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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,937 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 75
Gots: 267 | FT: 1
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 rangerred
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a one finger white head fading to a thin layer of bubbles. Ok lacing.

Aroma is full of citrus hops. Lots of passion fruit and grapefruit. A tiny bit of pale malt is evident but hops really dominate.

This carries over into the flavor. Moderate to high bitterness begins immediately and tropical fruit flows across the tongue. A very tiny bit of pale malt and toast is in the background but hops really dominate. Mouthfeel is on the watery side as can be expected from a beer of this strength (or lack thereof).

Overall, this is a very tasty session beer that packs great flavor in a small package. Mouthfeel does suffer but it is a small price to pay for having a tasty light beer. Other brewers really need to explore this type of beer.

Photo of Jparker37
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Straw golden and one shade short of brilliant. Moderate sized white head falls to a small cap after while. Left me with a couple small spots of lacing.

S - Strong pine edge to the hops. Background of fresh citrus hops. Faint little bit of graininess.

T - Any sign of malt is swallowed up quickly. Big hop flavors come through with some melon tones to them but also prickly pine. Moderate bitterness is smooth and bright. Hop flavor lasts for a short stint after finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium to medium-light body, dry.

O - Very sessionable IPA. Light color is a nice twist. Every bit of smell a good American IPA has. Big on flavor lighter on bitterness. Very easy drinking and great for a hot summers day.

Photo of tectactoe
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden, almost banana-looking shade of yellow with reasonably good clarity - only a very mild chill haze preventing things on the opposite side of the glass from being crystal clear. A foamy white head forms and starts leaving some lace behind as it settles down to a thinner layer.

The aroma is pretty quiet at first, I thought maybe because the beer was too cold. Partially right - the smell definitely got stronger as it got warmer, but still never packed quite the punch I was expecting. What was picked up, however, was pretty nice. A big bouquet of fruits; light citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical aroma fill your nostrils, zesty and peel-like. Light herbal and floral hops make their way into, next to a light touch of pine and a small bit of bread and yeast on the tail end.

First sip is crispy and wet - the beer is much thinner than I was expecting and slightly watery, though at such a low ABV it's almost understandable. Some floral and mildly peppery hops come through right away, hitting with a bitterness that lasts for nearly the duration of the sip - it's more mild, definitely not a palate wrecking bitterness, but certainly notable and present. The hop flavors start to become more grassy and even oily as the fruits finally join the fold; citrus peels, grapefruit rinds and pith - the citrus doesn't seem to add much sweetness, but it works here because the beer really isn't bitter enough to need it. The little sweetness that does show up seems to be coming from the malt - leaving a light bread and cracker coating on your palate in the aftertaste.

Overall, a pretty tasty and obviously very sessionable IPA, though if it were available at the time, I'd take a Founder's All Day over this, no question. This is still a nice one to try, however, as I know many other people who prefer this one.

Photo of slipperysoup
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden, slightly hazy, frothy white head holds good retention and leaves lacing down the glass.
S - gorgeous floral hop aroma, citric, and fruity
T - full flavored, hop forward, grapefruit, lemon, pine, grassy, biscuity
M - overly thin bodied, ample carbonation, finishes semi-bitter but pretty clean
O - scores are all over the place here. Nice accentuation of the hops, but lacks body and a malt backbone. Definitely sessionable with good aroma and flavor, but just give me a real IPA instead of a watered-down hop tea.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheFugerIsNow
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dd43
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of AKA1979
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into Lagunitas mason jar:

Pours straw yellow with a lasting foamy head.

The smell is of citrus with some grain in the back.

The hop bitterness stays ahead of the malt, though both are lighter than in the aroma. It has a pleasant, citric, crisp dry finish.

A bit thin, but it was meant to be light-bodied. Works well enough.

A pleasantly hoppy, easy-to-drink, light "IPA".

Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a standard pint glass
*Notes taken from 10/07/12

A: Daytime pours very light and blonde in color. Looks thin and appears as a Pilsner would with that sort of pale straw-gold hue. Super clear and effervescent with a bit of sudsy pure white head. Minimal retention with some tracked rings of cling.

S: The smell is quite hoppy with pronounced grapefruit peel and gooseberry at the forefront. There are some undertones of grass and light pines. This is pungently hopped. The aroma is by far the best attribute to this beer.

T: Taste is more grapefruit than any other contributing flavor with some supporting notes of bitter melon, peach, gooseberry, floral, and pine. Some definite Citra in use here if I had to make the call but I could be wrong. Perhaps one of the newer strands or blends even. There is a nice moderate-high bitterness with a light touch of some bready Munich-like malts. No causal alcohol flavors as to be expected really. Nice, light, hoppy and refreshing but a bit of a step down from the nose for me. Doesn’t carry all the way through leaving your palate a bit unfulfilled.

M: Body is very light, thin, and watered down without much malt base to stand upon. Has a nice drying crisp of carbonation however finishes wet still.

D: A real nice sessions IPA with some solid hoppiness served up in fractional form. The perfect lawnmower beer if you will. Taste does not quite deliver on what the nose is promising. Efforts seem concentrated more on dry/aroma hops here. Tasty none the less.
Not sure what is with the higher price tag for a sessions brew though.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, lightly dry citrus hops. In the taste, dryer, and mellow orange citrus hops. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer and faint orange citrus rind in the aftertaste. Big nose, but lighter everywhere else, a nice sessionable IPA.

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, and wet hop. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wet hop, slight floral hop, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and slight earthy malt. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, feel, and blend.

Photo of joshshepperd
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MikeWard
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Citrus and pine dominate aroma with a touch of onion. Flavor is biscuity and earthy, with grapefruit notes and bitter finish. Earthy dominant.

Photo of Nbdreher
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden yellow with a slight orange hue, and a light and frothy single finger of foam.

Tons of orange and citrus aroma and some herbal/pine-like notes.

Orange, lemon peel, grapefruit, hops resins, and some caramel/sugary malt sweetness under the high amount of citrus flavors.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, not the greatest "session" IPA, but another solid brew from Lagunitas.

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated June 27 poured into one of those sexy, curvy Sierra Nevada pint glasses.

A - Two fingers of creamy, white head after an aggressive pour. Pale yellow color. Head sticks around a bit.

S - Straw, grass, sweet citrus, some grapefruit. Very pleasant.

T - I let it warm up a bit before drinking. Grassy, some light citrus, and sweet. It's very sweet. Finishes sweet with a stoney, mineral taste. I don't really mind this, but did I mention it's sweet? Not really digging that too much.

M - Excellent. Medium bodied - a little more chew than you'd expect from such a light beer. Moderate carbonation.

O - All in all, this is a solid beer. Very good nose, nice taste, mouthfeel is excellent. The hops just don't as much complexity as I'd like, and it's a little sweet. Solid though.

Photo of AyeMito
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the fact that this IPA has a low ABV. That way I can take them outside and have a few and not worry about them sneaking up on me after two or three. In my opinion, its the ultimate beer to take outdoors for a cookout or picnic. Its light and crisp with bold notes of citrus and pine like any solid IPA should have. I almost get a little taste of lemon and lime in the mix as well. Its refreshing and light, but wonderfully balanced to give you that IPA experience!

Photo of AMCimpi
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of magictacosinus
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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!

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Clear, pale, light yellow. Light to little head.

S: Clean, clear, brilliant hops. Light citrus, gentle pine. Very West Coast, very pleasant.

T/M: Tasty! Biscuity malt base is clean and light and dry and vaguely spicy. Top notes are all citrus peel and hops. Refreshing, biting, and satisfying.

O: Good, but not great. It fills a certain niche very well.

Photo of jwps214
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am NOT a hop head! I was very skeptical when I poured this light golden, fizzy beer! One whiff and I was enthralled! On brewery tours, you often here about the citrusy, grapefruit characteristics of some hops. You might even get a subtle whiff, if the tour offers whole hops. This beer truly showcases it! The aroma is subtly grapefruity, with the finish of pine. The mouth feel was pleasant, light and fizzy. The flavor is hop forward, with subtly citrus and a lingering piney, bitter taste. As the beer warms, you do loose some of the grapefruit, but are left with a pleasant bitter aroma and flavor. Only after I had my first couple sips, did I see this beer is less than 5%! I could definitely drink this IPA on a hot summer day!!!

DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,937 ratings.