Nuffield (3698) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this was quite respectable. Beyond the typical yellow of the body, I found a really attractive fruitiness without any artificial sweetness creating it. Well-supported body both by carbonation and malts, a hint of grassiness, with a nice finish of citrus and apples. Definitely something I would consider if I had to session with a lager.
OldGrowth (2707) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from trade with juzy & timmcd64. Shared with ClarkVV. Good nose, classic lager scent. Grassy, fruity. Apple, lemon. A little honey/vanilla thing going on. Clean yellowy gold colorNice head that faded to a ring. Bitter flavor, like aroma, but little more of the lemon comes through. Lite body, watery mouthfeel, crisp bitter finish. Hits all the marks for a classic american lager, I just don’t like the style I guess.
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is quite good beer for lager. Aroma is grainy and slightly hoppy. Beer pours golden in color with a retained egg white head. Flavor is indeed quite clean, with some good malty breadness and nice hoppy bitterness for balance. Definetely a beer that you could drink all night. Session accomplished!!
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another beer that is disheartening to see the reviews for. Especially given that most people provide positive comments and then give it about a 2.5.
2005 bottle shared by OldGrowth on 2/25/06. Valiant appearance, large amount of well-retained, very aerated white head clings to the sides, even creating minor lacing, while a brilliantly clear golden-to-light-amber body is full of carbonation. The nose rises up with a challenging amount of hoppiness, grassy and even lightly spicy notes combine with soft honey, perhaps just a touch of appleskins and plenty of lemony notes. The hops are not complex in the nose, but nor does the style dictate that. This is about as hoppy as it gets, though it still remains dry and under control.
Flavor is surprisingly clean, very crisp throughout, with plenty of honey notes from a wonderfully extracted and appropriated pils malt. Dry and bitter hop notes, light grass clippings, hay and even a hint of dry tangerines and light grapefruit. Moderate carbonation, well-to-style, with an actual palate that is ever so faintly doughy. No wateriness whatsoever, and challenging and interesting to the last drop. Very clean flavor, with all malt and hops notes. No alcohol, of course, and a crisp yeast bite on end. Perfect balance. Only thing keeping it in check somewhat, is the mild appleskin note in the aroma. Thanks Tom, I think I found my new session beer, too bad I live in Boston.
bhensonb (11260) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 1, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
So why did Full Sail create this? I’d compare this to Blue Paddle, but Session has a nicer after taste. More sweet than bitter, and light on the hops. Again, put me on the river and I’ll drink this!
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - FEB 19, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Sweet and malty with a tiny bit of lemon and hops. Light, slightly bitter, refreshing. By far the best lager I’ve had.
jsquire (3502) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Out of a bottle at the 06 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Pale yellow color with a thin fizzy white head. Sweet nose with whiffs of hairspray. Some lime citrus hop flavors in with an aimless sweetness to it. Not a very interesting beer.
yomamaphat (19) - USA - JAN 19, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Seems to be targeted to a young generation (me), not that I know much about marketing. Anyway it goes down very nicely, lots of different flavours, and strong. Not bitter at all, but I kind of like bitterness in these types of beers. I’d have to say overly sweet, and thick feeling is my main complaint. If it was crisp with all that flavour that would be very impressive. Still a fine beverage!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had no idea this wasmade by Full Sail. This was really good. I was surprised, this has a realyl tasteful and flavorful malt component and really nice little hop bite, but the flavor is just crisp and clean and refreshing and consistent.
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark golden yelllow color. Aromas of hops, grains, a tad bitter smelling. Flavors of bitter hops and roast grains. Nice lingering aftertaste.