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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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

Added by MadScientist on 03-21-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
821
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
26.49%
 
 
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108
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Photo of Dope
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

About a month old at this point.

A: Pours a clear pale gold. Enormous fizzy/fluffy head. Fades slowly with a nice island of foam sticking around. Decent streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt is apparent right off the bat. Banana and cloves, typical belgian yeast.

T: More sweet breadiness and banana with hints of grass up front. Yeasty and bready in the middle with cloves. Finish has a brief hit of grass. Cloves and spices and more grass linger into the aftertaste. All quite mild.

M: High carbonation, apparent from the enormous head. Fairly light body but not watery.

O: This would be a good beginner craft beer. Pretty mild and unoffensive, definitely a mellow BPA. Pretty tasty though, Ommegang doesn't really know how to make bad beers if I'm honest.

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Photo of JayQue
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good one from Ommegang. I know nothing about Game of Thrones, but I am a sucker for Beer Series...especially from a brewery as good as Ommegang.

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Poured into my Chimay goblet, a hazy straw gold color. Big, delicately bubbly white head with excellent head retention and more lacing than most Belgian-style beers.

Aroma is fairly mild, Belgian yeast is most prominent, some lemon and Grains of Paradise (but not nearly as much as Sam Adams Summer Ale).

Flavor is good. The taste is stronger than the aroma, but mostly the same elements. Yeast, lemon, some pepper, Grains of Paradise are the strongest flavors. All blended very nicely. More up front flavor than a lot of Belgian Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Low alcohol presence helps, this beer goes down smooth. Light and refreshing.

Good take on a Belgian Pale Ale. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cage and cork bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring that is almost opaque with a steady stream of carbonation throughout the body. Tall, frothy, small bubbled head starts out around 2 inches on the pour, and steadily settles into a quarter inch of head that retains nicely as you drink. Nose of biscuits, honey sweetness, lemon zest, all spice, grains of paradise, and an overall roasted character. Smells tasty. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a tart lemon character that puckers slightly. Toasted bread backbone supports, with a charge of spices coming in to the mid-tongue to calm the sweet and robust flavors. The end of the palate tastes like a lemon-bread, with a heavy does of all spice, clove, and grains of paradise. The body starts smooth, but quickly becomes light and effervescent as it passes across the tongue. The aftertaste is short-lived, with a roasted and sweet blend leading into a clean, frothy, effervescent finish. Tasty brew, and extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to my Rogue XS goblett because that about as "Game of Thrones" as it gets with my glass collection.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear yellow gold with 1.5 fingers of billowy white head.

Smell. Spicy Belgian yeast and light malts with a little banana, classic Belgian pepper and spice, some sweet citrus, and a bit of spicy hops.

Taste. Lightly sweet grainy light malts, some spicy Belgian yeast, pepper and light Belgian spicing and some earthy leafy hops with just a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, strong but fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. Easy drinking but not especially special. Hope the season premier that I'm about to watch is more exciting.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an Ommegang glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a full, rocky two fingered head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid lacing on the outside edge of the glass.

S: There is definitely a yeasty smell to the aroma with a little bit of spice, some light notes of citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: Definitely a bit of wheat in there with a little bit of citrusy lemon and a bit of spice. There's a certain amount of that distinctly belgian yeast as well.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation, definitely seems to mute the flavors a little bit. Lighter than I initially expected, but worked well with the flavors that are there.

O: Overall, a good beer, very enjoyable, good for summer, an excellent beer to drink to Joffrey's demise.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes, I'm aware this beer's existence is a marketing gimmick. And I'm strangely content with paying $9.00 for it. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap (i.e. "cage") over a cork served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I anticipate a solid Belgian Pale but I'm weary of the gimmicky commercial tie-in. I dig the artfully done label.

Poured slowly per the label's instructions. Served straight from the fridge.

A: Pours almost entirely foam. Head is massive. Beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, great retention. Indicative of severe overcarbonation. Body colour is a bubbly pale yellow; semitransparent and semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Boy, this appears overcarbonated. Otherwise, it's right on the money for the style.

Sm: Lemon peel, pale malts, bright grains, clove, lemongrass, floral hops, biscuity yeast, bright citrus fruit esters, and light appleskin. A moderate strength aroma. Pleasant and appealing. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Pale malts. Lemon. Lemongrass. Clove. Biscuity yeast. Not as grainy as the aroma, but still notably so. Well balanced. Grassy and enjoyable. Very pleasant. The complexity isn't notable, but the subtlety certainly is. Juicy citrus. A blond malt body. Very well executed for a Belgian Pale Ale. I'm a huge fan of it. The lemon mixes nicely with the biscuity malts and pale malts. Refreshing and tasty.

Mf: Delightfully soft. Smooth and wet. Refreshing and lighthearted. Perfect carbonation. Suits the flavour profile quite well; it's just about perfect for the style.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. I'd definitely get this again - even if the price is a bit high. I'll have no trouble at all killing this by meself; it's very easy to down. Very refreshing stuff. The ABV is impressively well hidden. One of the best Belgian Pale Ales I've had this year. Another solid brew from Ommegang. They could have let this just be a gimmick and it would have sold just as well - but they put the effort in and it's quite tasty. Definitely worth trying. Great stuff for this style.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured golden with strong carbonation. Thick two finger white head. Bright. One finger of retention with a good amount of lace.

S - Orange, zesty, lemon, sweet malt.

T - Sweet malt, honey, yeast, orange, some sweet spice.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, dry finish with some orange.

O/D - Nice Belgian Blonde. Nothing outrageous or out of the ordinary, but I enjoyed it. Drinkable.

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Photo of Gmann
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a big bubbled pure white head. Decent retention.

The aroma is a nice mix of spice and sweet. Bubblegum and hay notes from the yeast provide a nice spicy aroma. Some floral action. This is coupled with a sweet note from some candi sugar and a hint of tropical fruit. There is some tart apple as well. Lovely bright aroma.

The taste is similar to the aroma but lacks some depth. All the same notes except is seems a bit toned down. A tad more clovey and not nearly as fruity. Some grassy bitter hops towards the finish. I get some overripe and tart apple.

The feel is light, almost watery with super fizzy carbonation. Lightly sweet to start and transitions to a dry and lightly bitter finish. Drinks easy.

Good aroma but the taste doesn't follow. It is a good change up brew or palate cleanser. Glad they either re-released this beer or I found a bottle as it was the only one I missed from the collection.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; dull gold in color; 2 finger rocky white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very nice Belgian lace;

S: coriander, lemon/orange, a hint of spice, a little biscuit;

T: coriander is predominant with lemon and orange behind it; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: refreshing, but not very complex;

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Photo of Levich
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draught poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a clean light amber and has just a slight haziness. The aroma is straight forward for a Belgian blonde ale. There is a bit of banana-ey ester. The flavor is well done and straight forward. It is crisp and light with just a hint of funk. There is a good mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to balance the mild stickiness.

Overall this is a good beer, typical of Ommegang. It does not stand out as extraordinary. But it is good.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow, well carbonated, three finger light fluffy head.

S-Wheat, grass, lemon and orange. Something is slightly off though.

T-Very wheat heavy, however the balance is off. The lemon, orange and grass do not really go together.

M-Light to medium bodied, well carbonated but a tad watery,

O-Ommegang doesn't usually miss, but maybe because of the wide audience they toned it down a little bit?

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

750mL bottle. Pours a murky burnt orange color with over an inch of frothy head. The aroma is yeast, fruit, cloves and spicy hops. The taste is yeast and cloves at first followed by banana, orange peel and some spicy and floral hops. Flavors of cloves and spices towards the end along with more of the orange peel. Creamy mouth feel with tons of carbonation. Tastes a lot boozier than expected from the lower abv. Overall, its not something I'd drink all the time but its not without its charm.

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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
3.74/5.00

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Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/15/13, poured into a snifter

A- pours a bright and clear golden-hay color with a big rocky and foamy white head with good retention, reduces to a solid layer floating on top, leaving patches of lace behind

S- tart lemon with some grainy notes from the grains of paradise, light phelonic notes withb some musty Belgian yeast aromas, fruit notes as well. Aromas are there, but a bit subdued

T- light and fruity with some floral notes, lemon zest, earthy yeasty notes. The finish is lightly tart-yet-dry with more lemon flavor on the linger

M- light bodied with spritzy carbonation creates a fizzy mouthfeel and provides a bubbly finish

O- flavors were a bit more subdued than typically expected from Ommegang. I think it's probably because if the mass audience this is advertised for, which works well. Still a solid, well balanced beer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a very generous head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian malt with some yeasty and bready undertones. Taste is also dominated by a Belgian style malt with some bready and yeasty notes with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid Belgian blonde ale with nice drinkability factor.

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

The beer pours a fairly decent foamy head that disappears quickly. The beer itself is very opaque with an orangish yellow color. The color resembles the color of orange juice and the top surface appears to be a bit watery. The smell has strong bready malt notes that balance out the orange hop smell. Small hints of spice show through as well as some fruitiness but are too small to be noticeable and dominated by the hop and malt smell. The taste is similar to the smell but more complex. The hops still have an orange smell but the fruity notes are a bit more present and the malts are more subdued to the point that they slightly balance out the hops. The mouthfeel is particularly heavy and thick with biting carbonation. Overall, a decent brew but nothing I would decapitate a noble and start a war or consort with dark forces for.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a towering four fingers of dense, bubbly white foam.

Smell: Very faint aroma of a crackery Belgian yeast along with a little bit of soft lemon. As the beer warms the smell becomes stronger with notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Much more intense than the aroma. Tart lemon, sweet, bready malt, Belgian yeast, strong peppery citrus from the grains of paradise, ripe banana, and some light floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp, tingly on the tongue. Pretty refreshing.

Overall, I enjoyed this. I got suckered in by the Game of Thrones marketing but this was actually a pretty nice little beer. Complex, flavorful and satisfying. I wish the aroma would've been a little stronger but the taste makes up for it. It reminded me of a hefeweizen/witbier/Belgian pale hybrid. A perfect beer for spring and summer. The only real negative for me was that the flavor and carbonation sort of died off as the beer warmed, leaving it thin and watery. Other than that, it's a solid Belgian blonde. Looking forward to seeing more beers in this series.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a gold color body with a thick head.
Smell is bready with some belgium yeast.
taste has bready, maltyness to it with a slight sweetness to it.
Overall this is a darn good beer.

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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 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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Photo of jzlyo
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is wheat/bread, spices and a hint of fruit. The flavor is wheat, citrus, malts, fruit, light Belgian yeast and a mildly hoppy//slightly tangy finish.

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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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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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