Sunshine Daydream Session IPA | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPASunshine Daydream Session IPA
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Sunshine Daydream Session IPASunshine Daydream Session IPA
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Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
fatheadscleveland.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WVbeergeek on 06-08-2012

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#7,008
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
760
pDev:
9.45%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigMustyElbows
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chicagoish
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danmullens1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nephilium
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great big grassy aroma, pours a clear amber with a thin cap of white head. Starts with a kiss of sweet malt with some bready notes, which quickly fades to a grassy, juicy hop finish with lingering bitterness. Light body makes this endlessly drinkable. Another solid IPA from Fat Head's.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Delta6014
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nyarlethotep
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Named after the Gratedul Dead, smooth with a good color jerry would be proud

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Photo of brutalist
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Stofko1992
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Toynk
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marluc
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Would gain more points in looks if it weren't for the very thin head. It's off white in color. The beer itself is a very nice clear golden with orangish hues.
The smell itself is rather malt forward it seems to me with some lemon characters.
The taste isn't so malt forward as the nose. It has a lot of lemon character.
Feeling is a little on the thin side but wet and juicy too.
Overall, it's a good session IPA with huge lemon. Would be really good by the pool in the summer.

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Photo of scotorum
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Two singles from a mixed six at an Ohio Kroger, could have age on it.

a: Clear dark amber with ca two inch thick white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s:Bitter pine.

t: Follows the nose with strength and some dankness . Bitter dry finish.

m: medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: Old fashioned bitter beer flavor reminiscent of early craft IPAs or some American mass market German style lagers.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barleycorn
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Session IPA in name and abv. Balanced and rounded hoppiness. Crisp and effervescent with a fruity hop kick. This is how a session IPA should be done. Tasty.

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 760 ratings