White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
08-17-2011 04:10:06 | More by BEERchitect
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
750ml bottle that I acquired via a trade a few months back. I had been waiting it try this one and decided on it last night with dinner. Served at cellar temp into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 08/04/2008.
The pour was very nice, with a very bright golden yellow coming forward right away. Lots of haze in here and a fair amount of sediment as well. A huge, billowing head of white foam that reached a height of three inches then formed over the top and took what seemed like forever to settle down, but when it eventually did it left behind tons of lace in its wake. Rich side glass contribution and a good amount of carbonation as well, very solid looking here for sure.
The aroma was very nice, light, with a predominance of hoppy tones in it. Light grain and yeast as well as some touches of grass and light fruit aromas, but mostly wheat in here. The flavor was more of the same, very good, with a tight, crisp and clean profile that was very easy to drink. Nice carbonation kept the overall feel very light and airy and kept the alcohol well hidden in the profile. Started with a roll of light grain, some lemon zest and a touch of grass then morphed it into a nice light peach flavor that came across well blended and served up well with the profile.
Overall very nice with a light dry finish and an easy drinking for an 8% beer. This was not my favorite of the series, but I truly cannot say a bad thing about it. The light citrus hop taste was a nice added touch to it and really brought the whole thing together. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.
08-11-2008 10:55:13 | More by mikesgroove
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
(Bottle #1626 - Apr 07)
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow body with a thin, white head.
Smell: Aroma of toasted wheat crackers, sour lemons, and spicy hops.
Taste: Pale wheat flavor with a light sweetness. Hint of lemon zest. The taste of the Saaz really shines out, though there's only a mild bitterness throughout. Noticeable Belgian yeastiness. Finishes bready and dry. The alcohol really begins to creep in as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It's fine for a beer of intertwined styles.
10-20-2007 19:33:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.13/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
01-04-2012 01:20:27 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
Released Apr 07
Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lighter gold with a hint or orange a tight fluffy,sticky white head atop leaving a sheet of lace as it settled slowly.The Belgo-American influences in this brew really show thru in the nose,a Belgian yeasty slightly smokey and tropical fruity notes really show thru upfront and then a real noticable floral and sharp American hop profile comes thru and really stands out very nice with equal billing to both.Wow complex to the hilt its sharp and spicey at one point and soft and fruity next,one thing is for sure the hops ring thru in a nice lingering finish.The Belgian yeast component upfront with its slight smokiness and spice just overpower or even come close to that everything just melds nicely,very well done.With more of the Excelsior brews coming in soo according to the rep at my local Consumers I will jump to get them for sure I am really looking forward to the Old Habit.
06-11-2007 22:08:09 | More by oberon
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
02-20-2011 23:49:44 | More by TMoney2591
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
Batch #E!005, poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a little faint but contains Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts, some spice and touches of hops and citrus.
T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of Belgian yeast & wheat. Some sweet flavors of citrus and spices follow along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings a little bit of balance. There's a slight alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a fairly good beer overall, but whether I'm looking for a Belgian-style, American-style or a wheat beer that's a combination thereof, there are definitely others that I would pick first.
05-10-2009 02:51:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
This is courtesy of PEBKAC, cheers Adam!
Batch E!008 pours an effervescent apricot/orange with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & lacing
S: A riot of orchard fruit, apple blossom, grainy notes
T: Pears, honey, a hint of dry apple cider & a bit of musty grain up front. A kiss of warming cider, then earthy apple skins, dry apricot, pears & honey as this warms,plus a touch of white grape. More white grape & some dirt in the finish along with semi puckery dry notes, cream of wheat ( detractor ), almost pulled a 4.5
MF Medium bodied, effervescent, grainy & warming
Drinks pretty nice, but the ABV & complexity of this do hinder me a bit. Loved the Franco-Belgian flair of this! Makes me think tripel
07-21-2009 04:43:20 | More by russpowell
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
11-12-2010 20:51:44 | More by drabmuh
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me on Mothers day -purchased at Capone's poured into tulip chilled.
The beer has a murky golden appearance with thick floaties of yeast particulate and substantial thick band of rocky cream capping. A thick ring of lace sticks. The smell starts tart with a light tropical aroma with subtle tangy mango and dry citrus rind w/ light grape-like odor and tart berry. The tangy feel is gently sour and has a warmth. The moderate bitterness seems at odds with the yeast and relatively highly carbonated body w/ mild sweetness and light spice. The tanginess of the yeast with some juicy tartness is also shadowed by the alcohol presence.
The feel which is astringent at times leads to the tangy acidic citrus combination of bretty funk and American hop accents. The fruity yeast is countered by an almost lime-like character from the bitter hops with mild pineapple/grapefruit flavors and mellow lemon tinge w/ yeast complexity present but the hops have mild grassy flavors that are somewhat fighting for the spotlight and there is a rind like flavor w/ funky dry yeastiness in the finish. The malt which is obivously doing its part for the beer is not over the top bitter, but it doesn't really contribute much to the flavor either. Overall I find this beer to be interesting and has nice brett and hop flavors, but the combination of yeasts and hops are leaving an unbalanced experience and the only real detracting thing is the alcohol becomes noticeable as you continue to drink.
05-11-2011 13:55:26 | More by Slatetank
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
I've been waiting for a good day to crack this monster, and after a loooong day of work, and getting my new Droid X tomorrow, perfect time.
A: A huge fluffy head rises up and fades semi quickly, but at 3 fingers it'll still take a while. The beer is a slightly hazy golden orange nectar colored.
N: Interesting, somewhat sweet, with almost a honey or nectar like aroma, sweet malts, lots of wheat to the point where the wheat itself is adding sweetness. Then some earthy bitter hops add a ESB style hoppy bitter aroma that is grassy, earthy and light. Then some yeasty aromas, even a touch of dry wild yeast slightly.
T: Sweet malts start, some fruits as well, apple, a little peach even, lots of wheat as well. Enough malts to make it sweet enough, but not overpowering. A very light booze warmth too. Some light dry wild yeast flavors, but not funky, just a saison like farmhouse. Some light pale hops too, little mild grassy and slightly earthy.
M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.
F: Somewhat bitter, not a lot, with touch of lingering spicy earthy grassy mild hops. Mostly dry on the finish, pretty dry in fact. A dry saison farmhouse finish that has a slight wheat finish as well, and some lingering stickiness like it was a memory left in the wake of the dryness. A little bit of the lingering fruit as well, but not a lot. There's also a touch of a booze lingering.
07-16-2010 02:01:00 | More by jlindros
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
05-12-2007 23:29:09 | More by WesWes
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden color with a hint of amber. There is a two finger fluffy white head that fades to a layer as I drink the beer.
Smell: There is a ton of spice from the yeast. Some sweet fruity notes, perhaps some banana. There is also a sour, acidic note at the end.
Taste: There is a strong flavor from the pale wheat malt right off the bat. From there I'm picking up a lot of spice from the yeast, and a fair amount of sourness. I like the sourness with the other flavors. There is also a fruity mildly sweet hint of banana. The finish is bitter and very crisp. Not a huge fan of the aftertaste, it's bitter, but not in a great way.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and a bit chewy. The carbonation is fairly delicate and on the mild side of medium. The finish is quite dry.
Overall: I like this beer, but the aftertaste kind of bugs me. I'm really glad I got to try it, and I thought it was quite interesting.
04-01-2011 01:47:36 | More by oline73
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
07-25-2008 01:54:19 | More by Gueuzedude
3.71/5 rDev -5.4%
750ml brown glass bottle with classy descriptive label and papered-over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired via a friend and served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado, at me annual Christmas tasting. Batch# E!043. 8% ABV confirmed.
Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Gushes upon opening.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours almost entirely foam/head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Decent consistency. Fluffy. Head retention is good - about 4-5 minutes.
Body colour is a hazy yellow-orange. Translucent. No floating yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it's a bit hazy for a pale wheat.
Sm: Wheat, farmhouse character (mainly yeast), clove, pale malt, pilsner malt, floral hop character, citrus zest, A bit starchy. Some biscuity Belgian yeast character.
A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Perfumey, soft, and airy.
T: Clove, pale malts, wheat, farmhouse yeast character, pale malts, pilsner malts, and floral hop character. Vague citrus zest. A biteen starchy. Biscuity Belgian character. Great balance. Build is cohesive - nearly gestalt. It's got a hint of sourness, which lends it some nuance. Very intricate for the style.
Above average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour.
No alcohol comes through.
Mf: "Bone-dry finish?" Sure. Smooth. Great presence on the palate. Perfect carbonation. Complements the flavour profile well. Nicely soft.
Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.
Dr: Extremely drinkable. Hides its ABV incredibly. I'd definitely buy it again. More great work from Ithaca. I'd recommend it to friends. Well worth trying. Really solid. I could easily kill more than one bottle in a night.
12-24-2013 03:40:18 | More by kojevergas
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
Pours a dark golden orange/yellow ripe banana color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger off-white, slightly yellowish frothy head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves a few chunks of soapy lacing behind.
Slightly funky, earthy aroma with a prominent crisp, light fruit character along with some earthy and citrus hops, honey, bready yeast, sugar and peppery spice. Hints of apple and pear add to the sweetness of the honey, sugar and citrus notes. There is a lot going on here and it smells like a hybrid of a few different styles.
On the fuller side of medium bodied with tight tickling carbonation up front that lingers over the creamy, yet sweet body into a long dry finish. There is a nice hoppy and spicy presence up front with hints of citrus fruit and earthy pine which is excellently balanced by a sweet crisp fruit character, slight alcohol heat and bready yeast. Hints of apple, pear, grape and banana along with some zesty peppery spice and coriander. Very complex and flavorful with a long dry finish that leave e craving another sip. The alcohol is very faintly evident but at 8% the ABV is excellently masked, making this beer dangerously drinkable. Excellent!
05-12-2010 06:47:18 | More by corby112
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.