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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

370 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 42
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

bigred89, Feb 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev +2.3%

alexsergio, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev +2.3%

beef13, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Corkpuller
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The current release of White Gold (E!40) should not be confused with the prior beers of the same name. The new bottling is a compete departure from the prior releases. It is fermented clean with traditional ale yeasts and lacks the Brett infection of prior years. It also seems to have been fermented at cooler temperatures as the esters are much more reserved. Additionally it is quite hoppy. White Gold still has it's characteristic balance and texture, but that is the end of the commonalities.

Unsuspecting fans of the old White Gold are in for a surprise and maybe a bit of disappointment. Still a tasty beer, but very very different.

Corkpuller, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

DSlim71, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

kjkinsey, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +2.3%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +2.3%

pixieskid, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

harrymel, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +2.3%

drummermattie02, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Khazadum, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.4%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ithinkimasofa, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

SMason, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

jophish17, Dec 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +2.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

tjseveryday, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

timtim, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Jenkster4, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.