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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 710
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 27.6%
Wants: 98
Gots: 137 | FT: 4
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New York, United States

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 Satsuma
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +7.3%
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 -1.3%
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 +8.1%
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 -2.1%
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 +4.2%
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 +8.9%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 +3.1%
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 +1.3%
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 +13.8%
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 +28.6%
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 -13.3%
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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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/14/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and moderate earthy/grassy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian blonde ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of avalon07
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, fluffy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A pretty good, but not overly powerful aroma of Belgian yeast, citrus, and some hops.

T: Tasted of citrus (orange, lemon), light malt and hops, some fruity esters, and Belgian yeast. A good flavor, but it isn't as aggressive as others of the style. Still, it's vibrant, light, sweet and tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry (almost earthy) finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its flaws, but in general it's drinkable. Worth a look.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewery Ommegang Iron Throne Blonde Ale

Poured from bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled.

A) Nice looking copper colored brew with lots of bubble trails and a little haze. A big frothy head slowly settled to a dusting. Good lacing...

S) Pale malt, yeast, spices, light citrus, mainly a refreshing lemon rind scent, with enough sweetness to keep things in balance.

T) The flavor of this blonde ale really hits it's stride as it warms up a bit. The grains of paradise and lemon peel are a nice combo. Very refreshing and easy drinking. Some nice grassy hop bite on the backend.

M) Lighter medium bodied brew with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Finishes up pretty dry.

O) My expectations weren't all that high. Frankly, I really grabbed a bottle because I'm a GOT fan, but this a quality brew. Now I think I'll eat every fucking chicken in this place.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.  

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Photo of JayQue
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.