DayTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.65%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Albianfire
2.29/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I love Lagunitas Night Time Ale.
But this, I couldn't describe it at first.
Then it hit me. . . Hop water.
No malt character for me at all.
I wish I could review higher.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.42/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lagunitas Daytime
12oz. packaged 8/30/12

Very pale with some nice orange highlights. Touch of haze, but pretty good clarity. Head is great, retention is solid. (4)

Aroma is vaguely hoppy. Not very citrusy, but rather grassy, vegetal and borderline garlic-like. Not digging it. (2)

Flavor is bitter and very light bodied. Reminds me a bit of Peeper from Maine Beer Co., though not nearly as clean or hoppy. Weird vegetal bitterness. No malt flavor. Hops are piney with maybe a hint of orange. Body could use some improvement, though the carbonation is refreshing. (2.5, 3)

The session-IPA can be a great style, yet this beer is a poor example. Maybe this bottle is too old, but Lagunitas packaged beer should still be good at three months out. (2.5)

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Photo of robear
2.43/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

First time available in Milwaukee, bottled Julian 178, June 26th. About 13 days old.

Appearance: Bright yellow, very translucent, slightly hazy. Pretty standard for a super low abv session ale.

Smell: Packed with aroma. But you don't get any malt or bittering hops, just aromatics. Still, it smells pretty damn nice.

Taste: Ok. First impression is good-you can actually taste the aroma hops, which is always a bit odd with session ales. But the same taste that you just smelled is packed in there. A slight vegetal/onion touch in the middle and on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick for a session ale. Probably some wheat in there somewhere, which would also account for some of the murky vegetable flavor. Leaves itself on your palate a bit, def some wheat at the end.

Overall: I keep trying session ales waiting for one to wow me. Carton Boat and Central Waters Hop Rise are both great, this is more along the lines of boat but without the attention paid to overall flavor. It's pretty obvious that they poured on the aroma hops at the end of the boil, would have liked just a touch more pure bittering hops at every stage of drinking this beer.

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Photo of drone
2.58/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very drinkable, but overall sort of a really boring beer. I get that it's a session IPA with low ABV, but even compared to Founder's All Day this doesn't quite live up.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear peach body with a finger of off-white head. It retains for about a minute and leaves some lace as it collapses. As the beer recedes in the glass, a few tendrils of lace are left behind, as well.

S: I drank several bottles of this and was disappointed to find almost no aroma in any of them. What does come out is a small weed-like presence with a touch of grass. I was expecting bright, billowing hops as per Lagunitas's style, but no such luck.

T: The taste is quite a bit better, but I wouldn't call it bright. There are some melon elements; pine and grass are also noted. Bitterness is mild to nonexistent; the emphasis here is on flavor. But as the hops seem to have faded out (?), the flavor is relatively mild. Not much malt backbone, as befitting a light beer like this: only crackers.

M: Light-bodied. Good carbonation. No bitterness.

O: Priced a bit oddly at $10 / six-pack; that's several bucks more expensive than the regular IPA. I could m-a-y-b-e understand a dollar premium, but seeing how cost generally increases with ABV, I expect it to decrease with ABV here.

A separate issue is the lack of aroma and mild flavor. I suspect this six-pack was mishandled, or maybe it's even old. There is no bottle date on the neck (where they usually are), but I do see a date on the BOTTOM of the bottle that begins with 208 (corresponding to July 26 by the Julian system that Lagunitas uses). A fragile beer like this being over a month old could explain what I'm tasting -- but I thought they brewed it pretty recently. Mystifying.

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Photo of jodybrutal
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Pours a clear yellow... I'd have trouble picking this out of a crowd of "Lite" beers if it weren't for the fluffy white head and strong sticky lacing.

The aroma is the best thing this beer has going for it. Big fruity hop aromas make you think this is could be a real IPA. (Spoiler Alert: It's not.)

The taste is much like the smell, but toned way down. The bitterness really overpowered the hop flavors for me, and the whole thing was way too thin. Every time I took a sip I was wondering where my beer went.

Overall, it's a decent brew that lives up to it's name as a session IPA. It's not something I would reach for again, though. If you're staring at the window of your local store and looking for something light to bring to the BBQ I recommend reaching for Stone's, Southern Tier's or Founders' interpretations on the style way before this one.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.79/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice thin (er) white foamy head. Color is "bud light" yellow with medium viscosity and great clarity. Chunky lacing.

Nice centennial hop aroma! Citrus and apple stand out.

Off flavored.. Bready, floral, wet, high carbonation, medium bitterness, mild sweetness. Very apricotty... Can't get into the flavor or feel.

Like the label says, this one would be best expierenced during a day, not a night. It's crisp and kinda refreshing, but far from well put together. I've experienced many better IPAs. I've also experienced many MUCH better brews from Lagunitas. Can't recommend this one.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.84/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods, chilled to about 50 degrees and served in a Spieglau stemmed Pilsner glass. My first experience with this beer, which I thought overly bitter. Did not enjoy this one at all and would not buy again.

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Photo of tewaris
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden colored with a medium off white head and decent retention. A little too clear maybe. Faintly malty/grainy aroma with very little hoppiness. Light hop flavor on an appropriate malt backbone. Light, crisp and dry mouthfeel. This is a good beer but its also very unremarkable. This beer's claim to fame is apparently its low alcohol content, which is indeed unusually low for Lagunitas but it's not a 2.5% ABV beer either. And for an under 6% ABV IPA, it is not tenth the beer Masala Mama is. But it is sessionable for sure, and being so light in flavor, this is pretty much the perfect gateway IPA. That's about it.

3, 2, 3, 4, 3

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
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 beertunes
2.96/5  rDev -25.6%
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 apasternak
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely an ok sessional IPA, but a little lacking on taste. Just a tad bland for my liking. Would be fine for a casual beer on a porch, but not unless you were planning on having several

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a bland version of an ipa. Session or not, there is one noted bitterness here and nothing else. I know the style is somewhat lacking across the board, but I expected much more since it carried the Lagunitas name.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of hophugger
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Hadn't seen this before so I picked up a few. After opening and pouring, I looked at the bottling date..Wow, this "Fractional IPA" is over 8 months old!!. Oh well, here is the review and I will re-review again if I can find a fresher bottle. Pours an extremely light yellow-gold color with ok head and minimal lacing. Aroma knocked my socks off. Dank, Piney, Resiny, Grapefruit, citrus rind, BUT....almost to the skunky smelling level. Wow, this is gonna be interesting. Well, it was just ok.....Aroma is the best part of this beer, the flavor of hops and citrus get you at first(along with the aroma of fresh squeezed skunk) and then quickly dissipate into a watery, forgettable beer. Just as you begin to taste it, it's gone !!!. Mouthfeel was watery and hardly there at all!!

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Photo of MidwestWizard
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a pub glass. It was the color of an American adjunct lager (pale piss yellow) which was surprising, as it was supposed to be a session IPA.
Not much to smell. Taste was mellow, with some hopiness upfront followed by a stinging dry carbonation and a little bitterness in the rear. Kind of tastes like if you mixed 3/4 Asahi Dry with 1/4 Stone IPA. Not bad for what it is -- a dry hopped ale. However, not really a session IPA, more of a DryPA, if that's a thing...
May come back to this, as it is definitely a summer brew, but I'm not going out of my way to get more.

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Photo of ShamasUVA
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brand new (at least to Connecticut) "fractional IPA" from Lagunitas. I have to assume it's fresh. Pours golden, very clear-- in fact a little too clear for my liking but it is definitely an appealing beer by appearance.

Aroma is awesome. Mostly fruity hops, big on peach, some citrus, and a tiny bit of pine. No malt aroma. Minimal yeast esters noted.

Taste is strange, and is a bit of a roller coaster. Beer starts bitter, then fades quickly, then comes back with a toasted malt flavor (victory malt?) which leads again into a bitter aftertaste. No sweetness to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, even for a sub 5% ABV beer.

I found I grew to like this beer more as it warmed up which is not uncommon for hoppy session beers. I do think overall this beer could be improved with more residual sugars in the beer. If I were the brewer I would add some crystal malt to increase both the OG and the FG and keep the ABV right where it is in the mid 4's. There are not a lot of these hoppy session beers around but I found this to be slightly inferior to 21A's Bitter American. Better than your average American Blonde Ale though.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%

What a day it has been in terms of The Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014! A succession of lagers has finally brought me to an AIPA, which is more in my wheelhouse. I have Heaven 17 doing "Let Me Go" playing on YouTube with lyrics that include "Daytime, all I want is nighttime ..."

From the bottle: "Say 'Lah-Goo-Knee-Tuss'"; "A Fractional IPA (is that ridiculous or what ...?!)"; "Have you been jonesing for something more primal and less evolved? If so, Fire is the element for you. Air, Water, and Earth are of no use. There is a freedom in burning down the house of fixed expectations and it confers an undeniable lightness to being."; "Life is Uncertain. Don't Sip."

Step 1: Pop the cap. Step 2: Upend the bottle. Step 3: Step back. Yeah, I get the idea behind these Session AIPAs - they are all aroma hops with very little bitterness in terms of taste. It's like window dressing or picking up a date only to discover she's a tranny. I want the real thing, baby! I watched as the pseudo-cascade settled into two fingers of dense, bone-white head with great retention. It began to fall in a slow, inexorable way, leaving behind some great, sticky lacing. Color was Pale Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity, but I am always dubious when my beer is paler than my urine. Nose smelled of dank and cattiness! WTF!?! Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, which is another drawback in this style. The taste was equally lacking. I really wanted it to taste like it smelled, but such was not the case. It had a weak citrusiness, but I was not into it. Finish was semi-dry, but the flavors were so bland and muted that I was now ready to drink a beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
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 mschind
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
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 Rifugium
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
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 jhartley
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Surly glass. Bottled on April 10th. Picked up at my local ABC Fine Wine & Spirits as a mix-a-six.

Body is crystal clear light yellow with a bright white head; left zero amount of lacing in the glass

A light amount hop aroma and not much else; perhaps due to the age?

Taste is about the same as the aroma, not much. I don't expect much from sessions ales anyway.

Feel is very thin, finishes dry and is definitely a beer brewed to drink a lot of and not get too drunk. Not a lot going on.

Overall, this is an OK beer, just not impressed with sessions ales most times. I will look for this again and if its fresher I'll pic up another bottle to see if it's better.

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Photo of farrago
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
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 flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle at home from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.60):
I was quite disappointed with this one from Lagunitas, it definitely seems like the worst of 3 beers that I've tried thus far from them & came out almost like a watered down version of their regular IPA that I much preferred to this one, as well as being one that I can picked up more easily & for cheaper too. It's not that I didn't enjoy this one or that I thought it was a bad beer, it's just that I felt it could have been so much better & I was expecting it be.

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Photo of stephens101
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The off-white froth quickly passes the rim of the glass and protrudes dominant and unwavering above its surroundings. Color is yellow with a boisterous bubble activity ongoing. Faint herbal hops, grass, lemon and light fruits to the nose. Has a light fruit middle with some grass and straw mixed in before finishing with a faint herbal hops. Goes down crisp with an exceptionally light body.

Not many of the qualities of an IPA or even an APA. Not that many qualities at all for that matter.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma boasts nice lemon, big grapefruit and a little pine smells.
The taste has a mild lemon bitter flavor, a quick honey sweetness in the middle, and finishes with mild grapefruit bitter. Nice.
The texture is light and crisp.

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