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DayTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Added by RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012

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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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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.

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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.

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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!


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Very clear light golden, not much head to speak of. Aromas and flavors are very herbal and flowery. Really the hop's game here. Light and fizzy. A lick of citrus with each sip. For a second, I thought this beer was called EveryDay. That's what it could be called. It's absolutely phenomenal and I want to drink it all day long.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Dec. 2, 2012 (purchased the 6-pack for $9.99 at Plaza Wine & Spirits in Mira Mesa (San Diego) on Dec. 2, 2012. Golden pale with about a finger of white head with a pretty weak retention all-around.

Very good smell right from the get-go. Got sharp bitter hops right away, giving way to floral hops. Original hops seemed to be citrus with grapefruit, orange and pine coming in.

Tasted a lot like the smell, but not as potent. Got the bitter hops up front - grapefruit, orange, tangerine and pine.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

A very good beer from a very good brewery. No surprise here.

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

12oz bottled August 22nd 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours mostly clear, ever so slightly hazy gold with a two finger white head that recedes to a nice cap and leaves pretty drippy rings of lacing behind.

Aroma is citrus, primarily lemon, floral hops, light bready malt. Very good strength. Simple, but effective.

Flavor follows suit with juicy lemon hops, a little grapefruit and orange, hint of pine, bready/cracker malt which is light and unobtrusive, nice bitterness, no alcohol. Finishes dry and light.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, a little sticky, good carbonation.

IMO they nailed it on this one. Really nice hop aroma and flavor, good bitterness, but keepin’ the alcohol low, making for a very tasty Session IPA. Even at 3 months old it’s still got big aroma and flavor. Nice.

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

Lagunitas Daytime
12oz. packaged 8/30/12

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

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

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

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

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Photo of rodlavers
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter, about 2 fingers of crisp and sudsy white head almost billows over...leaves tons of webbed lacing behind. Color is sort of hazy golden but very light in color; sort of a yellow straw color. Looks very good. The smell is probably my favorite part about this beer. Opening the bottle releases bright aromas filled with delicious floral notes and light hops. I definitely pick up the quintessential Lagunitas aroma found in Hop Stoopid and Sumpin Ale, to name a few -- it's why I like these beers so much. There is a perfect balance of hops, sweet, cream and flower. Taste is very good as well. It's reminiscent of Founders All Day IPA, but I might light this one better, will have to check. Again, it has so much of what is also found in the other Lagunitas offering mentioned above, but lighter, and therefore I find Day Time crisp and refreshing, I could drink this all day/night. Flavors are also similar to the aromas -- sweet light hops and floral notes mask the more earthy and natural grassy flavors found in others like it, namely Founders offering. Moutfeel is great, smooth and refreshing, perfect for any time of the year, great aftertaste where flavors linger, but also a sense of thick texture. Overall this is becoming one of my favorite beers, I reckon. Every time I have it, it gets better and better. Cheers.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep straw yellow with a thick white head that turns rocky but last and has slow strands of tiny bubbles pushing to the surface.

S- The perfumed lemon lime hops are dry but full and light. I don't detect any malt character underneath.

T- The dry pale green hops and fruit cocktail hops flavor with some papery hops flavor to follow. There is a clean finish with a slight spicy hop note that lingers. There is very little bitterness in this flavor especially for the big hop flavor.

M- The light mouthfeel and crisp fizz boost the hop flavor and there is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- the nice crisp hops and bright fizz give this a nice hops soda pop quality but there is no sweetness. It is really nice and would be great for warmer weather.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
4.65% ABV, 54.2 IBUs, number code on neck.

A - Shimmering pale straw yellow in color, a tall pour creates a frothy and billowing loose stark white head that slowly deflates onto the beer leaving chunky patches of suds on the pint. If it weren't for the aroma, this might look like a nicely poured adjunct lager!

S - Intensely hopped and dry hopped, the aroma of this beer is explosive and assaulting; sticky resin hop pellets and powerful hop tea give it a very "green" feel with abundant tropical fruitiness. Freshly sliced pineapple, mango, and guava quickly transfer focus from the "green-ness" elsewhere. Dry straw and grainy pale malt are all but overwhelmed; quite intoxicating indeed.

T - Decidedly dry hopped, the flavor backs off considerably allowing much more of the pale malt base to show through with it's grain and straw nuances. This still doesn't distract from the "green" hop tea flavor though, and tropical fruit aromas are traded for lemon rind citrus and earthy pine notes.

M - Light-bodied, this IPA is moderately carbonated but still produces a crisp feel due in part to the citrus hops which tickle the tongue and the dry finish. DayTime touts a 50+ IBU level but it surprisingly doesn't seem that high, especially considering this low level of malt interaction and balance.

O - DayTime is an exemplary name for this IPA; one that works well, characterizing the beer's low alcohol level, high drinkability, and and somewhat tea-like nature. As a hop head I enjoy it's hop character and drinkability but can't help wonder at what cost? On one hand I want a sessionable, higher IBU IPA but it feels just a touch empty after the explosive aroma. Regardless, a 6-pack of these wouldn't stand a snowball's chance on a hot summer day.

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

12oz bottle (date stamp 26967120) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear/Bright golden yellow with just a hint of orange to it. White thin head, some strand and islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Very deep tropical fruit smell - papaya with just a hint of mango. Quite nice.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruite up front, quick malt middle, then nice bitter finish - grapefruit. Very balanced overall. Simple flavor profile, but deep in those hop flavors while not being a complete hop slam/wallop of a beer. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, brisk, but not at all fizzy. Some hop oils sticking to the teeth. Nice thickness underneath it all.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable and very tasty. I wish I had picked up a 6 pack of this now. Easily a beer I could have again and again.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a light shade of that typical IPA color. Looks like a pale ale, which makes sense given that this beer -- intentionally so light in ABV% -- can't have the usual IPA level of malts.

The aroma on this beer is incredible, given what it is. It's not a 4.5 amongst all IPAs, truthfully. But it is a 4.5 when you consider that this is an IPA under 4.7% ABV. Given its stature, this beer's nose is full of pine and grapefruit pith and guava and orange juice. It's a big aroma, which means they had to have used lots of hops. But will all those hops dominate the lighter malt bill on the palate?

Answer: no. DayTime IPA is very balanced. It basically tastes like a pale ale. I've had pale ales with more assertive flavor profiles than this. But that's OK. It has more bitterness than any pale ale, which is key to this feeling like an IPA. Nice malt flavor. Quaffable stuff.

The mouthfeel doesn't draw attention to itself. It's light, because obviously. I favor thin mouthfeel in IPAs anyway, so I like this. Overall this does exactly what Lagunitas wants it to: this delivers a huge hop aroma and an IPA flavor profile at 3/4 the usual ABV% of the style. A success.

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