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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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406 Reviews

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 2,252
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 90
Gots: 460 | 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: 406 | Hads: 2,252
Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, crisp yellow with a frothy white foam. Strong, pleasant fruity smell of citrus. Tastes strongly of grapefruit, fairly sweet, hoppy but not very bitter. A very pleasant beer, great for drinking in larger quantities due to its low ABV and light character. (260 characters)

Photo of smulford68
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Frankly, I'm a huge fan of the lower alcohol "session" beers as a rule. so my opinion is probably a bit biased.
The color is hazy & golden with fair to average carbonation. light citrusy aroma. Its a "light IPA" so the taste isnt going to bowl you over, but its so much more complex and enjoyable than something produced by Imbev. Goes wonderfully with anything grilled. (370 characters)

Photo of rapayn01
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been looking for a decent session IPA for some time. This is one of the best I've tried with a noticeable hop bitterness that seemed lemony on my taste buds. Like most session IPAs, it is a bit thin compared to the IPAs with 6 to 8% alcohol. (247 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow with bright white head. No retention.

S - Perfume, floral, hops, crackers, yeast.

T - A love tap of hops up front, citrus, piney.

O - Meh. In the wave of session ales, this one doesn't cut it. (215 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Bright golden glass shows a little chill haze and holds a finger of white froth that lasts and laces the glass.

Smell: A load of hops, catty, citric, and mildly soapy.

Taste: Lots of flavor, but the light grain base thins out quickly and leaves a lot of alpha acids and hop bitterness to slowly burn and fade. The soapy and catty notes are firm and detract a bit for me.

Feel: With the big taste, the body seems thin and watery. Texture is a bit oily.

Overall: It's a light beer for craft drinkers? For where it gets to (just under 5%) it seems to pay too much to gain too little. Nice flavors and if the heavy base of most IPAs bothers you this is a good choice. I guess as a day session beer or a lawn mower, this would be refreshing to a point, but it's just a little too thin for me. (803 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with excellent clarity. A half inch of frothy foam is present. Brussels lacing. Mild aroma of citrus hops and and light malt greet me. There's a gentle malt backbone and an even more delicate citrus hop flavor. The mouth is light,crisp,and refreshing. (269 characters)

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow. White head. Lots of bubbles rise to the surface. Good lacing on the glass.
Smell: Floral aroma. Some fruit; citrus rind and tangerine mostly.
Taste: Hops, but not overly bitter. Floral. Grapefruit rind, lemon pith. Some light breadiness but almost no discernible malt backbone. Not terribly complex, but nothing present that is unenjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Light, creamy, bubbly. Goes down easy, as a sessionable IPA should.

Overall: Enjoyable, quaffable, and you get a good dose of hops along with it. (525 characters)

Photo of Severdali
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pale yellow color with just a hint of a green tint. The hop resins stick nicely to the glass and give the head a sudsy effect.

The smell and taste is great. The hops are assertive but well rounded and not too drying, they are just flavorful. Citrus-y, nice evenly drying notes throughout the length on the tongue. Full length and light body, with flavor remaining throughout the drink. Of course as a "Fractional IPA" (nice name for it, that's what it tastes like in the best of ways) it is best in the 50s, but really nice colder as well. (550 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good hoppy IPA in a low .abv package. Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a big white head. Average retention and spotty patches of lacing on the glass.

Fairly strong aroma of grapefruit and grassy hops.

Good solid hoppy flavor. Mostly citrus hops but some fresh grassiness as well. THe bitterness is prominent but overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side but the hoppiness makes up for it.

Nice combination of light .abv and big IPA flavor. Perfect for when you want to drink a few. (509 characters)

Photo of doremite
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Light IPA as advertised but has a soft buttery hop flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste even for such a thin beer. Real enjoyable overall. On the dance floor with other session IPAs I have tried. Would gladly drink a few but would prefer a tad more body even in a session beer. (275 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

BOD 230/14. Crystal clear light amber, golden, pour. World Class massive head, lacing and retention. Outstanding complex nose of citrus (grapefruit, tangerine and light tropicals) over a light biscuit sweetness coupled with a spicy note. Light body with a slightly heavier than water texture when very cold, but thickens up to slightly slick at room temperature. Slightly above normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The nice flavor profile is reasonably intense, complex and balanced. For a session ale, it's rather flavorful. It begins with a blended citrus hop flavor that fades into mild bitterness. As the bitterness fades in the middle, it takes on a rind note over a nice biscuit background sweetness. The finish is crisp and leaves you with a nice lingering tangerine bitterness. Lagunitas has another winner! (886 characters)

Photo of WoolyBugger
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Really enjoyed this...better than I expected. And I'm not a huge Lagunitas fan. As long as my local Walmart grocery store keeps selling it for under 8 bucks...I'll keep buying it. (179 characters)

Photo of John44
4.25/5  rDev +6%

First taste surprised me as I was expecting something a little hoppier, but it definitely grew as I continued drinking. A good, easy drinker. I liked it a lot. (159 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a six pack poured into a Lagunitas mason jar style mug. Light apple juice yellow hue with a very frothy four fingers of head, like meringue and soap suds. Breaks down to leave broad rings of thick lacing. Huge bright fruity aroma yet somehow yields a rather dry impression despite the expectation of sweetness ... Lemon-lime, grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple, guava, kiwi ... Along with an almost earthy oolong tea-like note. Wonderful. Palate mirrors this, quite dry with a very light toasted note, subtly bready. Rich dry-hopped flavor, mixed citrus as described for the nose with black tea and faint herbal licorice. Very light ethereal mouthfeel. Quite fizzy but not caustically so and leaves a lingering citrus rind and herb aftertaste. Getting some vegetal green flavors late as well but nothing too intense. Main impression is citrus fruit and herbs with a musky tropical and tea undercurrent. One of my top session IPAs when I can find it here, which is almost never. Have to grab six or 12 across the border in Montana (thanks Gene, of Vintages Sellers fame, Great Falls, MT). (1,103 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with cryptic bottling date=unknown age.

Pours clear yellow with a white head of an inch. A mostly solid skim coat for the duration of the glass with plenty of tattered lacing.

Aromatics are pungent and leafy. Grassy with fruit skins and melon.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Crackery-dry on the palate with citrus fruit and a firm bitterness.

Finishes quick and dry with fruit pith and cut grass.

Very tasty and I'm sure a fresh bottle would be even better. (481 characters)

Photo of jkrich
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Poured a bright and clear, golden -yellow hue with a foamy, sustained white-head that left some thick lacing on the glass.

There is little doubt that this is dry-hopped as the piney and citrusy aroma exploded from the bottle and is maintained after the glass pour; smells like tropical fruit in a bottle.

That refreshing citrus hop carries through to the flavor with very little pine flavor influence. Each sip is more thirst quenching than the previous sip. There are hints of mango and lemon that ends in a clean, dry finish.

The body is light as expected for this style with zesty and refreshing carbonation.

This is the current style de jour and I am very pleased. It is amusing that only a few years ago it was all about "double" and "imperial" IPAs which can be very satisfying. It is also good to see these fine breweries tackling flavorful, refreshing and session style IPAs. Many have been very good to excellent, this one is excellent. (954 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

This beer pours golden straw with a thick, light weight white head. Cities and go aroma, mostly lemon. Flavorous, it sort of lacks. Doesn't represent the aroma. The bitterness over powers everything. Not that that's a bad thing. Nice champagne carbonation. At 4.7 ABV, a great summer sessionable drink. (302 characters)

Photo of aval89
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

a: light golden pour surprised me. nice bright white head that leaves a beautiful lace. slight haze as well.

s: fruity hoppiness right away. light grapefruit and citrus with a touch of lemon zest. finish has a slight breadiness, well more like a cake-like smell. reminds me of Alpine beers.

t: citrus flavors and breadiness. almost has like a rubbery taste to it. bitterness is to a minimum on the finish. slightly piney.

mf: thin, almost watery. carbonation was somewhat low to me. got a little creamy halfway. finish is medium dry.

o: it has its pros and cons for me. very sessionable, but i think i prefer Stones Go To IPA. (635 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice semi-hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, pine and some light bready malts. Smells great!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, light grapefruit, floral notes, a very faint piney bitterness and some light bready malts on the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. A solid session IPA.

Serving type: bottle (629 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a decent size white foam head with pretty good retention. Good lacing. Lots of visible carbonation. So far this one resembles more of a Belgian style. Nose is fresh citrus, with hints of grass and floral hops. Just a slight hint of pine and sweet caramel malts. Taste is very watery and citrus forward (par for the course, no criticism here). Led by lemon zest and grapefruit. A little bit more sweetness and bitterness than expected for a session beer. A bit of pine resin keeps it from being too watery. This one is very light bodied, and not as much carbonation as I expected from the appearance. Although I am not the biggest fan of session beers, this might be the best one I've had and could turn me on to more of them. (756 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lagunitas DayTime has a thin, white head, a yellow-gold appearance, with even a slight green hue, some streaming bubbles, and fairly heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of strong hop resin, pine, grapefruit, and white bread. The flavor is of all those elements, but to a lesser strength. Bitterness isn’t particularly strong, here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Lagunitas DayTime finishes mostly dry, a bit tart, and somewhat dull.

RJT (452 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus, and a little pine.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), some malt, pine, and citrus (lemon). Not too bad of a flavor. Generally pretty light, sweet and well done.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a thin finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this is a drinkable beer, it's not overly distinguished. Still, worth a look. (537 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle in a willybecker chilled, review from notes.

The color is pale golden visibly carbonated with small white head w/ fine bead and lace that sticks. The smell has a nice hop aroma with light pine and grass with light grapefruit and that simcoe type scent. The feel is thin up front with medium carbonation and light sweetness wiht medium bitterness w/ slightly yeasty texture and low astringency level.

The taste is hop forward with light pine and grassy flavor with a light toasted accent in the malt with mildly sweet flavor mid palate with herbal element and tangy hop flavor continuing into the mostly dry finish. This is a pretty decent pale/session IPA with a nice amount of hop flavor even though it is on the lighter side, easy on the palate and lacks any harsh hop bitterness like some in this arena (833 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Never surprising when California-minded brewers reveal ales that are aggressively hopped, dry as a bone and try their darndest to make their beer taste like weed, but what is surprising is to see the blend coming in at sub-five percent alcohol!

Daytime kicks off with a pale gold body and the slightest of hoppy hazes. Its frothy head rises to reveal all those aromatic hops with as little of a caramel malt presence as possible. Ruby red grapefruit, kumkwat, mango and apricot frame the fruity oils while herbal notes of almost-garlic, almost-onion, but certainly chive and fresh-cut grass are sure to have the cannabis crazies a callin'.

With the thinnest of caramel and honey malt support, a dry and bready creaminess supports all the hop character that covers up the beer. The same citrus, tropical fruit and boutanical qualities of the nose and early taste bloom upon the middle and bring in a smooth bitternerss as the sweetness continues to fade.

Light bodied but full flavored, the sessionable ale shines with hop acidity and resins as its bitterness registers strongly late with citrus pith and verbena leafiness. Grassy, chivy and fruity- the ale lingers deep with hops but without the associated sweetness of fruit, malt or density. Its effortless weight is a delight for all hop-heads without much of the threat of premature intoxication. (Don't they make a pill for that?") (1,389 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Bottle from Harvest Market
Dark straw color with a huge bubbly white head. Dank resinous pine hop and faint crackery malt. Decent enough beer, but I have trouble with the body and mouthfeel of this style. (204 characters)

DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.