Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 97
Gots: 104 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 01/2013, best by 01/2015.

A: Pours a bright lemony golden with a huge, billowing, dense, fluffy and mousse textured bone white head that lasted in some form or another the whole beer through. Huge boulders of rocky lace were left down the glass.
S: Tons of spice, citrus, earthy herbal hops and a bit of funk. The lemon peel and peppery grains of paradise are easy to pick out. The barnyard yeasty funk is a bit of a surprise. Smells like a spicy golden ale with farts.
T: Golden fruits, lemon zest, peppery spice, coriander, white grape, dry earthy barnyardy yeast, wheat and dried grains. Great blonde ipa flavors with a kick of spice. The finish and aftertaste are full of lightly bitter and earthy hops.
M: Full bodied, rich and creamy mouthfeel, smooth and frothy carbonation. Drinks really well.
O: Really really good. Perfect amount of hops and spice and a very creamy and rich mouthfeel. One of the best in style.

Photo of Dope
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

About a month old at this point.

A: Pours a clear pale gold. Enormous fizzy/fluffy head. Fades slowly with a nice island of foam sticking around. Decent streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt is apparent right off the bat. Banana and cloves, typical belgian yeast.

T: More sweet breadiness and banana with hints of grass up front. Yeasty and bready in the middle with cloves. Finish has a brief hit of grass. Cloves and spices and more grass linger into the aftertaste. All quite mild.

M: High carbonation, apparent from the enormous head. Fairly light body but not watery.

O: This would be a good beginner craft beer. Pretty mild and unoffensive, definitely a mellow BPA. Pretty tasty though, Ommegang doesn't really know how to make bad beers if I'm honest.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very recent bottle from Premiere. A bit like a biere de garde. Farmhouse yeast, lemon, peppery. Funky, spicy blonde. Herbal and neither (too)sweet nor bitter. Smooth mouthfeel. Very presentable beer I can use to transition people. Generous head on hazy light yellow.

Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of JohnQVD
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear gold color with a bit of effervescence. Foamy head that eventually dissipates temporarily leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Smell is yeast and banana. Taste is cloves, nutmeg and banana with a yeast backbone, with a mostly dry finish. Feel is light and fizzy.

Overall this comes together well, though I don't think it's as good as most of their regular offerings.

Photo of nmann08
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml

Hazy Gold in color, with a full, but airy white head. It looks like it has alot of carbonation, very active, bubbles. The head stays for a while.

The smells that come through are lemon, peppers, and floral hops, balanced with hints of yeast and bready malts.

Very dry start, balance between the sweetness of the lemon and floral notes, and the spice of the pepper. Honey coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is ok, a bit too carbonated for me, but very light bodied and drinkable.

Overall, a good beer, worthwhile if you get the chance, just too bad it wasn't more widely available.

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed honey colored ale with a massive puffy white head.

Smell is spicy and herbal with lots of coriander and lemon in the scent. Flowery with lots of floral aroma, similar to Hennepin. Smell is a little grassy with a big honeysuckle malt aroma.

Starts out dry and spicy with a lingering lemon after taste. Slightly bitter. This has that Grains of Paradise aroma and taste to it sort of like pepper but not. Nice taste.

Mouthfeel is full.

Nice beer with no faults. Still Hennepin is better.

Photo of prototypic
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iron Throne pours an attractive straw color. Carbonation looks to be very active. Tons of bubbles! Backlighting gives it a brighter yellow look. It’s a tad hazy. The head is soft white and rises to about three fingers in height. It takes a long time to fully dissipate. A thick web of lace lines the glass as it descends. Good lookin’ stuff!

The nose is a little weak, but smells pretty good. Smells spicy and yeast up front. Belgian yeast smells really nice and brings its usual spicy attributes. Pepper is by far the strongest. Smells a little earthy, grainy, and grassy. The grassiness smells like noble hops. There are some light floral and fruity characteristics. Smells like apple and lemon on the fruity side. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Not bad.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. It is a bit sweet and malty initially. Grainy, earthy, and grassy notes follow. Grassy hop flavors are stronger than anticipated. Definitely tastes like noble hops. They’re a little bitter. Belgian yeast is tasty. It’s a bit bready and spicy. Pepper is definitely the strong spicy flavor. Fruit notes of apple and light lemon follow. They’re secondary, but complement the other flavors well. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but is blended well overall. Finishes yeasty, spicy, grassy, and dry. Not bad.

Iron Throne has a lighter body. Feels too thin. Needs more body. Carbonation feels relatively soft given the volume of bubbles. It’s not smooth, but it goes down rather easily. This 750 isn’t presenting too much of a challenge.

Iron Throne is good beer. It’s not quite as good as I’d hoped, but it’s still well worth your attention. Personally, I’d prefer a little less grassy hops and a little more Belgian yeast. Just my preference. Pretty good stuff in any case. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Packaged on 02/06/13, best by 02/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a couple inch white head. Head retention is very good, and there's a lot of lacing that sticks around the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrus peel, peppery spice, bananas, Belgian yeast and some grassy hops. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some herbs, honey, and some wheat/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy to drink and has nice, lively carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, too bad it was limited and not readily available. $7.49 a bottle.

Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color, slightly hazy despite my best efforts to leave the yeast behind, and crowned by a tall, stable, airy white head of frothy suds. Smells of pale malty sweetness, flowers, peppery yeast, spices, faint lemon, and a grassy hop touch. Earthy, dry floral bitterness, and Belgian yeast open the flavor. Cracker-like malts, juicy orange, fruity tartness, and a grassy, almost dry-hop-esque note. Medium-light, glossy mouthfeel that is quite dry and refreshing. A little surprising warmth in the throat. A well made, peppery, quenching Belgian-style beer.

Photo of tastybeer
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Jonada
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a grain flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap a BBC Plymouth MA

Cloudy bright hay color with a thin head. Despite the seeming foamy frailty of this beer a horseshoe of retention hangs of my for most of the experience and leaves a few drifts of lace.

Smells like sharp sun baked plywood sawdust and lemonade. A little toasted wheat. Tastes the same. Really, dry with a big sweet sugared lemon rind lump in the middle. Between the GoP and lemon rind Iron Throne reminds me of a beefy, Belgian Sam Adams summer ale.

When I think of Game of Thrones the Wall and Winterfell come to mind first. Bright and refreshing this is more of a King's Landing or Old Town beer. The Arbor came to mind specifically. I am a fantasy geek.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.9.13

A - Pours a cloudy light-orange with a huge off-white head that fades slowly.

S -Belgian spice, lemon, pepper.

T - SImilar to the nose, Strong of the spice and more subtle on the lemon and citrus.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O -A light Belgian pale with tons of spice character.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at New World Tavern Plymouth--served into a tulip glass

Appearance: high carbonation, bright yellow-gold in color, 3/4 inch head, clear

Smell: pineapple, hay, and tropical fruit

Taste: pineapple, hay, tropical sweet fruit juice, sugar, and citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation, bitter with sweetness in the middle

Overall: A very enjoyable BPA. It does have the distinct Ommegang taste to it. I could do several glasses of this and would look for it if I was looking for a beer in this style.

Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's an Ommegang beer, so it's going to be good. From a 750 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Beauty sits in the glass. That velvetey, cream head sits over an inch thick and retains itself very well. The color glows yellowish orange with a godlen hue and visible carbonation bubbles riding alongside the glass. I like the nose; delicate, fruity, and spicy. It has a spiced lemon note, lemon meringue, fresh dough, a dash of nutmeg.

This is a dry and effervescent blonde ale. It starts off with a dry bready note with a yeastiness which delivers a kiss of clove. Soft banana and peppery lemon hit afterwards. It dries up in the aftertaste with a skittle of bitterness and apricot skins. Its mouthfeel is Belgian in character, being light yet uplifting with its well placed lively carbonation.

Respectful blonde ale, no matter what the occasion or celebration. Ommegang didn't try to do too much and it payed off.

Photo of oN3xM
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of acevenom
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.