Sunshine Daydream Session IPA
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

Sunshine Daydream Session IPASunshine Daydream Session IPA
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From:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,060
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,267
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.23%
Ratings:
794
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 12, 2022
Added:
Jun 08, 2012
Wants:
  38
Gots:
  187
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Sunshine Daydream Session IPASunshine Daydream Session IPA
Notes: Award-Winning Session IPA with big hop aromas, flavors of citrus, peach, orange and tropical fruit with a nice light malt backbone. This is a very drinkable session ale. (Our fans call it an obsession.) Peace, Love & Hoppiness!

Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic
Malts: Pale, C-15, Cara-Pils
12.5 Plato OG
3.4 Plato FG
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3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by sodavisions from Michigan

poured on tap at the Attic

LOOK: Clear amber yellow, two fingers of fine foam with great retention and lacing.
SMELL: Super fruity and not as dank compared to other IPAs, which makes sense. Lots of lemon and orange.
TASTE: It’s a session beer and it delivers that promise. Underwhelming if you’re used to Stone or Lagunitas’ super hop-forward offerings but I like it a lot for what it’s intended for, lol.
FEEL: Carbonated, refreshing, and a little bit dry.
OVERALL: I dig it. Definitely will seek it out for a lower-punch IPA in my fridge.

Apr 12, 2022
 
3.68 by Danzifer from Ohio on Apr 05, 2022
 
4 by KT3418 from Colorado on Mar 29, 2022
 
4.25 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Sep 27, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 1Hophappymom from Pennsylvania

Love it! It’s my favorite session

May 17, 2021
 
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Apr 24, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a clear amber body, with about a finger of white head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: pine, melon, guava, lemon, grapefruit, mango, orange, tangerine, pineapple, and bread notes.

Really tasting the lemon and grapefruit, while the fruit mentioned in the aroma are somewhat lighter but nonetheless sweet and complementary to the bitter notes and pine. Body is medium-light.

Mar 24, 2021
 
4.14 by artf from Pennsylvania on Mar 23, 2021
 
4.2 by jpd026 from New York on Sep 14, 2020
 
3.98 by Stignacious from New York on Jul 14, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stosh66 from Pennsylvania

12 oz can poured into pint glass.
A: clear , light gold, 1 inch white head which subsides to just enough to cover the beer.
S: Tropical fruit, malt
T: slight malty sweetness, underlying bitterness from start to finish
M: surprisingly medium body for session ale
O: Very drinkable summer session ale.

Jul 03, 2020
 
4 by travelguy from Ohio on Jun 09, 2020
 
4.21 by bsu2005 from Indiana on Mar 26, 2020
 
3.84 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 20, 2020
 
4.25 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Dec 17, 2019
 
3.75 by MJSFS from Florida on Dec 07, 2019
 
3.97 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Oct 22, 2019
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3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by DrBeergood from Ohio

L: Golden, clear, well carbonated.

S: A practiced and mellow malt blend, but it's not alive. It is not at all floral, a very dull aroma. "Big hop aromas" What? Are we even drinking the same thing?

T: Sweet delicious ale, but it's astringent and brewed with hop extract.

F: It's building up on itself. That's not good. Real fresh ingredients don't leave residuals.

O: Like Rhinegeist brew--The grains are nice, Rhinegeist and Fat Heads always do well with them. But they're using shelf-stable year-round hop concentrates. Pro: Its cheap. Con: Its cheap.

Oct 16, 2019
 
3.42 by Rockhead from Virginia on Oct 14, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz can into a glass at the fireside tavern in Strasbourg pa this afternoon. Bottled 8/1/19, so 2 months old.

Clear golden yellow body with a healthy white head leaving nice lacing. Lightly carbonated.

Really good aroma here, fruity, mostly non citrus melon and guava.

Fruit comes through lighter in taste than on the nose. There is a very good hop bite.

Mouth between medium and full, finish bitter with a light fruity wash.

Overall, a very good and tasty session IPA. Would happily drink for several hours.

Sep 30, 2019
 
3.63 by lsudduth from Ohio on Sep 16, 2019
 
4.28 by Hernando13 from Ohio on Jul 18, 2019
 
4.03 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jul 02, 2019
 
4.25 by seakayak from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2019
 
3.92 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio on May 10, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

Look: Hazy amber with a small white head.
Smell: Pine, lemon, hops.
Taste: Sweet malt flavor, bitter hop flavor. Lemon citrus. Some fruity bubblegum.
Feel: Thin-bodied with some prickly carbonation. Crisp.
Overall: A highly drinkable, refreshing, enjoyable IPA.

Apr 12, 2019
 
4.04 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
 
4.14 by Rustbelt from Ohio on Mar 18, 2019
 
4.21 by Cnssps from New Jersey on Mar 09, 2019
 
3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Feb 09, 2019
 
3.92 by GratefulNole from New York on Nov 23, 2018
 
3.94 by nodder from New York on Nov 18, 2018
 
3.94 by cyber_phoenix from Pennsylvania on Nov 18, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

This bottle will help to fully establish today's NBS theme of New Fat Rusty Head Rail Sunday (Week 714). Wegman's recently opened a store here in Lancaster, PA & people are going gaga about it. I was impressed by its enormous size since while standing at the far entrance & looking to the rear, I saw the curvature of the Earth before I could see the back wall! They apparently carry Allentown's The Colony Meadery meads, but I just felt overwhelmed & forgot to look. 8=( Who needs Mead? No, really, who needs some mead? I have some for trade. In the meantime, they had CANs of 2SP's Oktoberfest, so I got a helpful clerk to single them out & I took two as well as some Fat Head's singles, since they have only recently achieved distro in out area. I maintain a dislike of bottled beers, but since I only review from home these days, I felt justified in my purchase. I used to be a fixture at Fat Head's Saloon in Pixbugh while a student at Pitt. Armed with a bus pass, several books, pen & paper, I could finish whole assignments as an ENGLit major while imbibing. Ah, those were glorious days, indeed.

From the Bottle: "As refreshing as wading in a cold stream in the morning sunshine or a walk among the tall trees. This beer has big hop aromas and flavors of citrus, tangerine and tropical fruit with a light malt backbone. This is a very drinkable session ale. (Our fans call it an obsession ale.) Peace, Love & Hoppiness! Chill Out Man, Have A Beer! [undersigned] Matt * Chris * Glenn"; "Brewing News 2017 NATIONAL SESSION IPA CHAMPION".

I began, as usual, with a Pop! of the cap & a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. Here, no further action was required on my part since it foamed up on its own, unbidden, to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention, leaving behind some nice lacing. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon to rouse themselves from my living room couch where they are awaiting the NFL broadcast from London & join me in the kitchen for a taste. Nose smelled great! Definitely grapefruit & orange/tangerine, but laced with pine and mango. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, on par for the style. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. All too often, these Session AIPAs are all aroma & no bittering hops. Such was not the case here! It had a very pleasant bitterness (60 IBU, per the label) with a lot of traditional AIPA flavors, like grapefruit & pine, plus newer flavors, like tangerine/orange & the tropical fruits, mango, papaya & guava. Finish was dry, slightly bitter, but not so bitter as to be off-putting. I now understand why it is so well-regarded & how it won its award. All of that said, its relatively low ABV left me feeling unfulfilled. 8=( YMMV.

Oct 28, 2018
 
3.52 by acurtis from New Jersey on Oct 23, 2018
 
3 by BigMustyElbows from Pennsylvania on Sep 29, 2018
 
3.52 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Aug 31, 2018
 
4 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin on Aug 18, 2018
 
3.91 by BAsbill from California on Aug 18, 2018
Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 794 ratings