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White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

351 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 36 | 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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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from BeerTruth. Thanks buddy. Bottle #495.

Pours a hazy light golden color. A few bubbles rising to the top and a fizzy couple fingers of off-white head. Head recedes to a thin lace, doesn't leave much of any stick.

Smell is quite interesting. I get some light citrus notes, wheat, some sweet malt or maybe honey, and then Belgian yeasty aromas.

Taste is a bit of a diversion from the smell. Much drier, more bitter, with little sweetness. Rather than a sweet citrus flavor there is more like a tart lemon flavor. Ample noble hop bitterness, too, and some spice and yeast. Gets a touch sweeter when it warms, but remains mostly dry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drying, with appropriate carbonation.

This was an interesting brew for sure. It had some dry white wine-like characteristics it seemed to me, given the very low level of sweetness and the higher level of bitterness. Different for sure, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 22:46:34 | More by number1bum
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +2%

01-03-2012 19:49:18 | More by pixieskid
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, I forgot the batch number but it was the most recent, so late 2012-2013ish. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Lots of bread, wheat and a really nice fruitiness, which is light, lemon/peach and refreshing.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of light, bready wheat malt and peach, lemon fruitiness. Mild spice.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry.

O- A very tasty beer, easy to drink but with delicious, complex flavors. I was pleasantly surprised by this.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:25:33 | More by WillCarrera
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale yellow with a decent head. Head retention is minimal and minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Wheat, earthy, some citrus.

T: Clean and dry. Refreshing yet some body. Subtle hop flavor but mostly dominated by wheat flavor.

M: Light, yet has a bit of body.

O: Good brew for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 21:42:26 | More by Oakenator
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this bottle. From the bottle it is described as a strong pale wheat ale. Released April 2007 and it is bottle #497.

Poured an orange hued brown. Kind of looks like a dirty hefe in appearance. Thick white head that evaporatedto a thnner veneer. layered lace forms rings round the inside of the glass. Nose is mstly malty with some slight sweet tones coming from the wheat.

Flavor is surprisingly simple and slowly dominated by the alcohol. The Malts and wheat come out as sweet at first. Little bit of clove and jusr a slight hint of banana. Lots of pepper spices quickly followed by a slam to the tongue by the alcohol. Some green hops. Lighter body than I expected. Nice high ABV beer for the summer.

A tad undrinable thanks to the alcohol. This beer should be due for some aging in my opinion to mellow out the bite to it. A touch out of balance thanks to the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 19:55:53 | More by MuddyFeet
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-08-2013 21:44:36 | More by mikeburd1128
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!012; Thanks Lum!

The chilled Champagne-style bottle is decrowned with a hiss and when poured into my gold-rimmed goblet, Ithaca's White Gold glows pale golden in color. A grainy-bubbled bright white cap of foam dresses the drink, retaining as if it were a semisolid substance and affixing a fine sticky film of puffy lacing onto the sides of the Maredsous glass. The first few gentle pours from the bottle are quite clear; the closing ones are hazed a bit, but the brew is still quite bright and golden in color.

The smell is fermentedly fruity with a note of mushy, musky melons, a pitchforkful of damp hay, and a crisp, spicy splash of acidy citrus. The aroma is sweeter, fresher, and grassier as the drink warms.

The taste is zippy zinginess incarnate and is laced with steely Brett-funk and tangy wheat, all zapped clean by a super dry finish. As the encounter continues and the twang recedes a bit, green melon and a mild, honeylike note of lightly-toasted grainy sweetness gain prominence; the finish remains bleached-bony and Mojave dry.

The drink is crisp and quaffable with a firm medium body and spot-on Belgianesque carbonation. White Gold is my latest encounter with a representative brew from Ithaca's outstanding Excelsior! series, and this particular member of the family is every bit as impressive, damned tasty, and satisfying as the rest.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 20:30:55 | More by cvstrickland
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body was a darker golden with some cloudiness to it...the head was white and bubbly and fell to a spotty cap...there was some retention in the form of a bubbly ring...decent lacing was left

S - Lemon, yeast, Belgian spices...and when you inhale deep enough you can pick up some hops and a bit of sour funkiness

T - The beer starts off with some pale wheat malts...it's grainy up front and transitions into the yeast strain...with this yeast strain you can pick up some Belgian spice undertones...right in the middle is lemon rind and a slight sourness...there is a surprising piney hop finish

M - Medium bodied...moderate carbonation...the hops linger along with big notes of lemon rind

O - I was able to try this at Al's but I'm confused on the style...the only American part I found in this beer was the bright citrus tones and piney hops...there's a lot of Belgian yeast and spices along with the funk...but I found this to be rather enjoyable when first served...the Belgian notes came out as the beer warmed

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 21:13:22 | More by thain709
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ThatsThatDude

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-05-2014 22:36:40 | More by ThatsThatDude
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle on 8/7/09

A - pours a clear golden orange with a big 3 finger foam that stuck around for a long time

S - fruity citrus aroma, wheat and some funk

T - bready wheat taste up front with dried fruit coming through along with a bit of funk

M/D - very light & crisp, very drinkable but the flavor is lacking a little, i was definitely expecting more

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 16:58:05 | More by mikereaser
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-08-2013 14:37:36 | More by jklecko2
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 18:42:27 | More by thebouch01
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asabreed

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.6 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Nice design for the series.

Appearance: Peach-colored sparkly body with lots of bubbles, and a good soapy an frothy white head with spotty rings and clumps of stickiness and retention.

Smell: As it warms, which is when this should really be consumed, it ends up smelling like a Belgian golden infused with vanilla and tropical fruit esters, mostly tropical and pineapple-esque. A bit of funk and softness and creaminess is also there. More Belgian than anything, but I like how it uses the American hop varieties, which adds good citrus and estery aromas.

Taste: This is certainly a weird experiment in some ways, yet it also makes sense I think. There's a bit of mild earthy funk from the wild yeast. But mostly it's like a hopped-up and hyper-estery Belgian golden, with tropical flavors of mango, pineapple, and creamy coconut-esque vanilla. The softness of the wheat seems to give it some depth and nuance, as this is a very balanced and soft beer, yet it remains extremely flavorful. I wouldn't call it, as they do, a bone dry finish, as some sweetness still remains. But the hops do a nice job adding some of the bitterness to quell and possibility of too much sweetness involved.

Mouthfeel: Good and medium to heavy-bodied and very creamy with a weird and awesome crispness.

Drinkability: A bit pricey at around $10, but I liked the experimentation and all they tried to do with this. It's a different beer, which melds many types of flavors well, into a flavorful and crisp and good for the end of summer brew as the cold moves in. Looking forward to more in the series as I can find them.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:19:52 | More by asabreed
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SLeffler27

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-18-2012 05:50:11 | More by SLeffler27
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-23-2013 13:45:32 | More by Eriktheipaman
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younger35

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this from BeerTruth because he does what I tell him. This has been sitting in the fridge waiting for the right time to be popped. Tonight is it! Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Batch E!012

Appearance- Pours a very pale yellow with a slight bit of haze and a HUGE 3 plus finger bright white head, even with a gentle pour. The cap remains strong the entire beer as does the thick white collar. Loads and loads of lacing is left behind leaving crazy thick patterns of fluff.
Smell- Quite grainy and malty the wheat is somewhat honey like and slightly earthy. It has that sort of grainy like sweetness that is in some New Glarus brews from there use of corn. Somewhat musty and spicy with slight candied orange like scent from the hops. It's not fruity, just fresh and nice. The yeast is a bit more prominent than I was expecting as well.
Taste- Starts with a rather spicy bang that is smooth and has tinges of something that reminds me of vanilla. Slightly sweet it's a mix of a sort of earthy wheat that is raw and grainy and a doughy sort of malt that adds a bit of smooth caramel. The yeast is somewhat wit like as is the entire beer after the first sip. Some orange peel, candied ginger and even some coriander. The wit idea is quickly forgotten though as the hops are nice and citrusy. Not bitter really, just tart and lemony. The beer really is confusing.
Mouthfeel- Fairly creamy and full the carbonation is very aggressive, yet smooth. The beer isn't exactly dry but it's close.
Drinkability- This brew is a serious change of pace. I really liked it from the first sip and the last sip was pretty damned good too. I'm not sure what else to say about it really! Just plain good stuff, thanks Adam!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:06:20 | More by younger35
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cap. batch# E!008

tasted in late april/early may 2009. poured into shaped pint glass.

golden honey color. gem clear pours at first, but with the yeast swirled in later, it's very hazy and full of chunks and floaters, although they do quickly settle at the bottom of the glass. fluffy, 2-finger head forms even w/o the yeast swirled in. eventually this fades to just wisps and ring. continuous curtain of lace.

aroma: fruity esters of apple, pear and a hint of banana. hints of lemon, citrus zest, floral herbs, touch of spice, hay, bready malts and yeastiness, all matched with a nice noticeable yet "clean" brett-like funk.

taste: starts out with similar fruitiness, then quickly dries out with crisp yet mild acidity, bitterness and leathery/woody brett character. more dried citrus peel and spice, all with underlying bread and malt.

light to medium body, quite smooth with just touch of astringency in the finish, drying things out. refreshing, tingly, moderate carbonation.

quite interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 15:38:44 | More by tai4ji2x
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-14-2011 21:28:27 | More by starrdogg
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a translucent amber color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. Aromas of bread, orange peel, lemon, and bitterness. Hard to pick up on too much since the smell is pretty faint. Taste is of orange peel, lemon, apple, bread and some hop bitterness. Bitter orange and lemon peel finish. Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Good alcohol presence. This is a style I'm luke warm on, but this is a solid Wheat. Overall, worth having again for certain.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 19:08:41 | More by PicoPapa
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

06-02-2013 22:38:46 | More by Janeinma
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

06-24-2014 16:13:43 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-09-2014 23:28:23 | More by siege06nd
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given my normal antipathy toward Ithaca, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

Pours a clear yellow with a thin head and slight lacing. The aroma is persimmony, with the familiar sting of Pilsener malt with maybe a little floral hops in there somewhere. The flavor is sweet, pineapply, with a hint of white grape. It has a wheaty finish with a thin but refreshing mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 00:58:50 | More by Seanibus
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:06:40 | More by craytonic
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jjayjaye

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a HUGE foamy white head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty pattern of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is bright; lemon, pepper and classic wheat malt fragrances. Visible effervescent, the first pour is almost champagne-like with lighter-medium body. Full flavored, the taste matches the nose and is complemented nicely by the textures. Tangy and slightly tart; on the dry side while the brightness lingers appropriately. Very refreshing and a really nice drinker. The 8% ABV is well integrated in the swallow, yet warms slightly on the way down. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 16:19:03 | More by jjayjaye
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.