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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

1,749 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,749
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 73
Gots: 198 | 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 Sensei04
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%

Sensei04, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Jufu07
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%

Jufu07, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear sunny golden color with a white, finger and a half head, good retention, resulting in a thin, consistent, sticky lace.

Smell - Strong notes of peach and citrus, with hints of bready malt aromas. Clean, fruity and sensational aromatic qualities.

Taste - More malt forward than the aroma would have one believe. Toasted bready maltiness backed by a fair amount of floral and citrus hops. Sweet orange. Pith bitters. Fruity esters. Good balance. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable as hell.

Overall - Love it. I think it's miscategorized here, as even Lagunitas calls this a "fractional IPA" which, when combined with the character of the beer, tells me it's a lot closer to an APA than IPA. One hell of a session beer.

TheSixthRing, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

StoutItOutLoud, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Pine & citrus, grapefruit

T: Grassyness, lemons, & some peppery hops up front. Grapefruit & dryness as this warms. Finishes with much citrus, & a touch of pine & some sweet maltyness

MF: Light bodied, soft carbonation, good balance

Nice drinkability, wouldn't be my go to IPA, but could do a few in the summer

russpowell, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great everyday IPA, the six pack disappeared before I knew it in less than a week.

Bright orange color, high clarity, visible carb trails rising. Ample head of foam that lasts for a good ten minutes before dissipating, and even still retains an unbroken skim. Minimal spotty lace in the glass.

Uniquely hoppy aroma, some citrus/grapefruit and lemon tea notes along with pale malt breadiness.

Light bodied with a clearly defined pale malt backbone.Bitterness level is light and manageable, not too extreme, making it more appealing to the hop novice. Light grapefruit and citrus notes, some earthy grassy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Pretty classic, easy drinking IPA with a lower abv geared towards a session.

emerge077, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy straw color with a frothy head. Notes of sweet tropical fruit, pine/resin, and a delicate malt base. Well balanced and very easy drinking...difficult to do considering the low ABV and big flavor. Easily a new go-to beer and an after work beer. Drinks well in the Florida heat

scottyshades, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of RyanK252
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottle poured into an Alaskan Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow with a frothy white head that laces nicely

S: Bright tropical fruit and citrus hops, some malt sweetness.

T: Follows the nose, tropical fruit and citrus hops with pineapple shining through, a little kinda herbal note in there, and all backed with a nice amount of malt sweetness.

M: Light body, not a lot of carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Pretty tasty, especially for a "Session IPA", though it does fall victim to the problem of not having much if any bitterness through the finish, instead feeling a bit watery. Still quite refreshing and a great lighter option.

RyanK252, Sep 05, 2014
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
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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
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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
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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%

Dur921, Oct 05, 2014
DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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