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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 638
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 96
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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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 n2185
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (541 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 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 hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a "corked and caged" 750ml. bottle into a tulip glass.
Chill-hazed apricot in color, with a voluminous head of white foam.
Aroma-Belgian yeast, orchard fruit
Taste-Pear, apple, spicy yeast, white pepper note, noble hops lead to a dryish finish. Tasty and very drinkable, well-balanced and flavorfull. Recommended. (326 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 socon67
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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. (835 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 gillagorilla
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (837 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 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 utopiajane
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours fantastic. Light straw yellow, turbid, hazy and with a fluffy white head of foam that never fell off completely. Left plenty of soft lace all over the glass. Champagne bubbles too, this is visual perfection. Nose is superb. Belgian yeast, tart lemon, floral and earthy. A touch of banana, bubblegum, clove, those grains of paradise and underneath- good bread and soft malt sweetness. So perfectly light. It’s buoyant on the palate. All components have a brightness of character that is full but never maxed out. Taste is smooth, bubblegum and sweet bread. Malt is no stranger in this drink. It’s flavorful but delicate. Leaves just dry with a hint of hop oil bitter to make your mouth water and a lingering sweetness.

This is a visually stunning ale that is soft and silky and drinks like it was made to be drunk. It’s Belgian spice character that doesn’t overwhelm with the sheer number of things, it’s hops that aren’t blown all out of proportion & sweet malt at it’s full and subtle best. Ommegang treats you to some finesse with this one. (1,064 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 tastybeer
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright golden amber beer, white head, some solid strings of lace, and good head retention. Aroma is very bright and pleasant. Very spring appropriate. Sugary citrus, wild flowers, spice, yummy pale malt. Taste is sweet, tart, and spicy, with candy lemon, herb, and medium amounts of bitterness. Mouthfeel reminds me of Unibroue's beer in general. Crisp and airy. Pretty enjoyable stuff here. Refreshing, flavorful, and fun to drink. (432 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 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 RoamingGnome
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's so hard to objectively review a bottle of beer when it costs 9 bucks and what you get is a good solid belgian... ale. I do not know if my rating would have been higher if this bottle cost 5 dollars... I can say this for sure - if you are not a HUGE fan of the HBO TV series, take your money somewhere else. This beer is very very overpriced.

Anyway

A: Beautiful looking beer. Cloudy/hazy yellow/orange body with 3 finger frothy head that lasts a long time. Good amount of lacing

S: Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, lemon

T: Clove, spicy/peppery, lemon zest, sweet malt, some bittering hops. I thought this beer had a bit too much lemon zest flavor... it's like when you go and order a blue moon and the bartender dunk a lemon or orange twist into your glass... I shouldn't be comparing this beer to blue moon (and I am not trying to) but that's the thought that crossed m, y mind when I had the taste - Blue Moon with citrous and added spice. What I do like about the beer is the bittering hops toward the end. (okay... I am still bitter I paid 9 bucks for this bottle).

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Despite what I wrote above, this beer had lots of complexity and was enjoyable. HOWEVER, I will NEVER buy this bottle again. (1,266 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 Jonada
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (796 characters)

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