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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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634 Ratings
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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 95
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MadScientist on 03-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewery Ommegang and HBO are partnering on a series of beers inspired by the critically-acclaimed drama Game of Thrones. Launching ahead of the season 3 debut on March 31, Iron Throne, a blonde ale, is the inaugural beer in the series and the result of a creative collaboration between Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and HBO.

“No one enjoys their job more than I do -- producing and developing new brews to delight lovers of fine beer, add to that the opportunity to collaborate on a beer based on the cultural phenomenon of Game of Thrones and exploring ways to make the beer truly reflect aspects from the show. It made us approach development in a completely new way and I think the first edition Iron Throne reveals that. With a Lannister currently on the throne, it made sense to do a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. Iron Throne is certainly fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.” -Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang
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Ratings: 634 | Reviews: 112
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Photo of MadScientist
4.64/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This beer pours a pale golden with a touch of haze. The off-white head is persistant with two fingers of creamy, somewhat rocky foam settling slightly.

S: There is a peppery note right up front with a spicy, citrus aroma. A moderate floral hops aroma and a some Belgian yeast fruit and spice aroma. The yeast aromas blend really well with the grains of paradise spicy citrus notes. The malt aroma is light with a simple clean sweetness that teams up with something else in there to give a light cotton candy note in the background.

T: The malt and spice are what you taste at first reflecting the aroma with a citrus spiciness. The malt bring a medium amount of sweetness which is balance by mix of moderately-light hops bitterness and some of the spice. The yeast is again bring a mix of light colored fruit flavors like orange and nectarine along with a black pepper quality. The light hops flavor is a bit more in the back behind the rest being earthy and spicy. The balance is about even depending on the temperature. The finish is off-dry with an aftertaste of peppery, citrus spice and clean sweetness.

M: It's a bit fluffy being a light bodied beer with a moderately strong carbonation.

O: An elegant, well balanced blonde beer with a touch of a spicy edge, which reflects the House of Lannister. There's all the elements promised here; that Belgian Blonde light with it's almost lager like profile while still having a light touch of Belgian qualities along with a citrusy, peppery spice. It's a great beer whether you like the show or not and perfect for when you you want a flavorful complex beer that is still refreshing for a sweltering hot day.

Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass.apprearance is memorable, golden semi-transparent with a tint of orange color. Nose is of banana peel and meyer lemon peel, followed by a wheat aroma. Head is most remarkable here; four and a half finger head(at least). Takes three minutes for fluffy cloud-like foam with a very creamy appreance. head retention and lacing is full of large bubbles, not very resinous/sticky.Mouthfeel is a bit dry with a hop or two in the profile as well, giving this brew a slight bite. essence of coriander, clove, and finishes with a nice apricot/peach flavor.Definately a treat for spring time, with about 4 months on it..i would give this beer about 6-12 months from the release date january 2013 for prime-time consumption. Lable reads serve at 40f; ai enjoyed it more around 50-55f.

Photo of tigg924
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at New World Tavern Plymouth--served into a tulip glass

Appearance: high carbonation, bright yellow-gold in color, 3/4 inch head, clear

Smell: pineapple, hay, and tropical fruit

Taste: pineapple, hay, tropical sweet fruit juice, sugar, and citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation, bitter with sweetness in the middle

Overall: A very enjoyable BPA. It does have the distinct Ommegang taste to it. I could do several glasses of this and would look for it if I was looking for a beer in this style.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml split and poured into a snifter. Packaged on 2/18/13.

A: Pours a very cloudy light orangish yellow with a frothy 2 finger white head. A decent amount of visible carbonation in the glass. Leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: First thing I noticed was a pleasant belgian yeast. Grassy with some pale malts. Authentic to the belgian pale style.

T: As with the aroma this one holds true to the belgian pale style. A solid blend of yeast and pale malts but also a pretty substantial hop backing. Lemon and citrus qualities. Great American take on the style. Lingers in the aftertaste with a hoppy yeastiness.

M: Light mouthfeel with a mouthload of carbonation. Real easy drinking beer with a very crisp and clear finish.

Overall although I havent delved into the Game of Thrones series but was excited to try a new beer from Ommegang.

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, with plenty of subtle references (I presume) to the marketing tie-in TV show, which I have never seen. That said, the Blind Guardian blasting out of my playlist seems appropriate enough here, huh? Brewed with grains of paradise and lemon peel.

This beer pours a hazy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a tower of thin, ebulliently foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of dry bready, lightly biscuit pale malt, faintly musty yeast, semi-sour lemon, peppy spice - some coriander, some white pepper, and something else with a pithy citrus fruit bent that I'm sure I just don't know - and soft late-summer hay. The taste is moderately sweet grainy, cereal-like malt, more subtly edgy, kind of dirty yeast, nicely sublimated orange and lemon juicy fruit, and mild peppery, clove-adjacent spice. The extra ABV manifests outside of the flavour realm.

The carbonation is pretty much well behaved, the body a decent medium weight, and really quite smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, the cereal malt and laid-back peppery citrus finding an equitable balance on the tips of my tastebuds.

Well, as I said, I don't know from the HBO series, but this is one agreeable BPA, the extra bit of associative spicing working well with the base pale ale, as the yeast maintains a respectful distance. Fruity, grainy, and tasty, that's all I need to glean from this.

Photo of tastybeer
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright golden amber beer, white head, some solid strings of lace, and good head retention. Aroma is very bright and pleasant. Very spring appropriate. Sugary citrus, wild flowers, spice, yummy pale malt. Taste is sweet, tart, and spicy, with candy lemon, herb, and medium amounts of bitterness. Mouthfeel reminds me of Unibroue's beer in general. Crisp and airy. Pretty enjoyable stuff here. Refreshing, flavorful, and fun to drink.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very recent bottle from Premiere. A bit like a biere de garde. Farmhouse yeast, lemon, peppery. Funky, spicy blonde. Herbal and neither (too)sweet nor bitter. Smooth mouthfeel. Very presentable beer I can use to transition people. Generous head on hazy light yellow.

Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Ommegang Event at Best Market in Astoria

A - Golden pour with an acitve white foam. Plenty of carbonation on this one. Good clarity. Lacing is nice but doesn't last.

S - Smells sweet with some notes of fresh bread, honey, and a floral aroma. There is also that yeast strain that seems prevelant in Ommegang beers.

T - Not much different that the BPA. There is a mild note of citrus and marmalade. Light grains and pale malts make this a light beer with a crisp finish.

M - A bit too carbonated for my liking. I could enjoy this as a cocktail beer. But not sessionable. I guess I could get through an hour of the show with it.

O - Great partnering with a tv series that has alot of buzz. here's hoping the future Game of Thrones releases will be a bit more exotic. This seemed too much like BPA with a slight difference.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The girlfriend wouldn't let me watch the Season 3 premier without drinking this beer at the same time... so here we are. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a gigantic, frothy 4 finger white head with excellent retention. Beer is a clear pale goldenrod revealing ample carbonation. Thick, stringy lace with excellent stick. A great looking beer.

Nose is big Belgian yeast flavors. Clove, coriander, flour, cane sugar and honey. Sweet and appetizing. A touch soapy. Pretty typical for the brewery and the style.

Opens Belgian yeast sweetness. Coriander and clove upfront. Cane sugar sweetness forms a big malt backbone. A slightly seedy tartness towards the middle and end. Finishes yeasty and sweet with a lingering, sweet aftertaste. Decent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and goes down aggressive and spritzy. Finishes messy with a light, lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable. I like it.

This beer is like its namesake series. Very solid all-around but there's no real excitement, no real action. Very drinkable and I'd definitely have it again but its certainly no standout.

Photo of prototypic
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iron Throne pours an attractive straw color. Carbonation looks to be very active. Tons of bubbles! Backlighting gives it a brighter yellow look. It’s a tad hazy. The head is soft white and rises to about three fingers in height. It takes a long time to fully dissipate. A thick web of lace lines the glass as it descends. Good lookin’ stuff!

The nose is a little weak, but smells pretty good. Smells spicy and yeast up front. Belgian yeast smells really nice and brings its usual spicy attributes. Pepper is by far the strongest. Smells a little earthy, grainy, and grassy. The grassiness smells like noble hops. There are some light floral and fruity characteristics. Smells like apple and lemon on the fruity side. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Not bad.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. It is a bit sweet and malty initially. Grainy, earthy, and grassy notes follow. Grassy hop flavors are stronger than anticipated. Definitely tastes like noble hops. They’re a little bitter. Belgian yeast is tasty. It’s a bit bready and spicy. Pepper is definitely the strong spicy flavor. Fruit notes of apple and light lemon follow. They’re secondary, but complement the other flavors well. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but is blended well overall. Finishes yeasty, spicy, grassy, and dry. Not bad.

Iron Throne has a lighter body. Feels too thin. Needs more body. Carbonation feels relatively soft given the volume of bubbles. It’s not smooth, but it goes down rather easily. This 750 isn’t presenting too much of a challenge.

Iron Throne is good beer. It’s not quite as good as I’d hoped, but it’s still well worth your attention. Personally, I’d prefer a little less grassy hops and a little more Belgian yeast. Just my preference. Pretty good stuff in any case. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy yellow with a huge head. Nice lacing and great lacing.

Smell - Lots of esters. Clove is big. Very Belgian. Pale malt.

Taste - Not what I expected. Much less sweet. Very earthy and spicy. Pale malt, but never sweet.

Mouthfeel - Dry. Well carbonated. Spicy as hell.

Overall - Quality, clean beer. Not terribly interesting, but well made.

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Always up for Ommegang, this one opened with resounding pop!

Pours honey colored with a pinky of pearl colored head. Average head retention & a trace of lacing

S: Pears & apple skins

T: Follows the nose, some lemon as well, plus honey suckle up front. Honey sweetness, dryness, just a whisper of pineapple as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry, with some golden delicious apple sweetness

MF: Light bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance, but would've preffered heavier hopping

Much like the series, this got my attention, but failed to hold it. Not one of Ommegang's better offerings, but drinkable enough & true to the style. Worth a try, I guess

Photo of drinker36
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Game of Thrones and I really enjoyed this beer. Having been on an IPA campaign for over a year now it's nice to try something different. This is a refreshing, easy drinking, sweet fruity brew that comes in the perfect size and ABV to enjoy over the hour it takes to watch an episode of Game of Thrones.

I do agree with the previous reviewer(s) that said they may have inflated their review(s) because of the marketing gimmick. I may have fell pray to the same dark magic. That said I'll plop down another $9 and try it again for the 2nd episode and confirm back to BA.

Final thought - Will my head be put on a pike if I say I enjoyed the beer more than GoT S3E1?

Afterthought: I think it would be great if they sold a gift pack that had a GoT Challice and this beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang iron throne.

Served on tap at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT.

Pours a Light copper. Heavy foam and active bubbles. Mild malt nose, but other wise nondescript.
There is Light sweet taste minor Belgian yeast strain. Fairly typical for the style. Not incredibly distinguished.

Not bad - but maybe more about the packaging? 4 35 4 4 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/15/13, poured into a snifter

A- pours a bright and clear golden-hay color with a big rocky and foamy white head with good retention, reduces to a solid layer floating on top, leaving patches of lace behind

S- tart lemon with some grainy notes from the grains of paradise, light phelonic notes withb some musty Belgian yeast aromas, fruit notes as well. Aromas are there, but a bit subdued

T- light and fruity with some floral notes, lemon zest, earthy yeasty notes. The finish is lightly tart-yet-dry with more lemon flavor on the linger

M- light bodied with spritzy carbonation creates a fizzy mouthfeel and provides a bubbly finish

O- flavors were a bit more subdued than typically expected from Ommegang. I think it's probably because if the mass audience this is advertised for, which works well. Still a solid, well balanced beer

Photo of gillagorilla
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Golden yellow, quite blonde. Completely translucent with a decent head that diminished rapidly.

S: Slightly citrusy with your standard beer scents right in there. You can really smell the grains of paradise and lemon peel here. Nothing complex here.

T: A bit of citrus but really no complexity here to me. It is your standard belgian pale ale. You can taste both the belgian part and the pale ale part.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation there but not surprising considering it was corked and caged, which made quite a nice pop sound when opened. Crisp throughout.

O: Eh. I am not a big fan of regular pale ales (or Belgian ones either, but they are a bit better) but I had to get it because of the Game of Thrones tie in. Either going to turn it into some bread or give it to a friend.

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow with a nice thin white head.
Malty syrup smell, thick taste with bubble carbonation.

Very good blonde.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Packaged on 02/06/13, best by 02/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a couple inch white head. Head retention is very good, and there's a lot of lacing that sticks around the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrus peel, peppery spice, bananas, Belgian yeast and some grassy hops. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some herbs, honey, and some wheat/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy to drink and has nice, lively carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, too bad it was limited and not readily available. $7.49 a bottle.

Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to my Rogue XS goblett because that about as "Game of Thrones" as it gets with my glass collection.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear yellow gold with 1.5 fingers of billowy white head.

Smell. Spicy Belgian yeast and light malts with a little banana, classic Belgian pepper and spice, some sweet citrus, and a bit of spicy hops.

Taste. Lightly sweet grainy light malts, some spicy Belgian yeast, pepper and light Belgian spicing and some earthy leafy hops with just a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, strong but fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. Easy drinking but not especially special. Hope the season premier that I'm about to watch is more exciting.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a very generous head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian malt with some yeasty and bready undertones. Taste is also dominated by a Belgian style malt with some bready and yeasty notes with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid Belgian blonde ale with nice drinkability factor.

Photo of n2185
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a ear golden yellow with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian spices with candy sugar and sweet breads and a medicinal aroma.

T: similar to the aroma, spices, candy sugar, and bitter, hearty yeast and bread. The finish is lightly bitter with a slight medicinal taste.

M: medium-light body with medium body, this beer is light and drinkable.

O: an alright beer overall, but a bit simplistic and medicinal. It's a shame that the beer associated with such a great show is so mediocre.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to teku glass.

A - Translucent golden yellow with one finger of foamy white head.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, citrus and a big peppery aroma. Lighter lemon zest and clove.

T - Mild bitterness with a big spice presence (peppery), lemon zest and a bready malt sweetness. Lighter clove taste in the background.

M - Light body; slightly creamy. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clean tulip glass. Hazy, light orange color with a stark white foam. High carbonation with a strong head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a floral bouquet.

Esters accompany lemon zest and a subtle yeast funk embellished with hints of wood.

Not overly complex but interesting enough for my palate. Essence of lemon and citrus at the front, the funk of Belgian yeast, light bread, grass, a sweetness that intensifies as the beer warms. Pear.

Carbonation makes the initial sip sharp on the tongue. Very crisp, somewhat dry and ultimately refreshing. Perfect after a heavy meal.

Overall, I am happy with this beer. I drink the style occasionally, and accompanied by my respect for Brewery Ommegang, for me this was a must try.

Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color, slightly hazy despite my best efforts to leave the yeast behind, and crowned by a tall, stable, airy white head of frothy suds. Smells of pale malty sweetness, flowers, peppery yeast, spices, faint lemon, and a grassy hop touch. Earthy, dry floral bitterness, and Belgian yeast open the flavor. Cracker-like malts, juicy orange, fruity tartness, and a grassy, almost dry-hop-esque note. Medium-light, glossy mouthfeel that is quite dry and refreshing. A little surprising warmth in the throat. A well made, peppery, quenching Belgian-style beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a massive half glass head the slowly dissipates into larger bubbles, leaving pillowy lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast and a faint hair perm component (what is the proper term for that?). Flavor follows with sweet malt, Belgian yeast and spicing, particularly clove and coriander; turning rather drier and finishing with light stone fruit, bittering hops and biscuit malt. Light bodied, but nice mouth feel from active carbonation. A pleasant light Belgian pale, nothing stands out, but well made and fun to drink.

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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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