Remember when beers could be sweet without using lactose? Me either, but apparently that used to be a thing. How very quaint!
If anyone was going to remember, it was always going to be one of the two Colonial-esque breweries tucked away in The Rocks in Sydney. Endeavour Brewing Co, despite mostly being known these days for their light, hoppy pale ales in cans, regularly have English-inspired beer pouring at their cozy little Tap Rooms and have been brewing this Reserve Amber Ale for bloody ages and, honestly, it’s nice to be reminded that beers driven by malt can be really quite enjoyable.
The Reserve pours a very deep copper with a lovely thicc tan head. Aromas are predominately golden syrup, chocolate with a faint whiff of orange citrus. The body is a mélange of malty goodness: toffee, malt-o-milk biscuits, crème caramel sweetness with a bit of coconut lurking around in the background. The sugars are in no way cloying with some solid bitterness helping to balance it all out and finish clean as a whistle.
- Amber Ale