White Gold | Ithaca Beer Company

very good
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White GoldWhite Gold

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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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 Vylo
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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 ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle share with psycohops. Poured into a pair of nonic pint glasses. The ale appears a hazed golden yellow color with a good inch or so of pillowy white head. Aromas and flavors are of lemon and orange peel, spicy yeast, a bit tart, toasted wheat, grassy. Crisp and bubbly with just about moderate carbonation. Decent stuff.

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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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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewing company this beer was a hazy golden color with a billowing, three-fingers-worth of lemon-tinted head. The retention was good, and the head became rocky over time, leaving sticky lacing. The aroma was of lemons, spicy hops, a little pepper with a slightly musty note of yeast. The flavors were fairly light for 8.5% but refreshing. Tart in a way similar to lemon zest further accentuated by the spiciness of Saaz hops with a background of earthy malt and a good presence of Belgian yeast. Nice wheat notes but more advanced than that. The mouthfeel was good, the carbonation appropriate and the body medium/light.

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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 ktrillionaire
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a very orange hue with creamy white froth and spotty lace. The carbonation is very active, and there is obvious sediment.

S - The aroma is comprised of an oak-lemon-zesty fusion rounded out by a little sour-dry malt and some grassy hop.

T - The taste is quite similar to the nose, with the addition of some light funk to the lemon zest. Not funk like wild bugs or Brett, but just more like musty earthiness. This brew says it is a "Rustic Wheat Ale," and it certainly is living up to the rustic part.

M - Lighter-bodied, quite effervescent, dry finish.

D - This is an interesting beer, fairly tasty, and quite refreshing. It is not phenomenal, however, as some of the Excelsior! Series are...

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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Batch E!005

Thanks goes out to Lum and BeerTruth for both sending me a bottle of this, thanks a lot guys! This big wheat beer fills my snifter with a hazy bright golden liquid. Carbonation bursts to the surface from a few areas along the glass. A clean white head of two fingers grew on the pour and became creamy as it settled to a thin cap and thick collar. Each drink leaves behind thick drink lines and patchy lacing.

The aroma is somewhat subtle and I really enjoy it for that reason. Notes of dusty yeast take this brew over and lead the way along with faint hints of sour milk (from the wheat) and dried pineapple. There's also a lot of spice complexity in the nose with white pepper, ginger and clove in that order of intensity. Citrus comes through ghost-like in the background as well. The aroma on this beer is deep and seemingly never ending.

A big wheat twang right upfront lays down the rich foundation for this beer. The dried pineapple and spiciness come across mid-palate. The same spices flash across the tongue that showed themselves in the nose. Wheat brings a touch of sourness that adds depth to the overall character of the beer. Candied orange peel and sugared grapefruit bring up the rear and even add a quick flash of bitterness. The flavor of this beer changes and is ever evolving as this beer opens up.

The mouthfeel on this beer is right where it should be. The moderate body leans toward the heavier side with a velvety smooth carbonation. There seems to be a little residue left from the wheat that, when combined with the dry finish, tweaks the tongue slightly.

This beer goes down incredibly easy considering the abv. As a matter of fact this 750 was gone before I had the chance to finish writing this review.

The spices and esters are kept in check enough to make this one excellent wheat beer. The complexity is huge and the flavors are stacked on top of each other perfectly. Thanks for the bottles Paul and Adam!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

I was at the brewery in April of 2007 and bought a few bottles and greedily drank them. From what I remember they had a nice hop bite. Picked this bottle up a little bit after at Half Time. Cellared since then.
750 bottle number 1469. One of the other bottles I drank was in the 170s.

A: Slightly cloudy golden color. Holding my Urthel weird glass up to the light reveals tons of delicious yeast at the bottom. Poured with a finger of white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Very tight nose on this beer. Hints of fruit and citrus. Some hints of the yeast. Little bit bready. Little bit musty as well.

T: The hops really toned down from the last time I had this. In their place is a nice fruity ale. Starts off with a nice subtle tartness. Citrus is in there somewhere but it is hard to pin down. The wheat is muted after a year as well.

M: Very nice. A little on the dry side towards the back but still nice. It walks a nice line between refreshing and satisfying if that makes sense.

D: More bottles! Seriously wish I had more. Good thing they are still making this. Glad I laid this one down. Don't know how much longer it will improve but time definitely changed this beer.

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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!008, an extra courtesy of jleblanc - many thanks! TEN and Old Habit are two my favorites, and so I'm stoked to try this one. Poured into a footed pilsner glass to augment the appearance of this one.

Appearance: Pours a hazed sunset orange, light hazy yellow to darker, hazier orange nearer the top, which is capped by a good two-fingers of foamy, white head that more "melts" than fades. This speaks largely to the consistency of the head - it's incredibly fine-bubbled, dense, almost like the cap on a root beer float. Once it does begin to recede - more due to the receding volume of liquid than the natural fading of the head - it leaves loads of sticky, sudsy lacing, full in places, stringy in others. This one looks incredibly well-carbonated, as well, full of incredibly fast streams of average-sized carbonation.

The lacing actually bears further mention. So I keep bottles. I save them. Bottles of rare beers, of beers I've tried that are particularly good, of beers that aren't distributed regularly in Virginia, of beers that I'm proud to have tried. One of these beers was the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. The KRE smelled so good, so amazingly incredibly, so decadent, so opulent that I didn't wash it out before putting it on my display shelf. I would occasionally walk by and indulge my olfactory, and would invite guests and relations to do likewise. One day, a good three or four months after I'd emptied the bottle of its contents (largely), someone made the mistake of looking inside.

That's what the lacing on this beer looks like. A massive, sticky, clumpy, hairy mold, voluminous and chunky. Anyway, back to the review.

Aroma: Allspice and coriander, faint nutmeg, sprinkled on top of a freshly glazed, honey-baked array of citrus and tropical fruits, all the way from lemon (faint) to coconut (faint) and everything in between (stronger), including banana, kiwi, guava, and mangos. It's all very nice, if a little on the "bouquet" side of things.

Taste: Very interesting. Graham cracker malts and soft, powdery wheat, relatively dry but with an accompanying honey-like sweetness that provides the foundation for an array of estery, spicy, yeasty, and faintly medicinal notes. Candied oranges, lemon, mangos, kiwi, and a few other faintly tropical fruit notes meld with definite coriander, allspice, anise, and cloves, nothing too spicy, but more mellow and blended. A mild underlying bitterness adds an interesting touch, and a faint, spicy alcohol permeates the background and keeps this beer from a slightly higher score. Also of interest, the alcohol actually fades in this one as it warms, contrary to the typical course of things.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but slightly fluffy, a little thick on the "malt" side of things, with subtle, understated effervescence providing a solid backbone, if not anything too impressive.

Drinkability: A unique brew. At 8.0% abv, it's certainly no traditional pale wheat ale. This one defies classification really, with a motley crew of yeast strains, intercontinental malts and hops, and a soupcon of imagination to boot. Very glad I got to try this one - not sure what I was expecting really, but I could see myself trying this one again, should it make itself available. At 8.0%, I'm still able to type after finishing off the bottle (always a plus), though it is somewhat hefty. I liken this somewhat to a softer, more bitter version of the Southhampton Grand Cru - both had those intensely spicy Belgian notes going on, though this one seems to be a little more sticky, syrupy, sugary sweet. Either way, recommended.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer and the “Excelsior” beer line up. Also listed on the label is its abv (8%) and bottle number (E!015).

Appearance: The body has a glowing, deep yellow/orange color with a light haze and some fine yeast sediment. It built up a tall billowy head of foam that has great retention and makes for a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma hit me (in a good way) right from the pop of the cork. Pouring it into the glass I get loads of tangy wheat and yeast with tart green apple and pear like fruity notes. Hop note are there but very faint.

Taste/Palate: There are plenty of wonderful wheaty and yeasty notes within its solid medium to full body. It starts with a good base of wheaty maltiness with a just a slight touch citrusy lemon like tartness. From there it adds notes of white wine like grapes, a touch of dry alcohol, tart green apples, pear and some funky/sour dough like yeast. The finish has a dry hop spice character with a touch of citrus hops as well. It feels well carbonated and lively making it very drinkable.

Notes: Ithaca is bringing there A game with this wonderfully complex and very satisfying Belgian influenced Ale. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes American, Belgian, or German wheat ales.

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White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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