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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPASunshine Daydream Session IPA

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 535
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 24
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 06-08-2012

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 535
Photo of leantom
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, score another point for Fat Head's. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pours a clear yellow-orange. The effervescence is superb as well, and the head and lacing are marvelous. Great.

S: Lots of grass, citrus, herbs, and mango (tropical fruit). The mango lingers in the background after the grass and lemon give way.

T: Follows the nose. Maybe a little light, but the hops still shine forth. Can taste plenty of herbs; the mango is still prominent as well. On a side note, I do detect some grainy malt in the aftertaste.

F: Little watery, but the effervescence is still superb.

O: Great session ale. (612 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

Pours a nice shimmery hue of lighter amber, light, loose and fine bubble cap, leaves ample fine strands and bits of lacing. Nice looking brew.

Lite sniff of pine and spicy hops with back malt note.

Super tasty lighter IPA.....fresh and flavorful...loaded with big citric notes, grapefruit, spicy and crisp hops...very enjoyable stuff several times in bottles and on draft at the mothership in Pittsburgh...fine stuff, please distribute to NY state...whaddya say? (479 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Typical golden amber brass look. Some light head. Citrussy hop smell is there. Tasty. Actually can perceive the different aspects spoken about on the bottle. Which is sometimes not the case. Really dont like the feel: its great up front and on the pallet but has a poor lingering property. Overall would buy again. Hopefully get to try draft next time. (352 characters)

Photo of 4thFloyd
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A clear golden color with a big white head which takes a while to settle. A big fruity aroma with noticeable lemon, grapefruit, and a little pineapple. The taste is similar with a big hoppy flavor and just a little bitterness at the beginning that fades quickly to a clean finish. Very little malt body or sweetness. Very nice for a session ale. (349 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got one bottle as an extra acquired from a trade. Nice bright orange with white head. Incredible aroma on this. Tropical smells. Wow!!! The taste is amazing. Drinks like a DIPA. Exactly like it smells. The best I had for this style. Could knock down a whole pack. (264 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Cuvee glass.
Tons of carbonation in this, really had to wait this one out so I could get all of it in the glass! Body is a crystal clear light golden; the head is a range of tiny tight little bubbles to larger bubbles that leaves little islands of lacing in the glass.
Smells of citrus: lemon, grapefruit and a little bit of tropical fruits too; pineapple and faintly mango.
Tastes pretty much like it smells! Plenty of that lemon and citrus, but is well rounded out with a sweetness of those malts on the end.
Although there was a ton of carbonation showing up on the pour there isn't a lot when you drink it; there's a lot of that hoppiness on the tongue and a nice dry finish.
Overall this is a very well done Session Ale! I don't typically go for this style, because it always seems to be all promise and no reward, however this is a well crafted session beer! From the aroma to the taste and the finish! Plus all under %5 abv. Can't go wrong with this one, pick it up if you find it! (1,031 characters)

Photo of BIN29
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best session ipa of all time. Most breweries' session ipas are just waterd down ipas. This one tastes like a solid ipa with just a low abv. Perfect session. Full of flavors, aromatic tropical fruits in the nose, light amber with a nice head. Easy to drink, extremely juicy and piney. Nice resin mouthfeel. (309 characters)

Photo of OGFGabv
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely done session IPA. Bright fruity citrus nose and very refreshing. Definitely has an above average hop profile for this style. But of course it does- It's Fat Heads! (170 characters)

Photo of ZRT
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- clear pale yellow
S- big strong hop profile
T- matches the smell, nice blend of alpha hops
F- crisp bitterness, clean hop taste, no malty after taste.
O- another great Fat Head's IPA, even though it's a session ale. (218 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice light orange color, a finger of head. Laced the glass really nicely.
S: Pine, tropical fruit, little bit of herbal aromas, bready malts
T: Followed the nose really well, little bit of bitterness of upfront followed by tropical fruits and a nice sweet finish
M: Light mouthfeel, but not watery. Enough carbonation for a slight bite. Finishes up dry.
O: Great session IPA. Lighter on the IPA spectrum but still extremely flavorful and tasty. Could definitely crush a few of these. (487 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden ale, topped by a modest white head. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Bright, juicy aroma with a touch of dank herbs; Citra immediately comes to mind. A touch of floral, wildflower honey as it opens up.

Big bright juicy hop flavors up front, with a strong dank profile for the second half. Malts make a very light, grainy appearance.

Lively but watery feel, typical of "session" IPAs.

As far as low ABV IPAs go, this is pretty good. The hops are definitely showcased. I much prefer a beer with far more heft and more malt balance, personally. (560 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle: bright and brassy, clear golden color with a quickly receding white-head. A hard to read date was stamped on the glass of bottle.

The aroma was very pungent, bittersweet tropical fruit with a hint of pine.

This is another excellent session IPA, perhaps the best, as far as the overall balance of flavors. The flavor begins with a sharp, but smooth citrusy bitterness that lingers on the palate before dissipating, leaving a nice malt on the tongue. Not hugely complex, this is an ideal hot weather ale that remains interesting sip after sip.

Another great Ohio offering. (605 characters)

Photo of Pukstopper
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from draught into a pint glass. Head faded quick but left nice lacing and a thin film. Noticeable hops Maybe a bit much for a session IPA but not real overpowering on the back end. Smell was of some floral notes but not overpowering.
A very nice and drinkable IPA at only about 4.6%. ABV (296 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus hops. Taste is hoppy, considerable bitterness, citrus, resin, finishes dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (244 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - clear golden copper with a good white head
Smell - light malt but with a good citrus hop smell
Taste - crisp citrus light tasting session
Feel - medium light body with a medium carbonation. Really like the crisp taste
Overall - really good session (257 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a nice white head. No lacing, but a nice collar.

Smell - Very nice hop aroma. Citrus and tropical fruits. Light cracker malt.

Taste - Citrus hops. Lightly sweet pale malts. A little bit of cracker. Very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Medium light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Delicious session. I hope this is around all the time. (422 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear from the bottle with a golden color verging on copper; an impressive head fills the glass and leaves enough lacing to please the eye

Smell: Citrus fruit with a touch of mango and a whiff of biscuity malt

Taste: Citrusy and juicy, up front, with the mango developing; just a bit of malt to balance with the finish bright and clean

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This would be a go-to session IPA for me if I was looking for one; delivers the flavor without the ABV (532 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into the Spiegelau from a bottle capped on 2/10/15. Very fresh. Clear and golden session-style brew with 3 fingers of foamy, white head. Clean aromas of lemon, mango, hint of pine, noticeable bitterness... GREAT nose for a session IPA. This is also where the train came off of the rails. Assuming ample dry-hopping must have led to the fantastic aromas, because there was very little in the way of those clean flavors on the palate. Some generic orange/citrus, decently balanced bitterness... kind of really bland to be honest. Expected thin mouthfeel for the style, clean aftertaste. Would have loved some more of that good hop flavor that I love in Juju and Headhunter... maybe I'm just not a fan of the session style. Guess I'd rather just have one regular IPA than 2-3 sessions... (791 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Tipples dated 12/18/14, poured 2/22/15. Two months old worried me a bit, but this pours a beautiful clear copper color with a big fluffy white to off white head. Nice floral aromatics, a bit of perfumey notes, citrus rind, pine. Hops still smell fresh as can be. Flavor follows with a big bitter punch up front, orange rinds, grapefruit juice, pine needles. Very dry body, medium plus carbonation. Pretty impressed this held up after a couple months. Solid session IPA. (481 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/18/14 Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

L- Warm gold color, high clarity, two finger white head.

S- Hop dankness, light notes of citrus and tropical.a touch of that bubble gummy hop note, light malt on the end.

T- Citrus, light tropical, light bitterness, light toasted malt.lingering light bitterness. Pretty dry.

F- Light, easy drinking.

O- A really nice session IPA, great aromas, maybe a touch too dry for my tastes but still a great beer (461 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a sucker for the name. Having gotten into the Grateful Dead not a year ago, when I saw this, well... Like the Zappa releases from Lagunitas.. Those were some great beers. So, this must be the same right? It was pricey in a state where ya gotta buy a case, so when I came home to Clevo, I bought one to try.

Poured a bit on the murky dark orange side with little lace and head. Smells of grapefruit and orange and a bit of sweet. Went down with only hints of bitter. Slight foam formed. A bigger swig produced the bitter I was expecting, but balanced and light.

There is tar, grapefruit and orange. Dry and crisp. There is a candy like ending. Dare I say this was a refreshing IPA? Session? They nailed that one. With all the flavor and a low APV... It's a treat. (770 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is floral, resiny, dank, and flecked with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Fairly complex. Fruity and dank hops are in balance, dominating the aroma.

Flavor is more resiny at the base, with a light toasted malt backbone and a moderately bitter finish. Dank cannabis, grapefruit, and tangerine rule the profile. Nice balance of bittering and flavoring hops. (373 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I don't know how they do it but they got a good intense bitterness with a smooth malt profile with a nice body and a session able drink able ness.

Best session IPA I ever had? I guess that is for debate but I seem to enjoy it and even though it was on closeout (summer beer not sold before winter) it still holds up as a great IPA with the bitter taste.

Get it if you cant chug their Head Hunter IPA! (402 characters)

Photo of Hossjob
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amazing sessions IPA. My go to for a session beer. Thin feel to the mouth, but that's expected for a sessions IPA. Complex hop profile for a session ale with strong floral tones, grapefruit, and good bitterness. I rate all session IPAs against this beer and all have fallen short. At under 5% alcohol the taste is amazing and you can drink up without worrying about being a complete mess. (390 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fiver29 for yet another lovely box of beer, this one stuffed with a bunch of Fat Head's hops, which I always covet. 22 oz. bottle split with, well, no one, as usual for this brewery. I don't play well with others.

The pour is a light filtered orange, & it has carbonation. Nose is all citrus with a foreshadowing of lashing-out bitterness. Not bad.

Sunshine Daydream tastes like the Son of Head Hunter. Tsunami of House-level bitterness greets the tongue & pummels the palate. Middle is akin to a Fruit of the Loom commercial, with mango, orange, citrus, & those fruit-guys you can't see in the background. I am gulping this, which I suppose how a session IPA should be treated.

These guys know what to do with hops. Too many low ABV beers are colorless & could easily be confused with slightly altered well water - not this one. One of the better 'session' beers out there & a very good beer. (909 characters)

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
90 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.