DayTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
448 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.65%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 448 | Ratings: 2,493
Photo of RockAZ
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I do like this beer very much because it has that "grassy" floral hop aroma that I like best in my IPA's. A bit of citrus, melon, pine - it has a lot of scent to it that is very agreeable to me. The color is really off, looks closer to a lager, and there is to my taste almost no malt to it. This combined with some nice carbonation leaves a refreshing only a slightly bitter aftertaste even with all this fresh hop plant smell on it.

Hop tea, did another reviewer say? I agree with that, but I do like it.

I like it, but for the smell, it sure doesn't act like the IPA's I am used to. Anyway, try it, I just ordered a keg for my home of it because I really do like it and look forward to the draft experience on this beer.

 731 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden, slightly hazy, frothy white head holds good retention and leaves lacing down the glass.
S - gorgeous floral hop aroma, citric, and fruity
T - full flavored, hop forward, grapefruit, lemon, pine, grassy, biscuity
M - overly thin bodied, ample carbonation, finishes semi-bitter but pretty clean
O - scores are all over the place here. Nice accentuation of the hops, but lacks body and a malt backbone. Definitely sessionable with good aroma and flavor, but just give me a real IPA instead of a watered-down hop tea.

 526 characters

Photo of davet100
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on the 2013 release after numerous samplings of the 2012 batch last summer. Pours a bright gold, somewhat lager-esque in its appearance, with small white head. Very pleasant aroma of pine, citrus, and floral notes. The taste is what really stands out with this beer, and at 4.65% it is deceivingly complex and full flavored, packing plenty of tropical fruit (pineapple, melon), some pine resin, and grassy/herbal notes. Despite not knowing for sure, I would suggest citra is very present in the hop variety used in this beer. Decently hop forward, delivering a subtle, yet pleasantly crisp, hop bitterness. It is light bodied with a malt backbone which is to be expected with a 4.65% IPA, and it is these quaffable and refreshing qualities which make this a pleasant departure from the stronger imperial IPA's I typically seek out. Unlike some session IPA's out there, it is neither watery nor over-carbonated which is pleasing, and what it may purposefully lack in body and to some extent, balance, it makes up for in an abundance or aroma and flavorful character. Lagunitas has really out done themselves here by how they have managed to bring such character and flavor to a sub 5% IPA. Having delved quite a few times into a increasingly saturated session IPA market, this is by far the best of its sub-type for me, outshining Founders All Day by a decent stretch. I highly recommend trying this and I am looking forward to drinking plenty of these during its limited window of availability this year and hopeful for its more permanent status in 2014.

 1,575 characters

Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, golden yellow body complemented with a thick, chunky white head; sticky lacing adhering to the glass. Very floral scented aroma; musk melon; a touch of pine resin. Light, crisp mouthfeel. Light malt flavors well-balanced with a light yet refreshing hop bitterness.

A really nice, light ABV IPA that packs a lot of subtle taste and hop aroma in a very easy drinking package. More light/session styled beers should pack such palate pleasing character like this. Highly recommended.

 487 characters

Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, light golden hue with a large bubbly head and nice lacing

S: Lots of hops up front: pineapple and grapefruit especially; really mostly a lot of citrus aromas with just a touch of sweet maltiness underneath

T: Lots of citrus, grapefruit bitterness up front but nothing really to balance it out, so it's just hops; I like it and it's refreshing but it's missing a backbone

F: Too thin--though crisp and refreshing

O: I like this and it would be a fantastic mowing beer but it is pretty thin and unbalanced but I suppose that's what you are going to get when you have a sub 5% ABV on an IPA

 601 characters

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated June 27 poured into one of those sexy, curvy Sierra Nevada pint glasses.

A - Two fingers of creamy, white head after an aggressive pour. Pale yellow color. Head sticks around a bit.

S - Straw, grass, sweet citrus, some grapefruit. Very pleasant.

T - I let it warm up a bit before drinking. Grassy, some light citrus, and sweet. It's very sweet. Finishes sweet with a stoney, mineral taste. I don't really mind this, but did I mention it's sweet? Not really digging that too much.

M - Excellent. Medium bodied - a little more chew than you'd expect from such a light beer. Moderate carbonation.

O - All in all, this is a solid beer. Very good nose, nice taste, mouthfeel is excellent. The hops just don't as much complexity as I'd like, and it's a little sweet. Solid though.

 803 characters

Photo of LarryK
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DayTime packs an absurd amount of flavor and taste for a sub-5.0% ABV beer and gives Stone’s Levitation a run for its money as the most delicious sessionable craft beer in existence. I’ve searched in vain for the hop profile, but I am fairly certain that DayTime is brewed with copious amounts of Citra. In fact, following my second or third time having this delightful brew, I realized what it reminded me of most — Zombie Dust Light, if such a thing existed. DayTime is pure beer-drinking delight, and the only misstep Lagunitas has taken here is the fact that it was issued as a seasonal/limited release. Still waiting for DayTime to get the call to the year-round big leagues; in the meantime will just have to wait for the 2013 iteration this fall.

 759 characters

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden, almost banana-looking shade of yellow with reasonably good clarity - only a very mild chill haze preventing things on the opposite side of the glass from being crystal clear. A foamy white head forms and starts leaving some lace behind as it settles down to a thinner layer.

The aroma is pretty quiet at first, I thought maybe because the beer was too cold. Partially right - the smell definitely got stronger as it got warmer, but still never packed quite the punch I was expecting. What was picked up, however, was pretty nice. A big bouquet of fruits; light citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical aroma fill your nostrils, zesty and peel-like. Light herbal and floral hops make their way into, next to a light touch of pine and a small bit of bread and yeast on the tail end.

First sip is crispy and wet - the beer is much thinner than I was expecting and slightly watery, though at such a low ABV it's almost understandable. Some floral and mildly peppery hops come through right away, hitting with a bitterness that lasts for nearly the duration of the sip - it's more mild, definitely not a palate wrecking bitterness, but certainly notable and present. The hop flavors start to become more grassy and even oily as the fruits finally join the fold; citrus peels, grapefruit rinds and pith - the citrus doesn't seem to add much sweetness, but it works here because the beer really isn't bitter enough to need it. The little sweetness that does show up seems to be coming from the malt - leaving a light bread and cracker coating on your palate in the aftertaste.

Overall, a pretty tasty and obviously very sessionable IPA, though if it were available at the time, I'd take a Founder's All Day over this, no question. This is still a nice one to try, however, as I know many other people who prefer this one.

 1,841 characters

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

A: This poured a clear light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like an amazing array of fresh citrus and pineapple, with some bitter pine and sweet honey.
T: It tasted lighter, like bitter pine and citrus with some pineapple and sweet honey. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a perfect daytime IPA, with great scent and light but clean taste and smooth finish. It could definitely be drunk in mass quantities. Recommended.

 506 characters

Photo of JG-90
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into glass

A - A very light straw color. Pours a medium sized head that leaves a ring of bubbles around the surface and moderate lacing.

S - Hops! Pinneapple and grapefruit. Just a tad of funk.

T - Not as much taste as aroma, but still a great hoppy tastse that follows the nose. A bit prickly/resinous with a crisp and clean finish

M - Medium-High carbonation and medium body fit very well

O - In my opinion, this is the best beer i've had in the "small IPA/big PA" category. This one is hoppy yet light, without having the watery feel that similar beers have. Extremely sessionable.

 596 characters

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

Pours very light straw yellow, this surprised me. Smell is way bigger than expected; west coast hops, citrus, pine. Taste is a little grainy, hop flavor without the bitterness, straw taste, some citrus. Overall this is very very drinkable and has a great flavor, just not a lot of it. This would be a great way to introduce newbies into the IPA style. The highlight of this was the smell, but over all its very light and enjoyable.

 431 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of pale golden straw. It holds a brief, but easily reproducible, one finger head of white sudsy bubbles, leaving big aggregates across the top, and spotty, patterned lacing down the glass. There is no haze or sediment, and carbonation appears light. The aroma is fresh with pale malts, herbal hops, sweet pear fruitiness, baker’s yeast, sea saltiness, brassy metallics, and light mint leafiness. With warmth comes more sweetness of passion fruit, and a drier, more chalky pale malt. Our first impression is that it is milder in flavor than expected, but still refreshing and tasty for the style. As we sip, soured pale malts, coin, wet wheatiness, lime rind, and mineral start things off. The middle peaks with big herbal hops, cherry sweetness, dill leaf, more mineral, and more pale malt wash. Washing through the finish was more of the same pale maltiness, light wheatiness, more of a grassy bite to the hops, leafy herbal mix, musky yeast, and lemon juice. The aftertaste breathes of citric rind, mineral, stone, metallics, dried pale malts, and salty sunflower seeds. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium, but with a hearty prickle. There is nice slurp and smack, despite the lighter feel, and there is nice froth on the back of the lip. The palate is cooled, but eventually dried with astringent grassiness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks way easy.

Overall, what we thought to be the best thing about this beer was the nose, and the drinkability. The nose gave great freshness, sweetness, and hoppiness. These acted to push, really, all other flavors to the side, giving way for a curious mix of tartness and hoppy goodness. The flavor followed nicely, but lightly. While this may have dropped the robustness of flavoring a bit, it made for a very drinkable beer, and something certainly worthy of being for the “day time”.

 1,878 characters

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a pale honey/straw color and wells up a finger of pure white billowy head that fades quickly, fed by heavy and steady carbonation

S - more hops than I thought would be there for a "Fractional" IPA. Not the hop profile of a hop bomb, the hops must seem stronger because they are the only aroma. No malt or adjunct competition.

T - The fractionality is much more evident in the taste than the aroma. But its very intentional, it doesn't drink like a watered down IPA or a "Lite" beer. But a weakened, or fractional IPA (a perfect adjective).

M&D - can you say session beer? A cold case of these, on the front porch on hot summer day of yard work would be perfection. It's light,effervescent, and easy without losing inherent quality or taste.

 754 characters

Photo of riored4v
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip with a clear, straw colored body. 1.5 finger, rocky, white head. Good lacing.

Aroma was excellent for such a light beer. Huge amounts of citrus, tropical fruits and orange. Mellow maltyness.

Taste closely matched the aroma. Big tropical hop flavor upfront. Some light breadyness and maltiness in the middle to balance it out and finishes with a light tropical and citrusy bitterness.

Mouthfeel was light body, medium/high carb and a crisp/dry finish. Very very drinkable.

Overall I thought this was a great beer. Huge hop flavor with a well balanced maltiness, which all came out of an extremely sessionable beer.

 640 characters

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly.

The beer was a pretty gold color with a medium-sized white head. There was a lot of lace.

Aroma of citrus and sweet malt.

Taste of grapefruit and pineapple and biscuit.

Appropriately hoppy. Nice example of a west coast IPA.

Definitely a beer to drink again.

 287 characters

Photo of mattsander
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw color, excellent clarity, tiny bubbles, rocky long lasting white head. Very nice looking beer.

S: Fruity, juicy hops. Melon rind, apricot, orange/grapefruit citrus. I love the smell of this beer, very west coast. It doesn't seem restrained at all for a 4.65% beer.

T: Very hop-centered with clean simcoe-y grapefruit/pine and a long juicy finish. Bitterness is spot on.

M: Juicy and refreshing, beautifully balanced with medium carbonation.

I love this beer. Big west coast hop flavor without the immediate drunkedness.

 532 characters

Photo of yamar68
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw gold... clear as a bell, a paper white head swells to fill the glass leaving plenty of lacing.

Subtle juicy hop aromas, earthy and citric, some sweet caramel malt notes, nothing too exciting but well executed.

Faint orange peel bitterness, enough malt presence to call it an English... meh...

That said, it's extremely drinkable.

 343 characters

Photo of phishsihq
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The newest seasonal offering from the fine folks at Lagunitas is Day Time, a "fractional IPA." The brew pours a deep yellow, and it is capped by a fluffy, white head that provides some spotty lacing. Typical IPA aromas including citrus, pine, and floral notes swirl around lightly caramelized malt. Citrus hop flavors start this brew out before strong floral and grassy hop bitterness takes over. A light malt backbone helps to balance everything out before a finish that features citrus, pine resin, pepper, lemon grass, and sweet malt flavors. Lighter in both body and carbonation, this is one easy drinking IPA for day or night!


 640 characters

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

I bought a couple 12 oz. bottles of DayTime IPA, Lagunitas' "fractional IPA", on the advice of Craft Beer Cellar's Kate. 'Twas a good recommendation, for sure. DayTime was enjoyed at nighttime, in my trusty Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (4/5): DayTime has a light copper hue and is transparent. A vigorous pour down the middle produces a towering 3 to 3.5 finger head of white foam. It's quite impressive. The beer's active carbonation is apparent when holding it up to the light.

Smell (4.5/5): DayTime features seriously juicy aromas in the nose: tropical fruit–passion fruit, pineapple, and grapefruit. It's also a little dank and earthy. This is quite impressive stuff for a beer of 4.65% ABV. There is only a small difference in the aromatic intensity between this beer and a "normal" IPA. And while I have not sampled other "session" IPAs that have recently hit the market, I can't imagine that many smell as good as this offering from Lagunitas.

Taste (4/5): DayTime IPA is straight pink grapefruit hoppiness in the foretaste. It has a sweeter edge to it in the finish. The hops prickle and pucker, but at a lower level than perhaps Lagunitas Maximus or another stronger IPA would. The taste is mellower than the nose initially led me to believe. The flavor is noticeably less intense than a "normal" IPA, but that doesn't lessen the beer's quality, in my opinion. It is still very impressive how much flavor Lagunitas has been able to cram into such a low ABV beer.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Features a medium-light body, medium carbonation, and a nice, dry finish. DayTime has the quality I look for in IPAs big and small–a smooth, spritely, prickly mouthfeel without any syrupy viscosity. Well done on the feel. Doesn't feel as "light" as its ABV.

Overall (4/5): DayTime is a very good beer that's a great decision if you're looking for something easier going but still want your hop fix. While it doesn't produce the hop explosion that other higher ABV provide, it's the right beer for certain situations or Sunday afternoons. You'll be surprised how good a "session" IPA can taste. Way to go, Lagunitas. Highly recommended.

 2,143 characters

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

Poured into a pint glass from a growler at fridge temp.

Pours out a light golden yellowish color, good clarity. A nice big 2 fingers of white head, big soapy bubbles. Decent retention and lacing.

A nice big tropical fruity, hoppy aroma. Dank, pineapple, catty aromas. No real malt noticeable.

Follows the aroma with some nice dank, catty, tropical fruity hops. Pineapple, mango, and some sweet citrus. Just a little bit of a grainy malt barely noticeable, definatly a hop forward brew. Smooth bitterness in the finish.

Needless to say a light bodied beer and very easy drinking. I can see sessioning this all day on a hot summer day, or anytime really.

Overall, a very solid iPa. It lacks any kind of malt foundation, but that's to be expected with the low abv. It has some really nice hop flavors and aromas going on. I'll be sure to revisit and look forward to more low abv beers with big flavor.

 908 characters

Photo of brewcrew76
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear light yellow with a foamy white head. Fairly light for an IPA.

S - Hoppy and resiny with tropical fruits and green hops. The green hop aroma has been very dank and weed like when fresh. Light malt in background but is not needed when there is such a wonderful hop aroma.

T - Citrus sweetness followed by tropical fruits and grassy hops. Light malt character, maybe just enough to balance it out but the hops shine in this one.

M - Light and crisp. Very smooth.

D - This might be my favorite beer of 2012. I like the fairly low abv with a ton of hop flavor and aroma.

 580 characters

Photo of acelin
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster at the Beer Kitchen in KC.

Pours a super light yellow/gold, almost hay like. Very clear, almost lager like. How strange for an IPA!

Smells is clearly of piney and citrusy hops, with a tiny hint of fresh roasted cracker malty goodness.

This beer is a great IPA starter for a new craft drinker. Very light on the palate, not super bitter, with great diversity in the hop flavor profile. Light on the stomach as well.

 440 characters

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale straw colored body with a frothy bone-white head. Could easily be mistaken for a light beer.

S- Any sign of a light beer vanishes with the nose. Huge piney hop aromas with some citrus, sweet malt and a note of fresh grass. Very nice aroma.

T- Hops continue to come through in the taste, with pine being at the forefront. Malt comes though slightly on the back end with a bitter finish.

M- Medium-high carbonation with a light-medium body. Very refreshing and very drinkable.

O- Impressive IPA even without knowing the abv. The fact that this can be sessioned is an added bonus.

 595 characters

Photo of Dope
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfectly clear pale gold. Big fizzy white head. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving lots of bit fluffy tufts of lacing behind.

S: Really nice citrusy and tropical fruit hops. Get orange and pineapple mainly it seems. Malt seems to bring a bit of toasted bread. Wonderfully crisp and sharp aroma, especially for such a weak ABV brew.

T: Again, more citrus and tropical fruit up front, mildly sweet. Not a typical caramel malt in the middle, it's more of a toasted bread than anything. Biscuity, to be specific. Finish is more biscuit and some grassiness with touches of tropical fruits and citrus. Not overly bitter but there's definitely a nice bite to it.

M: Light bodied, simple.

O: A really nice sessionable IPA. Has a prominent hop bite up front but not overpowering. Crisp and tasty. Drinkable and smooth.

 826 characters

Photo of Jparker37
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Straw golden and one shade short of brilliant. Moderate sized white head falls to a small cap after while. Left me with a couple small spots of lacing.

S - Strong pine edge to the hops. Background of fresh citrus hops. Faint little bit of graininess.

T - Any sign of malt is swallowed up quickly. Big hop flavors come through with some melon tones to them but also prickly pine. Moderate bitterness is smooth and bright. Hop flavor lasts for a short stint after finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium to medium-light body, dry.

O - Very sessionable IPA. Light color is a nice twist. Every bit of smell a good American IPA has. Big on flavor lighter on bitterness. Very easy drinking and great for a hot summers day.

 769 characters

DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,493 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!