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Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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84
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618 Ratings
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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 61
Gots: 100 | FT: 4
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ShanePB, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

JSkone09, Mar 25, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Anyway

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

S: Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, lemon

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

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

O: Despite what I wrote above, this beer had lots of complexity and was enjoyable. HOWEVER, I will NEVER buy this bottle again.

sukwonee, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

muletrane, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

chippo33, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack the cage and cork and pour a brew of dingy, pale straw coloring into our tasting snifters. It puts up a three finger head of massively creamy white bubbles, billowing out the top. Retention is forever, with vigorous patterns of lacing etched into the glass’ walls. A chill haze is noted, but no outright sediment made its way in. Carbonation is one of the highest we’ve ever seen. The aroma is fresh, Belgian, and very Ommegang. Malts are pale, metallic, toasty, wet, and wheaty, with support from sweet banana esters, clovey phenols, and bright lemon zest. Warmth brings a more chalky side to the pale, wheaty maltiness, with further pronunciation of the lemony bite, and grassy hops. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as sweet as expected, with strong contrast between the spicy depth of malts and the raw lemony components. As we sip, bitter pale malts, dirty wet wheatiness, coppery metallics, milky creaminess, orange and lemon rind, and bittered clovey phenols start things off. Moving to the peak are heavy metallics, bready wheatiness, bitterly toasted pales, burnt poppy seed, more bittering lemon peel and sweet booziness. The finishing wash comes with more wet and watered wheat, mineral, stone, white wine grape, straw, penicillin bite, dirt, and further bittering grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathes very bitterly of toasty pale malts, metallics, under ripe strawberry stem, faint clove, mild char, and massive wheaty bite. The body is medium, and the carbonation is expectedly high. The mouth is coated with big, dripping wet creaminess, with final crisp and drying bite with the bittered pucker. Each sip gives pleasant slurp, cream, froth, pop, and glug to the lip and gullet. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks as more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the insanely well-retained head, and the fresh, crisp, and Belgian aroma. The pour on this guy is beautiful. While the color maintains that dirty yellowish hue, the head remains as a glorious crown throughout the tasting. The aroma follows expectantly, with massive representation of wheat, barley, and raw grain. This blends well with the generous inclusions of spice and citrus. The flavoring, too, follows nicely, but the “iron” metallic qualities of it are, at times, overbearing. This is a flavorful, well designed beer, and we are definitely excited to see more of this series (especially once we finally start the show!!).

TheBrewo, Mar 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Tiernan, Mar 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

HopsMatt, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Alexander_Z, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

rolltide8425, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ambruns1979, Mar 23, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So, what would a viking drink? Or a medieval wench? Or any of the characters of the hit series "Game of Thrones"? I'm thinking Imperial Stout, or a mead, or a rustic dark ale of some sorts, right? Nope- It's this dainty, smooth, and floral bit that crawls out of the Brewery Ommegang.

Rusty gold in color, the air casts a lightened sense to the rim of the tulip with a tall fluffy column of foam. Loosely knit and cottony white the foam character shows great persistent and laces intricately as the beer fades.

Delicate floral scents of honey-suckle start the show while raw barley malt and fresh baking bread add a slight richness and depth to the aromas. Peppery, spicy and lightly wine-like, esters of oranges, white grapes, dried limes all decorate the periphery but the nose is grounded with rye-like earthen spice.

The beer's racy taste is a balance of fruit and spice. The back-and-forth from lemon to pepper, oranges to clove, grape to anise all play out on a soft bed of confectioner's sweetness. Finishing clean and refreshing the beer echoes with white wine tartness and a somewhat grassy hop bitterness.

Medium-light in body, the beer seems to float just above the tongue from the carbonation that lifts the beer and carries it to a quick dryness and satisfying finish filled with light honey, pepper, and lemongrass. undertow of sweetness.

With the masculine intensity of "Game of Thrones" and "Iron Throne" I didn't see such a finesse beer coming. But once it hits the tongue, the beer calms the senses and rewards the palate.

BEERchitect, Mar 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

prisdefer, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

blp, Mar 22, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a massive half glass head the slowly dissipates into larger bubbles, leaving pillowy lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast and a faint hair perm component (what is the proper term for that?). Flavor follows with sweet malt, Belgian yeast and spicing, particularly clove and coriander; turning rather drier and finishing with light stone fruit, bittering hops and biscuit malt. Light bodied, but nice mouth feel from active carbonation. A pleasant light Belgian pale, nothing stands out, but well made and fun to drink.

LiquidAmber, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

gtermi, Mar 22, 2013
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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.

MadScientist, Mar 21, 2013
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Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
84 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.