Fitzsimmons Big Hill Blonde
Reviewed by Brady White on April 26, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !
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!