Lagunitas has a wide variety of beers, but most of the ones I’ve tried have been IPA’s, but this will have been my first time trying a “fractional IPA.” Lagunitas has been around since 1993 and is based out of Petaluma California. Someone wise once said, “It’s 5 O’clock somewhere”. This is a good motto to go by if you want to do some day drinking, especially since Lagunitas recommends drinking this beer with breakfast or lunch.
Lagunitas describes their DayTime Ale as “Our “Fractional IPA”, Boldly Dosed with a Gloriou$ Fortune of Dry Hops and a Toasty Malt Foundation to satisfy your every need. But it still lets you stay in the game to do what needs to be done. Available in select markets all year long and soon to be released year-round nationwide. ” I can generally find a reason to drink at any time of the day, but will have to try this breakfast and lunch time beer around dinner time. This beer was purchased individually at a local liquor store. It is 12 fluid ounces (355 mL), rated at 54.20 IBU, and is 4.65% alcohol by volume. And to a degree, I’m impressed by the level of accuracy those measurements.
The beer has a smooth pour with a nice white head. There is enough carbonation to help the head linger around but it dissipated from how much there was initially. It is a nice clear golden color with carbonation rising throughout the beer. It smells slightly sweet and I can smell the hops but can’t pinpoint any other smells. The flavor is what I would expect from an IPA to be drank early in the day; refreshing and light. If you’re not a big fan of strong IPA’s, this is probably the beer for you. Or if you’re new to IPA’s and trying to ease your way in, this is probably the one to try.
Know a good IPA for a non-IPA drinker? Let me know in the comments!