DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 400
Hads: 2,223
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 88
Gots: 432 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, and wet hop. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wet hop, slight floral hop, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and slight earthy malt. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, feel, and blend. (420 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice crystal clear gold body. Nice carbonation in the glass. Thin white head with low retention and lace.

S - Bright, garden fresh hops. Oregano, basil, lemon zest.

T - Soft, zesty hop. Lemon, oregano, cilantro, biscuity malt. Great balance

M - Light carbonation. Nice carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

O - An excellent IPA; great flavor, great balance, and great drinkability. (387 characters)

Photo of mschind
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- 12 oz bottle, no freshness date. Thin fizzy head that disappeared quickly. Some lacing on the glass. Clear to slightly hazy light gold color.

S- All hops, pungent pine needles and marigold. Almost overwhelming.

T- Some malt comes through in the middle and then the hops take over leading to a moderately dry, clean finish.

M- Thin and watery, not a lot of carbonation.

O- This seems to be an attempt at a "lite" IPA. An interesting experiment but not my idea of a balanced IPA. (484 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Light golden straw body. Clear. Finger of creamy, eggshell white head. Good lacing. Big hop nose, with notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, mandarin orange, and some pine resin. Faint traces of sugar cookie malt, but this is all about the hops.

Mineral water bitterness starts out, along with lightly toasted grains. Fresh, juicy citrus hop flavors take over, as bitterness increases. Strong flavors of pineapple, orange, mango, cat pee, and pine sap take turns delighting the palate. Some cookie malt underneath it all, but the hops steal the show. Medium bodied with moderately creamy feel. One of the best "session" ipas I have had. Makes me excited for the next arrival of Lagunitas Sucks... (715 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light, crystal clear gold color with a thin but sticky white head and some carbonation.

S - Citrus, peppery, light resins, and slightly bready.

T - Oranges, grapefruit bitterness, peppery citric resins, and papaya.

M - Lots of prickly carbonation, light body, crisp and dry on the finish.

O - The most flavorful beer I've ever had at such a low ABV but watery thin for my liking since I'm so used to drinking much bigger beers with more body. However, it's nice to sit in my home office doing paperwork, sipping one of these at the end of the day knowing I won't get looped while still delivering all that hoppy goodness I crave. (645 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz beer
Served in a pint glass

A - It has a golden body with an inch of off white head.

S - The aroma is citrus with some faded pine in the background.

T - The taste is a little more mellow on the citrus. There is a little mango in there as well, but the pine seems to head to the forefront.

M - Moderate with biting carbonation and slight chalkiness.

O - It's like a pinier version of All Day IPA. It is very pleasant to consume. (439 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard lots of good things recently about this one so I picked one up...stubby 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Very pale straw, nearly yellow, clear and pilsner-like. A soft cap of foamy white head settles on top.

S: Hoppy nose, citrus and pineapple, floral notes, sweet mandarin orange, fainter astringent spice notes and no real malt character.

T: A bit more balanced, which makes this thing dangerously drinkable...hints of bitter hop oil, tropical fruits, some dank pine needle, pale biscuit malt, clean finish also reminiscent of a pils.

The bitterness is upfront and really manageable, making this an excellent session beer...goes down real easy.

MF: Light, crisp, clean body, light mouthfeel, not too bitter or dry. This is especially impressive considering the amount of flavor.

O: A fun, drinkable, flavorful hoppy beer with an impressive nose @ 4.65% abv. (892 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Clear golden brew, with plenty of carbonation on the pour. About two fingers of white foamy head. This is quick to a dusting. Okay lacing...

S) This has a nice grapefruit aroma. A bit of pine and grass too. A floral sweetness in the background balances out the scent nicely.

T) The flavor follows the nose quit nicely. White grapefruit, grass/pine/flower petal. Just a little of that citrus peel zest. The malt presence provides good balance.

M) A lighter body, with moderate carbonation. This is crisp and refreshing. It has a very fresh feel, along with a nice aftertaste.

O) Very impressive, and at only 4.65% ABV. I think I like this just a bit more than All Day IPA. The only disappointment is the limited release status. I'd be happy to keep this one on hand. Glad to recommend. (852 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold, slightly hazy but still good clarity. Lots of carbonation streams. Four fingers of finely whipped froth. Plenty of lace drippings.

Inviting fruity aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, maybe a bit of orange.

Just a fleeting taste of malty sweetness. Huge juicy fruit. Bitter but not a biter. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel, but not watery.

Tasty, hoppy, and light. To me it's a nicely hopped pale ale more than an IPA, but a quality beer either way. (459 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a standard pint glass
*Notes taken from 10/07/12

A: Daytime pours very light and blonde in color. Looks thin and appears as a Pilsner would with that sort of pale straw-gold hue. Super clear and effervescent with a bit of sudsy pure white head. Minimal retention with some tracked rings of cling.

S: The smell is quite hoppy with pronounced grapefruit peel and gooseberry at the forefront. There are some undertones of grass and light pines. This is pungently hopped. The aroma is by far the best attribute to this beer.

T: Taste is more grapefruit than any other contributing flavor with some supporting notes of bitter melon, peach, gooseberry, floral, and pine. Some definite Citra in use here if I had to make the call but I could be wrong. Perhaps one of the newer strands or blends even. There is a nice moderate-high bitterness with a light touch of some bready Munich-like malts. No causal alcohol flavors as to be expected really. Nice, light, hoppy and refreshing but a bit of a step down from the nose for me. Doesn’t carry all the way through leaving your palate a bit unfulfilled.

M: Body is very light, thin, and watered down without much malt base to stand upon. Has a nice drying crisp of carbonation however finishes wet still.

D: A real nice sessions IPA with some solid hoppiness served up in fractional form. The perfect lawnmower beer if you will. Taste does not quite deliver on what the nose is promising. Efforts seem concentrated more on dry/aroma hops here. Tasty none the less.
Not sure what is with the higher price tag for a sessions brew though. (1,601 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1561st Review on BA
Bottle to Speiglau small tulip

Purchased @Misson Liquors, Fremont, CA for $1.99
Didnt see a stamp on neck. Mustve rubbed off.

App- It was more of a liquid gold in the glass. Bright gold with yellows intermixed into it. The head was a good 1-1/2 fingers and off white. It fell pretty slow and left a good amount of cling on my glass. A unique color for a IPA.

Smell- JESUS!! Who in the hell put weed into my beer!!! This thing was damp, dank and some sticky nugs. I really got nothing else more than pine, resin and a little bit of floral and herbal. Really overwhelmed by the aromas.

Taste- Well only some of the flavors of the aromas carried over and made this drinkable. It was more of a buttery, floral IPA with some deeper citrus notes and a little bit of sweetness intermixed into it. The flavors seemed to be competing a bit more than working together.

Mouth- This was a fuller medium body with a full carbonation. A little sweet and not really like a IPA I have had. Just seemed a bit unique to me.

Drink- It was okay. Better than average but thats about it. Dont think I couldve done a 22 or a 6pk. 1 was enough for me. (1,158 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJs in Paoli. Nice to see a low abv IPA. Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium straw color with huge glass lacing that sticks. A one finger white head sits atop.

S: Really citrusy with some lighter tropical fruit, coupled with some graham cracker sweetness and a hint of herbal hops. Very light and refreshing smelling.

T: The citrus hops are the main player here with huge lemon and pineapple flavors. Mixed in are peach, tangerine, grapefruit and some light herbal notes. Sweetness is cracker and biscuit like with some graham cracker type sweetness, but it's really subdued. The hops stay and turn bitter as the finish turns bone dry.

M: It's actually fairly light, but in a good way. No hint of alcohol and it drinks way too easy.

O: A very nice lighter IPA that is very session like. Crisp, clean with huge citrus notes, what's not to love?

Winner, winner chicken dinner. A great low abv IPA that you can drink all day long, but stills retains the west coast style. Nice. (1,009 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear pale golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger white foam head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: A nice aroma of rich citrus hop esters. Big hints of orange peel along with some grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, peach, passion fruit, mango, and lemon. Also some earthy grass and a little pine resin spice. In the background are some pale malts with hints of biscuit, cracker, and a little caramel. A very bright hop aroma for the low abv. Very solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a nice taste of citrus and tropical fruits from the hops. Tasting notes of oranges, mango, pineapples, grapefruit, peach, tangerine, passion fruit, lemon, and towards the finish a taste of apricot. Also some grassy hops and a little spice from some pine resin. Light bready malts with notes of biscuit and cracker. Very good citrus flavor while the bitterness is kept fairly low. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and crisp with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: Really great session beer. Big citrus flavor with a smaller body and ABV. (1,252 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Bottled: "26065116" stamped on bottle's neck
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 1cm head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, which eventually fades to a thick ring around the glass and a few sparse islands of residual foam atop the beer's body. Lacing exists and is substantial, with residual sheets covering the sides of the glass, creating a somewhat doily-like pattern. The beer's body is semi-hazy, golden-orange out of light, a bright, but pale yellow-orange when near a source of luminescence. Carbonation is visible, largely streaming from the base of the tulip glass.

Dank hop aroma, with peach and nectarine being most noticeable, along with a bit of generic hop-oil body odor. Some grapefruit and generic citrus also exist. In general, a substantial and heavy collection of scents for a session brew.

Taste is surprisingly light, yet full of fresh fruit flavors, including some nectarine, peach, tangerine, and juicy mild grapefruit. Specifically, the taste begins with some mild pale malt sweetness alongside slightly bitter light grapefruit and orange citrus. Mid-palate features tangerine and grapefruit/grapefruit rind bitterness and flavor over a very modest malt base. Back of palate picks up continued, though milder, bitterness along with some peach, nectarine, and grapefruit flavors. Aftertaste is mild, with some modest bitterness and malt graininess.

The body of the beer is fairly light, perhaps light to medium-light in weight, with substantial carbonation that prickles the palate slightly, but also foams the beer up substantially. The result is a slightly prickly, yet overall smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry, with little to no stickiness left around the palate. (1,761 characters)

Photo of areich6
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very light color for an IPA.

S: Smells delicious. Strong scent of citrus fruits and citrusy hops.

T: Superbly balanced between citrusy bitterness, malty sweetness, and hoppy bitterness, just like many other Lagunitas IPA and APA offerings.

M: Extremely smooth, I could drink this all night easily.

O: Great IPA even with the lower alcohol percentage. Citrusy and delicious. (392 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged this because the store was out of Antihero, here goes!

A- Pours too yellowy with a thin white head. This looks like Budlight

S- Big step forward. Smells really good! Citrus hops take the lead with some pale malts hiding in the background

T- Really really good. Same citrusy hops in the mouth and it leaves almost nothing to be desired. Pale malts come through in the end but nothing too serious from them. Citrus all the way baby!

M- Light and refreshing. Perfect for a "fractional IPA"

O- Started skeptical but ended up really digging this beer. I'll certainly get again if I can find it for cheaper than $13/6pack (628 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored beer with a small white colored head, looks like a lager.

Smell is rich tropical fruit.. Orange and lemon with passion fruit and pineapple. Some pine and grapefruit but the tropical scents dominate.

Starts out semi-dry and wheat cracker with pine and grapefruit with passion fruit too. Light flavored compared to the smell.

Mouthfeel is light.

Smells like heaven and tastes OK, a good beer. (416 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/30/12

The color is a very light, pale and faded golden yellow; almost like thin apple juice. Very clear, too. One finger head of white foam. Said foam doesn't last long though, dropping to a thin layer that bunches at the collar.

The aroma is a wonderful hop menagerie: peach, passion fruit, mango, sweet grapefruit, tangerine, dank weed, prairie grass and overtones of wet pine. The malt profile is downplayed, balancing the hops with a slight sweet cracker notion.

The taste leans more toward pine and grass; zesty tropical citrus tones, too. Low bitterness and lots of assertive hop flavor. Sweet cracker and grains with hints of sugar cookie crumbs.

The feel is geared toward drinkability - light bodied with moderate carbonation and a touch of hop resin. Rather clean finish.

Overall impression: Not a particularly enjoyable beer to write about, but a heck of an enjoyable beer to drink. Easily in the upper echelon of IPAs lite. (975 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden brassy color with teo fingers of very white head. Very good head retention with solid lacing.

S- wonderful bouquet of resiny woody pine and tropical fruit. Floral with a biscuity malt on the finish.

T- much lighter on the palate. Short lived yet intense hop flavor up front with a woody pine. Tropical fruit notes in the middle. Very low bitterness for an IPA with a biscuity dry malt flavor on the finish.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a light body. Average carbonation.

D- very drinkable (506 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with a small, thin white head that leaves behind more lace than expected.

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus (grapefruit and lemon). Also some pine notes in the background.

Taste: Begins with tropical fruitiness that turns into breadiness and finishes with pleasant citric hops and a balanced bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A solid all-round IPA. However, I'm going to give this category a 5- it is rare to find a beer with this much hop depth that is also so easily drinkable and has a low enough ABV to be this sessionable. (698 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz : tulip

Clear, bright yellow with a foamy, white head.

Wow, big tropical fruit. Light grapefruit. Really nice.

Not quite as huge hop flavors, but still very nice fruity, grapefruit notes, balanced well with a cracker, biscuit malt profile.

Medium-light body with low-medium carbonation.

Very well done for what it is supposed to be. A big flavored, yet easy drinking, low ABV, IPA. (391 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/8/12

Appearance: Crystal clear, golden with some orange highlights - minimal white head, minimal lacing, doesn't entirely look like a standard IPA, but this isn't a standard IPA...

Smell: Nicely hoppy - bright and citrusy, as one would expect from a Lagunitas IPA - orange, grapefruit, and some lemon, mostly flesh, some pith - some tropical notes, both fleshy and floral - light pine and some mint - malts are nonexistent

Taste: Kind of like a hoppy soda, but in the best way possible - orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and pineapple - very fruity, juicy, with flesh and pith - a mild to moderate amount of spicy bitterness - some pine and lightly sweet mint - some hints of malts, a lightly grainy and bready base - pale, and it works

Mouthfeel: Light, nicely crisp, very clean and absurdly drinkable

Overall: Hard to rate, easy to drink

If this were supposed to be a full-blown IPA, I would say that it is a bit watery. But it's not. And for what it is, it's great. I've attempted to score this in its own imaginary "Session IPA" style. It's a light bodied, stupidly drinkable light beer with a great hop profile. I could drink a lot of this... Too bad it's limited. (1,188 characters)

Photo of argock
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. 6-psck purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Light golden with 1-2 finger white frothy head with decent retention and a nice crust of lace.

S: Huge punch of citrus and pine hops, slightly resinous, and very light malt tones.

T: The hoppiness is intense and the malt backbone can't quite support the hopload, leaving the hops juicy but a little too much like juice. The hops are grapefruit citrus, light lemon, pineapple, mango, and floral components. THere is faint malt sweetness, but only faint. The flavor is huge but too one-sided.

M: The feel is not thin but instead a little astringent. The heft is fine but the feel is too harsh.

O: Definitely not a bad beer and perfecting this consept of a <5% IPA should be a priority. (834 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A lighter golden colored IPA with a medium white head. It shrinks fairly rapidly into a tight cake-frosting-like 1/8" layer.

S: Stinky fruit, citrus and melon, over a light malt backbone. Green tea scents also work their way through this. Crisp, refreshing, and clean smells.

T: Bright and sun shiny flavors throughout with good balance between sweet, bitter, and fruity/floral. Citrus peel bitter dryness comes in waves between the mouthwatering candy-like hops. The ABV% fits this beer perfectly.

M: Slick smooth light bodied beverage. Carbonation is just right at the beginning and becomes a little mellow as I near the end. (I'm not drinking this slowely).

O: This is a very easy to enjoy, lightly hopped IPA. Super sessionable. (742 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, tan, not much of a head or lacing.

Smell - Very floral, crisp hop profile. Lots of citric notes, pine, grape, lemon, some yeast and spices. Smells really nice.

Taste - Dry hopped and piney as hell. Mild sugars counter the bitter hops. Maybe slight malt flavor after this warms up some. Spices add a pepper bite along with lemon and pine flavors. No alcohol presence to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Hops are dry, crisp and bitter, nails the tounge though they are light, just coat it, dont wreck it. Palate gets more floral hops, some sugars and spices. The finish is dry, bitter and crsip.

Overall - Really well done light alcohol, low body ipa. Really high in hops for what the beer is. Nice floral flavor, would be a amazing summertime, bbq beer. Easy to drink, espically when you dont want a palate wrecker or something high in alcohol. Worth a drink for sure. (919 characters)

DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.