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

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPASunshine Daydream Session IPA

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 21
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of Johnwittenberg
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, nice taste, and well balanced

Photo of saulgoodyo
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the best session I have had. Tons of flavor but nice and light. Well done fatheads

Photo of Zormac
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance-Slightly off white head with a bit of haze to a golder amber color

Smell-Apple pineapple orage and mango very nice.

Taste-orange peel, apple, creamy with a touch of hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- oily with just the right amont of carbonation

Overall- I would order this beer again and again

Photo of ZachDow7
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Love it more and more everytime I have it

Photo of 420Dude
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

They managed to give this session IPA plenty of hops while still keeping it low in alcohol and balanced. Great Session IPA.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I LIKE THE SUNSHINE DREAM!!! Please do not mass produce and kill the taste a la Z'Dust!!! This beer is a light version of the original Z'Dust. The beer pours a clear golden color with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent carries wonderful citrus, pine and orange spice. The taste follows the nose and comes off the pallet fairly clean. The mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation. Overall this is an absolute solid beer!!!

Photo of GooHops8
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great hoppy IPA, but not overwhelming. Almost grapefruit tones, and a great finish.

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best session ipa I've personally had. Sorry stone go to, but the fat man has u beat.

Photo of Weekiwachee
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of taste for a low ABV!

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found a fresh 6 pack in Columbus last night at House Wine (bottle date 4/24/14). The case was unopened and had just arrived from Fat Heads.

Appearance: dark gold color with small white head
Smell: amazing fruit and hop mix... similar to Head Hunter
Taste: Head Hunter light. Delicious, but I wouldn't classify it as a session ale
Mouthfeel: hoppy with a nice little bite at the finish
Overall: very impressed. I look forward to buying more 6 packs over the summer while waiting for the release of Trail Head!

Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a white 2 finger head. There's a good bit carbonation. I don't know if the beer is supposed to have small floating specks... but I will assume it is. All in all, looks like an average IPA.

S: Smooth and sweet biscuits. Holds hints of pineapple and orange in the hop citrus.

T: Drinks like a pale ale. Super smooth and crisp with a great blend of sweet malt and mild hop citrus. There are also some notes of fresh pine. It finishes in a touch of bitterness. Absolutely awesome.

M: Awesome as well. Really crisp and smooth. It has a light-medium body and is balanced and well rounded. The alcohol is almost invisible.

O: I was really surprised by this beer. It drinks a lot like a pale ale and is super smooth and session-able. The flavor is mild for an IPA, but it still packs its own punch. Will definitely get again. Check this one out!

Photo of ZRT
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fat Heads Sunshine Daydream

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Real nice flavor profile for a season... Rather big hop profile, which I didn't expect. Nice creamy feel. Sure it's a session, which I don't personally love. That's said, It has a rather big flavor profile. Smooth and hoppy

Final Verdict: A real nice session IPA worth seeking out. Fat Heads had been brewing beer out there mind lately! Why pass if you have the chance?

Photo of addiwilliams
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't usually care much for session ipas, buthe this one drinks much more like a regular ipa, and for those reasons gets higher marks.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunshine Daydream Session IPA
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
Style: American IPA
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Bright gold with a small white foam cap. Active carbonation rising to the top and fine clarity. A bit of lace is left behind, this looks like an IPA.

SMELL: Pineapple juice, citrus oil, resin, herb and malt sweetness all chime in for what makes for a solid aroma. Enticing tropical fruityness.

TASTE: Follows the nose, with pineapple, pine, sap, mango, herbal, and an astringent bitterness. Sharply bitter with a crisp hop bite. Pale malts, lots of hop, grain, and an even finish with hop oil flavor lingering on the palate.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, almost dry in the finish.

OVERALL: Yet another solid rendition of an IPA from Fatheads. They make a similar IPA with stronger ABV in the Headhunter, which is world class. This is very very good.

Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery-colored with bubble cascades all over. Thin head in height. Gorgeous lacing. 4.0

Pine and citrus hops. Grapefruit, lemon, and some floral notes. Very pleasing nose. Husky pale malt on low volume. 4.0

Dry, crisp hoppy flavor. Substantially bitter. Lime and grapefruit with some backend orange. Juniper, melon rind, cucumber, and sassafras. Hushed pale malt backbone with a dinner roll twist. Fascinating IPA. 4.5

Very smooth, but not quite medium in body. Carbonation is medium and very complementary. 4.0

Incredible brew. Fathead's got their shit together in the hoppy beer department. So glad I snagged this pint. 4.5

Photo of shrek806
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Love it. Love it. Love it

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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!

Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper golden color with a semi frothy one finger off white head

Smell: Bright citrus, pine, tropical, grassy, honey biscuit malt

Taste: Zesty citrus (lemon, grapefruit, orange), pine, grassy, bitter. Slight pale malt, but could use more

Mouthfeel: Heavy light body; Smooth with a moderately bitter finish

Overall: Someone please tell me the difference between a pale ale and a session ipa. Anyways, I prefer this over Founders All Day and Stone's Go To. Its light and has plenty of citrus hops but not overly so and bitter like Go To or too malty like All Day. They found a nice balance with this one just like Head Hunter. It also helps that I usually get Fat Head's beers within a week or two of bottling. Between this, Head Hunter, and JUJU, they're amongst the leading breweries in the world when it comes to IPAs! However, I think $12 a six pack is a little steep for a session ipa, and may as well grab Head Hunter over this every time.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fat Heads Sunshine Daydream

Sigh . . . Hippies. ( honestly I've always kinda admired them )

Poured into pint glass

A: A very nice opaque orange. Nice because this is the first "session ipa" I've had that actually has some color.

S: Citrus, floral notes, fresh cut grass and if I'm not mistaken galaxy hops ?

T: Hold on . . . I have the hic-ups . . . Ok, taste is the same. Really very flavorful for a sessionable ipa. Flavors walk step in step with with what's on my nose. Sunshine Daydream is as close to a "regular" ipa as I've enjoyed.

M: Easy drinking . . . watch out for this one. Smooth and very well carbonated.

O: I'm one of those guys that really likes this style. I can appreciate the niche these are trying to fill for those who . . . (Gasp) . . . Like flavor and low abv% . . . So far the best sessionable ipa I've been privileged enough to enjoy. Well done Fatheads. But when golfing . . . I'm still taking All Day ipa with me. CAN IT !!!

Photo of toppoop
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out gold with a nice half inch head which is reduced to a thin to covering. Hops hit you right in the face with citrus notes on top. Citra dominates the taste as well with smooth finish. Good IPA as far as mouthfeel. Tickles the taste buds and hits the back of palate hard. Good session IPA. Tastes like Head Hunter Light.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/7/2014. Pours sightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops notes with a fair amount of malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of grassy/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an awesome session IPA! All around great complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a clear copper orange color with visible carbonation, soapy head that left some light lace

S- Huge astringent pine, citrus, peach, and tropical fruit notes. Very aromatic

T- Lots of pine, peach, and citrus notes. This is a very bitter IPA and fairly astringent

M- Medium body, prickly carbonation, finishes dry

O- Fat Head's really knows what they are doing with IPAs. This is a really great IPA, especially for 5% ABV.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by a kind person at the Jack's Abby Tap Takeover in Rochester, NY.

Pours out a golden orange/yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells very Citra like- slightly catty, with stronger citrus aromas- orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Very fresh smelling.

The taste is pretty similar. Fresh, zesty citrus taste, with some slight grassiness, and a little bit of lingering bitterness.

Light bodied, great, crisp mouthfeel. High carbonation.

It was nice to see this brought out at the takeover, thanks to the person who brought it!

Photo of zimm421
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. Bottled on 4/24/14; super fresh. This appears a very clear golden-yellow color with a fluffy white head. The head has good staying power, and leaves beautiful lacing.

The nose is full of citrus, with hints of melon, tropical fruits and a touch of pine. The malt is non-existent in the nose, as one would expect from a session IPA. The taste follows a similar profile, with the citrus, and pineapple dominating, again with the pine hidden in the background. There's almost no detectable malt here, except for a touch of sweetness in the middle.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, as you would expect from a session IPA, and the finish is fairly dry. The carbonation is nice and active, and works well. Overall, this is a great session IPA, and an above average IPA. The citrus and tropical fruits are the star here, and will be very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
90 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.