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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 710
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 27.6%
Wants: 98
Gots: 136 | FT: 4
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MadScientist on 03-21-2013

Brewery Ommegang and HBO are partnering on a series of beers inspired by the critically-acclaimed drama Game of Thrones. Launching ahead of the season 3 debut on March 31, Iron Throne, a blonde ale, is the inaugural beer in the series and the result of a creative collaboration between Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and HBO.

“No one enjoys their job more than I do -- producing and developing new brews to delight lovers of fine beer, add to that the opportunity to collaborate on a beer based on the cultural phenomenon of Game of Thrones and exploring ways to make the beer truly reflect aspects from the show. It made us approach development in a completely new way and I think the first edition Iron Throne reveals that. With a Lannister currently on the throne, it made sense to do a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. Iron Throne is certainly fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.” -Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 710
Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color. Nice and bright. A bit cloudy. Big white head. Lots of lacing and great retention. Good looking beer. Big fresh pale malt aroma. Bright, sweet grain. Candy lemons and apricots in the aroma. Some nice earthy flavors from the yeast. A little bit of mint and other herbal flavors. Some fruity peppercorn spice. Hops seem floral and a touch grassy. The taste starts with a sweet, bready grain note. Then, the beer dries out some, and herbal and earthy flavors start to come out. There's lemon skin, peppercorns and a light woodiness. The finish is fairly dry with a grassy hop flavor, mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is effervescent. Prickly little bubbles. Light body. Pretty good beer, but it doesn't really stand out for me and seems a touch forgettable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750mL brown bottle with a "bottled on" date and a "best by" date printed on the neck.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: It has a cloudy pale yellow color with a fluffy,white, 2 finger head that sticks around and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: It has a dominant spice aroma, courtesy of the grains of paradise. It's a very peppery smell, but there is also a whiff of banana and some malt in the background.

Taste: It's quite spicy, just like the nose, with a pepper taste at the forefront. There's some citrus and alcohol notes as well.

Mouthfeel: It's highly carbonated, with a medium body. It's smooth and creamy with a clean finish.

Overall: A solid brew but nothing extraordinary. I don't get the Game of Thrones tie-in or the Iron Throne name, seeing this is a pretty tame drink. It's something cool to have if you're a fan of the books or the series, but it's not worth the price tag for everybody else. This is supposed to be the first in a series, so lets hope Ommegang can step it up and create something a bit more special and unique.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, with plenty of subtle references (I presume) to the marketing tie-in TV show, which I have never seen. That said, the Blind Guardian blasting out of my playlist seems appropriate enough here, huh? Brewed with grains of paradise and lemon peel.

This beer pours a hazy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a tower of thin, ebulliently foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of chunky lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of dry bready, lightly biscuit pale malt, faintly musty yeast, semi-sour lemon, peppy spice - some coriander, some white pepper, and something else with a pithy citrus fruit bent that I'm sure I just don't know - and soft late-summer hay. The taste is moderately sweet grainy, cereal-like malt, more subtly edgy, kind of dirty yeast, nicely sublimated orange and lemon juicy fruit, and mild peppery, clove-adjacent spice. The extra ABV manifests outside of the flavour realm.

The carbonation is pretty much well behaved, the body a decent medium weight, and really quite smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, the cereal malt and laid-back peppery citrus finding an equitable balance on the tips of my tastebuds.

Well, as I said, I don't know from the HBO series, but this is one agreeable BPA, the extra bit of associative spicing working well with the base pale ale, as the yeast maintains a respectful distance. Fruity, grainy, and tasty, that's all I need to glean from this.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 18/5/13

A slight haze in a pale golden yellow body, shitload of pin prick bubbles and 1 part liquid 2 parts soapy white foam that has excellent retention and there's still a little foam at the bottom of my glass, a few patches of random soapy lace

S farmhouse yeast, faint bubblegum, lemon, grass and hay, cereals, and some spice I can't place, smells more of a Saison then a Belgian Pale and it works for me

T more spice and a little orange rind I didn't smell, slightly fruity but I'm struggling to place it, some cracker and clove perhaps, quite tasty but the nose has a slight edge

M light to medium and a little foamy, a few swirls is a good idea, very fine grit after the fact and a yeasty, grainy finish

O pretty solid beer with no mention of booze, just a little foamy and that's a minor compliant

I won't lie to ya, I have no idea what Game of Thrones is, I don't pay much attention to pop culture... other then craft beer of coarse, you can almost consider it mainstream at this point

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in what was probably the last bottle at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. I really don't watch the show, but I'm excited to try out something rare. Lets see how it matches up.

Appearance: pours a hazy, golden yellow with a very slight hint of orange, but not very noticeable. Barely visible body that completes with a one inch frothy head.

Smell: gives off a great aroma of malts, slight spices, wheat, some yeast, and some floral hops. Also noticeable is a slight hint of lemon zest. Quite nice and gives off a thin body.

Taste: first sips give off a great flavor of roasted malts, but not overpowering at all. Lemon zest is also apparent, along with a moderate flavor of spices and bread-like malts. Another round gives a great fruit skins like flavor. Clover spices are obvious in this brew. Quite smooth also. Overall is a solid, well-balanced complexion of spices and fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth body, slighty dry finish.

Overall: coming into this beer, I was a little excited considering its rarity and friends of mine who love the show (not going to lie, I bragged a little when I picked this one up). It's brew was quite good, awesome body, nice balance of bitter spices and fruit-like hops. The yeast is quite delicious here. Wish there was a slightly more hoppy character. Glad I picked this brew up. Pretty much sums up a very solid Belgian pale ale. I would have again (if its available again) and I would totally recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang iron throne.

Served on tap at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT.

Pours a Light copper. Heavy foam and active bubbles. Mild malt nose, but other wise nondescript.
There is Light sweet taste minor Belgian yeast strain. Fairly typical for the style. Not incredibly distinguished.

Not bad - but maybe more about the packaging? 4 35 4 4 4

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hops, hint of citrus, and cherry. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, alcohol, hint of hop oils, and cherry. Overall, good appearance and blend, decent aroma and body.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy yellow with a huge head. Nice lacing and great lacing.

Smell - Lots of esters. Clove is big. Very Belgian. Pale malt.

Taste - Not what I expected. Much less sweet. Very earthy and spicy. Pale malt, but never sweet.

Mouthfeel - Dry. Well carbonated. Spicy as hell.

Overall - Quality, clean beer. Not terribly interesting, but well made.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Keep this quick...
Color, clean but slightly hazy, was served to me from a fridge. I heated it up but still slightly hazy.

Smell... Not much, belgian yeast smell..pretty plain

Taste, about the same, not much to it

Mouthfeel very carbonated

Overall it was clean tasting and refreshing but not a whole lot there, I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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