Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 637
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 3.37%
Wants: 96
Gots: 104 | FT: 3
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 637
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my bro for purchasing this brew... 1,111th review and likely one of my last full reviews...

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, three fingers of head with solid mountainous lacing.

S - Musty yeast, peppered cloves, citrus rind and hints of grassy hops.

T - Peppery spice comes through alongside citrus rind and sweet cloves. The grassy hops come through on the finish with a hint of wheat.

M - Lighter bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew that fits the bill, solid flavour profile and another winner from the Ommegang brewery. Super stoked to have had the opportunity to try it, and will hopefully be able to snatch up another bottle before they're all gone. (686 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erupts in the glass like green wildfire, filling the glass with luxurious foam. Above the lower deck of liquid apricot, a cap of pillowy eggshell fills the upper half of the glass.

A touch of unripe pear, a hint of honey, a touch of biscuits, subtle floral hops. Sweet, floral -- a walk through a sunlit garden.

Hint of apple, both red and green. Saltines, pears, a touch of tartness. Floral, maybe roses, citrus, grains of paradise. Lingering floral bitterness.

Light body, highly effervescent. Pops and fizzles in the mouth. Bone-dry finish.

Won't distract you from the plot lines, which require some attention. Approachable. (635 characters)

Photo of drinker36
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color in a tulip. Nice lacing with a 3 F head.

Very floral aroma combined with clove and lemon.

The beer was quite carbonated, usual for the style.

The spicy taste was similar to the aroma: clove and lemon, but not as strong.

A pleasant puckering finish.

Overall, a very good beer and one of the better Blonde Belgian ales I have tasted. (364 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,476 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (1,049 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,996 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cage/cork bottle poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass.

A- Hazy golden color with a 2-plus finger head, pure white, that slowly fades to a heavy film leaving generous lacing. Effervescent.

S- Citrus rinds, lemon zest, clove, spice. Some yeasty must and funk. There's a give and take between the lemon and alcohol aromas that make for a nice dance routine.

T- A touch of malt sweetness balances the sharp spicy hops and yeast dryness. There's no denying the lemon, but it does not overpower.

M- Lots of carbonation, tingly. Tart at first, dry finish.

O- Highly drinkable and flavorful American take on a BPA. (619 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,545 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color capped by a very nice head that leaves a smattering of lace behind

Smell: Yeasty phenols dominate; somewhat lemony, peppery and grassy with grains of paradise in the background

Taste: Fruity, up front, with apple and pear flavors; by mid-palate, the yeasty phenols start to add interesting complexity, along with the grassy hops, lemon peel and grains of paradise; nicely balanced, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice beer that has enough complexity to be interesting; also, quite approachable for a wide audience (632 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a special thanks to my brother steve for procuring this from the source, and saving it for my visit. even though we both agree this would be cool to save for a whole series tasting, we crack the cork and cage rig with exuberance. a hazy pale straw colored liquid bursts forth, filling our glasses with a nice capping of white lacey head, dense and lasting. the nose on this is uniquely floral, spring seasonal feeling, with light grassy notes, funky yeast approaching tart, and a lot of wheat malt. the flavor reveals a more balanced brew than the nose lets on, with a tropical fruit sort of hop complex which is a fantastic combination with the yeast. the floral element is still there, although now in the background. finish is long and drawn out over light dry malts and piquant yeast. carbonated brilliantly and drinking easy, this is a special treat I am very thankful to have participated in. I wish they would make this one regularly available, its quality is consistent with their other beers, and its really different. I don't know what game of thrones is, and I don't care. this beer rocks. (1,100 characters)

Photo of tigerbeer90
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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! (767 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into slim chalice. Pours hazy straw yellow with a white two finger head. Smells of Belgian yeast, heavy straw grain, some bananna, some coriander maybe. Very carbonated, taste is dry and a lot like the smell, banana, Belgian yeast, lots of grain, peppery. This is novelty beer and one that tastes pretty good. It's nothing amazing but it's bubbly texture and earthy taste is simple but refreshing. (416 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared by Jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is golden hued and effervescent with a couple inches of dense, white head. The aroma offers lemons, light spice, peppercorns, wheat. Smells nice. Light and refreshing. A touch of honey with lemons and biscuits. Meyer lemon cookies. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish. I am really enjoying this one. (347 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (561 characters)

Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.