White Gold | Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
3.92/5
402 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#6,495
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
402
pDev:
13.01%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
46
Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: At first the beer poured clear yellow in color with a high amount of carbonation; towards the end of the bottle the beer became cloudy with floating yeast particles and the amount of carbonation became reduced.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts, oranges, peppery spices and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the aroma along with some notes of apples. The beer has a very mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden.

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

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

High B

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle# 1508

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a fluffy head that drops quickly to a film but does leave a surprisingly interesting pattern of lace on the chalice

Smell: Spicy and yeasty, with lemon, white pepper, and clove elements

Taste: From the first, it tastes like an American wheat, but after a few seconds, it blossoms into a spicy concoction of yeasty and peppery wit-like element; after the swallow, the flavors are dry and spicy, with lemony hops as well as a lot of pepper, clove and coriander in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very interesting combination of flavors and it works reasonably well, even though it is not my cup of tea, so to speak

Thanks, BeerTruth, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty pale yellow color ale with a super huge foamy head with perfect retention and loads of lacing. Aroma consists of Brett and light sour notes with light dry floral ester. Taste is a complex mix between some nice wheat malt with loads of floral notes and some sour and light funky yeast from the Brett yeast strain. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This really hits a bunch of stuff I like in beers, i.e. wheat malt, dry hoppy notes and Brett. I would love to have access tot his on a regular basis.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, batch E!015(says copyright 2008 on the bottle). Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 2-3 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, lemon, apricot, earth, tart apple, herbal, wheat, bread, hay, and funk. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of grape, lemon, apricot, apple, herbal, coriander, earth, funk, grass, and hay. Lingering notes of grape, lemon, apricot, grass, hay, and herbal on the finish for a while. A lot of malty flavors with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial wheat ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. This has held up well for the age. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch E!025 shared by translucent

Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Wheat and spice. Orange peel. Lemon zest and spice.

Taste: Wheat, lemon citrus and some zest, spices, cloves, very light amount of earthy hops, and some Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Clean, smooth, and refreshing. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a tad dry.

Overall, a really easy drinking beer. I would like to have this around for the summer months.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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 oberon
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to Geist for pulling this out the other night at a tasting. I've wanted to try this one for awhile never but had never gotten around to acquiring one. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a nice mildly-hazed golden-straw color with a good white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Didn't really last long enough in my glass to appreciate how long the collar would last.

Nose carries great complexity with underlying notes of bready, biscuity malt and wheat combining to serve as a great base for notes of lemon, stone fruits, and plenty of citrus zest. A bit of spice in there as well. Flavor hits the same levels with the hops and yeast out front, though more so the hops. Good malt backing -- it's there providing depth and body but not too much flavor. The hops shine and fruit abounds. Really, really solid. Light, crisp body and a nice soothing bitterness throughout.

In short, each sip makes me want another even more. Well done, Ithaca, well done.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass. It poured a hazy orange color with an active, bubbly white head to it. The head settled down but left some pretty good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of wheat to it with a touch of sour and tart flavors coming through. A bit of the Belgian yeasty spice comes through as well.

The taste also shows just a bit of that sour, tart, wheat flavor to it. The yeasty spice comes out a little more in the taste compared to the aroma. It finishes with a little acidic sharpness mixed with more of the tart wheat flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being about average. Drinkability is pretty decent, it was a very interesting and unique beer. I liked the little bit of sour flavor to it, it gave the wheat a little something extra and different. It was pretty smooth overall and also pretty flavorful. A pretty good beer overall.

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White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 402 ratings
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