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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 407
Hads: 2,254
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 89
Gots: 464 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012

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Reviews: 407 | Hads: 2,254
Photo of JoshuaMason
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage: 2014
Appearance: Transparent Straw; Fluffy, White head; good lace; mid-range visible carbonation
Smell: Freshest of the fresh weed, Dank as all hell; lemon zest; faint pine; faint orange/tangerine
Taste: Weed, dank, dank weed; lemon; tangerine; lingering grasiness
Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation; light body; resinous, dry finish
Overall: Just wonderful! Fresh, clean, danky goodness. Perfect all-day beer! (417 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-very yellow gold with a nice thick white head

S-oh wow! this smells amazing. comes in with a scent of super sweet grapefruit and just a touch of sea water. really impressed here

T-it comes in with a very crisp taste of fresh hoppy grains. the grapefruit is still there, though slightly muted. there's a certain amount of peppery spice to it as well. this just tastes amazing. there's some slightly tart nectarine in the after-taste. i'm not lying about these flavors. they're all there. this is quite amazing.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-i knew i was going to like this, i like almost everything from Lagunitas, but this time they went above and beyond. they brought so much complexity out of such a little beer. this is the sort of find that makes trying new beers my hobby. this is just beautiful. (828 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now you can finally enjoy a sessionable IPA that wont make you take an afternoon nap. Nose is very citrus. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, clementine, some pine and a very subtle malt profile. The taste is lemon, tangerine, tangelo, slight grapefruit, orange peel and just a bit of honey. Really awesome hop profile for such a low ABV beer. And it tastes so fresh! I know its not a fresh hop ale but it has that fresh, wet taste. The hop profile here is actually better (in my opinion) than some of the uber-hopped ales like Palate Wrecker and Ruination. Very nice. (564 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, Lagunitas hits it again with this brew! Served with a nice sized foamy, cream-colored head that slowly settles to a light cover and lots of lace. Color is a clear, pale gold with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is a very pleasing and aromatic blend of hop, malt, caramel, fruit, citrus, with a bit of pine. Flavor's like nose, sweet/bitter/carbonic tang all perfectly balanced. Body is perhaps a trifle thin, carbonation is great. Finish is like flavor, average length, and superbly drinkable. (498 characters)

Photo of Mnmjski
4.81/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite session beers. Very clean and crisp with a nice hop presence. Light straw color, citrus on the nose, perfect carbonation. Amazing flavors produced from this the low ABV beer. Some of my other fav session beers are Gumballhead and Anti-Hero just to give you a better idea of what I like.
Cheers (312 characters)

Photo of smulford68
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Frankly, I'm a huge fan of the lower alcohol "session" beers as a rule. so my opinion is probably a bit biased.
The color is hazy & golden with fair to average carbonation. light citrusy aroma. Its a "light IPA" so the taste isnt going to bowl you over, but its so much more complex and enjoyable than something produced by Imbev. Goes wonderfully with anything grilled. (370 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the grail of sessionables. I've had Terrapin, Founders, and a host of others, none of which compare.

Pours a beautiful straw color with scents of citrus, resin, and a touch of sweet malt.

Taste is spot on. Beautiful hop presence with rich citrus and resinous tastes. Just a touch of malt for balance. Refreshing, crisp, and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Light, perfect carbonation that washes the hoppy flavors over the tongue.

Overall, I can say that this is the perfect representation of a sessionable IPA. You can have a few of these without getting full and the flavor never becomes boring. (606 characters)

Photo of shand
4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me just come right out and say it - I love this beer. Lagunitas Daytime pours a gold-tinged yellow with a finger of white head. The aroma is so good. So, so good. Do you like citrus, tropical, and piney hops? Great, because that's all you'll get on the nose here. No malts, no wheat, just hops. The taste is, similarly, a hop bomb of epic proportions. Well, as epic as you'll get at sub-5% ABV, that is. There's really nothing but citrus, tropical, and piney hops here, it's like drinking a hop soda. So good. The mouthfeel is light and a bit too "oily", probably because of the massive amount of hops that Daytime has when compared to it's malt bill. The drinkability is fantastic. The fact that this beer is a seasonal absolutely guts me. Daytime is really right up there with Hill Farmstead's Edward for the extra-hopped APA or "session IPA" category. A superb brew. (873 characters)

Photo of NorCalBeerBlog
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head and decent lacing.

Aroma: Light citrus and pine hop aroma and toasted malts. Smells great!

Taste: Pine and citrus hops (grapefruit galore) balanced well with toasted malts. A light, crisp, refreshing beer – tastes more like a Pale Ale than an IPA, but the taste is addictive. I'm ready to open another. It really is a Day Time beer.

Overall: I am certainly glad I picked up a six-pack of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Day Time – A Fractional IPA. At 4.9% ABV I could see drinking a couple of these with lunch without a worry of being fully functional. The cost is a bit prohibitive at $9.99 a six pack. Something about low ABV beers costing this much is a hindrance, but if you want that GREAT Lagunitas flavor in a sessionable beer, this one is for you! (826 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured into a tumbler on 05.31.14.

A: 2 finger fluffy white head. Crystal clear straw yellow body.

S: Strong grapefruit and malt sweetness.

T: Grapefruit and sweet malt dominate. Flower and pine are subtle.

M: Creamy. Perfect carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic session IPA. It somehow manages to have complexity and it has a perfect balance. The grapefruit flavor isn't as strong as in other Lagunitas beers, but again, it is a session beer.

Rating: A (458 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first 5.0 across the board. This was a perfect. It reminded me of some of the best out there, with all of their qualities. This had some of the pine/bitter notes of Pliny, and some of the grapefruit/citrus from a Stone IPA.

The beer pours a nice foamy white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear gold that appears to be very clean.

The beer has a nice upfront grapefruit hop profile with a hint of malt sweetness.

Strong grapefruit bitterness upfront with just a hint of pine resin as well as floral taste. Almost no malt sweetness, which I like in most IPA's. (627 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.73/5  rDev +18%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of beerpadawan
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grapefruit, bathing suit, chew a little juicy fruit...

I am hesitant to give super high ratings, always thinking that I am giving short shrift to something better. Here, I don't know that Lagunitas could have executed their objective with this beer with more success.

The sprite nose bursts with grapefruit-citrus and tropical hops. Very fresh and inviting.

The flavor follows, with bright hoppiness. Throughout the quaff it is clean and light, finishing dry. Despite the light body and paleness of the malt, it is not unbalanced. The hoppiness is tilted to the aroma, with restrained bitterness that makes for a refreshing drink. It is not astringent at all. Just drinkable yet very flavorful.

I would enjoy this during the daytime, night time, or any time. (763 characters)

Photo of snowbike
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of RockAZ
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I do like this beer very much because it has that "grassy" floral hop aroma that I like best in my IPA's. A bit of citrus, melon, pine - it has a lot of scent to it that is very agreeable to me. The color is really off, looks closer to a lager, and there is to my taste almost no malt to it. This combined with some nice carbonation leaves a refreshing only a slightly bitter aftertaste even with all this fresh hop plant smell on it.

Hop tea, did another reviewer say? I agree with that, but I do like it.

I like it, but for the smell, it sure doesn't act like the IPA's I am used to. Anyway, try it, I just ordered a keg for my home of it because I really do like it and look forward to the draft experience on this beer. (731 characters)

Photo of Onthe6ix
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I supplied this at my picnic along with Bells Oberon and some of my other favorite beers, and Daytime was easily the favorite, for good reason. It's nice to drink a tasty beer all day without falling over drunk. Of course at $38 a case, keep it a small gathering. Great beer. (275 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I’m loving this brew. For some reason (not completely unfounded) I’m thinking of it as the “lite” beer version of an IPA.

It pours a light, thin golden yellow with thin soapy foam that leaves thick & foamy residue.
I get the characteristic hoppy Lagunitas signature hop profile in the aroma with a freshly squeeze lemony note dominating. Additionally, there’s some orange some onion, and a light & pleasant catty aroma. It’s crisp and refreshing.

The flavor has more of the dominating lemony freshness with a lean finish and light bitterness. I can’t get enough of this one—here’s hoping it joins the regular line-up, at the regular Lagunita’s prices. (674 characters)

Photo of Samwasnthere
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Lagunita's might be the most reliable great brewery. Or maybe I'm just biased towards Citra hops but either way this beer is certainly worth a try. It's a clear light beer that reeks of beautiful hops and the head has strong lacing post pour, roughly a quarter inch. It goes down smooth and leaves a hint of pale malts to balance out the Citra. It also gave me a little dryness which makes you want to drink another one. Definitely in my top ten. (446 characters)

Photo of zoopmark88
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

drinkin a sixer of this in various cups,

pours with a white head that maintains throughout, no matter the cup; looks like a crisp beer for summer.

smell suggests otherwise as it has that infamously pungent lagunitas hops aroma.
with that i was expecting some kinda reduced hop stoopid, but instead of hoppy bitterness(which has its time and place), i tasted crisp rose-hippy goodness

after tasting rose's, i began to smell it.

this justify s their motto: "life is uncertain, dont sip"... drink it like water bound to ale all through these summer months.. reminds me of a rose hip ipa from "sierra nevada's Beer camp " of years past

overall its my favorite "ipa" of the summer (681 characters)

Photo of loubar
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Full nose of grapefruit and light, floral hops. Citrus hops flavor with a dry, malty finish that minimizes the bitterness. Light body, good carbonation and lots of hoppy flavor. Unbelievable balance. Delicious, refreshing and very drinkable. It’s good to see these craft breweries tackling flavorful, refreshing, session style IPAs. (360 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Has a fresh grapefruit/lemon zesty aroma. There is a good piney hop throughout the taste. Lemon seems to predominate over the grapefruit. It seems a little more tart at the end. Has a soapy, astringent aftertaste. Good IPA. (330 characters)

Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale yellow, perfectly transparent. Rocky white head, slow to dissipate. Nice enough lacing.

The beer smells of hops, bright and fresh. Pineapples, lemons, mangoes, grapefruit, oranges, pine and a hint of grass - in that approximate order of strength. Little malt presence to be found. Very clean ale yeastiness in the background.

It's refreshing and flavorful, dry and crisp. Despite all of the hoppiness, the beer isn't very bitter. It focuses on more delicate, complex hop flavors over bitterness. The hop notes from the aroma show up on the tongue, and you just get a mouthful of bright fruity hop flavors. The finish has a gentle bite, and there's a lingering pine resin note. The malt is well in the background and very light, just a hint of sugary, doughy malt.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and very slightly oily with hops. It feels bright and clean all the way down.

This is wonderful stuff, and I would love to see Lagunitas make DayTime into a year-round offering. Perfect for a long session - I've found a new Sunday football beer. It's very easy to drink and wonderfully bright with fresh hop flavors. DayTime seems like an apt name, as it feels like a sunny beer, if that makes sense. I'm loving this mini wave of session IPAs and hope to see it turn into a larger trend in the beer world. (1,306 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. crystal clear, straw in color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a long time. good carbonation.

S: lots of citrus hop aroma with some bready malts.

T: bold citrus hop flavor with a crispy malt bill. finishes clean and slightly dry. alcohol is very well hidden. well done

M: good mouthfeel.

does a perfect job of being a session IPA. light body, not too bitter and low abv. highly reccomended. (487 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - transparent yellow, strong carbonation, medium head and lacing, good retention

Smell - aromas of citrus hops, refreshing and light

Taste - grapefruit hop profile dominates, body is there more in mouthfeel than flavor, lemon and citrus

Mouthfeel - medium body, well carbonated, light dryness but not too bad

Overall - delicious, crisp, hop forward and citrusy ipa, great session beer, amazing flavor for the abv (427 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. cant seem to find a bottled on date.

A: very clear blond body. pretty to look at. head is bright white and full of bubbles. retention is good as is the lacing.

S: an onslaught of inviting aromas. pine and lime. passion fruit. pomegranate. kiwi.

T: mangos, kiwi. bubblegum. perhaps even a little minty. definitely minty. the hop profile is so fresh and refreshing it is very hard to not take massive gulps at each visit to the glass. finish has a twang of grain, but it is so light the grain is certainly fleeting at best. there is a herbal linger in the finish, but it is not overly lasting.

M: moderate amount of carbonation. light bodied. very light bodied.

D: reminds me a little of bodied down west coast ipa from green flash. really fucking tasty. super drinkable. couldnt ask for much more. hope to see this as a year-round from the brewers at lagunitas. (884 characters)

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.