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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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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 570
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 28.68%
Wants: 25
Gots: 112 | 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: 66 | Hads: 570
Photo of Ricochet
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

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Photo of Hossjob
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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 maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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 WoodBrew
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
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!!!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -4.4%
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 nicholas2121
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
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 Caveworm
4/5  rDev -2%
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 Zormac
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
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

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Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, orange-gold in colour with a decent head.

Very forward with sweet citrusy hop notes of clementine. Only slightly piney with a lightly sweet malt backbone.

The taste begins sweet, citrusy and refreshing. The light malt backbone probably contributes to the very orange-y sweetness that carries throughout the drier, slightly resinous finish.

Light mouthfeel but more toward the medium side of things, with a nice carbonation.

Overall a very refreshing and flavourful session ale.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2%
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 BrewUSA
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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?

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of KYGunner
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a teku

A - Pours a hazy orangish-yellow. 1.5 finger head with a decent amount of sediment.

S - Bright citrus. I'm getting grapefruit and orange up front. There is also a tiny touch of pine and dankness in the background.

T - Citrus is the main flavor but the pine and dankness is more prominent than the nose suggests. Finishes with some dry crackery malt backbone.

M - Finishes very clean and dry.

O - For what it is and what the intention was, it's pretty spot on. I have a hard time calling it sessionable at it's abv but for a lower ABV IPA, it's bright, flavorful, and clean. It's simply a more subdued version of Head Hunter. Very nice to drink.

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Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Swettenham_Shire
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of zimm421
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of toppoop
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.