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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

420 Reviews

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 2,333
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 92
Gots: 524 | 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:
Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012

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Reviews: 420 | Hads: 2,333
Photo of Samwasnthere
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Lagunita's might be the most reliable great brewery. Or maybe I'm just biased towards Citra hops but either way this beer is certainly worth a try. It's a clear light beer that reeks of beautiful hops and the head has strong lacing post pour, roughly a quarter inch. It goes down smooth and leaves a hint of pale malts to balance out the Citra. It also gave me a little dryness which makes you want to drink another one. Definitely in my top ten.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very solid session IPA from Lagunitas. A little light for my liking but goes down nice and smooth. Very easy to drink. Great summer beer. The nose is a citrus bomb which I love. The taste follows suit. Lagunitas continues to impress.

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Photo of MidwestWizard
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a pub glass. It was the color of an American adjunct lager (pale piss yellow) which was surprising, as it was supposed to be a session IPA.
Not much to smell. Taste was mellow, with some hopiness upfront followed by a stinging dry carbonation and a little bitterness in the rear. Kind of tastes like if you mixed 3/4 Asahi Dry with 1/4 Stone IPA. Not bad for what it is -- a dry hopped ale. However, not really a session IPA, more of a DryPA, if that's a thing...
May come back to this, as it is definitely a summer brew, but I'm not going out of my way to get more.

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Photo of do_ob
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Clear, pale yellow in color with. 2 finger head of super sticky white foam. Sweet tropical fruit and dank pine on the nose - much like most of their other ales, only slightly muted. Light weight and nice and creamy. Sweet, juicy tropical fruit up front on the taste with a moderate hop bitterness. Slight onion flavor as it warms. Dankness and pine on the back end and aftertaste.

This is a beast of a beer in terms of flavor for being only 4.65%. Obviously doesn't pack as much of a punch as Little Sumpin' or IPA, but still damn good. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

July 4, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

A – Deep straw to very light gold, with high clarity. Mildly effervescent. A half inch of white head with moderate-low retention.

S – Prominent grapefruit, with light mango and lemon-lime hop aromas. Light crackery malt, with some flour and/or uncooked sourbread dough.

T – Lemon-lime is more prominent on the palate with some grapefruit and moderate-low hop bitterness, then a quick sharp hop bite on the finish. Malt flavor is low, uncooked bread dough.

M – Medium-full body with fairly high, sudsy carbonation. No real sweetness, and moderate hop bitterness that seems a bit higher due to the lightness in other areas (sweetness, malt flavor.) Somewhat dry throughout.

O – An easily drinkable session IPA, but not as much aroma or flavor as other options I’ve seen within the style.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale yellow with a fairly dense white head.
Aroma is flowery with a hint of cracker and light spice and a tiny bit of citrus. A bit lager-like.
The taste features lots of piney bitterness right up front, a little juicy fruit in the middle and a drying and bitter finish. Some floral notes as it warms a bit.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side and it's a bit sticky.
Overall, a decent session IPA.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Certainly comes across as a light IPA. Not bad, but nothing great here. Easy, easy to drink. Smells grapefruity and hoppy, but the taste disappointed me. Not enough bold flavors or any semblance of maltiness to give it substance. Still, this is going to be my go to "I want to drink something flavorful without getting shit-faced" beer this summer.

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is ok for a session IPA. Some nice hops up front but not very memorable. I think if I was looking for a session beer I would pick something else.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Home 6/14/15

Cut to the chase. As far as sessions go this is near the top. You'd never guess this is a lower alcohol offering. The same great Lagunitas taste is still the base. Very good and will be a staple in the fridge this summer.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Stone Go-To IPA was the first session I tired, and I was impressed with its taste and body. By comparison, this was not as tasty and was weaker in the finish. Not a bad aroma, and decent taste; however, it was a tad watery going down.

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Photo of matjack85
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. There is some kind of numbering code stamped onto the neck, but I can't decipher it f it's supposed to be a freshness code.

The beer poured a hazy pale yellow color with just a ½-finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing.

Huge grapefruit hop aroma. Very nice.

Nothing complicated here. Big grapefruit and lemon citrus flavor with just enough crfackery malt to keep it balanced. Bitterness is decent at 54.2 IBUs, but not overpowering.

Crisp, with a medium body and high carbonation.

Works as a good session beer with the low 4.65% abv.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear, straw color with about a one finger head.

S - Very light and pleasant aroma. Sweet with aromas of grapefruit and citrus.

T - Similar to the smell, flavors of lemongrass and grapefruit with other various hints of citrus. Notes of hops present as well but not too prominent. Fairly straightforward but enjoyable taste.

M - Shockingly heavier than expected. Medium bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation but not too overwhelming. Very crisp.

O - Great beer from a great company. Not my favorite IPA but still enjoyable.

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Photo of drone
2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very drinkable, but overall sort of a really boring beer. I get that it's a session IPA with low ABV, but even compared to Founder's All Day this doesn't quite live up.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on April 10th, 2015 (Julian Code Stamped on the Neck of the Bottle)
Reviewed on May 27th, 2015
Served in an IPA Glass

Poured a pale golden body. A bubbly bright white head formed, a little over an inch deep. Good amount of lacing throughout.

Grapefruit and pineapple stood out the most. Light hit of pepper.

Lemon and grapefruit hit the tongue first. Hops were prominent but contained. The hops bottomed out left a semi-dry finish with a blend of bready grains and peppery hops. Light-bodied. High carbonation.

I could get real nit-picky with this but all-in-all it is a solid sessionable IPA.

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Photo of kmfoley1975
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a session IPA and just that. I don't think it pretends to be anything else. Great taste and quite refreshing. Nice alternative to the more watered down IPA's out there. Decent color with a crisp feel and clean slightly piney finish straight from the bottle (yes I dared to). I bought a six pack and went through them quick my self. Brought a case to a cookout this weekend and they went like lightening with the self proclaimed beer snobs. Great straight out of the cooler and nicely soaked in ice. Will buy again this summer.

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Photo of Onthe6ix
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I supplied this at my picnic along with Bells Oberon and some of my other favorite beers, and Daytime was easily the favorite, for good reason. It's nice to drink a tasty beer all day without falling over drunk. Of course at $38 a case, keep it a small gathering. Great beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle at home from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.60):
I was quite disappointed with this one from Lagunitas, it definitely seems like the worst of 3 beers that I've tried thus far from them & came out almost like a watered down version of their regular IPA that I much preferred to this one, as well as being one that I can picked up more easily & for cheaper too. It's not that I didn't enjoy this one or that I thought it was a bad beer, it's just that I felt it could have been so much better & I was expecting it be.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright yellow coloring, with a filmy, foamy, white head. Nose of lemongrass, subtle citrus notes, sticky hops, and a cracker backbone. Flavors are cracker and toast forward, with a subtle piney highlight and light citrus and resinous notes rounding it out. Smooth and light bodied, with a light hoppy and cracker blend in the aftertaste. The finish is dry and slightly effervesced, with a citrus sweet linger. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of GlacierSapien
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A damn good session ipa, don't normally go for such beers as they often taste watered down. Not this case at all here. All the deliciousness of lagunitas with out getting you drunk

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a bland version of an ipa. Session or not, there is one noted bitterness here and nothing else. I know the style is somewhat lacking across the board, but I expected much more since it carried the Lagunitas name.

Would not purchase again.

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Photo of Albianfire
2.29/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I love Lagunitas Night Time Ale.
But this, I couldn't describe it at first.
Then it hit me. . . Hop water.
No malt character for me at all.
I wish I could review higher.

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Photo of TBCE
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice hazy yellow coloring. Pours a one finger, thick head. Back of the mouth hit with a light hoppy and floral notes. Nice tastes of grass and citrus. Mouth feel is great, with carbonation and hops. The hops taste isn't very strong, but definitely present. Overall an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Rocknrao
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot of hoppy IPA style beers don't retain that floral, front-of-the-tongue bitter flavor when they're bottled. Even the real famous flagship beers like Pliny the Elder and Ballast Point Sculpin don't seem to retain that sparkly hop quality when served out of bottles.

To my surprise, this Daytime IPA from Lagunitas does have it. Maybe it's because it has such a light body that the hops really stand out. Maybe they add some chemical adjunct to preserve that particular flavor. I'm not sure, but I think this is one of the better values in bottled craft IPAs that I can find. And I can find it pretty much anywhere, from specialty beer stores to gas station refrigerator cases.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: straw

S: citrus hops

T: again, citrus. makes me think of a Lagunitas IPA watered down with sprite...?

M: nice nice

O: I'll try one again but its not that killer

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Photo of hophugger
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Hadn't seen this before so I picked up a few. After opening and pouring, I looked at the bottling date..Wow, this "Fractional IPA" is over 8 months old!!. Oh well, here is the review and I will re-review again if I can find a fresher bottle. Pours an extremely light yellow-gold color with ok head and minimal lacing. Aroma knocked my socks off. Dank, Piney, Resiny, Grapefruit, citrus rind, BUT....almost to the skunky smelling level. Wow, this is gonna be interesting. Well, it was just ok.....Aroma is the best part of this beer, the flavor of hops and citrus get you at first(along with the aroma of fresh squeezed skunk) and then quickly dissipate into a watery, forgettable beer. Just as you begin to taste it, it's gone !!!. Mouthfeel was watery and hardly there at all!!

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.