Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ommegang Iron Throne (6/10)

Ommegang and HBO cooperated to produce Iron Throne, a beer commemorating the television (and book) series A Game of Thrones.  The beer is available now in limited quantities in 750ml bottles and 1/6 BBL kegs.

Iron Throne is described as a blonde ale brewed with pils, honey malt, aroma malts, and red wheat.  It's also hopped with Styrian Golding and Hallertau Spalter Select hops.  It's spiced with grains of paradise and lemon peel.

It pours a cloudy gold color, with a thick white head that leaves behind long stripes of lacing.

The aroma is slightly hoppy.

The flavor starts with hops and cloves (probably from the wheat).  The hops recede a bit after that and allows the underlying spice and lemon peel notes to rise up a bit.  The finish is pure hops bitterness.  While Ommegang describes this as a "gently hopped" beer, I'd say it's only gently-hopped if you compare it to an IPA or American Pale Ale.  Hops bitterness takes a front seat in the flavor.  This isn't as hoppy as a Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA or even a Stone Arrogant Bastard, but it's just more bitter and hoppy than I care for.

The Beer Advocate reviewers have given Ommegang Iron Throne an 87 (or "good") rating.  RateBeer gives Iron Throne a 90 overall and 95 for the style.

I tried this beer on draft at The Winking Lizard Tavern on Bethel Road on March 19.  I've seen it for sale at Ale Wine & Spirits of Powell and a representative at The Andersons General Store implied that it might be in stock there as well, though I didn't notice it while browsing their shelves.

ABV: 6.5%
IBU: Unknown, but I'd estimate 35-40
My rating: 6/10

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