White Gold - Ithaca Beer Company
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3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
01-20-2011 04:20:09 | More by MbpBugeye
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer and the “Excelsior” beer line up. Also listed on the label is its abv (8%) and bottle number (E!015).
Appearance: The body has a glowing, deep yellow/orange color with a light haze and some fine yeast sediment. It built up a tall billowy head of foam that has great retention and makes for a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma hit me (in a good way) right from the pop of the cork. Pouring it into the glass I get loads of tangy wheat and yeast with tart green apple and pear like fruity notes. Hop note are there but very faint.
Taste/Palate: There are plenty of wonderful wheaty and yeasty notes within its solid medium to full body. It starts with a good base of wheaty maltiness with a just a slight touch citrusy lemon like tartness. From there it adds notes of white wine like grapes, a touch of dry alcohol, tart green apples, pear and some funky/sour dough like yeast. The finish has a dry hop spice character with a touch of citrus hops as well. It feels well carbonated and lively making it very drinkable.
Notes: Ithaca is bringing there A game with this wonderfully complex and very satisfying Belgian influenced Ale. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes American, Belgian, or German wheat ales.
05-13-2011 14:40:07 | More by generallee
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
08-26-2013 23:25:33 | More by WillCarrera
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
12-18-2007 22:46:34 | More by number1bum
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
05-28-2007 19:55:53 | More by MuddyFeet
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
05-26-2009 20:30:55 | More by cvstrickland
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
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
05-05-2011 21:13:22 | More by thain709
3.25/5 rDev -17.1%
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
01-05-2010 16:58:05 | More by mikereaser
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
08-28-2009 01:19:52 | More by asabreed
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
09-30-2012 19:08:41 | More by PicoPapa
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
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!
02-26-2009 03:06:20 | More by younger35
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
06-28-2009 15:38:44 | More by tai4ji2x
White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.