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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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Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 819
Photo of q33jeff
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to Snifter
Aroma is yeast, esters.
LOOK: Gold color, big white head.
Taste is Light, a little fruity.
Some Wang, but ok. Feel is lively.


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Photo of smitbo7
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very tasty brew. Hearty but bright and refreshing. Citrus tones and sweet fruity finish. Enjoyable beer to accompany a binge session of Game of Thrones or sitting by the fire.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE: OCCASION: binging on Game of Thrones the last few nights, it's time for Naked and Afraid XL--and this beer... GLASSWARE: Chimay 150th chalice... thick, hazy orange amber body... a central eruption of bubbles says something is alive and at work here... the head is a thing of beauty--white-as-Ghost's fur, thick as Tormund's beard, and clinging as the Prince of the Eyre... citric orange and pineapple play with cracker malts... apple and pear suggest a crisp spiciness and a natural sweetness... the palate is the epitome of drinkability, with a frothy head greeting each sip and a lingering sweetness at each finish... a striking balance between dryness and liveliness... as to the flavor, besides the aforementioned aromas, slight nuttiness and vanilla, with a winelike sweetness--such a complex contrast, and yet, so drinkable... as biased as I am--towards the brewery and the novels/shows--there's no empirical data denying this beer's quality, and although it is a one-off, I will not deny seeking this our again if I have the chance...

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a voluminous white, bubbly head that leaves plenty of lace down the glass.
The aroma is funky and fruity with banana and clove and cracker.
The taste follows the nose with lemon, banana, clove and funk with a bit of bitter snap at the close.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and cleansing.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Blonde ale with malty sweetness and a touch of fruity spiciness, Noble hop aromas and notes of citrus, suitable to serve to kings, or pretenders to the iron throne." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Entry #1 in the Game of Thrones collaboration series.

(Appearance) Pours an ivory head of a smooth foam consistency over an aggressively carbonated light amber body with slight sediment but otherwise high clarity. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and clingy. 4.5

(Smell) Pale malts, grain and softly toasted bread malts with underlying sweetness, the soft light stone fruit character with a drying impact. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with a slightly more pronounced malt profile of pale syrups, toasted grains, undertones of fruit juices. Slightly peppery, earthy, delicately spicy. Finishes slightly dry. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly creamy, smooth, slick, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly earthy, hoppy and grainy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I was highly skeptical that an ale as simplistic on the surface as this one would hold up as gracefully as it did. Fortunately, this beer was recently re-released alongside the next entry, so those who missed out on the first entry will get a second opportunity. It's a tasty beer, nothing outstanding but also nothing offensive or out-of-balance. Fairly enjoyable and reasonably priced. Promising first entry in this series. 3.75

Brewery Ommegang's
Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne Blonde Ale

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank during Game of Thrones last night (I thought it to be apropos) and into a snifter glass it came out a lovely dark gold color like honey with a small white head that didn't leave much lacing.

Smell was pretty light and sweet, some herbal notes as well as a bit of Belgian character to it. Iron Throne has been my lightest of the GoT series beers thus far. It's light with a subtle sweetness, bit of lemon and citrus, hints of spicy Belgian yeast, some chewy malts. Overall I found this to be a nice drinking beer for a spring evening and polished off the bottle by myself during the show.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden, with a huge frothy head of pearly white suds. Spotty clouds of lace.

Aroma: Crisp wheat, citrus, sharp grains of paradise, lemon…really good!

Taste: Light and sunny somehow, not at all appropriate for the Game Of Thrones Iron Throne motif. That said, this is maybe my favorite so far of the GoT brews…refreshing and delicious, this is a solid beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, lemon straw color with lots of carbonation and a huge, white head. Leaves much lacing.
Smells of yeasty, breadlines and lemon. Some hop detected.
Taste of lemon rind and nice breadlines in which sweetness lingers. The funkiness creates is enjoyable. The hop used is in small amounts, but adds to experience.
An immensely refreshing and crisp taste.
This was a unique and pleasant effort. I will try more game of thrones.

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Photo of CoryBraiterman
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard 750ml into a beer stein. Large amount of head - more so than perhaps any other Ommegang brew I've tried. Very citrusy, crisp, but still smooth and quite tasty. I've yet to dislike an offering from their GoT run, and this is no exception.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has a Belgian yeast aroma. Maybe mild citrus. Belgian yeast taste. Very mild citrus. Higher than normal carbonation. Light bodied. Good berr.

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Photo of NanookinTexas
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle; Corked & caged; 6.5%ABV; No "Bottled on Date"; Acquired Nov./Dec. 2015; Poured into an Ommegang Brew Stem.

A: No doubt as to the bottle conditioning, as with several other Ommegang Brews. POPs like fine Champagne! Pours a beautiful, cloudy, blonde, golden hue, with a 3-finger pure white head that slowly dissapates, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

N: Yeasty, bready, malty, hoppy, mixed with lemon and orange rind aromas, all very well balanced. ABV is not that great, so it's very well hidden.

T: Slight hoppy bitterness on the front as well as on the finish. Yeast, bread, citrus notes. Fresh orange and lemon rind, without being overwhelming, IMO. Nice balance. Somewhat complex. Alcohol, though low, is very well cloaked, making this brew very easy to drink (I love 750ml bottles for this reason!).

F: Nice mouthfeel. Clean, crisp, refreshing. Semi-dry. Very active on the tungue, due to the bottle conditioning.

O: Brewery Ommegang re-released this brew in autumn 2015. I am very glad they did! This is another VERY fine brew from the Brew Masters at Ommegang! Needless to say, I stocked up on it, just as I did with Three-Eyed Raven! It's clean, refreshing, the citrus element is not overpowering, making this, for me, a very easy brew to drink, and a fine brew to share with others that may not be "into" craft brews (because some may think all craft is heavy, and very strong). If you're still able to find it, I'll encourage you to try it!


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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 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 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 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 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 hopphead31415
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 750 mL bottle with a champagne cork and black skirt. This is one of the famous Game of Thrones themed beers and is a delicious 6.5% ABV Blonde Ale ‘fit for kings’.

Look-It pours a delightful golden yellow like the glint of the morning summer sun off Lannister gold. The head comes in thick and full even with a moderate pour. It has a medium haze and relative clarity. The color is absolutely brilliant!

Smell-It smells of lemon citrus and spices as well as yeast and honey malts.

Taste-It has an amazing complex flavor. I get a plethora of citrus flavors like lemon merengue pie, lemon peel zest, orange rind, candy malts, honey suckle, nutmeg, essences of cinnamon, lemon curd, custard, tapioca, bread pudding, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and noble hops. The finish gives some mild hop component that is subtle among the strong and complex malt backbone.

Mouthfeel-It is slick and chewy as well as silky and regal. It is sharp and crisp and has a huge amount of carbonation throughout giving it a fizzy mouthfeel that tickles the palate and stimulates the taste receptors.

Overall-Of course, this is an excellent beer and I believe it is underrated. I am seeing an average of 3.8 on here and I feel that this variety is absolutely brilliant deserving a world class rating. Cheers! Valar Morghulis!

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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 Atlas1
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the GoT show, so... there you go. No idea what to expect from this partnership. HBO isn't exactly known for the brewing connections, but whatever. What I'd like to see them do is create a show about a brewery. That would be cool.

Pours a pretty opaque, golden straw color. One finger head, some lace. The nose is subdued with notes of light fruit (apple, pear) and lemon. The taste is faintly sweet and malty, but weaker up front than I expected. It mellows out over time as it warms to room temp, so don't be afraid to let it sit for a while between sips. More nuanced flavors emerged over time with this one, and it finishes tart and a bit spicy in the end. Mouthfeel holds its own.

Suitable for a king? Maybe not. But a nice light-hearted blonde ale. I've had far better from Ommegang before, but I'm glad I tried this. Open and let this one sit a bit before really digging in.

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Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Milky golden yellow pour sitting under a HUGE cloud of white bubbles. Little particulates of goodness are suspended in the beer. The head lives forever. Originally as many fingers thick as you want it to be, the head eventually falls around the edges leaving a peak in the middle. Thick lace clings to the glass as the liquid disappears.

It smells amazing. The nose is full of lemony citrus and savory Noble hops.

Taste matches the smell with lots of citrus and spicy yeast. The malt backbone moves forward with a cracker like quality.

Very sharp and crisp mouthfeel. Multi-layered, it's sweet, tart, and spicy. Light bodied with a large punch of carbonation throughout. It's exceedingly dry in the finish as it simply scrapes your palate, making you beg for the next sip.

What a pleasant beer to drink. Not really the season for this beer, with just 6.5% ABV, it's an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Satsuma
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 twage04
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes somewhere between a blonde, saison, and wit. I was getting a perfumish spicy flavor that was either coriander or yeast. As others have mentioned it is easy drink and complex at the same time. There is a little bit of hops, some tartness and acidity with a prickly carbonation. A pleasant enough offering but not something I'd pick over a good tripel.

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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 TheItalianStallion
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Bright golden in color with a ton of carbonation bubbles and a dense, rocky head of white foam. After several minutes the head finally fades to a huge cap on top of the beer. Tons of lacing lining the whole glass. Picture perfect!

S: Aromas of grains and white pepper with a faint bit of lemon. Smell is similar to a tripel.

T: Flavors of lemon with some grassiness. This beer has a light fruitiness with a hint of white pepper on the finish.

M: Light-medium body with a high amount of carbonation leading to a crisp, prickly mouthfeel. There is a good amount of dryness on the finish.

O: Overall I thought this was a solid beer with a subtle fruitiness that was very refreshing. It seemed somewhat similar to a tripel in style, which I enjoyed. I would definitely drink this again.

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