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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 714
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 27.6%
Wants: 97
Gots: 140 | 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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Photo of draheim
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a very improper short pint glass (all that was on hand).

A: a nice yellow gold hue, slightly cloudy, with a good head that retained nicely and left lacing upon dissipation.

S: I can pick up citrus, spice, yeast

T: follows the aroma

M: slightly better than average carbonation, and a good mouth feel

O: I found this blonde ale a little different from many of the others I have had in this style. I am not sure what it was that makes it different, but it was not a bad thing. I enjoyed this beer on a cool summer evening at the cottage and it was a pleasant experience. It was my first beer from Ommegang, and it makes me want to try others if I can get them (road trip!).

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Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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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 TheBrewo
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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!!).

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Photo of dar482
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a wide Ommegang tulip.

Straw/gold with 3 fingers of tight, foamy, white head. Slightly cloudy with very lively carbonation and excellent head retention.

Coriander, hay, potpourri, pear and golden apple.

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.

Light bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

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 UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Sleeb
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden hazy rich amber color

S- Extremely mild aroma some spices hint of floral

T- lemon and light hint of other fruits

F- spritzy carbonation with a bubbly finish

O- A well balanced delightful Blond Ale. Different in others but quite good.

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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 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 donkeyrunner
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.


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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewery Ommegang Iron Throne Blonde Ale

Poured from bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled.

A) Nice looking copper colored brew with lots of bubble trails and a little haze. A big frothy head slowly settled to a dusting. Good lacing...

S) Pale malt, yeast, spices, light citrus, mainly a refreshing lemon rind scent, with enough sweetness to keep things in balance.

T) The flavor of this blonde ale really hits it's stride as it warms up a bit. The grains of paradise and lemon peel are a nice combo. Very refreshing and easy drinking. Some nice grassy hop bite on the backend.

M) Lighter medium bodied brew with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Finishes up pretty dry.

O) My expectations weren't all that high. Frankly, I really grabbed a bottle because I'm a GOT fan, but this a quality brew. Now I think I'll eat every fucking chicken in this place.

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Photo of Rope
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

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.

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

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

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 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 avalon07
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a massive, fluffy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A pretty good, but not overly powerful aroma of Belgian yeast, citrus, and some hops.

T: Tasted of citrus (orange, lemon), light malt and hops, some fruity esters, and Belgian yeast. A good flavor, but it isn't as aggressive as others of the style. Still, it's vibrant, light, sweet and tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry (almost earthy) finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its flaws, but in general it's drinkable. Worth a look.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on April 9, 2013.

Beer is a bright translucent golden with a very large white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell contains yeast, light fruits, lemon a touch of bubblegum and some spices.

Taste contains yeast, lemon and spices. Somewhat bready. On the sweet side, but not overly. Decent but nothing exciting is going on here.

Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation. A bit heavy for what can be a nice refreshing style.

Overall, fine but not worth revisiting. Plenty of better examples of the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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 skylander7
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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 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 MarkJBurch
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.