The Two Birds girls from inner city Melbourne have been at it since 2011 (a long time in the Australian scene) and the Sunset has been brewed since 2012. I first drank and scored this beer five years ago and it’s gained an extra point this time around. Amber Ales with an American twang certainly resonate with me, combining a complex malt base with interest adding hop bitterness. It’s a style not many places brew, so the Sunset is always a go to in the cooler months when you need a little weight, but you’re missing a bit of a hop fix after all the stouts.
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a small, off white head and decent lacing. Aromas of rich caramel, toffee, milk chocolate along with resinous pine and citrus intertwined throughout. The flavour profile showcases complex malt characters, combining caramel, toffee and a darker, roasted element. The hops are not forgotten however, with moderate pine bitterness up front leading into a floral hop profile through the middle and a building bitterness towards the finish. The hops are fantastic in this beer. Allowing for great flavour and bitterness without being overpowering. Improved as it warmed in the glass, probably about 8•c.