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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,034 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,034
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 86
Gots: 325 | FT: 2
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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Lagunitas Daytime
11/28/12
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)

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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.

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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.

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.