Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lagunitas DayTime Ale


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1157) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 7/23/14 and cost $3.20 ($0.27 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale lager-like white gold hue over a mostly clear body. Spastic effervescence clearly visible. Pours to a three-finger, white, fluffy head that retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Huge dank resin and tropical fruit juice concentrate. Very sweet and inviting.

Taste: There seems to be a formula to the “Session IPA,” yet some breweries hit it out of the park and others strike out. Lagunitas DayTime is definitely is one of the former as it has both great taste and complexity – qualities you don’t tend to get in a small brew like this.

Many session IPAs tend to taste like hoppy water, but this one has a genuine malt foundation to it. Light, pilsner-like malts with just a hint of smokiness or bready character. The hops are quite prominent to say the least. A strong spicy sensation at first with herbal characteristics. They transition to something earthier, like pine needles through the middle and finish with a classic lemony citrusy flavor on the finish. Usually, this type of palette would grow old quick, but in this case it works perfectly.

Drinkability: This beer does exactly what it’s supposed to do: deliver big flavor while still being refreshing and sessionable. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but always smooth going down and leaves nary an aftertaste (maybe a hint of lemon peel). At 4.65% ABV it’s definitely in the session-able range for most people, though considering how good it tastes and easy it drinks, I doubt many people will have a problem throwing back a few of these (if only it came in cans!). 
Grade: 9/10