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Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MadScientist on 03-21-2013)
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dar482

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy golden with a big amount of white head.

The aroma has tons of lemon, breadiness and yeast, some grass, and spiciness.

The flavor follows with the spice and bready Belgian qualities, then there’s some lemon peel, then tons of grass on the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation to keep things rolling.

This is a really good beginner beer for those trying to get into craft or Belgian beers. It’s toned down for some, but really amped up for a blonde ale. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 18:19:55 | More by dar482
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Iron Throne pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a moderate, creamy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma with bready and spicy. wheat, lemongrass, clove, Flowery notes are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with an effervescent fizz. The flavor has nice lemongrass notes balanced with wheat malt. It finishes somewhat sweet with a little spice (pepper, clove) and flower notes. It finishes dry with lingering lemon when gone.

A tasty easy drinking beer with a light 'Belgiany' flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 22:27:25 | More by WanderingFool
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draheim

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:26:41 | More by draheim
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n2185

North Carolina

3.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:57:11 | More by n2185
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:25:23 | More by PicoPapa
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 20:16:11 | More by justintcoons
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 03:29:45 | More by tastybeer
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socon67

New York

3.54/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:42:18 | More by socon67
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CloudStrife

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:16:04 | More by CloudStrife
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:34:59 | More by Treyliff
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denver10

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 23:27:21 | More by denver10
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 00:28:05 | More by ONUMello
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jeffjeff1

California

3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 19:07:30 | More by jeffjeff1
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The beer pours slightly hazy golden with an enormous white head that dissipates slowly. The etching at the bottom of the Duvel glass sends a nice stream of rising bubbles up the beer. The beer smells of grassy hops, pepper, lemon, and some maltiness. It reminds me of Duvel in many ways. The flavor has a nice bitter and grassy hop profile with black pepper, some lemon, biscuit malt, and some sweet malts. The body is light to medium with lively carbonation. The finish is dry and the drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:06:05 | More by acevenom
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utopiajane

New York

4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:39:00 | More by utopiajane
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. Ample many fingers head and needs to be poured carefully. Head retention is great. Chunky lacing is present on the glass.

S: Malts, subtle hops, garden spices, flowers.

T: Clean drinking. Well balanced but not distinct in any particular category. Some spicing is present on the finish. Tastes great.

M: Medium bodied yet refreshing as one would expect.

O: Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:55:55 | More by Oakenator
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MadScientist

New York

4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This beer pours a pale golden with a touch of haze. The off-white head is persistant with two fingers of creamy, somewhat rocky foam settling slightly.

S: There is a peppery note right up front with a spicy, citrus aroma. A moderate floral hops aroma and a some Belgian yeast fruit and spice aroma. The yeast aromas blend really well with the grains of paradise spicy citrus notes. The malt aroma is light with a simple clean sweetness that teams up with something else in there to give a light cotton candy note in the background.

T: The malt and spice are what you taste at first reflecting the aroma with a citrus spiciness. The malt bring a medium amount of sweetness which is balance by mix of moderately-light hops bitterness and some of the spice. The yeast is again bring a mix of light colored fruit flavors like orange and nectarine along with a black pepper quality. The light hops flavor is a bit more in the back behind the rest being earthy and spicy. The balance is about even depending on the temperature. The finish is off-dry with an aftertaste of peppery, citrus spice and clean sweetness.

M: It's a bit fluffy being a light bodied beer with a moderately strong carbonation.

O: An elegant, well balanced blonde beer with a touch of a spicy edge, which reflects the House of Lannister. There's all the elements promised here; that Belgian Blonde light with it's almost lager like profile while still having a light touch of Belgian qualities along with a citrusy, peppery spice. It's a great beer whether you like the show or not and perfect for when you you want a flavorful complex beer that is still refreshing for a sweltering hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 23:22:36 | More by MadScientist
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fmccormi

New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 25.4oz / 1pt 9.4oz / 750ml cork-and-cage bottle to my Tired Hands stempiece; no bottling or freshness dates on this one, but this JUST came out so it’s pretty damn fresh. If you really care though, Ommegang gives (I believe) Witte and BPA a one-year freshness period, and Rare Vos and Hennepin a two-year freshness period; expect this beer to be best within two years of bottling, since there’s less focus on hops than in BPA.

Appearance (4.75): Not surprisingly, this yields a very generous head that takes a while to die down—falling from almost four fingers, it’s bone-white, stiff with tight foam, it leaves a thick, rocky cap and surprisingly chunky collars and wide lacing all around the glass. The body, meanwhile, is a glowing, perfectly hazy, orange-amber color, and gorgeous. Holy shit. This beer looks amazing.

Smell (4.25): Grains of paradise and lemony character definitely evident, as per classic Ommegang style, although there is a good deal of clove and biscuity, bready malt that kind of smells like pancake batter. More of that lovely lemon peel and springy, floral aroma as it warms, and it shows more and more apple juice and honeysuckle. Very, very nice.

Taste (4.25): The lemon peel is much more evident here, believe it or not, with a floral sweetness complementing this pale, modestly sweet, biscuity malt body, before sweeping through with a very pronounced lemon juice acidity which wipes the plate clean and leaves that bright, lingering, almost sour bitterness (though I am NOT in any way implying that this has been soured—absolutely no evidence of that). The malt body goes beyond just a plain, bready, biscuit-like character, though: the typical starchy feel and lightly fruity, lightly tart character of well-handled wheat malts is very clear, too. The yeast spiciness is also clear here, following the nose with grains of paradise and some light clove, but it’s surprisingly restrained. Some very modest hops presence is evident on the mid-palate, with some nice, grassy character. No alcohol detected; just oodles of lemon, a lovely blonde body, and Ommegang yeast.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Ohhh this is just lovely—soft, pillow foam all over the place, filling every space on top of a dry, light-side-of-medium feeling body that finishes with a nice, slightly tart dryness. And, the head sticks around well long enough to pass by the lips. The body feels slightly starchy and dry, and finishes with the clean bitterness and bright lemon character. Even though it’s at a relatively moderate ABV, it’s way too easy to drink.

Overall (4.25): Sometimes, I think people overlook restraint. I love intense, in-your-face hop-bombs and rich, smoky, chocolatey stouts as much as the next guy, but what I love about Belgian-style beers—particularly some saisons and Belgian Pales—is the complexity and craftsmanship that can be shown off by keeping it “simple.” This beer does not pretend to be some avant-garde neo-Belgian concoction of unpredictable yeast and rare treatment; instead, it goes for a “simple” style of beer, and nails it with excellent execution and a signature touch that makes Ommegang what it is. Others might be underwhelmed, but I appreciate the restraint, subtlety, and craftsmanship. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 02:13:40 | More by fmccormi
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.51/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 04:54:28 | More by chanokokoro
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cage/cork bottle poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass.

A- Hazy golden color with a 2-plus finger head, pure white, that slowly fades to a heavy film leaving generous lacing. Effervescent.

S- Citrus rinds, lemon zest, clove, spice. Some yeasty must and funk. There's a give and take between the lemon and alcohol aromas that make for a nice dance routine.

T- A touch of malt sweetness balances the sharp spicy hops and yeast dryness. There's no denying the lemon, but it does not overpower.

M- Lots of carbonation, tingly. Tart at first, dry finish.

O- Highly drinkable and flavorful American take on a BPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:47:14 | More by NiceTaps
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:24:57 | More by Teleweizen2
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 21:06:42 | More by HattedClassic
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color in a tulip. Nice lacing with a 3 F head.

Very floral aroma combined with clove and lemon.

The beer was quite carbonated, usual for the style.

The spicy taste was similar to the aroma: clove and lemon, but not as strong.

A pleasant puckering finish.

Overall, a very good beer and one of the better Blonde Belgian ales I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 21:52:44 | More by brureview
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:48:52 | More by Jonada
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 03:31:38 | More by gillagorilla
Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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