Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 637
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 3.37%
Wants: 96
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 Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an Ommegang glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a full, rocky two fingered head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid lacing on the outside edge of the glass.

S: There is definitely a yeasty smell to the aroma with a little bit of spice, some light notes of citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: Definitely a bit of wheat in there with a little bit of citrusy lemon and a bit of spice. There's a certain amount of that distinctly belgian yeast as well.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation, definitely seems to mute the flavors a little bit. Lighter than I initially expected, but worked well with the flavors that are there.

O: Overall, a good beer, very enjoyable, good for summer, an excellent beer to drink to Joffrey's demise. (781 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes, I'm aware this beer's existence is a marketing gimmick. And I'm strangely content with paying $9.00 for it. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap (i.e. "cage") over a cork served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I anticipate a solid Belgian Pale but I'm weary of the gimmicky commercial tie-in. I dig the artfully done label.

Poured slowly per the label's instructions. Served straight from the fridge.

A: Pours almost entirely foam. Head is massive. Beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, great retention. Indicative of severe overcarbonation. Body colour is a bubbly pale yellow; semitransparent and semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Boy, this appears overcarbonated. Otherwise, it's right on the money for the style.

Sm: Lemon peel, pale malts, bright grains, clove, lemongrass, floral hops, biscuity yeast, bright citrus fruit esters, and light appleskin. A moderate strength aroma. Pleasant and appealing. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale malts. Lemon. Lemongrass. Clove. Biscuity yeast. Not as grainy as the aroma, but still notably so. Well balanced. Grassy and enjoyable. Very pleasant. The complexity isn't notable, but the subtlety certainly is. Juicy citrus. A blond malt body. Very well executed for a Belgian Pale Ale. I'm a huge fan of it. The lemon mixes nicely with the biscuity malts and pale malts. Refreshing and tasty.

Mf: Delightfully soft. Smooth and wet. Refreshing and lighthearted. Perfect carbonation. Suits the flavour profile quite well; it's just about perfect for the style.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. I'd definitely get this again - even if the price is a bit high. I'll have no trouble at all killing this by meself; it's very easy to down. Very refreshing stuff. The ABV is impressively well hidden. One of the best Belgian Pale Ales I've had this year. Another solid brew from Ommegang. They could have let this just be a gimmick and it would have sold just as well - but they put the effort in and it's quite tasty. Definitely worth trying. Great stuff for this style.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured golden with strong carbonation. Thick two finger white head. Bright. One finger of retention with a good amount of lace.

S - Orange, zesty, lemon, sweet malt.

T - Sweet malt, honey, yeast, orange, some sweet spice.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, dry finish with some orange.

O/D - Nice Belgian Blonde. Nothing outrageous or out of the ordinary, but I enjoyed it. Drinkable. (407 characters)

Photo of Levich
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draught poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a clean light amber and has just a slight haziness. The aroma is straight forward for a Belgian blonde ale. There is a bit of banana-ey ester. The flavor is well done and straight forward. It is crisp and light with just a hint of funk. There is a good mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to balance the mild stickiness.

Overall this is a good beer, typical of Ommegang. It does not stand out as extraordinary. But it is good. (489 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow, well carbonated, three finger light fluffy head.

S-Wheat, grass, lemon and orange. Something is slightly off though.

T-Very wheat heavy, however the balance is off. The lemon, orange and grass do not really go together.

M-Light to medium bodied, well carbonated but a tad watery,

O-Ommegang doesn't usually miss, but maybe because of the wide audience they toned it down a little bit? (405 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle. Pours a murky burnt orange color with over an inch of frothy head. The aroma is yeast, fruit, cloves and spicy hops. The taste is yeast and cloves at first followed by banana, orange peel and some spicy and floral hops. Flavors of cloves and spices towards the end along with more of the orange peel. Creamy mouth feel with tons of carbonation. Tastes a lot boozier than expected from the lower abv. Overall, its not something I'd drink all the time but its not without its charm. (494 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (852 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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. (408 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a fairly decent foamy head that disappears quickly. The beer itself is very opaque with an orangish yellow color. The color resembles the color of orange juice and the top surface appears to be a bit watery. The smell has strong bready malt notes that balance out the orange hop smell. Small hints of spice show through as well as some fruitiness but are too small to be noticeable and dominated by the hop and malt smell. The taste is similar to the smell but more complex. The hops still have an orange smell but the fruity notes are a bit more present and the malts are more subdued to the point that they slightly balance out the hops. The mouthfeel is particularly heavy and thick with biting carbonation. Overall, a decent brew but nothing I would decapitate a noble and start a war or consort with dark forces for. (836 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a towering four fingers of dense, bubbly white foam.

Smell: Very faint aroma of a crackery Belgian yeast along with a little bit of soft lemon. As the beer warms the smell becomes stronger with notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Much more intense than the aroma. Tart lemon, sweet, bready malt, Belgian yeast, strong peppery citrus from the grains of paradise, ripe banana, and some light floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp, tingly on the tongue. Pretty refreshing.

Overall, I enjoyed this. I got suckered in by the Game of Thrones marketing but this was actually a pretty nice little beer. Complex, flavorful and satisfying. I wish the aroma would've been a little stronger but the taste makes up for it. It reminded me of a hefeweizen/witbier/Belgian pale hybrid. A perfect beer for spring and summer. The only real negative for me was that the flavor and carbonation sort of died off as the beer warmed, leaving it thin and watery. Other than that, it's a solid Belgian blonde. Looking forward to seeing more beers in this series. (1,105 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a gold color body with a thick head.
Smell is bready with some belgium yeast.
taste has bready, maltyness to it with a slight sweetness to it.
Overall this is a darn good beer. (184 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hops, hint of citrus, and cherry. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, alcohol, hint of hop oils, and cherry. Overall, good appearance and blend, decent aroma and body. (397 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy pale yellow with a foamy white head.

S - Lemon zest, bubblegum, yeasty esters, malt sweetness, light spice.

T - More spice than aroma, bubblegum, light clove, fruity but can't pick out an individual fruit, grainy malt in the finish, lingering yeasty esters.

M - Highly carbonated at first but settles to smooth and creamy.

D - Solid beer but was hoping for more for a special release with this much hype. (417 characters)

Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color. Nice and bright. A bit cloudy. Big white head. Lots of lacing and great retention. Good looking beer. Big fresh pale malt aroma. Bright, sweet grain. Candy lemons and apricots in the aroma. Some nice earthy flavors from the yeast. A little bit of mint and other herbal flavors. Some fruity peppercorn spice. Hops seem floral and a touch grassy. The taste starts with a sweet, bready grain note. Then, the beer dries out some, and herbal and earthy flavors start to come out. There's lemon skin, peppercorns and a light woodiness. The finish is fairly dry with a grassy hop flavor, mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is effervescent. Prickly little bubbles. Light body. Pretty good beer, but it doesn't really stand out for me and seems a touch forgettable. (775 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazy and bubbly golden yellow with a fluffy white head that left lots of heavy lacing.

S - citrusy yeast with a bit of earthiness.

T - earthy and yeasty with some tartness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with fine carbonation.

O - decent tasting, worth a try. (303 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

cork popped and a gusher! cloudy golden yellow pour with half a glass full of white soap like head. smells of pilsner malt, biscuity, bready, lemongrass, bell pepper. grassy hops. the taste is sweet and bready mostly, with a tangy orange peel like bitterness. a light-medium body with high carbonation.. very refreshing.

seems like this beer was a bit hyped.. first time i've heard of people going nuts over a blonde ale. it's not bad by any means, but it's a lot like their already existing bpa.. so i'm not all that impressed. (530 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a few days late to the party, but sometimes it takes a few days to find some time to sit down with a beer and a television show for an uninterrupted hour. alas we are here...show loaded up, beer ready to go, matching glass...let's see what this whole experience is all about.

a - popped the bottle, and the beer poured a transparent yellow with a generous three fingers of frothy head and extremely lively carbonation. ya gotta give it to ommegang...they are a brewery that consistently produces a visually stunning beer. the head is massive and chunky and the lacing is milkshake like. not as creamy as the classics for the style, but time and time again ommegang has shown that you can brew belgian classics in the states.

s - yum. there's that bubblegum belgian yeast. smells dynamite. clove, banana, bubblegum, belgian candy with a touch of earthiness. a bit heavy on the sweet side.

t - has a distinctive ommegang taste, but extremely earthy. much like the nose, bubblegum and clove, but the dirt of the earth steals the show.

m - lively carbonation a bit prickly. leaves an earthy cooling aftervibe.

o - overall, decent belgian pale ale. nothing crazy, but as one comes to expect with ommegang, even the weaker beers have a quality that you can see and feel, this one just has a bit too much earth for me. let's watch the premier as i enjoy this beer and see if the show can excite me a bit more than the beer. not bad, just not something that i would want a case of to drink every week with the show. (1,512 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Iron Throne looks fit for a king - it pours a polished golden colour, big crown and pearls of lacing. Yeast sediment may cloud the complexion slightly but this rather pretty beer is a far cry from the dark, sludgy ales they drank in the Middle Ages (and presumably in Westeros too).

The aroma is subtlety perfumed by the grains of paradise but is also suggestive of white pepper, dried garden herbs and lemon myrtle. It could almost double as a potpourri were it not for the strong smell of fresh-baked bread. It's zesty but, all in all, is rather modest.

It's true of beer just as it is of food: good ingredients used correctly make for deliciousness. A very wholesome, clean taste, this ale has a sort of honeyed grain flavour as well as fruity nuances of apple and pear. The yeast contributes both a piquancy and savoriness.

The rather heavy honey-oat maltiness is made a little lighter by a sprightly effervescence. The bubbles lend a degree of refreshment to what is certainly not a delicate beer. The extra little dosage of alcohol will go unnoticed by most, although the spice can at times be a bit intense.

I'd love to have filled this review with Game of Thrones references but I've never read the books and, frankly, am often confused watching the show. What I am sure about, however, is that I enjoyed Iron Throne Blonde Ale and that it, despite cashing in on a marketing opportunity, is every bit on par with Ommegang's usual standards of quality and craftsmanship. (1,484 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on April 9, 2013.

Beer is a bright translucent golden with a very large white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell contains yeast, light fruits, lemon a touch of bubblegum and some spices.

Taste contains yeast, lemon and spices. Somewhat bready. On the sweet side, but not overly. Decent but nothing exciting is going on here.

Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation. A bit heavy for what can be a nice refreshing style.

Overall, fine but not worth revisiting. Plenty of better examples of the style. (521 characters)

Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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