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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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Reviews: 65
Hads: 557
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 28.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 105 | 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: 65 | Hads: 557
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...

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Photo of ckollias
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew out of a 16oz pint glass.

A: Pours a bright golden hue with a thick 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates down the glass ending in a wispy lace.

S: Fruity and pine hoppy aroma followed by some citrus notes.

T: Similar the smell – citrus fruits, pine and some bitter hops dominate the flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation and finishes on the dry side of bitter.

O: Just a so-so IPA for me – I would take the head hunter ipa any day of the week.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sunshine Daydream Session IPA brewed by Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon with an AVB of 4.9%. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice, white head. Sunshine Daydream Session IPA is an unfiltered brew. The smell is rich with flavor, but you pick up on some bitterness in the smell. The taste is bitter at first, but it gets better. You pick up on Grapefruit. The aftertaste is nice. Mouthfeel is ok. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3.25 of 5

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Mad Mex. Pour is a copper orange, perfectly clear, with lots of billowy off white head. Nose is decent, notes of roasted grains and pale malts. Hops are a bit green, with light citrus and an assertive herbal hop. Has a hint of spice to it. Flavor is much of the same, very balanced but just a touch green. Body is nice, light and good carb, semi dry and very clean finish but a hint syrupy towards the finish.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle, dated 4/24/14, poured into a teku

A: bright golden orange with a light, foamy head

S: grapefruit, pine, and lemon peel

T: strong citrus flavor upfront, then gets very dry and quite bitter; when talking only about the initial citrus taste, Sunshine Daydream could fairly and non-disparagingly be called Zombie Dust lite; i found the bitterness and dryness to be a little overpowering

M: clean, refreshing, dry, and bitter

O: A great entry in a category of beers that I don't much care for. I'd actually find it tough to session this one, due to how dry and bitter it is...so i'd just session some Head Hunters.

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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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours rather cleanly with a clean filtered brassy color. The head was weak fizzy an had no retention.

The hops are strong and varied on the nose. Mostly herbal tones like pine, onion, cannabis and chive but I get a honey, lemon and grapefruit.

The flavor is herbal with more floral hop notes than citrus. The flavor is also quite strong and satisfying for a session ale. The hops are herbal and onions with a real honey sweetness. The flavor has more lemon than the nose with some malty tea leaf.

The feel is so smooth and light and it drinks easy and quickly. I had finished it before I was done with this review.

This is a hop lovers dream as the hops are dominant, prominent and hold several diverse tastes. I do think that my palate may not have received them quite as well as most.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, cloudy with lots of sediment chunks. Thick 1.5" light tan head, foamy. Outstanding lacing and retention.

Aroma: BIG citrus & resinous aroma.

Taste: Light, dry arrival. slight hint of some malt, like a shadow of malt, across mid-palate. Firm hop bite, string bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light & clean. Lighter than most APAs; mild but present effervescence.

Overall: No doubt, this is a hoppy beer; but it is not overpowering or unpleasant. If it is out of balance, it is in a good way.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/28/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of flowers
Head average (3.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 4 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing very good- wide thick rings of small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins bitter with a flowery perfume taste. This dies quickly and only the bitterness remains. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This meets the criteria for an American IPA. I personally do not care for the flowery aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Light gold, murky with yeast floating around, one finger of soapy white head, medium lacing
S - Crisp floral grassy aroma, light lemon, pineapple. Has a decent dankness to it.
T - Super grassy and floral, very dank as well, light crisp apple and citrus zest. Good flavor.
M - Light, refreshing, definitely sessionable.
O - Good session, fresh and very grassy and floral.

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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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - I get some dank citrus.

T - I taste fresh, dank hops. There is plenty of citrus, too.

M - Watery

O - It has good flavor. I am just turned off by the watery mouthfeel of the session IPA's.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

It's nice to see Fat Head's coming into Toledo, at least at The Attic.

The color is a clear bright orange. A tight head grows about a finger tall and takes time to fade but never fading much. Pretty plentiful patchy lacing remains on the glass.
There's plenty of citrus in this beer, going both somewhat in the juicier sense as well as some rind/zest. It mixes with floral hops and a bit of pine. Just enough malts to keep it hop-forward but not abrasive give a bit of breadiness and make it nicely balanced. Herbal character and a touch of pith make their way into a mostly dry finish that lingers a bit.
The body is medium with a active carbonation. Smoothness and crispness are about even, both at a good keel, and some dryness pulls out into the finish.

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

Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon. Another recommendation by the knowledgeable fellow employed at Rt. 62 Butts and Brews in Stark County,OH. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a minimal head that disappears in a flash. Clear golden straw body.

Smells like the fruits mentioned on the label. Also a fair amount of hop aromas. This really has got a summer vibe going on.

The IPA hop bitterness is certainly there, along with small hints of the fruits.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry.

Overall a 4 for Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon. I really dig the tropical theme going on here. They pulled off a killer brew here. I will buy this brew again!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dryer orange citrus rinds. In the taste, dry pine to a an orange citrus rind, quite mellow, and a touch watery. A small hop bite to smoothness, with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cirtusy pine hop in the aftertaste. An all day IPA, nice hop presence, a bit thin, but still enjoyable.

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

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Pure orange, crystal clear with a one-finger head
S: Citrus, pine and tropical fruit
T: Matches the nose; rather bitter
M: Light-medium bodied, has a nice up-front bite but not much of a finish
O: With all of the session IPAs hitting the market this isn't at the tip top of my list but is quite close, definitely recommended

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citra all up in your face; and mouth. Nose on this one straight off the pour is great. Flavor is great too. Bright citrus that are sharply defined. Though possibly a bit too much so. Seems just a bit too bright on the citrus really. But I still like it. Smooth feel, if not thin really. A good session ipa. Better than a lot of the other stuff out there. The only detractor is the feel of it.

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Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-06-18 in North Olmsted, OH at the brew pub (from tasting notes)

A - Clear gold with a 1/2-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Mild pineapple, hop floral, light citrus. Mild aroma. (food odors present)

T - Citrus, pineapple, grass, hop tang. Dries nicely with a fine and lingering citrus bitterness that almost lasts as long as Head Hunter

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - A great flavor for a low ABV brew. I'd have one just about every day if it were available here in PA!

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
90 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.