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DayTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
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 larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear light yellow with a two finger white head.

S- Hoppy, citrus/tangerine, earthy, pepper, nice malt backbone.

T- Piney, pepper, citrus, pale matls.

M- Smooth, crisp, light.

O- Light, smooth, and very easy to drink. Next time I will have to pick up a full six pack.

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

I'm tasting mad grapefruit up in here. I dunno what they put in this but it's like drinking grapefruit juice. Not in a bad way. Good beer, very light and sessionable, missing some of the richer, balancing notes of the great IPAs but I suppose they have to make some concessions to keep it light. If you don't compare it to other IPAs but think of it on its own, as its own beer, as like a pretty bitter pale ale, its a good, light, tasty beer that I'm glad I tried and I would recommend to others. Now I gotta go because someone around here is cooking barbecue and it smells great.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a light pilsner with a 2 finger white head. Small bubble wall of lacing rings the beer.

S- caramel, big citrus (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple) with pine and grass.

T- sweet pale malts, lemon, grapefruit, pine and dank hop bitterness.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Slight creaminess and effervescence.

O- pack a lot of flavor and aromas into this low abv beer. Could drink a lot of these during the summer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured into an Appalachian Vintner pint glass. Julian date says 167.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and web-like surface foam.

S- Bright citrus hop aroma that's light on the resin notes. Slightly grassy and hardly any ma ,t presence to speak of.

T- Very smooth, almost watery flavor that's saved by the mild but enjoyable hop kick. Bitterness is there but fades rather quickly.

M- Probably my only qualm with this beer. Just too thin and watery. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- One of the better "session" IPAs out there but it just doesn't do it for me as far as something I'd drink regularly.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a nice two finger white foam head. Tons of beautiful, sticky lacing.
Citrus and pine aromas. Somewhat subdued in comparison to other IPAs, which makes sense considering what this is.
Very nice IPA flavor. Nice hop bite, citrus, and pine. Very flavorful and not overpowering at all. Lagunitas balanced this beer well. The heavy carbonation and somewhat light body make this very refreshing.

Light beer for craft drinkers. Wouldn't mind having a whole six pack of this to myself for the day.

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Photo of shand
4.76/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me just come right out and say it - I love this beer. Lagunitas Daytime pours a gold-tinged yellow with a finger of white head. The aroma is so good. So, so good. Do you like citrus, tropical, and piney hops? Great, because that's all you'll get on the nose here. No malts, no wheat, just hops. The taste is, similarly, a hop bomb of epic proportions. Well, as epic as you'll get at sub-5% ABV, that is. There's really nothing but citrus, tropical, and piney hops here, it's like drinking a hop soda. So good. The mouthfeel is light and a bit too "oily", probably because of the massive amount of hops that Daytime has when compared to it's malt bill. The drinkability is fantastic. The fact that this beer is a seasonal absolutely guts me. Daytime is really right up there with Hill Farmstead's Edward for the extra-hopped APA or "session IPA" category. A superb brew.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy straw color with a frothy head. Notes of sweet tropical fruit, pine/resin, and a delicate malt base. Well balanced and very easy drinking...difficult to do considering the low ABV and big flavor. Easily a new go-to beer and an after work beer. Drinks well in the Florida heat

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 24/10/12

A clear golden yellow with just a few little slow bubbles but a long lasting finger of foam that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S pineapple, lemon, grapefruit and mango, nice tropical nose with a little pine needles, there's a little sweet malt but the hops are in charge, smells strong and good

T along the same lines of the smell but a little toned down, some lemon rind I didn't smell, tastes pretty good and considering the low Alc% I'm pretty happy

M not as light as you might guess and more bubbles then were visible, a faint rind aftertaste

O pretty stoked on this hoppy little session beer, smells great and I could drink a few without getting board and still do important things, very important things, like have another beer

A fractional IPA? I'd say it's 5/7ths at least, really though I enjoyed this one and would love to session this under a hot sun

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Photo of portia99
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth 20th Anniversary glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear pale straw gold color. Two fingers of rocky white foam lingers for a minute, falling to leave behind sticky webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Super hoppy - piney, tropical pineapple, grapefruity citrus, peachy, sweaty. A light sugary sweet malt character manages to sneak thru also.

T - Pretty much matches the aroma. Tons of hop flavor - pine, pineapple, grapefruity, sugary sweetness. Not super bitter only manages a mid-level intensity, but works perfectly here.

M - Relatively light in body and a somewhat light carbonation that gives a tingle on the tongue but remains on the creamy side.

O - This is pretty close to what I'd call the perfect daily drinker. Intense, DIPA flavors and aroma with a low alcohol content. I love the concept of this beer. I hope Lagunitas decides to make this a regular offering. This will be in my fridge all of the time if they do.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is dank, piney, resiny hops and some tropical fruits.

The flavor is a bit mild - some tropical fruits and dank resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery and washed out.

Overall, I like the lower ABV hoppy beers. This has good bitterness and hop profile, it just seems a bit watery and washed out. I recall liking Founder's All Day IPA better.

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Sampled in a small snifter. White head with medium retention. Oily, clear lacing. Very pale in color, light yellow with high clarity. Maybe the lightest ipa color I've ever seen. Aroma is grapefruit and pine, very very hoppy aroma. Low in carbonation, light in mouthfeel. Taste is nicely bittered with little to no residual sweetness from any malt. I see what they were going for with this beer and while it may not be the most balanced and complete ipa ever, it is as advertised. Both tasty and sessionable. Very nice.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Lagunitas. Appearance is very pale with a hint of cloudiness. White head with heavy lacig and decent retention. Nose is full of pine, resin, and grapefruit. Taste is full of floral hop flavors with heavy bitterness up front, some light fruity flavors mixed in, malts are subdued. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Nice full flavored "small" IPA... Tons of flavor.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Founders pint glass.

A: Poured out a crystal clear, apricot color, with light passing galore. The shaving cream-esque white head had tremendous staying power.

S: Grapefruit bomb and then some! Very piney, fresh, and with a touch of orange and lemon. Reminds me of Sculpin.

T: I can't believe they packed that much flavor and hop character into such a low octane brew. Remarkable! Tremendous pine notes and with a grapefruit bill (peel and all) that surpassed even most DIPAs!

M: Citrus bitterness, with prickly carbonation that was perfect in this setting. Nothing sweet or syrupy. However, this was not balance, nor did it need to be.

O: Lagunitas continues to impress with their seasonal hoppy offerings. I think I'll buy a few 6ers of this for my Halloween party so that my guests don't get too shnockered on 8% ABV Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Ugly Moose.

Lagunitas Daytime came from the tap to me with some small spirts of suds on top, not even a cap, no lace on the way down. Smell is very lemon peel rich, a nice dose of hops, not smelling any malt addition, clean and pungent. The taste is a nice bitter hit of alpha laden hops, lemon is the main flavor in my opinion with some small grassy taste in the end. The malt is really nowhere to be found, hidden oh so well. Feel is light bodied, easy to take down, but the bitterness would wear after a while. A nice low sessionable beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a one finger white head fading to a thin layer of bubbles. Ok lacing.

Aroma is full of citrus hops. Lots of passion fruit and grapefruit. A tiny bit of pale malt is evident but hops really dominate.

This carries over into the flavor. Moderate to high bitterness begins immediately and tropical fruit flows across the tongue. A very tiny bit of pale malt and toast is in the background but hops really dominate. Mouthfeel is on the watery side as can be expected from a beer of this strength (or lack thereof).

Overall, this is a very tasty session beer that packs great flavor in a small package. Mouthfeel does suffer but it is a small price to pay for having a tasty light beer. Other brewers really need to explore this type of beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear, straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome!! It has a beautiful pilsner malt scent along with a killer citrus hop nose. It's incredibly light and refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop bite up front with quite a bit lingering in the finish. The malt bill provides just enough flavor and color, but little in the way of balance. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer that could use a little more body and malt character.

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

Pours a very clear, light golden color with a nearly white, short head. Very grape fruity citrus nose. Wet, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Finishes with a little mild carbonation scrub. Grapefruit from start to finish. A little juicy at the end. This brew is in my wheelhouse. Love it!!

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

Appearance: Neon yellow with visible effervescence and great clarity. Thin film of white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: I'm a sucker for West Coast IPAs and the nose is definitely giving me that sense. Hop dominated. Pineapple and citrus. My expectations for this one are raised given the aroma.

Taste: I was expecting this going in, but it is a light IPA. A comparison might be a watered down Stone IPA. But what's there is good. Light malt character topped by fresh hop flavors of pineapple and some citrus like in the nose. There is also a nice melon flavor in there that adds a hint of sweetness to the palate and balances everything out nicely. DayTime IPA is aptly named because it would probably pair well with light lunch food. Although I wouldn't call it juicy, this IPA is unique in its ability to be thirst quenching while at the same time delivering the dry finish that one would associate with this style. At 4.65% ABV you're basically getting what you pay for; mild flavor and drinkability.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side with a good level of carbonation. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: This one surprised me. The only other Lagunitas beer I've had is Hop Stoopid and I enjoyed that one but the hop profile of DayTime is much more to my liking (pineapple vs orange citrus). I also really like that it's a sessionable IPA. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, not sure on date but just got to PA market
New Belgium globe

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow. Like others have mentioned, it does look almost like a pilsner in the glass. Half finger of bright white head. Seems to be nicely carbonated, with some little bubbles trickling up from the bottom. Head sticks around a while.

S: Big nose on this one. Really fruity and citrusy dank hop notes. I really love the nose. All hops, no malt breadiness or anything.

T: You certainly get that initial hop blast up front. It's not anywhere near the aggressiveness of the smells you took in though. This beer falls a little flat because of the really thin malt bill. It almost is too thin, but I guess that is what they were going for in a session IPA. Lower bitterness towards back end. Really seasonable. I could destroy a 6pack of this at a party.

M: Light bodied brew for sure.

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Photo of JRed
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright gold in body with white lively head that sticks around, plenty of lacing. Aroma of papaya, mango, grass, subtle honey, hint of pine, lemon. Hop flavors of lemon, floral notes, pine, grass, citrus with rind, mildly sour, and light honey and cereal notes. Light in body with medium carbonation. A bit slick on the palate. Very sessionable, big on lemony hop flavor, and a great aroma.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, bubbly straw, trace head, solid lacing

S: refreshing tropical fruit medley (papaya, tangerine, grapefruit), pine and grassy

T: papaya, grapefruit, earthy grain, mild pepper, pine bitter finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry crisp/light oily mouth

O: Bravo, Lagunitas! Proving once again you can make
a deliciously consistent brew at a good price. I would
love to make this part of my regular daily rotation/stock
in frig. Adventurous BMC friends and family might enjoy
and hopheads looking for hop love in a pint while also


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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear light golden with a pillowy, moderately-sized off-white head, eventually leaving thin ribbons and irregular lines of sticky lace down the glass. Very pretty.

The hallmark of and easily the best aspect of this beer is its aroma, and it's a fantastic one. Big amounts of tropical fruit notes, citrus flesh and zest, and mild marijuana components combine nicely. The malt bill is mild; this is a showcase of the hops. Incredibly impressive aroma.

The flavor too is impressive and follows the aroma, but simply isn't quite as pungent or strong. Good amounts of tropical and citrus notes lead the way, along with just a hint of bready sweetness.

The only failing of this beer, if it has one, is its mouthfeel. Thin and watery without much body, but somewhat understandable given the very low ABV.

Fantastic. I'm happy to have another in my fridge.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear gold with 3 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ¾ finger or so, leaving back rich sticky lacing that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of grass, lemon, herbs and a fresh zesty bitterness. Just some light backing sweetness sits back rear of the nose. This has a nice lively freshness to it in the nostrils.

The taste more fresh and zesty character on the palate, with tart lemon, a crisp bitter citrus presence and a touch of very light herbal or even fruity qualities on the edges. The malts do add some balance to this but mostly serve to give something for those hops to bounce back off of. The finish is dry and bitter with a touch of lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a firm crispness to it that snaps those flavors around in the mouth. This has a nice overall quenching feel to it.

This was OK. I didn’t find it overly complex in any way but it certainly was drinkable. I’m just not sure what makes this a “Session IPA” and how that differs from a regular APA. At any rate, I picked up a six-pack of this and won’t have any problem finishing them.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear with a small white head. The retention is about average, but the lacing is quite nice. 4

S: Resinous hops really take it over with a beautiful citrus body to hold the beer together. My nose actually dipped into the beer I was smelling it so much, which can only be a good thing. 4

T: This is a really easy drinking IPA, which I believe is the point at under 5% ABV. The light flavor is really noted up front, but is quickly taken over by the citrus, but only a slight piney hoppiness. As a hop head, I do wish this had more of a hop bite, but other than at the very finish I don't think they play enough of a role. 3.5

MF: Very light mouthfeel with a carbonation level that is right where it should be. Nice, dry finish without much of an aftertaste. The drinkability is absurd. Here's an IPA that won't kill your palate, but still tastes like a good one. 5

O: Love what they did here. I really need to drink more Lagunitas IPAs, they're outstanding. 4

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip. Big thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew appears a very pale yellow color that displays a brilliant polished clarity. There is nothing hanging in suspension of this brew, it is perfectly clear with a finger of white head that slowly fades leaving a wall of webby lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film atop. A light swirl revives more than a finger of froth back to the surface.

The smell of this brew has some nice citrus elements: lemon and orange zest, pulp, rinds, a touch of grass and herbs. Very minor tropical fruit aspect overtop of a somewhat straw-like grain base. When swirled, there is a bit of sulfur and faint cheesy aspect like some other ipas display. It is a very nice, mild smelling brew. Not quite to hop amperage I would expect for an ipa... perhaps just a "fraction" of the hops were used?

The taste includes just enough herbal to grassy hop bitterness and flavor to let it blend effortlessly into a straw grain base that blurs the lines between grain and hop flavors. The aftertaste has a bit of grain sweetness that is minorly cereal-like in character. The hop flavoring is herbal for the most part with suggestions of pulp, zest and cheese. A sulfur aspect rounds things out and lasts inside the mouth long after the swallow.

This is a very light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It finishes quite snappy and crisp that is this brews quite enjoyable aspect. It certainly lends itself as a brew that could be thrown back in quantity quite effortlessly. However, I think it comes up short overall across the board. If someone can tell me what the distinct difference between a fractional ipa and a staple pale ale, I would be very grateful.

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.