Lagunitas Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #1,163
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3.97 | pDev: 10.83%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, obscure date code that I'm not gonna figure out, and poured into Batch 19 Pint glass.

Pours a lager-clear straw color with a stark white head of 2 fingers, receding to a fuzzy thin ring.

Aroma of cardboard and fruity pebbles, with some slight lime.

Flavor is dry malt dust and some orange/tangerine rind, with an aftertaste of lime rinds and fruity pebbles. Finishing notes and lingering notes of dry grass, sawdust, and pine. Pretty sharp, linear, directed bitterness that cuts through everything.

Feel is ultra-carbonated, even moreso than the Budweiser I just had, with a drying starchy prickly finish.

Overall, not my kind of beer. I get what they were going for here, but for a 99 calorie beer, I actually prefer Deschutes' Wowza or even the Bud Select I was drinking just moments prior. If you want a bitter tasting beer with no real complexity or depth, and want to watch your waistline, this may be your thing.

Price paid : $1.59 / can
Would buy again : nope

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Photo of ThePold
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is good. At least as good as Founders' All Day IPA. I think it's a touch better than the Stone low-ABV IPA I had recently. It's like a lager in its drinkability, and looks like one. But it's got a decent IPA taste. I'll buy more for all these days of Coronalockdown when I start my drinking before noon out of frustration and boredom. Like today.

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Photo of defunksta
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light, pale lemon-yellow color with a soft, white head. SRM of 5-6 (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of airy orange citrus, lemon, & pineapple. Slight resinous pineapple before a green pine note on the backend to finish. Mostly citrus and pine. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor backs off with light, lemon and slight grapefruit citrus, pineapple, followed by a pale cracker malt. Finishes crispy with a salty lemon dish soap bitterness and slight classic Lagunitas' green grape sourness. More bitter than I expected (3.75)

Feel: Lighter-bodied as expected, but well carbonated and rather full. Leaves a slight astringent, sour lemon on the palate. (4.00)

Compared with Bell's Light Hearted Ale: Pours a much lighter color. Similar aroma strength. More airy and tropical pineapple and flower. Less stonefruit and spice. Stronger carbonation. Finishes dryer and crispier. Winner: DayTime

Overall: A nice drinking IPL. Nice airy, lemon/grapefruit and pineapple aromas. Crispy and prickly on the tongue with a slight Lagunitas' green grape sourness on the end. Nice and clean.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - clear, straw yellow in color, a big foamy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves behind some lacing.
Smell - a real nice whiff of hops, mainly citrus and some floral aspects. Some malts are also detectable. the aroma is full, and quite a pleasant surprise for a beer advertised as being light.
Taste - little to no bitterness, but floral and fruity flavors of the hops are present. refreshing and pretty clean finish.
Feel - light bodied, high in carbonation, and low in ABV at 4%.
Overall - a pleasant surprise. light in color, calories and booze content, but not in taste. the beer is a delicious crushable IPA that is not bitter, but delivers delicious hoppy flavor nonetheless.

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Photo of George_Sacramento
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I stumbled upon Lagunitas DayTime a week ago at Safeway. Miller Lite has been my go-to weekday beer for decades because I found it had the best body and flavor of any light beer...until I tasted DayTime. This truly has the best elements of an IPA with fewer than 100 calories! And at 4% ABV, it's slightly lower than Miller Lite (4.2%). So now I can drink a craft beer during the week without getting fat or getting hammered! Obviously you can't compare the look/smell/taste/feel directly to other IPAs with higher calorie and alcohol counts, so my 5-rating across the board is because I feel this beer is in a class of its own. My only complaint is the price. You can get a 30-pack of Miller Lite for the price of a 12-pack of Daytime IPA. But it's good!

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Photo of ronjohn
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a grand slam for me. All of the taste and flavor of a solid hopped-IPA with low calories and low carbs. Reminds me of founders all-day IPA but I prefer this better and it's low cal! I was super impressed by dogfish slightly mighty IPA this is quite a bit better. Wish I could find this out at bars!

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good session ipa, pours very light straw color with a quickly dissipated head, the aroma is light pine and some citrus, mostly lemon and a bit of orange. The flavor is very juicy with some piney bitterness on the finish. A good no nonsense session ipa. Would buy again.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Added picture you see
Bought a 6-pack cans $8.99 Target
Light clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light malt upfront, light tart citrus, light bitterness finish
Overall a nice beer given its low alcohol so ratings reflect that. Would drink again.

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Photo of jdurey
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color. Almost looks like a lager. Minimal head that receded soon enough. Smell is promising- floral and citrusy. Taste follows the nose with mild bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is bright, sparkly. Very thin. Goes down real easy and something I will buy again in larger quantities.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a nonic glass.

Pours medium-gold with decent foamy head and lacing. Crystal clear.

The aromas are restrained but complex. Light sweet malts, grassy, earthy, and floral hops, and hints of herbs and dankness.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with medium sweetness, but quickly gives way to citrus acidity, followed by clean grain malts, white pepper, grass, chive, earthy hops, and a touch of dank weedy flavor.

The brew is remarkably light, even for a "session" IPA, and is dry, crisp, and clean.

As session IPA's go, this brew delivers some solid flavor without resorting to artificial hoppiness.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Date: Canned on the 240th day of 2019, consumed 09/24/19.

Appearance: Daytime looks much like a macro lager, very pale, almost an anemic yellow color with lots of carbonation.

Aroma: Now we’re getting somewhere, while it isn’t massively aromatic, it does have a definite grassy hop, occasionally onion like, and somewhat floral aroma. The malt portion of the beer is lighter, not unlike a Pilsner malt.

Taste: Up front there is a surprising burst of hops. Like was the case with the nose, the hop profile is mostly grassy with a decent floral aspect and a light dank flavor. Unfortunately, about halfway through, the beer kind of goes dead with the hops simply fading away and the Pilsner style malts are left to carry out the rest of the taste. The beer is listed as having 31 IBUs and that is about how bitter it tastes, light. The mouthfeel is medium, but feels more than adequate for a beer this small. All in all, its an alright beer.

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Photo of hotsudge
2.32/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sorry folks, this was a super light almost watery tasting beer. After purchasing it and taking a sip, I read the can and see the intention was to be a light all day drinking beer. But it is just too flavourless for me.

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Photo of HardCider
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pale yellow color and was somewhat cloudy. It had a very pleasant hoppy aroma; rather strong for a low-cal beer. The taste was bitter and hoppy, but tasted a little watered-down as is expected from a 98 calorie beer. Overall, a nice session beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The head doesn't last, but a bright straw color and wispy lace hold up okay. The flavor is crisp and fruity with a balanced aftertaste and a mellow bread note in the finish. A bit grainy in spots, but overall texture is a strength. This is way better than it should be for ninety eight calories.

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Photo of marks9495
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best low carb beer I have been able to find. Not as good as Lawson's Sessions 2 or 8 or other high end session IPA's, but has significantly less carbs and still a satisfying taste

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Photo of dimwit_flathead
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12th of Never + Water = DayTime

I love 12th of Never. This is 12th of Never Lite. It's delicious but too expensive at $9.99 when 12th of Nevers cost less.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

Appearance: pours a clear, light golden color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained.

SMELL: bread and dank tropical fruit like pineapple and mango.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially bread and then dank tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, it's not overpowering.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is the best light beer I've ever had, I also like the 4% ABV, I will buy this again for sure and will recommend to everyone I know.

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Photo of omahawk
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I rated this as I would any beer, light or not. It is the best light beer I’ve ever had. That being said, it lacked a little body and could have had more hop nose. Really nice flavor from the malt and hops. Light crackers taste with nice hint of grapefruit and lemon zest. Decent all around beer.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. No discernible date, but some cryptic stuff printed on bottom of can. Picked it up at the grocery store as part of a $10 six pack mixer.

Appearance - Extremely loose white head with bubbles so large it almost resembles black widow webbing, and it collapses very quickly and leaves strong very erratic lacing. Again, very web like. Pale straw to pineapple body that's moderately-to-very hazy. Faint carbonation. Bizarre, but points for uniqueness. 4

Smell - Light but musky. Almost like pinesol. Not particularly appetizing, but has potential. 3

Taste - Thin honey and hop. Very, very mild. As mild as it gets for the style. 4

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Clean throughout, including the finish. Despite some hop, virtually no harsh tones. Perhaps the cleanest, lightest IPA of all time. Points for having that unique quality. 4

Overall - This is the least offensive, lightest, cleanest IPA I've ever had. Refreshing even. No off tones. Actually impressive in that. 4.5

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had Dogfish Heads Slightly Mighty and this is on par with it. Daytime smells even better and tastes and feels like a session ipa. Perfect beer for good taste and cutting calories

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Photo of topofthehops
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Disclaimer: I’m reviewing this taking into account the low ABV/95 calories.)

My fave session-type IPA to date. I’m a calorie counter and you get an amazing bang for your calorie with this brew. Sure, would I prefer Waldos’? Yes, please. But I can knock down three of these vs. one of those for the same calories. And this has plenty of flavor/hop goodness.

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Photo of Qman
4.87/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you like IPAs and are looking for a low carb low calorie option, this is it. It should be compared with beers of similar gravity, ABV, carbs, and calories (Michelob Ultra, etc.) rather than other higher gravity IPAs. While I still enjoy more traditional IPAs, I can drink 2-3 Lagunitas Daily IPAs and have the same calories and carbs. IMHO, this is the best low carb beer on the market. No contest.

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Photo of DavetotheB
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed May 2020

From a 12oz can dated mid-april-ish 2020 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent pale yellow with a bout one finger of white head. Hardly any retention or lacing.

Smells fairly strongly of citrus and tropical fruits. Picking up some orange, pineapple, grapefruit and maybe even some lemon.

Taste is pretty far from the smell-very faint hop bitterness with just a touch of citrus juice.

Mouthfeel is smooth but thin and watery. Fairly high carbonation. Not much of an aftertaste.

Overall, I'm feeling like you can't have it both ways. Low cals/abv and big aroma/flavor/body. I guess it's not bad for what it is but it's not really close to being a "not light" beer.

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Photo of Riff
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, golden, yellow color with a fluffy, light, white head. Smell is citrus, lemon, and grapefruit. Taste is cracker, lemon, grass. Light body, crisp. For a session IPA this is pretty darned good. Solid enough flavor that it doesn't taste watery. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of teromous
3.07/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "348 8 2 3366 0157"

Appearance: The beer has a light gold color that is slightly hazy. There is no real head, but there is a shallow ring of white foam.

Aroma: There is a nice aroma of lemon, grapefruit, and a floral mango scent. The aroma is very pleasant but it is soft.

Taste: From the beginning there is a bit of what tastes like mango infused water with a dash of lemon. This flavor carries through to the end, where it becomes a bit grassy.

Mouthfeel: The beer is pleasant and refreshing but it feels a lot more like a Pale Ale than an IPA. Bitterness is fairly mild and the body is flaccid. Conversely the carbonation is too high giving it this almost champagne-like effervescence.

Overall: If you are looking for an enjoyable Pale Ale with a refreshing presence then this will do the trick. If you are looking for a traditional or even a session IPA, I would honestly give this a pass. I could see myself buying this for a nice trip to the beach every now and then but it's hard to find enough redeeming qualities in this beer to warrant a recommendation.

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 2697 ratings