The talented chefs at Garlic, My Soul teamed up with Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes to review a beer worthy of kings. You ale or you die . . .
Brewery Ommegang has teamed up with HBO to produce several limited edition Game of Thrones beers. AWESOME! The first one released is the Iron Throne Blonde Ale, and it’s a malty, golden beer, sunny enough to make a man of the Night Watch think he’s lounging in a wading pool down in Sunspear. The website describes the beer as “lightly malty, rounded out by honey malt sweetness.” Now, normally I don’t go for the malty beers, and I was a little hesitant at first. But, the more I drank, the more the other aspects of this beer opened up and merged with the maltiness to reveal a truly well balanced and bright beer worthy of a true king.
Personally, I lean more toward the hoppier American IPAs and clean Eastern European pilsners myself, and I was a little put off by the first sip. It had strong, caramel notes and was more flowery than House Tyrell. But, I soldiered on, and with each subsequent sip, the delicate balance of this refreshing beer revealed itself. The citrusy, peppery flavor from the grains of paradise, alongside the floral notes and the fluttery carbonation make each mouthful akin to biting into a crisp, juicy, autumn apple. The deep golden, cloudy color even reminds one of sparkling apple cider, but at 6.5% ABV, you’d do well to watch how much you drink in a sitting. The Iron Throne Blonde Ale has the weight and sharpness of its namesake but without all that pesky bloodshed.
It is available for a limited time and would, with its tongue-in-cheek label, make a fun and delicious addition to your finale viewing party this weekend. I know not all marriages are perfect, but the good people at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, teaming up with HBO seems to be a match made in Heaven!
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