Preface: This 11 oz. bottle of Full Sail Session Fest was supplied by the folks at the Full Sail Brewing Co. There was notation on the label: Enjoy by: 01/07/12
The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: Here is a deep copper colored brew with a consistent carbonation of small and tiny bubbles that knit a firm head of light brown foam head that leave an impressive Belgian lace.
Aroma: The first impression is of lightly roasted grain. A second visit reveals a slight green-grass aroma and a sweet almost candy-like scent. The third nosedive finds much more of the green-grass aroma.
Mouth feel: This is not only weight beer but at 6.2% alcohol by volume is not a particularly heavy-weight either.
Flavor: This brew was sampled a bit chillier than 50°F and one can assume that a cooler temperature all of the subtle flavors might miss detection. Nevertheless, the first sensation was of refreshing coolness and the first flavor impressions lean more towards the sweet malty flavors. A hint of floral arrives and is not shy. The second sip reinforces the first impressions as the flavor receptors balance them. The third swig is as refreshing as the first and discoveres a developing citric tang at the end.
Finish: The citrus tang found at the very end of the flavor profile persists in the finish but not for very long.
Comments: This beer was sampled on a particularly autumnal day here in Brooklyn USA and had more than a little bit of influence on my appreciation of the flavors of this beer. I appreciate the fact that it is labeled a premium red lager as well as a “FEST” beer. It is of course possible that it would be most refreshing on a hot summer day. However, it is even more successful as a bridge of flavors from the simply refreshing bloggers of summer before diving into the dark dense rich beers that warm us in the winter.
Food & Beer: This just might be one of the first beers to come to mind at Thanksgiving when there is both sweet and savory on the table. All of the traditional dishes of the season would either be complemented or enhanced by the subtle flavors in this beer.
The Brewery: Full Sail Brewing Co.