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

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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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Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.36%
 
 
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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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 bigred89
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stella77artois
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gdaveb
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fscottkey
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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 kewharton
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PGH_BeerSnob
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eweaver16
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IronLover
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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 srw
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eammon1920
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +2.5%
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 ackeeper
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbeervt
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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 loganburgh
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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