Fresh off the back of their Silver Medal at the World Beer Cup and second at the AIBA this year, Endeavour has released the third vintage in it’s True Vintage Ales series: a 2012 Reserve Amber Ale and a 2012 Reserve Pale Ale.
The brews aim to give beer lovers a unique experience as Andy Stewart, Head Brewer, selects the ‘pick of the crops’ of the hops and barley to create a beer that not only is good drinking now, but cellars well for those who like to save their brews for later.
“Both beers can be enjoyed now,” says Stewart. “Although if cellared well over the short to medium term, you’ll see the bottle conditioning allowing changes throughout the months.”
For those who have sat on their 2011 vintages, Andy says they are drinking well and showing some developed complexity while the 2012 offering is still young and fresh after being bottled in August.
According to the brewery’s tasting notes the Pale Ale is a complex blend of floral aromatics, spiced citrus, herbs and sweet malt on the nose, while the palate offers a good balance of malts and fresh bitterness. The use of Galaxy, Summer and Southern Saaz hops adds layers of lemon/lime/grapefruit, spicy apricot, and spiced herbs respectively.
Similarly, the notes on the Amber Ale mention resinous and spiced fruit aromatics alongside a big malt character that carries into assertive bitterness with character and freshness.
Retailing at $18.99 for a four-pack, both brews are widely available.
For information on stockists see www.endeavourbeer.com