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

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPASunshine Daydream Session IPA
Sunshine Daydream Session IPASunshine Daydream Session IPA

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of good_to_sea
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Nephilium
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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 AyatollahGold
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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 -13.2%
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 elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-spiegelau ipa glass. Bot. 03.29.17. consumed 11.08.17.

A: Light rustic orange with a good clarity shows a fairly strong rate of effervesce rising at a fast rate. Creamy thick porridge cream capping provides a sticky head that laces well on the vessel.

S: Grapefruit pulp is fresh, juicy and tart along with lemons with a higher then average awareness for a session style label. Soft lemon tea counters with toasty grains and light citrus. Age may have been a factor in strength, but the overall combination was still good.

T: Floral grapefruit hops have a decent citrus zing, lemonade style quench with some tart and orange like tropical flavors. Toasty grains brings a soft dryness, bringing a nice malt awareness with tart lemons on the finish. Some wet and juicy hops, complimentary tropical notes.

M: Slick and juicy hops give a slippery texture agaisnt a good malt base with a solid amount of carbonation.

O: A nice show of hops for a session style label. Toasted grain depth, fresh, wet like citrusy hops linger long after bottling date, showing little wear and tear with a good drink-ability rate. Juicy flavor sure to quench that thirst for hops and lemonade tartness on a hot summer day. Refreshing good repeat factor.

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Photo of woemad
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a box of hops courtesy of WesMantooth. Bottled on August 16, 2017.

Hazy, with some small floaties visible. Decent sized off-white head. Minimal lace.

Sweet,.tropical fruits and a subordinate piney bitterness is what the nose picked up.

Fairly straightforward sweet, fruity hop flavor tempered by a distant piney bitterness. Slightly more medicinal bitterness at the swallow.

Light body, with a fairly thin mouthfeel.

This probably suffered due to being preceeded on my palate by Head Hunter, which has considerably stronger flavor. Nevertheless, it's actually packs some good hop flavor for something under 5%. I'd drink this again as a summer session beer if the opportunity were to arise.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The big knock for me is that for a session ipa this brings a lot of bitterness. It is very light / thin / sessionable, but still leaves a dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Piney citrus, floral tropical hop bite, grapefruit, clean finish. Same with the nose. Gold, slight haze, white foam head with some delicate webbed lace. Medium body.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Head's Brewery "Sunshine Daydream Session IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 03/21/17 13:50" and sampled on 08/11/17
$2 @ Giant, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Mostly clear body with some visible particulate in suspension - hopefully due to dry-hopping, and I'm thinking OK in my book. It's a deep gold/amber beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention seems to be quite good, and there's some thick lace left along the glass where the head's already dropped. The aroma is bright with pine, pine resin, and light citrusy and tropical fruits. Not surprisingly, the flavor follows. There's some peach and apricot, and orange. Light grapefruit. The label claims that it has "...a light malt backbone" but it's a little bit fuller than that. It's grainy and a little biscuity, and a touch sweet; certainly fuller than I've found in a lot of "session IPAs". Ahh, looking back the lacing has left plenty of streaks and spots of lace on the glass, and there's still a solid surface covering - it's very thin in one spot, but it's still solid. Back to the malt and hops and bitterness, it's very nicely balanced. Often I find session IPAs to be too bitter for the amount of malt that they have but that's not the case here, it's perfectly balanced, and you still do get some bitterness in the end, but it's just enough and it doesn't build on the palate. 60 IBUs according to the label. Some tangerine lingers in the finish as well. Medium-bodied and gently crisp. Nice. One of the better session IPAs I've sampled.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [3.00] The bottle lists the ABV (4.9%) and it has a born on date (04/19/2017) so I am pushing 90 days. Nice golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. The bad news is there are TONS of floaties. It looks like someone backwashed into this glass.

S: [4.00] Lemon rind, pine, pineapple, fresh bread.

T: [4.25] Toffee, lemon rind, mild pine.

M: [3.75] Light bodied with decent carbonation. A bit of a hop bite for dryness on the back end.

O: [4.00] The appearance is a big let down. Lots of crap floating in there. Everything else is great. At 4.9% they are crushing it with the aroma and flavor. There is good balance of hops and malts that present as lemon/pine and bread/toffee. I could drink lots of these - maybe next time I'll use a solid colored glass to hide the floaties.

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Photo of IronLover
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange in color with near perfect clarity aside from a handful of yeasty floaties. Poured with a thick, billowy, yet slightly soapy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium bready, caramel malt aromas with medium, subtle herbal and citrus hop aromas. Medium light bodies with soft, but aggressive carbonation. Light, acidic feel throughout that seems to enhance the bitterness and bite of the carbonation. A very light creaminess near the end. Medium light, malty, bready flavors up front followed by medium herbal hop flavors with citrus orange notes. Medium hop bitterness that intensifies through the middle. Malty caramel notes and herbal hop flavors from the middle to the end. Finished with a lingering bitterness and light caramel flavors followed by delayed dryness. Subdued malt and hop characters that attempt to intensify with aggressive carbonation and possibly acidulated malts. A pretty good low abv IPA, easy drinking with decent character. Would go with the Head Hunter over this one in heartbeat.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, bronze in color with1/2 inch head. Taste is orange, grain, and lemon. This one pops with fruit, but is not as juicy as New England style IPAs. Light bodied, medium-high carbonation, and slightly bitter. Makes for a =n excellent sessionable IPA. I have other IPAs I prefer, but this one goes down really smooth and easy.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red 16 oz plastic solo cup. This beer was officially 12 days old, so I'd been anxiously waiting to try out my 1st Fat Heads brew.
I drank 6 of these at a BYOB concert (Crack The Sky) this past Saturday night. The place was dimly lit, so I really couldn't tell what it looked like, but it smelled and tasted great. As I'd get about halfway done each cup, I'd start swirling the beer around, to enjoy how hoppy and fresh it smelled. Very little bitterness, heavy on the flavors.. smooth with a medium MF. I realize this is a session IPA, so I'm grading this on its own merits. I can't wait to take a road trip to buy some more F.H. beer. Well done!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Excited to see Fat Head's was distro'd to PA. Floral. Piney. Pretty one dimensional. Some underlying caramel malt. Nice bitterness for a session. It's ok.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz beer poured into Willybecher glass bottled on 5/3/17

A: Small tiny bubbled white head that disappeared quickly. Body has great clarity Amber orange in color.

S: Light citrus rind smell with a little bit of a burnt orange rind smell mixed in.

T: light citrus, grass, a little melon on the tongue with a good dash of vine like quality and then a little bitterness.

M: Lighter feel good carbonation not as watery as some session ales.

O: It's pretty light on flavor, light on body, light on nose pretty much a session IPA. It is pointless.

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Photo of pda22
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't believe this is a session IPA. This has a delicious citrus / orange flavor. Also a great malt backbone. I could drink this all day. Another great beer from Fat Heads

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Photo of ajm5108
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Classical optics on the pour. Both the nose & the tongue are light on certain things, but that really is the point essentially with these session IPAs. There is a crisp malt backbone - some clean German & crystal - and while the hops are obviously dialed backed they still add a gentle touch of citrus / tangerine flavor. Bitter citrus on the end but nothing abrasive. Certainly one of the better session beers I have come across.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with minimal head and no lace. Hoppy aroma with minimal malts noticeable as well. Smooth body with biting hop bitterness and a minimal sweetness and clean finish.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice look. Scent is exciting me; I'm getting pineapple, tangerine and sweet orange. Not getting any malt from the nose. Nice flavor with mildly sweet citrus dominating the start and then a bready malt flavored and slightly bitter finish. Maybe some piney undertones on the end somewhere. Crisp dry finish with decent carbonation. Decent depth for a session IPA. Good beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Quite clear and bright gold, with low visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white foamy head with average retention.

S: Juicy tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and tangerines. Light cracker malts with just a slight grainy character. Pretty nice here.

T: Follows the nose - juicy tropical fruits, melons, and tangerine rind. A bit grassy as well. Cracker malts, again with a fair amount of grist flavor. There's a mild spicy hops flavor near the end with a restrained bitterness.

M: Average body for style, good carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: I thought this was pretty tasty. Likely this would be in regular rotation with Invasion and Reef Donkey if readily available around here. A solid offering.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six pack for sumer evening sipping. Very nice session ale from the Best state! Nice hoppy flavor and aroma for a session ale. Easy to drink with great mouth feel and no aftertaste. Good Job Fat Heads.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden amber color with a reddish tint. Nice head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice lacing.

S - Citrus notes, tropical fruits, citrus rinds.

T - Crisp and clean mouth feel, light to medium bodied but easily quaffable. Nice citrus hop notes from start to finish with some malts for a really nice balance. Flavors that stand out are grapefruit, mango, some piney undertones, a bit resinous.

O - Really a solid session IPA that stands out in the category. Easy to drink with big flavors.

Notes - Got this from a friend (JM) who went to a wedding in Ohio and this is the first positive thing I've ever experienced from the worst state ever.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Quaker steak and Lube Sandusky
Slightly hazy golden orange color with a thin wisp of white head on top. Citrus and pine with some earth and faint tropical fuit against a thin bready malt background. Decent session IPA.

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