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: 58
Hads: 512
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 23
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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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: 58 | Hads: 512
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 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. (392 characters)

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

Bright golden copper body with a light pale white head, forming nicely with even lacing distributed on the sides of the 16 ounce nonic pint glasses they use at Fat Head's. One of the only hoppier offerings on tap, last night when we stopped in for dinner on the way back from Sandusky. Aroma has nice floral, tropical fruit, and pine ridden hop expressions, with underlying bready malts to complement the resinous hop tones. Each sip was as aggressive as the next, very hoppy dry bitter finish, floral, citric, and mango notes of hops explode even some resinous pine accents. I was taken aback by how hoppy their session IPA is, I love me some Headhunter sadly it wasn't flowing, but this was a solid substitute. Mouthfeel was medium bodied some resinous oily hop texture, with sturdy flowing carbonation...went down smooth nice lasting dry bitter hop finish in each sip. Overall a very impressive beer, that I fully enjoyed. Next visit I plan to make a day out of it, I was just stopping in with the family for a nice meal and a few beers. We had a nice mix of great service, food and beer.

4/18/14 Bottle Review:

Bottled on 4/10/14 that's as fresh as your going to find a session IPA...pours a pale copper hue with slightly off white khaki head forming thick nice head even lacing.

Aroma has citrus peel, mango, peach pit, a bit of dank hop qualities, nice to see this offering come out in the beginning of the warmer months. Clean biscuit malt extremely pale malts here folks, but nice hop effects along the way.

Flavor comes off nice and bitter, juicy hops, with a watery pale malt profile dank hops in the backend a hint of tart peach and mango juice/nectar without any residual sugar very dry finish going on.

Mouthfeel is light nearly water like texture, slightly slick hop oils goes down easy. Carbonation is a bit much here, I poured a sturdy pour and let the carbonation settle down a bit after my first two bottles. Seems to bring the flavors together much better after letting it sit for a bit.

Overall, nice beer easy drinking hoppy session ale. (2,068 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,484 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fat Heads. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear bright orange color with a small white foamy cap on top, little retention, leaving a small ring. Little bits of lacing form.

S: Citrus and tropical fruits, some pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of rind.

T: Similar to the aroma, plenty of citrus - more grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of orange. There was a little bit of pine that showed up after the fruit along with a little bit of pale malt.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp and easy drinking.

O: One of best beers I had at Fat Heads, lots of flavor packed into a relatively "small" beer. (651 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (867 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 WoodBrew
4.56/5  rDev +12%
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!!! (444 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 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 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. (423 characters)

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. (758 characters)

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. (380 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 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)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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! (582 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 thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (630 characters)

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! (530 characters)

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. (325 characters)

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. (795 characters)

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

A-golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, hint of tropical fruit, hint of malt

T-grapefruit, light tropical fruit, pine, hint of herbal, light caramel malt, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-great flavor for a session IPA, enjoyable and easy drinking (329 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow, light golden tan, not much of a head, some lacing.

Smell - Piney, grapefruit hops, a little orange, lemon, and a little sweet sugar note.

Taste - Had this one on tap last year, now in bottle. Session ipa, straight up grapefruit and pine hops, with some orange and lemon. A little grassy flavor, and minor sugars add a little kick. No alcohol or malts are noticed, Not much more can be said.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tongue and palate with grapefruit and pine. Palate gets some minor grassy notes, some orange and lemon, and a little sugar. Aftertaste is Hop bitter, bubblegum like and lemon.

Overall - Just a great session ipa. Most all these session ipas taste the same, yet fatheads has a grassy, herbal note to theres that's sets it apart. Of course, low alcohol, plenty of flavor, its a winner for certain. (865 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 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. (485 characters)

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.