DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

2,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,180
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 91
Gots: 411 | 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:
Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012

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Photo of Veritas_Aequitas
1.03/5  rDev -74%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Smells like rubber and tastes like chapstick.

Photo of grosskopfada
2/5  rDev -49.5%

Cloudy, smells like old feet. Poor representation of the style!

Photo of Kyle1986
2.28/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Looks like Mountain Dew and too light of a beer

Photo of Albianfire
2.29/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I love Lagunitas Night Time Ale.
But this, I couldn't describe it at first.
Then it hit me. . . Hop water.
No malt character for me at all.
I wish I could review higher.

Photo of jkermitj
2.39/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Taste like Bud Light gone bad. If Lagunitas can't make a session IPA, it can't be done

Photo of dasenebler
2.42/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lagunitas Daytime
12oz. packaged 8/30/12

Very pale with some nice orange highlights. Touch of haze, but pretty good clarity. Head is great, retention is solid. (4)

Aroma is vaguely hoppy. Not very citrusy, but rather grassy, vegetal and borderline garlic-like. Not digging it. (2)

Flavor is bitter and very light bodied. Reminds me a bit of Peeper from Maine Beer Co., though not nearly as clean or hoppy. Weird vegetal bitterness. No malt flavor. Hops are piney with maybe a hint of orange. Body could use some improvement, though the carbonation is refreshing. (2.5, 3)

The session-IPA can be a great style, yet this beer is a poor example. Maybe this bottle is too old, but Lagunitas packaged beer should still be good at three months out. (2.5)

Photo of robear
2.43/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

First time available in Milwaukee, bottled Julian 178, June 26th. About 13 days old.

Appearance: Bright yellow, very translucent, slightly hazy. Pretty standard for a super low abv session ale.

Smell: Packed with aroma. But you don't get any malt or bittering hops, just aromatics. Still, it smells pretty damn nice.

Taste: Ok. First impression is good-you can actually taste the aroma hops, which is always a bit odd with session ales. But the same taste that you just smelled is packed in there. A slight vegetal/onion touch in the middle and on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick for a session ale. Probably some wheat in there somewhere, which would also account for some of the murky vegetable flavor. Leaves itself on your palate a bit, def some wheat at the end.

Overall: I keep trying session ales waiting for one to wow me. Carton Boat and Central Waters Hop Rise are both great, this is more along the lines of boat but without the attention paid to overall flavor. It's pretty obvious that they poured on the aroma hops at the end of the boil, would have liked just a touch more pure bittering hops at every stage of drinking this beer.

Photo of drone
2.58/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very drinkable, but overall sort of a really boring beer. I get that it's a session IPA with low ABV, but even compared to Founder's All Day this doesn't quite live up.

Photo of MA_Nole
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not sure if I got a bad bottle. Had a funky taste and smell

Photo of Arbitrator
2.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear peach body with a finger of off-white head. It retains for about a minute and leaves some lace as it collapses. As the beer recedes in the glass, a few tendrils of lace are left behind, as well.

S: I drank several bottles of this and was disappointed to find almost no aroma in any of them. What does come out is a small weed-like presence with a touch of grass. I was expecting bright, billowing hops as per Lagunitas's style, but no such luck.

T: The taste is quite a bit better, but I wouldn't call it bright. There are some melon elements; pine and grass are also noted. Bitterness is mild to nonexistent; the emphasis here is on flavor. But as the hops seem to have faded out (?), the flavor is relatively mild. Not much malt backbone, as befitting a light beer like this: only crackers.

M: Light-bodied. Good carbonation. No bitterness.

O: Priced a bit oddly at $10 / six-pack; that's several bucks more expensive than the regular IPA. I could m-a-y-b-e understand a dollar premium, but seeing how cost generally increases with ABV, I expect it to decrease with ABV here.

A separate issue is the lack of aroma and mild flavor. I suspect this six-pack was mishandled, or maybe it's even old. There is no bottle date on the neck (where they usually are), but I do see a date on the BOTTOM of the bottle that begins with 208 (corresponding to July 26 by the Julian system that Lagunitas uses). A fragile beer like this being over a month old could explain what I'm tasting -- but I thought they brewed it pretty recently. Mystifying.

Photo of founddrama
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hops with the volume turned down. Mild bite on the tail end. Serviceable, for sure. Slightly grassy?


Photo of jodybrutal
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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.

Photo of canton1956
2.77/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

There was an off taste to this beer - not enjoyed.

Photo of entenduintransit
2.77/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A below average pseudo-IPA that tastes way stronger than its low ABV.

Photo of chugalug06
2.79/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice thin (er) white foamy head. Color is "bud light" yellow with medium viscosity and great clarity. Chunky lacing.

Nice centennial hop aroma! Citrus and apple stand out.

Off flavored.. Bready, floral, wet, high carbonation, medium bitterness, mild sweetness. Very apricotty... Can't get into the flavor or feel.

Like the label says, this one would be best expierenced during a day, not a night. It's crisp and kinda refreshing, but far from well put together. I've experienced many better IPAs. I've also experienced many MUCH better brews from Lagunitas. Can't recommend this one.

Photo of tewaris
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden colored with a medium off white head and decent retention. A little too clear maybe. Faintly malty/grainy aroma with very little hoppiness. Light hop flavor on an appropriate malt backbone. Light, crisp and dry mouthfeel. This is a good beer but its also very unremarkable. This beer's claim to fame is apparently its low alcohol content, which is indeed unusually low for Lagunitas but it's not a 2.5% ABV beer either. And for an under 6% ABV IPA, it is not tenth the beer Masala Mama is. But it is sessionable for sure, and being so light in flavor, this is pretty much the perfect gateway IPA. That's about it.

3, 2, 3, 4, 3

Photo of BrunEngr
2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a hoppy pilsner, with a carbonated mouth feel.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 1.75 - Pours a very clear gold. Low head potential and retention. Spotty lacing.
S - 4.5 - Lots of bright, vibrant and juicy tropical fruits. Peaches, mangos, grapefruit, pineapple and hops.
T - 2.5 - Unfortunately, most of the aroma is lost in the taste. Tastes like a basic pilsner with just slightly more hoppiness than a standard domestic brew.
F - 2.5 - Quite thin and watery.
O - 2.5 - Just a little bit too mild for me, even for a session IPA, this is quite light. This would make a good transition beer for someone who only drinks domestic and wants to try something a little stronger, but for an IPA drinker with even a little bit of experience, this won't impress and will be a quite watery, bland IPA.

Photo of beertunes
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sensible 12oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear medium gold color with under a quarter-inch of white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was all pine and pot hops, no malt or grain showed through. The taste, while OK, was the same story. No malt or grain to provide contrast or balance, just hops.

The body was decent, but on the expected thinner side of the style, probably what you're looking for in an all day drinker. Drinkability was good, the beers goes quickly and easily. Overall, a decent enough little beer, I just would like some grain flavors to play off the hops. Then I could see actually drinking these all day. Still, probably worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An okay hoppy session IPA

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a bland version of an ipa. Session or not, there is one noted bitterness here and nothing else.

Would not purchase again.

Photo of TeachChefs
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was okay, flavor was a bit more than the body seemed to imply. All and all I would not refuse another but i would not seek it out.

Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dont want to write anything, but im being forced to. way too light and not much hop flavor at all.

Photo of nchommowun
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not to overly big of IPA's

Photo of CJNAPS
3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of this one. It was drinkable just a funny after taste for me

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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