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DayTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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441 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.65%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012

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Photo of phishsihq
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The newest seasonal offering from the fine folks at Lagunitas is Day Time, a "fractional IPA." The brew pours a deep yellow, and it is capped by a fluffy, white head that provides some spotty lacing. Typical IPA aromas including citrus, pine, and floral notes swirl around lightly caramelized malt. Citrus hop flavors start this brew out before strong floral and grassy hop bitterness takes over. A light malt backbone helps to balance everything out before a finish that features citrus, pine resin, pepper, lemon grass, and sweet malt flavors. Lighter in both body and carbonation, this is one easy drinking IPA for day or night!


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Photo of hagbergl
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a couple 12 oz. bottles of DayTime IPA, Lagunitas' "fractional IPA", on the advice of Craft Beer Cellar's Kate. 'Twas a good recommendation, for sure. DayTime was enjoyed at nighttime, in my trusty Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (4/5): DayTime has a light copper hue and is transparent. A vigorous pour down the middle produces a towering 3 to 3.5 finger head of white foam. It's quite impressive. The beer's active carbonation is apparent when holding it up to the light.

Smell (4.5/5): DayTime features seriously juicy aromas in the nose: tropical fruit–passion fruit, pineapple, and grapefruit. It's also a little dank and earthy. This is quite impressive stuff for a beer of 4.65% ABV. There is only a small difference in the aromatic intensity between this beer and a "normal" IPA. And while I have not sampled other "session" IPAs that have recently hit the market, I can't imagine that many smell as good as this offering from Lagunitas.

Taste (4/5): DayTime IPA is straight pink grapefruit hoppiness in the foretaste. It has a sweeter edge to it in the finish. The hops prickle and pucker, but at a lower level than perhaps Lagunitas Maximus or another stronger IPA would. The taste is mellower than the nose initially led me to believe. The flavor is noticeably less intense than a "normal" IPA, but that doesn't lessen the beer's quality, in my opinion. It is still very impressive how much flavor Lagunitas has been able to cram into such a low ABV beer.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Features a medium-light body, medium carbonation, and a nice, dry finish. DayTime has the quality I look for in IPAs big and small–a smooth, spritely, prickly mouthfeel without any syrupy viscosity. Well done on the feel. Doesn't feel as "light" as its ABV.

Overall (4/5): DayTime is a very good beer that's a great decision if you're looking for something easier going but still want your hop fix. While it doesn't produce the hop explosion that other higher ABV provide, it's the right beer for certain situations or Sunday afternoons. You'll be surprised how good a "session" IPA can taste. Way to go, Lagunitas. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler at fridge temp.

Pours out a light golden yellowish color, good clarity. A nice big 2 fingers of white head, big soapy bubbles. Decent retention and lacing.

A nice big tropical fruity, hoppy aroma. Dank, pineapple, catty aromas. No real malt noticeable.

Follows the aroma with some nice dank, catty, tropical fruity hops. Pineapple, mango, and some sweet citrus. Just a little bit of a grainy malt barely noticeable, definatly a hop forward brew. Smooth bitterness in the finish.

Needless to say a light bodied beer and very easy drinking. I can see sessioning this all day on a hot summer day, or anytime really.

Overall, a very solid iPa. It lacks any kind of malt foundation, but that's to be expected with the low abv. It has some really nice hop flavors and aromas going on. I'll be sure to revisit and look forward to more low abv beers with big flavor.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear light yellow with a foamy white head. Fairly light for an IPA.

S - Hoppy and resiny with tropical fruits and green hops. The green hop aroma has been very dank and weed like when fresh. Light malt in background but is not needed when there is such a wonderful hop aroma.

T - Citrus sweetness followed by tropical fruits and grassy hops. Light malt character, maybe just enough to balance it out but the hops shine in this one.

M - Light and crisp. Very smooth.

D - This might be my favorite beer of 2012. I like the fairly low abv with a ton of hop flavor and aroma.

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Photo of acelin
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster at the Beer Kitchen in KC.

Pours a super light yellow/gold, almost hay like. Very clear, almost lager like. How strange for an IPA!

Smells is clearly of piney and citrusy hops, with a tiny hint of fresh roasted cracker malty goodness.

This beer is a great IPA starter for a new craft drinker. Very light on the palate, not super bitter, with great diversity in the hop flavor profile. Light on the stomach as well.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale straw colored body with a frothy bone-white head. Could easily be mistaken for a light beer.

S- Any sign of a light beer vanishes with the nose. Huge piney hop aromas with some citrus, sweet malt and a note of fresh grass. Very nice aroma.

T- Hops continue to come through in the taste, with pine being at the forefront. Malt comes though slightly on the back end with a bitter finish.

M- Medium-high carbonation with a light-medium body. Very refreshing and very drinkable.

O- Impressive IPA even without knowing the abv. The fact that this can be sessioned is an added bonus.

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Photo of Dope
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfectly clear pale gold. Big fizzy white head. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving lots of bit fluffy tufts of lacing behind.

S: Really nice citrusy and tropical fruit hops. Get orange and pineapple mainly it seems. Malt seems to bring a bit of toasted bread. Wonderfully crisp and sharp aroma, especially for such a weak ABV brew.

T: Again, more citrus and tropical fruit up front, mildly sweet. Not a typical caramel malt in the middle, it's more of a toasted bread than anything. Biscuity, to be specific. Finish is more biscuit and some grassiness with touches of tropical fruits and citrus. Not overly bitter but there's definitely a nice bite to it.

M: Light bodied, simple.

O: A really nice sessionable IPA. Has a prominent hop bite up front but not overpowering. Crisp and tasty. Drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear light golden, not much head to speak of. Aromas and flavors are very herbal and flowery. Really the hop's game here. Light and fizzy. A lick of citrus with each sip. For a second, I thought this beer was called EveryDay. That's what it could be called. It's absolutely phenomenal and I want to drink it all day long.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Dec. 2, 2012 (purchased the 6-pack for $9.99 at Plaza Wine & Spirits in Mira Mesa (San Diego) on Dec. 2, 2012. Golden pale with about a finger of white head with a pretty weak retention all-around.

Very good smell right from the get-go. Got sharp bitter hops right away, giving way to floral hops. Original hops seemed to be citrus with grapefruit, orange and pine coming in.

Tasted a lot like the smell, but not as potent. Got the bitter hops up front - grapefruit, orange, tangerine and pine.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

A very good beer from a very good brewery. No surprise here.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.42/5  rDev -39.2%
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)

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Photo of rodlavers
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +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 +7.8%
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 +6%
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 -2.3%
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 +1.5%
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 -3.5%
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 +2.3%
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 +3.5%
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 -0.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +1.8%
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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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.