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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

1,582 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 73
Gots: 172 | 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 JamesMN
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Neon yellow with visible effervescence and great clarity. Thin film of white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: I'm a sucker for West Coast IPAs and the nose is definitely giving me that sense. Hop dominated. Pineapple and citrus. My expectations for this one are raised given the aroma.

Taste: I was expecting this going in, but it is a light IPA. A comparison might be a watered down Stone IPA. But what's there is good. Light malt character topped by fresh hop flavors of pineapple and some citrus like in the nose. There is also a nice melon flavor in there that adds a hint of sweetness to the palate and balances everything out nicely. DayTime IPA is aptly named because it would probably pair well with light lunch food. Although I wouldn't call it juicy, this IPA is unique in its ability to be thirst quenching while at the same time delivering the dry finish that one would associate with this style. At 4.65% ABV you're basically getting what you pay for; mild flavor and drinkability.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side with a good level of carbonation. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: This one surprised me. The only other Lagunitas beer I've had is Hop Stoopid and I enjoyed that one but the hop profile of DayTime is much more to my liking (pineapple vs orange citrus). I also really like that it's a sessionable IPA. Would I drink it again? Yes.

JamesMN, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of EGolfer4
3/5  rDev -24.8%

EGolfer4, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of brez8791
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

brez8791, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of SirPutzly
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

SirPutzly, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

foureyedgeek, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

12oz, not sure on date but just got to PA market
New Belgium globe

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow. Like others have mentioned, it does look almost like a pilsner in the glass. Half finger of bright white head. Seems to be nicely carbonated, with some little bubbles trickling up from the bottom. Head sticks around a while.

S: Big nose on this one. Really fruity and citrusy dank hop notes. I really love the nose. All hops, no malt breadiness or anything.

T: You certainly get that initial hop blast up front. It's not anywhere near the aggressiveness of the smells you took in though. This beer falls a little flat because of the really thin malt bill. It almost is too thin, but I guess that is what they were going for in a session IPA. Lower bitterness towards back end. Really seasonable. I could destroy a 6pack of this at a party.

M: Light bodied brew for sure.

inlimbo77, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +0.3%

PaBeerLover, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.75/5  rDev -6%

SammyJaxxxx, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Magic
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Magic, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

baybum, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +0.3%

nh2032, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of JRed
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

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 18, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

A: clear, bubbly straw, trace head, solid lacing

S: refreshing tropical fruit medley (papaya, tangerine, grapefruit), pine and grassy

T: papaya, grapefruit, earthy grain, mild pepper, pine bitter finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry crisp/light oily mouth

O: Bravo, Lagunitas! Proving once again you can make
a deliciously consistent brew at a good price. I would
love to make this part of my regular daily rotation/stock
in frig. Adventurous BMC friends and family might enjoy
and hopheads looking for hop love in a pint while also


BeerLover99, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear light golden with a pillowy, moderately-sized off-white head, eventually leaving thin ribbons and irregular lines of sticky lace down the glass. Very pretty.

The hallmark of and easily the best aspect of this beer is its aroma, and it's a fantastic one. Big amounts of tropical fruit notes, citrus flesh and zest, and mild marijuana components combine nicely. The malt bill is mild; this is a showcase of the hops. Incredibly impressive aroma.

The flavor too is impressive and follows the aroma, but simply isn't quite as pungent or strong. Good amounts of tropical and citrus notes lead the way, along with just a hint of bready sweetness.

The only failing of this beer, if it has one, is its mouthfeel. Thin and watery without much body, but somewhat understandable given the very low ABV.

Fantastic. I'm happy to have another in my fridge.

ehammond1, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

jk3, Oct 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Hoptologist, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Ispeakforthetrees, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -11%

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear gold with 3 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ¾ finger or so, leaving back rich sticky lacing that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of grass, lemon, herbs and a fresh zesty bitterness. Just some light backing sweetness sits back rear of the nose. This has a nice lively freshness to it in the nostrils.

The taste more fresh and zesty character on the palate, with tart lemon, a crisp bitter citrus presence and a touch of very light herbal or even fruity qualities on the edges. The malts do add some balance to this but mostly serve to give something for those hops to bounce back off of. The finish is dry and bitter with a touch of lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a firm crispness to it that snaps those flavors around in the mouth. This has a nice overall quenching feel to it.

This was OK. I didn’t find it overly complex in any way but it certainly was drinkable. I’m just not sure what makes this a “Session IPA” and how that differs from a regular APA. At any rate, I picked up a six-pack of this and won’t have any problem finishing them.

Kegatron, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

scottiethebody, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

A: The beer is crystal clear with a small white head. The retention is about average, but the lacing is quite nice. 4

S: Resinous hops really take it over with a beautiful citrus body to hold the beer together. My nose actually dipped into the beer I was smelling it so much, which can only be a good thing. 4

T: This is a really easy drinking IPA, which I believe is the point at under 5% ABV. The light flavor is really noted up front, but is quickly taken over by the citrus, but only a slight piney hoppiness. As a hop head, I do wish this had more of a hop bite, but other than at the very finish I don't think they play enough of a role. 3.5

MF: Very light mouthfeel with a carbonation level that is right where it should be. Nice, dry finish without much of an aftertaste. The drinkability is absurd. Here's an IPA that won't kill your palate, but still tastes like a good one. 5

O: Love what they did here. I really need to drink more Lagunitas IPAs, they're outstanding. 4

russwbeck, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of cwxc818
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

cwxc818, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz bottle into a tulip. Big thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew appears a very pale yellow color that displays a brilliant polished clarity. There is nothing hanging in suspension of this brew, it is perfectly clear with a finger of white head that slowly fades leaving a wall of webby lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film atop. A light swirl revives more than a finger of froth back to the surface.

The smell of this brew has some nice citrus elements: lemon and orange zest, pulp, rinds, a touch of grass and herbs. Very minor tropical fruit aspect overtop of a somewhat straw-like grain base. When swirled, there is a bit of sulfur and faint cheesy aspect like some other ipas display. It is a very nice, mild smelling brew. Not quite to hop amperage I would expect for an ipa... perhaps just a "fraction" of the hops were used?

The taste includes just enough herbal to grassy hop bitterness and flavor to let it blend effortlessly into a straw grain base that blurs the lines between grain and hop flavors. The aftertaste has a bit of grain sweetness that is minorly cereal-like in character. The hop flavoring is herbal for the most part with suggestions of pulp, zest and cheese. A sulfur aspect rounds things out and lasts inside the mouth long after the swallow.

This is a very light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It finishes quite snappy and crisp that is this brews quite enjoyable aspect. It certainly lends itself as a brew that could be thrown back in quantity quite effortlessly. However, I think it comes up short overall across the board. If someone can tell me what the distinct difference between a fractional ipa and a staple pale ale, I would be very grateful.

stakem, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of mcphish22
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mcphish22, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of skyisland
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

skyisland, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours and looks like a pils! The lightest IPA I've tried: Chrysanthemum yellow, with low head and extensive lacing. Smells floral and citrus hops, with few piney, resinous notes...maybe I'm getting mostly cascade hops. Taste is terrific, I think. Not very malt forward, which is good, and the bitter notes are prominent but not too large, with a bit of everything I like, and a little dry. But bitter notes don't float long, which is too bad. Mouth-feel is smooth, fast, carbonation is moderate, overall good here too. I think this is designed and is a terrific session IPA...and one I'd be happy to have another time. Hopefully soon.

Bitter_Echo, Oct 16, 2012
DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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