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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

428 Reviews

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Reviews: 428
Hads: 2,373
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 25.56%
Wants: 100
Gots: 552 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours bright yellow and slightly cloudy. There are huge pine aromas on the nose. Really nice spice smell. As a session IPA, this is really flavourful and easy-drinking. It has a light body and mouthfeel that goes down easy. Ad the citrus/grapefruit peel flavours are super refreshing.

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Photo of cbrunpc
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden, light foamy white head.
S: Hoppy with a nice citrus backnote
T: More citrus taste than I would of thought when I smelled it. Very nice, good balance with the malts.
M:Light, refreshing, very nice for a light IPA.
O: A wonderful low alcohol IPA. Has the flavor of IPA with a lower ABV, making it an IPA you really could start drinking in the day time and continue into the evening!

Try it out.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 3$

Appearance - Clear gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruit/tangerine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/tangerines/apricots mixed with bread/grains. It ends with a grainy aftertaste and some light hop bitterness.

Overall – It's missing the sweetness I'm used to in a regular IPA, but I can see what they were going for this one. I'm assuming it has less calories than a regular IPA.. it tastes like a IPA-light if that makes any sense. The smell is great and this might be one of the best session beers ever. I could even see this working well as a tailgating/camping beer.

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Photo of nUgZ
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Very fragrant hoppy smell. Lots of citrus and pine. Very fresh and inviting.

T: Not quite as hoppy as the smell, but good flavor. Very clean taste. Not much malt to speak of, but there is a hint of grass.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad at all for a low alcohol IPA. Easy to drink and pretty flavorful. Worth a try.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single a few days ago, been wanting to try this.

Pours a very pale translucent orange, white head retains well at about half a finger leaving some lace.

Smell is pretty great, decent strength for the ABV. Definitely lots of orange peel, peach, grassy and earthy hops there with some bread and grains.

Taste follows the nose nicely, lots of hops for a lighter IPA but well-balanced with malt too. Pretty much a Citra vibe, a orange/mango/danky/grassy/lemon hop thing going on, with grainy and biscuit malts.

A bit higher on the carbonation, but very smooth, doesn't feel watery. Very drinkable with medium bitterness.

Overall this is quite good, it would be all too easy to down a 6-pack in the middle of the afternoon and mess your whole day up. There may be better IPAs for the price though.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is hay colored and is damn near clear. One of the clearer IPAs i have seen. There is about a finger of white head that sits patiently. Bits of stranded lace.

The nose opens up to a nice with a bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits. There is a grassy taste that is a backbone to the enticing hop presence. Very clean and fresh.

The flavor also incorporates these fruity flavors brought on by the hops but much more intense than the nose leads. The low ABV makes for a beer that showcases the hops without the heat. There is a slight biscuit-like note that finishes the flavor.

The mouthfeel is very light, crisp and refreshing. Appropriate carbonation is light.

The title explains it all with this brew. Great for camping, day drinking, or just about any other event that involves beer. Easy drinker with all the flavors you demand from an IPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours pale clear yellow, fizzy with very little head. Smell is very pretty, lots of floral hops, honeysuckle and inviting.

Taste is crisp and clean and moderate hops, surprisingly sweet, but not cloying at all. More of the floral character.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Overall, this is good -- wasn't sure what to expect. It's better than it looks.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks reminiscent of champagne. a pale straw color on the verge of golden with a steady stream of tight sparkly bubbles. Small white head of foam quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the rim.

S - the smell can only be described as 'hop nectar.' Notes of sweet orange peel and lemon pith are most prominent. Floral notes and pine needles are abundant as well as a touch of grapefruit rind in the background.

T - light doughy bread notes up front. Fairly dry. Followed by sweet orange peel and big grapefruit rind character with just a touch of pine. The finish is a piney citric mix that seems go on for days.

M - medium bodied. Just over the line of light. Very crisp when colder but more creamy as it warms. High carbonation with tight scrubbing bubbles.

O - excelent. Just a fantastic IPA regardless of what the abv is.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this, wish I'd had the chance to pick up a bottle earlier. Tasted 7 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear pale golden yellow. One finger of head, okay retention, loads of lacing that defies gravity. Thin stream of CO2 bubbling up.

Smell is fantastic, particularly for a session IPA. Tons of citrus hops, oranges and grapefruit, backed up by a handful of pine (I'd say a touch, but there's way more hops in here than that). Beyond that, it's crisp and clean, without much interfering with the hop show.

Taste is impressive as well. Really clean, only mildly bitter, and the hops come through more spicy than anything else. Finish is quick and clean.

Light body, with prickly carbonation. Very dry finish, almost evaporating off the tongue. Very nice.

A wonderfully sessionable, very tasty IPA. I wish breweries made more beers like this. I'm sure it's pricy to make, what with heavy dry hopping, but wow, the result is awesome, at an ABV where I could drink a few of them.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear light golden one finger white head. Tones of carbonation streaming up from the the bottom.

S - The nose is a beautiful mango, grapefruit, sweet smelling brew. This is really appealing.

T - I get a light dose of hops bitterness, with a pine flavor, slight mango, slight grapefruit, a sweet malt backbone to balance it out. Pretty light on the flavor here, and the flavor fades fast and does not stick around like most IPA's. Makes you want to drink more. I could slam this but will not because it is really nice and light.

M - Light bodied easy drinking beer that is highly carbonated which gives this a nice crisp feel.

O - This is a definite session ale which drinks nice and goes down really easy. Not sure if the hop flavor really lives up to a traditional IPA coming in weaker than the standard. It does however have a really nice smell on it and it is a definite great session brew. Well done, I can see myself session these from time to time. Cheers!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Head is small and bright-white. Drops to a tiny collar and a.faint wispy head. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tropical fruit. Some tangerine and pineapple and mango. Nice hit of pine rain and juicy pine needles. Orange zest and grapefruit flesh. Light malts with a bready cracker-like malt profile. Minor sweetness. Some earthy herbal notes as well.

Taste: Milder than the nose would indicate. Fresh cracker and some nice mild hop elements. Some orange and grapefruit mix with pine needles. Juicy hops. Very mild and easy. Light caramel sweetness. White bread and cracker crumbs. Some herbal. Clean and fresh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. A bit juicy with some dry on the end.

Overall: Vampires would hate this beer.

A seriously easy drinking IPA that manages to stay just ahead of the APA threshold. So many of these coming down the line for summer drinking.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cannery Row Brewing, on to the beer:

Looks clean bodied, pale yellow colored, lots of carbonation bubbles visible in the body. There's s chunky soapy head on top which leaves a few marks of itself on the glass. Then the fin begins, as a fresh and brilliant aroma of hops arise out of the beer. Very fresh and fragrant pine, with littler notes of orange and grapefruit.

It's light, but its hop levels are right there with many IPA's. Very fresh pine and tea-like hops dominate the scene. There is just a little of pale malt to add a subtle sweetness and canvas to the beer. The beer is light and crisp, and as one could imagine, is very easy to drink.

I've tasted this before, so I knew what I was walking into. This is a good hoppy ale that won't kick you in the pants too hard.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable IPA on tap at The Cannery Row. Some European hop, citrus fruity, citra like aroma. Spicy which lends taste at this surprisingly low abv. Little sweetness, this is bitter heavy. Medium bodied. Cloudy yellow with some retained head. Not so drinkable, even after it warmed, but served too cold.

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Photo of drpimento
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, Lagunitas hits it again with this brew! Served with a nice sized foamy, cream-colored head that slowly settles to a light cover and lots of lace. Color is a clear, pale gold with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is a very pleasing and aromatic blend of hop, malt, caramel, fruit, citrus, with a bit of pine. Flavor's like nose, sweet/bitter/carbonic tang all perfectly balanced. Body is perhaps a trifle thin, carbonation is great. Finish is like flavor, average length, and superbly drinkable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Hazy light gold, with a good amount of visible carbonation that leads to a medium-sized white foamy head.

S: Citrus, lemon, grassy, spicy hops. Just a bit of light cracker malt in the background. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose. Lemony citrus, grassy and dank hops. A bit of light cracker malt fights to make it balanced but ultimately loses; I'm not sure that's a negative here. Very tasty. The hang is a light dank bitterness.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, no alcohol presence.

O: This is tasty, very tasty. Sessionable, and one I would enjoy sessioning (is that a word?). The only real negative I have to report is a quality control issue. One of the bottles in the six pack was absolutely, completely flat. No hint of carbonation. The other five were wonderful. Don't know what happened there, but that was disappointing.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of pine resin hops towards the finish. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and quite flavorful, especially considering its low alcohol content. I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at brewery yesterday, where it was listed at 4.6% ABV :

Pours a clear golden colour with decent carbonation, but not as many amber highlights as I'd personally choose for a beer of this style. An excellent hop-forward aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Unfortunately the flavour isn't as well balanced, a bit thin and astringent in the bitter finish, and in the body missing some of the malt backbone typical of an APA.

Still a very flavourful beer for this low ABV and one I would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a straw yellow, with a half inch of white head, leaves some lace. Smell is mango, tangerine, pine, and grass. Taste isn't as big as the smell, but still nice with everything in it from the nose. Body is light, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and obviously incredibly drinkable. This is a solid light IPA, would enjoy more from June until September.

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.