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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84
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690
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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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 GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by a kind person at the Jack's Abby Tap Takeover in Rochester, NY.

Pours out a golden orange/yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells very Citra like- slightly catty, with stronger citrus aromas- orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Very fresh smelling.

The taste is pretty similar. Fresh, zesty citrus taste, with some slight grassiness, and a little bit of lingering bitterness.

Light bodied, great, crisp mouthfeel. High carbonation.

It was nice to see this brought out at the takeover, thanks to the person who brought it!

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus hops. Taste is hoppy, considerable bitterness, citrus, resin, finishes dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunshine Daydream Session IPA
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
Style: American IPA
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Bright gold with a small white foam cap. Active carbonation rising to the top and fine clarity. A bit of lace is left behind, this looks like an IPA.

SMELL: Pineapple juice, citrus oil, resin, herb and malt sweetness all chime in for what makes for a solid aroma. Enticing tropical fruityness.

TASTE: Follows the nose, with pineapple, pine, sap, mango, herbal, and an astringent bitterness. Sharply bitter with a crisp hop bite. Pale malts, lots of hop, grain, and an even finish with hop oil flavor lingering on the palate.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, almost dry in the finish.

OVERALL: Yet another solid rendition of an IPA from Fatheads. They make a similar IPA with stronger ABV in the Headhunter, which is world class. This is very very good.

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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 barczar
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is floral, resiny, dank, and flecked with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Fairly complex. Fruity and dank hops are in balance, dominating the aroma.

Flavor is more resiny at the base, with a light toasted malt backbone and a moderately bitter finish. Dank cannabis, grapefruit, and tangerine rule the profile. Nice balance of bittering and flavoring hops.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I don't know how they do it but they got a good intense bitterness with a smooth malt profile with a nice body and a session able drink able ness.

Best session IPA I ever had? I guess that is for debate but I seem to enjoy it and even though it was on closeout (summer beer not sold before winter) it still holds up as a great IPA with the bitter taste.

Get it if you cant chug their Head Hunter IPA!

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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 maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fiver29 for yet another lovely box of beer, this one stuffed with a bunch of Fat Head's hops, which I always covet. 22 oz. bottle split with, well, no one, as usual for this brewery. I don't play well with others.

The pour is a light filtered orange, & it has carbonation. Nose is all citrus with a foreshadowing of lashing-out bitterness. Not bad.

Sunshine Daydream tastes like the Son of Head Hunter. Tsunami of House-level bitterness greets the tongue & pummels the palate. Middle is akin to a Fruit of the Loom commercial, with mango, orange, citrus, & those fruit-guys you can't see in the background. I am gulping this, which I suppose how a session IPA should be treated.

These guys know what to do with hops. Too many low ABV beers are colorless & could easily be confused with slightly altered well water - not this one. One of the better 'session' beers out there & a very good beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Tipples dated 12/18/14, poured 2/22/15. Two months old worried me a bit, but this pours a beautiful clear copper color with a big fluffy white to off white head. Nice floral aromatics, a bit of perfumey notes, citrus rind, pine. Hops still smell fresh as can be. Flavor follows with a big bitter punch up front, orange rinds, grapefruit juice, pine needles. Very dry body, medium plus carbonation. Pretty impressed this held up after a couple months. Solid session IPA.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Mad Mex. Pour is a copper orange, perfectly clear, with lots of billowy off white head. Nose is decent, notes of roasted grains and pale malts. Hops are a bit green, with light citrus and an assertive herbal hop. Has a hint of spice to it. Flavor is much of the same, very balanced but just a touch green. Body is nice, light and good carb, semi dry and very clean finish but a hint syrupy towards the finish.

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

It's nice to see Fat Head's coming into Toledo, at least at The Attic.

The color is a clear bright orange. A tight head grows about a finger tall and takes time to fade but never fading much. Pretty plentiful patchy lacing remains on the glass.
There's plenty of citrus in this beer, going both somewhat in the juicier sense as well as some rind/zest. It mixes with floral hops and a bit of pine. Just enough malts to keep it hop-forward but not abrasive give a bit of breadiness and make it nicely balanced. Herbal character and a touch of pith make their way into a mostly dry finish that lingers a bit.
The body is medium with a active carbonation. Smoothness and crispness are about even, both at a good keel, and some dryness pulls out into the finish.

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

A-golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, hint of tropical fruit, hint of malt

T-grapefruit, light tropical fruit, pine, hint of herbal, light caramel malt, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-great flavor for a session IPA, enjoyable and easy drinking

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dryer orange citrus rinds. In the taste, dry pine to a an orange citrus rind, quite mellow, and a touch watery. A small hop bite to smoothness, with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cirtusy pine hop in the aftertaste. An all day IPA, nice hop presence, a bit thin, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - I get some dank citrus.

T - I taste fresh, dank hops. There is plenty of citrus, too.

M - Watery

O - It has good flavor. I am just turned off by the watery mouthfeel of the session IPA's.

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Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-06-18 in North Olmsted, OH at the brew pub (from tasting notes)

A - Clear gold with a 1/2-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Mild pineapple, hop floral, light citrus. Mild aroma. (food odors present)

T - Citrus, pineapple, grass, hop tang. Dries nicely with a fine and lingering citrus bitterness that almost lasts as long as Head Hunter

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - A great flavor for a low ABV brew. I'd have one just about every day if it were available here in PA!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours rather cleanly with a clean filtered brassy color. The head was weak fizzy an had no retention.

The hops are strong and varied on the nose. Mostly herbal tones like pine, onion, cannabis and chive but I get a honey, lemon and grapefruit.

The flavor is herbal with more floral hop notes than citrus. The flavor is also quite strong and satisfying for a session ale. The hops are herbal and onions with a real honey sweetness. The flavor has more lemon than the nose with some malty tea leaf.

The feel is so smooth and light and it drinks easy and quickly. I had finished it before I was done with this review.

This is a hop lovers dream as the hops are dominant, prominent and hold several diverse tastes. I do think that my palate may not have received them quite as well as most.

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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 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.

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

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

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

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

Overall
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 ckollias
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew out of a 16oz pint glass.

A: Pours a bright golden hue with a thick 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates down the glass ending in a wispy lace.

S: Fruity and pine hoppy aroma followed by some citrus notes.

T: Similar the smell – citrus fruits, pine and some bitter hops dominate the flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation and finishes on the dry side of bitter.

O: Just a so-so IPA for me – I would take the head hunter ipa any day of the week.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery-colored with bubble cascades all over. Thin head in height. Gorgeous lacing. 4.0

Pine and citrus hops. Grapefruit, lemon, and some floral notes. Very pleasing nose. Husky pale malt on low volume. 4.0

Dry, crisp hoppy flavor. Substantially bitter. Lime and grapefruit with some backend orange. Juniper, melon rind, cucumber, and sassafras. Hushed pale malt backbone with a dinner roll twist. Fascinating IPA. 4.5

Very smooth, but not quite medium in body. Carbonation is medium and very complementary. 4.0

Incredible brew. Fathead's got their shit together in the hoppy beer department. So glad I snagged this pint. 4.5

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Photo of Roguer
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden ale, topped by a modest white head. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Bright, juicy aroma with a touch of dank herbs; Citra immediately comes to mind. A touch of floral, wildflower honey as it opens up.

Big bright juicy hop flavors up front, with a strong dank profile for the second half. Malts make a very light, grainy appearance.

Lively but watery feel, typical of "session" IPAs.

As far as low ABV IPAs go, this is pretty good. The hops are definitely showcased. I much prefer a beer with far more heft and more malt balance, personally.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow, light golden tan, not much of a head, some lacing.

Smell - Piney, grapefruit hops, a little orange, lemon, and a little sweet sugar note.

Taste - Had this one on tap last year, now in bottle. Session ipa, straight up grapefruit and pine hops, with some orange and lemon. A little grassy flavor, and minor sugars add a little kick. No alcohol or malts are noticed, Not much more can be said.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tongue and palate with grapefruit and pine. Palate gets some minor grassy notes, some orange and lemon, and a little sugar. Aftertaste is Hop bitter, bubblegum like and lemon.

Overall - Just a great session ipa. Most all these session ipas taste the same, yet fatheads has a grassy, herbal note to theres that's sets it apart. Of course, low alcohol, plenty of flavor, its a winner for certain.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/28/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of flowers
Head average (3.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 4 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing very good- wide thick rings of small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins bitter with a flowery perfume taste. This dies quickly and only the bitterness remains. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This meets the criteria for an American IPA. I personally do not care for the flowery aroma and flavor.

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Photo of BB1313
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/7/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a slight haze and bubbles swimming upwards; fluffy white head that fades and leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are dank. Typical Fat Head's. Tons of grapefruit. Some mango and pineapple in the mix as well. Subtle hints of caramel malts. Smells great. The flavors are pretty impressive. There's a very solid bitterness. 60 IBU is impressive for such a small beer. Lots of citrus and tropical notes. Some grass. Some fresh pine needles. More grapefruit rind. This is obviously west-coast all day. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with a solid body. The carbonation is active and smooth. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's smooth and extremely easy to drink.

This is another winner from Fat Head's. I'm glad they decided to bottle this one. This can easily go up against the best Session IPAs in the country. Well done.

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Sunshine Daydream Session IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.07 out of 5 based on 690 ratings.
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