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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

351 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Continental and U.S. grown hops, and fermented with Belgian, English and Wild yeasts.

(Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-23-2007)
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leinie13

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-04-2011 14:57:54 | More by leinie13
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BrunEngr

New York

3/5  rDev -23.5%

02-27-2014 23:44:46 | More by BrunEngr
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

02-21-2012 18:41:40 | More by rkcrozier
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hotmanflab666

New York

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-27-2011 17:49:43 | More by hotmanflab666
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-12-2013 10:40:51 | More by ejimhof
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ccrida

Oregon

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a stem glass, White Gold is a hazy yellow with a tight, creamy white head

Smell is wheaty, slight citrus, like an unspiced wheat.

Taste is more like a double wit, the same amount of refreshment as a single, but with an extra dose of booze, which stands out to me. Too strong and lacking any compensating complexity, a bit a of a disappointment.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, but heavier, solvent like.

Drinkability is average this is just another strong wheat beer. All the aspects of a nicer thirst quencher, but the overt strength really presents a challenge. I totally forgot there was any brett, it's a total non-factor at this point (no idea of the age, I just bought it in Boston). I had higher hopes, in spite of not caring for TEN, but this was another overpriced, under-producing brew from Excelsior. I'm always a big supporter of any brewer's reserve style beers, but a little QA goes a long way as far as not putting out the first recipe you think of! Not cheap and not to good, 1 and done thank you very much...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:48:06 | More by ccrida
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George2744

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-14-2013 01:09:42 | More by George2744
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-22-2013 20:54:16 | More by Kelp
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beertunes

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.5%

01-11-2013 23:37:39 | More by beertunes
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-11-2013 06:32:24 | More by kscaldef
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-27-2013 03:09:53 | More by NYR_Rob
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thearsenal

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-18-2011 18:55:33 | More by thearsenal
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.5%

01-26-2014 18:42:19 | More by Cubatobaco
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I bought this I wasn't paying attention that it was going to be a sour ale. The beer poured out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a large fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer had lots of wild yeast sour notes on the nose. I wasn't able to even get much besides that from the beer. The taste of it was also quite sour and really killed off any of the soft wheat flavors that might have been in there before the wild yeast was tossed in. The mouthfeel was a little like champagne, very bubbly and fizzed up inside the mouth. Overall this beer wasn't all that impressive to me. Had I read the label more or something I may not have even bought it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 01:20:27 | More by Knapp85
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for breaking this open. Bottle # 1803...
Appears a hazy, light yellow with a small, white head that quickly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh wheat, straw, and yeast, along with some citrus and herbs.
Taste echoes the aromas with an herbal, spiced citrus flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yesty, citrusy, with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 14:08:29 | More by weeare138
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mcallister

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical belgian white light pissy colored with clouds hazing things and a raspy fluffy white head. The low score is for the nasty chunks of odd colors in this beer. Normally these things don't bug me but these are pretty nasty.

Yeasty with very grassy hops. Lemongrass, orange peel, a bit of licorice and other odd phenols.

Good beer nothing overly exciting. Pretty drinkable. Not overly complex with more lemongrass and a decent hop character. Moderate carbonation very grassy and earthy with some pitted fruits.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 23:01:21 | More by mcallister
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rymurphy617

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

12-19-2012 20:52:31 | More by rymurphy617
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-07-2013 14:48:29 | More by mikeincharleston
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nyclee

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

10-11-2013 17:34:24 | More by nyclee
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle on 8/7/09

A - pours a clear golden orange with a big 3 finger foam that stuck around for a long time

S - fruity citrus aroma, wheat and some funk

T - bready wheat taste up front with dried fruit coming through along with a bit of funk

M/D - very light & crisp, very drinkable but the flavor is lacking a little, i was definitely expecting more

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 16:58:05 | More by mikereaser
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Whoa, it's a gusher! Settles out to a bright gold color and a rocky, fizzy white head.

S - Starts out with a saison-like yeast and multi-grain bread aroma, but once stirred, an explosion of citrus and lemongrass hops come out, as well as the smell of white grape juice.

T - For a split second, a clean malt taste emerges, but it is quickly pummeled by a sour grape juice flavor, much like an oxidized white wine left out in the open overnight. Past that, an herbal hoppiness.

M - The one redeeming quality about this beer is the dry finish and light palate.

O - If you can get past the odd souring white wine flavor, it is not too bad. I would suggest using a different blend of 'wild' yeast, as the current ones aren't cutting it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 01:21:52 | More by SirSketch
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alexkeil

New York

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 23:58:23 | More by alexkeil
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suspect

New York

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch E!022. Purchased 12/10 directly from the brewery.

Poured from 750ml bottle to a Duvel tulip. Shortly after I poured, the beer foamed out of the bottle for probably 5 minutes!

A: Poured a very nice looking yellow-gold color with huge head that did not want to disappear. Reminded me slightly of the head of a Duvel pour. The appearance was probably one of the highlights of this beer.

S: Huge bouquet of wheat/sweet citrus/alcohol

T: Wheaty goodness followed by a lot of sweet and ending with a hint of alcohol.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with high carbonation. At least from the first pour. The second pour was so full of sediment that it was impossible not to chew the yeast.

D: Too sweet for my tastes and I had to drainpour the last 1/3 of the bottle due to the extreme sediment. To separate the first 2/3 of the bottle and second 1/3 of the bottle would be best but unfortunately, they were all in the same bottle. So close to being excellent but missed on so many points.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 15:19:20 | More by suspect
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TheKingsOfHop

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. bottle poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Golden straw with a hazy cloudiness only allowing you to see steady carbonation rising to the top of a quickly fading white head.

S: Wild yeast, honey, granny smith apples, fresh chopped pears, with a floral aroma completing the complexities of this Belgian.

T: Slight funk with notes of honey and bitter hops on the back of the palate. Other than that the smell really led us to believe that we were about to drink a complex beer, but unfortunately was overall disappointing and rather bland.

M: Highly carbonated, smooth, refreshing, and light bodied.

D: Very easy to drink, but not diverse enough to keep our attention. Overall an okay beer, although we probably won't search it out again.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 00:48:27 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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selecter70

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited i grab this one up the other day, expecting some much more than it ended up being. This pale wheat with Franco-Belgian leanings & some nice brett-funk s=certainly looked the part. It poured a lovely cloudy pale yellow with good bubbles & a 1" white fluffy head, but little lacing. The aroma was nice, complex in its lemon, orange peel, white pepper & grassy herbal notes. The taste was crisp, medium bodied but meh in flavor. There were light notes of grainy yeast, sour hop edges & farm malts, but only if really paying attention. Overall, kinda bland for something so promising. I wouldn't turn it down, but I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 18:12:14 | More by selecter70
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.