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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

357 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 357
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This uses trappist yeast and so there is a good argument to make it a Belgian style. The taste correlates more closely to an American pale. There is a bit fo sourness offset more by yeast than malting. It looks like an American pale wheat and the aroma is interesting because of the inclusion of brett, and Saaz hops. A good Summer beer.
Had again 2.5 years later on tap and found it astringent wheat.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 03:52:43 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

10-15-2012 02:44:18 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 20:46:44 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to Geist for pulling this out the other night at a tasting. I've wanted to try this one for awhile never but had never gotten around to acquiring one. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a nice mildly-hazed golden-straw color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Didn't really last long enough in my glass to appreciate how long the collar would last.

Nose carries great complexity with underlying notes of bready, biscuity malt and wheat combining to serve as a great base for notes of lemon, stone fruits, and plenty of citrus zest. A bit of spice in there as well. Flavor hits the same levels with the hops and yeast out front, though more so the hops. Good malt backing -- it's there providing depth and body but not too much flavor. The hops shine and fruit abounds. Really, really solid. Light, crisp body and a nice soothing bitterness throughout.

In short, each sip makes me want another even more. Well done, Ithaca, well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:39:32 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: At first the beer poured clear yellow in color with a high amount of carbonation; towards the end of the bottle the beer became cloudy with floating yeast particles and the amount of carbonation became reduced.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts, oranges, peppery spices and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the aroma along with some notes of apples. The beer has a very mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 01:22:56 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle# 1508

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a fluffy head that drops quickly to a film but does leave a surprisingly interesting pattern of lace on the chalice

Smell: Spicy and yeasty, with lemon, white pepper, and clove elements

Taste: From the first, it tastes like an American wheat, but after a few seconds, it blossoms into a spicy concoction of yeasty and peppery wit-like element; after the swallow, the flavors are dry and spicy, with lemony hops as well as a lot of pepper, clove and coriander in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very interesting combination of flavors and it works reasonably well, even though it is not my cup of tea, so to speak

Thanks, BeerTruth, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 00:27:56 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-09-2014 21:32:49 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I acquired via a trade a few months back. I had been waiting it try this one and decided on it last night with dinner. Served at cellar temp into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 08/04/2008.

The pour was very nice, with a very bright golden yellow coming forward right away. Lots of haze in here and a fair amount of sediment as well. A huge, billowing head of white foam that reached a height of three inches then formed over the top and took what seemed like forever to settle down, but when it eventually did it left behind tons of lace in its wake. Rich side glass contribution and a good amount of carbonation as well, very solid looking here for sure.

The aroma was very nice, light, with a predominance of hoppy tones in it. Light grain and yeast as well as some touches of grass and light fruit aromas, but mostly wheat in here. The flavor was more of the same, very good, with a tight, crisp and clean profile that was very easy to drink. Nice carbonation kept the overall feel very light and airy and kept the alcohol well hidden in the profile. Started with a roll of light grain, some lemon zest and a touch of grass then morphed it into a nice light peach flavor that came across well blended and served up well with the profile.

Overall very nice with a light dry finish and an easy drinking for an 8% beer. This was not my favorite of the series, but I truly cannot say a bad thing about it. The light citrus hop taste was a nice added touch to it and really brought the whole thing together. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 10:55:13 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 20:27:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

American brewing inginuity at its best, this beer crosses American Pale Ales with Belgian Strong Pale Ales, Wild Ales, and Witbiers. With age, this one has shown to dliver a range of flavor spreads.

Pouring a billowing and airy pour that violently separates the golden elixer from the froath. The ale carries a lightly hazed straw hue, but becomes significantly more hazed with subsequent pours. The airy white head reduces to a creamy and intermitten film before holding true for the duration of the session.

Very flowery and with musty fruit aromas to start, but then more acidic elements of lime, chardonay, and crabapples come into the fray. Mangos, appricots, papayas, and a host of tropical fruit scents pull away from the must and acids for a richer aroma that brings attention to bready wheat and soft barley character. Perfume, honeysuckle, and light medicinal notes penetrate the fruits for roundness, complexity, and challenge.

Soft bready-sweet malts give a light doughy flavor with understated powdered sugar sweetness in order to allow the hops, esters, and phenols to take command of taste. A plethera of fruit flavors alternate- beginning with lime, grapefruit, and oranges and then turning more tropical with pineapple, appricot, papayas, mangos, and a musty pawpaw character. Lightly dusty and musty, the 'wild' character gives glimpses of brine flavors which give a salty, peppery flavor with light bitterness and modest savory notes. An extremely variant beer that delivers wave after wave of flavors with each sip.

Zesty and spritzy early with the erupting carbonation impacting on the mouth with textures of peppery bite, prickle, and expansive warmth. After the carbonic bite settles a bit, the wheaty character offers a smoother and somewhat creamier mouthfeel before the late acidic, smooth bitterness, lightly astringent, and powdery dryness all conclude with clean and winey finish.

Overall, this is a beer designed to appease lovers of white sparkling wines. The fruits, acids, tanins, and pepper character play in a more wine-like proportion than of beer. But this is a beer, and a wonderfully crafted one at that. Only the medicial phenolic character offer a distracting flavor and aroma that I can't ignore.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 04:10:06 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-21-2013 20:39:23 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-24-2012 04:57:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

01-09-2012 01:18:00 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle #1626 - Apr 07)

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted wheat crackers, sour lemons, and spicy hops.

Taste: Pale wheat flavor with a light sweetness. Hint of lemon zest. The taste of the Saaz really shines out, though there's only a mild bitterness throughout. Noticeable Belgian yeastiness. Finishes bready and dry. The alcohol really begins to creep in as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's fine for a beer of intertwined styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 19:33:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-12-2012 08:23:45 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released Apr 07
Bottle #849

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 22:08:09 | More by oberon
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

White Gold! Texas Tea...sweetener! It pours a hazy golden straw topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, orange zest, tart lemon zest, coriander, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of blood orange peel, black pepper, coriander, lightly tart mandarin oranges, wheat, and grass. Things don't quite meld together as well as one would hope. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a pretty solid brew, very similar to Bell's Oarsman on some mild steroids.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 23:49:44 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 22:44:20 | More by JAHMUR
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-22-2013 05:55:02 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #E!005, poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but contains Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts, some spice and touches of hops and citrus.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of Belgian yeast & wheat. Some sweet flavors of citrus and spices follow along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings a little bit of balance. There's a slight alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a fairly good beer overall, but whether I'm looking for a Belgian-style, American-style or a wheat beer that's a combination thereof, there are definitely others that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 02:51:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is courtesy of PEBKAC, cheers Adam!

Batch E!008 pours an effervescent apricot/orange with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: A riot of orchard fruit, apple blossom, grainy notes

T: Pears, honey, a hint of dry apple cider & a bit of musty grain up front. A kiss of warming cider, then earthy apple skins, dry apricot, pears & honey as this warms,plus a touch of white grape. More white grape & some dirt in the finish along with semi puckery dry notes, cream of wheat ( detractor ), almost pulled a 4.5

MF Medium bodied, effervescent, grainy & warming

Drinks pretty nice, but the ABV & complexity of this do hinder me a bit. Loved the Franco-Belgian flair of this! Makes me think tripel

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 04:43:20 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-07-2014 23:00:12 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are some verbose reviews of this beer, beer is amber with a nice thick head, carbonation is high and there is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer smells wheaty and spicy with some fruits and mild hop character.

Beer is thin in body and highly carbonated. Its mildly sweet up front but nice on the finish. Not dry at all. This is how you make an American wheat ale, everyone pay attention. Drinkability high, mild fruit flavors in the midpalate, mild sweetness, wet finish, no aftertaste, easy drinking every day beer, if it were available to me on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 20:51:44 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me on Mothers day -purchased at Capone's poured into tulip chilled.

The beer has a murky golden appearance with thick floaties of yeast particulate and substantial thick band of rocky cream capping. A thick ring of lace sticks. The smell starts tart with a light tropical aroma with subtle tangy mango and dry citrus rind w/ light grape-like odor and tart berry. The tangy feel is gently sour and has a warmth. The moderate bitterness seems at odds with the yeast and relatively highly carbonated body w/ mild sweetness and light spice. The tanginess of the yeast with some juicy tartness is also shadowed by the alcohol presence.

The feel which is astringent at times leads to the tangy acidic citrus combination of bretty funk and American hop accents. The fruity yeast is countered by an almost lime-like character from the bitter hops with mild pineapple/grapefruit flavors and mellow lemon tinge w/ yeast complexity present but the hops have mild grassy flavors that are somewhat fighting for the spotlight and there is a rind like flavor w/ funky dry yeastiness in the finish. The malt which is obivously doing its part for the beer is not over the top bitter, but it doesn't really contribute much to the flavor either. Overall I find this beer to be interesting and has nice brett and hop flavors, but the combination of yeasts and hops are leaving an unbalanced experience and the only real detracting thing is the alcohol becomes noticeable as you continue to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 13:55:26 | More by Slatetank
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White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.