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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne | Brewery Ommegang

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Game Of Thrones: Iron ThroneGame Of Thrones: Iron Throne

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 scootny
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A rustic ale that has the appearance of a good saison. Large and pure white head. Cloudy golden amber liquid. Slow fade leaves decent lacing and a light covering. Nose is excellent. Pilsner malt and honey with light pepper. Apples and faint grape. Floral hops. Taste is a hoppy Belgian pale ale meets saison. Seriously dry, funky and an sharp clean hoppy finish. While there is a malt body with those apple and pear notes they a just enough to balance an excellent hop display. Feel is smooth and creamy while having a crisp and easy drinkabilty. An superb session ale despite the 6.5 percent. I'm diggin' this one.

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Photo of Rope
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Iron Throne looks fit for a king - it pours a polished golden colour, big crown and pearls of lacing. Yeast sediment may cloud the complexion slightly but this rather pretty beer is a far cry from the dark, sludgy ales they drank in the Middle Ages (and presumably in Westeros too).

The aroma is subtlety perfumed by the grains of paradise but is also suggestive of white pepper, dried garden herbs and lemon myrtle. It could almost double as a potpourri were it not for the strong smell of fresh-baked bread. It's zesty but, all in all, is rather modest.

It's true of beer just as it is of food: good ingredients used correctly make for deliciousness. A very wholesome, clean taste, this ale has a sort of honeyed grain flavour as well as fruity nuances of apple and pear. The yeast contributes both a piquancy and savoriness.

The rather heavy honey-oat maltiness is made a little lighter by a sprightly effervescence. The bubbles lend a degree of refreshment to what is certainly not a delicate beer. The extra little dosage of alcohol will go unnoticed by most, although the spice can at times be a bit intense.

I'd love to have filled this review with Game of Thrones references but I've never read the books and, frankly, am often confused watching the show. What I am sure about, however, is that I enjoyed Iron Throne Blonde Ale and that it, despite cashing in on a marketing opportunity, is every bit on par with Ommegang's usual standards of quality and craftsmanship.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a few days late to the party, but sometimes it takes a few days to find some time to sit down with a beer and a television show for an uninterrupted hour. alas we are here...show loaded up, beer ready to go, matching glass...let's see what this whole experience is all about.

a - popped the bottle, and the beer poured a transparent yellow with a generous three fingers of frothy head and extremely lively carbonation. ya gotta give it to ommegang...they are a brewery that consistently produces a visually stunning beer. the head is massive and chunky and the lacing is milkshake like. not as creamy as the classics for the style, but time and time again ommegang has shown that you can brew belgian classics in the states.

s - yum. there's that bubblegum belgian yeast. smells dynamite. clove, banana, bubblegum, belgian candy with a touch of earthiness. a bit heavy on the sweet side.

t - has a distinctive ommegang taste, but extremely earthy. much like the nose, bubblegum and clove, but the dirt of the earth steals the show.

m - lively carbonation a bit prickly. leaves an earthy cooling aftervibe.

o - overall, decent belgian pale ale. nothing crazy, but as one comes to expect with ommegang, even the weaker beers have a quality that you can see and feel, this one just has a bit too much earth for me. let's watch the premier as i enjoy this beer and see if the show can excite me a bit more than the beer. not bad, just not something that i would want a case of to drink every week with the show.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good amount of both orange and lemon peel flavoring here. It tastes like it has a stronger alcohol content than the 6.5% suggests. Pretty good, but when I think of Game Of Thrones, I'd expect a stout or porter.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to teku glass.

A - Translucent golden yellow with one finger of foamy white head.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, citrus and a big peppery aroma. Lighter lemon zest and clove.

T - Mild bitterness with a big spice presence (peppery), lemon zest and a bready malt sweetness. Lighter clove taste in the background.

M - Light body; slightly creamy. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of dd43
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft. Pours beautifully, highly translucent with a large two finger white head that laces with abandon. Aromas of Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, and a little bit of grassiness from noble hops. Flavors are definitely in the pepper and Belgian sugar realm but it isn't overly sweet. Malts have a bready sort of biscuit like quality to them. The mouthfeel is really nice, it's smooth and soft despite being pretty well carbonated. Very easy to drink, not overly complex but the appeal is really in its subtleties.

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Photo of Zylod
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Golden cloudy hue with fair amount of head. Light smell of citrus. Lots of lemon here on the front end. Closes with a little bitter kick on the end. Not bad but doesn't scratch the surface of some of the better Belgians out there. Decent.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazy and bubbly golden yellow with a fluffy white head that left lots of heavy lacing.

S - citrusy yeast with a bit of earthiness.

T - earthy and yeasty with some tartness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with fine carbonation.

O - decent tasting, worth a try.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

cork popped and a gusher! cloudy golden yellow pour with half a glass full of white soap like head. smells of pilsner malt, biscuity, bready, lemongrass, bell pepper. grassy hops. the taste is sweet and bready mostly, with a tangy orange peel like bitterness. a light-medium body with high carbonation.. very refreshing.

seems like this beer was a bit hyped.. first time i've heard of people going nuts over a blonde ale. it's not bad by any means, but it's a lot like their already existing bpa.. so i'm not all that impressed.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not familiar at all with Belgian Pale Ales, so not sure what's part of the style and what is not. It looked great in the glass and the nose was lovely florals. The taste was wonderful malt and yeast that turned bitter on the finish. Perhaps that is meant to end that way but, to my taste, not where I wanted it to go. It was intriguing enough that I will continue to explore the style.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad ale, but I'm not sure the Lannister's are drinking a beer this light in alcohol. I was thinking more of a big Tripel or Belgian strong pale ale. But what do I know

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Ommegang Game of Thrones chalice.

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden blonde with some visible bubbly carbonation. Two fingers of foamy white head retains very well, also leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Aromas of light bready malts, honey, lemony citrus, banana, white pepper, as well as a slight clove, and a spicy hop aroma.

T: Flavors of slightly sweet bready malts, honey, banana, and lemon, with a nice citrusy crispness up front. In the middle you find some light pepper, and clove spiciness. Finishes with a crisp hop forward taste that leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Very pleasant to drink.

M: Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Very crisp and easy drinking yet has enough body to create a smooth feel and a lingering spiciness.

O: I really like this brew. It is easily one of the best blonde ales I've ever had. I am not typically a huge fan of the style but if this was regularly available it would be a frequent purchase. Very nice and light, it's incredibly drinkable and would be equally fitting on a cold winter night as it would a hot summers day. The aromas are very nice and flavors are great. Overall I hope to get to have this brew again in the future and would recommend grabbing the gift set if you see one around.

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Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Tone
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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 brewcrew76
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy pale yellow with a foamy white head.

S - Lemon zest, bubblegum, yeasty esters, malt sweetness, light spice.

T - More spice than aroma, bubblegum, light clove, fruity but can't pick out an individual fruit, grainy malt in the finish, lingering yeasty esters.

M - Highly carbonated at first but settles to smooth and creamy.

D - Solid beer but was hoping for more for a special release with this much hype.

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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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