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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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Reviews: 191 | Hads: 392
Photo of mindspin315
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice huge white head poured out which settled to a thin layer on top. Slightly hazy gold, orange, and yellowish body. Some lacing and lots of carbonation streaming up the glass. Some floaties swirling around as well.

Mild farmhouse like funk sits behind lemon, yeast esters, oranges, citrus zest, and a touch of fresh doughy bread.

Tastes a lot like a slightly sour orange juice. A little of the wild yeast flavors come through at the middle and carry through the finish. Slightly chalky mouthfeel, tart, some lemon rind/light floral flavors, carbonation glides across the palate, and drys out quite a lot in the finish.

This is an easy drinking beer...especially at 8%, not tasting/feeling like it is over 5%. I would love the wild yeast to play a bigger part here. I wish it were to over take this beer. This would be an amazing base beer to a huge sour overhaul. All in all I find this to be very enjoyable and have plenty of really good qualities. A unique take on a wheat beer and is not like any Belgian-American beer in the same style category.

[88/100] (1,067 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - from the Party Source in Syracuse, enjoyed during the Super Bowl

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow/amber colour with a massive size foamy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon, green grapes, clove/coriander, yeast, floral

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons and wheat mixed with a lot of yeast flavour. There is also quite a bit of floral/peppery notes and some green grapes and a woodiness. As the beer warmed up I could pick up on some hops. It ended with a floral/yeasty dry aftertaste.

Overall - A quality beer that is well worth its price. Ithaca makes some fantastic beers and I'm happy I gave this one a try. The alcohol was well hidden and 750ml was the perfect amount for me. (875 characters)

Photo of Corkpuller
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (661 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 Khazadum
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.59/5  rDev +15%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A growler filled at Al's of Hampden. Last glass.

A: The wheat beer is a pale color, watered down apple juice concentrate. Still clear, there is a bit of haziness about the beer.

S: The aromas are powerful. Wheat beer base, jingo-istic hop addition and a mild funkiness. The strong hops, herbal and floral, quickly transition into the funk, hard to differentiate where one ends and the other begins.

T: The hoppiness is stand-out, bold with flowers and herbs driving a thick flavor. The Belgian yeast adds a fruitness that amplifies the hops. The funky flavors are mild, a tinge of citrus and dust near the end of each sip. The Belgian IPA aspect is a mouthful, the funkiness a treat.

M: Plenty of Belgian IPA, a mixture of yeast sweetness, and big hops. The funk that exists does so only near the end of each sip, a pleasant departure. The hoppiness feels heavy, making sharing a must. (889 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at BBF. One of my favorite beers of the night.

A - Pours a deep yellow basically golden hue with a huge, rocky white fluffy head that sticks around to leave lots of sudsy lacing.

S - Mmmm, this is delicious. Very aromatic with lots of lemon, wheat, tartness, some light funk. No banana at all, which is a good thing as its a departure from the norm.

T - Oh my goodness. First taste I get is pineapple...of all things! This is spectactular. Tart and sweet, great wheat notes throughout. Nicely lemon like with good Brett notes as well.

M - Great mouthfeel, very sour but clean. Lower carbonation means this is creamy, crisp finish and refreshing. Delicious.

O - Wow, I know Ithaca makes good beer but my goodness this was a treat. Would love to get my hand on a bottle of this! (795 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Ithaca brewery last month.

A- Beautiful golden orange pour with a huge three finger puffy white head that leaves a ton of lacing as is slowly fades away! Really nice carbonation and I love the floaties in this one!

S- Sour Lemon, kumquats, crazy wild yeastiness, pale wheat, a touch of banana, and cloves. Has some wild grassiness, wet hay... but mostly dominated by the lemony citrus bomb and the wild yeast.

T- Holy pucker!!! Nice spicey and sour punch! The banana and clove in the yeast hang back and let the wet hay and horse shit breathe a little bit. Lemongrass, kumquat, lemon rind, orange zest, and white grape juice. Very clean and refreshing.

M- WOW! Really intense lemon and sour yeast! Not like a beer with lemon added, but just the way that citrus can be used as a palate cleanser. A touch of manure on the tongue, but it cleans up nicely with the bready wheat and citrus pop! So many different spices flow over the tongue after each sip... this is sooo cool!

O- I can't wait to try a bottle of this after a couple years in my cellar! This is not a style that I would usually rate this high, but this is fabulous! So damn much going on here. I will most certainly be grabbing a few more of these and spacing out the tasting times! (1,274 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 BeerImmediately
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!031, 750ml, poured into widemouth Orval glass.

Pours with a very short, and short-lasting head over a cloudy golden body w/out much carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Smells like Spring. Aromas are tart and lemony, accompanied by white grape skins and a healthy amount of wheat malt. Extremely inviting - it just pulls you right in.

Flavor is like no other beer in this category... quite tart, yet with a balanced sweetness - much like a well done lemon meringue pie. Fresh citrusy hops, and maybe a touch of minty herbal quality. Mouthfeel starts juicy and ends plenty dry - leaving this as an incredibly drinkable beer. Moderate carbonation - probably a little high for the style. Would never expect this to be 8% ABV. Tartness only becomes puckering if you take a large mouthfill.

Overall, this is a really well crafted beer, and as I mentioned, like absolutely nothing else in this category that I've tried... I'd almost consider this an American Wild Ale, and try to match it up against some of those great ones. (1,030 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice yellow color with a light golden hue, pours a very generous amount of head that is pure white and very fluffy, head lingers for an incredibly long amount of time, pours nicely hazed with a solid amount of carbonation bubbles, leaves a ton of white lacing on the glass which makes it look like its covered in soap suds
S: great scent, nice bright wheat scent, baking bread and caramelized sugar, very nice scent
T: slight clove taste, roasted banana peals? very bright and refreshing, lemons?
M: intense carbonation tingle in the beginning and fizzy through and through, backs off with a bit of brightening briskness on the palate
O: really enjoy this brew, smooth, complex, nicely drinkable and yet feels very classy, loved it (769 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As much as I like the banana-cloviness of a good wheat beer, I enjoyed this stab at the style because it was *not* a banana-clovey wheat beer. The amount of horse-stall funk in the bottle may turn away some wheat fans, but it's not overpowering. After all, who doesn't like a little manure in his beer? Nice color, light aroma and light body; easy to drink and has a sharp bite with a bubbly edge. Despite the high (for a wheat beer) ABV, this doesn't generate much heat or wobble. It went well with a giant bowl of popcorn and a re-viewing of "Dog Day Afternoon." (564 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks gillian!

Pours a hazed dark golden color with an absolutely out of control head, which foams out of the bottle and all over the place. Clouds of film and lacing are eventually left on the glass, along with suds left on my friend's kitchen counter.

Wild years and funk in the nose, lemon peel with zest. Hints of spice and tartness, some touches of coriander and orange.

Light hops and spice up front with floral notes. Citrus peel with lemon and orange. Juicy and flavorful, resting on top of a soft, but well balanced wheat and straw malt base. Tart and funky towards the middle, but not sour. Finishes dry with some lingering citrus and slight warmth.

Light medium body, high carbonation, dry and bubbly on the tongue. Drinks nice and easy despite the higher ABV, which is masked incredibly well. Too bad the bottle gushed all over the place. (891 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 rlee1390
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!035

A-Cloudy yellow, extremly carbonated but no lacing is left.

S-Lemons, citrus and some sourness.

T-Light and lemony. Some tartness from the wild yeast. There seems like some bitterness is there but not much.

M-Light and VERY carbonated.

O-Yet another great beer from IBC. Wasn't expecting the mild tartness but it was a pleasent suprise and twist on the American Pale Wheat Ale (393 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (2,243 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade in Williamsburg. Having tried my first Ithaca beer (Flower Power) earlier in the week, and being amazingly impressed by it, I was keen to try others.

Pours a hazed golden colour, bright and lively. Head is fine and white although small. Chaotic, but rather refined lacing. Fine light body. Looks really good.

Nose is crisp, but round. Some sharp, leafy aromas, a little citrus and a touch of pepper. Although the yeast profile is subtle, I do get a whiff of some of those round Belgian esters that suggest a traditional witbier yeast might have been used. Not bad.

Taste is smooth, but laced with pepper and phenols. Vanilla wafer characters come through, with a good dollop of earthy bitterness. Hint of booze and astringency. Some faint esters of coconut and a hint of wood. Deel is smooth, but light. Not bad.

Pretty decent all up. Smooth and drinkable, but with plenty of character. Not on par with the awesomeness of Flower Power, but another very solid brew from Ithaca. (998 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still sitting on the dock of the bay. Bottle shared with Paul.

The beer appears hazy and yellow with a substantial white head. The aroma brings citrus, hay, yeast. Nice flavor and well balanced. A hint of brett funk, but only a subtle glimpse of wild yeast. Plenty of citrus flavor. Wheat malt makes for a smooth feel. Hops are present throughout, with lasting presence in the finish. An enjoyable beer, I would have this again. (429 characters)

Photo of SirSketch
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Marcus for picking me up this bottle.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: tart, wheat, sour, citrus,

taste: sour, apples, tart, citrus

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: wow what a great beer. So glad I got to try it. Everything in the Excelsior series has been top notch.

Cheers,
The CPJ (379 characters)

Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, batch E!031

Pours a cloudy, golden body with 3 fingers of egg white head falls to a cap that lingers throughout consumption. Nose is mostly grass and other earth tones, as well as tart citrus (lemon). Lots of tart lemon, grass, wheat malt, Belgian yeast, even a little funk to this offering. Big and bold for a Pale Wheat Ale, and also fairly dry. Lighter bodied and a nice dose of carbonation gives a solid mouthfeel. An overall refreshing offering from Ithaca. (477 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a full bodied dull golden in color with a two finger bright white head. This has got to be the thickest wheat beer I've ever seen. Imagine a gold imperial stout in appearance. The aromas are earthy, grassy, lemon, and feature a tart yeasty aspect which is quite interesting. The flavors took me by surprise. It's moderately tart and you can pick up the different yeasts. It's very grassy and again features a lemon like tartness. It drinks kind of dry and is full in body. The viscosity makes this wheat a little harder to get through than most. Drinking a glass makes you feel like you just consumed a loaf of bread. It's definitely an interesting beer and I'm glad it had so much complexity for the style. I'd recommend trying this one, but probably sharing it with a friend. (793 characters)

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