct malt flavor. Overall not a bad taste, but somewhat boring, a little cheap tasting, and somewhat watery. I dunno....on second thought it isn't that bad, it has some legitimate flavor to it. I don't think it deserves a 3, but at the same time I don't think it has earned a 3.5, so 3. The mouthfeel isn't bad, the carbonation is for sure higher than I thought it would be, definitely a highly carbonated beer. One might say over carbonated, but it's a lager, so it's not a horrible feature. The body is actually pretty big in your mouth, for the style that is. Not a bad mouthfeel at all for the style, may be better with a tad less carbonation though. The drinkability is actually really high for it being over 6.2%, they do an excellent job of covering up that alcohol. Overall it's pretty light, tasty enough, and surprisingly low on the alcohol taste, so it's not hard to drink. Overall on this beer, it's not bad, and maybe it deserves a 3.5 for taste, but I don't think it's quite there. It's not a bad beer, one I wouldn't mind having at a party or something, but it's just not up there with the quality beers. Not a bad beer, but not too great either.

The appearance turned out to be pretty good. The lacing was pretty patchy, but it followed me pretty much all the way down the glass. The body was kinda ugly, but that was only because of the colors. The head was...eh, not great. I'm kinda confused on how to grade this beer for appearance, maybe it deserves a 4 for the good lacing, but I'm pretty sure it's well short due to everything else.

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