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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 764
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 27.01%
Wants: 99
Gots: 168 | FT: 5
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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale | 6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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 NanookinTexas
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle; Corked & caged; 6.5%ABV; No "Bottled on Date"; Acquired Nov./Dec. 2015; Poured into an Ommegang Brew Stem.

A: No doubt as to the bottle conditioning, as with several other Ommegang Brews. POPs like fine Champagne! Pours a beautiful, cloudy, blonde, golden hue, with a 3-finger pure white head that slowly dissapates, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

N: Yeasty, bready, malty, hoppy, mixed with lemon and orange rind aromas, all very well balanced. ABV is not that great, so it's very well hidden.

T: Slight hoppy bitterness on the front as well as on the finish. Yeast, bread, citrus notes. Fresh orange and lemon rind, without being overwhelming, IMO. Nice balance. Somewhat complex. Alcohol, though low, is very well cloaked, making this brew very easy to drink (I love 750ml bottles for this reason!).

F: Nice mouthfeel. Clean, crisp, refreshing. Semi-dry. Very active on the tungue, due to the bottle conditioning.

O: Brewery Ommegang re-released this brew in autumn 2015. I am very glad they did! This is another VERY fine brew from the Brew Masters at Ommegang! Needless to say, I stocked up on it, just as I did with Three-Eyed Raven! It's clean, refreshing, the citrus element is not overpowering, making this, for me, a very easy brew to drink, and a fine brew to share with others that may not be "into" craft brews (because some may think all craft is heavy, and very strong). If you're still able to find it, I'll encourage you to try it!

CHEERS!!!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good amount of both orange and lemon peel flavoring here. It tastes like it has a stronger alcohol content than the 6.5% suggests. Pretty good, but when I think of Game Of Thrones, I'd expect a stout or porter.

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Photo of Zylod
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Golden cloudy hue with fair amount of head. Light smell of citrus. Lots of lemon here on the front end. Closes with a little bitter kick on the end. Not bad but doesn't scratch the surface of some of the better Belgians out there. Decent.

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Photo of scootny
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A rustic ale that has the appearance of a good saison. Large and pure white head. Cloudy golden amber liquid. Slow fade leaves decent lacing and a light covering. Nose is excellent. Pilsner malt and honey with light pepper. Apples and faint grape. Floral hops. Taste is a hoppy Belgian pale ale meets saison. Seriously dry, funky and an sharp clean hoppy finish. While there is a malt body with those apple and pear notes they a just enough to balance an excellent hop display. Feel is smooth and creamy while having a crisp and easy drinkabilty. An superb session ale despite the 6.5 percent. I'm diggin' this one.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not familiar at all with Belgian Pale Ales, so not sure what's part of the style and what is not. It looked great in the glass and the nose was lovely florals. The taste was wonderful malt and yeast that turned bitter on the finish. Perhaps that is meant to end that way but, to my taste, not where I wanted it to go. It was intriguing enough that I will continue to explore the style.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Ommegang Game of Thrones chalice.

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden blonde with some visible bubbly carbonation. Two fingers of foamy white head retains very well, also leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Aromas of light bready malts, honey, lemony citrus, banana, white pepper, as well as a slight clove, and a spicy hop aroma.

T: Flavors of slightly sweet bready malts, honey, banana, and lemon, with a nice citrusy crispness up front. In the middle you find some light pepper, and clove spiciness. Finishes with a crisp hop forward taste that leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Very pleasant to drink.

M: Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Very crisp and easy drinking yet has enough body to create a smooth feel and a lingering spiciness.

O: I really like this brew. It is easily one of the best blonde ales I've ever had. I am not typically a huge fan of the style but if this was regularly available it would be a frequent purchase. Very nice and light, it's incredibly drinkable and would be equally fitting on a cold winter night as it would a hot summers day. The aromas are very nice and flavors are great. Overall I hope to get to have this brew again in the future and would recommend grabbing the gift set if you see one around.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 750 mL bottle with a champagne cork and black skirt. This is one of the famous Game of Thrones themed beers and is a delicious 6.5% ABV Blonde Ale ‘fit for kings’.

Look-It pours a delightful golden yellow like the glint of the morning summer sun off Lannister gold. The head comes in thick and full even with a moderate pour. It has a medium haze and relative clarity. The color is absolutely brilliant!

Smell-It smells of lemon citrus and spices as well as yeast and honey malts.

Taste-It has an amazing complex flavor. I get a plethora of citrus flavors like lemon merengue pie, lemon peel zest, orange rind, candy malts, honey suckle, nutmeg, essences of cinnamon, lemon curd, custard, tapioca, bread pudding, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and noble hops. The finish gives some mild hop component that is subtle among the strong and complex malt backbone.

Mouthfeel-It is slick and chewy as well as silky and regal. It is sharp and crisp and has a huge amount of carbonation throughout giving it a fizzy mouthfeel that tickles the palate and stimulates the taste receptors.

Overall-Of course, this is an excellent beer and I believe it is underrated. I am seeing an average of 3.8 on here and I feel that this variety is absolutely brilliant deserving a world class rating. Cheers! Valar Morghulis!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad ale, but I'm not sure the Lannister's are drinking a beer this light in alcohol. I was thinking more of a big Tripel or Belgian strong pale ale. But what do I know

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Photo of Atlas1
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the GoT show, so... there you go. No idea what to expect from this partnership. HBO isn't exactly known for the brewing connections, but whatever. What I'd like to see them do is create a show about a brewery. That would be cool.

Pours a pretty opaque, golden straw color. One finger head, some lace. The nose is subdued with notes of light fruit (apple, pear) and lemon. The taste is faintly sweet and malty, but weaker up front than I expected. It mellows out over time as it warms to room temp, so don't be afraid to let it sit for a while between sips. More nuanced flavors emerged over time with this one, and it finishes tart and a bit spicy in the end. Mouthfeel holds its own.

Suitable for a king? Maybe not. But a nice light-hearted blonde ale. I've had far better from Ommegang before, but I'm glad I tried this. Open and let this one sit a bit before really digging in.

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Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Milky golden yellow pour sitting under a HUGE cloud of white bubbles. Little particulates of goodness are suspended in the beer. The head lives forever. Originally as many fingers thick as you want it to be, the head eventually falls around the edges leaving a peak in the middle. Thick lace clings to the glass as the liquid disappears.

It smells amazing. The nose is full of lemony citrus and savory Noble hops.

Taste matches the smell with lots of citrus and spicy yeast. The malt backbone moves forward with a cracker like quality.

Very sharp and crisp mouthfeel. Multi-layered, it's sweet, tart, and spicy. Light bodied with a large punch of carbonation throughout. It's exceedingly dry in the finish as it simply scrapes your palate, making you beg for the next sip.

What a pleasant beer to drink. Not really the season for this beer, with just 6.5% ABV, it's an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This very solid BPA pours a lightly cloudy blondish amber with a FANTASTIC head of off white foam that settles slow to a rocky fluffy layer with excellent lacing. Nose of sweet candy malts, yeasty funk, lemon grass, orange peel, and spicy hops. Flavors follow the nose with sweet Belgian candy malts with lemon and orange notes to the middle and sides. Zesty hops play for dominance on the back with moderately high carbonation keeping it prickly and lively with a subtle dryness.
A solid brew from a great brewer.

Cheers

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Photo of Satsuma
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color to style with a large foamy head with lots of carbonation that slowly subsides to leave nice lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, with some lemon and grass as well. Despite the high carbonation, mouthfeel is not as prickly as expected, but still clean and crisp. Taste is an interesting hybrid of belgian style banana and clove with farmhouse peppery, spicy flavors as well as some tart apple and pear. Finish is slightly dry. Overall a nice offering that pairs well with a variety of foods.

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Photo of twage04
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes somewhere between a blonde, saison, and wit. I was getting a perfumish spicy flavor that was either coriander or yeast. As others have mentioned it is easy drink and complex at the same time. There is a little bit of hops, some tartness and acidity with a prickly carbonation. A pleasant enough offering but not something I'd pick over a good tripel.

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Photo of dd43
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft. Pours beautifully, highly translucent with a large two finger white head that laces with abandon. Aromas of Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, and a little bit of grassiness from noble hops. Flavors are definitely in the pepper and Belgian sugar realm but it isn't overly sweet. Malts have a bready sort of biscuit like quality to them. The mouthfeel is really nice, it's smooth and soft despite being pretty well carbonated. Very easy to drink, not overly complex but the appeal is really in its subtleties.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Bright golden in color with a ton of carbonation bubbles and a dense, rocky head of white foam. After several minutes the head finally fades to a huge cap on top of the beer. Tons of lacing lining the whole glass. Picture perfect!

S: Aromas of grains and white pepper with a faint bit of lemon. Smell is similar to a tripel.

T: Flavors of lemon with some grassiness. This beer has a light fruitiness with a hint of white pepper on the finish.

M: Light-medium body with a high amount of carbonation leading to a crisp, prickly mouthfeel. There is a good amount of dryness on the finish.

O: Overall I thought this was a solid beer with a subtle fruitiness that was very refreshing. It seemed somewhat similar to a tripel in style, which I enjoyed. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is wheat/bread, spices and a hint of fruit. The flavor is wheat, citrus, malts, fruit, light Belgian yeast and a mildly hoppy//slightly tangy finish.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - Poured into the Ommegang Game of Throne glass it came with:

Pours hazed golden with a white head that holds up. Trailing lace slides down the glass with spotted sticking.

The smell is of spicy lemongrass with bubblegum and grain.

The taste is of sweet bubblegum and crankery grain balanced by spicy lemongrass. Spicy black pepper-ish finish.

It is effervescent, fuller side of light body and refreshing.

A nice interpretation of a Belgian Pale Ale. Sweet, but with a spicy balance. Another winner from Ommegang!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

75 cl rerelease version

Pours a hazy lemon gold, intense pillowy white head retains indefinitely at a couple inches thick.

Smells of fresh grassy malts, lemongrass, citrus, coriander, and sweet bread.

Tastes of dry grassy malt, lemongrass, and citrus.

Medium to full body with light carbonation.

Very nice tasty Belgian ale, a bit one-dimensional in the taste and disappointing body hamper what would otherwise be a top shelf selection. Still worth trying especially now that there is a second run if this your only missing jewel from the series. Actually better than a few of the other GOT beers too even if it has some flaws.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; dull gold in color; 2 finger rocky white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very nice Belgian lace;

S: coriander, lemon/orange, a hint of spice, a little biscuit;

T: coriander is predominant with lemon and orange behind it; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: refreshing, but not very complex;

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Photo of Gmann
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a big bubbled pure white head. Decent retention.

The aroma is a nice mix of spice and sweet. Bubblegum and hay notes from the yeast provide a nice spicy aroma. Some floral action. This is coupled with a sweet note from some candi sugar and a hint of tropical fruit. There is some tart apple as well. Lovely bright aroma.

The taste is similar to the aroma but lacks some depth. All the same notes except is seems a bit toned down. A tad more clovey and not nearly as fruity. Some grassy bitter hops towards the finish. I get some overripe and tart apple.

The feel is light, almost watery with super fizzy carbonation. Lightly sweet to start and transitions to a dry and lightly bitter finish. Drinks easy.

Good aroma but the taste doesn't follow. It is a good change up brew or palate cleanser. Glad they either re-released this beer or I found a bottle as it was the only one I missed from the collection.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't stop myself from buying the "newly released" gift set at the bottle shop the other day. This one pours a slightly hazy orange tone with a dense solid head. Has a mild citrus fruity aroma, medium mouthfeel. The flavor is complex and nicely balanced, somewhat malty with a biscuit note but also fruity. And of course there's the definite Belgian yeast taste that Ommegang is known for that lingers. Very tasty and drinkable. The slick packaging is also very well done.

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Photo of Sleeb
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden hazy rich amber color

S- Extremely mild aroma some spices hint of floral

T- lemon and light hint of other fruits

F- spritzy carbonation with a bubbly finish

O- A well balanced delightful Blond Ale. Different in others but quite good.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just re released by Ommegang and very good decision. Has a very light hop scent and good balanced flavor. Smooth on the palate and very easy drinking beer. Will buy another bottle while waiting on the next offering.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.94/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The very pale golden (Lannister inspired) body, and the rapidly rising carbonation bubbles. which formed a large, three finger thick head, made this beer look very similar to Duvel. The smell was spicy, fruity, sweet.,and slightly funky, which were all indicators of a yeast and wheat dominated beer. Each sip presented classic Belgian strong ale flavors of lemon, pear, white pepper, clove, banana, and a finish that was quite barnyard funky. Light, airy body, and an easy drinking disposition were quite pleasing. One of the most authentic tasting Belgian strong pale ale I have seen originating outside the mother country. Well done in returning this beer to the market, as I missed it during the initial release. The beer came in a two pack box of bombers bundled with a Brewery Ommegang and Game of Thrones branded glass. The exquisite artwork of the box provided an additional treat to a fan of the show like me. Winter is coming, so I might have to pick up a few of these to keep me warm.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Iron Throne pours a beautiful shade of gold, but that's about all it has going for it that's well above average, which is strange for Ommegang. I don't smell anything, its taste is not offensive but I doubt I'll remember it when I finish this glass, and it feels almost bitter on the tongue. An average beer at best.

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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.