Lagunitas calls it a fractional IPA. That is actually a great description. It is not an IPA but is actually a shadow or a shard of an IPA, and really not overly successful in the effort.
As one of the West Coast Gods of the Craft Brew movement, Lagunitas has the power, hence luxury, to fiddle around with things. I am a fan of their IPA (who isn't), but this beer seems to be the result when you take that beer and strip it down, pulling away notable flavor layers, past the level of session beer all the way to the edge of "light," beer.
Day Time Ale pours with a nice creamy head and a light golden color. The aroma is crisp and clean with hints of mild hops. The flavor is very smooth and basic, never really protruding in any area. It has hops, it has malt (very light), it has a clean water flavor, and it has a fairly light lemon flavor. All of these meld but mainly because there is not very much of any of them.
Day Time Ale starts out with a very light flavored malt that is a little oat-like. It's light roast is eclipsed by a light lemon that moves into a middle of very light clean hops. The finish is very light fringing on spring water seeped with a bit of hops. Notice the use of the word light. There is not a whole lot of mention-able individual flavor…nothing really stands out. It is a very smooth, light ride.
This is a very drinkable beer with certainly more flavor than a typical "light." I am a bit of a flavor junky and Day Time did not impress me too much with its very safe and timid approach to flavor. However, Day Time Ale is certainly a Swiss army knife party beer. You could serve it to pretty much anyone and offend no one. You may bore them a bit but you won't offend them. Still it is a decent beer by a better than decent brewery.
Full Brewery Name: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Petaluma, California
Alcohol by Volume(ABV): 4.65
Drinkability: High - No Problem Putting These Down