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Yes folks, you read that correctly: there is an Iron Maiden beer.

US-based brewery Ninkasi Brewing have honoured the metal legends with Maiden The Shade, a new beer that’s presumably Eddie’s new tipple of choice.

Maiden The ShadeAccording to the brewer’s site:

A salute to the playful side of summer, we had fun with this beer! Maiden the Shade has a big robust hop character from the liberal use of 7 different varieties of hops. It s completed with a light colored malt backbone to stay in balance. Kick back and enjoy!

Review site RateBeer.com gave it 14/20 overall, and had this to say:

Draft, SIB. Golden clear pour, thin white head. Aroma is a little sweet and biscuity, with dank, grassy, and citrusy hops. Tastes of biscuity, sweet malt on a surprisingly light body. It’s refreshing but also gives a watery impression. Finishes with grass, hay, a little citrus. I’m pretty surprised by the alcohol content listed on this, it doesn’t feel like almost 7% at all.

Sleigher!Sweet and biscuity? Yeah, I don’t know about that, but 7% sounds fairly epic and how great a photo would that label make?

Unfortunately, the only place you’re going to be able to get it is in certain parts of the US – according to BeerNews.org, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and possibly the Bay Area. Maybe someone from one of those areas can send us in a report and photo.

I also noticed that Ninkasi have a seasonal beer called “Sleigher”.

Logo look familiar anyone? I think there’s a metal fan in that company!

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