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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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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 PBoegel
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch # E! 31 (not entirely sure where that puts it in terms of freshness, but I'll draw some rough conclusions below).

Probably off, no definitely off to have this beer in the American Pale Wheat style, they are definitely gunning for a sour beer with the potential to develop deeper or more pronounced sourness with time.

Appearance is hazy, wit beer look, slightly orange-yellow glowing hue, the head is fizzy white and dense to start but breaks with some moderate lacing on the glass wall.

Aroma seemed a bit muted, but my honker was not 100% on last night. Some sour cherry, granny smith apple, hay, mint, black tea, and traces of tart citrus. A bit of crisp tangy wheat surfaces after a few sniffs and sips.

The flavor profile was very contrasting, tangy and zesty hops, some tart wheat and citrus upfront, then a deep lasting finish that was very tart with lemon, granny smith apple and goat cheese.

I liked more the mouthfeel and what this beer was trying to do than the aroma and flavor characteristics. It has an intense flourish of both crispy bitterness and tangy sour. It finishes very dry and palate cleansing. The sour lingers a bit long.

I don't know how well this beer would develop over time as the hop character fades, I think it would drift into a deeply sour realm with little else, I like the initial balance effort and think this beer would probably be its best extremely fresh, my guess is this bottle is probably a few months old, not exactly a terribly old beer, but the hops and malt would play better I suspect. (1,546 characters)

Photo of mattgreger
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Capones on Draft - as well as picked up two 25.4% bottles for myself and a friend.

This brew was poured into a snifter. It poured a very hazy, golden color. It poured with a nice 1 inch creamy white head that has an amazing retention. It probably lasted for almost 5-7 minutes as I let the brew sit for a bit. It also had some great lacing that was a solid wall that coated the sides of the glass as I consumed the brew.

The aroma on this brew is very complex. It has a bit of a sour/tart smell. Which originally made me think this was a sour, until I read more into the brew. There is a bit of orangy/apricot kind of hops that I am detecting as well. I am also detecting a bit of belgian yeast and spices. It smells amazing. It also has bit of a earth note as well, not to much, just a touch.

This brew has a great flavor. It has a nice bunch of citrus flavors that are the front of the brew, but its actually balanced out with a b it of a sour now is very present. Its something different. It's listed on the beer menu as a sour, but BA list as a American Pale Wheat Ale. The spices give it a little nip as the alcohol ever so slightly warm you. It actually leaves you wanting more.

Its a great mouthful, it has a nice smooth coating feeling as you sip this brew. Its sweet and sour, giving a nice palate changing experience. I haven't had many brews of this style, but this one is pretty good. It has a nice carbonation level that helps the brew as well. It really does leave you wanting more, very much as the label states.

This is my second brew by Ithaca, the first being Flower Power IPA. This is a great brew. It was recommended by a friend that heard about the brew. It didn't dissapoint. Its a nice solid brew that has a flavor that have to say I have never had. I would have to say that this brew should be a standard for the style. The brew isn't too overpowering either, so it could be easily consumed by anyone that enjoys the style. Ithaca rocked the house with this brew. Im glad I had a chance to have it on tap, but very excited to have the bottle as well. (2,088 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to brendanbeer for sending me this want

This beer pours a hazy golden orange color fluff bleach white foam. The aromatics are a slight funky notes that are combined with citrus notes. The flavors are significantly more mild than the aromas had let on. The flavors are more sweet wheat flavors than the funk. I can almost not taste the tart. The mouthfeel is light but chewy and goes down epically smooth. Though there's not much to the content of this beer. I enjoy it, it's tasty, but there's nothing overly special about it. (577 characters)

Photo of suspect
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch E!022. Purchased 12/10 directly from the brewery.

Poured from 750ml bottle to a Duvel tulip. Shortly after I poured, the beer foamed out of the bottle for probably 5 minutes!

A: Poured a very nice looking yellow-gold color with huge head that did not want to disappear. Reminded me slightly of the head of a Duvel pour. The appearance was probably one of the highlights of this beer.

S: Huge bouquet of wheat/sweet citrus/alcohol

T: Wheaty goodness followed by a lot of sweet and ending with a hint of alcohol.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with high carbonation. At least from the first pour. The second pour was so full of sediment that it was impossible not to chew the yeast.

D: Too sweet for my tastes and I had to drainpour the last 1/3 of the bottle due to the extreme sediment. To separate the first 2/3 of the bottle and second 1/3 of the bottle would be best but unfortunately, they were all in the same bottle. So close to being excellent but missed on so many points. (983 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch E!012. Aged over one year. 750mL bottle to weizen glass.

A: Pours with 9 fingers (!) of frothy/foamy barely off-white head. It takes a while for this quantity of head to settle out and never quite does completely. (The second pour is more controlled and the retention is closer to mediocre.) Big foamy smatterings of lace stick in no particular pattern. The color of the body is appropriately gold and is a little hazy but the clarity is better than expected. (Very cloudy on subsequent pours.) A spare amount of slow moving bubbles can be seen floating inside.

S & T: The label says that White Gold was fermented with Belgian, English and wild yeast strains. The first and last are most noticeable but the combination of all three seems perfect. Light must and funkiness mixes wonderfully with fruity undertones: Strawberry, kiwi, honeydew & lime. Grainy malts with noticeable wheat and caramelly contributions that may be a little more noticeable given the tendency of hops after aging.

M: The impression I got from my first pour is that the body is medium-light and that this brew is slightly undercarbonated. A gentler pour brings the mouthfeel into the sweet spot. More effervescence would be a plus, but other than that, there is little room for improvement. Moderately tart, lightly acidic. The finish is snappy and favors the dry side.

D: This beer is damn impressive. I could drink it all day long. How is this beer only rated a B+? I suppose a year on the bottle was the right decision. Incredible refreshing and would be excellent to pair with many types of food. (1,585 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour is a hazy straw-gold with a nice white head, good lacing.

Aroma: Wow this is going to be good. Light wheat and malt sents with a light lemon zest, other spices as well - possibly cloves and coriander

Taste: Delicious, light zestiness to it with a nice earth element, maybe some wildflower honey also. Very crsip, refereshing. Good belgian yeastiness without being overpowering for the style.

Mouthfeel: SOmehow has a good body to it while remaining light and crisp, ABV a bit high at 8%

Drinkability: I was sad to see this one go, will need more. Best for this style I have ever had. (604 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
2.64/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours auburn, not head, clear, no carb rising. Not a good sign...something could be amiss.

Aroma of wheat, grapes.

Taste has wheat, light hops, spices

Mouthfeel is flat, lifeless.

Overall, I'm going to guess that I got a bad bottle [at least I hope so]. I'd try another just to see if this one was an anomoly. (314 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 Spider889
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing this one.

Cloudy pale straw color. Some small amount of floaters in the brew but that's ok. 1/2 finger of white head. Decent visible carbonation.

Smells of lemon and mild tart funk. Some green cherry skins come through. Otherwise it smells fairly sweet with a bitter fruit finish.

The taste is tart but sweet, not exactly sour. Very mild mustiness to it. Pleasingly drinkable wheat softness.

Slightly slick going down, this beer finishes very dry. I found it to be sessionable, certainly worth a try. (537 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Ryan011235 for this one.

The looks are pretty. Its a light gold colored beer with a lively white head. Unfortunately there is no lacing. The aroma might be the best part. Its sporting very nice lemon that dies down to a smooth woodiness. The taste is mostly a rustic, musty woodiness with fresh lemon splashed in. Mild citric tartness and acidity is all of the "sour" qualities this beer has. This is a crazy dry beer. A glass of water might be a good idea. (476 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 StoneTSR
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # E!25

APPEARANCE: Poured an opaque, golden, yellow with a very impressive and thick head that just sat and sat and sat. It remained almost full for a good five minutes after a small 8oz. or so pour into a rocks glass. Excellent lacing followed, covering a good 50% of the opposite side of the glass.

SMELL: A very complex nose with a bouquet dominated by orange and apricot and completed by a subtle, earthy note.

TASTE: The White Gold hits the palate with a surprising burst of flavor. The full spectrum of citrus flavors is balanced out by a sour undertone that certainly makes its presence known, but does not overpower the beer. As the label says, this beer is alive and a sweet, sour aftertaste leaves behind the desire for one more sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, oily with a very mouth coating feel that leaves that sweet and sour aftertaste on the palate long after the last sip.

OVERALL: I've come to expect good things from Ithaca, and once again, they did not disappoint. This was not a style I was expecting to be terribly impressed with, but when we were at the brewery it was the only bottle from the Excelsior! Series they had, so I thought I'd try it out. To quote the label again though, the Excelsior! Series defies "existing style guidelines." If you find this beer anywhere, buy it - and that should be doable, given that the brewery claims that it can be cellared indefinitely. (1,402 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL Poured into a Balloon. Bottle reads Batch# E!025.

This is my second bottle of White Gold, which to my mind is pretty close to the title beer. One of my favorite wheat beers, and one of the fruitier beers I've had in general. Always goes great with a meal.

L: Cloudy, hay-colored with inches of sea-foam head. Looks pretty good as far as these things go, unfiltered and tasty.

S: Smells like it looks, hazy, with hints of grape in back and wheat on-top of wheat up front. Slightest touch of funk from the yeast swirled into the pour.

T: Cutting fresh what up front, cut by a layer of funk. Finish gives way to grapes with a bubbly lingering wheat-sweet.

F: Perfectly carbonated, light and crisp. Great feel here.

D: Easy drinking and complex for what it is, without stepping too far outside the constraints of a simple wheat beer. I'm a fan. (852 characters)

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

750ml bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy orange yellow color with a good sized white head that leaves lots of lace. Some lemon skin, toasted wheat and a sharp cheesiness in the nose. Crisp right off the bat, plums, white grape sweetness some lemon/lime, a balancing bitterness and a biscuity note late on the finish. Creamy and soft in texture, medium bodied, medium carbonation and no alcohol heat whatsoever. Very drinkable. (423 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass. It poured a hazy orange color with an active, bubbly white head to it. The head settled down but left some pretty good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of wheat to it with a touch of sour and tart flavors coming through. A bit of the Belgian yeasty spice comes through as well.

The taste also shows just a bit of that sour, tart, wheat flavor to it. The yeasty spice comes out a little more in the taste compared to the aroma. It finishes with a little acidic sharpness mixed with more of the tart wheat flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being about average. Drinkability is pretty decent, it was a very interesting and unique beer. I liked the little bit of sour flavor to it, it gave the wheat a little something extra and different. It was pretty smooth overall and also pretty flavorful. A pretty good beer overall. (912 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 claspada
2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is quite dusty and grassy, with some orange rind, lemon and wheat. Reminds me of a Biere de Garde or a lighter Bret yeasted (is that a word) beer.

The taste is initially overwhelmingly tart. Was not expecting that but I guess I should have been from the nose. It fades into a lemon/lime/grapefruit bitterness; I am honestly not enjoying these combinations. The finish is bready and slightly funky/yeasty, maybe a touch peppery. As is warms it turns into more of a soapy whit, a style that has never grown much on me.

Overall the flavors are kind of muddled in my opinion and leave a lot to be desired. I appreciate the creativity in the approach but it fell short. (677 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 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 SFLpunk
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shrek806 for this one!

750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. Batch: E!008.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with fluffy bone-white head with great retention and lots of spotting.

Nose: Smells faintly of peach fuzz and fresh nectarine juice. Not sharp, but somewhat subdued. A little creaminess and something like czech pilsner hops.

Palate: A lot sweeter and fatter than I thought. Thick like fruit nectar, with some prickly spiciness and a little bitterness that creeps up from the back. Prickly alcohol. Mango, citrus and something mineral-like, slate maybe? Pears come out too.

Notes: At first I found this to be a little simple, but then flavor after flavor came up to the front. Every changing. Don't find a lot of wild yeast influence here, though. No acidity at all, not any real funk to speak of. (831 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, E!012. Thanks to whichever BA brought this to the September tasting in Austin.

Cloudy goldenrod body with a creme-colored head. Fat bubbles quickly settle to a thin veil of foam. The aroma is quite simple given all that's gone into this beer--light wheat from the malts and a kiss of floral hops. A touch of funky earth and tartness suggests wild yeast, but Ithaca can do better (e.g., LeBleu, Brute, Old Habit Batch E!017).

The flavor takes the tartness up a notch, with a juicy, funky blast of orange peel and dry Brett. Wheat gets kicked aside, but manages to add a tasty balance of bread crust to the mix. White Gold finishes with a bone dry crispness--body is thin and well-carbonated. Overall, a unique beer to say the least, but probably not something I'd want to have again. Worth a try... (813 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased at a Wegmans in Elmira, NY. *sigh*

A- Pours a hazy gold/yellow with a huge creamy white head. Ridiculous lacing, and what appears to be TONS of carbonation.
S- Hmmm. Muddled fruity notes with a touch of farm. Slight citrus.
T- Fruity estery flavors from the start. Fairly sweet with lemons and citrus. Reminds me of a triple without the spicyness. Just a touch of tartness.
M- Medium body, prickly carbonation.
D- Meh. Something about the taste doesn't sit quite right with me. And the high abv starts to assert itself quickly.

Overall - White Gold confuses me. It's like a non-spicy triple, and I really don't get much or any of the wild yeasts the bottle claims. With that being said, it's still a good brew. Appearance is great, solid flavors (770 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 StephenRich
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A couple weeks ago a beer by Ithaca Beer Co. stole my heart. The Old Habit, a Strong Rye Ale partially fermented in Rye barrels really took my breath away. It is from Ithica's Excelsior line of beers, and there are more! Last week I pulled the next one out of my collection; the White Gold.

White Gold is a Belgian inspired ale brewed with American barley and hops, French wheat malts, and is fermented with Belgian, English and wild yeast. Ithica claims it to be a Rustic Pale What Ale. Well, it definitely sounds like it. And based on my experience with the Old Habit, I am going to trust them.

Just like all the beers in their Excelsior line, I love the overall branding: the label is very unassuming, but classy and informative; the cap is sealed by a light rubber sleeve, and the wine shaped 750ml bottle exudes great presence.

I opened the White Gold cool around 8C (45F). I didn't want it to be too cold as I would typically open a wheat beer, nor at cellar temperature as I might an imperial Weizen; that would be to warm. This beer though, at 8% abv and brewed with a host of complex yeasts fits somewhere right in the middle to me. I considered it to be where a Belgian Tripel would fit.

The pour was very lively, so I relaxed a touch and let it gently glide into my wide open chalice. Even with a soft and smooth pour, thick amounts of carbonation and life were stirring vigorously in this beer forming a deep orange with much to offer in the way of color. Golden orange and yellows beamed through its opaque body showing light bronze and still more yellow hues. A dense haze clouded the whole beer and touches of chrome blasted through.

A nice and fluffy one inch head was build an a foundation of air and bubbles. The foam was a touch off white with a lot of transparency. It faded to a film on the beer relatively fast. The nose was triumphant with earthy funk, the spicy tartness of blood oranges, sharp vanilla, citrus hops, yeast and more spice. From the middle poured pepper and a creamy elegant sweetness reminiscent of herbal honey and sweet tea. It had almost a bakery fresh scent to it, but was predominantly spicy and earthy. It showed great savory characteristics and proved to be very complex already. The combination of yeasts was working its magic here, no doubt.

The palate opened to me first with a crisp and clean bite of spice, citrus hops, earth, hay field and sweet ripe green fruits. As it inched its way into my mouth the sweetness blended both the flavor of soft vanilla and creamy light caramel with gently tart pear rind, grapefruit zest and blood orange. The yeast characteristics were very powerful bringing loads of complexity, spice and yet more funk.

The funk was quite pleasant though - don't be turned away by it. It adds a very savory and balancing character to the beer, which fades in an out as you choose to focus on it or not. White pepper lightly tickles the sides of your tongue and moves to your cheeks with coriander, clove and the wild effervescence of yeast. Hops too bring citrus and spice to your tongue and eventually show strength throughout your entire palate.

As the beer warmed a touch, it mellowed ever so slightly allowing softer fruit to emerge with apples, pear, maybe some banana and green grapes with the peel. Vanilla was a bit more present now, as was the funk. Tart had come down though and over all the beer appeared more mellow and soothing.

The body was deep and rich with lively carbonation and it was as if you could feel the spiciness in the beer. Deep and rich yes, but its dances across my mouth in a light and playful manner creating an extremely drinkable beer. The finish was dry and still complex but with a fresh hop crispness to help quench your palate.

Another win for Ithica in the Excelsior line. It stood up will to its brother the Old Habit, but wasn't close to driving in the winning run. The spicier, still more complex Belgian Tripels would do it for me a bit better than this, but this was an excellent beer - I would even dare to say a fantastic session beer. (4,066 characters)

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