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White Gold (Excelsior! Series) by Ithaca Beer Company
American Pale Wheat Ale
8.00 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 12/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2008

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!

Reviewed: 10/11/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
January 2008 White Gold
No release date
Batch# E!005

Pours a hazy golden color. Two finger, pillowy white head that hangs around a bit. Active carbonation, lending to the never ending crown around the edge of the glass.

Aromas of lemony citrus, wheat and yeast. Slight hint of grapes. Honey. Floral. Crisp and clean.

Taste is of a wheat nature at first, becoming more sweet as it warms. Fruity- apple, mild bitter orange zest. A bit tangy. Bready towards the finish- Nice yeasty notes. Complex.

Medium in body, mouthfeel is very smooth, awesome carbonation. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms-nice!

I love this- I didn't have much of last years, and I really don't know why. I will make up for my loss with this years batch. Very enjoyable-Good Job IBC!!!
Highly Recommended!!!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 07/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 10 14 4 7 2008
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.

Price: $12.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 14 4 8 0
Bottle #509, Released Apr 07

A - Pours a yellow, light apricot colored body with a nice haze to it. Head is about a quarter inch of thick, frothy white foam that show absolutely no sign of going anywhere. Decent lacing.

S - Big belgian style yeastiness in the smell here. Light wheat and hay. Just a touch of citrusy lemon. Honey.

T - Starts off with sort of a normal wheat beer flavor that you would get with a wit, sort of dry with a bit of wet hay. Yeastiness comes in big time towards the middle. Pear and apple come out. A spiciness comes in with pepper, coriander and maybe cardamom.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly dry feel to it.

D - Nice stab at twisting traditional styles. Belgian yeast meats american wheat ale. Not knock your socks off, but definitely worth trying out.

Served In: Pint Glass

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