Fitzsimmons O.D.R. Cream Ale

Reviewed by on November 16, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fitzsimmons Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Airdrie, AB, CA

  • Rated On: November 16, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Cream Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The O.D.R. stands for ‘Out Door Rink’ which is meant to pay tribute to Airdrie’s rich hockey culture.  I’m from Okotoks, so forgive me if I have my own allegiances.

This 473ml can pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with four fingers (were it was five, as in discount) of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy tan head, which leaves some sparse paramecia lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy cereal malt, brown sugar syrup, a sweet nuttiness, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some oily bar-top nuts, and more well-understated leafy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly tame in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess (ya don’t say) arising as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt sealing the lingering deal.

Overall – well, this comes off much better than your typical Canadian-made cream ale, with lots of robust Alberta malt flavour.  Kind of a one-trick pony, sure, but I would imagine that there’s lots of folks out there who might like this sort of thing.

Brady White

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