DayTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
450 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 dfillius
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/3 finger of loose white head with poor retention. Better retention please. Pale straw colored crystal clear liquid. Decent color, though a tad light.
S: Pass-O-Guava juice, pineapple, orange. Faint bread is a nice accent. Man Candy.
T: Bitter open and middle. Some biscuity base in the aftertaste with some hop. Citrus hops primarily. Some sulfurous allium. Later on, the bitterness dominates.
M: Very light. Just shy of watery. Slightly expectorant. I'm glad the bitterness increases to an IPA level. Minus points for thinness.
O: Great session IPA. As good as All Day IPA? I'd have another DayTime and buy 6 more. It's a tad thin to call it an AIPA though. Definitely glad for an easy drinking low alcohol hoppy beer like this though.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy with oils and nicely yellow. The head left a little quick, but there is lace a-straddlin'.

Tropical fruits like pineapple and starfruit with homey Lagunitas hop aroma. Thin malts, but they seem a little sweet. Very nice nose.

Holy hell. Great hop flavors. Pineapple, papaya, raw carrot, maybe even celery juice. Try it and think to yourself, V8 Fusion. Crackery malts appear to offer dryness now. Not pilsner-like, but thin and somewhat rigid. Best damn session IPA I've had yet.

Drinks great. Sessionability meets the highest score. Light-bodied and mellow carbonation. Mouthfeel a great aspect for this beer.

So far, my favorite IPA from Lagunitas. Similar hop profile to the Sucks, with extra lightness and drinkability. All tropical fruit hops without the setbacks of kiln to the malt or the constraint of booze.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I’m loving this brew. For some reason (not completely unfounded) I’m thinking of it as the “lite” beer version of an IPA.

It pours a light, thin golden yellow with thin soapy foam that leaves thick & foamy residue.
I get the characteristic hoppy Lagunitas signature hop profile in the aroma with a freshly squeeze lemony note dominating. Additionally, there’s some orange some onion, and a light & pleasant catty aroma. It’s crisp and refreshing.

The flavor has more of the dominating lemony freshness with a lean finish and light bitterness. I can’t get enough of this one—here’s hoping it joins the regular line-up, at the regular Lagunita’s prices.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I guess it's about time these guys release something new. I know what your thinking this session-able IPA thing has been done to death but these guys take the cake.

A - Color is a nice pale orange yellow with a 1/2 inch of rocky, foamy. lacy head. Looks like a great pale ale to me.

S - My here is a nice smelling IPA. Strong grapefruit tones mixed in with some gram cracker sweetness, and a touch of piney finish,

T - Quite exceptional. It's light on the palate but great IPA taste. Hoppy yet smooth with light grapefruit tones and an equal balance of sweet malt goodness. Finish doesn't give much lingering hops and the ABV makes session ability stellar.

M - Light and crisp. Mild watery tones but forgive able for the "light beer" feel.

Overall it's a great IPA, I almost enjoyed it as much as 60 minute IPA which I rarely buy but will most likely pick up a case for summer months. Good stuff.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a pint glass. Served nice and chilled.

Appearance: Really light golden yellow in color. Pours a slight, one finger creamy white head that leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass. Really clear and light in appearance.

Aroma: Definitely a more tropical hop character in this one. Very light malt character. Lots of pineapple, mango and pine notes.

Taste: Really nice and flavorful given the ABV. Big pineapple, mango and bitter pine notes. Some grapefruit rind in there as well. Really drinkable with a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and really crisp. Spot on for the style.

Overall, a really refreshing and easy to drink session-type IPA. The hop flavors were strong enough that I was slightly surprised to see the actual ABV. The tropical flavor profile and clean finish make this really easy to drink and right up my alley. Very good, perfect for warmer weather.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ultimate session beer. All the flavor of IPA, with under 5% abv. I don't want to call it IPA light, but it has an ethereal color and an amazingly light mouthfeel. I actually prefer this to the regular Lagunitas IPA. I could drink this all day. It is well named. Too bad this is a limited release....

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW! Strange beer - I instantly liked that it rang oddly familiar bells like from some unknown cell phone I had lost under the couch - still holding a charge. I bought Lagunitas DayTime as a single bottle at a GREAT craft beer store that a friend called me about. The beer was listed as an IPA (my favorite and first choice style every time); it was labeled as "A Fractional IPA" which further sparked my interest. I will buy ANY and EVERY IPA at least once and this is my first "once" on this selection. I have never had ANYTHING like it - it has the expected 'hop-kick' and the characteristic sharp aftertaste that IPA's have BUT THAT AFTERTASTE! It is a very metallic -so familiar and yet it escapes me...copper? zinc? steel?...I just can't place it. I would have it again because it was so strange - a definite conversation starter with my beer clan. The appearance was clean. golden & clear as one might expect in a "girly-beer". I will revisit this beer.

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Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DayTime IPA pours a lighter gold color. It’s very clear. Holding it to light almost gives it a yellow look. Hey, looks like no caramel malt! I like it! A soft white head tops it off and rises to about a finger and a half in height. It’s somewhat slow to recede, but lacing is definitely on the lighter, spotty side.

The nose is good. It might not be all that aromatic, but it does smell good. The malt base is very subtle. It smells a tad sweet and sugary, but there’s no hint of caramel or toffee. It smells mostly like toasted malts. That’s a good sign. Hops are rather strong in the mix. They smell mostly citric. Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are all noted. This one’s definitely hop forward. Alcohol isn’t noticeable in the least. No surprise there. Smells good.

The flavor is likewise impressive. The malt base is undoubtedly toasted malts. That’s honestly not my preference for the style, but it’s not bad by any stretch here. Hops come through loud and clear. They have a nice citric flavor. It’s mostly grapefruit and pineapple. It has a slight bitter kick, but it’s pretty tame for the most part. That might be attributed to the malt base. Tough to say. Ultimately, it’s well-balanced and friendly. Alcohol is not a factor at all. Finishes toasty with a citric hop twist. Good stuff.

DayTime IPA has a lighter body. No big shock there. It feels a tad thin and insubstantial. Carbonation is a little active, but doesn’t seem too buzzy. As intended, it goes down super easy. I could drink multiple bottles in a sitting…and may.

DayTime IPA is simply another fine release from Lagunitas. Given its size, it certainly packs a lot of flavor. As far as sessionable IPAs go, it’s easily among the best. I really like these releases. You can drink a lot…and not pay for it as much tomorrow. Very good stuff.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.79/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice thin (er) white foamy head. Color is "bud light" yellow with medium viscosity and great clarity. Chunky lacing.

Nice centennial hop aroma! Citrus and apple stand out.

Off flavored.. Bready, floral, wet, high carbonation, medium bitterness, mild sweetness. Very apricotty... Can't get into the flavor or feel.

Like the label says, this one would be best expierenced during a day, not a night. It's crisp and kinda refreshing, but far from well put together. I've experienced many better IPAs. I've also experienced many MUCH better brews from Lagunitas. Can't recommend this one.

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Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear light yellow with a two finger white head.

S- Hoppy, citrus/tangerine, earthy, pepper, nice malt backbone.

T- Piney, pepper, citrus, pale matls.

M- Smooth, crisp, light.

O- Light, smooth, and very easy to drink. Next time I will have to pick up a full six pack.

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

I'm tasting mad grapefruit up in here. I dunno what they put in this but it's like drinking grapefruit juice. Not in a bad way. Good beer, very light and sessionable, missing some of the richer, balancing notes of the great IPAs but I suppose they have to make some concessions to keep it light. If you don't compare it to other IPAs but think of it on its own, as its own beer, as like a pretty bitter pale ale, its a good, light, tasty beer that I'm glad I tried and I would recommend to others. Now I gotta go because someone around here is cooking barbecue and it smells great.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a light pilsner with a 2 finger white head. Small bubble wall of lacing rings the beer.

S- caramel, big citrus (grapefruit, lemon, pineapple) with pine and grass.

T- sweet pale malts, lemon, grapefruit, pine and dank hop bitterness.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Slight creaminess and effervescence.

O- pack a lot of flavor and aromas into this low abv beer. Could drink a lot of these during the summer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured into an Appalachian Vintner pint glass. Julian date says 167.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and web-like surface foam.

S- Bright citrus hop aroma that's light on the resin notes. Slightly grassy and hardly any ma ,t presence to speak of.

T- Very smooth, almost watery flavor that's saved by the mild but enjoyable hop kick. Bitterness is there but fades rather quickly.

M- Probably my only qualm with this beer. Just too thin and watery. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- One of the better "session" IPAs out there but it just doesn't do it for me as far as something I'd drink regularly.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a nice two finger white foam head. Tons of beautiful, sticky lacing.
Citrus and pine aromas. Somewhat subdued in comparison to other IPAs, which makes sense considering what this is.
Very nice IPA flavor. Nice hop bite, citrus, and pine. Very flavorful and not overpowering at all. Lagunitas balanced this beer well. The heavy carbonation and somewhat light body make this very refreshing.

Light beer for craft drinkers. Wouldn't mind having a whole six pack of this to myself for the day.

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Photo of shand
4.76/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me just come right out and say it - I love this beer. Lagunitas Daytime pours a gold-tinged yellow with a finger of white head. The aroma is so good. So, so good. Do you like citrus, tropical, and piney hops? Great, because that's all you'll get on the nose here. No malts, no wheat, just hops. The taste is, similarly, a hop bomb of epic proportions. Well, as epic as you'll get at sub-5% ABV, that is. There's really nothing but citrus, tropical, and piney hops here, it's like drinking a hop soda. So good. The mouthfeel is light and a bit too "oily", probably because of the massive amount of hops that Daytime has when compared to it's malt bill. The drinkability is fantastic. The fact that this beer is a seasonal absolutely guts me. Daytime is really right up there with Hill Farmstead's Edward for the extra-hopped APA or "session IPA" category. A superb brew.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy straw color with a frothy head. Notes of sweet tropical fruit, pine/resin, and a delicate malt base. Well balanced and very easy drinking...difficult to do considering the low ABV and big flavor. Easily a new go-to beer and an after work beer. Drinks well in the Florida heat

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

355ml bottle poured into tulip 24/10/12

A clear golden yellow with just a few little slow bubbles but a long lasting finger of foam that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S pineapple, lemon, grapefruit and mango, nice tropical nose with a little pine needles, there's a little sweet malt but the hops are in charge, smells strong and good

T along the same lines of the smell but a little toned down, some lemon rind I didn't smell, tastes pretty good and considering the low Alc% I'm pretty happy

M not as light as you might guess and more bubbles then were visible, a faint rind aftertaste

O pretty stoked on this hoppy little session beer, smells great and I could drink a few without getting board and still do important things, very important things, like have another beer

A fractional IPA? I'd say it's 5/7ths at least, really though I enjoyed this one and would love to session this under a hot sun

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Photo of portia99
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth 20th Anniversary glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear pale straw gold color. Two fingers of rocky white foam lingers for a minute, falling to leave behind sticky webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Super hoppy - piney, tropical pineapple, grapefruity citrus, peachy, sweaty. A light sugary sweet malt character manages to sneak thru also.

T - Pretty much matches the aroma. Tons of hop flavor - pine, pineapple, grapefruity, sugary sweetness. Not super bitter only manages a mid-level intensity, but works perfectly here.

M - Relatively light in body and a somewhat light carbonation that gives a tingle on the tongue but remains on the creamy side.

O - This is pretty close to what I'd call the perfect daily drinker. Intense, DIPA flavors and aroma with a low alcohol content. I love the concept of this beer. I hope Lagunitas decides to make this a regular offering. This will be in my fridge all of the time if they do.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is dank, piney, resiny hops and some tropical fruits.

The flavor is a bit mild - some tropical fruits and dank resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery and washed out.

Overall, I like the lower ABV hoppy beers. This has good bitterness and hop profile, it just seems a bit watery and washed out. I recall liking Founder's All Day IPA better.

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Sampled in a small snifter. White head with medium retention. Oily, clear lacing. Very pale in color, light yellow with high clarity. Maybe the lightest ipa color I've ever seen. Aroma is grapefruit and pine, very very hoppy aroma. Low in carbonation, light in mouthfeel. Taste is nicely bittered with little to no residual sweetness from any malt. I see what they were going for with this beer and while it may not be the most balanced and complete ipa ever, it is as advertised. Both tasty and sessionable. Very nice.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Lagunitas. Appearance is very pale with a hint of cloudiness. White head with heavy lacig and decent retention. Nose is full of pine, resin, and grapefruit. Taste is full of floral hop flavors with heavy bitterness up front, some light fruity flavors mixed in, malts are subdued. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Nice full flavored "small" IPA... Tons of flavor.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Founders pint glass.

A: Poured out a crystal clear, apricot color, with light passing galore. The shaving cream-esque white head had tremendous staying power.

S: Grapefruit bomb and then some! Very piney, fresh, and with a touch of orange and lemon. Reminds me of Sculpin.

T: I can't believe they packed that much flavor and hop character into such a low octane brew. Remarkable! Tremendous pine notes and with a grapefruit bill (peel and all) that surpassed even most DIPAs!

M: Citrus bitterness, with prickly carbonation that was perfect in this setting. Nothing sweet or syrupy. However, this was not balance, nor did it need to be.

O: Lagunitas continues to impress with their seasonal hoppy offerings. I think I'll buy a few 6ers of this for my Halloween party so that my guests don't get too shnockered on 8% ABV Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Ugly Moose.

Lagunitas Daytime came from the tap to me with some small spirts of suds on top, not even a cap, no lace on the way down. Smell is very lemon peel rich, a nice dose of hops, not smelling any malt addition, clean and pungent. The taste is a nice bitter hit of alpha laden hops, lemon is the main flavor in my opinion with some small grassy taste in the end. The malt is really nowhere to be found, hidden oh so well. Feel is light bodied, easy to take down, but the bitterness would wear after a while. A nice low sessionable beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a one finger white head fading to a thin layer of bubbles. Ok lacing.

Aroma is full of citrus hops. Lots of passion fruit and grapefruit. A tiny bit of pale malt is evident but hops really dominate.

This carries over into the flavor. Moderate to high bitterness begins immediately and tropical fruit flows across the tongue. A very tiny bit of pale malt and toast is in the background but hops really dominate. Mouthfeel is on the watery side as can be expected from a beer of this strength (or lack thereof).

Overall, this is a very tasty session beer that packs great flavor in a small package. Mouthfeel does suffer but it is a small price to pay for having a tasty light beer. Other brewers really need to explore this type of beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear, straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome!! It has a beautiful pilsner malt scent along with a killer citrus hop nose. It's incredibly light and refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop bite up front with quite a bit lingering in the finish. The malt bill provides just enough flavor and color, but little in the way of balance. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer that could use a little more body and malt character.

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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,510 ratings.
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