DayTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
458 Reviews

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 tucson_brewson
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into English pint glass.

L - Pours nearly clear, golden color with two fingers of foam that disappear fairly quick but leaves a good half inch lacing.

S - Citrus and hops up front, but peach, mango, and tropical fruit follow. That definitely adds to the feel that this would be a light, sessionable brew.

T - Piney citrus, similar to its cousin(?) IPA. But again, peach, mango, and tropical fruit mixed in. Not bad, refreshing.

M - Light, crisp, medium carbonation. Lives up to its name as a "DayTime" beer. Very drinkable.

O - A nice, toned-down version of their IPA...whatever a "fractional" IPA is--likely a fraction of the alcohol (4.65%). Not to mention 40 fewer calories (if you're keeping count). A very good session ale I'd buy again.

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Photo of lastmango
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale yellow with a two finger brilliant white fizzy head that remained as a thin head throughout the session. Heavy lacing. Aroma was very mild minty citrus. Sweet citrus on the tongue with a pine finish. Not very bitter. Crisp and clean taste. Carbonation and body is light - moderate. This is very drinkable but I am not sure it is remarkable enough for me to buy it again.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear and bright golden color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely after the pour

S- leafy and minty hops up front with highlights of citrus rind and mango. Clean underlying malt

T- grapefruit zest, lemon & peach up front, the flavor drops off as it nears the finish, leaving just a linget of clean toasted malt.

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry crisp finish

O- definitely a session beer, but not much going on. It drinks more like a pale, with a clean finish

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Photo of primocarnerra
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm new to good beer after a lifetime (20 drinking years!) of bad beer (Bud Light and whatnot!). Bought 2 singles from Beer Junction in Seattle. Poured into a plastic Safeway cup. Two fingers of head and I'm sure there were some nice lacings, but I could not see due to the white on the inside of the plastic cup. Got a good blast of citrus and pinch of pine that reminded me of the time I stepped on some pine resin and had to clean it off my shoes so my wife wouldn't get angry at me when I walked into the house. Very nice carbonation, quite sweet, and very drinkable. I drank the two I bought in the car, in the parking lot, and then quickly went back for another sixer------- it was that good. I finished half of that sitting in the parking lot after going through the nearby drive through of Taco Time. I can say this beer goes great with Mexi Fries and nicely compliments a deep fried meat burrito, for what that is worth. After those first five brews I started thinking of my high school sweetheart and how miserable my goddamn life if at the moment, but that is a whole nother story!
Overall this is a well balanced , smooth drinking, super tasty, not too nasty hoppy, super fresh shot of sessiony goodness. I will definitely drink it again. Nice thing is the ABV is half of some strong IPAs I have tried, so I was able to finish all eight of the beers I bought before I got home and my wife and kids could hardly tell!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a frothy lace that retains well. Fruity in the nose.. green grapes, light tropical fruit and grapefruit. The taste, in addition to its citric/grapefruit like qualities, has a slightly lemony and subtly tart feel that makes it quite refreshing. The herbal and peppery hops bitterness and flavor is there but very subdued and felt in the finish, which is also dry. Light bodied and crisp. A solid session IPA that is drinkable and quaffable. I could see myself having many.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing 'Day Time IPA' @ 4.2% , served from a 6pack of 12 fl oz bottles purchased for $13.50
A-pour is light pale gold from the bottle to a clear yellow/gold in the glass with a smallish fluffy white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hoppy , pine resin
T-dry hopped session ale , easy drinking from a citrus start to pine swallow , tad watery
MF-lots of carbonation , feels bigger than ABV suggests
Ov-nice beer , true session ale
prost LampertLand

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Photo of gee0001
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Would I Buy it Again?: Maybe. The aroma on this beer is quite inviting and enjoyable with ample fruit (citrus). The taste is tart and a bit less impressive yet enjoyable with tones of citrusy orange and lemon. The beer packs some effervescence and is light on the tongue if not again, tart. The ending gives you a bit of pucker that is not expected yet is interesting. This isn’t my style of beer but I can see why others may really enjoy it on a warm summer day or as a mid-week after work treat.
Head: Crisp, white, medium fluffy head with tons of small bubbles. Some lacing that doesn’t stick long
Appearance: pale yellow with flashes of light orange coloring.
Smell: Pleasantly fruity with tones of mandarin orange or tangerine
Taste: Flavors of tart and unrippened melon with citrusy lemon and oranges. Its almost like a bit of lemon rind was used making the beer. It has a light to medium body and good structure. The low alcohol lets you taste the beer.
Finish: The acidic aftertaste lingers many minutes after you are done drinking. There is definitely some lemon left on the tongue. This is not bad and not overly good for me yet is mildly refreshing if unexpected.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle(s) poured into a nonic pint ... not all at once.
Look - Pale, amber/yellow. Head that settles rather quickly. No lacing. Almost looks like an AAL.
Smell - Citrus rind 'n' pine. Touch of wet bread.
Taste - Grapefruit with it's peel, piney hops, and green onion.
Feel - Not as watery as it looks. Medium mouthfeel. Made to drink easy.
Overall - Easy drinking and tastes like a Lagunitas IPA. Made to be enjoyed all day long and I will.

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Photo of matcris
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: Pale amber, small amount of tiny rising bubbles. 2 fingers of soapy white head that after a few minutes leaves a half inch layer on top of the beer. Leaves a real nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Citrus. Orange and grapefruit. Very mild pine. Sweet malt.
TASTE: Malt sweetness and the bitterness are nicely balanced here. This is not a real bitter beer. The bitterness is right up front and then fades fast at the finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Plenty of carbonation, a bit watery,medium-thin in body, and fairly dry.
OVERALL: Along with Founders All Day, this is one of the better session IPA's I've had. Not quite as full in the hop department compared to Founders (at least aroma-wise), but maybe a pleasant way to get someone into IPA's.

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

A: Very light yellow in color with a clear body, a medium amount od bright white head on top with a few frog eyes.

S: Tons of hops, with citrus and tons of pine resin in the aroma as well as maybe a touch of onion or garlic from simcoe?

T: Just a load of hops.. citrus and pine paired with dank and resinous! All the flavor is up front, with a lingering orange flavor in the finish. Surprisingly not too bitter considering the amount of hop flavor.

M: Very light in body, and the carbonation is medium high. Very clean and refreshing feel with a dry finish, and a touch of hop linger.

O: Overall, a damn fine beer. Great flavor and super refreshing.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into Game of Thrones pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with half a finger of loose, bubbly off-white head that leaves chunks of sudsy lace as it recedes.

Smells of citrus pith, pale malt and soft green hops.

Tastes of lemon and grapefruit pith, crackery malt and more gentle piney hops.

Feels light and refreshing. Body is medium-light with soft carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Very refreshing.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Color is a pale, clear yellow. The smell is just right for me. I was surprised that it had a lot of hop flavor given the description fractional ale. A good beer with a session level ABV.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very light blonde with a slight haze. A definite citrus aroma. A very crisp and lush taste with a clean dry finish. For a slightly hopped pale ale, this is a favorite.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Clear yellow. Large amount of foam and nice retention.
S: Intense lemon and lemon peel aroma. Grassy.
T: Lemon. Low to moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. Crispy.
O: Good session IPA, I hope I can always get this instead of the macro lagers.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(drank on 17 Nov 2015, bottled in June 2015, sitting on shelf with dust on it - poured into a shaker)

L: pale gold liquid with a moderate haze - this is how it should be and it's safe to assume what the taste has in store... head really collapsed quick - can only guess it's the age/handling

S: smell is still kickin'... dried grapefruit rind, tobacco, little bit of dried mango, maybe some white grape in the back... I should really know what particular hops these are by now - they're using some of my favorites here... little bit of toasted grain poking through, but the hops are dominant here

T: noticeably light up front, dare I say watery - the malt flavor is super subdued and clean, not much crystal presence... sharp, piney bitterness bites immediately as well... certainly a rounded, spicy zip to the hops with a grassy pop in the middle and a floral, bitter citrus rind thread in the aftertaste...

F: very thin and dry, as expected, but more so than the lot of this type... slight smoothness to its flow, mild resiny film left over

O: gotta laugh at this session IPA genre - they're all just American-grade hopped-up pale ales of adjunct lager strength... the British counterpart to these would just be called IPAs and would merely be less biting bitter (think Deuchars IPA)... good, even with age, but with Easy Jack available, why drink this?

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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 SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy to mostly transparent yellow color with enough carbonation to fill a one finger-ed white foamy head. Light lacing in the wake of the head.
The smell starts off with bitter citrus (wanna say slightly rind-like) with a slight sweet caramel backbone to it.
The taste was basically the same with a semi-bitter to sweet aftertaste. Light in the finish.
The mouthfeel was centered around a nice light body. Carbonation hits nicely as an AIPA. Bitterness is there nice and sharp and crisp. Dat ABV, man! Word, ya not gonna feel it 'til the sixth one!
Overall, I think this is supposed to be a session IPA, but I'm fine with it where it is. Honestly, probably only revisit in the Summer, not so much right now.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Lagunitas tap room in Petaluma

Balance of hops and malt tones on this easy to drink session beer. I paired this along with Night Time and both were great beers while sitting on the picnic tables and listening to some live music.
Not overly hoppy but enough to keep IPA lovers happy

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Photo of Urk1127
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

-Clear light yellow, finger of white rocky head
-lemon peel, semi dank hops, kind of a cooked vegetables thing
-Good hops, like citrus peel, grapefruit, cooked buscuit, that vegetal thing again a bit
-light, crisp, effervescent

-solid but would not re visit

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4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very good session ale. very light malt presence, but enough hops to keep the average hop head at least mostly satisfied. easy drinking, and widely available. very good indeed.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden, hazy with a very nice white foam head. Smell is hoppy but balanced with the malts. Taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, very well balanced and bitterness is very friendly, no astringency. Very nice session IPA I would drink it regularly.

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

Light gold color and nearly clear. Moderate head that leaves plenty of spots for lace.

Great combination of pale malt and floral hop. Attractive and balanced, very much what I expect a good IPA to be me as a smell.

The taste is similar to the smell in that it has a solid malt base with an appropriate bittering hop flavor. The only (minor) complaint is that the hop is biting and not softer. That said, it is subtler than 90% of the IPAs out there. The taste comes down to being refreshing and easy to drink. The body is appropriate as is the carbonation. The aftertaste is bitter (as in white pepper) but not extreme. This lasts a long time but subtly.

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look- A light, golden hue. Clear and without imperfections.

Smell- I get a light hop aroma, but not much else.

Taste- Light, with a nice hop backing.

Feel- Smooth, but doesn't leave much.

Overall, a tasty beer that probably is good for day time drinking.

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Photo of cmf
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. High foamy head over pale, clear golden ale. Head settled quickly (and nearly disappeared) and released citrus tinged nutty aroma with some noticeable new world hops undertone. Even flavor with fresh aftertaste. Taste is smooth with a nice balance of tangy and and a touch of sweet with a fresh citrusy, aftertaste. The mouth feel is light and slightly flat with hint of cream. Overall this is a well balanced IPA.

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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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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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