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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company


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Ratings: 1020
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012)
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Photo of Lothore


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light yellow hue with a small head that fades quickly with some lacing.

S- Citrus, bready.

T- Floral, citrusey hops all the way through with a lingering hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied and effervescent.

D- Amazingly drinkable. I will keep this in the normal rotation as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 03:44:31 | More by Lothore
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Finger thick pale white head. Foamy and light like champagne. Pale golden beer with steady streams of carbonation and perfect clarity.

S- Resinous, floral and citrusy hops. Robust aroma with hints of onion and earthiness. Sweet malt offers a bit of balance.

T- Hint of tangy citrus, but almost watered-down. Earthy with some grapefruit. Still getting hints of onion.

M- Light with mid carbonation. Refreshing and crisp even.

Good, light sipping beer. I'm in.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 20:26:03 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of tkelley


3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got four from my boss Bc he didn't like them. Made me somewhat wary.

A - very pale yellow body. A little cloudy. Thin white head.

N - grassy. Light hop notes.

T - citrusy hops. Grapefruit / lemon.

M - fine.

O - very drinkable. The Ipa label gives expectations that this didn't quite meet, but it is a rather pleasant drink. Nothing special but good.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:49:17 | More by tkelley
Photo of BeerEngineer


4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

General: Found a 6 pack of this down in San Diego and brought it home. Poured this into a bottle logic lab glass for the tasting.

Appearance: This is a light gold, crystal clear with a light fluffy white head. The head doesn't lace too much and it diminishes fairly quickly.

Aroma: this is a nice light hoppy grassy aroma with some mild hints of citrus. This is a classic style IPA aroma, I love it.

Mouthfeel: For a traditional IPA this is a little thin but they are marketing this as a "fractional" IPA in that it's not a big alcohol beer. This seems about right for this style. The carbonation is moderate.

Taste: Great light bitterness with a slight hit of citrus. The hops come through first and foremost just like an IPA should. There really isn't any malt supporting this hop but because it's so moderate, it just works.

Overall: This is awesome, a nice mild IPA that you can drink 4-5 of at a bar-b-q and not be hammered. This will be one of my go-to IPAs once I can find it locally!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 19:59:13 | More by BeerEngineer
Photo of gillagorilla


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: It looks like yellow Gatorade. There is no head with only a small cluster of bubbles. I also get no lacing. The beer is almost a neon yellow.

S: This smells really good, with lots of hop notes. It is very floral and balanced with pine notes. Quite excellent.

T: Quite good. I had to pick this up so that I could continue on my session IPA kick. A while ago, I had sampled it but I needed to give it a full try, especially given the fact that I had thought it tasted good. Well, this is a nice hoppy beer with a slightly watery body, but somehow it all seems to work together with the flavors here. Light citrus and floral, with only a bit of grass and meadows.

M: An excellent level of carbonation that tickles the tongue and is nice and prickly. The carbonation really helps with conveying the body here and covers up/masks some of the watery/thinness of it.

O: Another great beer from Lagunitas and one of the better session IPAs. I would say this is just below Stone's recent Go To IPA, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 03:32:48 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of hopsputin


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: extremely clear straw yellow color with a 3 finger frothy uneven white head

s: oniony garlicy hop smell right away. pineapple, mango, apricot, and a nice fresh grassy aroma. also a chewy sweet malt backbone. i suppose there is some of what people like to call 'cat piss' in here as well. cheezing balls over here

t: its very mild and smooth. it follows the nose in a very mellow way. its juicy pineapple/mango and tropical fruit, with some of that garlicy flavors as well. still picking up some of the chewy malts in the backgrounds - its a very light toffee flavor. ends same as the nose, fresh and grassy. slight grapefruit bitterness

m: its a lighter mouthfeel, but as mentioned, its a bit chewy.

o: this is my first session ipa, and i'm a fan. its the same as a normal ipa, just mellow. i don't want to say watered down - because thats not right, and incorrect. everything is just slightly toned down. this has a good balance of malt, juicy fruits, and just the slightest cut of bitterness. this actually reminds me of a toned down Flower Power

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 21:43:59 | More by hopsputin
Photo of Sensaray


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light yellow golden with slightest bit of a haziness with frothy white head dissipating slowly. Sweet bright citrusy floral hop aromas very inviting and fruity, tangerine undertones to it. Hoppy spicy bite on tongue to a fruitiness mid sip to bready smooth finish. Tastes of orange, grassy hops and some sort of berry bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium with crisp carbonation and a dry finish. Tasty brew, a lot of flavor for such low abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 01:34:53 | More by Sensaray
Photo of scotorum


3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Jan. 20 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House snifter.

a: Clear gold with a finger thick white head which receded quickly to fairly even thin surface foam and moderate lacing.

s: Medium citrus.

t: Quite strong citrus hops up front over a light malt base. Bitterness is pronounced on the palate and tongue. Bitter finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: A hop-dominated low ABV IPA. Good summer brew if hops bitterness is your thing. I prefer Lagunitas regular IPA over this, and Sucks way over both of them. Their hop bite is easier to take and more pleasantly citrusy than here, and their malt bases are significantly more substantial.

Here it's almost like they took their regular IPA and removed most of the flavor, leaving just bitterness. Or like they took a mainstream lager and hopped it up a few notches. For me this is Lagunitas' least enjoyable offering. Although I have rated their Czech Pilsner a hair lower, in that review I was influenced by the fact that pilseners are generally not a personally preferred style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 17:52:19 | More by scotorum
Photo of Auraan


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive clear golden color with a thin head of white foam that quickly dissipated to a
ring of white leaving some lacing down the glass. It looks light for an IPA, but otherwise looks quite good. Scents of citrus peel, pine resin, cedar, and faint grassy aromas. A good, hop-dominated, West Coast IPA style aroma. Very nice. Flavor begins with a big burst of hop flavor, with bitter citrus peel, citrus pith, pine resin, and some grapefruit rind and grassy hop flavors that become more prominent towards the finish. Finish is hops, grassy and grapefruit rind as noted above, but with a little bit of grainy malt showing through. Aftertaste is hop bitterness. A very hop forward flavor, infact almost entirely hops, with very little malt presence at all. Still very good as a hop forward beer. Mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly watery, with a resiounous and semi-drying feel and moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink as a result, very much feels like a session ale should. Overall this is an excellent session ale and light beer with a bold, hop-forward flavor and aroma that puts it a cut above any light lager offerings. While not quite as good as a full fledged IPA, it is a nice warm weather beer and an excellent session offering. On those merits its worth drinking regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 05:06:29 | More by Auraan
Photo of JoshuaMason


5/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 04:00:35 | More by JoshuaMason
Photo of SanFranJake


4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 01:57:48 | More by SanFranJake
Photo of samtrillo


4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Lagunitas jar.

A - Golden

S - So yummy! Like a citrus pine forest. I can't wait for the hops after smelling this.

T - Whoa. This is %4.65? It's got everything you'd want for a bitter hoppy IPA but it's not heavy, it's refreshing.

M - Lots of carbonation and smooth at the end.

O - This thing is honestly a Hop Soda in my opinion and I love it. With its modest alcohol % I could throw pack a sixer of these reading on the beach like a breeze. WOOh. This is Lagunitas, baby.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 08:12:24 | More by samtrillo
Photo of cxr1037


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's getting warm here in San Diego, and after a weekend of drinking heavy things, I wanted to relax in the pleasant warmth with something that wouldn't put me to sleep. Alas, Lagunitas DayTime IPA!

APPEARANCE: Pale, straw color, with a two-finger head that dissipates into a medium-thin ring.

AROMA: Excellent aroma on this one - straw/earthy malts share the space with fragrant, light-citrus hops. It already smells refreshing!

TASTE: The hops are very floral, with traces of lime and grapefruit. They play very nicely with the malts, which bring hints of straw, earth, and a little touch of sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp, dry mouthfeel, with minimal lingering bitterness at the back of my tongue.

OVERALL: I could drink this beer every day. Light, crisp, and refreshing. There's not a whole lot going on with this beer, but it's simplicity is perfect. For a session IPA, this is as good as I could have hoped for.


Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 00:33:27 | More by cxr1037
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with a healthy three inches of frothy white head. Plenty of lacing caked onto the glass.

S: Really dank hop aromas. Sticky bud. Orange peel, sugary lemon, citrus gummies. Grainy, slightly doughy malt base.

T: Orange peel, candied lemon peel, pineapple. Flashes of apricot and mandarin orange. Resin and sticky bud. Malt base shows a touch of dough, but goes bone dry and grainy immediately thereafter. Bud and orange peel on the finish.

M: Light bodied. Huge bite of aggressive carbonation adds the crispness of a soda. Light creamy/silky feel. Modest level of gritty hop astringency.

O: At 4.65% abv this is a little high in alcohol to be considered a true session beer, but it sure does drink like one. Many session IPAs are plagued by an emaciated malt backbone that amplifies hop astringencies, but this one is able to compensate for the thinner malt with a hop profile that seems to add a sweetness of its own and a huge crisp bite of carbonation that dominates the texture and mouthfeel. It's a lot like drinking a carbonated soft drink, but with all the IPA taste you know and love. A perfect summer quencher, but also a fine year round choice when you just want a refreshing quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 22:18:50 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale yellow. Nice white head. Chunky surface foam.

Smell - Grassy and slightly herbal hop. Cracker malt.

Taste - More cracker malt. A little grassy and resiny. Lingering grassiness. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light. No bitterness. Well carbonated.

Overall - So drinkable. Still has a nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 00:06:47 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - about as clear as you can get. Tons of champagne carbonation that forms a big, thick white head. Nice lacing.
Smell - crisp, clean citrus hop nose!
Taste - refreshing and obviously light. Follows the nose nicely.
Feel - hop forward and refreshing, but too light for me.
Overall - I'm having this in CO in Feb...I'd rather have it in July. Still a very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:37:58 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of Paincane


4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden body with white head that leaves behind nice lacing.
S: Herbal, pine and citrus aromas.
T: Earthy, lightly malted body with spruce tip, citrus flavors. M: Smooth, clean, crisp and dry body. Well-carbonated brew.
O: Refreshing, tasty and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:52:52 | More by Paincane
Photo of spark3148857


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color. Looks just like a BMC. Aroma is of fresh tropical citrus, pineapple, mango, and also big peach notes. Piney spicyness also involved in the aroma. Big piney hop bitterness up front to go along with a slightly sweet but mostly dry malt backbone. At first I thought this was like the little brother of Sucks, but the more I drink on it it becomes very obvious that there are some serious similarities to Hop Stoopid here. Very similar hop profile. A well done session IPA, or whatever. Probably the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:42:42 | More by spark3148857
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 18:29:01 | More by chinchill
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. 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 hops 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 21:21:05 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of GilGarp


4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served chilled into a shaker pint glass.

Daytime is a very pale straw yellow color with a slight hazy. The head is fizzy and short lived.

Aroma is wonderfully hoppy and fresh. Similar character to other Lagunitas beers with nice citrusy hops.

Flavor is also Lagunitas light with the malts there mostly for balance and the great west coast hops are able to shine through.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good beer and certainly one of the best hoppy beers out there under 5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:27:54 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Mike_Moe


4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden cloudy opaque color, light blonde head.
Aroma: Hoppy, very light citrus aroma.
Flavor: Medium light bodied, with a hopped, and light citrus flavor. The beer is also light in carbonation.
Overall: This is a good session type beer. Its has a decent hop aroma and taste. This brew is devout of the hop bitters of traditional IPAs. Its medium light body, and lower AVB lends itself to a good summer beer with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 23:55:04 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of smitty4657


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The gold standard for session IPAs. Rich hoppy nose - I actually preferred the nose to Lagunitas Sucks’, tasted on the same evening - with a balanced hop flavor. Best of all is the ABV - enjoy a 6-pack while watching the game and you’ll have a way better time than your Bud Light buddies (though they might feel better the next morning).

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 04:50:25 | More by smitty4657
Photo of magictacosinus


3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. "Session IPAs" are not a particular favorite of mine, but I'm always a fan of Lagunitas' offerings.

Pours a golden pale color, perhaps even more pale than their pilsner that they release year round. With a slightly aggressive pour, this yields a good amount of fluffy white foam about 2-3 fingers high in the glass. Good carbonation, and decent lacing for a low ABV beer. There's simplicity yet some class and elegance to it.

Smells fantastic - by far the best I've experienced with these session IPAs. Orange peel, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemons - this is definitely dry hopped to all hell to make up for the low gravity product, yet it's not astringent at all at the nose. A slight biscuit flavor permeates, maybe that of toasted crackers, but it's all about the hop oily aroma here, with a slight sweetness at the finish. Lagunitas never lets me down with their hoppy offerings, and this looks to be a flavorful one.

Woah, that's some dry stuff - totally caught me by surprise, but the flavor from the aroma is still retained rather well. Notes of dried lemon rinds, grapefruit, and pine coat the palate, followed by a cracker flavor and slightly sweetened texture that is overtaken by the acidity and bitterness from the hops. It reminds of a dry white wine in some ways, while still lacking the fruitiness and minerality I tend to enjoy in that category. It's surprisingly grainy at the finish, which seems to double the astringency, and strangely, it finishes very wet and slightly thin (even for the style), which makes it a little less on the refreshing side on its own and little bit better when paired with fatty food (I had this with pizza). Good, but not my favorite from this brewery.

As far as session IPAs go, this could definitely grow on me in the long run. Pairs really well with food, but it's definitely a bit intense texture-wise for what it aims to be. The lack of any sweetness from the alcohol makes it a little unbalanced, but as far as dry low gravity beers go, this is interesting one in the same manner as, say, De La Senne's Taras Boulba, as well as other similar offerings that have started to pop up around here. Tired of some of Lagunitas' hoppy high gravity choices? Try this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 20:03:27 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of whatthehull


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine/tulip/snifter

A - A pale straw sunset, two finger frothy head and a bit of sticky lacing

S - Mega Hops right off the bat. Pine and pineapple scream at you. Sugary sweet is next. Some weed and fresh cut grass, fresh bready yeast, clean crisp water, some green and brown earth and more hops floral, fruity and tons of citrus especially rind.

T - Really clean fresh hops up front. malts/grains, bready yeast, pine, pineapple, fresh cut citrus, fresh cut flowers and a huge bitter hop bomb at the back end

M - light and fluffy body, huge acidity, very clean balance, sexy complexity and a very clean hop bomb of a finish

D/O - Super refreshing, crisp, clean and glorious hoppiness. Just a great all around, all day, everyday IPA. The ABV isn't for those looking to get there buzz on, but wonderful none the less

Final thoughts - Bit expensive $10 for the 4.6% abv, but great anytime of year IPA for sure

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 06:28:04 | More by whatthehull
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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.