White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Reviews
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 391
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 45
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerTruth on 04-23-2007

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.
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Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a bright yellow gold color that is crisp and clear looking. Quite bubbly with thin lacing and little to no carbonation.

S - Sweet and sour white grapes, big time aroma. Reminds me more of a Pinot Grigio, vinegar, and sour apples. Smell is very crisp.

T - Very tart, sour, large amounts of sweet and sour white grapes, pears, vinegarized cider, light crackery malt. The flavor has little to no malt taste with dominating white sweet and sour grape, apple, and pear flavoring. This is the Pinot Grigio of beers (if that's even a fair comparison) Has some overripe pineapple and light herbelness with a fresh floral finish. Leaves a pungent, very ripe and tart, white wine aftertaste. The The aftertaste leaves a dry finish that makes your mouth pucker and water simultaneously.

M - Finishes semi-dry, light body, crisp and champagne-like carbonation finish.

D - An easy (5), need I say more? Of the Ithaca brews I've had, this one ranks among the best they've ever brewed. (984 characters)

Photo of ejeffer11
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle purchsed about 2 months ago at westmere beverage in albany.

beer is lively with a fast rising head that just about overflows the glass. pale straw appearance with a good waft of citrus/lemon. Mild sourness comes through with the first sip. Not overpoweringly tart, but extremely pleasant with the contrast of a wheat beer with the belgian influence. moutfeel is highly carbonated and the melding of the flavors work well together. Extremely refreshing and effervescent. People often ask about good intros to sours, and even though this is not identified as such, would certainly be a good one to cut your teeth on. I find it similar to some of the jolly pumpkins I have tried. An all around great summer beer and one I will revisit very soon. (755 characters)

Photo of ziggy13
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A deep orange cloud engulfs the glass. Pours with a think whit ehead with excellent lacing.

S - Orange Peel, banana, and clove take over the nose. A slight peppery smell is also there. Candy sugar also present.

T - Tastes the same as it smells. Lots of orange flavors and finishes with that beautiful sweetness. Citrusy and gorgeous. Possibly some grapefruit. Ends sharply and dissipates with a dry sweetness.

M - Full, thick, rich, and creamy. That's the perfect way to describe it.

D - Excellent. Simply could have this one all night.

A great brew from Ithaca. Definitely a surprise at how good this one is. Really hides the 8% ABV. Fantastic. cheers! (663 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed in a hurry-- typed up from notes.

Pours a bright orangey hinted color with a 3 finger white frothy head. Smells of lemon peels, oranges, and slight apple notes.

Huge carbonation level.

Some spicy and sweet wheat notes amongst the aforementioned fruits. A crisp finish is refreshing and delicious.

The body is light and airy. I could finish this 750 ML bottle by myself with great ease!

This is really a great pale what ale. I would be happy to grab a 12 pack of this and stock my fridge-- sadly, it isn't available in small bottles, and even more sadly, it isn't available within 900 miles of where I live. (620 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold with one inch head of white fluff. A slow retreat revealed some stringy lacework and a solid skim coat throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with ripe fruit, light bubblegum and cloves, yeast-dusted dough, and a hint of lemon.
A blend of peaches, bannana, mangoe, apricot, and yeasty esters.
Some faint pineapple skins and sugared orange segments round out the nose.

On the light side of medium bodied and creamy. A very rounded, soft mouthfeel indeed.

Tropical fruit, light malt, and clovey overtones start the palate. Peach fuzz, pineapple skins, and dried apricots mingle with twist of lemon zest, fresh cut hay, and peppery spice.

Finishes with soft fruit overtones, light malt, and yeasty goodness.

Very much Belgian in character, with light notes of Brett starting to come forward.
With cellaring the brett should step forward, but the fresh and fruity character will fade.

This one is damn tasty and way under the radar peeps! (962 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ithaca Beer Company.

Pours a hazy, bright golden yellow. Visible carbonation, with some sediment floating towards the bottom. Large amount of head, 2-3 inches or so. Stays around for a while.

Nice, fresh clean aroma of apple, orange, honey, floral notes.

The taste is similar- lots of green apple, pear, wheat, flowers, honey sweetness, mild black pepper, some funk.

Light, crisp mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation. Alcohol is not present.

One of Ithaca's better new offerings. Loved it. (499 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Delaney's in New Haven, CT. Served in a snifter.

A hazy straw/gold color with a one finger bone white head. A good amount of carbonation and a small amount of sticky lacing.

Spicy clove and white pepper, bubble gum, lemon, orange peel, and biscuity yeast.

Pepper and clove up front with the yeast and citrus flavors coming in to balance it all out. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Well-balanced is this beers middle name.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Body is a little heavier than it looks.

Drinks very well. Smooth and fulfilling all the way. This guy is a winner. (600 characters)

Photo of AlexanderSelby
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge huge huge bubbly head. Kind of fun, but a little excessive. My first pour was very clear with a golden hue, my second was hazy straw-colored. Smells of tart fruit, like plums and cherries, and a hint of malty musk. Begins with a bright snap on the front of your tongue, smooths out in the middle, and then bounces to a almost sour tang on the finish.

A bright beer with a certain funk that is intriguing. Zippy and smooth at the same time, which is a nice surprise. (471 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!025.
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Light spices and light hops.
T: Spices, flavorful hops, citrus, wheat, leading to a sweet finish.
M: Well carbonated, light bodied, crisp finish.
O: Wow, I wish this weren't so high in alcohol! It is dangerously drinkable, and the only reason I wouldn't buy it in bulk because of the high price tag and quick, yet unnoticeable, buzz from the high ABV. (469 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (616 characters)

Photo of matthiasbrau
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sapsucker's, Huntington, NY. From notes 11/28/2012.

a: Pours a hazy gold color, almost two fingers of foam, lace all the way down as I slowly sip this heavenly elixir...

s: bright, lively, lemon-orange aroma

t: hop bitterness up front, orange peel, lemon, slight grain

m: medium mouthfeel, dry finish, lingering bitterness

o: excellent beer,interesting and complex. This is miles better than the bottle I tried a few months ago - can't remember the batch number - but which I suspect was a bit dated and mistreated by the retailer. This is worth seeking out if you are a fan of witbiers and grand crus. Not sure why IBC is releasing it so late in the year; this would be the perfect beer to crack open at dinner as another perfect summer day slips into memory. I've picked up and cellared two bottles of this current batch (#E!043) but I make no guarantees that they will be left untouched all winter!

Postscript 12/8/2012: Back at Sapsuckers once again, I'm happy to note that the IWG is still on tap and as tasty as 10 days ago. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a weizen glass, hazy gold beer with a head as-big-as-ya-want-it of white bubbly mousse foam

S: wheat, lemon, banana; subtle suggestions of herbal flowers and fresh air over grainy meadows

T: tart, fresh, refreshing; lots of wheat and lemon, supported by yeastiness and hops that bring to mind flowery meadows and fields of grain

M: light, crisp, and tingly - mouth puckering for but an instant, then a comforting wash of clean finish

O: what a great beer - well-executed pale wheat ale, like a crisp hefeweizen with a kick. (535 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cellar temp bottle poured into a weizen glass. the beer pours mostly bright clear gold in color with some chunky white particles at the end of the pour. Thin tightly packed, creamy bleached white head foams up and remains as a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is citrusy lemon and wheat breadiness but also a bit of grassy hops.
First sip reveals a surprisingly light and refreshing body for an 8% abv brew. Flavor is sweet malt with some twangy wheat and light citrus notes. A little bit of general fruitiness.
No hint of ABV and the hops have disappeared as well.
A very drinkable and refreshing beer for a warm June day! (618 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, I forgot the batch number but it was the most recent, so late 2012-2013ish. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Lots of bread, wheat and a really nice fruitiness, which is light, lemon/peach and refreshing.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of light, bready wheat malt and peach, lemon fruitiness. Mild spice.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry.

O- A very tasty beer, easy to drink but with delicious, complex flavors. I was pleasantly surprised by this. (544 characters)

Photo of mjforres
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into two Perfect Pint glasses. This bottle was labeled batch E!025.

A - a hazy gold color with thick, fluffy head that dissipated slowly.

S - not an overpowering nose but definite notes of green apple and citrus.

T - light and crisp, the green apple and citrus come through. It is a little sour and lightly bittered.

M - very refreshing, nicely carbonated, well balanced.

D - this is very food friendly and inviting of another glass. We were drinking it while snow fell outside and both of us thought it was more of a summer beer than winter. (575 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale yellow with a decent head. Head retention is minimal and minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Wheat, earthy, some citrus.

T: Clean and dry. Refreshing yet some body. Subtle hop flavor but mostly dominated by wheat flavor.

M: Light, yet has a bit of body.

O: Good brew for summer. (294 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since a review, really don't feel like studying so here we go!

Pours a hazy orange color with a massive white head and beautiful lacing.

Smells like brett funk, wheat, bread, herbal hops, and a tinge of alcohol.

Taste opens with a bread and wheat flavor moving into a tart/brett like flavor. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thick side for something like this, but good creamy carbonation help it a lot.

Overall, a nice beer. I think of fantome when I drink this, but its not near the quality/complexity that it has. A nice mellow night beer, good with Opeth's Heritage album. (609 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden-orange color with a big finger and a half of frothy white head. The head hangs around forever leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of lemon and citrus aromas and some wheat. There is also some spices and a touch of sourness.

T - Starts off with some lemon peel and tart flavor with some background wheat flavor. Through the middle, some spices and some stronger grain flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of lemon and wheat flavors with some light spices that linger.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Does not feel at all empty and the lemon flavor is nice a bit sweet and tart. Finish is a bit tart.

D - Super drinkable. At 8% abv, there is very little evidence of it. The flavors are nicely balanced and fairly rich and complex without feeling heavy. (828 characters)

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch E!043

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Huge foamy, sticky, meringue head. Color of golden straw with bright citrus aromas, peach and lemon that give way to more rustic scents of herbs and grass. Wow, first impression is lots of flavors rolling around the mouth. Very full mouthfeel. Biscuity with a slight lemony spritz. Some peach and apricot, stone fruit flavors abound on the mid-palate and linger on the finish as well. Finishes surprising clean for such a full bodied beer. Not super refreshing but very different and interesting. Drank this at about 55 degrees rather than out of the fridge which seems a better drinking temp for most ales IMHO and I think this one benefits from being slightly warm or cool rather than cold.

Second glass - flavors seemed to integrate a lot more. Man, really enjoying this now. Have to disagree with the bros here, it finishes pretty clean, but more like a fine wine where the stone fruit flavors persist for looong time, but in a good way. It also plenty complex. Seems to get better with each sip. Of course so does everything else :). This is like if wheat beer and Riesling had a baby. Viva la differencia!

Third glass - all the wheat sediment is here obviously. Very, very cloudy and much more spicy. All black pepper and lemon now. Very much Belgian wheat now. Probably the least interesting glass of the bottle, which is for the best since I would have cried when I finished it otherwise. (1,451 characters)

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (892 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1119th Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
750 Ml
2011

Batch E!031

Thanks to Cpabeer and Stormking47 for the gift.

App- A very vibrant orange with a ton of yellow mixed in. A slow forming 1 finger white head left quickly with no cling or lace but left a 1/8" ring of bubbles.

Smell- A good mix of a lot of things. Yeasty, floral, citrus, funk, barn, hay and its a APWA. Go fiqure!

Taste- I really enjoyed this beer. I liked the layering of different flavors from the wheat to the funk and hay notes and then to a little bit of apple juice and to the different wild yeast notes. Was very different and very tasty.

Mouth- A thin medium body and a medium carbonation with residual apple juice and funk with some good yeast notes.

Drink- Many things going on in this glass and I really enjoyed it. Yeasty, funky, fruity and floral. I would love another bottle. (864 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, Batch E!043. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with at least a couple inch frothy off-white head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like bready/wheat malt, lemon peel, floral hops, apples, and some grassiness. It tastes like bready/wheat malt, lemon peel, apricots, grass/hay and some light clove and peppery spice. I like the tartness in this brew, I didn't really expect that so it was a nice surprise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. I think this is good , I'd certainly like to try White Gold again in the future. $9.99 a bottle. (648 characters)

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Ommegang chalice for my wife and a Harpoon tulip for me- she bought the bottle! A little more head in the chalice, fine carbonation bubble in both. Some cloudiness. Subtle aroma of wheat,fruits,funk and Belgian yeast.
We both loved the taste- much more on the palate than on the noise. It is hard to put this beer in a category-American Wheat/Saison/Wild Ale combo. No way you would guess 8% abv. Will absolutely buy more. (453 characters)

Photo of shirfan
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #845

Slightly cloudy golden with a one-finger retentive layer of snow white foam.

Aroma is herbal, musty, spicy. Green plantain mingles with a sea salt and pepper aroma, perhaps some corriander. Mild floral perfume scents something like moisturizer.

Taste is more complex than the aroma -- caramelized apple, dandelion, sour underripe cherry. Leafy hops lurk in the background, but there is a world of unusual flavor going on in front of them. Moderate sweetness keeps things more mysterious than a cloying, candi sugar enhanced brew would.

Has some aspects of a farmhouse saison, an abbey ale, and an american wheat rolled into one fantastic combination. My review does little justice to the depth of this brew, I highly recommend it. (754 characters)

White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.