675. Brewery Ommegang Fire and Blood Red Ale

Brewery Ommegang Fire and BloodI know I am a little late to the Game of Thrones beer thing but I bought this beer back in April and tossed it in the beer fridge. Finally got around to opening it as I was not all that excited about drinking a red ale.

They did a great job getting the color as close to the blood part of the name with a deep amber color and thick off white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy with the spice coming from both the hops and the use of Ancho Chilies.

Taste is really where this one fell apart. Red ales are not my favorite style of beer to start but this one failed to deliver the sweetness that most reds have and that I got in the aroma. The beer did have an odd mix of spice and dark fruit which didn’t work for me. Hoped that it would improve as it warmed but it didn’t.

The Game of Thrones marketing made this one move off the shelf but that really is the only reason I would buy this beer. 
Pros:
Appearance
Cons: Odd mix of flavors
Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Brewery Ommegang
Brewers Description: Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO.

Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys’ feared dragons. Randomly distributed amongst the cases, each case will contain all three bottles.

Fire and Blood has a deep, dark red hue with a persistent, creamy off-white head. Aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, malt and slight spice, followed by a slightly floral and spicy hop character. A fruity, sweetish malt taste gives way to faint drying provided by the hops and rye. Underlying flavors of raisin and prune from the ancho chilies give way to a balanced malty and spicy finish.

  • Malt: Pilsner, Cara-60, Midnight Wheat, flaked rye and spelt
  • Hops: CTZ, Styrian Golding, German Tettnang
  • Spices: Ancho Chilies
  • ABV: 6.8 %
  • Available on draft and in 750ml bottles.

Pair with pastrami, jerk chicken, pulled pork, Mexican cuisine (such as burritos), and sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.

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