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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 392
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 46
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 aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was at the brewery in April of 2007 and bought a few bottles and greedily drank them. From what I remember they had a nice hop bite. Picked this bottle up a little bit after at Half Time. Cellared since then.
750 bottle number 1469. One of the other bottles I drank was in the 170s.

A: Slightly cloudy golden color. Holding my Urthel weird glass up to the light reveals tons of delicious yeast at the bottom. Poured with a finger of white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Very tight nose on this beer. Hints of fruit and citrus. Some hints of the yeast. Little bit bready. Little bit musty as well.

T: The hops really toned down from the last time I had this. In their place is a nice fruity ale. Starts off with a nice subtle tartness. Citrus is in there somewhere but it is hard to pin down. The wheat is muted after a year as well.

M: Very nice. A little on the dry side towards the back but still nice. It walks a nice line between refreshing and satisfying if that makes sense.

D: More bottles! Seriously wish I had more. Good thing they are still making this. Glad I laid this one down. Don't know how much longer it will improve but time definitely changed this beer. (1,191 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml

Batch E!005

Thanks goes out to Lum and BeerTruth for both sending me a bottle of this, thanks a lot guys! This big wheat beer fills my snifter with a hazy bright golden liquid. Carbonation bursts to the surface from a few areas along the glass. A clean white head of two fingers grew on the pour and became creamy as it settled to a thin cap and thick collar. Each drink leaves behind thick drink lines and patchy lacing.

The aroma is somewhat subtle and I really enjoy it for that reason. Notes of dusty yeast take this brew over and lead the way along with faint hints of sour milk (from the wheat) and dried pineapple. There's also a lot of spice complexity in the nose with white pepper, ginger and clove in that order of intensity. Citrus comes through ghost-like in the background as well. The aroma on this beer is deep and seemingly never ending.

A big wheat twang right upfront lays down the rich foundation for this beer. The dried pineapple and spiciness come across mid-palate. The same spices flash across the tongue that showed themselves in the nose. Wheat brings a touch of sourness that adds depth to the overall character of the beer. Candied orange peel and sugared grapefruit bring up the rear and even add a quick flash of bitterness. The flavor of this beer changes and is ever evolving as this beer opens up.

The mouthfeel on this beer is right where it should be. The moderate body leans toward the heavier side with a velvety smooth carbonation. There seems to be a little residue left from the wheat that, when combined with the dry finish, tweaks the tongue slightly.

This beer goes down incredibly easy considering the abv. As a matter of fact this 750 was gone before I had the chance to finish writing this review.

The spices and esters are kept in check enough to make this one excellent wheat beer. The complexity is huge and the flavors are stacked on top of each other perfectly. Thanks for the bottles Paul and Adam! (1,965 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From batch E!035

Appearance:
Very hazy golden yellow with an unending, overflowing eggshell head. Sudsy lacing is left behind while drinking. A complete fog resides throughout ample settling time while the very few large particles floating are able to sink to the bottom.

Smell:
Heavenly smelling, one that you could sniff for hours. As summer is nearly ending, this is the perfect beer-farewell with its pungent aromas of citrus rind and spice. There is also an earthy funkiness that could be described as imitating wet corrugated cardboard. Sweetness balances out the citrus, alcohol, and funk quite well; no separate characteristic is overpowering the others.

Taste:
Golden wheat sugars fortified by a hearty, wild yeast zing and lasting bitterness. The carbonation and alcohol pack a punch and drive the beer's bitterness deep down into my palate's membrane. Citrus rind bitterness is one of ithaca's specialties (also very prevalent in their alphalpha IPA) and it makes for an exceptionally refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel:
This is a dry, bubbly summer wheat beverage. A complex mouthful that is bitter, sour, and sweet leaves me desiring more after each sip... and fast. This beer is definitely a well harmonized mix between an APW and wild ale.

Overall:
My initial hesitance was completely unfounded with this rewarding beverage. There is a tremendous amount of diversity with this beer that can't be reproduced by many. Tasting this beer was in part inspired by mention in months BA mag, but I would have felt compelled to write just as praising a review whenever I got around to tasting it.

Great beer from IBC, worth the money. (1,640 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing this bottle to our last get together

A - foam exploded out of this one as soon as it was opened, it took quite a while to settle down; poured a hazy yellow with a big, frothy, white head that had great retention

S - very peppery and spicy

T - peppery, spicy, herbal hops, husky, lemon, straw

M - medium bodied, crisp, faint warming alcohol

This is one of the more complex and flavorful wheat ales I've ever had. The use of three different yeasts really imparts some tremendous spice. There is a noticeable hop character that is very complementary. I really very glad I got to try this one. If I could get Ithaca in NC, I would definitely get another bottle of this. (698 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice rocky pure white head that quickly dissipated into a sparse cap but left beautiful lacing. The aroma is fruity, a blend of pineapple and green apple, some peppery spice, and a light juicy hop. The taste is subtle but nice. Some tropical fruitness followed by what seems to be yeasty phenols, some wheat malt characteristics. The feel is moderate, almost light, with fizzy carbonation, which makes this damn drinkable. The 8%abv nowhere to be found. This is a beer that is not meant to fit a style. It clearly has some european influence, which I guess makes it a cross between a BPA and an American wheat. Very unique. (706 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 into Ommegang chalice...

Very nice natural honey color. Thin in width yet dense, soap bubble head with oderate staying power. Sparse visible carbonation at first glance.

Mild spice profile with yeast and wheat electricity. Slight vanilla and oak tones with a little bit of coriander. More mellow than expected; with warmth mild citrus zest, even a little melon, emerge.

Moderate yeasty tones with a nice, heavy wheat electricity. Stewed malt taste is comforting with spice and zest notes. Potent yet subtle.

Even-keeled, full-flavor yet comforting mouthfeel. All working in tandem/balance. No aftertaste...deep, spiced, almost herbal finish.

This gets better and better with warmth. Maybe it doesn't blow the doors off with overabundance of ingredients but this is very comforting, well-rounded and enjoyable while being quite easy to drink. (855 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!012; Thanks Lum!

The chilled Champagne-style bottle is decrowned with a hiss and when poured into my gold-rimmed goblet, Ithaca's White Gold glows pale golden in color. A grainy-bubbled bright white cap of foam dresses the drink, retaining as if it were a semisolid substance and affixing a fine sticky film of puffy lacing onto the sides of the Maredsous glass. The first few gentle pours from the bottle are quite clear; the closing ones are hazed a bit, but the brew is still quite bright and golden in color.

The smell is fermentedly fruity with a note of mushy, musky melons, a pitchforkful of damp hay, and a crisp, spicy splash of acidy citrus. The aroma is sweeter, fresher, and grassier as the drink warms.

The taste is zippy zinginess incarnate and is laced with steely Brett-funk and tangy wheat, all zapped clean by a super dry finish. As the encounter continues and the twang recedes a bit, green melon and a mild, honeylike note of lightly-toasted grainy sweetness gain prominence; the finish remains bleached-bony and Mojave dry.

The drink is crisp and quaffable with a firm medium body and spot-on Belgianesque carbonation. White Gold is my latest encounter with a representative brew from Ithaca's outstanding Excelsior! series, and this particular member of the family is every bit as impressive, damned tasty, and satisfying as the rest. (1,368 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch E!022

This beer was a treat, a nice deviation from what US brewers are doing these days, and I welcome it.

The beer is a lovely grain color with a strong finger or two of white foam and spotty lace. The smells are grainy (in the farmy way, fresh and sweet), grass, yeasty, and there is the slightest indication of tartness. I get a hint of pear on the nose.

The flavor follows through and offers a nice bite behind my jaw of tartness, but this is short lived. Quickly a nice, sweet wheaty tone comes through and again the pear flavor is present for me. As the beer warms, I get really nice white wine notes (particularly reminds me of naked Chardonnay). A sincerely lovely beer.

Thin bodied with lower carbonation and a semi dry finish. I would offer this beer to many wine enthusiasts I know and expect that there would be a significant appreciation for the beer. A wonderful, insghtful and innovative beer for the US. (930 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Batch #: E!008.

Pours a cloudy, golden-highlighted light copper in color. Creamy, pillowy half-inch white head that slowly recedes to an intact sheet, leaving a ring of lacing around the rim. Pin-sized, spotted lacing with not much strength.

Semi-sweet Belgian, candied sugar with notes of vanilla. Not quite tart, citrus and light tropical fruit esters: pear, lime, apricot, and melon. Farmhouse must with a touch of skunkiness.

Citrus and mild tropical fruit up front that give a rounded sweetness rather than a sharp tart quality. Light vanilla notes really add a nice, mild sweetness and depth to this wheat-based ale. The wheat base is not artificial or grainy as a result of the smooth, barely noticeable alcohol character. Notes of lightly buttered biscuit, Belgian sugar, and pear fill the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; a very nice balance of smoothness from the alcohol presence, creaminess from the sugar, dryness from the wheat, and crispness from the mild tropical fruit.

A very flavorful Pale Wheat Ale, which is certainly saying something positive for this offering. Flavorful, balanced, and very drinkable as I would have guessed the alcohol by volume to be well under 6%. (1,235 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle -- Bottle #963, released April 2007. Purchased in Buffalo area, July 2007. Consumed November 15, 2008 after about 15 months in the cellar. . . .

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip, the body is clear, honey-golden in color with a 1-finger white head. Some splotches of lace stick to the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet and wheat -- ripe apples with a hint of spice. Also some underlying earthy funkiness, presumably from the Belgian yeast.

T: Clean and crisp -- there's definitely a wheaty twangy-ness to it on top of the fruity malt. Also a hint of spice -- maybe white pepper? -- and a slightly herbal bite to it. Finishes nice and dry, however, with no real evidence of the 8% ABV.

M: Light, but not thin or watery at all. Creamy and with good carbonation.

D: Very good. (783 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall globe on 6/10/11.

Pours a hazy straw honey color with a large bubbling head of carbonated white foam. Dissipates quick to leave no lacing on the glass at all.

Smells of lemon zest, and yeast, very pleasant on a hot humid night like tonight. There is the slightest of sour aroma at the end but not very much. I expected a little more funk from the description on the bottle but I dig the smell its really quite refreshing

Taste is of a zesty lemon with a nice wheat backbone and citrus sour flavors. Its all so different and most delicious. This is for sure one for those hot days when you need something to quench your thirst. Well done I really enjoy the taste.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate in weight. The citrus, sour, and tingling carbonation all dance across the palate refreshing every taste bud. Just the right amount of bitter dryness to make me want to keep sipping.

Overall this is a one hell of a good American Pale Wheat. The use of the belgium yeasts with the carbonation and the citrus and sour flavors make this the perfect summer drink. Good job Ithaca. (1,111 characters)

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided from charlesw as an extra! Batch E!012

A - The first pour reveals hazy light golden beer with a large white head that dissipates quickly. A layer of sediment sits at the bottom of the bottle, and a layer around the cap. The next pour should be nice.

S - Coriander, pepper, orange peel, and other citrus.

T - Starts off simple, but once it warms up and you have a few sips, you start to enjoy the depth of it. Sweet with a good amount of spice and pepper. Lemony cloves finish the sip with a little tartness as well.

M/D - A nice level of carbonation with a taste that keeps you going back for more. My first 7oz pour is already gone... (656 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

White Gold pours a light gold, almost straw color. It’s very hazy. Backlighting brightens things up a bit and gives it more of a true gold look. An incredible, foamy white head tops it. Carbonation looks very active as it stands about four fingers tall. It’s extremely slow to recede. Never completely dissipates. Lacing was very, very thick and sticky. Thick waves cling to the glass as it descends. Looks really good!

The nose is quite good. It’s very earthy, grainy, and musky up front. Wild yeast is easily noted, although it’s not really funky. Light lemon is apparent. Belgian yeast also has a notable presence. It definitely spices things up quite a bit. Pepper seems like the most notable scent. Some grassy notes emerge. Smells like it might be attributable to hops. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is blended pretty well.

The flavor is impressive. It is earthy and grainy up front. There’s a little malt sweetness there, but earthy notes predominate. It’s definitely musky. Wild yeast doesn’t add a funky flavor, but it’s definitely musky. It’s a nice complement to the grainy notes and tastes good. I like it. Lemon and white grapes round out its fruity side. Belgian yeast is very tasty and brings a really nice spicy flavor to the mix. Pepper and light clove are noted. Grassy, earthy hop notes emerge late and are a nice touch. Alcohol doesn’t seem to be much of a factor. It’s masked well. Finishes earthy, grainy, musky, and spicy.

White Gold has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel rather soft. For a bigger beer, it goes down easily. This one won’t last long.

White Gold is a nice addition to the Excelsior Series. It’s a tasty beer that definitely has more depth and character than you might expect. I wouldn’t fewer bubbles, but that’s my only small complaint. Good stuff. Definitely recommended. (1,910 characters)

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, pale gold in color with a frothy, 1 inch white head. Retention is fantastic and a nice layer of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Smells like a traditional Biere de Mars.. a heavy dose of wheat and Belgian yeast with some light lemon notes. Reminds me of freshly baked bread.. very intriguing.

T: Starts off with a mix of wheat and yeasty characteristics, followed by a surprising tartness.. thinking lemon, grapes, sweet vinegar, cracked pepper, and some maltiness. It's almost like a fine white wine. A surprisingly successful mix on my pallet.

M: Medium-bodied with hefty amounts of carbonation. It has a crisp finish like a champagne.

D: At 8% abv, this is extremely drinkable. It's not noticeable at all. I really enjoy this offering from Ithaca. (773 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Belgo-American ale. Batch E!022.

A: Poured a hazy lemonade color with light orange hues and an outright explosive carbonation factor that literally looked like a torrential tropical storm inside the glass. Large bran flake like yeast matter race up and down inside the glass in the strong circulating current. The wild yeast was evident upon the pour yielding a quickly evolving snow white rocky head that rose with authority into a towering structure. All the time I was marveling at the beers coloring and head in my glass, unbeknownst to me the bottle was spewing foam like an erupting volcanoe at a steady and fast rate forcing me to run for backup glasses to catch the runoff and do some containment and reclamation effort. The lacing provided an incredible coverage on the glass of large patches of foam after the slow retreat of the head. After more then 5 minutes the effervesce eventually settles down a bit revealing a thick haziness and coloring that was similar to orange juice. An absolute picture perfect example in the glass worthy of any beer mag cover. Perfect regards from me here.

S: Finally into the smell. A little less exciting here then the appearance, which was by itself a hard act to follow. Soft wheat and lemon peels first appear. Soft herbal notes and light hints of whole tangerines mix well together. Decent, albeit a bit light in strength considering the effervesce which I thought would bring more to the surface.

T: The flavor brings forth soft wheat and lemon peels much like the nose. Bready with citrus and soft grapefruit notes deliver a wet feel. Citric oranges, with some sage delivers some earthy and musky notes. The finish finds a some acidity and wet citric hops and lemonade quench that leaves with a bright zing and tart bite. Overall the flavor was incredibly smooth and very easy.

M: After the initial outpour of effervesce the palate appeared soft and luscious with a good fullness to it, almost like orange juice, that was slightly tart, smooth and viscose. A smooth, tart lemonade like quality graces the tongue on the swallow.

D: No way this is 8.0%abv is my first though, feeling more at home like a 5% session. Exceptionally smooth tart summer time quencher with session like attributes that I could easily drink all day if not for the alcohol. A fairly high abv with an incredibly smoothness of a 5% session and one I could drink more of and more often. (2,418 characters)

Photo of zdk9
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer with unique orange and boozy flavors accentuated by a sharper carbonation.

A- Pours out a bright clear orange with a finger of lightly whipped head. Medium strong lacing sticks to the sides of my snifter.

S- Starting out there is a strong whiff of manderine orange, as if I'm smelling the syrup out of a can of oranges. As the beer warms more flavors of bannana, spicy wheat, and strong whiskey alcohol come out.

T- Orange and sweet lemon tastes are apparent all through the mouth. A touch of dryer light wheat maltiness pervades this on the sides of the tongue. And in the aftertaste stronger refined alcohol tastes preval. Up until the whiskey notes this reminds me of a stronger, tastier Oberon, but then it opens up into something even more complex.

M- Carbonation is somewhat sharp I would say, but in an odd way. It's as if there are a million very very tiny bubbles attacking my tongue, rather than a few larger ones. Light going down the throat and not particularly creamy.

D- The taste and smell of this beer are fantastic and something I would love to try again. If I can only muster up the beer budget to make it down to IBC for another bottle. (1,197 characters)

Photo of MrMonkey
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold with three+ fingers of creamy, frothy white head that fades slowly leaving some thick chucks of lace behind.

Smell is orange zest, Belgian yeast, a hint of green apple, white pepper, clove, and melon.

Taste begins with some citrus and yeast up front, along with some peppery spice. There's some clove lingering in the back throughout. Sour apple comes in mid-palette, along with some overripe melon and peach flavors. Finishes rather crisp and dry.

Medium-bodied and well-carbonated mouthfeel.

Wheat beers are not always my favorite, but this was quite tasty and enjoyable. (597 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/24/10

Batch E!012

White Gold is indeed gold; vibrant & of a consistent hue. Carbonation was vigorous on the pour, yielding a nearly two finger head. Head retention dropped considerably, though swirling helps maintain it. Droopy lace holds briefly before eventually sliding down. Wispy retention.

Despite being done up with wild yeast, the aroma is strikingly clean & crisp. Sure, there's a present musty, funkiness but, at least initially, it seems pushed to the back. Instead, there are sharp notes of muscat grapes, tart apple & a hint of pear. Subtle spice & earth tones; likely due to the hops. The malts don't seem too prominent, merely offering a general graininess.

The flavor is distinctly tart & wrought with light fruit notes reminiscent of the aroma, especially the apple & grapes. Beyond that is an earthy blend of wheat, grains, herbal foliage & peppery spices that are accented by a hoppy kick & underpinned with a mild funkiness. Said funk is even less pronounced compared to the nose. The tartness subsides a touch after a while, but this remains a well-rounded collection of flavors.

Upon the first sip the carbonation was quite lively. Though the prickliness tames over time, it's still at ample capacity by the end. The body is moderately light, crisp & on point. Residual notes of the flavor profile all linger for a moment. The bottle indicates White Gold finishes "bone-dry." I'll not waste time trying to find a better descriptor.

I find that this beer becomes more enjoyable to drink as it warms & opens up. Still, it's nice to see how it progresses from being chilled. Seemingly drawing influence from a variety of styles (namely American Pale Wheat, Saison & Wild Ale) makes for a unique & interesting, if somewhat unconventional, brew. (1,795 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #144

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity zest and slight coriander aroma. The taste is good. It has a dry earthy flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity with a wheat malt edge. It's crisp and refreshing; a nice spring brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting brew and a welcome change from the regular lineup. Keep up the good work. (557 characters)

Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly complex beer and well worth seeking out. It is a bit of a cross between a Belgian pale/trippel and an American pale, encompassing the best of both. The beer pours a fairly hazy golden color with a fizzy somewhat creamy head that retains. The aroma is quite pungent and contains all the usual suspects: honey, clove, florals, orange zest, lemon citrus, spices, some Belgian yeastiness as well.

The taste is in line with the aroma but add some mustiness, a bit more apple, perhaps some ginger buried deep within, the typical Belgian like candied sugars and yeastiness, and perhaps a little oakiness that plays off well with the spices. There is a bit of peppery spice in the finish. The other spices are in the clove and coriander family. As the beer settles, the spices recede a bit and the orangey citrus becomes more pronounced along with more wheatiness.

The beer is quite carbonated and very complex. This is the type of beer that is a pleasure to review because it changes in subtle ways with each drink. The beer does have a high ABV which does leave a bit of a throaty aftertaste. L'Chaim. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E! 005; Sampled July 2008
A regular pour produces two-fingers of frothy, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazed, pale honey color that shows an orange tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has quite a lot of fermentation character to it; lightly musty, an earthy spice note, light notes of distinct candied orange zest, a spicy ginger & pepper, some fruity esters of pear, plum and aromatic apple as well as a lightly herbal flower nectar note. The grain aromatics come through pretty well to with notes of grassy wheat, honey like malt and saltine cracker aromatics. This is quite aromatic and I like how the honey like sweetness offsets the spicy note.

Quite spicy tasting up front with a peppery bite that is coupled with earthy, musty phenolics and some ginger notes that are accentuated by a honey-like malt sweetness that just barely kisses the palate. Quite grain like with notes of wheat and pale malt; cracker notes, a touch of dough-like breadiness, and some biscuit flavors are each noticeable. Somehow the malt has a slight candied note to it, without really being sweet; sort of caramel like, though very much in the background, I wonder if this is a touch of oxidation that is bringing this out. The finish has a certain bite to it that is a combination of a hop bitterness, a sort of herbal note, some spicy higher alcohols and a spicy floral type thing. Pretty quaffable, though it is not light bodied, instead there is a light-medium fullness to his that just sticks to the palate.

There is not much in the way of distinctly Brettanomyces derived flavors here, though they could be influencing the musty, earthy aspects of this beer (though this could just as likely be from a characterful Saccharomyces strain). This is a tasty beer though that is a pleasure to drink. The aroma comes off a bit more intriguingly than the taste, but only just. (1,892 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from my BA bro, the one and only BeerTruth.

Bottle number 1551.

A: Pours a golden straw yellow color with a nice big fluffy head. The head quickly recedes but does leave behind some patches of lacing. The last pour yielded the yeasty floaties, Yum!

S:: Ah nice Belgian aromas. Nice spices like black pepper and clove with hints of Belgian yeast. Tons of fresh citrus with mostly lemon rind but a hint of lime as well.

T: Ahh right from the start, very Belgian and very nice. Tons of nice bready yeast flavors with a big spicy character. Fresh cracked pepper and clove can be noted right from the start. The lemon comes on next and semms to linger a bit before a bit of bananna comes in. The spices come back in the finish and linger and linger.

M: Light in body with ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, wish I had passed on the Hopslam before I started this one.

Overall: A wonderful example of the style and one that Ithaca should be proud of. It is part of their Exclesior series, and let me say it is for good reason! (1,042 characters)

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer! Batch E!005. The label points out the hybrid nature of this brew and all. In the end what matter is what's in the glass. This is a wonderful creation. Big head and good lacing. Mild nose with American wheat, Belgian wit and yeast. Citrus notes and a mild spiciness.

Taste is much the same with layer upon layer of complexity. Vanilla, orange, wheat malt, curacao. A very mild alcohol kick in the finish, so well integrated that you just forget about it. It is a great mix. I may come back and add to the list. Feel is light medium and mildly carbonated in a light velvety way.

Drinkability is soo nice. The abv never calls attention to itself. This is a quenching beer that is easy to quaff in hot and cold weather.

Thanks to Dr Dogbeer! (759 characters)

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