Sunshine Daydream Session IPA
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

Sunshine Daydream Session IPASunshine Daydream Session IPA
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
American IPA
Ranked #927
Ranked #10,384
4.01 | pDev: 9.23%
Nov 19, 2023
Jun 08, 2012
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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Rated: 4 by Samnem from Pennsylvania

Nov 19, 2023
Rated: 3.8 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Sep 30, 2023
Rated: 3 by dan58 from Ohio

Aug 15, 2023
Rated: 3.81 by cabsandking from Ohio

Aug 06, 2023
Rated: 3.78 by Vyvyan from Illinois

Aug 04, 2023
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb+ of eggshell colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Citrus & tropical fruits

T: Tangerine, dryness, a little grapefruit, a little grassyness up front. Grassyness, limes, a little dryness &a little green melon once warm. Finishes dry with citrus, green melon & grassyness

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, decent balance

Solid Session IPA, not the biggest fan of them
Jul 20, 2023
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Lightly sparkling slightly darker gold with a short off-white head that retains okay.

Exhibiting lightly toasted biscuits, pine needles and orange piths, this one's softly round and infinitely crushable.

I had this pre-2015 and gave it a bad review. I hate hops quite a bit less these days than then, so this redo is in an effort to do this beer justice.
Jul 03, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeB_from_Macomb from Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Huge foamy head, murky/hazy dark amber color. Had an off, metallic smell which I don’t think was just from the can. Flavor not bad, only slightly hoppy, but still tasted flat. I liked that it was lower ABV.
Jul 02, 2023
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
(12 oz can, canned on 04/14/23; purchased cold single at Pinocchio's yesterday... poured into a fat tulip)

L: crystal-clear, orange-amber liquid; two-finger tall glossy foam, tight and lumpy... the head doesn't hold long; little flecks of lace

S: citrus gummies, spicy overtone, lupulin gland concentrate, Airhead taffiness, hint of toasted caramel upon cereal... bit of a vinyl background note as it goes... bright, clear aromas; great expressions

T: acidic grapefruit-lemon zip up the middle, orange zest oils along the sides... flavorful, despite noticeable reduced alcohol... toasty malt in the background giving enough of a foundation to support the relatively intense hopping

F: soft, smooth, slick... subtle spicy heat in the aft; just enough umph (in alc and hop bitter) to avoid a thin, watery feel

O: pretty good low-abv IPA; excellent hop combo and ratios and I suppose conditioning, allowing the concentrated flavors to cut through cleanly (2148)
Jun 12, 2023
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Rated by bubseymour from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Nice head and retention. Very juicy aroma. For a
May 22, 2023
Rated: 4.58 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 3.69 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Oct 01, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by IrishMatt

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by burnstar from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Great name after the legendary Grateful Dead show. Hazy orangish gold with a big persistent rocky head. Smell is mild fruity hops- somewhat tropical. I'm getting some beery malt in the nose as well- in the nose in the finish. Nice fruit hop profile but with a good bitterness in the finish. Slightly rounded slightly toasted malt in the finish. Excellent for the low abv, one of the best tasting sub 5% abv's I've tasted. Medium to light bodied. Very drinkable.
Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz can canned 5/12/22 into a Spiegelau glass.
L: Pours with gushing bubbles clear gold caramel color w/a lofty 1" eggshell white creamy head, very excellent retention, soapy lacing.
S: Pineapple, guava, orange, a hint of sweet bread.
T: Tropical fruits, lightly resinous, lime zest, sweet caramel, malts, light berries, Fruity with firm bitterness throughout.
F: Very well carbonated, lively, crisp & smooth lite bodied mouthfeel w/a med-length drying finish. It has a light linger.
O: An excellent American Session IPA that is very fruity, bitter and easy drinking. Sweet caramel malts re-enforce the tropical hop flavors. It is excellent in it's style.
Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasted from a 12 oz can obtained in Ohio.

L - Light gold color with just shy of perfect clarity. Thick, creamy, long-lasting head is an off-white color and is impressive. This is a great looking beer.

S - Strong American IPA aromas emphasize the hops. In this case, I get pine, guava and herbal notes. There is an underlying malt note also. Fairly deep and complex, especially for a session IPA.

T - Strong hops flavors, but I find them a bit muddled, rather than emphasizing particular flavors. I get some tropical fruit, some pine and some peach, but they are sort of trampling on each other, There is also some bready malt toward the end of the palate.

F - Medium to thin body with low to moderate carbonation. High hops bitterness, but not super-extreme. Alcohol does not really register. All-in-all, the elements of the mouthfeel make for a smooth, drinkable impression, which seems appropriate for a session IPA.

O - This is a very good beer in a style that I don't have a lot of experience with; however, it seems to hit the strong points that I would expect in something called a session IPA. The taste is the least impressive element, but it is still well above average for any IPA, let alone a session version.
Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by sodavisions from Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.68 by Danzifer from Ohio

Apr 05, 2022
Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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