Fitzsimmons Big Hill Blonde

Reviewed by on April 26, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fitzsimmons Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Airdrie, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 26, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Fitzsimmons Brewing comes to us from Airdrie, Alberta, a bedroom community just north of Calgary – I presume that there is a ‘big hill’ somewhere in or near town?

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent flock of seagull pattern lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of grainy and bready cereal malt, a touch of pome-like fruitiness, some mild earthy yeast, and equally subtle leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is crackery and doughy pale malt, a bit of dried apple peel, an ethereal yeastiness, some damp minerality, and more understated earthy, leafy, and musky floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-placating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, nothing really extant here that might cause any sort of interference with a good time.  It finishes trending dry, the crackery and biscuity nature of the malt holding court in the lingering arena.

Overall – this comes across as a well-made, clean version of the style.  Easy to drink, nothing to distract, and an obvious gateway brew for all those macro lager legions still out there.  Yup, I almost wish that my lawn was green enough for me to designate Big Hill Blonde as a you-know-what!

Brady White

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