Game of Thrones Fire and Blood Red Ale In the beginning of 2013 Brewery Ommegang released the first beer in their Game of Thrones line. The partnership between brewery and HBO1 so far has produced four different beers, with each release being named after an element in the show. Three of the beers have been released to date with the fourth going on sale Oct. 1, 2014.
- Iron Throne Blonde Ale – 6.5 percent a.b.v – March 2013
- Take the Black Stout – 7 percent a.b.v – September 2013
- Fire and Blood Red Ale – 6.8 percent a.b.v. – March 2014
- Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale – 8 percent a.b.v – October 2014
All four were made available on draft and in 750 ml bottles with each release getting unique Game of Thrones related artwork on the labels. The Fire and Blood Red Ale was named after Daenerys Targaryen’s house motto2, Fire and Blood, and was inspired by her and her three dragons – Rhaegal, Viserion and Drogon. Three separate labels were created featuring artwork representing each of the three dragons.
According to the Brewery Ommegang website, the Fire and Blood Red Ale was brewed with Pilsner, Cara-60, Midnight Wheat, flaked rye and spelt malts, CTZ, Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops and spiced with ancho chilies.
The Fire and Blood pours a reddish brown and semi-opaque. Immediately after it hits the glass there is about a half an inch head from what appears to be a very carbonated beer, though after only a couple of minutes it dissipates to a thin film on top. The aroma isn’t very complex with fairly straightforward notes of malts and some very light hints of fruit.
Taking a first few sips it has a slightly bitter taste up front, with a fairly weak mouthfeel. It’s light – almost watery – though there is quite a bit of carbonation which might be the only thing giving the mouthfeel any body. Getting past the minor bitterness there is a bit of sweet fruitiness and chili spice with a very short finish that almost doesn’t allow for tasting anything else.
As the Fire and Blood warms up closer to room temperature, there’s definitely a more prominent maltiness, sweet fruits including raisins and a bit of chili pepper up front, with the bitterness from before completely missing. The finish is much longer now, and though it loses most of the pepper, it instead sees a more focused sweet fruity taste with some specific strawberry and raisin notes. It appears I wasn’t able to completely get away from the bitterness, though now it’s moved from up front to about 30 seconds after a sip, leaving an aftertaste of dry hoppy bitterness.