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 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 (443 characters)

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! (721 characters)

Photo of Zormac
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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 (302 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (496 characters)

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 (367 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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? (481 characters)

Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (876 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 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 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 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 PSU_Mike
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (678 characters)

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. (406 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (511 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of toppoop
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (328 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 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 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. (628 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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 !!! (958 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 BB1313
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/7/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a slight haze and bubbles swimming upwards; fluffy white head that fades and leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are dank. Typical Fat Head's. Tons of grapefruit. Some mango and pineapple in the mix as well. Subtle hints of caramel malts. Smells great. The flavors are pretty impressive. There's a very solid bitterness. 60 IBU is impressive for such a small beer. Lots of citrus and tropical notes. Some grass. Some fresh pine needles. More grapefruit rind. This is obviously west-coast all day. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with a solid body. The carbonation is active and smooth. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's smooth and extremely easy to drink.

This is another winner from Fat Head's. I'm glad they decided to bottle this one. This can easily go up against the best Session IPAs in the country. Well done. (905 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 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)

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