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 mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Yet another beer from Lagunitas' regular line-up that I've yet to try. Picked up a single bottle of this at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a nice beautiful golden honeyed lemon color with two fingers of soapy foamy white head. Minimal patchy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is light, but that is to be expected. Light pine, lemongrass, grapefruit hops, dry crackery malt, and some must.

T - Taste is still got that crisp and fruity hoppiness that embodies most of Lagunitas' beers. Very full-flavored for being such a low abv beer. Grapefruit, lemon zest, lime, oranges, very citrus forward, with just the right amount of bready malt keeping things in check.

M - Feel is light bodied and slightly oily, but finishes quick and clean, with minimal bitterness lingering on the palate. Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, this has probably been one of my more favorite examples of the light IPA category. Extremely light and drinkable; I could see this beer pairing well with some summer barbeque. This might make for a good canned option from Lagunitas one day, also.

Lagunitas Day Time Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice foamy white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear gold that appears to be very clean.

The beer has a nice upfront grapefruit hop profile with a hint of malt sweetness. A hint of floral hops as well.

Strong grapefruit bitterness upfront with just a hint of pine resin as well as floral taste. Almost no malt sweetness.

Medium bodied but feels very light and very smooth. Very refreshing aftertaste.

A very good session IPA and worth getting again. I would hope that they would turn this into a yearly instead of just a seasonal.

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Photo of laglocal
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: Pillowy white cloud head of about an inch that retains well, angelic lacing down the glass. Served into a Lagunitas mason jar

S: Pungent hop aromas in the forefront, almost cheesy

T: Phenomenal for such a low ABV, session style beer. I've had worse tasting, less hoppy, regular IPA's. Finish lingers with hop presence and slight bitterness.

M: The lowpoint, if it can be considered that, of this beer. Admittedly the wetness has to be attributed to the lower ABV, but if I were to imagine an ideal version of this beer it would just be a little less watery. Carbonation excellent. Could drink this all day long

Overall an excellent beer, one I would recommend highly for hop heads and even the discerning female companion who is weary of actual beer. A flexible brew that not only perfects the style, it breaks the mold.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with a moderate hand. I'm in the middle of a daytime session, so thought this would be spot-on. No date on the bottle.

A: Pale golden yellow with a slight haze. 2 fingers of sudsy, white head that died down to about 1/4 finger by 2-3 minutes. Very effervescent. This just bubbled like crazy from the bottom of the glass. Quite a bit of lacing. I believe it's trying to convey, "Drink me down - fast!"

S: Delicate hop aroma with a pine-leaning profile. Very light malt/bread scents. Some lighter grapefruit-type notes with a hint of black pepper.

T: Moderate, spicy hop bitterness upfront . Dry with a soft lingering bitterness on the finish. Very little malt to speak of. Nice crisp pine. Flavors are quite good, albeit a bit light on the tongue. No alcohol presence - it's a session beer!

M: Moderate carbonation with a pleasantly light body. Spritzy and prickly, which mesh well with the delicate flavors.

O: Very tasty and easy drinking session brew. Plenty of flavor and goes down very smoothly. I found myself taking big ol' gulps without any cloying, off-flavors or fullness in the gut. And that, I believe, is the point. Recommended, especially if you're planning on putting away multiples.


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Photo of larryarms847
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden yellow with a slight orange hue, and a light and frothy single finger of foam.

Tons of orange and citrus aroma and some herbal/pine-like notes.

Orange, lemon peel, grapefruit, hops resins, and some caramel/sugary malt sweetness under the high amount of citrus flavors.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, not the greatest "session" IPA, but another solid brew from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Mnmjski
4.81/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite session beers. Very clean and crisp with a nice hop presence. Light straw color, citrus on the nose, perfect carbonation. Amazing flavors produced from this the low ABV beer. Some of my other fav session beers are Gumballhead and Anti-Hero just to give you a better idea of what I like.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the grail of sessionables. I've had Terrapin, Founders, and a host of others, none of which compare.

Pours a beautiful straw color with scents of citrus, resin, and a touch of sweet malt.

Taste is spot on. Beautiful hop presence with rich citrus and resinous tastes. Just a touch of malt for balance. Refreshing, crisp, and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Light, perfect carbonation that washes the hoppy flavors over the tongue.

Overall, I can say that this is the perfect representation of a sessionable IPA. You can have a few of these without getting full and the flavor never becomes boring.

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

Appearance: Pale yellow in color and crystal clear. Big head with really good retention. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus. Some vegetal onion type qualities. Nelson Sauvin pops on the nose with lots of that white grape character. Super dank. Huge aroma.

Flavor: Very light bodied with lots of citrus and tropical hop character. Toasted malt holds everything together. Finishes dry with a nice fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied. Dry. Finishes dry with a bitter fruitiness. I understand the people who aren't crazy about the light body, but it works for me. Insanely drinkable. 12 oz bottle gone before I even knew what happened.

Overall: Session IPA seems to be a polarizing style and it's rapidly becoming one of my favorites. Delivers a big fruity, citrusy hop kick in a great sessionable body. Vying with Founder's All Day for the illustrious title of my favorite session IPA.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Real light bodied IPA. Lemon bright yellow, slightly hazy and dull, with some nice slow rising carbonation from the middle. Head is thick bleach white in color, four fingers deep and soapy retention. Very impressive looking brew.

Nice soft tropical hop notes on the front for the bouquet. Nice and juicy and flavorful smelling, hints of peach, pineapple. Maybe even a little bit of dank earth as well to mix it up a bit.

Noticeably light mouthfeel, and quite wet but somewhat expected for such a low abv. However, the flavors still piece together. Light malts, almost hinting at bready sensing pilsner but not quite. Hop angle comes with a juicy quality if obviously wet unfortunately. Light hop crispness coming with hints of tropical flavors a bit, and matching the nose.

Overall it's hard to think about what to rate for these sessionable IPAs. They are easy drinking and lighter but still have that incredibly watery body. Still they make for great drinkability, but there's something obviously missing that loses a bit of the appeal to me. Otherwise it's very well crafted.

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Photo of 45nDown
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Pored from the bottle into an oversized wine class. Golden yellow with a frothy white head. Sticky lacing on the glass throughout the drink.
-The smell is clean citrus, floral hoppy good. Great smell for a summer mow the kawn kind of beer. Fall release...really?
-The taste follows the smell. Clean light easy drinking.
-The feel is missing something. Looking for some smoothness but not finding it.
-A good beer that should be available in the spring

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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