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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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very good

420 Reviews

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 2,334
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 92
Gots: 523 | 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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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -11%
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 -2.3%
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 -7.8%
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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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours and looks like a pils! The lightest IPA I've tried: Chrysanthemum yellow, with low head and extensive lacing. Smells floral and citrus hops, with few piney, resinous notes...maybe I'm getting mostly cascade hops. Taste is terrific, I think. Not very malt forward, which is good, and the bitter notes are prominent but not too large, with a bit of everything I like, and a little dry. But bitter notes don't float long, which is too bad. Mouth-feel is smooth, fast, carbonation is moderate, overall good here too. I think this is designed and is a terrific session IPA...and one I'd be happy to have another time. Hopefully soon.

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

Had this on 2012-10-09 in Bloomington, IL

A - Very clear yellow with a 1.75-finger white head that drops in half pretty quickly; leaving mild lacing.

S - Very aromatic and appealing. Dank, hop floral, lemon, light bread.

T - White bread, lemon, light pine and pepper, herbal/metallic, mild-moderate bitterness. Pretty dry.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Watery, very crisp and lightly prickly.

O - A nice addition to the growing list of aromatic, flavorful and seaionable IPAs. I don't like ithis flavor quite as much as 21st Amendment Bitter American but this smell is better. I do like it much better than Victory Headwaters and a bit better than the Founders All Day IPA. I welcome the variety this brings and hope to see it regularly.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle, threw in on a trade from DoubleSunshine. Thanks!

Poured into an Earth Bread + Brewery glass, a crystal clear golden-yellow color with a moderate foamy white head that quickly sank to a ringlet, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Fresh hop aroma was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle; lot of pine, lots of citrus zest, lots of goodness, definitely the highlight of this beer. Usually the aroma is an indication of a similar taste in the beer, but for this one, I just wasn't getting it. Disappointingly bland and grainy, grassy, a slight hop blast up front quickly faded away, leaving a super dry bitterness in the mouth. Light body close to medium, weak and watery, but crisp and clean...this is definitely a drinkable beer, and refreshing for the summer, but taste-wise it just doesn't stack up to a lot of the other IPAs out there.

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

A- Poured into the Lagunitas mason jar with a clear, light golden body. Creamy white head forms to a few fingers in size and retains nicely for a few minutes. Foamy ring leaves nice, thick lace patches.

S- Peachy, mango, tropical fruit hops lead the way with a decent dose of citrus zest and some floral hints. Mostly hops with a tiny bit of American Ale Yeast in the background, bread and very light caramel malt.

T- An addition of a bit more citrus and some pine compounds upon the peach, mango, tropical fruit hops which come through from the nose. A very light yeast presence and sweet biscuit malts in the background.

MF- Uber light body which has a creamy texture that allows it to not feel too thin. Moderate carbonation and just a hint of bitterness in the finish, this must be by design.

A lot of hops in the end of a boil and after the boil will lead to a beer like this. DayTime is eerily similar to my first attempt at a hop-overloaded Pale Ale and drinks very nicely.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden rod with a pristine clarity and a soft visible presence of effervecse. A bubbly, pitted cream colored head is slight in size, with a foamy, whipped consistency. Lacing is composed of a thin saturn ring encompassing the vessel. As always, gotta love and respect a i/pa that keeps the pale tradition.

S: Soft grassy tropical fruitiness, pineapple-orange, lime and citrus are the highlights with a soft and perfumy delivery. Soft hop spiciness that is pleasant.

T: Flavor is dry oranges, and a tropical fruitiness of pineapple and a hint of grassiness. A bright hop zing, pine, strongly flavored with lemon and a hint of grain sweetness.

M: Medium body, pretty good especially for abv., creamy, dry with a nice level of bitterness.

O: A low level abv that certainly doesnt skip on the hop flavors, proving you can still have a respectable level of hops in a session style ipa of small packaging. Drinkability is off the charts, light and hoppy, crisp and refreshing as a summer treat. Case worthy, this goes down easily and props for a nicely hopped summer ipa that is light and causual, but respectable and hop worthy. Hop snobs will turn thier nose at this but this is what it is, a very good hop flavored beer that is session worthy, not a one and done hop monster out to wreck your palate. Good summer time drinking.

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Photo of beertunes
2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sensible 12oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear medium gold color with under a quarter-inch of white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was all pine and pot hops, no malt or grain showed through. The taste, while OK, was the same story. No malt or grain to provide contrast or balance, just hops.

The body was decent, but on the expected thinner side of the style, probably what you're looking for in an all day drinker. Drinkability was good, the beers goes quickly and easily. Overall, a decent enough little beer, I just would like some grain flavors to play off the hops. Then I could see actually drinking these all day. Still, probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is pale yellow with a decently thick white head and lots of lace left. Nose is faint pale malt and some sticky caramel with an assertive pine hop and a light green herbal note. Taste is more pale malt and grain with a very solid hop backbone, lightly herbal and sweet hops with a gentle bitterness, clean carbonated crisp finish, and semi dry. Extremely sessionable and tasty.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Expectations are above average; this brewery is growing on me - especially their IPAs. Acquired as part of a six pack at Cap N Cork Liquor.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear pale yellow. Vibrant and appealing, though traditional and common. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard for the style, though quite light.

Sm: Floral hops. Some bitterness creeps out. A light aroma. Surprisingly light for the style. No alcohol or yeast is detectable. Somewhat dry.

T: Well balanced floral hops, with some emergent dry hop bitterness about the climax. Clean malts form a nice unobtrusive backbone. Some grapefruit. Somewhat watery, but it's hardly noticeable. It does feel a bit toned down for the style. That said, I like the floral and slight citrus (mainly lemon) notes. It's tasty for what it is, but does suffer from simplicity. Little subtlety or layering here. The body should be stronger.

Mf: Slightly coarse and wet. Good thickness. Too watery - even though it's slight, it does detract significantly. Has moderate presence on the palate. Nicely crisp.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but a bit mundane nonetheless. Lagunitas can do better. I wouldn't get it again, but it's a nice little IPA. If you're after a clean, refreshing, sessionable IPA, this won't disappoint.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium straw color with fantastic clarity. I'd say it looks like a pilsner, but not many pilsners I've seen featured the kind of frothy, thick head this one does. The two finger eggshell colored head retains acceptably.

S: This has the smell I'm accustomed to from Lagunitas IPAs, with a combination of herbal 'green-ness' and grapefruit peel. Just a faint hint of sweetness abounds, as well.

T: The malts here are very neutral and crackery, and are seemingly only there to provide a canvas for the hops to shine. Speaking of, the hops start out as being slightly piny and herbal, before gradually transitioning to a citrusy finish. This has a combination of lightness and balance, which equals massive drinkability.

M: Clean, dry, and refreshing. There are some accumulating hop oils after a while, but hardly enough to ruin drinkability. It's not 'watery' per se, but it goes down like hop-flavored water.

O: I'm not normally this much above the rAvg on one of my reviews, and even less normally willing to give out 5's, but this has everything I look for in an IPA. It's light, crisp, juicy, somewhat inexpensive, and even slightly complex. Put simply, I could buy this stuff by the case and never get tired of it.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. 4.65% abv. Clear pale golden color, with an airy white head. Head fades rather quickly, but leaves a nice collar and some good looking lace.

A good deal of hop aroma here, tangerine, as well as some stone fruit. A bit of a catty note as well. A nice dose of fruit, and not a whole lot else.

Clean malt base, not a lot of sweetness. Maybe slightly cracker-like. Hops come in quickly. Juicy citrus notes, and a bit earthy. Very simple here, not much complexity. Drying finish.

Lighter body, with a bit of cleansing carbonation. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a bright white collar of foam
Aroma-Wonderfully aromatic citrus hop boquet
Taste-Taste does not do the aroma justice-cutrus hops are a bit watered down and left me wanting more flavor. But as a "session " IPA the flavor is quite tasty for a 4.65ABV. A nice "game-day" brew to enjoy during an afternoon of appetizers and watching football. Not bad at all.

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Photo of jwps214
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am NOT a hop head! I was very skeptical when I poured this light golden, fizzy beer! One whiff and I was enthralled! On brewery tours, you often here about the citrusy, grapefruit characteristics of some hops. You might even get a subtle whiff, if the tour offers whole hops. This beer truly showcases it! The aroma is subtly grapefruity, with the finish of pine. The mouth feel was pleasant, light and fizzy. The flavor is hop forward, with subtly citrus and a lingering piney, bitter taste. As the beer warms, you do loose some of the grapefruit, but are left with a pleasant bitter aroma and flavor. Only after I had my first couple sips, did I see this beer is less than 5%! I could definitely drink this IPA on a hot summer day!!!

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a clear straw yellow with a frothy crop of white head resting on top. Slowly fades into a layer of filmy retention, leaving patches of spotted lacing on the glass.

Dank, stinky hops in the nose - this literally smells like weed. Floral and spicy with grain and biscuit malts.

Bitter and floral up front with spicy hops. Pine hop dryness persists throughout the profile, momentarily interrupted by a grainy biscuit malt backbone. Soft toasted notes with a slight malt sweetness. Finishes dry, bitter and long.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. High drinkability, great nose, decent flavor. I could easily see going through a couple of these at a time.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very pale straw color with 2 fingers of white head. Leaves fluffy clouds of lacing and has low carbonation. Impressive.

Navel orange, pineapple, candy sugar, papaya and hints of caramel.

Very mellow flavor profile. Sugar coated navel orange, papaya and pineapple. Light caramel backbone along with some breadiness and slight candy sugars. Touches of resinous pine and grapefruit zest in the finish.

Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

A very tasty and mellow IPA. The bitterness is not over the top. This is a borderline Pale Ale in taste. Nice tropical and citrus fruits. A very nice achievement at only 4.65%. A true lawnmower beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear bright yellow with a with head that thinned out in a few minutes.

S - tropical fruit aroma.

T - starts off with tons of tropical fruit flavor with just a hint of sweetness and a nice dry, bitter finish.

F - light/medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - very good example of the style and very good beer any time of day.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of bubbly head

S: Nice and hoppy, with a good citrusy kick and some light malts

T: Very citrusy with a light malt backbone. Plenty of flavor for this low of an abv

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A lot like the "fizzy yellow beer" feel

O: A good, full flavored "light" IPA. Looks and feels like fizzy yellow beer, but it certainly doesn't smell or taste like it. Solid

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of mschind
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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...

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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