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White Gold | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by BeerTruth on 04-23-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
400
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
18.69%
 
 
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50
Gots:
44
For Trade:
2
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Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of pheuker75
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: golden brown with a large white foamy head; pouring bottle completely releases the residual yeast that is a bit bitter
S: classic wheat beer smell with some sour notes; very pleasant and refreshing
T: some citrus, funky Brett, and pear; no singing aftertaste
F: tight carbonation with full mouthfeel that finishes clean

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Photo of tayner
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, batch E!005

golden yellow, white frothy head, good lacing, lots of active carbonation

smell is a bit of bready belgian yeast, spicy hops, and abit of husky wheat

upfront I get sweet american hops, then a bready belgian yeast, overall flavors are a bit muted but well balanced... like a blend of belgian american wheat

perfect carbonation for mouthfeel, maybe a bit dry, but midpalate is creamy

drinkable for a wheat beer since wheats are not my favorite style. having it meshed with an american ale (which I would swear had some belgian yeast in it as well) made it drinkable. would pair well with a garlic and olive oil pasta pretty nicely.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

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!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Batch # E008 w/cream colored foil wrapping. Poured into 16oz. Stella glass

A lightly hazy orange-hued gold color, tons of fine bubbles and obvious lively yeasty beasties! A 2" thick and foamy, pure white head, wonderful retention with some slightly lacy run-off.

The aroma is very nice, deep red fruits like; strawberries, mandarin orange and kiwi's, slight honey-dew mellon with a balance of hearty wheat and dry summer wheat fields. The three varieties of of yeast really makes this a solid aroma. spicey, soft heat and slightly fruity.

A light wheat malt brew with hot cinnemon and ginger crispness is the first impression. The wonderfully complex yeast(S) gives many authentic Belgian Brews a run for the money in complexity. The yeast has a robust, wild flavor with lots of earthiness and succulant fruits. The depth of the yeast and hops is really bold, the light wheat malt adds just the right balance. This is one of my favorite yeast flavor's without being from an Abbey. The American, English and wild yeast adds up to IMPRESSIVE. A crisp, zippy feel and slightly dry. you can taste the wild variety in the finish most. Heat is well hidden but effective. The buzz is rather intense so don't let this one fool you!

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Ithaca brewery last month.

A- Beautiful golden orange pour with a huge three finger puffy white head that leaves a ton of lacing as is slowly fades away! Really nice carbonation and I love the floaties in this one!

S- Sour Lemon, kumquats, crazy wild yeastiness, pale wheat, a touch of banana, and cloves. Has some wild grassiness, wet hay... but mostly dominated by the lemony citrus bomb and the wild yeast.

T- Holy pucker!!! Nice spicey and sour punch! The banana and clove in the yeast hang back and let the wet hay and horse shit breathe a little bit. Lemongrass, kumquat, lemon rind, orange zest, and white grape juice. Very clean and refreshing.

M- WOW! Really intense lemon and sour yeast! Not like a beer with lemon added, but just the way that citrus can be used as a palate cleanser. A touch of manure on the tongue, but it cleans up nicely with the bready wheat and citrus pop! So many different spices flow over the tongue after each sip... this is sooo cool!

O- I can't wait to try a bottle of this after a couple years in my cellar! This is not a style that I would usually rate this high, but this is fabulous! So damn much going on here. I will most certainly be grabbing a few more of these and spacing out the tasting times!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of ejeffer11
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle purchsed about 2 months ago at westmere beverage in albany.

beer is lively with a fast rising head that just about overflows the glass. pale straw appearance with a good waft of citrus/lemon. Mild sourness comes through with the first sip. Not overpoweringly tart, but extremely pleasant with the contrast of a wheat beer with the belgian influence. moutfeel is highly carbonated and the melding of the flavors work well together. Extremely refreshing and effervescent. People often ask about good intros to sours, and even though this is not identified as such, would certainly be a good one to cut your teeth on. I find it similar to some of the jolly pumpkins I have tried. An all around great summer beer and one I will revisit very soon.

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Photo of ziggy13
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A deep orange cloud engulfs the glass. Pours with a think whit ehead with excellent lacing.

S - Orange Peel, banana, and clove take over the nose. A slight peppery smell is also there. Candy sugar also present.

T - Tastes the same as it smells. Lots of orange flavors and finishes with that beautiful sweetness. Citrusy and gorgeous. Possibly some grapefruit. Ends sharply and dissipates with a dry sweetness.

M - Full, thick, rich, and creamy. That's the perfect way to describe it.

D - Excellent. Simply could have this one all night.

A great brew from Ithaca. Definitely a surprise at how good this one is. Really hides the 8% ABV. Fantastic. cheers!

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released Apr 07
Bottle #849

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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed in a hurry-- typed up from notes.

Pours a bright orangey hinted color with a 3 finger white frothy head. Smells of lemon peels, oranges, and slight apple notes.

Huge carbonation level.

Some spicy and sweet wheat notes amongst the aforementioned fruits. A crisp finish is refreshing and delicious.

The body is light and airy. I could finish this 750 ML bottle by myself with great ease!

This is really a great pale what ale. I would be happy to grab a 12 pack of this and stock my fridge-- sadly, it isn't available in small bottles, and even more sadly, it isn't available within 900 miles of where I live.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold with one inch head of white fluff. A slow retreat revealed some stringy lacework and a solid skim coat throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with ripe fruit, light bubblegum and cloves, yeast-dusted dough, and a hint of lemon.
A blend of peaches, bannana, mangoe, apricot, and yeasty esters.
Some faint pineapple skins and sugared orange segments round out the nose.

On the light side of medium bodied and creamy. A very rounded, soft mouthfeel indeed.

Tropical fruit, light malt, and clovey overtones start the palate. Peach fuzz, pineapple skins, and dried apricots mingle with twist of lemon zest, fresh cut hay, and peppery spice.

Finishes with soft fruit overtones, light malt, and yeasty goodness.

Very much Belgian in character, with light notes of Brett starting to come forward.
With cellaring the brett should step forward, but the fresh and fruity character will fade.

This one is damn tasty and way under the radar peeps!

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Photo of WellRested518
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a hazy yellow with a hefty, white head. Good retention.

A- Dandelion, Rose, synthetic rubber, papaya, & pineapple. A definite funk overshadows the crack of wheat.

T- Similar to the aroma with some medicinal-astringency. It seems slightly Mossaic here, with notes of B.O. & dank grass. I also get white wine, popping up in the form of stone fruits.

F- Dry, dry, dry. There's still a creaminess about this that separates it from straight-wild fermentations & a tang that keeps playin' that funky music.

O- This is exactly what it says it is.

Imo, the bro's need to re-review. This brew is solid.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ithaca Beer Company.

Pours a hazy, bright golden yellow. Visible carbonation, with some sediment floating towards the bottom. Large amount of head, 2-3 inches or so. Stays around for a while.

Nice, fresh clean aroma of apple, orange, honey, floral notes.

The taste is similar- lots of green apple, pear, wheat, flowers, honey sweetness, mild black pepper, some funk.

Light, crisp mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation. Alcohol is not present.

One of Ithaca's better new offerings. Loved it.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Delaney's in New Haven, CT. Served in a snifter.

A hazy straw/gold color with a one finger bone white head. A good amount of carbonation and a small amount of sticky lacing.

Spicy clove and white pepper, bubble gum, lemon, orange peel, and biscuity yeast.

Pepper and clove up front with the yeast and citrus flavors coming in to balance it all out. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Well-balanced is this beers middle name.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Body is a little heavier than it looks.

Drinks very well. Smooth and fulfilling all the way. This guy is a winner.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge huge huge bubbly head. Kind of fun, but a little excessive. My first pour was very clear with a golden hue, my second was hazy straw-colored. Smells of tart fruit, like plums and cherries, and a hint of malty musk. Begins with a bright snap on the front of your tongue, smooths out in the middle, and then bounces to a almost sour tang on the finish.

A bright beer with a certain funk that is intriguing. Zippy and smooth at the same time, which is a nice surprise.

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Photo of stimulus
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!025.
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Light spices and light hops.
T: Spices, flavorful hops, citrus, wheat, leading to a sweet finish.
M: Well carbonated, light bodied, crisp finish.
O: Wow, I wish this weren't so high in alcohol! It is dangerously drinkable, and the only reason I wouldn't buy it in bulk because of the high price tag and quick, yet unnoticeable, buzz from the high ABV.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer as part of a night of beer tasting. 750ml bottle E!047 batch. Claims to be a Belgian American Ale. Using French and American Malts, US Hops but with the kicker being Belgian, English and wild Yeast. This is ever so appearant when poured into a glass. Inches of foam appear unlike any American beer I have had. It paralells Duvel or a Belgian Quad with the amount of foam that lingers after the pour. Way more foam than actual liquid; which is something I happen to admire in a beer. The liquid hangs there as hazy unfiltered golden color. Herbal and fruit but definite unfiltered wheat characteristics.

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Photo of matthiasbrau
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sapsucker's, Huntington, NY. From notes 11/28/2012.

a: Pours a hazy gold color, almost two fingers of foam, lace all the way down as I slowly sip this heavenly elixir...

s: bright, lively, lemon-orange aroma

t: hop bitterness up front, orange peel, lemon, slight grain

m: medium mouthfeel, dry finish, lingering bitterness

o: excellent beer,interesting and complex. This is miles better than the bottle I tried a few months ago - can't remember the batch number - but which I suspect was a bit dated and mistreated by the retailer. This is worth seeking out if you are a fan of witbiers and grand crus. Not sure why IBC is releasing it so late in the year; this would be the perfect beer to crack open at dinner as another perfect summer day slips into memory. I've picked up and cellared two bottles of this current batch (#E!043) but I make no guarantees that they will be left untouched all winter!

Postscript 12/8/2012: Back at Sapsuckers once again, I'm happy to note that the IWG is still on tap and as tasty as 10 days ago.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a weizen glass, hazy gold beer with a head as-big-as-ya-want-it of white bubbly mousse foam

S: wheat, lemon, banana; subtle suggestions of herbal flowers and fresh air over grainy meadows

T: tart, fresh, refreshing; lots of wheat and lemon, supported by yeastiness and hops that bring to mind flowery meadows and fields of grain

M: light, crisp, and tingly - mouth puckering for but an instant, then a comforting wash of clean finish

O: what a great beer - well-executed pale wheat ale, like a crisp hefeweizen with a kick.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cellar temp bottle poured into a weizen glass. the beer pours mostly bright clear gold in color with some chunky white particles at the end of the pour. Thin tightly packed, creamy bleached white head foams up and remains as a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is citrusy lemon and wheat breadiness but also a bit of grassy hops.
First sip reveals a surprisingly light and refreshing body for an 8% abv brew. Flavor is sweet malt with some twangy wheat and light citrus notes. A little bit of general fruitiness.
No hint of ABV and the hops have disappeared as well.
A very drinkable and refreshing beer for a warm June day!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a Duvel tulip. Batch E!049

Pours a hazy, pale straw colored. Billowing head that reamins for the remainder of the session, but dies down into more of a soft, dense blanket of foam. Tiny bubbles can be seen around the edges of the opaque body.

Chardonnay grape must and ripe granny smith apples greet your nose with a touch of spicy yeast characteristics. A little bit of marmalade and fresh baked bread make up the malt profile of the nose. A subtle aroma of haystacks tease at the wild characteristics of this beer.

Opens with chardonnay-like flavors. Grape must, cantaloupe, and a hint of vanilla. A tingle of sourness and a hint of brett. Follows the nose to a T, but that is far from criticism.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit astringent and with a tickle from the carbonation on the tongue, with a dry finish.

A very pretty beer with great white wine like characteristics. This is more of a Saison or Beglain pale ale rather than an American Pale Wheat Ale. A beer I was very happy to try and had wanted to try for some time. I'd love to run into this one again, it did not disappoint.

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Photo of mjforres
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
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