Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,472
Ranked #25,501
3.84 | pDev: 7.03%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very Good
Notes: Inspired by everyone’s favorite fruit-forward brunch libations – the mimosa, the bellini and the screwdriver to name a few – Sun-Day-Feels is bursting with inviting aromas of fresh peaches, bright citrus and of course, champagne.

Crisp and spritzy, Sun-Day-Feels began as a small-batch beer available only in our Milton Tasting Room & Kitchen. The beer was introduced to guests (under a different name) through our Beer Exploration Journal during the summer of 2019. After a surge of positive guest feedback, our brewers carefully sifted through comments, tinkered with the recipe a touch, and thus … Sun-Day Feels was born!

A masterful piece of liquid art, Sun-Day-Feels joins our lineup of offbeat brews as the spring offering in our 2020 Off-Centered Art Series. Boasting whimsical, colorful graphics by Dan Stiles, Sun-Day-Feels pops with a bright pink package featuring an animated frog relaxing to the tunes of an old-school record player. A medley of citrus fruits effortlessly swirls about through the air for laid-back feelings that perfectly pair with a pint of Sun-Day-Feels.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of burnstar
burnstar from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque gold with a nice sized head that dissipates quickly. Smell is yeasty and I think I detect some grapes. This is billed as a beermosa sour- obviously a play on mimosa- the champagne and orange juice cocktail popular at brunches. I can see where they're headed- there's grape juice in this, along with other fruit juices, and the wild yeast gives it an orangey sourness. The taste is sort of like tart orange juice up front with the sourness increasing through to the finish. The main flavor is citrus throughout- oranges and lemons. It has a bit of beer breadiness but this isn't a very beery beer- would be good for those who don't normally drink beer. It's very summery and drinkable.

Jul 01, 2020
Photo of cjgiant
cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 5/11:
Into the glass flows a bruised peach, light yellow orange highly hazed liquid. The white froth atop it prevents the whole bottle going into the 14oz glass immediately, but settles down soon enough. The nose continues the peach metaphor, along with a light lime citrus and a hint of sweet wine. The latter aspect allows me to see where the brewer was going for the champagne aspect of a mimosa.

Beer is light on the tongue, and there is a spritzy carbonation up front. The beer is also surprisingly smooth after that initial bite, such as to say it turns to a tickle and a thicker, sweeter feel by mid-taste. Immediate note is nectarine and sour peach, with a decent tartness. This is quickly backed by orange juice and a bit of grape juice - both a little sweeter, with a lime tartness on the edges.

Well, sometimes DFH doesn't hit their odd aims, but I think this one is near the mark. It's just a little sweet and slightly sticky in the end, but has a moderate sour aspect throughout.

Jun 28, 2020
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking color orange hazy yellow tint not much carbonation which is a downer. Good fruit smell too much happening at once it's really pick out a particular fruit smell. Taste was quite good like another reviewer said the lemon and orange kind of mixed together and leave a nice refreshing grapefruit taste. Body was light despite the above higher gravity of 6.5%. overall I would have it again the price was very fair and flavor was memorable.

Jun 24, 2020
Photo of rudiecantfail
rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, amber/gold color. White head disappeared immediately, not even leaving a ring. No lacing.

S---Very, very faint aroma of citrus. I really had to sniff hard to get anything at all.

T---Now the advertised fruits are showing up. Grape, orange, lemon & peach are all as advertised. Very tart, fruity flavor.

F---Tart. More carbonation than the head would indicate, but still fairly mild.

O---DFH is an experimental group of people. I appreciate that, but this experiment is largely a miss. Although it tastes pretty good.

Jun 22, 2020
Photo of teromous
teromous from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the neck of the bottle: "BOTTLED ON 05/11/20 17:40"

Appearance: The body of the beer is very hazy, mostly opaque, and orange-gold colored. It has a short white cap with good retention and mild lacing.

Aroma: There are pleasant berry notes, with a bit of raspberry, a hint of strawberry, some mulberry, and a bit of blackberry. It smells closer to Fruity Pebbles than actual fruit though. There is a bit of a wheat aroma and a bit of what smells like lemons.

Taste: Up front there is this tangy orange flavor mixed with a bit of lemon. Towards the middle of the mouth there is a bit of wheat flavor and a stronger orange character. It has a little bit of spice, like it could be made with coriander.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied and easy to drink with a mellow tartness that plays against the body some. It has a light bitterness similar to what you would get from a grapefruit. It's easy to drink.

Overall: This beer is labelled as an American Wild Ale on BA, but it drinks a lot more like a light wheat beer made with fruit, like an American Pale Wheat Ale. Dogfish Head lists the beer style as a "Sour." On the label it states that this is an "ALE BREWED WITH VIOGNIER GRAPE JUICE, PEACHES, BLOOD ORANGES, LEMON, ORANGES & LIME." It has a very berry-like aroma but it definitely tastes like oranges and lemons. This is a really enjoyable beer. The label also states that this is a "BEERMOSA SOUR" and the mimosa inspiration (minus the carbonation level) meets expectations. I would recommend it to people who enjoy wheat beers, very light sour beers that aren't too tart, and people who enjoy beers that have an orange flavor which is done well. I could drink it again.

Jun 19, 2020
Photo of mvanaskie13
mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet: color is straw, pale, hazy but not murky, head is off white with fine bubbles, presents 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to ring.

Smell is subdued, but with warmth slight citrus and grainy malt present.

Taste presents as advertised - beer based spin on a mimosa - pleasant citrus blend, moderate malt character, then drying from the grape juice addition, hint of dry wine like character.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, crisp, slight sweetness, then drying on the tongue.

Overall this is a beermosa in a bottle without being juicy sweet.

Jun 19, 2020
Photo of Shade1951
Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've been spoiled by a couple of years of drinking Victory's Sour Monkey as my go-to beer. It makes this effort pale by comparison. Don't get me wrong - it's perfectly acceptable and enjoyable enough. Just not especially memorable. I was pleased that DFH didn't mess this up by adding discernible hops.

I kind of like the hazy, bright yellow look when poured into the glass. It's VERY hazy. The aroma is too subtle for me. It barely smells of anything at all. A hint of sourness, perhaps. The flavor isn't much stronger than the aroma. Just sour enough so that I can say, "Yes, this IS a sour." But the various fruits that were used in the brew are too faint for my taste. Carbonation was about right.

I don't see myself getting this one again. It is, fortunately, refreshing enough in the hot weather that has finally made its appearance on the east coast. But I don't think I'd enjoy it at all in cool and cold weather.

Overall, I'm glad to see more breweries offering sours. I find the glut of IPAs to be depressing.

Jun 09, 2020
Photo of CaptainFrank
CaptainFrank from New York

2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks kind of ugly, slight brownish yellow and hazy. Has no aroma. Taste is pretty disappointing. I was hoping for more, but I guess orange plus lemon and lime equals grapefruit. The sour tang is enjoyable and it’s pretty light and smooth. Good carbonation level.
Overall it’s an ok summer time beer served ice cold.

Jun 06, 2020
Photo of kookajamo
kookajamo from Delaware

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a wide mouth pint glass.

Delivers exactly as advertised, its smooth, light, fruity and just a little tart. There is also some minor saltiness present but I wouldn't call this a gose by any means.

Fruit flavors of grapefruit, orange, grape and peach all subtle but still noticeable, supported in the back by a nice grainy/wheat flavor. Easily crushable and great on a hot day.

May 07, 2020
Photo of jzeilinger
jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Medium orange and hazy with dense white lacing.

S - Some slight graininess, with lime and lemon.

T - Lemon, lime, blood oranges, and light twang.

M -Thick and soft with light carbonated pricklies.

O - Unobtrusive, not too sour, and easy drinking (and I don't like this style at all - total serious).

May 05, 2020
Photo of KRug
KRug from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/3/20

No matter what, I still get excited by new DFH releases. They may not be the most consistent brewery, but they have some solid and innovative options

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a finger of frothy white head that dies down quickly and leaves a ring but is easily brought back by a swirl of the glass, no lacing to speak of

Definitely getting grape must up front in the aroma, followed by some solid lime and grapefruit with a bit of salinity. Smells like a gose for sure but I don't think that's what they were going for. A hint of wheat in there too

Very similar taste, but with just a bit more of everything. I'm not getting the distinct fruits they used here, but general citrus dominates the front end before the grape juice character comes in. A bit salty and bready towards the end of the sip, this is quite refreshing for the season

Less carbonated than I was expecting, but still light and spritzy. Finishes a tad sticky but is still very refreshing

Well, what we have here is a very solid sour that's quite fitting for a Sunday afternoon. I was low key hoping this would be better so I could turn to it as my "beer of the summer" but it's not quite that amazing. Still, this is pretty good and relatively affordable for the abv, so I will be crushing these periodically throughout the summer for sure

May 03, 2020
Photo of MikeWard
MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 4/3/20, so not even a month old. Had yesterday at home.

Hazy yellow amber body with a small white head which persists in some form throughout leaving a little lacing initially.

Kind of a musty, citrusy sharp aroma.

5 different fruits and a grape juice are used in creating this ale. It's a good tasting beer, and I especially like the strong peach taste In the back of the mouth, while the lime tingles on the tip of the tongue. Somewhat sour and sharp, not overly so.

Mouth is medium, finish tart, sour, and fruity.

Overall, glad to have found this one lurking in the mix a six section of all places. Will be interesting to have one in the heat of summer, it the release lasts that long.

May 01, 2020
Sun-Day-Feels from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 25 ratings