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DayTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

416 Reviews

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Reviews: 416
Hads: 2,285
Avg: 4
pDev: 25.5%
Wants: 90
Gots: 496 | 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: 416 | Hads: 2,285
Photo of craftbeersweden
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light-yellow beer with a one finger high head that dissapears fast. A little lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Green apple, pear, grapefruit, grass, pineapple, citrus and crackers.
Taste: Citrus, wheat and pine.
Body: Light body wwith a crisp carbonation. Oily texture.

Easy drinkable Session IPA!

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 1.75 - Pours a very clear gold. Low head potential and retention. Spotty lacing.
S - 4.5 - Lots of bright, vibrant and juicy tropical fruits. Peaches, mangos, grapefruit, pineapple and hops.
T - 2.5 - Unfortunately, most of the aroma is lost in the taste. Tastes like a basic pilsner with just slightly more hoppiness than a standard domestic brew.
F - 2.5 - Quite thin and watery.
O - 2.5 - Just a little bit too mild for me, even for a session IPA, this is quite light. This would make a good transition beer for someone who only drinks domestic and wants to try something a little stronger, but for an IPA drinker with even a little bit of experience, this won't impress and will be a quite watery, bland IPA.

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Photo of farrago
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Modest half finger head, pure white, full mix of bubble sizes, the lacing is fairly thick and splotchy and sticks quite nicely. The liquid is a simple pale yellow color, mild gauziness to it, there are not many bubble beads but the few are highly active. While the nose does offer a good amount of sweeter grapefruit citrus, cocoa powder and florality, it comes across as mainly raw grains, green grass and salt, not much of a fruit presence at all. Light-bodied, bitter enough that you notice it from the instant it hits the tongue and reverbs through the finish even though there’s not much there. Herbaceous, soapy and flat in feel once you acclimate to the bitterness. Retains that veneer of cocoa maltiness, florality dips but maybe some pine to pick up the slack. Again, hardly any fruit, some apricot or peach. In turn the grapefruit, orange citrus drier than might be preferred. It is easy to drink in terms of not being “difficult” so it is indeed sessionable. However, the lack of flavor depth does not entice one into sessioning it, as it were.

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Photo of loubar
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Full nose of grapefruit and light, floral hops. Citrus hops flavor with a dry, malty finish that minimizes the bitterness. Light body, good carbonation and lots of hoppy flavor. Unbelievable balance. Delicious, refreshing and very drinkable. It’s good to see these craft breweries tackling flavorful, refreshing, session style IPAs.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge fluffy head, white and very bubbly, the body is crystal clear, light golden colored and filled with carbonation.
Fruity, apples, grapefruit, pear and lemons all mixed in with some hops.
Hoppy up front, the hops are aggressive and a semi sweet apple flavors comes next. It is slightly bitter throughout. Most of the hops flavors come out in its aftertaste. There are some mild grassy tastes that come through as it airs out.
Light bodied, smooth and crisp.
Great tasting IPA, smooth and refreshing, just an all-around well balanced beer. It does make a great tasting beer for breakfast on a rainy day!

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw (SRM 2) pour into my SAPP at home; frothy white head; baked cranberry-orange scone notes; a little grass/weak lemonade flavors; lite mouthfeel w/ excellent carbonation; citrus and grass finish; light and refreshing "session" at 4.6%.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma-Has a nice hoppy citrus aroma.
Appearance- Pours like a BMC but with a large white head, looks are deceiving.
Taste- Has a great IPA flavor with a nice hoppy aftertaste bite.
Palate- A crisp light bodied brew with medium carbonation.
Overall- A really strong beer from Lagunitas (duhh, arent' they all??) this is a must to try.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Has a fresh grapefruit/lemon zesty aroma. There is a good piney hop throughout the taste. Lemon seems to predominate over the grapefruit. It seems a little more tart at the end. Has a soapy, astringent aftertaste. Good IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sunshine with off white sticky froth. 4
Big herb, skunk and lemon nose. 4.25
Lemon hard candy, a hit of pineapple, then grass and white pine hops to close. 4.25
Citra hop end and tight linger.
Crisp, sherbet-y, just past light. 4.25

-- Super-bright. Love that house yeast, as always. Though not all that tropical, this is the first Session IPA that can compare to All Day. 4.25

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Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of smulford68
4.79/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Severdali
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.92/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of doremite
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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Photo of WoolyBugger
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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Photo of John44
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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).

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.