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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,081 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 86
Gots: 359 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012

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Ratings: 2,081 | Reviews: 408
Reviews by DeltaGolfSierra:
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Daytime is a very light bodied IPA, and very drinkable. Appearance is a light golden color with a moderate white head with average retention. The smell is big-time citrus scents, very nice. The taste is quite citrusy as well, lots of juicy grapefruit flavor. Even though it is a light bodied IPA, it isn't short on hop flavors. Very drinkable and refreshing on a hot day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of snowbike
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been trying different sessions IPAs for about a year. Never found one that I really liked. This is the best I have tried. Actually prefer it over regular IPAs that I have been drinking. While I still like the other IPAs, I don't really need too many 7.5% beers. This beer should be perfect for summer.

Photo of BrunEngr
2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a hoppy pilsner, with a carbonated mouth feel.

Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

What a day it has been in terms of The Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014! A succession of lagers has finally brought me to an AIPA, which is more in my wheelhouse. I have Heaven 17 doing "Let Me Go" playing on YouTube with lyrics that include "Daytime, all I want is nighttime ..."

From the bottle: "Say 'Lah-Goo-Knee-Tuss'"; "A Fractional IPA (is that ridiculous or what ...?!)"; "Have you been jonesing for something more primal and less evolved? If so, Fire is the element for you. Air, Water, and Earth are of no use. There is a freedom in burning down the house of fixed expectations and it confers an undeniable lightness to being."; "Life is Uncertain. Don't Sip."

Step 1: Pop the cap. Step 2: Upend the bottle. Step 3: Step back. Yeah, I get the idea behind these Session AIPAs - they are all aroma hops with very little bitterness in terms of taste. It's like window dressing or picking up a date only to discover she's a tranny. I want the real thing, baby! I watched as the pseudo-cascade settled into two fingers of dense, bone-white head with great retention. It began to fall in a slow, inexorable way, leaving behind some great, sticky lacing. Color was Pale Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity, but I am always dubious when my beer is paler than my urine. Nose smelled of dank and cattiness! WTF!?! Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, which is another drawback in this style. The taste was equally lacking. I really wanted it to taste like it smelled, but such was not the case. It had a weak citrusiness, but I was not into it. Finish was semi-dry, but the flavors were so bland and muted that I was now ready to drink a beer.

Photo of jodybrutal
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Pours a clear yellow... I'd have trouble picking this out of a crowd of "Lite" beers if it weren't for the fluffy white head and strong sticky lacing.

The aroma is the best thing this beer has going for it. Big fruity hop aromas make you think this is could be a real IPA. (Spoiler Alert: It's not.)

The taste is much like the smell, but toned way down. The bitterness really overpowered the hop flavors for me, and the whole thing was way too thin. Every time I took a sip I was wondering where my beer went.

Overall, it's a decent brew that lives up to it's name as a session IPA. It's not something I would reach for again, though. If you're staring at the window of your local store and looking for something light to bring to the BBQ I recommend reaching for Stone's, Southern Tier's or Founders' interpretations on the style way before this one.

Photo of schatzs
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Very light, clear
S: No sweet scents, maybe hints of citrus?
T: Quite dry, good bitter after taste
M: Carbonation, smooth on the watery side
O: Easy to drink,

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden, almost banana-looking shade of yellow with reasonably good clarity - only a very mild chill haze preventing things on the opposite side of the glass from being crystal clear. A foamy white head forms and starts leaving some lace behind as it settles down to a thinner layer.

The aroma is pretty quiet at first, I thought maybe because the beer was too cold. Partially right - the smell definitely got stronger as it got warmer, but still never packed quite the punch I was expecting. What was picked up, however, was pretty nice. A big bouquet of fruits; light citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical aroma fill your nostrils, zesty and peel-like. Light herbal and floral hops make their way into, next to a light touch of pine and a small bit of bread and yeast on the tail end.

First sip is crispy and wet - the beer is much thinner than I was expecting and slightly watery, though at such a low ABV it's almost understandable. Some floral and mildly peppery hops come through right away, hitting with a bitterness that lasts for nearly the duration of the sip - it's more mild, definitely not a palate wrecking bitterness, but certainly notable and present. The hop flavors start to become more grassy and even oily as the fruits finally join the fold; citrus peels, grapefruit rinds and pith - the citrus doesn't seem to add much sweetness, but it works here because the beer really isn't bitter enough to need it. The little sweetness that does show up seems to be coming from the malt - leaving a light bread and cracker coating on your palate in the aftertaste.

Overall, a pretty tasty and obviously very sessionable IPA, though if it were available at the time, I'd take a Founder's All Day over this, no question. This is still a nice one to try, however, as I know many other people who prefer this one.

Photo of MadScientist
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold beer with excellent clarity and a low, white head.

S: A huge, grab you by the face hops nose with pineapple, citrus and herbal aroma note. There is a light fruit ester under all those hops and a little malt sweetness. The hops just smells so darn good.

T: The moderately-strong hops flavor dominate this dry beer with citrus, pineapple and an herbal flavors. The moderate bitterness has a slight harshness on the first sip but mellows from there. The there is a very light malt character but it's faily clean adding just a hint of sweetness. The flavor is almost a bit too clean but there is enough to let you know you're drinking an ale and not a lager. The balance is bitter and the finish is dry. There is an herbal after taste with a quick to leave hops bitterness.

M: A crisp, moderately-light bodied beer with high carbonation. There is a little prickle on the tongue mostly from the CO2 and a little from the hops.

O: This would be my session beer of choice if I could find regularly but it looks like it's a seasonal released in August. This is a hoppy beer with a bit more flavor hops than most IPA and a ton more aromatic hops.

Photo of SanFranJake
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I usually don't review beers and prefer to tick but this brought me out of my shell!
12oz bottle poured straight down my throat. No stemware.
Bottled late October or early November.
Damn, a fine beer!
The flavor of a great IPA. Lots of fruit and nice mellow hops.
Aroma is also what I'd expect from my go-to IPA's, which I guess technically this is style-wise.
While I've seen this on the shelves for quite some time, I've got to say, this has me thinking that lower abv IPA's like this aren't a gimic.
May be my go-to weeknight style. I see it as akin to a light beer for someone on a diet. But for me my "diet" would be the higher ABV dipa's that I usually enjoy during the week.
Hot damn, a great beer!
Slainte!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly.

The beer was a pretty gold color with a medium-sized white head. There was a lot of lace.

Aroma of citrus and sweet malt.

Taste of grapefruit and pineapple and biscuit.

Appropriately hoppy. Nice example of a west coast IPA.

Definitely a beer to drink again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is dank, piney, resiny hops and some tropical fruits.

The flavor is a bit mild - some tropical fruits and dank resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery and washed out.

Overall, I like the lower ABV hoppy beers. This has good bitterness and hop profile, it just seems a bit watery and washed out. I recall liking Founder's All Day IPA better.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle w/ no freshness date.

LOOK: Crystal clear golden hue, beautiful lacing

SMELL: Tangerine pulp, grapefruit rind, birch, peppery, leafy, bready, spicy

TASTE: Very crisp, wet, lighter bodied, thorough hop bitterness, nutty graininess, mildly pungent, citrus rind, dried grass, papaya, very dry finish

A very solid sessionable IPA, had no problem quaffing this back and ended up getting my hop fix as well. All in all a great ale.

Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness/bottling date info

The pours is super light and lightly hazed, off white head, quickly goes to a film, collar and leaves fine and scattered bits of lacing.

Super fresh smelling hoppy nose, with assorted citrus - grassy and bright.

Again the adjective that pops to mind when savoring the taste is fresh. Brightly citric, zesty, and refreshing. Biting hops scrubbing the palate clear with each sip.

Really enjoyable offering from Lagunitas, at 4.65% highly sessionable. Well worth a try.

Photo of bsp77
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Wow, this is a really light colored beer. Straw yellow with initial, bubbly, stark white head.

Smell: Very tropical, with mango, grapefruit and a butt-load of sweet peaches. Underlying dry spiciness as well.

Taste: Dry malt backbone of tea and biscuit (very English for Lagunitas). The hops are definitely not English with the same tropical notes evident in the aroma. The finish is a little spicy, but not bitter at all.

Feel: Light, firm body with lively carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: Excellent session beer, and (other than the hops) much more English-like than I expected. Certainly not really an IPA; more like a Tropically Bitter. I am going to be blasphemous here, and say I think I may like this better than Sucks.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with excellent clarity. A half inch of frothy foam is present. Brussels lacing. Mild aroma of citrus hops and and light malt greet me. There's a gentle malt backbone and an even more delicate citrus hop flavor. The mouth is light,crisp,and refreshing.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler at fridge temp.

Pours out a light golden yellowish color, good clarity. A nice big 2 fingers of white head, big soapy bubbles. Decent retention and lacing.

A nice big tropical fruity, hoppy aroma. Dank, pineapple, catty aromas. No real malt noticeable.

Follows the aroma with some nice dank, catty, tropical fruity hops. Pineapple, mango, and some sweet citrus. Just a little bit of a grainy malt barely noticeable, definatly a hop forward brew. Smooth bitterness in the finish.

Needless to say a light bodied beer and very easy drinking. I can see sessioning this all day on a hot summer day, or anytime really.

Overall, a very solid iPa. It lacks any kind of malt foundation, but that's to be expected with the low abv. It has some really nice hop flavors and aromas going on. I'll be sure to revisit and look forward to more low abv beers with big flavor.

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear light golden with a pillowy, moderately-sized off-white head, eventually leaving thin ribbons and irregular lines of sticky lace down the glass. Very pretty.

The hallmark of and easily the best aspect of this beer is its aroma, and it's a fantastic one. Big amounts of tropical fruit notes, citrus flesh and zest, and mild marijuana components combine nicely. The malt bill is mild; this is a showcase of the hops. Incredibly impressive aroma.

The flavor too is impressive and follows the aroma, but simply isn't quite as pungent or strong. Good amounts of tropical and citrus notes lead the way, along with just a hint of bready sweetness.

The only failing of this beer, if it has one, is its mouthfeel. Thin and watery without much body, but somewhat understandable given the very low ABV.

Fantastic. I'm happy to have another in my fridge.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear pale golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger white foam head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: A nice aroma of rich citrus hop esters. Big hints of orange peel along with some grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, peach, passion fruit, mango, and lemon. Also some earthy grass and a little pine resin spice. In the background are some pale malts with hints of biscuit, cracker, and a little caramel. A very bright hop aroma for the low abv. Very solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a nice taste of citrus and tropical fruits from the hops. Tasting notes of oranges, mango, pineapples, grapefruit, peach, tangerine, passion fruit, lemon, and towards the finish a taste of apricot. Also some grassy hops and a little spice from some pine resin. Light bready malts with notes of biscuit and cracker. Very good citrus flavor while the bitterness is kept fairly low. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and crisp with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: Really great session beer. Big citrus flavor with a smaller body and ABV.

Photo of doremite
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Light IPA as advertised but has a soft buttery hop flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste even for such a thin beer. Real enjoyable overall. On the dance floor with other session IPAs I have tried. Would gladly drink a few but would prefer a tad more body even in a session beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very straw colored light yellow, nice white head on the top of it, .75" in depth. Aroma, massive green vegetal hops all up in your grill. Just a shitton of hops in here, oh so pleasant, I don't know if it can get any better than this! The six pack I bought, I waited on the last bottle for about a month to drink, the aroma was still great, but had faded slightly, as to be expected.

Taste, just so light, lets nothing get in the way of the pungent hops. Pine and pineapple to a lesser degree. The beer is so simple. Ultra light malt, ultra bodacious hopping. So easy to drink over and over. I had mine while disc golfing, laying around the pool, tailgating, shooting bottles. There's so much of a light body, you could really pick any type of fruit flavor descriptor coming from the hops, it can hit you with papaya and mango, then apple, pear, whatever. There's just nothing getting in the way of some pretty dynamic hopping.

While Alpha Session and Humulus XPA were my go to light hoppy beers, those are expensive and difficult to obtain. Move over, Lagunitas Daytime is now the daytime, err, session, err whatever champion in my book.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my new DFH IPA glass, if you breathe on these things too hard they may break. The glass looks great filled with it's first session IPA from Lagunitas they actually call it a fractional IPA. Pale golden malts provide a nice looking appetizing beer in the glass with a bright white head fine speckled lacing left behind. Aroma is popping with floral hops, citrus, mango and pineapple tropical fruit notes...this is quite the hop bomb. Underlying breadiness comes through from the pale malt base. I wish the flavor was as expressive as the aroma, but it's really a good session IPA up there with the likes of Sunshine Daydream from Fathead's, Stone Go To IPA. Bready malts not watery, hop light session IPA. I've been asking for these for years, I still love the big brother more but this little guy has some serious drinking potential, citrus, floral hops come across on the palate with minimal tropical fruit. Mouthfeel has nice carbonation slightly sticky on the palate with minimal resins definitely a light bodied session IPA. Weighs in at 4.6% abv that definitely classifies as a session ale, I'm glad it's here for some summertime drinking.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz
Wow... Very strong and hoppy aroma with herbal, floral and weedy elements. Has the power of a double IPA. The flavor packs plenty of hops but is, of course, not as intense as the aroma suggests...not as bitter, having only a mild bitterness. Also a bit more fruity.

O: extraordinary version of a session ipa, with plenty of flavor and a remarkably full and strong aroma.
Best of this specific style (so far). Would earn a higher rating but for my preference for a fruitier hop mix.

Photo of Tilly
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

This beer pours golden straw with a thick, light weight white head. Cities and go aroma, mostly lemon. Flavorous, it sort of lacks. Doesn't represent the aroma. The bitterness over powers everything. Not that that's a bad thing. Nice champagne carbonation. At 4.7 ABV, a great summer sessionable drink.

Photo of Neckhide
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Just copped on a 6 pack of these for a whopping 11 bucks in Nor-Cal. My expectations are high, to say the least.

Appearance; Golden/straw color, snow white head with decent retention, very active champagne like carbonation. The sticky and well crystallized lacing puts this one slightly above average in this category.

Smell; Sweaty, pungent, zesty, fruity, piney hops. Hop profile is very similar to Little Sumpin Sumpin, gotta be Simcoe or a simcoe hybrid in there. I'm picking up pineapple and pear/apple along with the grapefruit.. The only nose I'm getting from the malt is a slight vanilla when teased. Otherwise, very hoppy, and the sweaty/dank character of the hops is what stands out from most other IPA's.

Taste; Zesty. Fruity/dank hops highlight from the start through the finish. Joined in the finish by a slightly bready and quite grainy pale malt character that reminds me a bit of Stone IPA. Much better malt character than expected from a 4% IPA, nice surprise. Perfectly balanced, terrific execution here. Hop flavors are abundant throughout, and the bitterness is very mild per style. Nothing astringent whatsoever.

Mouthfeel; It's 4%. I figured the body wouldn't stand up to the best IPA's, and in fact it doesn't come close. A bit watery. It's live, it's refreshing, but there's not much going on with the texture of this beer. It's what you'd expect from a pilsner.

Overall; I had a hard time reviewing this beer. It's as good as any low volume IPA I've tried, but it's an IPA. This is what it is, a great "daytime" beer for a hop head, and a great stepping stone for pils drinkers to the world of IPA's. Well executed, no doubt, but this beer definitely wont stand up next to the best IPA's out there. Certainly one of the best beers Lagunitas has brewed, but I'd prefer the more full flavored Little Sumpin Sumpin for my money.

Photo of hagbergl
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a couple 12 oz. bottles of DayTime IPA, Lagunitas' "fractional IPA", on the advice of Craft Beer Cellar's Kate. 'Twas a good recommendation, for sure. DayTime was enjoyed at nighttime, in my trusty Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (4/5): DayTime has a light copper hue and is transparent. A vigorous pour down the middle produces a towering 3 to 3.5 finger head of white foam. It's quite impressive. The beer's active carbonation is apparent when holding it up to the light.

Smell (4.5/5): DayTime features seriously juicy aromas in the nose: tropical fruit–passion fruit, pineapple, and grapefruit. It's also a little dank and earthy. This is quite impressive stuff for a beer of 4.65% ABV. There is only a small difference in the aromatic intensity between this beer and a "normal" IPA. And while I have not sampled other "session" IPAs that have recently hit the market, I can't imagine that many smell as good as this offering from Lagunitas.

Taste (4/5): DayTime IPA is straight pink grapefruit hoppiness in the foretaste. It has a sweeter edge to it in the finish. The hops prickle and pucker, but at a lower level than perhaps Lagunitas Maximus or another stronger IPA would. The taste is mellower than the nose initially led me to believe. The flavor is noticeably less intense than a "normal" IPA, but that doesn't lessen the beer's quality, in my opinion. It is still very impressive how much flavor Lagunitas has been able to cram into such a low ABV beer.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Features a medium-light body, medium carbonation, and a nice, dry finish. DayTime has the quality I look for in IPAs big and small–a smooth, spritely, prickly mouthfeel without any syrupy viscosity. Well done on the feel. Doesn't feel as "light" as its ABV.

Overall (4/5): DayTime is a very good beer that's a great decision if you're looking for something easier going but still want your hop fix. While it doesn't produce the hop explosion that other higher ABV provide, it's the right beer for certain situations or Sunday afternoons. You'll be surprised how good a "session" IPA can taste. Way to go, Lagunitas. Highly recommended.

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.