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White Gold | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

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

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Photo of Corkpuller
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The current release of White Gold (E!40) should not be confused with the prior beers of the same name. The new bottling is a compete departure from the prior releases. It is fermented clean with traditional ale yeasts and lacks the Brett infection of prior years. It also seems to have been fermented at cooler temperatures as the esters are much more reserved. Additionally it is quite hoppy. White Gold still has it's characteristic balance and texture, but that is the end of the commonalities.

Unsuspecting fans of the old White Gold are in for a surprise and maybe a bit of disappointment. Still a tasty beer, but very very different.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

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


A: Very obviously highly carbonated with a gigantic glass filling fluffy off-white head. This will take a few pours to get a glassful. Foam starts creeping out of the bottle as well. Frothy, whipped head sits on a peachy/orangey golden with plenty of haze & steady clouds of small bubbles that quickly rise to the head, bounce off, & cascade back down. Head turns rocky with greate retention and gobs of amazing lace. Gorgeous. Second half of bottle is cloudy but still glowing golden.

S: Slightly tart lemon on the surface with some sweeter stone fruit deeper down and touches of juicy orange/tangerine and a fair bit of tropical fruit mix that is focused on pineapple. Fruity citrus blends into rind & herbal & softly spicey hop character. Earthy yeast with a hint of funk and more tartness. Just noticeable dry & grainy malt with touches of biscuit, toasty grain, and a kiss of candi pils sweetness.

T: Like the nose, but less fruity and more robust, burly, and earthy / funky. Opens with lemon tartness, citrus rind, & a hint of juicier fruit (apricot / pineapple / & white grape skin) and a hint of pils malt sweetness. A touch of dry & toasty biscuit appears as the softer notes fade, and then gives way as well when lemon, ring, & tartness return with strength. Fairly firm bitterness is present as spicy, herbal, & earthy hop character joins the fray. Mild phenolics as well. Earthy note gets a bit funky &peppery in the finish with a hint of barnyard. Gets more orangey and spicy as it warms.

M: This might actually be medium body, but with the plentiful and active carbonation, and the tart and slightly acidic bit, it seems lighter. It appears to have some residual sugars and opens juicy. Then the bit of pucker come in and leads to a rustic drying finish – bite, effervescence, & acid/tartness forward – and earthy spice at the back. Quenching and cleansing.

D: Eclectic blend of style components is what this one is, but it all blends super well and is very appealing. Franco-Belgian-American-wit-wild-triple-saison-BPA-APA-APWA. . . . WTF, this is just nice stuff.

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

750ml bottle that I acquired via a trade a few months back. I had been waiting it try this one and decided on it last night with dinner. Served at cellar temp into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 08/04/2008.

The pour was very nice, with a very bright golden yellow coming forward right away. Lots of haze in here and a fair amount of sediment as well. A huge, billowing head of white foam that reached a height of three inches then formed over the top and took what seemed like forever to settle down, but when it eventually did it left behind tons of lace in its wake. Rich side glass contribution and a good amount of carbonation as well, very solid looking here for sure.

The aroma was very nice, light, with a predominance of hoppy tones in it. Light grain and yeast as well as some touches of grass and light fruit aromas, but mostly wheat in here. The flavor was more of the same, very good, with a tight, crisp and clean profile that was very easy to drink. Nice carbonation kept the overall feel very light and airy and kept the alcohol well hidden in the profile. Started with a roll of light grain, some lemon zest and a touch of grass then morphed it into a nice light peach flavor that came across well blended and served up well with the profile.

Overall very nice with a light dry finish and an easy drinking for an 8% beer. This was not my favorite of the series, but I truly cannot say a bad thing about it. The light citrus hop taste was a nice added touch to it and really brought the whole thing together. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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

On-tap at Barcade in Williamsburg. Having tried my first Ithaca beer (Flower Power) earlier in the week, and being amazingly impressed by it, I was keen to try others.

Pours a hazed golden colour, bright and lively. Head is fine and white although small. Chaotic, but rather refined lacing. Fine light body. Looks really good.

Nose is crisp, but round. Some sharp, leafy aromas, a little citrus and a touch of pepper. Although the yeast profile is subtle, I do get a whiff of some of those round Belgian esters that suggest a traditional witbier yeast might have been used. Not bad.

Taste is smooth, but laced with pepper and phenols. Vanilla wafer characters come through, with a good dollop of earthy bitterness. Hint of booze and astringency. Some faint esters of coconut and a hint of wood. Deel is smooth, but light. Not bad.

Pretty decent all up. Smooth and drinkable, but with plenty of character. Not on par with the awesomeness of Flower Power, but another very solid brew from Ithaca.

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Photo of jjayjaye
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.

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Photo of younger35
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!

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Photo of lovindahops
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pull a white gold out of the cellar.

A- floaties galore in this hazy dark orange of a brew. Marshmallow frosting head of foam with lacing all of the edges.

S- massive bready yeast with zest and herbal spices. Lemon and almost a grains of paradise scent.

T- good Belgian taste with spicy, fruity hops. Musty and somewhat dry on the finish

M- good creamy flavor with strong carbonation

O- an enjoyable cross between a Belgian style and wheat ale. Glad I have another one down stairs

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Photo of codewarrior
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL Poured into a Balloon. Bottle reads Batch# E!025.

This is my second bottle of White Gold, which to my mind is pretty close to the title beer. One of my favorite wheat beers, and one of the fruitier beers I've had in general. Always goes great with a meal.

L: Cloudy, hay-colored with inches of sea-foam head. Looks pretty good as far as these things go, unfiltered and tasty.

S: Smells like it looks, hazy, with hints of grape in back and wheat on-top of wheat up front. Slightest touch of funk from the yeast swirled into the pour.

T: Cutting fresh what up front, cut by a layer of funk. Finish gives way to grapes with a bubbly lingering wheat-sweet.

F: Perfectly carbonated, light and crisp. Great feel here.

D: Easy drinking and complex for what it is, without stepping too far outside the constraints of a simple wheat beer. I'm a fan.

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4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A golden orange toned body has a bit of murky yeast in it as I like to pour the yeast into the glass, I waste nothing. Head is a creamy, rocky off white foam that leaves a wall of lace as it very slowly fades. Nose is an even mix of yeast and hops with some fruit rinds mashed in along the way. Enters the mouth very carbonated and champagne like. Crisp and yeasty with nice soft fruit tones that lean more on the citrus side. Hops do show up slightly on the end of the palate to add a nice bit of balance. There is really nothing not to like with this beer. Mouthfeel is very accessible. This beer could easily be called sessional if it weren't 8% alcohol. A truely perfectly drinkable beer.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a very attractive hazy gold with an ivory head. Smell is of tangy sourdough bread. Taste opens with an orangey-citrus punch and finishes with sour cherry/lemon and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is good; it's pleasantly carbonated. Overall, a very nice beer. It's big and assertive and not very subtle, but it's not trying to be. A good summer time beer.

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Photo of mmercede
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Cloudy golden yellow with a frothy head settling to 1/4". Modest lacing around the glass. Very nice.

S: berliner weis like citrus notes. grapefruit, lime, orange, tangerine...Not much detectable funk. Very clean.

T: Great Citrus notes with a medium sweetness. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon, lime. Citrus zest and lactic notes throughout. A nice wheaty body with refreshing grain flavors. I think the flavor could be a bit dryer. I wonder what some age would do.

M: Medium body with delicate carbonation. Perfect for the style in my opinion.

O: A great beer with sour characteristics which are very well balanced. A great deal at $10 a 750ml. This was my second bottle and I will definitely get some more.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

750mL bottle, batch E!031

Pours a cloudy, golden body with 3 fingers of egg white head falls to a cap that lingers throughout consumption. Nose is mostly grass and other earth tones, as well as tart citrus (lemon). Lots of tart lemon, grass, wheat malt, Belgian yeast, even a little funk to this offering. Big and bold for a Pale Wheat Ale, and also fairly dry. Lighter bodied and a nice dose of carbonation gives a solid mouthfeel. An overall refreshing offering from Ithaca.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

Batch E!035

A-Cloudy yellow, extremly carbonated but no lacing is left.

S-Lemons, citrus and some sourness.

T-Light and lemony. Some tartness from the wild yeast. There seems like some bitterness is there but not much.

M-Light and VERY carbonated.

O-Yet another great beer from IBC. Wasn't expecting the mild tartness but it was a pleasent suprise and twist on the American Pale Wheat Ale

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4/5  rDev +2%

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