First there hazy IPAs swept the craft beer world. Then came the summer rosé-inspired beers. Today, Brut IPAs are all the rage. Karbach Brewing of Houston, Texas takes these trending styles one step further releasing a meld of the latter two in Daymaker, a Brut rosé ale brewed with cranberry and hibiscus.
Appearance and Aroma
Retro lettering and a pink, cream, and gold color palette makes Daymaker’s can look like something straight out of the 1950s. Cracking it open and pouring it into my glass, I notice it pours a pinkish-gold hue with a sparkling clarity. Hibiscus adding during the brewing process contributes to its rosy complexion. An off-white head quickly dissipates, leaving an almost still-looking beer. At first whiff, it has a Champagne-like aroma. As I swirl it in my glass, faint berry and floral notes also come forth.
It’s so light, dry, faintly flavored, and just plain poundable that it could be confused for hard seltzer.”
The Champagne comparisons continue with the first sip. Daymaker starts light and crisp with a dry flavor that is complimented by a slight cranberry tartness. This taste quickly transitions into a light herbal hop tinge. True to Brut-style, the beer finishes exceptionally dry with any residual flavors rapidly becoming imperceptible until I take another sip.
Karbach’s Daymaker is one of the most refreshing libations I’ve had in awhile, but I’m almost hesitant to call it a beer. It’s so light, dry, faintly flavored, and just plain poundable that it could be confused for hard seltzer. After working my way through a couple 12-ounce cans, I think I can see how it got its name. Despite it’s very unbeer-like qualities, at 6.0% ABV with such a crushable character, Daymaker could very well be my next go-to day drinker.