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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

1,723 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,723
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 74
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012)
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Photo of JG-90
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into glass

A - A very light straw color. Pours a medium sized head that leaves a ring of bubbles around the surface and moderate lacing.

S - Hops! Pinneapple and grapefruit. Just a tad of funk.

T - Not as much taste as aroma, but still a great hoppy tastse that follows the nose. A bit prickly/resinous with a crisp and clean finish

M - Medium-High carbonation and medium body fit very well

O - In my opinion, this is the best beer i've had in the "small IPA/big PA" category. This one is hoppy yet light, without having the watery feel that similar beers have. Extremely sessionable.

JG-90, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fizzy yellow beer in the tall Peroni glass. Wonderful aroma of grassy hops. You might quibble that this is in no way an IPA, but rather a delicate and delicious Pale Ale.

Just the right aromatic hops for a light, light beer. A pleasant watery mouthfeel enlivened by some sudsy carbonation. The hoppy nose emerges with every sip and lasts a long time. Some resins and dry pineapple. Totally drinkable, chuggable, loveable. Yes, it's an ultra-light, and even some Utah supermarket beers would seem robust next to this wisp, but it's got style and flavor.

Another intriguing and tasty beer from Lagunitas, and I'm happy to see more in the lower-alcohol realm, whatever the official category. From the 12 bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

mactrail, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a transparent, light golden color with a small whispy head that fades fast leaving about three white bubbles and no lacing present. So much for head retention.

S: As soon as I poured the beer I picked up lemon zest and floral notes to my delight. A bigger whiff after the pour presents a deeper floral bouquet, some grass and light orange peel backed with a little bread

T: Refreshingly clean citrus notes of lemons and oranges transition nto a light pine, grassy note and breadiness. The finished is moderaltely clean with more lemony, prickly pine and grassiness to finish it off. The booze is non existent, all flavor here with very subtle hop bitterness.

M: Lighter bodied, mouthfeel was clean, loads of flavor sit on the palate and this beer was refreshing.

O: Good! Lagunitas should make this a staple brew for the Summertime.

barleywinefiend, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a pale straw color, very clear. About a quarter finger of eggshell white head appears with some decent lacing. Color is very pale for an IPA. Head, also, is rather thin.

S. Very very good. Orange zest, pine, citrus, faint grass, and light caramel malt. Tropical and juicy. Outstanding.

T. Follows the nose but not quite as much depth. Lemongrass is fairly strong here, but so is orange zest and pine cone. Not much of a malt backbone to this...it finishes with a dry, crisp snap.

M. Light, refreshing. Could session this all day long.

O. Very impressed by this beer, particularly the hop notes on the nose and the strong hop presence on the mid and finish. They packed a lot of flavor into this one for such a low ABV. A little drying on the finish as the hops overtake what little (if any) malt presence there is, but at 4.5%, I'm not complaining. This is quite nice and will definitely be the next case I bring to a friend's party to introduce them to good craft beer that doesn't knock you on your a**. Here's hoping Lagunitas keeps this one around for some time to come.

siege06nd, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of dougfur
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the lightest straw color, I've ever seen in a beer; almost like lemonade, with a modest head. The smell is divine. Strong, citrus hops! If that smell were a cologne, I'd wear it every day. Unfortunately, the taste, while very good, does not live up to the aroma. It's got the hops, very little malt, very little body... classic session ipa, but the hop flavor just falls a little short of what you're expecting after the smell. Overall, a great hoppy session ale and I'd drink this any old time. Glad to have finally found some, I've been hearing about it for a year or two now.

dougfur, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of fourstringer
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with a moderate hand. I'm in the middle of a daytime session, so thought this would be spot-on. No date on the bottle.

A: Pale golden yellow with a slight haze. 2 fingers of sudsy, white head that died down to about 1/4 finger by 2-3 minutes. Very effervescent. This just bubbled like crazy from the bottom of the glass. Quite a bit of lacing. I believe it's trying to convey, "Drink me down - fast!"

S: Delicate hop aroma with a pine-leaning profile. Very light malt/bread scents. Some lighter grapefruit-type notes with a hint of black pepper.

T: Moderate, spicy hop bitterness upfront . Dry with a soft lingering bitterness on the finish. Very little malt to speak of. Nice crisp pine. Flavors are quite good, albeit a bit light on the tongue. No alcohol presence - it's a session beer!

M: Moderate carbonation with a pleasantly light body. Spritzy and prickly, which mesh well with the delicate flavors.

O: Very tasty and easy drinking session brew. Plenty of flavor and goes down very smoothly. I found myself taking big ol' gulps without any cloying, off-flavors or fullness in the gut. And that, I believe, is the point. Recommended, especially if you're planning on putting away multiples.


fourstringer, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Megahertz
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated Sep 3, 2012 into a Hoffman House chalice.

A - Bright blonde & crystal clear with a large white head. Carbonation is quite intense. Head is very good for a low alcohol beer!

S - Dank pine with orange rind, very strong. Smells like a full-on American IPA.

T - Clean bready malt with slight honey-like sweetness is taken away by intense carbonation and lemony-clean bitterness. Subtle apricot esters in the background. Finish is bone dry.

M - Light body with brisk carbonation. Too gassy for me - dial it down, boys.

O - A session IPA, huh? More like a great blonde APA. Put it up there with Zombie Dust. Refreshment with a capital 'Hoppy'.

Megahertz, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a nice two finger white foam head. Tons of beautiful, sticky lacing.
Citrus and pine aromas. Somewhat subdued in comparison to other IPAs, which makes sense considering what this is.
Very nice IPA flavor. Nice hop bite, citrus, and pine. Very flavorful and not overpowering at all. Lagunitas balanced this beer well. The heavy carbonation and somewhat light body make this very refreshing.

Light beer for craft drinkers. Wouldn't mind having a whole six pack of this to myself for the day.

Danny1217, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of cfrances33
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a teku glass.

Pour: Clear yellow orange with a finger and a half of white head. Leaves a little lacing. Okay looking.

Smell: Nice grapefruit and breadyness. Pretty one dimensional with that, but it smells good.

Taste: Really nice light citrus and grapefruit, followed by a clean bitterness and some light biscuity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This is really so drinkable. Amazing, especially for the flavors it packs.

Overall: I've seen/heard this described as a mini-ZD, and it really is. All the same flavors, in a less substantial package. Good stuff.

cfrances33, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice crystal clear gold body. Nice carbonation in the glass. Thin white head with low retention and lace.

S - Bright, garden fresh hops. Oregano, basil, lemon zest.

T - Soft, zesty hop. Lemon, oregano, cilantro, biscuity malt. Great balance

M - Light carbonation. Nice carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

O - An excellent IPA; great flavor, great balance, and great drinkability.

vfgccp, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a balance of resinous pine, tropical fruit and pale malt. Spicy hop character with hints of grass, pineapple and lemon peel followed by bread, biscuit and grainy cracker.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a complex hop profile countered by a pale malt backbone. Some dry, earthy bitterness up front followed by tropical/citrus sweetness. There's a spicy hop bite with some sticky pine needle flavor countered by hints of pineapple and lemon juice before finishing with biscuity malt. Crisp, refreshing, extremely drinkable and packed with delicious hop flavors. I could drink this all night.

corby112, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Mdog
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, ok head.

Smell: Pith, rind of citrus, lemony.

Taste: Bitter lemony citrus hits in a flash and then almost disappears. Hint of a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light feel, flavor hits and vanishes.

Overall: I'm liking the trend of lower ABV big hop beers. This one seems a little strange in the flavor doesn't stay on the palette very long. But it gives a nice hop hit and the bitterness level seems low which makes for easier drinking.

Mdog, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours pale clear yellow, fizzy with very little head. Smell is very pretty, lots of floral hops, honeysuckle and inviting.

Taste is crisp and clean and moderate hops, surprisingly sweet, but not cloying at all. More of the floral character.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Overall, this is good -- wasn't sure what to expect. It's better than it looks.

snaotheus, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of JRed
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright gold in body with white lively head that sticks around, plenty of lacing. Aroma of papaya, mango, grass, subtle honey, hint of pine, lemon. Hop flavors of lemon, floral notes, pine, grass, citrus with rind, mildly sour, and light honey and cereal notes. Light in body with medium carbonation. A bit slick on the palate. Very sessionable, big on lemony hop flavor, and a great aroma.

JRed, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of aoampm
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aoampm, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of PVMT
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%

Very hoppy and fruity and super clean tasting. Light yellow in color with a firm head leading to fine lacing. A truly excellent session ale.

PVMT, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Dur921
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%

Dur921, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Life-Love-Beer
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%

Life-Love-Beer, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Tele
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.25 Slightly hazy, pale gold with a two-inch off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: 4.25 Lots of citrusy hops (mostly grapefruit) with some dank and pine in there as well.

T: 4 Similar to the nose, but toned down a bit. There’s much more bready malt on the palate than expected. Malt adds a bit of sweetness that goes well with the grapefruit flavors. Very little hop bitterness.

M: 4 A little on the thin side, but considering that this is a session IPA it’s quite nice. Very refreshing and easy to throw back a couple.

O: 4.25 I really enjoy how much hop flavor and aroma are delivered in such an easy drinking beer. Not a lot going on and not going to blow your mind with hops or complexity, but still a very flavorful, refreshing beer.

Tele, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've said it before and I'm saying it again, founders all day is the standard by which session india pale ales must be measured, and while this one doesn't quite pop like that one, its pretty close in terms of its original mission, hop flavor and drinkability, and is probably the next best thing. pours pale and super light yellow, whitish, i was worried it would be a hoppy pilsener malt beer, and was afraid of that prospect, but its just very pale malt. the hop nose is citrusy in the all day family really, a little less forward and a little less pungent, but same vibe. the flavor is light in the grain, amped up in the hops. citrusy hops easily overtake an almost flavorless pale malt, finishing fruity rather than bitter, supremely refreshing, but this is almost too light. not much on the body, but the carbonation is excellent and the finish is clean. a well made brew, i like that these are getting popular. not as good as all day, but one of the closest seconds around.

StonedTrippin, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

dogfishandi, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

ehammond1, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of hagbergl
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

hagbergl, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Beer21
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Beer21, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a six-pack grabbed at a rather swell price at a usually dingy store on the local hipster avenue.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden straw hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves nice webbed, coral reef lace around the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of bitter, yet juicy, grapefruit and lime rind, a few stomped pine needles, under-ripe pineapple, and some laid-back crackery pale malt. Damn, that's nice. The taste is moderately bitter citrus pith - grapefruit, pineapple and orange - all piled on top of a decent, lightly toasted maltiness, with a bit of flinty fruit pit stoniness, and further mildly perfumed floral, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft and innocuous, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more or less unencumbered in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt struggling to keep up, which is eased by the somewhat waning citrus and pine bitterness.

A pretty enjoyable IPA, without all that spiffy elevated ABV nonsense (just kidding). Very drinkable, at any time of day for that matter. And as far as lightness' of being go, undeniable beats the tar out of unbearable.

biboergosum, Oct 31, 2012
DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,723 ratings.