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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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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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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright straw yellow

S: Citrus rind, light pine

T: Citrus up front, more pine, then a third hop element I can't quite put my finger on, but in a pleasent way...it's dry and hoppy I can tell you that. Grassy aftertaste. Longer and more complex than the average session IPA.

F: Higher carbonation than I expected, though it's not spritzy. I think this helps with the lighter mouthfeel that kind of haunts all low abv IPAs.

O: Probably the most satisfying session I've had. I'm still not to sure if they're my thing, but if I had to pick a session this would be it.

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

Bottle labeled 100 5 2 0421 1325 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma piney, lasts throughout glass
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to eight mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing good – partial rings and curtains, tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, slight chill haze
Flavor – starts moderately bitter and resinous, ends slightly bitter: no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4 Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of almostjay
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best session IPA I've tried. It will of course be a bit lacking in feel and flavor, but man, the aroma is great and the flavor is as good as can be for my palate at this low an abv. Will be my go to as long as it's available.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressed with this low ABV "fractional IPA." Great nose and taste. Light but flavorful. Solid thumbs up on this one. Likey better in summertime.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A pretty, yellow pour leaves a bubbly head that dissipates more slowly than one might expect. The nose carries distinct, appetizing tropical, citrus, and grassy hop notes, as well as a hint of honeyed malts.

Taste is shockingly hop-laden; of all the session pales, this one may be the best. Typical Lagunitas hop profile: tropical fruit leads, with citrus in support and a hint of grassy, herbal notes on the finish. Mouthful is fairly light, but well carbonated and refreshing, which is what the style calls for. Calling this beer a "Fractional IPA" actually makes perfect sense, for it has all the hops one expects from an IPA on the lighter body of a session pale. Excellent

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear light gold, fluffy white head, rings of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: lemon-lime, grassy and dried mango notes, little crackery malt blip. Taste: lime, grassy, crackery malt back, melon and sweetened grapefruit notes. Light-plus bodied. Really well done for a session strength IPA... call it a pale ale and throw a little more body at it and it's world class.

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

12oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice, slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, very slight malt note. The taste is pretty hoppy for a brew this low in ABV for the style. Medium body, with a nice slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall, one of the best Session IPAs out there, that I like and would probably buy again.

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Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely an ok sessional IPA, but a little lacking on taste. Just a tad bland for my liking. Would be fine for a casual beer on a porch, but not unless you were planning on having several

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lagunitas DayTime.

Lagunitas has only ever let me down once in terms of an IPA, And since this thing is dry-hopped I expect it to be pretty grand. Night Time was a good black ale.

Look - Pours a slightly murky yellow with a finger of ever so slightly off white head that quickly turns into a cloud formation among the right side of the glass. Carbonation appears to be between light and medium. Mid way through the drink all remnants of the head have completely dispersed meaning no lacing will be left anywhere. 3.

Smell - The nose is all one big dank hop that basically smells like sniffing a bud through a plastic wrap up bag. Malts are kept very light. 4.

Taste - The dry hoppiness is very apparent and dominates the majority of the flavor. Pine resin can be detected as it warms. Lemon zest in the finish. The flavor is not complex, but this is not meant to be. Finishes very crisp and clean. No sign of the IBU's. 4.25.

Feel - The body is fuller and more well rounded than expected. Carbonation comes through in medium waves and gently sting at the tongue. Mouth is coated in juicyness and there is a bit of a creamy aspect despite the lacking head. 3.75.

Overall - This was a very clean and easy drinking IPA that has a sessionability that is second to none. While it isn't complex, at $1.39 for the single bottle I definitely think I got my monies worth. I could drink this all day without a complaint. 4.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out into a Bruery tulip glass

A: Very light yellow in color, almost looks as pale as an American Adjunct Lager. Single finger of head, plenty of bubbles coming up, head dissipated about halfway into the glass.
S: Oranges, floral spices, grapefruit, crackery malts faintly in the background, lemongrass, lemon-lime
T: Follows the nose a bit, more emphasis on the lemon-lime, lemongrass qualities, finishes with a small pop of bitterness. Lemon in the aftertaste.
M: Bite upfront, medium carbonation hits your tongue fairly hard, very thin mouthfeel, finishes up dry as a bone.
O: Good session IPA, it seems like this would pair best with hot weather and activities. Sitting and drinking its a little too thin for my liking. It's not bursting with hops quite as much as sessions like Go-To, which is my session of choice.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber/yellow. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, peachy, piney in the nose (citra and galaxy dry-hopping would be my guess). Taste much the same, but with a little more prominent dankness, maybe some onion/garlicy/herbal notes (columbus/simcoe-like qualities). It is thin, which is probably what they're going for. I love lighter IPAs, but (as I tend to feel for mosts IPAs/APAs) could use a tad more hop burst.

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Photo of jhartley
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Surly glass. Bottled on April 10th. Picked up at my local ABC Fine Wine & Spirits as a mix-a-six.

Body is crystal clear light yellow with a bright white head; left zero amount of lacing in the glass

A light amount hop aroma and not much else; perhaps due to the age?

Taste is about the same as the aroma, not much. I don't expect much from sessions ales anyway.

Feel is very thin, finishes dry and is definitely a beer brewed to drink a lot of and not get too drunk. Not a lot going on.

Overall, this is an OK beer, just not impressed with sessions ales most times. I will look for this again and if its fresher I'll pic up another bottle to see if it's better.

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Photo of South2NW
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden color. not very distinguishable in appearance from a lot of light beers. '

nice citrus aroma is very enticing.

tastes of orange, pineapple, and maybe a bit of citrus rind and pith.

its quite light on the tongue, and a little on thin side. but that's to be expected for a session IPA. I could easily drink it all day in the sun...which I have.

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

Kept this one in a bottle as I was at a restaurant.
Floral on the nose
Floral hop flavor with a light malt base. Very subtle bitterness
Higher end carbonation, light, crisp and dry
Nice and light...daytime for sure.

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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