White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 366 | Reviews: 188 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.
Part of Ithaca's new Excelsior! series of bold, hand-bottled, bottle-conditioned beers. Brewed as a Belgo-American Ale with domestic barley, French wheat malts, Saaz and Santiam hops and a Trappist ale yeast. This is bottle #78 from the April 2007 release.
This beer is cloudy and dirty blonde in color, with a fantastic pure white foam head that laces and sticks to the end. Hints of sugar, peppery alcohol and peach in the nose. Tight carbonation creams up on the palate, with a medium body beneath and some gritty grain tannins. Malts are bit one-dimensional, with a biscuity edge and lots of husky tannins. What stands out the most is the sweetness and the alcohol base, showing spicy and more peppery notes. There's some peach-like fruitiness going on, as well as a light leafy back, while hops come to play with herbal and floral characters here and there. Tannic and dry in the finish.
White Gold definitely defies today's style guidelines, which isn't a bad thing. It's basically a Belgian Tripel meets an American Wheat--it's good, but it could be great if it finished a bit cleaner and offered a bit more depth of malt.
07-06-2010 13:56:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
Released Apr 07
Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lighter gold with a hint or orange a tight fluffy,sticky white head atop leaving a sheet of lace as it settled slowly.The Belgo-American influences in this brew really show thru in the nose,a Belgian yeasty slightly smokey and tropical fruity notes really show thru upfront and then a real noticable floral and sharp American hop profile comes thru and really stands out very nice with equal billing to both.Wow complex to the hilt its sharp and spicey at one point and soft and fruity next,one thing is for sure the hops ring thru in a nice lingering finish.The Belgian yeast component upfront with its slight smokiness and spice just overpower or even come close to that everything just melds nicely,very well done.With more of the Excelsior brews coming in soo according to the rep at my local Consumers I will jump to get them for sure I am really looking forward to the Old Habit.
06-11-2007 22:08:09 | More by oberon
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer and the “Excelsior” beer line up. Also listed on the label is its abv (8%) and bottle number (E!015).
Appearance: The body has a glowing, deep yellow/orange color with a light haze and some fine yeast sediment. It built up a tall billowy head of foam that has great retention and makes for a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma hit me (in a good way) right from the pop of the cork. Pouring it into the glass I get loads of tangy wheat and yeast with tart green apple and pear like fruity notes. Hop note are there but very faint.
Taste/Palate: There are plenty of wonderful wheaty and yeasty notes within its solid medium to full body. It starts with a good base of wheaty maltiness with a just a slight touch citrusy lemon like tartness. From there it adds notes of white wine like grapes, a touch of dry alcohol, tart green apples, pear and some funky/sour dough like yeast. The finish has a dry hop spice character with a touch of citrus hops as well. It feels well carbonated and lively making it very drinkable.
Notes: Ithaca is bringing there A game with this wonderfully complex and very satisfying Belgian influenced Ale. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes American, Belgian, or German wheat ales.
05-13-2011 14:40:07 | More by generallee
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
Pouring from the 25 oz. bottle into a chalice.
Pours a golden honey yellow, with a very thin white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Looks super carbonated.
Fruity and yeasty aroma. Citrus in there too.
Very unique taste here. Starts like a typical Belgian, but the yeast begins mixing it up with some orange zest and spice flavors. This makes it interesting, because it seems to lighten it up.
The mouthfeel separates it from the crowd. Surprisingly full for a lighter colored brew. The carbonation is there from beginning to end, and the finish seals the deal.
This beer finishes like nothing I've had before. It almost seems as if someone has taken a decent Belgian, and combined it with a glass of champagne. If it tasted more like Orange Juice, it would remind me of Christmas morning. Very dry finish also does well to disguise the 8% abv. This is a very well made beer.
07-24-2008 01:13:47 | More by MisterDeeds
3.3/5 rDev -15.8%
Batch # E!040
Pours a deep golden color with fluffy white head that persists around the edges. A bit hazy around the edges but somewhat clear for a wheat beer.
The aroma is wheat and pilsner malt, noble hops, and a slight meringue like sweetness.
The flavor is wheat malt and peppery alcohol, with leafy hops. Slightly hot but better as it warms. Highly carbonated and slightly prickly from the alcohol.
If it wasn't for the noticeable alcohol this would be alot like a belgian triple with wheat. An enjoyable beer only slightly overpriced.
06-13-2012 23:58:23 | More by alexkeil
2.59/5 rDev -33.9%
Volcanic eruption upon opening.
Pours... absolute foam. Can't see any beer. The entire glass is foam. I've never seen anything like this. After a few minutes I can see a fraction of light golden opacity. The color is good, but it's just a glass of foam.
Smells of Belgian yeast, wheat, bubblegum, actually kind of smells skunky.
Nothing impressing me, weaker tasting wheat beer. Slightly more Belgian but nothing special. Salty aftertaste, like prosciutto. A bit funky and skunky.
Ridiculous amount of carbonation, thin and overly bubbly.
Not a really good wheat beer. Would pass on this in the future without a doubt.
04-16-2014 02:36:40 | More by PeterParker
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
Had this beer as part of a night of beer tasting. 750ml bottle E!047 batch. Claims to be a Belgian American Ale. Using French and American Malts, US Hops but with the kicker being Belgian, English and wild Yeast. This is ever so appearant when poured into a glass. Inches of foam appear unlike any American beer I have had. It paralells Duvel or a Belgian Quad with the amount of foam that lingers after the pour. Way more foam than actual liquid; which is something I happen to admire in a beer. The liquid hangs there as hazy unfiltered golden color. Herbal and fruit but definite unfiltered wheat characteristics.
03-06-2014 02:08:46 | More by Ryanm1
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Ithaca- White Gold (Excelsior)
Thanks to charlesw(Charles) for this big bottle!
A- Bright, somewhat cloudy, yellow with a huge frothy white head.
S- Big sweet fruits like grape, lemon, orange rind, and nectarine. Fresh cut grass hops.
T- Sweet lemony malt up front with dried fruits in the center. Hints or orange, lemon, and peach. Cut grass/ earthy hops and hay/ straw come through in the end.
M- Sweet and fruity in the first half slowly changing into a drier finish. Slight alc. and malty lacing in the end.
Overall- A huge (25ozer?) bottle that got sucked down quickly. Easily drinkable, light but tasty! Enjoyed this 1!(Thanks Charles!)
08-11-2008 21:07:04 | More by NJpadreFan
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
750 ml bottle. Batch # E008 w/cream colored foil wrapping. Poured into 16oz. Stella glass
A lightly hazy orange-hued gold color, tons of fine bubbles and obvious lively yeasty beasties! A 2" thick and foamy, pure white head, wonderful retention with some slightly lacy run-off.
The aroma is very nice, deep red fruits like; strawberries, mandarin orange and kiwi's, slight honey-dew mellon with a balance of hearty wheat and dry summer wheat fields. The three varieties of of yeast really makes this a solid aroma. spicey, soft heat and slightly fruity.
A light wheat malt brew with hot cinnemon and ginger crispness is the first impression. The wonderfully complex yeast(S) gives many authentic Belgian Brews a run for the money in complexity. The yeast has a robust, wild flavor with lots of earthiness and succulant fruits. The depth of the yeast and hops is really bold, the light wheat malt adds just the right balance. This is one of my favorite yeast flavor's without being from an Abbey. The American, English and wild yeast adds up to IMPRESSIVE. A crisp, zippy feel and slightly dry. you can taste the wild variety in the finish most. Heat is well hidden but effective. The buzz is rather intense so don't let this one fool you!
05-17-2009 20:18:37 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4/5 rDev +2%
750mL bottle, batch E!031
Pours a cloudy, golden body with 3 fingers of egg white head falls to a cap that lingers throughout consumption. Nose is mostly grass and other earth tones, as well as tart citrus (lemon). Lots of tart lemon, grass, wheat malt, Belgian yeast, even a little funk to this offering. Big and bold for a Pale Wheat Ale, and also fairly dry. Lighter bodied and a nice dose of carbonation gives a solid mouthfeel. An overall refreshing offering from Ithaca.
07-04-2011 22:15:27 | More by prdstmnky
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a ton of carbonation and a huge white foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is somewhat pungent with a hint of clove,banana,wheat,and lemon. The taste is full of hop crispness with cloves,banana,wheat,and lemon. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well.especially for a high alcohol brew. A damn good beer,not the best, but something that should be tried if you can find it.
07-26-2008 21:42:04 | More by jmz62565
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
25.6 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Nice design for the series.
Appearance: Peach-colored sparkly body with lots of bubbles, and a good soapy an frothy white head with spotty rings and clumps of stickiness and retention.
Smell: As it warms, which is when this should really be consumed, it ends up smelling like a Belgian golden infused with vanilla and tropical fruit esters, mostly tropical and pineapple-esque. A bit of funk and softness and creaminess is also there. More Belgian than anything, but I like how it uses the American hop varieties, which adds good citrus and estery aromas.
Taste: This is certainly a weird experiment in some ways, yet it also makes sense I think. There's a bit of mild earthy funk from the wild yeast. But mostly it's like a hopped-up and hyper-estery Belgian golden, with tropical flavors of mango, pineapple, and creamy coconut-esque vanilla. The softness of the wheat seems to give it some depth and nuance, as this is a very balanced and soft beer, yet it remains extremely flavorful. I wouldn't call it, as they do, a bone dry finish, as some sweetness still remains. But the hops do a nice job adding some of the bitterness to quell and possibility of too much sweetness involved.
Mouthfeel: Good and medium to heavy-bodied and very creamy with a weird and awesome crispness.
Drinkability: A bit pricey at around $10, but I liked the experimentation and all they tried to do with this. It's a different beer, which melds many types of flavors well, into a flavorful and crisp and good for the end of summer brew as the cold moves in. Looking forward to more in the series as I can find them.
08-28-2009 01:19:52 | More by asabreed
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.