The beer that started it all for the crew at Local Brewing Co was this XPA and, although it’s called Sunset, it doesn’t have the same auburn hue a truly stunning sunset can have. Instead, it’s a pale, yellow and hoppy beer that fits nicely into the XPA category that might have confused even the more knowledgeable beer geeks in 2015 but has become a ubiquitous trio of letters in the beer world. The sunset in the title instead refers to the state of mind the beer hopes to conjure in the drinker: one of a beautiful sunset settling over waves on a tropical beach.
Those tropics-conjuring qualities come from the inclusion of Citra, Centennial and Amarillo hops which provide a mix of mango and passionfruit, joined by some ripe orange, stone fruit, melon and a building tropical juice-tinged bitterness. In other words, you could certainly do worse than enjoying it on a beach and from a fancy glass with an umbrella poking out the top.