DayTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.65%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable IPA on tap at The Cannery Row. Some European hop, citrus fruity, citra like aroma. Spicy which lends taste at this surprisingly low abv. Little sweetness, this is bitter heavy. Medium bodied. Cloudy yellow with some retained head. Not so drinkable, even after it warmed, but served too cold.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger frothy head with poor retention on a clear orange and golden body.

S: the aroma is excellent. Grapefruit and other tropical citrus, spices, herbal hops with hints of pine

T: grass and pine for bitterness, lemongrass, some grapefruit. overall this is a little bit simple. the malts are very mild and provide little to the flavor or mouthfeel.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. very crisp.

Overall: aroma is the strongest point, maybe sets the expectations high for this one in the flavor. Still though, Lagunitas knows how to make a good IPA. Always worth trying and having again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some earthy, dank, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a very distinct grapefruit juice flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've said it before and I'm saying it again, founders all day is the standard by which session india pale ales must be measured, and while this one doesn't quite pop like that one, its pretty close in terms of its original mission, hop flavor and drinkability, and is probably the next best thing. pours pale and super light yellow, whitish, i was worried it would be a hoppy pilsener malt beer, and was afraid of that prospect, but its just very pale malt. the hop nose is citrusy in the all day family really, a little less forward and a little less pungent, but same vibe. the flavor is light in the grain, amped up in the hops. citrusy hops easily overtake an almost flavorless pale malt, finishing fruity rather than bitter, supremely refreshing, but this is almost too light. not much on the body, but the carbonation is excellent and the finish is clean. a well made brew, i like that these are getting popular. not as good as all day, but one of the closest seconds around.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of pine resin hops towards the finish. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and quite flavorful, especially considering its low alcohol content. I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3%

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?")

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a six-pack grabbed at a rather swell price at a usually dingy store on the local hipster avenue.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden straw hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves nice webbed, coral reef lace around the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of bitter, yet juicy, grapefruit and lime rind, a few stomped pine needles, under-ripe pineapple, and some laid-back crackery pale malt. Damn, that's nice. The taste is moderately bitter citrus pith - grapefruit, pineapple and orange - all piled on top of a decent, lightly toasted maltiness, with a bit of flinty fruit pit stoniness, and further mildly perfumed floral, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft and innocuous, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more or less unencumbered in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt struggling to keep up, which is eased by the somewhat waning citrus and pine bitterness.

A pretty enjoyable IPA, without all that spiffy elevated ABV nonsense (just kidding). Very drinkable, at any time of day for that matter. And as far as lightness' of being go, undeniable beats the tar out of unbearable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw color with a perky little head; nice stickage and a pretty good coat of lace

Smell: Grassy and somewhat sulfur-filled

Taste: Crisp and dry, with a growing grassy aspect; a hint of lemon, through the middle, with a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly aqueous

Overall: I like a good session IPA but this one tastes rather Germanic, more like a session pils; maybe it's old but without a bottle date, who can tell?

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with a clinging white cap. Clear and bright.

Smell: Really damn dank. A ton of grapefruit and pineapple backed by a dash of marijuana. Spicy, faintly oniony. Malt is non-existent. Swirling brings out a papaya-like tropical fruit note. I'm guessing there's a bunch of Simcoe in this.

Palate: Light on the tongue but loaded with great hop flavors. Pineapple and grapefruit, pine and a touch of onion. A dry bready malt backbone is present and gives the beer some body, but this is a hop-driven beer, and the hop flavors are great. The finish is clean and mildly bitter. This is a great late hop addition showcase, very impressive stuff. Comparable to Drake's Aroma Coma, at a fraction of the price.

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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 emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great everyday IPA, the six pack disappeared before I knew it in less than a week.

Bright orange color, high clarity, visible carb trails rising. Ample head of foam that lasts for a good ten minutes before dissipating, and even still retains an unbroken skim. Minimal spotty lace in the glass.

Uniquely hoppy aroma, some citrus/grapefruit and lemon tea notes along with pale malt breadiness.

Light bodied with a clearly defined pale malt backbone.Bitterness level is light and manageable, not too extreme, making it more appealing to the hop novice. Light grapefruit and citrus notes, some earthy grassy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Pretty classic, easy drinking IPA with a lower abv geared towards a session.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 8/21/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, mango, and light herbal. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pineapple, bread, pine, floral, grass, orange zest, and light herbal spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of bitterness/sweetness; with a great complexity of hop flavors. No cloying bitterness at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is very nice. Almost zero alcohol presence on the finish as expected for under 5%. Overall this is a fantastic session IPA! Great amount of balaced flavors; and very smooth to drink as expected. Highly enjoyable as expected from Lagunitas.

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves good lace on the glass.

S - Lots of fruity hops with a background of light malt, notes of pineapple, mango, and orange.

T - Light, bready malt up front with some pine and orange hop flavors. A more tropical hop profile comes out in the middle with notes of pineapple and mango. The beer finishes with dry, bready malt, frity hops, and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very nicely done, this beer has the body and bitterness of a cream ale, but the hop aroma and flavor of a well made hoppy pale ale. Some other session IPAs get caught by excessive bitterness that ruins the drink ability but this beer is perfectly balanced yet extremely hoppy. A six pack of this would not last long around my house.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy head of about half a finger that has decent lacing, over a mostly clear slight chill hazed honey orange color.

Nose fresh hops, nice tropical fruit and wet hop aroma. Some grapefruit, pineapple, touch musty resin with passion fruit like, touch citrus and tangerine, very juicy, just the slightest hint of malt.

Taste similar, lots of juicy fruity hops, tropical fruits light guava, pineapple, tangerine citrus, grapefruit, hint orange rind, etc. Also light musty resin, little hop oil, lots of wet fresh hop, touch of passion fruit from that. Just a touch of malt under all that fresh hop. Finish is dry, light bitterness, lingering fresh tropical fruit and resinous hop, light floral airy and crisp.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall quite nice, great super fresh hop flavors, touch resinous with light hop oil, wet hop taste, light, drinkable, crisp, and just enough malt to give the hops a base without really stepping in. Very well done. I could pound through a few of these without blinking. Reminds me somewhat of Zombie Dust.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "Day Time Ale"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, production coded but not freshness dated. Sampled 30 NOV 16
$2 @ Giant, St. Davids, PA

Lagunitas' Day Time Ale pours a clear yellow-gold body beneath a full head of frothy white foam that slowly erodes into thin piles of fluff floating on the surface. Could the head retention be better? Yes, but at least the initial presentation is good. Unfortunately, once the head has dropped the lacing is quite limited.

The nose is clearly hoppy and bright, as might be expected from a dry-hopped IPA. It's citrusy with plenty of lemon, a touch of orange, and some other fruits as well, perhaps apricot. It's also a touch floral and resinous/piney which is nice. The malt that comes through is limited, appearing more like crackers than grain or bread. That's OK though, the hops are more than enough to carry it.

The flavor follows with just a limited maltiness that is actually cracker-like, but plenty of lemony, grapefruity, and orange-like hops. It's well-balanced given the limited malt, and the hop bitterness is firm but not pressing. It's fruity, crisp, and dry, leaving you immediately ready for another sip. Is that because it's so enticing, however, or is it because you're still looking for something more?

Light-medium in body, it's crisp across the palate with a delicately bristling standard carbonation level.

As a "fractional IPA", or session IPA, it works. I'm not sure that the 4.65% ABV still won't get to you if you drink more than one, but it's at least slightly lower than Budweiser (5.0%, but still stronger than Guinness Draught at just 4.0%). In fact, as a standard, refreshing ale it also works. I'd love to see this in cans for use in outdoor activities.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle directly from the source courtesy of Luis - thanks so much.

A: Pours a clear slightly pale golden yellow with a 2-finger fluffy white head which lingers before fading to a small cap and leaving nice lace speckels.

N: Tremendous citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) up front along with a pungent dank weed-like note. Floral and tropical fruits with some caty spice and a bit of sweetish malt.

T: Floral with citrus zest and sticky resin. Trace sweetness and spice. This just calls for one sip after another.

M: Light body and moderate carbonation. A bit thin, but it's supposed to be, right? Crisp and mildly dry and bitter finish.

O: Easy drinking for sure. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz
Wow... Very strong and hoppy aroma with herbal, floral and weedy elements. Has the power of a double IPA. The flavor packs plenty of hops but is, of course, not as intense as the aroma suggests...not as bitter, having only a mild bitterness. Also a bit more fruity.

O: extraordinary version of a session ipa, with plenty of flavor and a remarkably full and strong aroma.
Best of this specific style (so far). Would earn a higher rating but for my preference for a fruitier hop mix.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear gold with 3 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ¾ finger or so, leaving back rich sticky lacing that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of grass, lemon, herbs and a fresh zesty bitterness. Just some light backing sweetness sits back rear of the nose. This has a nice lively freshness to it in the nostrils.

The taste more fresh and zesty character on the palate, with tart lemon, a crisp bitter citrus presence and a touch of very light herbal or even fruity qualities on the edges. The malts do add some balance to this but mostly serve to give something for those hops to bounce back off of. The finish is dry and bitter with a touch of lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a firm crispness to it that snaps those flavors around in the mouth. This has a nice overall quenching feel to it.

This was OK. I didn’t find it overly complex in any way but it certainly was drinkable. I’m just not sure what makes this a “Session IPA” and how that differs from a regular APA. At any rate, I picked up a six-pack of this and won’t have any problem finishing them.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/16/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color but light for the style, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong fruity citrus sweetness. Then a strong, dominant and grassy hops bitterness comes in. the malt character is very thin for the style but brings a good enough balance to make everything work. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good sessionable IPA worth pounding for a long time.

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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 mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fizzy yellow beer in the tall Peroni glass. Wonderful aroma of grassy hops. You might quibble that this is in no way an IPA, but rather a delicate and delicious Pale Ale.

Just the right aromatic hops for a light, light beer. A pleasant watery mouthfeel enlivened by some sudsy carbonation. The hoppy nose emerges with every sip and lasts a long time. Some resins and dry pineapple. Totally drinkable, chuggable, loveable. Yes, it's an ultra-light, and even some Utah supermarket beers would seem robust next to this wisp, but it's got style and flavor.

Another intriguing and tasty beer from Lagunitas, and I'm happy to see more in the lower-alcohol realm, whatever the official category. From the 12 bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense and creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with several small to medium sized thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit/citrus, pineapple/tropical, and floral hops - the smell is so enticing and wonderful.

T: There is a light to moderate flavor of grapefruit/citrus, pineapple/tropical, and floral hops with minimal amounts of bitterness. There is a light amount of malts upfront.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Between the wonderful/delicious smell and taste, lighter mouthfeel, and low ABV this beer is super easy to drink and sessionable. Really enjoyable and definitely a beer I would be happy to have again and again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Pine & citrus, grapefruit

T: Grassyness, lemons, & some peppery hops up front. Grapefruit & dryness as this warms. Finishes with much citrus, & a touch of pine & some sweet maltyness

MF: Light bodied, soft carbonation, good balance

Nice drinkability, wouldn't be my go to IPA, but could do a few in the summer

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Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my mad Fox glass. Golden in color with a sticky white head already leaving it's mark all over the sides of the glass. Decent retention and good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a really bright, juicy hoppiness to it with notes of mango and peach jumping out at you. It's got more of a tropical fruit, Hawaiian punch type of hoppy aroma, which I love. It's pretty much all hops in the aroma, the base malts are barely noticeable at all. I love the hoppy aroma though.

The taste doesn't quite pack the hoppy punch the aroma did, but it's still pretty good. I get some of the tropical fruit notes to it up front, but as you get to the finish I get a little more of an orange juice like flavor to it. There is some grapefruit bitterness coming out in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. It's a pretty good beer overall, but a really good one for the abv range. I loved the aroma, but I didn't quite love the orange juice like flavor I got in the taste. Very flavorful beer for the abv and very easy drinking as well. I'm always happy to have more good sessionable beer choices though, so I'd definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,521 ratings.
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