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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

1,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,999
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 82
Gots: 311 | 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 elgiacomo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled August 22nd 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours mostly clear, ever so slightly hazy gold with a two finger white head that recedes to a nice cap and leaves pretty drippy rings of lacing behind.

Aroma is citrus, primarily lemon, floral hops, light bready malt. Very good strength. Simple, but effective.

Flavor follows suit with juicy lemon hops, a little grapefruit and orange, hint of pine, bready/cracker malt which is light and unobtrusive, nice bitterness, no alcohol. Finishes dry and light.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, a little sticky, good carbonation.

IMO they nailed it on this one. Really nice hop aroma and flavor, good bitterness, but keepin’ the alcohol low, making for a very tasty Session IPA. Even at 3 months old it’s still got big aroma and flavor. Nice.

Photo of ScaryEd
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of dasenebler
2.42/5  rDev -39%
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 JennieKoeper
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of zberger
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Bonis
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Edgewater
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of rodlavers
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter, about 2 fingers of crisp and sudsy white head almost billows over...leaves tons of webbed lacing behind. Color is sort of hazy golden but very light in color; sort of a yellow straw color. Looks very good. The smell is probably my favorite part about this beer. Opening the bottle releases bright aromas filled with delicious floral notes and light hops. I definitely pick up the quintessential Lagunitas aroma found in Hop Stoopid and Sumpin Ale, to name a few -- it's why I like these beers so much. There is a perfect balance of hops, sweet, cream and flower. Taste is very good as well. It's reminiscent of Founders All Day IPA, but I might light this one better, will have to check. Again, it has so much of what is also found in the other Lagunitas offering mentioned above, but lighter, and therefore I find Day Time crisp and refreshing, I could drink this all day/night. Flavors are also similar to the aromas -- sweet light hops and floral notes mask the more earthy and natural grassy flavors found in others like it, namely Founders offering. Moutfeel is great, smooth and refreshing, perfect for any time of the year, great aftertaste where flavors linger, but also a sense of thick texture. Overall this is becoming one of my favorite beers, I reckon. Every time I have it, it gets better and better. Cheers.

Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep straw yellow with a thick white head that turns rocky but last and has slow strands of tiny bubbles pushing to the surface.

S- The perfumed lemon lime hops are dry but full and light. I don't detect any malt character underneath.

T- The dry pale green hops and fruit cocktail hops flavor with some papery hops flavor to follow. There is a clean finish with a slight spicy hop note that lingers. There is very little bitterness in this flavor especially for the big hop flavor.

M- The light mouthfeel and crisp fizz boost the hop flavor and there is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- the nice crisp hops and bright fizz give this a nice hops soda pop quality but there is no sweetness. It is really nice and would be great for warmer weather.

Photo of SenorHops
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LiquorsInc
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tmars13
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bvlaminck
2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
4.65% ABV, 54.2 IBUs, number code on neck.

A - Shimmering pale straw yellow in color, a tall pour creates a frothy and billowing loose stark white head that slowly deflates onto the beer leaving chunky patches of suds on the pint. If it weren't for the aroma, this might look like a nicely poured adjunct lager!

S - Intensely hopped and dry hopped, the aroma of this beer is explosive and assaulting; sticky resin hop pellets and powerful hop tea give it a very "green" feel with abundant tropical fruitiness. Freshly sliced pineapple, mango, and guava quickly transfer focus from the "green-ness" elsewhere. Dry straw and grainy pale malt are all but overwhelmed; quite intoxicating indeed.

T - Decidedly dry hopped, the flavor backs off considerably allowing much more of the pale malt base to show through with it's grain and straw nuances. This still doesn't distract from the "green" hop tea flavor though, and tropical fruit aromas are traded for lemon rind citrus and earthy pine notes.

M - Light-bodied, this IPA is moderately carbonated but still produces a crisp feel due in part to the citrus hops which tickle the tongue and the dry finish. DayTime touts a 50+ IBU level but it surprisingly doesn't seem that high, especially considering this low level of malt interaction and balance.

O - DayTime is an exemplary name for this IPA; one that works well, characterizing the beer's low alcohol level, high drinkability, and and somewhat tea-like nature. As a hop head I enjoy it's hop character and drinkability but can't help wonder at what cost? On one hand I want a sessionable, higher IBU IPA but it feels just a touch empty after the explosive aroma. Regardless, a 6-pack of these wouldn't stand a snowball's chance on a hot summer day.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/16/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color but light for the style, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong fruity citrus sweetness. Then a strong, dominant and grassy hops bitterness comes in. the malt character is very thin for the style but brings a good enough balance to make everything work. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good sessionable IPA worth pounding for a long time.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (date stamp 26967120) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear/Bright golden yellow with just a hint of orange to it. White thin head, some strand and islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Very deep tropical fruit smell - papaya with just a hint of mango. Quite nice.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruite up front, quick malt middle, then nice bitter finish - grapefruit. Very balanced overall. Simple flavor profile, but deep in those hop flavors while not being a complete hop slam/wallop of a beer. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, brisk, but not at all fizzy. Some hop oils sticking to the teeth. Nice thickness underneath it all.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable and very tasty. I wish I had picked up a 6 pack of this now. Easily a beer I could have again and again.

Photo of Reaper16
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a light shade of that typical IPA color. Looks like a pale ale, which makes sense given that this beer -- intentionally so light in ABV% -- can't have the usual IPA level of malts.

The aroma on this beer is incredible, given what it is. It's not a 4.5 amongst all IPAs, truthfully. But it is a 4.5 when you consider that this is an IPA under 4.7% ABV. Given its stature, this beer's nose is full of pine and grapefruit pith and guava and orange juice. It's a big aroma, which means they had to have used lots of hops. But will all those hops dominate the lighter malt bill on the palate?

Answer: no. DayTime IPA is very balanced. It basically tastes like a pale ale. I've had pale ales with more assertive flavor profiles than this. But that's OK. It has more bitterness than any pale ale, which is key to this feeling like an IPA. Nice malt flavor. Quaffable stuff.

The mouthfeel doesn't draw attention to itself. It's light, because obviously. I favor thin mouthfeel in IPAs anyway, so I like this. Overall this does exactly what Lagunitas wants it to: this delivers a huge hop aroma and an IPA flavor profile at 3/4 the usual ABV% of the style. A success.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into shaker pint

A - Straw yellow with a finger of head. Looks like a macro-lager with a very slight haze.

S - Mellow hops with tropical fruit. Very simple and satisfying.

T - Like a toned-down Lagunitas IPA, it has that classic Lagunitas taste with a low level of bitterness and a nice toasted grain backing. Very simple hop flavors that don't slap you in the face.

M - Light body, average carbonation. Just right.

O - Quite exceptional for a session beer. Plenty of flavor for such a low ABV beer, but maybe not quite as exciting as Levitation and certainly not on the level of Walden. Need to try Founder's All Day IPA some time soon... All that said, this is perfect for an IPA fan who wants to drink in the DayTime.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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