Lagunitas Brewing Company

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IPA - American
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3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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md3kcn from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased as a single can from Kroger for $1.29. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Bright dandelion, with a frothy three-finger head that doesn't dissipate quickly at all.
S - Spicy, floral, and citrusy. Plenty of pine, but not overwhelming. No presence of malt.
T - Floral and pine. No malt at all, but not overly hoppy.
F - Full-bodied, despite being a light beer. Creamy, and not too much carbonation. Light.
O - Definitely not a bad beer. Wonderful color, and a pretty good flavor. This beer is essentially a deluxe version of Bud Light, which isn't a bad thing at all for what this beer is trying to achieve. I'd say Lagunitas nailed the category of "Light IPA" by offering an ale that tastes like an IPA, but doesn't lose the feel of an IPA to the sake of low carbs and calories. This being said, as an IPA it doesn't offer much. No malts could be tasted, and the hop presence is quite basic. Not bad at all, but could definitely be better.

Apr 23, 2021
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VALIS666 from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow, like watery lemonade, with medium lacing. Strong nose of sweet pine, pineapple, a little green tea. Tastes lemony, bright, a little mild hops. Minimal aftertaste. Rather nice for a Light IPA. Wish they kept the old cans with the bent nail. The new ones are horribly boring.

Mar 27, 2021
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alexaedita from Utah

2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

This is a middle of the road beer for me. Even more of an edge of the road really. The edge over of which I typically won't go. For someone who always keeps a 6 pack of Corona in my fridge just in case, I can honestly say I would go for Corona half a time and won't regret doing it. It does smell better then Corona. It actually smells quite nice. Yet somehow, Corona has more flavor. This beer is very floral on the nose, but virtually no palate to be discovered. Hot summer days, hangover mornings, Corona absent shelf - that's where it belongs.

Feb 24, 2021
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden hue. Small, lasting white head.

Aromatics, lovely clean, piney, pineappley, resiny, bitter hop goodness. Floral, then bitter, and let's not forget the feline urinary business. That's lurking in there, too, though I don't often like to mention it.

Taste: Hops charge in and spill the goodness all over. Citrus and tropical fruit notes aplenty. Incessant hoppitude. Low alcohol plus light body equals excellent sessioning. (Which autocorrect doesn't recognize as a word. That almost said 'seasoning' back there.)

Is the Session I.P.A. a new trend? I hope so.

Feb 04, 2021
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Souraboutsours from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All my life, my Grandfather drank nothing but Bud Light for every family gathering and special occasion. He never wanted to try another beer, until I handed him this. He really liked it, asking for another. He asked for the price, and decided to stick to bud light when I told him. Overall a hoppier version of a bud light, but not really an IPA. Still tasty though.

Dec 02, 2020
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DvdP from Netherlands

2.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very pale and clear yellow with some light white foam. Smells lightly tea-ish, some sweetness. Very watery mouthfeel. Taste is lightly sweet at first, followed by medium bitter. Tiniest hint of citrus. Basically the Bud of IPA's, I guess?

Dec 01, 2020
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JesseJames81 from California

3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden color, Medium carbonation. One finger soapy white head, unfortunately lacking retention. An floral pine and citric aroma. The piney hops is up front with slight citric undertones. A medium mouthfeel, kinda chewy. A bitter finish that lingers. This was enjoyable, although I was a little disappointed that the flavor isn't as balanced as the aroma. It lacks depth and dimension.

Oct 24, 2020
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ProfessorC from England

1.62/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Oh dear, everything bad about American beer in a can. Far too pale to be labelled an IPA, decent head, if a little short lived, a distinct aroma of something citrusy. I was given a four pack of this by my son, who works for the UK importers. Virtually no mouith feel and very little in the way of finish. One I would fdefinitely travel miles to not drink.

Oct 01, 2020
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stosh66 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass
A: crystal clear light straw, 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly.
S: tropical and citrus
T: quick shot of citrus rind bitterness that slowly fades. Slightly tropical. Finishes with light cracker malt.
M: A little more watery than I remembered from a few years ago.
O: I guess they wanted to shift from Session- Fractional IPA to Lo Cal which caused an even lighter bodied beer. Of course it still is very sessionable.

Aug 17, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home poured from a can 8/2/2020 on bottom of can into a pint glass.
Appears golden yellow with a nice foamy head that dropped to a thin cap.
Smells citrusy orange, tropical fruity, not so malty.
Taste does not follow the nose. This beers aroma is stronger than it's taste.
Mouth feel is medium for the style. The style being a low ABV/Calorie beer, which is thin and watery as craft beer goes.
Overall, pretty tasty for what it is, but I'm not a fan of low calorie beers in general so I would recommend to a person who is a calorie counter, but calories in beer are not really my concern, so I probably wouldn't drink this again.

Aug 16, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz ca pours pours a clear light copper color, aroma of pine and citrus, hops and hops and more hops, nice white head with small bubbles that leaves good lacing in my glass. It's Light, great hot weather session ale.

Jun 05, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
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

May 14, 2020
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ThePold from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Apr 25, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Apr 24, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.

Apr 20, 2020
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5/5  rDev +26.3%
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!

Mar 28, 2020
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ronjohn from California

5/5  rDev +26.3%
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!

Mar 22, 2020
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Mar 21, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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.

Mar 10, 2020
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jdurey from Korea (South)

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Feb 29, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.

Jan 01, 2020
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DoghouseReilly3946 from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Sep 24, 2019
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hotsudge from Canada (ON)

2.32/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

Aug 27, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Aug 18, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jul 20, 2019
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 2728 ratings