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 albern
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly complex beer and well worth seeking out. It is a bit of a cross between a Belgian pale/trippel and an American pale, encompassing the best of both. The beer pours a fairly hazy golden color with a fizzy somewhat creamy head that retains. The aroma is quite pungent and contains all the usual suspects: honey, clove, florals, orange zest, lemon citrus, spices, some Belgian yeastiness as well.

The taste is in line with the aroma but add some mustiness, a bit more apple, perhaps some ginger buried deep within, the typical Belgian like candied sugars and yeastiness, and perhaps a little oakiness that plays off well with the spices. There is a bit of peppery spice in the finish. The other spices are in the clove and coriander family. As the beer settles, the spices recede a bit and the orangey citrus becomes more pronounced along with more wheatiness.

The beer is quite carbonated and very complex. This is the type of beer that is a pleasure to review because it changes in subtle ways with each drink. The beer does have a high ABV which does leave a bit of a throaty aftertaste. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E! 005; Sampled July 2008
A regular pour produces two-fingers of frothy, off-white colored head. The beer is a hazed, pale honey color that shows an orange tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has quite a lot of fermentation character to it; lightly musty, an earthy spice note, light notes of distinct candied orange zest, a spicy ginger & pepper, some fruity esters of pear, plum and aromatic apple as well as a lightly herbal flower nectar note. The grain aromatics come through pretty well to with notes of grassy wheat, honey like malt and saltine cracker aromatics. This is quite aromatic and I like how the honey like sweetness offsets the spicy note.

Quite spicy tasting up front with a peppery bite that is coupled with earthy, musty phenolics and some ginger notes that are accentuated by a honey-like malt sweetness that just barely kisses the palate. Quite grain like with notes of wheat and pale malt; cracker notes, a touch of dough-like breadiness, and some biscuit flavors are each noticeable. Somehow the malt has a slight candied note to it, without really being sweet; sort of caramel like, though very much in the background, I wonder if this is a touch of oxidation that is bringing this out. The finish has a certain bite to it that is a combination of a hop bitterness, a sort of herbal note, some spicy higher alcohols and a spicy floral type thing. Pretty quaffable, though it is not light bodied, instead there is a light-medium fullness to his that just sticks to the palate.

There is not much in the way of distinctly Brettanomyces derived flavors here, though they could be influencing the musty, earthy aspects of this beer (though this could just as likely be from a characterful Saccharomyces strain). This is a tasty beer though that is a pleasure to drink. The aroma comes off a bit more intriguingly than the taste, but only just.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring from the 25 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Pours a golden honey yellow, with a very thin white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Looks super carbonated.

Fruity and yeasty aroma. Citrus in there too.

Very unique taste here. Starts like a typical Belgian, but the yeast begins mixing it up with some orange zest and spice flavors. This makes it interesting, because it seems to lighten it up.

The mouthfeel separates it from the crowd. Surprisingly full for a lighter colored brew. The carbonation is there from beginning to end, and the finish seals the deal.

This beer finishes like nothing I've had before. It almost seems as if someone has taken a decent Belgian, and combined it with a glass of champagne. If it tasted more like Orange Juice, it would remind me of Christmas morning. Very dry finish also does well to disguise the 8% abv. This is a very well made beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750 into Ommegang chalice...

Very nice natural honey color. Thin in width yet dense, soap bubble head with oderate staying power. Sparse visible carbonation at first glance.

Mild spice profile with yeast and wheat electricity. Slight vanilla and oak tones with a little bit of coriander. More mellow than expected; with warmth mild citrus zest, even a little melon, emerge.

Moderate yeasty tones with a nice, heavy wheat electricity. Stewed malt taste is comforting with spice and zest notes. Potent yet subtle.

Even-keeled, full-flavor yet comforting mouthfeel. All working in tandem/balance. No aftertaste...deep, spiced, almost herbal finish.

This gets better and better with warmth. Maybe it doesn't blow the doors off with overabundance of ingredients but this is very comforting, well-rounded and enjoyable while being quite easy to drink.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice opaque golden color. There is a good amount of carbonation with a thick white head, that has good retention.
Smell has a strong wheat smell to it. A big smell of biscuit and wheat that is followed by a very subdued lemon citrus smell.
Taste is much stronger than the smell of this beer. Great wheat tastes to this from beginning to end. A good natural lemon bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is very good on this beer. There is a good thickness which makes the beer very smooth, despite the nice sharp bite to the lemon wheat taste.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. Very smooth and balanced wheat beer that is incredibly refreshing on a warm day. Also, has enough taste that it never gets boring. I would recommend to anyone during a nice day.

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Photo of GREGER
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass, nice one inch head. Nice gold color with a little cloudiness. The wild yeast hasn't had time yet to do their thing, this beer would definitely evolve with a little aging. That being said this is very drinkable now with a very dry finish. Overall very nice.

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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 hoppymeal
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy gold color, plenty of sediment here, a good size bright white head slowly recedes. Aroma is some nice lemon and orange citrus, perfumy floral aroma, spicey and yeasty, wheat is evident as well in the aroma but is fairly subdued. Taste shows a nice mixture of soft and sweet nutty wheat along with some good citrus notes. Honey sweetness as well. Spicy and crisp towards the finish with a dry grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, soft feel up front followed by a good tingle of spiciness on the tongue, a little alcohol warmth in the drying hoppy finish. A good beer for sure would love a little more body but overall a refreshing yet potent wheat. Thanks to Adam for the opportunity.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

The label says Batch E!005 and it pours from the 750ml beige(?) foil(?) caped bottle a hazy straw gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam and what looks like a lot of carbonation. It turns from hazy to cloudy with subsequent pours and that's what I was looking for.

The smell is nice and spicy! Loads of cloves and pepper along with a god lemony nose. Judging from the smell, I think this one is going to be good.

The taste is very peppery up front with the clove and lemon I mentioned in the nose. Yum. I like how the lemon works so well with the spices..no over powering from either direction, just a real harmony going on here and that makes it oh so drinkable...8%abv????..you gotta be kidding me! Very very well hidden!

The more I sip, the more I notice the fine yeasty wheat flavour that kicks this brew up a few notches in complexity. And, despite how bubbly it looks in the glass, the carbonation is at a respectable light to medium light level and again, that works for me. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel for the style for me. This is truly a fine drinking experience and I'm further impressed with Ithaca Brewing's craftmanship. Btw, head retention is awesome and there's a lot of sticky lacing. I just thought you needed to know that. ;^)

Bottom line: This is about as close to perfection in the style that I'm probably ever going find so...let the scores fall where they may. Wonderful drop!

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Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from my BA bro, the one and only BeerTruth.

Bottle number 1551.

A: Pours a golden straw yellow color with a nice big fluffy head. The head quickly recedes but does leave behind some patches of lacing. The last pour yielded the yeasty floaties, Yum!

S:: Ah nice Belgian aromas. Nice spices like black pepper and clove with hints of Belgian yeast. Tons of fresh citrus with mostly lemon rind but a hint of lime as well.

T: Ahh right from the start, very Belgian and very nice. Tons of nice bready yeast flavors with a big spicy character. Fresh cracked pepper and clove can be noted right from the start. The lemon comes on next and semms to linger a bit before a bit of bananna comes in. The spices come back in the finish and linger and linger.

M: Light in body with ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, wish I had passed on the Hopslam before I started this one.

Overall: A wonderful example of the style and one that Ithaca should be proud of. It is part of their Exclesior series, and let me say it is for good reason!

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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 Rudgers73
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #784.

Served in the Sam Adams pint. Decent bright white head. About 1/2 inch tall. Slightly cloudy, bright yellowish-gold in color. Active carbonation. The smell is sweet and fresh. Slight wheat aroma, orange peels. The taste is really flavorful. Strong orange peel and bittersweet lemon and hop fusion. Quenching, smooth, and well balanced. I liked this one quite a bit.

Finally something a little higher class from Ithaca. Keep these beers coming.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 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 weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for breaking this open. Bottle # 1803...
Appears a hazy, light yellow with a small, white head that quickly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh wheat, straw, and yeast, along with some citrus and herbs.
Taste echoes the aromas with an herbal, spiced citrus flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yesty, citrusy, with a dry finish.

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Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bottle #466 released April 2007. Poured into a weizen glass, the beer forms an enormous 4 finger head. Color is part honey part sparkling apple juice. Really fluffy white head leaves lots of lacing.

S: Overripe apple, sweet malt, booziness, honey.

T: Smooth wheat flavors but more apple than banana. Floral hoppiness, a bit tangy. Nice warm and sweet finish.

M: Stellar carbonation and lots of wheat make this extremely smooth and drinkable. Cool brew, thanks to BeerTruth for sending it to me.

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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 zdk9
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer with unique orange and boozy flavors accentuated by a sharper carbonation.

A- Pours out a bright clear orange with a finger of lightly whipped head. Medium strong lacing sticks to the sides of my snifter.

S- Starting out there is a strong whiff of manderine orange, as if I'm smelling the syrup out of a can of oranges. As the beer warms more flavors of bannana, spicy wheat, and strong whiskey alcohol come out.

T- Orange and sweet lemon tastes are apparent all through the mouth. A touch of dryer light wheat maltiness pervades this on the sides of the tongue. And in the aftertaste stronger refined alcohol tastes preval. Up until the whiskey notes this reminds me of a stronger, tastier Oberon, but then it opens up into something even more complex.

M- Carbonation is somewhat sharp I would say, but in an odd way. It's as if there are a million very very tiny bubbles attacking my tongue, rather than a few larger ones. Light going down the throat and not particularly creamy.

D- The taste and smell of this beer are fantastic and something I would love to try again. If I can only muster up the beer budget to make it down to IBC for another bottle.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle.

Clear yellow-gold color with a good amount of carbonation and a nice, white, fluffy head. Pretty good retention, too.

Aroma was sweet with malt and perhaps honey. I detected a bit of a "rotten apple" smell initially, but this faded almost entirely away rather quickly. Must be something about the yeast - this smell was quite distracting in the IPAbbey.

Taste was light, sweet with malt and a little yeastiness. A bit tangy in the middle and finished nicely with a slight hop presence that leaves a good, balanced aftertaste.

Medium-light body and mouthfeel. Smooth and very drinkable.

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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 shirfan
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #845

Slightly cloudy golden with a one-finger retentive layer of snow white foam.

Aroma is herbal, musty, spicy. Green plantain mingles with a sea salt and pepper aroma, perhaps some corriander. Mild floral perfume scents something like moisturizer.

Taste is more complex than the aroma -- caramelized apple, dandelion, sour underripe cherry. Leafy hops lurk in the background, but there is a world of unusual flavor going on in front of them. Moderate sweetness keeps things more mysterious than a cloying, candi sugar enhanced brew would.

Has some aspects of a farmhouse saison, an abbey ale, and an american wheat rolled into one fantastic combination. My review does little justice to the depth of this brew, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #144

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity zest and slight coriander aroma. The taste is good. It has a dry earthy flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity with a wheat malt edge. It's crisp and refreshing; a nice spring brew. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting brew and a welcome change from the regular lineup. Keep up the good work.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 1 Pint 9.4 FL OZ. into my Excelsior! tulip glass.

Released: Apr 07 Bottle# 114

Another one of Ithaca's beers released in their Excelsior! series. The White Gold bottle claims to be a Strong Pale Wheat Ale. A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Saaz and Santiam hops and an authetic Trappist Ale Yeast.

So here goes! Pours a murky straw color with a white fluffy head that dies down to almost nothing soon after pour. Lacing is somewhat spotty, here and there on the glass. Smell is that of mild banana with a hint of lemon/lime peels. I also detected a bit of honey that tickles the nose once and a while. Taste is very much the same as the odor, but the banana flavor is hardly present. More of a hoppy citrus flavor than a wheaty malt taste. I think the "Strong Pale" shines more in the flavor of the brew while the "Wheat Ale" is more powerful in the smell. Mouthfeel is quite dry, but not overly dry. Carbonation is just about nothing to the eye, but is very present on the tougne. Very clean going down. The balance in this brew is just about perfect. I love the drinkability of this brew. Perfect for a warm summer day with the grill cookin'. Pick this one up for sure, as well as the IPAbbey when and if you can make it to the Ithaca area. Good work once again Chief and the Ithaca Beer Co. Crew!

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