Ommegang "Game of Thrones" Iron Throne Blonde Ale

The first Ommegang beer was a very, very nice surprise. This is one of the other beers from the clearly brand-diluting "Game of Thrones" series, and the first one could have started its own "Game of Thrones" merchandising megaproperty. Well, maybe not a MEGA property, but it would have had its own merchandising opportunities.

The murky golden beer has a fairly sticky head that reluctantly leaves a bit of lacing on the sides. The aroma bites at the nose with Belgian spice and floral hops. The smell is very aggressive and it makes me want it and fear that it will be too much at the same time.

First sip is spices and floral hops and grains. Yeast is very noticeable as well, and the whole thing somehow manages to be sweet and soulful. There's citrus making things interesting and it is mostly rind, so it's caustic and unrefined, but that doesn't make the beer any less crisp. I'm going for the swig.

Tip-in is grain and flowers. Spices dance around a little bit, but I expect that they will exert themselves later in the draught. The middle is just biting carbonation burn dominating the mouth, but the spices and grains flow under it all with a hint of citrus peeking out. The finish should have all the real flavor. And it rolls in like a rock star in a limo - it's slow and magnificent. The citrus and the floral nature of the hops combines with all the grains and sweetness combine for a crisp, well-architected finish.

Bottom Line: Is it the best blonde I've had all year? No. But it is very good.



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