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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 711
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 27.6%
Wants: 97
Gots: 139 | 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 HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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 MCain04
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Winter is coming! Oh wait, it's already come and gone. 750cc bottle poured into a HF glass, $10 for a bottle, drank while watching the premier.

A: Semi-opaque golden amber color with a large, pure white head, moderate retention and lacing.

S: Belgian malts characteristic of the style. Not much hop character to speak of.

T: Belgian wheat taste is strong. No alcohol presence to speak of. Average finish.

M: Clean and quite crisp. Light body with a refreshing finish.

O: An average to above-average Belgian ale. Nothing special but not a bad offereing. A gimmick, sure, and overpriced definitely, but decent beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Orleans LCBO for $9.50

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is a very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 6-7minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some hop and herbal flavours. It ends with a spicy and lightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - A bit toned down, but I guess that is to be expected when trying to appeal to a mass audience. It has a nice amount of tartness and spiciness and it very drinkable and refreshing. Perhaps a bit pricy considering duvel, chimay white etc. can be had for half the price, but well worth a try.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't stop myself from buying the "newly released" gift set at the bottle shop the other day. This one pours a slightly hazy orange tone with a dense solid head. Has a mild citrus fruity aroma, medium mouthfeel. The flavor is complex and nicely balanced, somewhat malty with a biscuit note but also fruity. And of course there's the definite Belgian yeast taste that Ommegang is known for that lingers. Very tasty and drinkable. The slick packaging is also very well done.

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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 woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip, and it looks just like Duvel - which is to say, perfect.

S: Very grassy, lightly floral, and quite estery. Lots of green apple and lemongrass. Pretty solid.

T: Starts out citrusy and floral, with grassiness following close behind. Mild malt midway through, and a spicy, bittersweet, slightly metallic finish. Good up until the end, and still decent even there.

M: Highly carbonated, fairly light-bodied. Starts out lively and becomes creamier. Quite nice indeed.

O: Short of spectacular, but an admirable and drinkable BPA. It's way too delicate to pair with the show, of course, but a good beer all the same.


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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - Poured into the Ommegang Game of Throne glass it came with:

Pours hazed golden with a white head that holds up. Trailing lace slides down the glass with spotted sticking.

The smell is of spicy lemongrass with bubblegum and grain.

The taste is of sweet bubblegum and crankery grain balanced by spicy lemongrass. Spicy black pepper-ish finish.

It is effervescent, fuller side of light body and refreshing.

A nice interpretation of a Belgian Pale Ale. Sweet, but with a spicy balance. Another winner from Ommegang!

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/14/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and moderate earthy/grassy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian blonde ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Satsuma
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color to style with a large foamy head with lots of carbonation that slowly subsides to leave nice lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, with some lemon and grass as well. Despite the high carbonation, mouthfeel is not as prickly as expected, but still clean and crisp. Taste is an interesting hybrid of belgian style banana and clove with farmhouse peppery, spicy flavors as well as some tart apple and pear. Finish is slightly dry. Overall a nice offering that pairs well with a variety of foods.

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Photo of drinker36
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 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 brureview
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This very solid BPA pours a lightly cloudy blondish amber with a FANTASTIC head of off white foam that settles slow to a rocky fluffy layer with excellent lacing. Nose of sweet candy malts, yeasty funk, lemon grass, orange peel, and spicy hops. Flavors follow the nose with sweet Belgian candy malts with lemon and orange notes to the middle and sides. Zesty hops play for dominance on the back with moderately high carbonation keeping it prickly and lively with a subtle dryness.
A solid brew from a great brewer.


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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 rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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 jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.