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Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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

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815
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, pale golden yellow color with straw/banana hues and a frothy, pillowy white head.  Great retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap/ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Strong bready yeast character in the aroma with zesty spice, banana and cirus fruit notes.  Some bubblegum character along with a strong banana and yeast presence.  Peppery spice with hints of clove, coriander, lemon zest and grains of paradise.  Somewhat inviting aroma but the yeast and banana are really strong, negatively affecting the aroma, in my opinion.

On the fuller end of medium body with lots of bread/yeast and zesty spice flavor.  Again, there's a very strong banana bread flavor along with some bubblegum, clove, coriander, pepper and grains of paradise followed by zesty orange peel.  The spice character is strong and his beer has some good zesty citrus fruit sweetness but the yeast and bubbllegum/banana flavors are too strong for my liking.  Decent but a bit disappointing given the pedigree of the brewery and my excitement over the possibility of this series.  Hopefully the other beers in the series turn out better.  

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Photo of dar482
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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 rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 spinrsx
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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 wordemupg
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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 bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 avalon07
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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 tigg924
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my Captain Lawrence stemware. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with a fluffy, rocky, two-inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim - strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus, belgian yeast and a spicy quality (perhaps coriander). Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a mild wet-cardboard character in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation that leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall, not a bad beer, but somewhat more reminiscent of a witbier than a BPA in my opinion. That said, the carbonation was just a bit too prickly and coarse for my general sensibilities.

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Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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 jzlyo
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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 cosmicevan
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 01/2013, best by 01/2015.

A: Pours a bright lemony golden with a huge, billowing, dense, fluffy and mousse textured bone white head that lasted in some form or another the whole beer through. Huge boulders of rocky lace were left down the glass.
S: Tons of spice, citrus, earthy herbal hops and a bit of funk. The lemon peel and peppery grains of paradise are easy to pick out. The barnyard yeasty funk is a bit of a surprise. Smells like a spicy golden ale with farts.
T: Golden fruits, lemon zest, peppery spice, coriander, white grape, dry earthy barnyardy yeast, wheat and dried grains. Great blonde ipa flavors with a kick of spice. The finish and aftertaste are full of lightly bitter and earthy hops.
M: Full bodied, rich and creamy mouthfeel, smooth and frothy carbonation. Drinks really well.
O: Really really good. Perfect amount of hops and spice and a very creamy and rich mouthfeel. One of the best in style.

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Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Dope
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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 Gmann
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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 n2185
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a ear golden yellow with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian spices with candy sugar and sweet breads and a medicinal aroma.

T: similar to the aroma, spices, candy sugar, and bitter, hearty yeast and bread. The finish is lightly bitter with a slight medicinal taste.

M: medium-light body with medium body, this beer is light and drinkable.

O: an alright beer overall, but a bit simplistic and medicinal. It's a shame that the beer associated with such a great show is so mediocre.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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 KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang iron throne.

Served on tap at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford CT.

Pours a Light copper. Heavy foam and active bubbles. Mild malt nose, but other wise nondescript.
There is Light sweet taste minor Belgian yeast strain. Fairly typical for the style. Not incredibly distinguished.

Not bad - but maybe more about the packaging? 4 35 4 4 4

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Photo of woosterbill
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of prototypic
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iron Throne pours an attractive straw color. Carbonation looks to be very active. Tons of bubbles! Backlighting gives it a brighter yellow look. It’s a tad hazy. The head is soft white and rises to about three fingers in height. It takes a long time to fully dissipate. A thick web of lace lines the glass as it descends. Good lookin’ stuff!

The nose is a little weak, but smells pretty good. Smells spicy and yeast up front. Belgian yeast smells really nice and brings its usual spicy attributes. Pepper is by far the strongest. Smells a little earthy, grainy, and grassy. The grassiness smells like noble hops. There are some light floral and fruity characteristics. Smells like apple and lemon on the fruity side. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Not bad.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. It is a bit sweet and malty initially. Grainy, earthy, and grassy notes follow. Grassy hop flavors are stronger than anticipated. Definitely tastes like noble hops. They’re a little bitter. Belgian yeast is tasty. It’s a bit bready and spicy. Pepper is definitely the strong spicy flavor. Fruit notes of apple and light lemon follow. They’re secondary, but complement the other flavors well. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but is blended well overall. Finishes yeasty, spicy, grassy, and dry. Not bad.

Iron Throne has a lighter body. Feels too thin. Needs more body. Carbonation feels relatively soft given the volume of bubbles. It’s not smooth, but it goes down rather easily. This 750 isn’t presenting too much of a challenge.

Iron Throne is good beer. It’s not quite as good as I’d hoped, but it’s still well worth your attention. Personally, I’d prefer a little less grassy hops and a little more Belgian yeast. Just my preference. Pretty good stuff in any case. Definitely worth a try.

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Game Of Thrones: Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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