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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne | Brewery Ommegang

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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 ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle packaged on 2/6/13, poured into the associated Ommegang Game of Thrones glass
A: Hazy with a color that borders on dark yellow/light orange, with a billowy three-finger head that slowly settles and a steady stream of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Really quite impressive
S: Lemon, herbs, pale malt, a hint of toffee & light hops
T: Mostly light malt and herbs with hints of lemon, light hops, an herbed foccacia finish
M: Light-bodied, medium carbonation, fairly crisp with a noticeable dry herby-malty finish
O: Definitely solid, balanced, decent complexity, with a bit more complexity/intensity it would be outstanding. Definitely more effort than just a marketing play

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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 brureview
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 dar482
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy golden with a big amount of white head.

The aroma has tons of lemon, breadiness and yeast, some grass, and spiciness.

The flavor follows with the spice and bready Belgian qualities, then there’s some lemon peel, then tons of grass on the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation to keep things rolling.

This is a really good beginner beer for those trying to get into craft or Belgian beers. It’s toned down for some, but really amped up for a blonde ale. A very good beer.

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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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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 mevett89
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale gold, hazy, with a luxurious white head.

Aroma: sweet, spicy and just a bit hoppy.

Taste: plenty of sweet malt up front with some prominent spice from the seeds of paradise, and some fruit notes from the Belgian yeast. Enough floral and bitter notes from the hops to balance things out at the end.

Mouth Feel: fairly smooth, but with enough carbonation to keep things sparkly.

Overall: good, though not quite great.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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 themind
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This brew pours a beautiful full head thats mouthwatering to look at. The aroma is subtle but interesting. The taste is decent, not the best brew I have had by any means but very much drinkable. The mouthfeel is crisp, this beer for what it is is worth a look. Ommegang makes some awesome brews but in the end I bought this for the bottle.

Bottom Line: cool bottle...average beer.

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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 utopiajane
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours fantastic. Light straw yellow, turbid, hazy and with a fluffy white head of foam that never fell off completely. Left plenty of soft lace all over the glass. Champagne bubbles too, this is visual perfection. Nose is superb. Belgian yeast, tart lemon, floral and earthy. A touch of banana, bubblegum, clove, those grains of paradise and underneath- good bread and soft malt sweetness. So perfectly light. It’s buoyant on the palate. All components have a brightness of character that is full but never maxed out. Taste is smooth, bubblegum and sweet bread. Malt is no stranger in this drink. It’s flavorful but delicate. Leaves just dry with a hint of hop oil bitter to make your mouth water and a lingering sweetness.

This is a visually stunning ale that is soft and silky and drinks like it was made to be drunk. It’s Belgian spice character that doesn’t overwhelm with the sheer number of things, it’s hops that aren’t blown all out of proportion & sweet malt at it’s full and subtle best. Ommegang treats you to some finesse with this one.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Golden yellow, quite blonde. Completely translucent with a decent head that diminished rapidly.

S: Slightly citrusy with your standard beer scents right in there. You can really smell the grains of paradise and lemon peel here. Nothing complex here.

T: A bit of citrus but really no complexity here to me. It is your standard belgian pale ale. You can taste both the belgian part and the pale ale part.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation there but not surprising considering it was corked and caged, which made quite a nice pop sound when opened. Crisp throughout.

O: Eh. I am not a big fan of regular pale ales (or Belgian ones either, but they are a bit better) but I had to get it because of the Game of Thrones tie in. Either going to turn it into some bread or give it to a friend.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. Ample many fingers head and needs to be poured carefully. Head retention is great. Chunky lacing is present on the glass.

S: Malts, subtle hops, garden spices, flowers.

T: Clean drinking. Well balanced but not distinct in any particular category. Some spicing is present on the finish. Tastes great.

M: Medium bodied yet refreshing as one would expect.

O: Great brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of tonycor
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I have a few full / factory sealed bottles of Game of Thrones "Iron Throne Ale" available in perfect collector condition. Contact me at [email protected] if interested.
I can securely pack and ship these bottles.
This is the 1st of 4 bottles series.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Always up for Ommegang, this one opened with resounding pop!

Pours honey colored with a pinky of pearl colored head. Average head retention & a trace of lacing

S: Pears & apple skins

T: Follows the nose, some lemon as well, plus honey suckle up front. Honey sweetness, dryness, just a whisper of pineapple as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry, with some golden delicious apple sweetness

MF: Light bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance, but would've preffered heavier hopping

Much like the series, this got my attention, but failed to hold it. Not one of Ommegang's better offerings, but drinkable enough & true to the style. Worth a try, I guess

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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 jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pale yellow color, huge foamy head

Smell- malt, spices

Taste- malt, spices

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, heavily carbonated

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good but I usually don't drink this style of beer. I would have it again if I found it again.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750mL brown bottle with a "bottled on" date and a "best by" date printed on the neck.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: It has a cloudy pale yellow color with a fluffy,white, 2 finger head that sticks around and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: It has a dominant spice aroma, courtesy of the grains of paradise. It's a very peppery smell, but there is also a whiff of banana and some malt in the background.

Taste: It's quite spicy, just like the nose, with a pepper taste at the forefront. There's some citrus and alcohol notes as well.

Mouthfeel: It's highly carbonated, with a medium body. It's smooth and creamy with a clean finish.

Overall: A solid brew but nothing extraordinary. I don't get the Game of Thrones tie-in or the Iron Throne name, seeing this is a pretty tame drink. It's something cool to have if you're a fan of the books or the series, but it's not worth the price tag for everybody else. This is supposed to be the first in a series, so lets hope Ommegang can step it up and create something a bit more special and unique.

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