White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.83/5 rDev +23.2%
A: 4 fingers of immaculate white pillowy head with great retention. Cloudy gold liquid.
S: So many levels to the smell. Citrus, clove and banana aroma, similar to a hefeweizen. White grape juice smell makes an appearance, as does a ghostly alcohol, and a light buttery breadiness. Citrus hops at the end too!
T: Delicate and fruity, like a white wine almost. A chardonnay with the tang and fruitiness. The wild yeast must bring that tang.
M: Smooth and light and bright. Very much a weisse beer/hefe weizen. Definite dry finish.
D: High drinkability due to easy drinking and light body. Alcohol sneaks up definitely. This one is better than half the wines I've had. (Why did I think that last sentence was important when I was taking notes?)
03-14-2009 00:36:54 | More by dfillius
4.78/5 rDev +21.9%
Had at Capones on Draft - as well as picked up two 25.4% bottles for myself and a friend.
This brew was poured into a snifter. It poured a very hazy, golden color. It poured with a nice 1 inch creamy white head that has an amazing retention. It probably lasted for almost 5-7 minutes as I let the brew sit for a bit. It also had some great lacing that was a solid wall that coated the sides of the glass as I consumed the brew.
The aroma on this brew is very complex. It has a bit of a sour/tart smell. Which originally made me think this was a sour, until I read more into the brew. There is a bit of orangy/apricot kind of hops that I am detecting as well. I am also detecting a bit of belgian yeast and spices. It smells amazing. It also has bit of a earth note as well, not to much, just a touch.
This brew has a great flavor. It has a nice bunch of citrus flavors that are the front of the brew, but its actually balanced out with a b it of a sour now is very present. Its something different. It's listed on the beer menu as a sour, but BA list as a American Pale Wheat Ale. The spices give it a little nip as the alcohol ever so slightly warm you. It actually leaves you wanting more.
Its a great mouthful, it has a nice smooth coating feeling as you sip this brew. Its sweet and sour, giving a nice palate changing experience. I haven't had many brews of this style, but this one is pretty good. It has a nice carbonation level that helps the brew as well. It really does leave you wanting more, very much as the label states.
This is my second brew by Ithaca, the first being Flower Power IPA. This is a great brew. It was recommended by a friend that heard about the brew. It didn't dissapoint. Its a nice solid brew that has a flavor that have to say I have never had. I would have to say that this brew should be a standard for the style. The brew isn't too overpowering either, so it could be easily consumed by anyone that enjoys the style. Ithaca rocked the house with this brew. Im glad I had a chance to have it on tap, but very excited to have the bottle as well.
02-25-2011 01:05:51 | More by mattgreger
4.72/5 rDev +20.4%
Enjoyed this at BBF. One of my favorite beers of the night.
A - Pours a deep yellow basically golden hue with a huge, rocky white fluffy head that sticks around to leave lots of sudsy lacing.
S - Mmmm, this is delicious. Very aromatic with lots of lemon, wheat, tartness, some light funk. No banana at all, which is a good thing as its a departure from the norm.
T - Oh my goodness. First taste I get is pineapple...of all things! This is spectactular. Tart and sweet, great wheat notes throughout. Nicely lemon like with good Brett notes as well.
M - Great mouthfeel, very sour but clean. Lower carbonation means this is creamy, crisp finish and refreshing. Delicious.
O - Wow, I know Ithaca makes good beer but my goodness this was a treat. Would love to get my hand on a bottle of this!
11-06-2011 14:53:14 | More by rudzud
4.63/5 rDev +18.1%
Pours pretty into a Westvketeren chalice, rocky white head atop thick, dense gold wheatness.
Smells sweet, sour, and spicy. Trifecta of Belgianyness, right there. Basically, combine the heavy yeast of something like a Duvel along with medium-strength American hefe and toss in some wild yeast sourness and this is what you get.
Tastes delightful. Refreshing. It's like a really good saison only also a really good wheat and then there's some wild ale sour backing everything up in the back end.
Adventurous and magnificently crafted.
03-07-2010 05:37:57 | More by mynie
4.58/5 rDev +16.8%
Hazy golden orange color with billowy white head that for a minute had me thinking Gusher! however, its just fine... more than fine...
At once smells both hoppy and tart. Skunky noble hops, grapefruity orange-apricot American hops, juicy grape, and a lemony lactic twinge. Nice.
Sweet and fruity, an almost tutti frutti or juicy fruit flavor dominates, followed by tangy orange and tropical fruit juicy tartness which finishes on a dry, hoppy and slightly bretty finish. Very surprising, in an interesting and pleasant way!
Thick juicy mouthfeel goes really well with natural citrus fruity flavors and aroma. Very sessionable and interesting beer, supremely drinkable. Comparable to a Fantome saison, tart, but delicately balanced.
07-26-2010 01:44:37 | More by BeerZack
District of Columbia
4.58/5 rDev +16.8%
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this is amazing. Hazy golden with a white head that fades to a collar. Yes, I smell wheat, and I spy esters and phenols, but what blows me away is how much this reminds me of pineapple upside-down cake. To me, nose is straight pineapple upside-down cake sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with preserved lemons. If pineapple upside-down cake could drink dry with a hint of wet rock minerality, a touch of lemony goodness, and a hint of earthy funk, then this is what it would taste like. Medium body that translates light and fluffy with near perfect carbonation that leaves a pleasant prickly sensation and dry dry finish. Awesome.
12-07-2011 00:14:38 | More by timtim
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
Batch E!012. Aged over one year. 750mL bottle to weizen glass.
A: Pours with 9 fingers (!) of frothy/foamy barely off-white head. It takes a while for this quantity of head to settle out and never quite does completely. (The second pour is more controlled and the retention is closer to mediocre.) Big foamy smatterings of lace stick in no particular pattern. The color of the body is appropriately gold and is a little hazy but the clarity is better than expected. (Very cloudy on subsequent pours.) A spare amount of slow moving bubbles can be seen floating inside.
S & T: The label says that White Gold was fermented with Belgian, English and wild yeast strains. The first and last are most noticeable but the combination of all three seems perfect. Light must and funkiness mixes wonderfully with fruity undertones: Strawberry, kiwi, honeydew & lime. Grainy malts with noticeable wheat and caramelly contributions that may be a little more noticeable given the tendency of hops after aging.
M: The impression I got from my first pour is that the body is medium-light and that this brew is slightly undercarbonated. A gentler pour brings the mouthfeel into the sweet spot. More effervescence would be a plus, but other than that, there is little room for improvement. Moderately tart, lightly acidic. The finish is snappy and favors the dry side.
D: This beer is damn impressive. I could drink it all day long. How is this beer only rated a B+? I suppose a year on the bottle was the right decision. Incredible refreshing and would be excellent to pair with many types of food.
02-06-2011 22:38:10 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!
The label says Batch E!005 and it pours from the 750ml beige(?) foil(?) caped bottle a hazy straw gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam and what looks like a lot of carbonation. It turns from hazy to cloudy with subsequent pours and that's what I was looking for.
The smell is nice and spicy! Loads of cloves and pepper along with a god lemony nose. Judging from the smell, I think this one is going to be good.
The taste is very peppery up front with the clove and lemon I mentioned in the nose. Yum. I like how the lemon works so well with the spices..no over powering from either direction, just a real harmony going on here and that makes it oh so drinkable...8%abv????..you gotta be kidding me! Very very well hidden!
The more I sip, the more I notice the fine yeasty wheat flavour that kicks this brew up a few notches in complexity. And, despite how bubbly it looks in the glass, the carbonation is at a respectable light to medium light level and again, that works for me. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel for the style for me. This is truly a fine drinking experience and I'm further impressed with Ithaca Brewing's craftmanship. Btw, head retention is awesome and there's a lot of sticky lacing. I just thought you needed to know that. ;^)
Bottom line: This is about as close to perfection in the style that I'm probably ever going find so...let the scores fall where they may. Wonderful drop!
04-18-2008 23:12:18 | More by Bitterbill
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
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
Bottle: Poured a dirty pale yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention and loads of lacing. Aroma consists of Brett and light sour notes with light dry floral ester. Taste is a complex mix between some nice wheat malt with loads of floral notes and some sour and light funky yeast from the Brett yeast strain. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This really hits a bunch of stuff I like in beers, i.e. wheat malt, dry hoppy notes and Brett. I would love to have access tot his on a regular basis.
04-11-2012 20:27:01 | More by Phyl21ca
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
Light urine body, big bubbles.
Strong wheat character, light wine nature. Little bit of bubblegum. Quick bursts, flies out before I knew it.
Opens a light tartness, some low bittering, grainy flavors, finish oxidized hops. The wheat is easily identifiable. The light acetic character complicates things but still easily seen. Like a Berliner Weiss.
Light body, great carbonation, sticky hops.
This beer is surprisingly great.
12-30-2011 03:25:10 | More by Khazadum
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
Batch E!031, 750ml, poured into widemouth Orval glass.
Pours with a very short, and short-lasting head over a cloudy golden body w/out much carbonation. No lacing to speak of.
Smells like Spring. Aromas are tart and lemony, accompanied by white grape skins and a healthy amount of wheat malt. Extremely inviting - it just pulls you right in.
Flavor is like no other beer in this category... quite tart, yet with a balanced sweetness - much like a well done lemon meringue pie. Fresh citrusy hops, and maybe a touch of minty herbal quality. Mouthfeel starts juicy and ends plenty dry - leaving this as an incredibly drinkable beer. Moderate carbonation - probably a little high for the style. Would never expect this to be 8% ABV. Tartness only becomes puckering if you take a large mouthfill.
Overall, this is a really well crafted beer, and as I mentioned, like absolutely nothing else in this category that I've tried... I'd almost consider this an American Wild Ale, and try to match it up against some of those great ones.
09-26-2011 00:15:40 | More by BeerImmediately
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.