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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company


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Ratings: 1024
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012)
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Photo of Gatch


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, clear, golden-yellow in color with a big, bubbly, frothy, white head that leaves behind great lace and some good retention.

S: Bitter, piney, fresh, citrusy American hops. Lemon, grass, and pine/cedar show up the most.

T: Like the nose but there is a malt presence in the finish that balances this beer out. The taste and body seem a little watered down but the hop flavor is full and delicious. Flavor is great when the beer is poured cold to when it warms up after being in the glass/bottle for a while.

M: Dry and refreshing with the right amount of bitterness and a perfect amount of carbonation. It should go without saying...incredibly drinkable. But also a joy to drink.

O: It was easy to put down five of these on a Sunday during football. Lagunitas didn't sacrifice flavor or the drinking experience when they brewed this "session" IPA. Highly recommended.

Note: I'm reviewing this beer based on the subcategory of "Session IPA," therefore the high score.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 22:20:50 | More by Gatch
Photo of tony223366


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Wow... that was not the color I expected. A golden honey color with unbelievable clarity. It's like looking through tinted glass. Nice action from the carbonation makes this a very dynamic beer. 2+ fingers of white fluffy head with amazing lacing and great retention. I honestly wasn't sure what this beer would look like, but it exceeded all expectations.

S: Some fruity notes along the lines of a sweet apple, mixed with sweet malts. Some more raw grainy aromas and a touch of hops on the finish. They show up mainly as a pine aroma with some background of pineapple or other sweet tropical fruit.

T: This beer is actually really nice. Not hop bomb delicious, but a gentle, even flavor that makes this way more drinkable. The first thing I get is some peppery pine, followed by the malt sweetness and a little bit of orange. That's followed by a slightly bitter hop bite and the finish is taken over in a big way by grainy malts and more bitterness.

M: I think this is where the beer truly excels. The mouthfeel is so light and bubbly from the carbonation that it just washes your palate clean. It makes you really want to take that next sip.

O: For a beer that's practically in a style of it's own, I think they hit a triple. Maybe not quite a homerun, but they're practically there. This is a beer I was anticipating not loving, but I should have known better, seeing as it was brewed by Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 04:55:01 | More by tony223366
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is absolutely crystal clear and pale yellow hued with a small white head. The aroma is fabulous. Hops galore with notes of tropical fruit. Malt? What malt? The flavor is quit nice. Hop forward, extremely light in body. A quaffable summer brew. I definitely recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 03:03:31 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of jethrodium


3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light amber with a pillowy white head that has good retention and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is mango, watermelon, a bit of pine, and some grapefruit. A hint of pineapple as well. Taste is dry with mango, watermelon, and a bit of pine. There is just a bit of caramel malt. The finish is dry with a light bitterness. Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Pretty tasty for a low alcohol beer, although I'm not sure why it's priced higher than most of their regular lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:14:18 | More by jethrodium
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.6.12, and several times since.

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a small near-white head that lingers for a bit.

S - Supper Hoppy, pine and orange, some grass as well.

T - Hoppy pine, grass, orange, lemons. Awesome.

D - Good carbonation, a lighter body. Hoppy finish.

O - Hoppy and 4.65 ABV!!! Yes, a nice go to.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 05:22:53 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Philousa


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale golden in color, like sunshine. Looks similar to a Pils. Dense white head retains well, giving the impression it's well carbed and spritzy under the light. There is some lacing, but it's light and uneven. Lots of pine and grapefruit in the aroma with other citrus and pineapple. Pine is first, but the range of fruit aroma reaches wide. It's not dank, as the pine isn't as condensed and I get no syrupy qualities. You can tell that the malt is light and I get some cereal under the hops. Flavor comes on slowly, first with a nutty, biscuity pale malt flavor followed by nectar hop notes. The hop flavor turns piney and biting, but backs off and tingles the tongue a bit. Bitterness is solid but not overbearing. The feel is middling and finish is somewhat dry.

This is a really flavorful and balanced "light" IPA. I've usually had a "void" or a lack of flavor I can't describe in session beers. Then again, they've been even lighter, in the 3% range. Even so, I have to commend them for making this one more interesting than most session beers. I can't help but assume that Lagunitas' trend of high mash temperatures was continued with DayTime, making it sweeter than it otherwise might have been. I usually consider Lagunitas a one trick pony because of this tendency, but it really works with this beer and I want another one already.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:36:40 | More by Philousa
Photo of flagmantho


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a good effervescence and a touch of haze. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam with very good retention and leaving a nice, chunky lace. The way-above average head quality of this beer helps make up for the rather pale coloring for the style.

Smell: massive citrusy, earthy and grassy hops; the overall impression is of freshly picked green hops. Quite good.

Taste: massive citrusy, earthy and grassy hops. Do I sound like I'm repeating myself? The nice thing about the flavor here is that, while hoppiness is maximized, bitterness is rather low and the beer is quite balanced despite is low ABV.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation. It's almost creamy.

Overall: this beer has great balance and is massively drinkable. I love the trend toward session beers of all shades, but the low-alcohol hop bomb is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:26:52 | More by flagmantho
Photo of davey101


3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very light golden body. Small one finger head settles down to thin edging. Light lacing and retention.

S - Fantastic aroma that certainly emanates a larger beer profile. Papaya and mango, bitter grapefruit, and some light caramel malts. Very strong hop aroma.

T - Falls a bit flat against the aroma. Traces of tropical fruit over a large crackery malt base. Not particularly bitter. Has a light almost watery finish. Mouth feel is well carbonated but quite light.

O - I'm not sure whether I want to hate or love this beer. It certainly succeeds in its goal of a tasty and hoppy session IPA. That seems to be its downfall though. For me a $12 sixer of an IPA should just pack more flavor than this. I could easily down an entire six pack, but I think a beer like SNPA is just more practical cost wise.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 02:55:19 | More by davey101
Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really liked this beer. Very drinkable and has the typical lagunitas flavor. perfect summer beer. loads of grapefruit citrus aromas and equailly citrus packed flavors. This is up there with the Terrapin easy rider. Love the session high hop beers. would driunk this on a regualr basis.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 01:33:08 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear, light honey yellow with a thin, loose, white head that doesn't lace and fades quickly. The nose is bright and citrusy with little malt sweetness or yeast. The flavor is dominated by citrusy hops, but has a crisp, dry, non-bitter finish. The body is light and the beer is drinkable, but really doesn't live up to its IPA title. It drinks a lot like a hopped up pale ale instead. Honestly, this beer has its place, but isn't my kind of IPA...although, I'm quite excited to see a new wave of session IPAs available on the market & I'm sure lagunitas will eventually offer the perfect session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 00:13:52 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of BasterdInABasket


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

241 Julien code (less than a month old)"A Fractional IPA"- 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
A- Golden Orange in color, crisp and clear, one finger white head dissipates rather quickly, look reminds me of a pilsner...
S- ...Definitely smells like an IPA, big citrus aroma, hops, and light pine in their too
T- Same as nose- citric hops, with some pine, lemon zest with a decent malt balance, at only 4.65% ABV a lot of great flavors
M- Very smooth and crisp, medium carbonation helps it bite a little bit
O- Another Lagunitas product that doesn't dissapoint, very sessionable for sure

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 04:50:13 | More by BasterdInABasket
Photo of ngeunit1


4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of sweet biscuit and caramel malts with grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice sessionable IPA with a good hop profile and hop and malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:41:22 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of emerge077


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great everyday IPA, the six pack disappeared before I knew it in less than a week.

Bright orange color, high clarity, visible carb trails rising. Ample head of foam that lasts for a good ten minutes before dissipating, and even still retains an unbroken skim. Minimal spotty lace in the glass.

Uniquely hoppy aroma, some citrus/grapefruit and lemon tea notes along with pale malt breadiness.

Light bodied with a clearly defined pale malt backbone.Bitterness level is light and manageable, not too extreme, making it more appealing to the hop novice. Light grapefruit and citrus notes, some earthy grassy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Pretty classic, easy drinking IPA with a lower abv geared towards a session.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 22:55:18 | More by emerge077
Photo of beerpadawan


4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grapefruit, bathing suit, chew a little juicy fruit...

I am hesitant to give super high ratings, always thinking that I am giving short shrift to something better. Here, I don't know that Lagunitas could have executed their objective with this beer with more success.

The sprite nose bursts with grapefruit-citrus and tropical hops. Very fresh and inviting.

The flavor follows, with bright hoppiness. Throughout the quaff it is clean and light, finishing dry. Despite the light body and paleness of the malt, it is not unbalanced. The hoppiness is tilted to the aroma, with restrained bitterness that makes for a refreshing drink. It is not astringent at all. Just drinkable yet very flavorful.

I would enjoy this during the daytime, night time, or any time.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:57:03 | More by beerpadawan
Photo of beagle75


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and diffuse bubbles rise across the column.

S: Juicy grapefruit and lush pine and enjoined into a pungent and classic West Coast hops assault on the nose. More delicate herbaceous qualities and a thread of light toasted malt are also detected. The intense dankness of the smell fades rapidly, revealing the secondary characteristics.

T: Begins dry, with sparse pale malt and metered hop aromatics that include floral, herbaceous, and restrained grapefruit peel. Acidity is mild into the middle where flavors are a bit juicier, carrying through but staying clean in the finish which is noteworthy for its very trace bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a fine IPA that drinks effortlessly--one of the best beers in quite a while from Lagunitas. It deviates from the typical Lagunitas blueprint, instead emphasizing some pleasant dry-hopped qualities. It may suggest that Lagunitas just isn't that good at crafting high gravity beers, which is ironic and shameful since they do a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 14:06:01 | More by beagle75
Photo of MrMcGibblets


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: straw/light gold color, clear, minimal white head. looks like a macro lager, actually.
s: unbelievable aroma for a lower abv beer. citrusy, piney hop aromas burst out of the glass. some melon/tropical fruit as well, and some biscuity, crackery malt underneath.
t: follows suit. the touch of very lightly sweet crackery malt is just barely enough to manage the hop flavors. surprisingly, the hop bitterness doesn't overwhelm-it seems as if they extracted more hop flavor than bitterness. finish is very crisp and dry-moreish.
m: this is where i'm sure his beer comes down for most, but i think it may be what they intended. very light body is very refreshing and clean, begging another sip.
o/d: love that they went for a flavorful, low abv hop bomb, and got away with such a pale malt base. i'm no brewer but i think this showcases their expertise-this is flawless considering there is nowhere to hide with his one. wish this was in their standard lineup. this grew on me the more i had, had to force myself not to have "just one more" after a few.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 12:16:35 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of nataku00


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a light yellow, clear with a finger of loose bubbly white head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing remains as a thin film of white head remains on the surface. A bubble floats up every now and then, but not super carbonated.

Nose is floral and orange, light fresh pine, and sweet biscuit malts. Pretty fragrant for a low abv beer.

Taking a sip, fresh apple, then floral and orange hops. A touch of biscuit sweetness rounds out the flavor, leading a crisp dry finish, with light floral and grassy/pine hop bitterness briefly in the back of the throat.

Light body with crisp clean carbonation. Very refreshing and would hit the spot nicely with warmer weather. Very easy to drink, flavorful, and a great low abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 05:29:57 | More by nataku00
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Looks like carbonatated apple juice, crystal clear, tiny white bubbles making a tiny white head. All hops on the nose, dank weed, spicy citrus (oranges, mangos, pineapple). Tastes like hoppy water, spicy juicy hops, aspriny bitter finish. Really light, almost no body whatsoever, very watery, and not in a bad way as its intended to be this way, crisp. overall; definitly a day time IPA, very relaxed, light, smooth, this beer really tricks ya into thinking its a bigger beer than it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 23:58:05 | More by gabedivision
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hooray for a new low ABV IPA! Boo for the high price, at least in OH. I bought this sixer for $10.99 in Dayton OH, no hesitation as I love every single hoppy creation I've ever tried from Lagunitas. But still, $10.99? This is more expensive than Maximus?

It pours a crystal clear golden color with a quarter inch of eggshell foam. And what an aroma! Low ABV doesn't mean low aroma. Strong citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, maybe some tropical things as well. Very tasty too, all the hops in a very light body. Actually refreshing! Very little malt balance, just right for my tastes.

I'll buy this again if it becomes a regular offering. Hopefully the price drops a little, but really there aren't many quality offerings bottled in this category.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 22:47:11 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of schoolboy


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This can be compared to the other deliberate sessions AIPA's from 21st Amendment and Founders, and it comes out ahead. The immediate fresh hops with a lemony overtone aroma and taste are strong. They stay well "balanced" throughout the drinking experience.

This is a great beer for sipping all night. I wish I had a bunch so I could do that.

This is one I will buy more of, if I can find some. I think very little made its way to my area. The label text is typical Lagunitas - off the wall. Another winner from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 21:46:21 | More by schoolboy
Photo of GeckoPunk


4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden-straw color with a small white head with little lacing.

S - Huge grapefruit tones. Lemongrass, orange-zest , very citrusy overall.

T - Again, full of grapefruit and citrus, definitely no strong malt presence.

M - Mouthfeel is lacking in terms of having a thicker/creamier chew. It it refreshingly crisp and dry, certainly more of a summer session brew as it is much lighter on the palate. Feels watered down or diluted.

O - To rate this beer's attributes from best-to-worst, I would say the order is as follows: Smell, Taste, Mouthfeel, Appearance. Overall, I really like this beer and would buy it again. After first look, I was expecting a Budweiser-like smell and taste to it, but on the contrary, it packs a wallop of grapefruit and sweet piney hops.

Lagunitas has not let me down and I remain very impressed with all their beers. This beer deserves somewhere around a 4.25.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 19:32:21 | More by GeckoPunk
Photo of kylehay2004


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger frothy head with poor retention on a clear orange and golden body.

S: the aroma is excellent. Grapefruit and other tropical citrus, spices, herbal hops with hints of pine

T: grass and pine for bitterness, lemongrass, some grapefruit. overall this is a little bit simple. the malts are very mild and provide little to the flavor or mouthfeel.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. very crisp.

Overall: aroma is the strongest point, maybe sets the expectations high for this one in the flavor. Still though, Lagunitas knows how to make a good IPA. Always worth trying and having again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:19:09 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of PicoPapa


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with no head. Almost no lacing. Big hoppy citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Hints of pine. Taste is more of the citrus and tropical fruits. Orange peel, mango and lemon with pine towards the end. Some malt flavor as well. Pretty hoppy, considering. Light mouthfeel. Insanely drinkable. Certainly one of the tastiest beers I've had <5%. This is the perfect beer to have stocked in your fridge. Overall, Laguntias succeeded in making a low ABV hoppy IPA. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 17:33:23 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of nimrod979


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Lagunitas jar.

Appearance: POured a pale straw color. One finger white head. Moderate retention. Very little lacing.

Aroma: Wow. Big juicy citrus hop blast. Underlying pine notes. Some pale malt. Huge aroma for a beer that isn't trying to be huge at all. Very surprising and welcome.

Taste: Quick Citrus and pine hop blast before letting up ever so easily. Plenty of Grapefruit and orange zest. Tends to lean towards a Czech style Pilsener towards then end. Pale malt and hop profile. IPA Lite!

Mouthfeel: Obviously, it's a little thin and watery. Decent carbonation and a great crisp finish. Gotta give it some props though as this beer is doing exactly what it says. Light and easily drinkable.

Good job for Lagunitas on this one. It's pretty much IPA Lite and it's pretty good. Don't get me wrong, there's better IPA's out there. but probably none as sessionable as this. Would have loved to have gotten this early in summer. Would knock a few of these back no problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 01:09:46 | More by nimrod979
Photo of siege06nd


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a pale straw color, very clear. About a quarter finger of eggshell white head appears with some decent lacing. Color is very pale for an IPA. Head, also, is rather thin.

S. Very very good. Orange zest, pine, citrus, faint grass, and light caramel malt. Tropical and juicy. Outstanding.

T. Follows the nose but not quite as much depth. Lemongrass is fairly strong here, but so is orange zest and pine cone. Not much of a malt backbone to this...it finishes with a dry, crisp snap.

M. Light, refreshing. Could session this all day long.

O. Very impressed by this beer, particularly the hop notes on the nose and the strong hop presence on the mid and finish. They packed a lot of flavor into this one for such a low ABV. A little drying on the finish as the hops overtake what little (if any) malt presence there is, but at 4.5%, I'm not complaining. This is quite nice and will definitely be the next case I bring to a friend's party to introduce them to good craft beer that doesn't knock you on your a**. Here's hoping Lagunitas keeps this one around for some time to come.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:59:22 | More by siege06nd
DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.