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

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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

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Photo of pda22
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
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 -3.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +2.2%
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 +4.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +2%
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 -13.5%
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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Photo of trygelski1
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz draft at the Pittsburgh location poured into a pint glass:

Look: Poured a golden orange color with about an inch of head. Lacing is present throughout consumption of this beverage.

Smell: Huges notes of citrus and grapefruit and some hints of pine. Smells amazing!

Taste: Tons of citrus and grapefruit notes up front. Also some tropical fruits. Some small hints of pine in here as well along with some malt backbone.

Feel: Medium bodied. Very crisp and refreshing on this hot day.

Overall: This might be the best session IPA I have had to date. This beer runs circles around Slow Ride, Steady Rollin, etc. Fat Heads never disappoints with their hoppy offerings and this one does not either. I would purchase this one again and I may head out and get a 12 pack soon! Very well done!

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Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, hops, hint of caramel malt, and piney hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, citrus hops, slight piney hops, sweet malt, and caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, good feel, decent body, and good complexity.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description: Bright, light golden color. Clear without much discernible head. Piney smell but also some malty sweetness and fruit. Overall, pretty subtle aroma. Taste is predominantly bitter and hoppy but not overwhelmingly so; about what I expect from a session IPA. Like the smell, has a touch of sweetness. Feel is sort standard, unexciting, "medium".

Suggested food pairing: A burger from the grill

If you like this beer then you should also try: All Day IPA

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) Not necessarily a great IPA, but pretty decent for a session IPA. Not one that I'd advise tracking down or going out of your way to have.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 3 week old bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A medium golden orange color with a bit of haze. Nice 2 finger white head leaves minimal lacing.

S: Loads of citrus and tropical fruits, some slight pine notes, grainy malts and some fresh cut grass.

T: The fruity hops play the main stage here. Loads of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange couple with some grassy notes that lead into the grainy slightly sweet caramel malt. This beer is mostly hops though as the malt never really fully comes through but is there to make it far from just hop water. Finish is dry and hoppy with minimal bitterness. Nice session.

M: Nice medium coating mouthfeel that is super dry, no alcohol and nice carbonation. Very,very drinkable.

O: This is a great session IPA, one of the best you'll probably find. I could drink this all day because it has a nice malt support to the hops and give it some balance, so much better than Stone Go To which is hop water. If you can find this and enjoy a low abv easy drinking but super flavorful IPA, grab it.

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Photo of Standenanian
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review - 01: Fathead's Sunshine Daydream
Type: Session Ale
Glass: Pint Glass
Temperature: 45-55 F

Look: A bit hazy with a honey color that muddles to a nice cloudiness helped by an even matrix of small particulates.

Smell: Overwhelming pineapple with a small lick of orange.

Taste: Immediate and powerful hop flavor that settles to a warm citrus rind taste. Souring all the way down, it makes me feel like I bit right into an orange. After whetting on the tongue, a more noticeable orange taste trickles in after breathing. As it warms, it gets easier to drink as the flavor becomes more noticeable. I can tell the water they used was filtered because it doesn't have a hard acid taste. The only acid taste that comes across is the citrus.

Feel: A somewhat viscous feel that sits on the tongue and stays there. Harsh at first sip but mellows quite nicely.

Recommended food pairings: Something with pesto or grilled sandwiches.

Overall, a very nice drink that I'd have sitting out at a picnic or at a cookout. Not a drink to pound 'coz that orange peel effect isn't my favorite thing in the world but it's amazing to get a flavor that odd across. 3/5

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Photo of FBarber
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear crisp gold with a nice white creamy head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice lacing on the top. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen in the beer.

Smell is amazing. Just a burst of floral and citrus scents. The taste is full of citrus zest with some floral notes. I got a little underlying peach flavor finishing with a piney hop taste. the hop flavor is really balanced and the bitterness is really mellowed. Very nice flavor.

Feel has some good carbonation with light mouthfeel. Very drinkable with a low ABV.

Overall this was my first FatHead offering, and it did not disappoint. Really tasty session IPA. I'd certainly get some more of this if I ever come across it.

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

32 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a shaker pint.

Blonde with a short white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Candied orange, papaya, candy sugar, honey, and grapefruit.

Candied orange, grapefruit zest, and papaya. Light honey and candy sugar maltiness. Finishes with some light pine and dankness.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing with a light bitterness.

Big flavor, low abv. One of the better session IPAs that I've had. Comparable to Daisy Cutter Pale Ale.

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like higher alcohol content. With that in mind, I like this better than 'Lil Heaven. It is smoother with less bitter taste. So, this is drinkable and will be chosen over, like, Sierra Nevada, or Sam Adams IPA, or other shit beer.

This is decent session action, but it leaves me a little sober.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on draft, shaker pint glass

clear medium golden color, foamy white head. nice hoppy aroma - grassy, citrus. mild malt flavor and hop dominated taste. thinner bodied.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/18/15

A: Golden light orange with some light copper - pours nicely clear - medium sized white head, fades to a few wisps, maintains a medium collar, leaves streaks and spots of lacing

S: Bright hops with some crisp citrus - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit zest - floral, decidedly flowery citrus - light touch of pine - some hints of stone fruit and tropical fruits - light, pale malts at the base

T: Nicely hoppy and nicely light - orange and tangerine - mostly citrus zest, but some citrus juice and oil as well - light pine, grass, and herbal notes - faintly tropical, like an aftertaste of fruit juice - crisp, dry bitterness - light pale malts and just a touch of caramel malts, minimal sweetness

M: Medium to light body, mostly crisp and clean, some lingering hoppy oils, very refreshing otherwise

O: Freak out in a Sunshine Daydream (oh yeah)

If I had to summarize this in one sentence, I would say that this tastes like a mild version of Fat Head's Hop Hunter. The citrus and oily citrus elements are similar enough. Anyway, this is a great session IPA. I've been spoiled by some others coming out of New England, but if I'm ever in Ohio again, I would grab another 6 pack of this.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured out of a 12 bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface. The creamy, fluffy looking white head is about an inch thick when first poured that settles to a very fluffy, thick surface coating with quite excellent lacing indeed. Aromas of citrus, lemony, zesty, slightly grainy hops and a bit of malts here too. Flavors of citrus, lemony, floral, zesty, grainy hops upfront with hints of peach and pineapple that gives way to some crispy malts with nice hints of caramel sweetness. Strong bitterness here for sure for a session IPA. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a clean finish and slightly dry after taste. A good session IPA here all around. Certainly worth a try.


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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sunshine, daydream, now come on over daydream. Great name for a beer. Had this on tap at the brew pub in Portland.

Nice creamy head fades at a med pace, nice foamy lacing, clear honey orange color.

Nose fresh hops, citrus tropical notes, passion fruit dankness, little grassy note, fruity generic hops, just a touch of malt.

Taste brings fruity hops, generic tropical citrus, fruity, creamy wheat-ish malt, little bitter rind and mango skin, juicy, mild pale malt, toasty, hint grassy hop. Finish dry crisp fair bitterness, mild juicy citrus fruit and tropical notes, little fruity stone fruit peachy thing, mild spicy hop note.

Mouth med bod, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice. Very tasty IPA with a great name.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is piney, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon/lime. Taste is grapefruit peel, orange, lemon zest, mango, papaya, lots of tropical notes. Clean tropical IPA, not dank. Mouthfeel is light, beer is real bitter for a session ipa, aftertaste is grapefruit/citrus peel. Overall this is a great session IPA that I'd totally buy on a regular basis if I had the opportunity. Not distributed in MO, unfortunately.

Bottled 8/24/2015 drank 9/30/2015.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces very well.

S: Bright citrus, tangerine, lemon lime, pink grapefruit, fruity peach, pineapple, a little pine, and a touch of light caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon lime, tangerine, fruity notes, pineapple, peach, almost pear, watermelon jolly rancher, pine, and light caramel malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: About as good as session IPAs get.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Orange, small one inch white head.

S: Most distinct pineapple I've ever smelled in an IPA. Followed by mango and a whole bouquet of fruit medley. Really aced the smell.

T: Less pineapple, more mango on the palate. Big hit of fruit cocktail, then it's a surprisingly herbal hop it in the finish. Finish is delightfully bitter. A really stellar combo between the smell coming in for a sip, more fruit, slight malt, then that distinctly IPA finish.

F: Pretty heavily carbonated. A little lighter than I wanted, but hey it's kind of a session (4.9%).

O: I would drink this all day. So fruity yet so hoppy in the finish. The smell takes the cake for me. I'd love to see a DIPA with a thicker, stickier mouthfeel with this kind of scent. Got this in a mix 'n match, wish I had 5 more.

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Photo of leantom
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, score another point for Fat Head's. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pours a clear yellow-orange. The effervescence is superb as well, and the head and lacing are marvelous. Great.

S: Lots of grass, citrus, herbs, and mango (tropical fruit). The mango lingers in the background after the grass and lemon give way.

T: Follows the nose. Maybe a little light, but the hops still shine forth. Can taste plenty of herbs; the mango is still prominent as well. On a side note, I do detect some grainy malt in the aftertaste.

F: Little watery, but the effervescence is still superb.

O: Great session ale.

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

Pours a nice shimmery hue of lighter amber, light, loose and fine bubble cap, leaves ample fine strands and bits of lacing. Nice looking brew.

Lite sniff of pine and spicy hops with back malt note.

Super tasty lighter IPA.....fresh and flavorful...loaded with big citric notes, grapefruit, spicy and crisp hops...very enjoyable stuff several times in bottles and on draft at the mothership in Pittsburgh...fine stuff, please distribute to NY state...whaddya say?

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