125. Endeavour Amber Ale (2010 Reserve)

Posted: November 12, 2011 in Australian ales
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Endeavour Amber Ale (2010 Reserve)

Company info:
Endeavour Beverages Pty Ltd
Sydney, N.S.W


Bottle size sampled: 330 mL

Alcohol: 5.2%
Standard drinks: 1.4

Cap type: Non-screw

Cost: I picked this up for $TBC

Label info: ‘Great Beer is not only determined on where its ingredients come from, but how you enjoy it.
Premium Pride of Ringwood hops were used as bittering and finishing hops to deliver herbal, spicy resinous aromas.
Fresh rainwater was purified to exacting mineral levels to support flavour development and cellaring stability.
Dark crystal and chocolate malted barley were added to the base malts to produce rich complex flavours.
Our own top-secret, top-fermenting yeast was added to the mash with a touch more to the bottle to ensure cellaring potential’.

What the label really means: I love the label descriptions that Endeavour put on their beer. It’s very detailed and re-assures me that this is a quality product. As I said during my review of Endeavour’s Pale Ale: ‘I also like the ingredient descriptions backing up your reasons to like this beer, knowing what goes in it (helped by little diagrams).’

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: Again, as per my previous review of Endeavour’s Pale Ale : ‘The label is predominantly a dark brown colour with yellow to orange text and diagrams. It looks good but the object on the front makes me think of the malt shovel on the Malt Shovel Brewery label and feel it’s a little cliched. It’s a classy, well designed label, sure. And as much as I do appreciate the ingredient diagrams it does tend to make the label look a little busy. Not bad, but room for improvement’.

I give it a label rating of 6.5 out of 10.

AROMA: A delicious chocolate infused aroma wafts out from this little beauty.

Taste: GLASS – When I previously reviewed this beer for Charter magazine (my review can still be found here), I didn’t go into as much detail as I would have liked to on the taste of this brew, so it was time for a revisit. Sipping the Amber Ale from the glass I am tasting delicious toasted, malty,

caramel flavours. It’s rich, it has a tantalising insinuation of dryness and is a real all-mouth experience from go to wo-ha-oh. I detect a slight Scotch bitterness and an all-might slap to the taste buds. Brilliance.

I give it a beer from glass rating of  8 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE –
Drinking this from the bottle I am struck more by the delicious caramel reinforcement as the predominant taste. The dryness is now gone, replaced by an interesting refreshing feel. I am loving every sip. This really is the embodiment of pure geniusness in craft brewing. 

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8 out of 10.

Accompanying food: I am thinking lamb shanks, or lamb off the bone. Lamb is definitely required at this point in time.

Best season to appreciate: Because of its darker tones, I suggest this beer would be a good Winter Warmer.

All-nighter beer? Yes please! I love this sucker


  1. Ahoy ye land lubbers! This is one of the tastiest beverages ever to sail on the Hellcat Seas. Yar, HMS Endeavour! Prepare to receive boarders.


  2. Radio Snivins says:

    It’s been giving me the perfect pivvles all week what that ochre dicklety thing on the label is. I’ve narrowed it down to four possibles: a tuning fork, a dip-‘n’-wave bubble maker thing, a malt shovel – as ‘Kazoo said – with an enormous hole in it that would render it useless for shovelling, or something completely different. At this point, I’m prob’ly erring more towards the ‘something completely.different’. So, in the spirit of enlightenment, I shot off an email this arvo to Endeavour seeking details. I will share the results the moment they come in.


  3. Radio Snivins says:

    It’s my policy not to purchase beer that’s more than two weeks old, but as Tom Cruise learnt in Risky Business, sometimes you’ve just gotta say ‘What the Figaro!’ and kick policy in the privates.


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