DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.1/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
08-17-2014 02:01:52 | More by woodychandler
2.75/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
08-19-2014 00:32:16 | More by jodybrutal
3.79/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
03-07-2013 12:44:53 | More by tectactoe
4.08/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-01-2012 00:24:52 | More by MadScientist
4.21/5 rDev +5.3%
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!
03-09-2014 01:57:48 | More by SanFranJake
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-05-2013 21:00:06 | More by lordofthewiens
3.43/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
10-24-2012 22:06:07 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-03-2012 01:43:18 | More by Jason
4.18/5 rDev +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.
09-26-2012 23:09:42 | More by Billolick
4.48/5 rDev +12%
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.
09-07-2012 21:20:01 | More by bsp77
DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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