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
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44
For Trade:
2
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Photo of suspect
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch E!022. Purchased 12/10 directly from the brewery.

Poured from 750ml bottle to a Duvel tulip. Shortly after I poured, the beer foamed out of the bottle for probably 5 minutes!

A: Poured a very nice looking yellow-gold color with huge head that did not want to disappear. Reminded me slightly of the head of a Duvel pour. The appearance was probably one of the highlights of this beer.

S: Huge bouquet of wheat/sweet citrus/alcohol

T: Wheaty goodness followed by a lot of sweet and ending with a hint of alcohol.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with high carbonation. At least from the first pour. The second pour was so full of sediment that it was impossible not to chew the yeast.

D: Too sweet for my tastes and I had to drainpour the last 1/3 of the bottle due to the extreme sediment. To separate the first 2/3 of the bottle and second 1/3 of the bottle would be best but unfortunately, they were all in the same bottle. So close to being excellent but missed on so many points.

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. bottle poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Golden straw with a hazy cloudiness only allowing you to see steady carbonation rising to the top of a quickly fading white head.

S: Wild yeast, honey, granny smith apples, fresh chopped pears, with a floral aroma completing the complexities of this Belgian.

T: Slight funk with notes of honey and bitter hops on the back of the palate. Other than that the smell really led us to believe that we were about to drink a complex beer, but unfortunately was overall disappointing and rather bland.

M: Highly carbonated, smooth, refreshing, and light bodied.

D: Very easy to drink, but not diverse enough to keep our attention. Overall an okay beer, although we probably won't search it out again.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of selecter70
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited i grab this one up the other day, expecting some much more than it ended up being. This pale wheat with Franco-Belgian leanings & some nice brett-funk s=certainly looked the part. It poured a lovely cloudy pale yellow with good bubbles & a 1" white fluffy head, but little lacing. The aroma was nice, complex in its lemon, orange peel, white pepper & grassy herbal notes. The taste was crisp, medium bodied but meh in flavor. There were light notes of grainy yeast, sour hop edges & farm malts, but only if really paying attention. Overall, kinda bland for something so promising. I wouldn't turn it down, but I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased at a Wegmans in Elmira, NY. *sigh*

A- Pours a hazy gold/yellow with a huge creamy white head. Ridiculous lacing, and what appears to be TONS of carbonation.
S- Hmmm. Muddled fruity notes with a touch of farm. Slight citrus.
T- Fruity estery flavors from the start. Fairly sweet with lemons and citrus. Reminds me of a triple without the spicyness. Just a touch of tartness.
M- Medium body, prickly carbonation.
D- Meh. Something about the taste doesn't sit quite right with me. And the high abv starts to assert itself quickly.

Overall - White Gold confuses me. It's like a non-spicy triple, and I really don't get much or any of the wild yeasts the bottle claims. With that being said, it's still a good brew. Appearance is great, solid flavors

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Incredibly active beer. Bubbly, with a frothy white head that grows and will not dissipate. Almost annoying as far as head retention.

S: Lemon, pepper, grassy hops. Also a bit musty.

T: Interesting play of wheat malt and yeasty spice. Lemon translates from the nose, approaching tart but never really gets there. The finish is extremely dry, bitter sharpness, almost harsh.

M: Light, high carbonation

O: Interesting beer, good play on American and Belgian aspects. Unfortunately, the finish is disappointing.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch # E! 31 (not entirely sure where that puts it in terms of freshness, but I'll draw some rough conclusions below).

Probably off, no definitely off to have this beer in the American Pale Wheat style, they are definitely gunning for a sour beer with the potential to develop deeper or more pronounced sourness with time.

Appearance is hazy, wit beer look, slightly orange-yellow glowing hue, the head is fizzy white and dense to start but breaks with some moderate lacing on the glass wall.

Aroma seemed a bit muted, but my honker was not 100% on last night. Some sour cherry, granny smith apple, hay, mint, black tea, and traces of tart citrus. A bit of crisp tangy wheat surfaces after a few sniffs and sips.

The flavor profile was very contrasting, tangy and zesty hops, some tart wheat and citrus upfront, then a deep lasting finish that was very tart with lemon, granny smith apple and goat cheese.

I liked more the mouthfeel and what this beer was trying to do than the aroma and flavor characteristics. It has an intense flourish of both crispy bitterness and tangy sour. It finishes very dry and palate cleansing. The sour lingers a bit long.

I don't know how well this beer would develop over time as the hop character fades, I think it would drift into a deeply sour realm with little else, I like the initial balance effort and think this beer would probably be its best extremely fresh, my guess is this bottle is probably a few months old, not exactly a terribly old beer, but the hops and malt would play better I suspect.

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Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Gibby, thanks again!

From notes...

Pours a bright hazy gold color with a pretty nice bright white head.

Aromas are dusty and floral with some light Belgian yeast notes.

Taste is soft, with creamy sweetness up front. Beer then settles into some yeasty flavors and lemon zest. Finish is crisp, doughy, with a sugary and slightly bitter bite. Comes off to me as being while tasty, also kind of simple.

Mouthfeel is as mentioned soft also nicely carbonated.

Overall, a pretty nice refreshing and easy drinking beer. However, I was hoping for better when I read the description on the bottle.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of supercolter
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a good but quite odd brew.
Appearance was thick for an APWA, with a decent head and slight lacing. Smell and taste are pretty similar. Very spicy- almost holidayesc I taste a lot of black licorice like the spice Anise. There is peppery and lemony flavor/smell coming through as well. This mixes with some sweet malt, cookie flavor.
Mouthfeel is decent, nice carbonation and medium in body.
Drinkability is good but slightly hampered by the overabundance of licorice flavor.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow body with lots of fairly large floaties. Big, fluffy white head with lots of retention and some lacing. A great looking beer.

Lots of fruits and some biscuity yeast in the nose. A little bit of grassy hops.

Lots of fruits in this beer. Very sweet mandarin orange, apricot. Lots of wheat twang. A little boozy. Some biscuity malt. Taste like a strong belgian pale as much as an American Pale Wheat Ale.

A slighty boozy, creamy mouthfeel. Just average drinkability. Decent beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This uses trappist yeast and so there is a good argument to make it a Belgian style. The taste correlates more closely to an American pale. There is a bit fo sourness offset more by yeast than malting. It looks like an American pale wheat and the aroma is interesting because of the inclusion of brett, and Saaz hops. A good Summer beer.
Had again 2.5 years later on tap and found it astringent wheat.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from New Beer. Ommegang anniversary glass.

A cascade of brass finally settles with a couple dollops of eggshell head over a deep gold, slightly hazed body. Decanting not being my best skill, I drop more sediment into the bottle then I should of. Today's color is now peach. :P

The smell could use some work. Dusty & grassy, with some orange rind, lemon & Witbier strength alcohol & wheat.

Initial nectarine tartness. Fading, it gives into rindy grapefruit & bittergreens. Finish is bready & yeasty, maybe a touch peppery. Grassy peach, & big on yeast now that I fumbled on the pour. As is warms it turns into more of a soapy whit, a style that has never grown much on me.

Carbonation is alright. I sense a little menthol after a few pours. Dustier then I would of liked. Not too much trouble on the growler. By the glass, I could see coming back for another after running through a sampler.

Slightly better in the bottle, but what's left are old bottles...

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Photo of number1bum
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of baakabak
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Massive rocky white head that seems to linger for a dog's age. Pale straw body

Scent is damp hay, vinegar, lemon, and pine tar.

Taste is sour lemon and pale grains. Big Brett. Finishes very dry and a bit astringent.

Highly carbonated and very lively on the tongue.

For an $11 bomber there's not too much to be dissappointed over.
Though it lacks a bit of depth, it's very enjoyable and I'd certainly pick one up again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Part of Ithaca's new Excelsior! series of bold, hand-bottled, bottle-conditioned beers. Brewed as a Belgo-American Ale with domestic barley, French wheat malts, Saaz and Santiam hops and a Trappist ale yeast. This is bottle #78 from the April 2007 release.

This beer is cloudy and dirty blonde in color, with a fantastic pure white foam head that laces and sticks to the end. Hints of sugar, peppery alcohol and peach in the nose. Tight carbonation creams up on the palate, with a medium body beneath and some gritty grain tannins. Malts are bit one-dimensional, with a biscuity edge and lots of husky tannins. What stands out the most is the sweetness and the alcohol base, showing spicy and more peppery notes. There's some peach-like fruitiness going on, as well as a light leafy back, while hops come to play with herbal and floral characters here and there. Tannic and dry in the finish.

White Gold definitely defies today's style guidelines, which isn't a bad thing. It's basically a Belgian Tripel meets an American Wheat--it's good, but it could be great if it finished a bit cleaner and offered a bit more depth of malt.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy amber in color. Pours with half inch head good lacing. Nondescript smell. Strong taste of citrus which lasts throughout. Aftertaste is not bitter. Average drinkability. Slightly on the heavy side for the beer type. Suprisingly high abc of eight percent

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of crisp slightly creamy slightly rocky pure white head... Awesome retention that lasts througout... Bursting at the seams with swirling moderate-to-quick paced carbonation... The color is lemony golden yellow... An ever so slight haziness... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Sweet lemon... Grassy... Wheat... Some moderate yeasty notes... A bit musky... A very muted spice component... Perhaps even a bit of bubblegum...

T - Sweet candied lemon... A touch of vinegar... Pear... Apples from a canned fruit salad... Some wheat notes... A slight touch of spiciness... A slight hopiness rises on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Sticky... A surprising bit of tartness... Slightly creamy to start... Not much in the way of carbonation...

D - Starts of strong in terms of appearance and smell, but quickly works its way back to average... The taste is a bit of a muttled mess with some nice things going on but no clarity... The mouthfeel is also a bit odd as well... Overall the sum doesn't equal the parts... An interesting offering, but not one I would either recommend or seek out again...

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # E!012

A: pours a slightly hazy, yellowish-orange color
S: mild nose, a bit of hops and some funk
T: very refreshing, a smattering of malt some hops and funk and yeast to balance it out, decent beer, some Belgian traits are there but somewhat mild and very easy drinking, doesn't taste at all like an 8 % beer
M: very clean, mild
D: very drinkable, especially for a warm summer day
(low 80s in Milwaukee today)

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch E!008...Been looking to purchase this beer for a long time and finally bought it! Was super excited to try this. 750 ml bottle poured into my La Chouffe chalice

A-Beautiful, perfect appearance. Just what one would expect for a brew influenced by the witbier. Very cloudy, nearly opaque straw yellow body. Pours with a healthy 2-3 finger foamy white head that eventually fades to about 1 finger and has perfect retention leaving plenty of lacing behind in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the cloudiness is dynamic with minimal yeast sediment and the cloudiness whirling throughout the brew.

S- The nose is somewhat mild and generates more wheaty,grainy characteristics than anything else. There is a slight mustiness and earthiness to this wheat and a hint of phenols as well...but the spiciness is well hidden in the background underneath all of this.

T- Flavor is much like the aroma. Upfront is pretty mild and offers a slight peppery presence but the main character is a bready flavor that offers some earthy characters. Some soft hops come through for the finish as well as the slightest hint of phenols-but the bready yeast comes through more.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a light, somewhat thin, but pretty smooth, yeasty body.

D-This is a pretty good brew that is easy to drink. It drinks like a typical, sessionable wheat beer-so the ABV is very sneaky. This has a much milder, less exciting character than many of this style but is still a pretty good beer-actually-I split this with my mom and she loved it. Its a great, classic wheat beer that doesn't get wild or crazy in anyway except for ABV.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, E!012. Thanks to whichever BA brought this to the September tasting in Austin.

Cloudy goldenrod body with a creme-colored head. Fat bubbles quickly settle to a thin veil of foam. The aroma is quite simple given all that's gone into this beer--light wheat from the malts and a kiss of floral hops. A touch of funky earth and tartness suggests wild yeast, but Ithaca can do better (e.g., LeBleu, Brute, Old Habit Batch E!017).

The flavor takes the tartness up a notch, with a juicy, funky blast of orange peel and dry Brett. Wheat gets kicked aside, but manages to add a tasty balance of bread crust to the mix. White Gold finishes with a bone dry crispness--body is thin and well-carbonated. Overall, a unique beer to say the least, but probably not something I'd want to have again. Worth a try...

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Photo of jampics2
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour from Tony - thanks, man!

Huge head (as in this was creeping out of the bottle). Cloudy, nice looking beer.

Smell is really nice - tart wheat, clean yeast, and some fruity esters. Citrus and wild scents dominate.

Taste is good but a little underwhelming. Granny Smith apples, sweet and tart Belgian yeast esters, a touch of horseblanket, hops, mango, and coconut all make appearances. I love how this combines all these flavors, but it falls just a hair short of top grades.

Nice amount of body and GREAT carb on this one. Overall, it was nice, but I felt like it was just missing something (or maybe I was). A nice offering, but I'll take others from Ithaca over this any day.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third Ithaca I have had that comes in the large champaign bottles. I have had Brute, Ten, and this one is White Gold. Here is my review:

A: Initially, this one pours a nice, clear golden yellow. But once you get to the yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle, it makes the beer cloudy and opaque as it creates a lava lamp effect once poured. Head was a bright, white color and was quite large. It does dissipate rather quickly and leaves nice soapy lacing on the glass. One of the most unique looking beers I have seen I a while.

S: Smells very tart and fruity. Some green apple and maybe lemon. Some grain in the aroma as well.

T: The tartness carries over in the taste. Sour fruits like green apple, lemon, and maybe some honeydew in there as well. A slight vinegar component as well. I do not get much wheat in the taste. Pretty good overall though. Just a little lacking in complexity and character.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Almost champaign like.

D: Drinks very easily. Not something I could drink very often, but an enjoyable brew overall. Nothing harsh or off-putting about the beer at all.

Of the three Ithaca Excelsior! beers I have had, this one is my least favorite. It seemed a little lacking in complexity, but still is a very enjoyable beer. Definetly worth checking out, but if you have a choice, go with either Ten or Brute as they are superior brews overall.

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White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 400 ratings.
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