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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
87
very good

108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 638
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 3.37%
Wants: 96
Gots: 106 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 638
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's. This thing POPPED with barely a touch to the cork.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light golden hue with a big, fluffy 4 finger head that is super rocky and simply does not quit. Tons of sticky lacing. Like another posted, looks super close to perfection aka Duvel.

S - Full of grassy hops, faint floral notes, gentle esters, lots of those grains of paradise and light lemon. Little bit of alcohol in it too.

T - Taste is fairly solid, light belgian notes, some faint citrus and grassiness. Slightly spicey notes and esters. Finish is a bit boozey though.

M - Mouthfeel is quite sharp and carbonated.

O - Overall not a bad beer but the back end has a a flash of alcohol and bit of metallic to it. Otherwise a solid brew. (764 characters)

Photo of drinker36
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed honey colored ale with a massive puffy white head.

Smell is spicy and herbal with lots of coriander and lemon in the scent. Flowery with lots of floral aroma, similar to Hennepin. Smell is a little grassy with a big honeysuckle malt aroma.

Starts out dry and spicy with a lingering lemon after taste. Slightly bitter. This has that Grains of Paradise aroma and taste to it sort of like pepper but not. Nice taste.

Mouthfeel is full.

Nice beer with no faults. Still Hennepin is better. (500 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color in a tulip. Nice lacing with a 3 F head.

Very floral aroma combined with clove and lemon.

The beer was quite carbonated, usual for the style.

The spicy taste was similar to the aroma: clove and lemon, but not as strong.

A pleasant puckering finish.

Overall, a very good beer and one of the better Blonde Belgian ales I have tasted. (364 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my bro for purchasing this brew... 1,111th review and likely one of my last full reviews...

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, three fingers of head with solid mountainous lacing.

S - Musty yeast, peppered cloves, citrus rind and hints of grassy hops.

T - Peppery spice comes through alongside citrus rind and sweet cloves. The grassy hops come through on the finish with a hint of wheat.

M - Lighter bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew that fits the bill, solid flavour profile and another winner from the Ommegang brewery. Super stoked to have had the opportunity to try it, and will hopefully be able to snatch up another bottle before they're all gone. (686 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erupts in the glass like green wildfire, filling the glass with luxurious foam. Above the lower deck of liquid apricot, a cap of pillowy eggshell fills the upper half of the glass.

A touch of unripe pear, a hint of honey, a touch of biscuits, subtle floral hops. Sweet, floral -- a walk through a sunlit garden.

Hint of apple, both red and green. Saltines, pears, a touch of tartness. Floral, maybe roses, citrus, grains of paradise. Lingering floral bitterness.

Light body, highly effervescent. Pops and fizzles in the mouth. Bone-dry finish.

Won't distract you from the plot lines, which require some attention. Approachable. (635 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip, and it looks just like Duvel - which is to say, perfect.

S: Very grassy, lightly floral, and quite estery. Lots of green apple and lemongrass. Pretty solid.

T: Starts out citrusy and floral, with grassiness following close behind. Mild malt midway through, and a spicy, bittersweet, slightly metallic finish. Good up until the end, and still decent even there.

M: Highly carbonated, fairly light-bodied. Starts out lively and becomes creamier. Quite nice indeed.

O: Short of spectacular, but an admirable and drinkable BPA. It's way too delicate to pair with the show, of course, but a good beer all the same.

Cheers! (652 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in what was probably the last bottle at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. I really don't watch the show, but I'm excited to try out something rare. Lets see how it matches up.

Appearance: pours a hazy, golden yellow with a very slight hint of orange, but not very noticeable. Barely visible body that completes with a one inch frothy head.

Smell: gives off a great aroma of malts, slight spices, wheat, some yeast, and some floral hops. Also noticeable is a slight hint of lemon zest. Quite nice and gives off a thin body.

Taste: first sips give off a great flavor of roasted malts, but not overpowering at all. Lemon zest is also apparent, along with a moderate flavor of spices and bread-like malts. Another round gives a great fruit skins like flavor. Clover spices are obvious in this brew. Quite smooth also. Overall is a solid, well-balanced complexion of spices and fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth body, slighty dry finish.

Overall: coming into this beer, I was a little excited considering its rarity and friends of mine who love the show (not going to lie, I bragged a little when I picked this one up). It's brew was quite good, awesome body, nice balance of bitter spices and fruit-like hops. The yeast is quite delicious here. Wish there was a slightly more hoppy character. Glad I picked this brew up. Pretty much sums up a very solid Belgian pale ale. I would have again (if its available again) and I would totally recommend to a friend. Cheers! (1,525 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Orleans LCBO for $9.50

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is a very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 6-7minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some hop and herbal flavours. It ends with a spicy and lightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - A bit toned down, but I guess that is to be expected when trying to appeal to a mass audience. It has a nice amount of tartness and spiciness and it very drinkable and refreshing. Perhaps a bit pricy considering duvel, chimay white etc. can be had for half the price, but well worth a try. (849 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Winter is coming! Oh wait, it's already come and gone. 750cc bottle poured into a HF glass, $10 for a bottle, drank while watching the premier.

A: Semi-opaque golden amber color with a large, pure white head, moderate retention and lacing.

S: Belgian malts characteristic of the style. Not much hop character to speak of.

T: Belgian wheat taste is strong. No alcohol presence to speak of. Average finish.

M: Clean and quite crisp. Light body with a refreshing finish.

O: An average to above-average Belgian ale. Nothing special but not a bad offereing. A gimmick, sure, and overpriced definitely, but decent beer. (619 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.9.13

A - Pours a cloudy light-orange with a huge off-white head that fades slowly.

S -Belgian spice, lemon, pepper.

T - SImilar to the nose, Strong of the spice and more subtle on the lemon and citrus.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O -A light Belgian pale with tons of spice character. (322 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL (bottled 1/31/2013) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a big fluffy bright white head that leaves big clumps of sticky lace.

Aroma is Belgian yeast w/ lots of floral and fruity esters, some mild spicy notes.

Taste is slightly grainy pale malt and Belgian yeast, hoppy finish. A light tangy acidity.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and balanced.

Overall a solid but otherwise unremarkable BPA. In fact, for all I know this could be Ommegang BPA packaged for a TV show, or whatever Game of Thrones is. (513 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a very improper short pint glass (all that was on hand).

A: a nice yellow gold hue, slightly cloudy, with a good head that retained nicely and left lacing upon dissipation.

S: I can pick up citrus, spice, yeast

T: follows the aroma

M: slightly better than average carbonation, and a good mouth feel

O: I found this blonde ale a little different from many of the others I have had in this style. I am not sure what it was that makes it different, but it was not a bad thing. I enjoyed this beer on a cool summer evening at the cottage and it was a pleasant experience. It was my first beer from Ommegang, and it makes me want to try others if I can get them (road trip!). (688 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle packaged on 2/6/13, poured into the associated Ommegang Game of Thrones glass
A: Hazy with a color that borders on dark yellow/light orange, with a billowy three-finger head that slowly settles and a steady stream of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Really quite impressive
S: Lemon, herbs, pale malt, a hint of toffee & light hops
T: Mostly light malt and herbs with hints of lemon, light hops, an herbed foccacia finish
M: Light-bodied, medium carbonation, fairly crisp with a noticeable dry herby-malty finish
O: Definitely solid, balanced, decent complexity, with a bit more complexity/intensity it would be outstanding. Definitely more effort than just a marketing play (703 characters)

Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack the cage and cork and pour a brew of dingy, pale straw coloring into our tasting snifters. It puts up a three finger head of massively creamy white bubbles, billowing out the top. Retention is forever, with vigorous patterns of lacing etched into the glass’ walls. A chill haze is noted, but no outright sediment made its way in. Carbonation is one of the highest we’ve ever seen. The aroma is fresh, Belgian, and very Ommegang. Malts are pale, metallic, toasty, wet, and wheaty, with support from sweet banana esters, clovey phenols, and bright lemon zest. Warmth brings a more chalky side to the pale, wheaty maltiness, with further pronunciation of the lemony bite, and grassy hops. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as sweet as expected, with strong contrast between the spicy depth of malts and the raw lemony components. As we sip, bitter pale malts, dirty wet wheatiness, coppery metallics, milky creaminess, orange and lemon rind, and bittered clovey phenols start things off. Moving to the peak are heavy metallics, bready wheatiness, bitterly toasted pales, burnt poppy seed, more bittering lemon peel and sweet booziness. The finishing wash comes with more wet and watered wheat, mineral, stone, white wine grape, straw, penicillin bite, dirt, and further bittering grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathes very bitterly of toasty pale malts, metallics, under ripe strawberry stem, faint clove, mild char, and massive wheaty bite. The body is medium, and the carbonation is expectedly high. The mouth is coated with big, dripping wet creaminess, with final crisp and drying bite with the bittered pucker. Each sip gives pleasant slurp, cream, froth, pop, and glug to the lip and gullet. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks as more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the insanely well-retained head, and the fresh, crisp, and Belgian aroma. The pour on this guy is beautiful. While the color maintains that dirty yellowish hue, the head remains as a glorious crown throughout the tasting. The aroma follows expectantly, with massive representation of wheat, barley, and raw grain. This blends well with the generous inclusions of spice and citrus. The flavoring, too, follows nicely, but the “iron” metallic qualities of it are, at times, overbearing. This is a flavorful, well designed beer, and we are definitely excited to see more of this series (especially once we finally start the show!!). (2,477 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy golden with a big amount of white head.

The aroma has tons of lemon, breadiness and yeast, some grass, and spiciness.

The flavor follows with the spice and bready Belgian qualities, then there’s some lemon peel, then tons of grass on the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation to keep things rolling.

This is a really good beginner beer for those trying to get into craft or Belgian beers. It’s toned down for some, but really amped up for a blonde ale. A very good beer. (535 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a wide Ommegang tulip.

Appearance
Straw/gold with 3 fingers of tight, foamy, white head. Slightly cloudy with very lively carbonation and excellent head retention.

Nose
Coriander, hay, potpourri, pear and golden apple.

Taste
Pear, golden apple, nectarine and doughy bread. Coriander, wet hay, caramelized grain and hints of potpourri. Finishes with earth, dried hay, lemongrass and pink peppercorn.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

Overall
The yeast and spices are the main attraction. By the time I had gotten to the bottom of the bottle, this stuff had really grown on me. A delicate and very well put together Belgian Golden Ale. (675 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a grain flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (539 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellowish golden with a nice thick white head. Aroma is full of belgian yeast and spicey, slight cracker comes out as it warms up. Flavor starts off lighter with some belgian yeast and crackers at the get go but mid stream things kick and the yeast really start to strut its stuff with some slight fruitiness and spices and a big, dry peppery and hoppy finish offering some moderate bitterness. A crisp, active thinner mouthfeel. Overall, Ommegang with a very nice beer here, which is to be expected. Would happily drink again. (541 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/03/13 notes. Missed out on bottles of this as it was harder to find than I expected and I didn't want to hunt this down, but saw it on tap last night at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC so decided to try it.

a - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of lemons, spices, cloves, peppers, wheat, yeast, grains, bready malts, and some floral hops. Very nice nose; lots of lemon and floral notes to it.

t - Tastes of lemon zest, wheat, grains, pepper, spices, earthy notes, lightly musty, citrus and floral hops. Pretty good though I like the nose better. Musty and earthy notes bring it down a little bit for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No alcohol presence and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice Belgian pale ale from Ommegang, though nothing mind blowing. I liked the nose a lot though the taste was a step down for me. Easy to drink and worth checking out once, though not something I'd kill to get a bottle of. While I would like the actual bottle because it looks cool and I am a big fan of the show and books, I'm glad I didn't spend time hunting down a bottle of it. (1,201 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (344 characters)

Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.