Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 97
Gots: 104 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of themind
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This brew pours a beautiful full head thats mouthwatering to look at. The aroma is subtle but interesting. The taste is decent, not the best brew I have had by any means but very much drinkable. The mouthfeel is crisp, this beer for what it is is worth a look. Ommegang makes some awesome brews but in the end I bought this for the bottle.

Bottom Line: cool bottle...average beer.

Photo of vicsju1991
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - pale golden opaque beer, large white head disappeared quickly
S - heavy banana notes, not all that great a smell for an ommegang beer
T - super banana flavor, very heavy
M - probably the best part, very easily drinkable for the less then ideal taste
O - good try, but just like game of thrones looks prettier than it is

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

Drank from a goblet. Gearing up for the season premiere.

A: Pours an impenetrable rich gold with a robust, staid frothy-light head.

S: About as sweet, fruity as you'd expect. Biscuit flour, lemon, nougat. Cinnamon and coriander. Boozy overtones.

T: Bready malt intermingles with spice, dried fruit and lemon. The overwhelming sweetness dominates any potential bitterness. What is not dominated is the alcohol, which slices through the whole enterprise.

M: Oily and substantial. Heavy on the tongue and chewy.

O: Good example of a Belgian Pale Ale. Just as well that it's flying off the shelves, though, as I cannot imagine myself drinking it again. There are equally satisfying (and better) BPA's that aren't co-branded with HBO and therefore less pricey.

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Edgemont Beer

Served in the #properglassware Ommegang Game of Thrones tulip, a clear, straw-yellow pour with a large puff of frothy white head that soon settled to a thick collar, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of pale malts, grainy, Belgian yeast, light fruit esters. Taste of toasted grains, Belgian yeast with a bit of clovey spice, earthy, leafy hops; a bit stale, but non-offensive. Not really my style, but for the style, I guess it's not too bad. Light-medium body, and pretty solid overall, but nothing I'd go for again.

Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Keep this quick...
Color, clean but slightly hazy, was served to me from a fridge. I heated it up but still slightly hazy.

Smell... Not much, belgian yeast smell..pretty plain

Taste, about the same, not much to it

Mouthfeel very carbonated

Overall it was clean tasting and refreshing but not a whole lot there, I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, pale golden yellow color with straw/banana hues and a frothy, pillowy white head.  Great retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap/ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Strong bready yeast character in the aroma with zesty spice, banana and cirus fruit notes.  Some bubblegum character along with a strong banana and yeast presence.  Peppery spice with hints of clove, coriander, lemon zest and grains of paradise.  Somewhat inviting aroma but the yeast and banana are really strong, negatively affecting the aroma, in my opinion.

On the fuller end of medium body with lots of bread/yeast and zesty spice flavor.  Again, there's a very strong banana bread flavor along with some bubblegum, clove, coriander, pepper and grains of paradise followed by zesty orange peel.  The spice character is strong and his beer has some good zesty citrus fruit sweetness but the yeast and bubbllegum/banana flavors are too strong for my liking.  Decent but a bit disappointing given the pedigree of the brewery and my excitement over the possibility of this series.  Hopefully the other beers in the series turn out better.  

Photo of TWHartman
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pale golden, white head comes on strong, good retention

S- banana bread yeasty character, some sweet malt

T- banana, sweet bready malt, some bubblegum in the finish

M- pleasant thickness, I'm happy it isnt thicker, I think it would become cloying with the sweetness, nice amount of carbonation

Photo of Jonada
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Bottled on 2/15/2013. Served in a Trappist goblet. Drank while watching Game of Thrones

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey yellow color with 2 fingers of a frothy white head with good retention. Lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass

Smell: Cereal grain, Belgian yeast, sweet malt, lemon, spices.

Taste: Belgian yeast, grain, lemongrass, light malt sweetness, pineapple, hint of funk

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Relatively high carbonation, but doesn't tear up your tongue.

Overall: I bought this almost entirely for the GoT tie in, so I didn't have too high expectations going in. I wasn't a fan of the aroma, but overall this was a pretty good beer. I'd have it again, but given the price per ounce, I probably won't buy it again.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pale yellow color, huge foamy head

Smell- malt, spices

Taste- malt, spices

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, heavily carbonated

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good but I usually don't drink this style of beer. I would have it again if I found it again.

Photo of VoodooBear
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750mL brown bottle with a "bottled on" date and a "best by" date printed on the neck.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: It has a cloudy pale yellow color with a fluffy,white, 2 finger head that sticks around and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: It has a dominant spice aroma, courtesy of the grains of paradise. It's a very peppery smell, but there is also a whiff of banana and some malt in the background.

Taste: It's quite spicy, just like the nose, with a pepper taste at the forefront. There's some citrus and alcohol notes as well.

Mouthfeel: It's highly carbonated, with a medium body. It's smooth and creamy with a clean finish.

Overall: A solid brew but nothing extraordinary. I don't get the Game of Thrones tie-in or the Iron Throne name, seeing this is a pretty tame drink. It's something cool to have if you're a fan of the books or the series, but it's not worth the price tag for everybody else. This is supposed to be the first in a series, so lets hope Ommegang can step it up and create something a bit more special and unique.

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 chanokokoro
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a formerly corked and cage 750 ml bottle into a Brewery Ommegang Game of Thrones branded tulip glass

Pours a fairly clear bright gold capped by a two finger foamy clean white head. Grassy note, fruity Belgian yeast, light citrus and spice on the nose. Opens with grassy notes, lemon accents, pear, and grapeskin notes. Some underlying spice, perhaps some coriander. Belgian yeast is very prevalent on the finish and is joined by white pepper and more light lemon notes. Effervescent carbonation, slick and slightly soapy light body. A very enjoyable, solid beer.

Photo of oN3xM
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A nice golden, orange color with a high amount of carbonation. My pour was pretty terrible (like the bottle states, pour slowly!), so it left a huge 3 finger, foamy head that didn't disappear for a while. I hope it tastes as good as it looks. Head retention is huge and heavily coats the glass.
S - First scent to hit the nose is a fresh lemon aroma followed by a sugary malty scent. Subtle hints of vanilla and oats also.
T - Not as much flavor as I was expecting from the smell. It has some vanilla characteristics, which was delicious, but the malt taste is very dominant.
M - The soft, fluffy head rests on top the heavy, bubbly body. Great mouthfeel.
O - A nice blonde ale, but like most others, I bought it for the GoT novelty. Ommegang has some delicious beers in their portfolio, but this one doesn't hold a candle to the others. Glad to see HBO chose a reputable brewery however, and didn't default to Miller Coors or Budweiser.

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 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 Teleweizen2
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a slightly hazey sunny yellow color. Lots of bubbly white foam with great retention. Leaves webs of lacing against the glass.

S - aroma is simple yet pleasant. Strong notes of bready yeasty goodness. Zesty spice notes of coriander, grains of paradise and white pepper. Hints of crisp orchard fruit round it out.

T - fluffy and flaky bread comes through first. Followed quickly by sweet fruity esters. Lively notes of lemon pith enter with hints of acid and bitterness. Prickly spice if white pepper and coriander tickle the throat on the finish.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. High carbonation very champagne like.

O - nice easy drinking blonde ale. Would be nice for summertime.

Photo of mattkoon
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

love game of thrones...couldnt wait for this season- and i was excited about trying the beer. this one pours a light cloudy straw yellow. the smell is mild to weak. the taste is slightly grassy and light not bold at all, but it is crisp and really drinkable. i am not overly impressed but i will try the other 3 that they will release over the next 2 years.

Photo of keithmurray
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy golden straw color with white head

Smell - lemon, lemongrass

Taste - lemon peel, lemongrass, coriander

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, bready, slightly tart, slightly sour

Overall - decent beverage I'm glad to have tried, although a bit of a letdown

Price Point - $7.59/ 750ml bottle

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 Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my Captain Lawrence stemware. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with a fluffy, rocky, two-inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim - strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus, belgian yeast and a spicy quality (perhaps coriander). Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a mild wet-cardboard character in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation that leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall, not a bad beer, but somewhat more reminiscent of a witbier than a BPA in my opinion. That said, the carbonation was just a bit too prickly and coarse for my general sensibilities.

Photo of Dope
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

About a month old at this point.

A: Pours a clear pale gold. Enormous fizzy/fluffy head. Fades slowly with a nice island of foam sticking around. Decent streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt is apparent right off the bat. Banana and cloves, typical belgian yeast.

T: More sweet breadiness and banana with hints of grass up front. Yeasty and bready in the middle with cloves. Finish has a brief hit of grass. Cloves and spices and more grass linger into the aftertaste. All quite mild.

M: High carbonation, apparent from the enormous head. Fairly light body but not watery.

O: This would be a good beginner craft beer. Pretty mild and unoffensive, definitely a mellow BPA. Pretty tasty though, Ommegang doesn't really know how to make bad beers if I'm honest.

Photo of JayQue
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good one from Ommegang. I know nothing about Game of Thrones, but I am a sucker for Beer Series...especially from a brewery as good as Ommegang.

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Poured into my Chimay goblet, a hazy straw gold color. Big, delicately bubbly white head with excellent head retention and more lacing than most Belgian-style beers.

Aroma is fairly mild, Belgian yeast is most prominent, some lemon and Grains of Paradise (but not nearly as much as Sam Adams Summer Ale).

Flavor is good. The taste is stronger than the aroma, but mostly the same elements. Yeast, lemon, some pepper, Grains of Paradise are the strongest flavors. All blended very nicely. More up front flavor than a lot of Belgian Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Low alcohol presence helps, this beer goes down smooth. Light and refreshing.

Good take on a Belgian Pale Ale. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cage and cork bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring that is almost opaque with a steady stream of carbonation throughout the body. Tall, frothy, small bubbled head starts out around 2 inches on the pour, and steadily settles into a quarter inch of head that retains nicely as you drink. Nose of biscuits, honey sweetness, lemon zest, all spice, grains of paradise, and an overall roasted character. Smells tasty. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a tart lemon character that puckers slightly. Toasted bread backbone supports, with a charge of spices coming in to the mid-tongue to calm the sweet and robust flavors. The end of the palate tastes like a lemon-bread, with a heavy does of all spice, clove, and grains of paradise. The body starts smooth, but quickly becomes light and effervescent as it passes across the tongue. The aftertaste is short-lived, with a roasted and sweet blend leading into a clean, frothy, effervescent finish. Tasty brew, and extremely easy to drink.

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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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