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DayTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
445 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.65%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RblWthACoz on 08-25-2012

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

Pours a very clear, light golden color with a nearly white, short head. Very grape fruity citrus nose. Wet, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Finishes with a little mild carbonation scrub. Grapefruit from start to finish. A little juicy at the end. This brew is in my wheelhouse. Love it!!

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

Appearance: Neon yellow with visible effervescence and great clarity. Thin film of white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: I'm a sucker for West Coast IPAs and the nose is definitely giving me that sense. Hop dominated. Pineapple and citrus. My expectations for this one are raised given the aroma.

Taste: I was expecting this going in, but it is a light IPA. A comparison might be a watered down Stone IPA. But what's there is good. Light malt character topped by fresh hop flavors of pineapple and some citrus like in the nose. There is also a nice melon flavor in there that adds a hint of sweetness to the palate and balances everything out nicely. DayTime IPA is aptly named because it would probably pair well with light lunch food. Although I wouldn't call it juicy, this IPA is unique in its ability to be thirst quenching while at the same time delivering the dry finish that one would associate with this style. At 4.65% ABV you're basically getting what you pay for; mild flavor and drinkability.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side with a good level of carbonation. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: This one surprised me. The only other Lagunitas beer I've had is Hop Stoopid and I enjoyed that one but the hop profile of DayTime is much more to my liking (pineapple vs orange citrus). I also really like that it's a sessionable IPA. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, not sure on date but just got to PA market
New Belgium globe

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden yellow. Like others have mentioned, it does look almost like a pilsner in the glass. Half finger of bright white head. Seems to be nicely carbonated, with some little bubbles trickling up from the bottom. Head sticks around a while.

S: Big nose on this one. Really fruity and citrusy dank hop notes. I really love the nose. All hops, no malt breadiness or anything.

T: You certainly get that initial hop blast up front. It's not anywhere near the aggressiveness of the smells you took in though. This beer falls a little flat because of the really thin malt bill. It almost is too thin, but I guess that is what they were going for in a session IPA. Lower bitterness towards back end. Really seasonable. I could destroy a 6pack of this at a party.

M: Light bodied brew for sure.

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

Clear bright gold in body with white lively head that sticks around, plenty of lacing. Aroma of papaya, mango, grass, subtle honey, hint of pine, lemon. Hop flavors of lemon, floral notes, pine, grass, citrus with rind, mildly sour, and light honey and cereal notes. Light in body with medium carbonation. A bit slick on the palate. Very sessionable, big on lemony hop flavor, and a great aroma.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, bubbly straw, trace head, solid lacing

S: refreshing tropical fruit medley (papaya, tangerine, grapefruit), pine and grassy

T: papaya, grapefruit, earthy grain, mild pepper, pine bitter finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry crisp/light oily mouth

O: Bravo, Lagunitas! Proving once again you can make
a deliciously consistent brew at a good price. I would
love to make this part of my regular daily rotation/stock
in frig. Adventurous BMC friends and family might enjoy
and hopheads looking for hop love in a pint while also


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DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.
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