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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne | Brewery Ommegang

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Game Of Thrones: Iron ThroneGame Of Thrones: Iron Throne
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Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 oN3xM
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A nice golden, orange color with a high amount of carbonation. My pour was pretty terrible (like the bottle states, pour slowly!), so it left a huge 3 finger, foamy head that didn't disappear for a while. I hope it tastes as good as it looks. Head retention is huge and heavily coats the glass.
S - First scent to hit the nose is a fresh lemon aroma followed by a sugary malty scent. Subtle hints of vanilla and oats also.
T - Not as much flavor as I was expecting from the smell. It has some vanilla characteristics, which was delicious, but the malt taste is very dominant.
M - The soft, fluffy head rests on top the heavy, bubbly body. Great mouthfeel.
O - A nice blonde ale, but like most others, I bought it for the GoT novelty. Ommegang has some delicious beers in their portfolio, but this one doesn't hold a candle to the others. Glad to see HBO chose a reputable brewery however, and didn't default to Miller Coors or Budweiser.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In celebration of finally watching my DVRed first episode, and second ep coming up soon decided to finally crack this.

Poured into my Ommegang tulip, which I actually think was a mistake, as the head rises up to 3 fingers and almost half the glass of just foamy pillowy head that fades semi slowly thanks to all the bubbles rising up from the bottom, lots of sticky lacing, crystal clear honey blond color. Other than having to stop the pour prematurely it's a nice appearance.

nose brings a nice Belgian blond aroma, effervescent, light musty esters and a hint of an almost vinous tannic quality with a touch of stone fruit skin, yeast also brings light banana and some wit like spices hint of coriander and faint touch of orange zest, as well as a juicy Belgian blond malt, light lemony grassy hops in teh background.

Taste starts with the golden malts this time, Belgian blonde malts with a bit of a toasted wheat like taste, a little juicy but not as much as I expected. Then into a mild bitterness at first, with a grassy slightly spicy and even fruity hop flavor. Then into the yeast additions, some wit like spices again with light coriander, orange zest, with light fruity esters, and even a hint of phenols with a little medicinal quality to them. The flavors kick out a hint of musty vinous grape skin and stone fruit skin again. Finish is dry, very dry, but a hint of a sticky residue, with lingering musty esters and fruit skin, as well as a light Belgian golden malt flavor and wit like spices lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy effervescent carbonation and fluffs up to foam in the mouth as I swirl it around.

Overall pretty nice, good Belgian malt flavors, nice dry finish and overall profile, yeast additions are very nice maybe the best part of it bringing all those esters, musty fruit skins and even vinous qualities somehow, and a touch of nice noble hops, all come together for a pretty nice overall beer. It's nothing spectacular, but a pretty decent overall beer.

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Photo of acevenom
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml into a pint glass.

Look: Pretty solid one finger head after the pour that stays throughout, helped along by the great level of lacing. A brew itself is a golden brown. Very nice appearance.

Smell: A pretty solid balance of lemon and floral notes. A hint of malt, and a spice that I can't quite put my finger on. But something is spicy...

Taste: A very upfront malt with a bit of the floral notes. The lemon comes in on the back to finish it. Simple, but provocative.

Feel: The carbonation was on the medium side, and the brew itself is a bit heavy feeling.

Overall: A decent enough brew that I'm glad I picked up. Ommegang rarely disappoints, and they didn't do so with this one. I'm glad I got to be a part of it.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Rope
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rough to find this beer, because even non-beer drinker fans of the series are buying it. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance-
A fantastic gold, with a little haze to it. A thick three finger head, with good fluff. Looks like a good Belgian.

Smell-
A small part of the bottle says, "Part of the Duvel family of fine Belgian ales," and no small surprise it smells just like Duvel.

Taste-
Spice up front, surprisingly the faintest hint of banana citrus. Finishes first with an orange flavor, and then a malty lager breath.

Mouthfeel-
The carbonation is plentiful like champaign, but a little soft towards the end.

Overall-
For a beer that is hyped up for a series, it is very good. However, as a Belgian it does nothing extraordinary.

So... a drinkin' a beer, and yes... I am watching Game of Thrones while drinking it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/03/13 notes. Missed out on bottles of this as it was harder to find than I expected and I didn't want to hunt this down, but saw it on tap last night at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC so decided to try it.

a - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of lemons, spices, cloves, peppers, wheat, yeast, grains, bready malts, and some floral hops. Very nice nose; lots of lemon and floral notes to it.

t - Tastes of lemon zest, wheat, grains, pepper, spices, earthy notes, lightly musty, citrus and floral hops. Pretty good though I like the nose better. Musty and earthy notes bring it down a little bit for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No alcohol presence and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice Belgian pale ale from Ommegang, though nothing mind blowing. I liked the nose a lot though the taste was a step down for me. Easy to drink and worth checking out once, though not something I'd kill to get a bottle of. While I would like the actual bottle because it looks cool and I am a big fan of the show and books, I'm glad I didn't spend time hunting down a bottle of it.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Levich
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's. This thing POPPED with barely a touch to the cork.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light golden hue with a big, fluffy 4 finger head that is super rocky and simply does not quit. Tons of sticky lacing. Like another posted, looks super close to perfection aka Duvel.

S - Full of grassy hops, faint floral notes, gentle esters, lots of those grains of paradise and light lemon. Little bit of alcohol in it too.

T - Taste is fairly solid, light belgian notes, some faint citrus and grassiness. Slightly spicey notes and esters. Finish is a bit boozey though.

M - Mouthfeel is quite sharp and carbonated.

O - Overall not a bad beer but the back end has a a flash of alcohol and bit of metallic to it. Otherwise a solid brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Ommegang fashion, this is well done and purely a Belgian ale. A slightly yeasty tone with earthy funk in a minimal sense also with the requisite sweetness. The detractor to me, since I am critiquing, is that even though it's consistent, it falls off a bit too quickly somewhat. I think when I got more of the yeast this was not so much so. Regardless. A consistent and fairly solid ale. I can dig it.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip, and it looks just like Duvel - which is to say, perfect.

S: Very grassy, lightly floral, and quite estery. Lots of green apple and lemongrass. Pretty solid.

T: Starts out citrusy and floral, with grassiness following close behind. Mild malt midway through, and a spicy, bittersweet, slightly metallic finish. Good up until the end, and still decent even there.

M: Highly carbonated, fairly light-bodied. Starts out lively and becomes creamier. Quite nice indeed.

O: Short of spectacular, but an admirable and drinkable BPA. It's way too delicate to pair with the show, of course, but a good beer all the same.

Cheers!

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Photo of MCain04
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Winter is coming! Oh wait, it's already come and gone. 750cc bottle poured into a HF glass, $10 for a bottle, drank while watching the premier.

A: Semi-opaque golden amber color with a large, pure white head, moderate retention and lacing.

S: Belgian malts characteristic of the style. Not much hop character to speak of.

T: Belgian wheat taste is strong. No alcohol presence to speak of. Average finish.

M: Clean and quite crisp. Light body with a refreshing finish.

O: An average to above-average Belgian ale. Nothing special but not a bad offereing. A gimmick, sure, and overpriced definitely, but decent beer.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of drinker36
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Game of Thrones and I really enjoyed this beer. Having been on an IPA campaign for over a year now it's nice to try something different. This is a refreshing, easy drinking, sweet fruity brew that comes in the perfect size and ABV to enjoy over the hour it takes to watch an episode of Game of Thrones.

I do agree with the previous reviewer(s) that said they may have inflated their review(s) because of the marketing gimmick. I may have fell pray to the same dark magic. That said I'll plop down another $9 and try it again for the 2nd episode and confirm back to BA.

Final thought - Will my head be put on a pike if I say I enjoyed the beer more than GoT S3E1?

Afterthought: I think it would be great if they sold a gift pack that had a GoT Challice and this beer.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

love game of thrones...couldnt wait for this season- and i was excited about trying the beer. this one pours a light cloudy straw yellow. the smell is mild to weak. the taste is slightly grassy and light not bold at all, but it is crisp and really drinkable. i am not overly impressed but i will try the other 3 that they will release over the next 2 years.

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Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of skylander7
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at 40 degrees while watching the premier, poured into a chalice

-Appearance: big head on pour, has a nice blonde appearance to it. You can definitely see the carbonation here, with some lacing as the head dissipates

-Nose: smells of floral notes, you can pick up some yeast/malty sweetness

-Taste: Definitely subtly sweetness, almost like a bastard child of a heffe/blonde ale/pilsner (a three way bastard??). You can get the citrus taste on it as well in the form of lemon. Not very hoppy to say the least, I think the citrus and bready character with the belgian yeasts are what stick out the most.

-Mouthfeel: goes down dry and smooth, with a slight citrus aftertaste. You can feel the carbonation.

Overall: A good beer.. I'm usually a fan of Ommegang's stuff, but I felt this was on the lower end of their usual offerings. This is 1 of 4 in the series, stoked to see what comes next. Feels like this would be a fine springtime/sitting on the porch kind of beer.

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Photo of TWHartman
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pale golden, white head comes on strong, good retention

S- banana bread yeasty character, some sweet malt

T- banana, sweet bready malt, some bubblegum in the finish

M- pleasant thickness, I'm happy it isnt thicker, I think it would become cloying with the sweetness, nice amount of carbonation

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle for the premiere. $8.65 for the bottle...a lot cheaper than I expected for an ommegang. Two things to note, I am having bad allergies and I'm usually not a big blonde ale guy

A - golden straw and hazy. Big eggshell white head

S - I'm getting some banana and bread

T - Like I said, not a huge fan of blondes, but this is good. I'm getting some banana and citrus. Some bread

M - Well carbonated

O - Let's be honest, this is a good beer, but drinking while watching the premiere may have made it better...like a hotdog at a baseball game is always better. But really, this is a good beer, not my style, but worth a try. Ommegang is always consistently good. May pick one up for next week's episode if some still around. Back to the show!

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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.