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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

369 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | 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 travishardy929
1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

travishardy929, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

whartontallboy, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

vonnegut21, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of hardcor33
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

hardcor33, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of alexkeil
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch # E!040
Pours a deep golden color with fluffy white head that persists around the edges. A bit hazy around the edges but somewhat clear for a wheat beer.
The aroma is wheat and pilsner malt, noble hops, and a slight meringue like sweetness.
The flavor is wheat malt and peppery alcohol, with leafy hops. Slightly hot but better as it warms. Highly carbonated and slightly prickly from the alcohol.
If it wasn't for the noticeable alcohol this would be alot like a belgian triple with wheat. An enjoyable beer only slightly overpriced.

alexkeil, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

tedho21, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, batch E!015(says copyright 2008 on the bottle). Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2-3 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, lemon, apricot, earth, tart apple, herbal, wheat, bread, hay, and funk. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grape, lemon, apricot, apple, herbal, coriander, earth, funk, grass, and hay. Lingering notes of grape, lemon, apricot, grass, hay, and herbal on the finish for a while. A lot of malty flavors with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial wheat ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. This has held up well for the age. Really enjoyable stuff.

superspak, May 21, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thecpj. Cheers!

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a dense, creamy white head that settles to a solid cap, leaving soapy lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp aromas of wheat, toasted malt, orange and lemon peel hops, and earthy Brettanomyces. Nice and floral, reminds me a bit of a highly-hopped Saison with Brett.
T - Surprisingly tart, with a juicy lemon peel and orange character that is follows by more earthy, fairly funky, Brettanomyces, toasted grain, and a long-lasing bitterness. A pretty neat beer, "rustic" was a nice word to describe it.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body , solid carbonation, and a pleasantly dry finish.
O - A nice blend of numerous beer styles, and it's always nice when Ithaca does a Brett beer.

jsanford, Apr 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty pale yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention and loads of lacing. Aroma consists of Brett and light sour notes with light dry floral ester. Taste is a complex mix between some nice wheat malt with loads of floral notes and some sour and light funky yeast from the Brett yeast strain. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This really hits a bunch of stuff I like in beers, i.e. wheat malt, dry hoppy notes and Brett. I would love to have access tot his on a regular basis.

Phyl21ca, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

muletrane, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JRod1969, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of SickGnar
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

E!035

A: Very obviously highly carbonated with a gigantic glass filling fluffy off-white head. This will take a few pours to get a glassful. Foam starts creeping out of the bottle as well. Frothy, whipped head sits on a peachy/orangey golden with plenty of haze & steady clouds of small bubbles that quickly rise to the head, bounce off, & cascade back down. Head turns rocky with greate retention and gobs of amazing lace. Gorgeous. Second half of bottle is cloudy but still glowing golden.

S: Slightly tart lemon on the surface with some sweeter stone fruit deeper down and touches of juicy orange/tangerine and a fair bit of tropical fruit mix that is focused on pineapple. Fruity citrus blends into rind & herbal & softly spicey hop character. Earthy yeast with a hint of funk and more tartness. Just noticeable dry & grainy malt with touches of biscuit, toasty grain, and a kiss of candi pils sweetness.

T: Like the nose, but less fruity and more robust, burly, and earthy / funky. Opens with lemon tartness, citrus rind, & a hint of juicier fruit (apricot / pineapple / & white grape skin) and a hint of pils malt sweetness. A touch of dry & toasty biscuit appears as the softer notes fade, and then gives way as well when lemon, ring, & tartness return with strength. Fairly firm bitterness is present as spicy, herbal, & earthy hop character joins the fray. Mild phenolics as well. Earthy note gets a bit funky &peppery in the finish with a hint of barnyard. Gets more orangey and spicy as it warms.

M: This might actually be medium body, but with the plentiful and active carbonation, and the tart and slightly acidic bit, it seems lighter. It appears to have some residual sugars and opens juicy. Then the bit of pucker come in and leads to a rustic drying finish – bite, effervescence, & acid/tartness forward – and earthy spice at the back. Quenching and cleansing.

D: Eclectic blend of style components is what this one is, but it all blends super well and is very appealing. Franco-Belgian-American-wit-wild-triple-saison-BPA-APA-APWA. . . . WTF, this is just nice stuff.

SickGnar, Mar 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ohtheguilt, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Batch E!031

Thanks to Cpabeer and Stormking47 for the gift.

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

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

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

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

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

FosterJM, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

rkcrozier, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of mindspin315
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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]

mindspin315, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of jclaydev
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

jclaydev, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

spinrsx, Feb 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bigred89, Feb 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

alexsergio, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

beef13, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Corkpuller
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Texasfan549, Jan 12, 2012
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.