Fitzsimmons Fitzy IPL

Reviewed by on October 8, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fitzsimmons Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Airdrie, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 8, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: India Pale Lager

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

473ml can – no info on the label, other than this is an India Pale Lager.  Not a lot of those made in these parts, I gotta say.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar twisted ropy lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of skunky pine resin, gritty and grainy cereal malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, a bit of lager yeastiness, and more leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, underripe orange and red grapefruit pith, mild gasohol, hard water flinty notes, and more earthy, floral, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its twirling and swirling frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a touch of hop bitterness taking a minor tithe at this particular juncture (which is all right by this sports fan).  It finishes trending dry, the hops consolidating their lingering stranglehold.

Overall – well, I must allow that they done did it with this offering, creating a pleasantly-hopped lager experience.  Crisp, sassy, and easy enough to throw back, with no indication of the extra point of ABV.  Totally worth checking out.

Brady White

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