Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,553
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 4.86%
Wants: 23
Gots: 316 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013

This winter, IBUs start accumulating like snow in Colorado with our new Accumulation White IPA. Brewing a white IPA was not only a way to salute the white beauty falling from the sky, but a direct revolt to the longstanding tradition of brewing dark beers for winter. At least that’s what our rebellious brewer Grady Hull likes to claim as he shovels in plenty of new hop varietals and a bit of wheat for a smooth mouthfeel. Stack up a few cases of Accumulation White IPA to keep your long nights glowing blizzard white.
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Photo of ARoman
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

*transferred from old notes - 1/3/2014*
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Based on just appearance and aroma, I had to double check that this was an IPA. Lemon and dough are the initial aromas that I picked up - reminded me a lot of the smell of sugary lemon bars - but there are some grassy peppery notes tucked away in there too. The hazy yellow color of a wheat bear stands out immediately, as well as the generous white head; although the head doesn?t have nearly the staying power of a wheat beer. The head does leave a nice, light,, sparkling snow-like lacing around the area of the initial pour (an accumulation if you will), but doesn?t really follow the drink down the glass. The taste quickly reminded me that this is, in fact, an IPA; it’s predominantly bitter (although conservatively so for an IPA) with some light sweet and tart/sour notes to it recalling the lemon like qualities of the aroma with a peppery grassy finish. It?s a crisp and dry beer with a medium/light body with an aftertaste that fades fairly quickly until it?s just a very light hebral lemon "reminder" coating the mouth. (1,113 characters)

Photo of brewale4me
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow White fluffy head with a Grapefruit aroma. Tangerine and Mango flavor of the hops is upfront. Carried by a light body mouth feel. Very refreshing beer. (163 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this to very nice grapefruit citrus smell and taste. The beer had a great mouth feel and tasted as good coming in as going down. This should be a year round seller. (173 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, w/ best before dating

Hazed yellowy amber, off white head, leaving a smattering of fine lace.

Grapefruit nose thats on the tame side

Tasty and lighter bodied IPA with grapefruit notes all the way through it.

Decent if not spectacular. (252 characters)

Photo of jblake4124
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite IPAs. Purchased a six pack of bottles at the store and have twice gone back for more. Very crisp with a light mouthfeel, yet bold in flavor. Brings together a nice balance of bitterness and drinkability. Absolutely loved it. (246 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a slight haze under a 1” white foam cap that produces thin lace. Has a grassy, herbal nose with some fruit and bread. The palate is creamy, citrusy and fruity with traces of bread. The hop bitterness is between orange and tangerine rind. There is a light sweetness that dries out on the finish. It has a creamy wheat texture with medium body and slightly below average carbonation. (400 characters)

Photo of AbeyBaby66
2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Decent brew, however I expect better from New Belgium. I can respect them for thinking out of the box in terms of an IPA. Regardless I just found the taste rather strange. (171 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This brew is pee yellow in color, slightly hazy with a few chunks in it, and an off white head... Not really the most appetizing in the appearance category, but I'll roll with it.

S: Grapefruit. Followed by more grapefruit, and some dank resin.

T: Some resiny hops, followed by a light and fruity orange flavor. There is a slight onion flavor in there as well. Lightly bready.

M: Medium light in body, with active carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer, but nothing amazing. Hop centric, and fairly refreshing, but nothing to write home about. (556 characters)

Photo of Bierwolf
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a pale gold slightly hazy at first but clearing. A finger of white foam to a thin white froth that leavs some nice lacing. Nice carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Main thing is hops but there is citrusy and fruity aromas right there with it. A little yeast smell is there but not huge.

Taste: Nice mild hoppy flavor right off the bat. Piney and grassy notes. I personally really enjoyed the mix of flavors.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium light bodied. Very nice lasting finish

Overall: This is a really good, refreshing tasty beer. I am sorry it is only a winter seasonal. (592 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Nice bright yellow, petty hazy, small white head.

S- Very light Belgian citusy yeast, nice light aroma of Mosaic hops with some passion fruit and pine.

T- Light bitterness, light citrus and passion fruit, very light Belgian touch.

F- Medium-light.

O- A very nice offering from New Belgium and one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. I very much enjoy the drinkability and the light citrus and tropical notes you get from Mosaic. (439 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) – Well, this beer is a white IPA, and it is light in color. Not white, but I can see where that comes from. A nice little amount of very white head on top.

S (4.25) – Smells really good. I definitely get the citrusy smells.

T (4.5) – Tastes just like it smells. Get the nice hop presence up front, and lingers a little on the aftertaste. In a good way!

F (4) – Appropriate carb and mouthfeel for the style. Nothing amazing or irritating either way here.

O (4.25) – I’m not quite sure why I bought this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. I always like New Belgium beers, and this one was above average for sure. Not very familiar with the white IPA style, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely buy again! (753 characters)

Photo of plsmanx
4.89/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can't put it in to words the best but smell and flavor are top notch for an IPA! I wish they had this for a summer brew! I've had a decent amount of IPAs but this one easily lands within my top 5! (199 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 03MAY15.

Look: Pours a clear golden body with a thick white head. A lot of carbonation.

Smell: Very nice and hoppy. Pine and citrus aromas. Slightly tart Belgian pale ale aroma.

Taste: Nice crisp hoppy bitterness offset by that tartness of a Belgian pale ale. Grassy hop flavors. Dry breadiness.

Feel: Light and crisp. Refreshing.

Overall: A solid White IPA. Per the bottle, this beer employs Mosaic and Amarillo, two of my newer favorite hops that shine in this beer! (546 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a DFH IPA glass.

Appearance - 4/5
A bright golden orange, with about half a finger of head. Lots of small particles can be seen in the beer, along with a large amount of rising carbonation.

Smell - 3.5/5
A nice light pine aroma, along with hints of citrus and some light malts.

Taste - 3.75/5
A strong citrus taste, grapefruit perhaps, with some slight pine and spruce flavors mixed in. The taste was a lot more citrusy and a lot less piney than I was expecting. But I am glad for that, as I am not a huge "hop head" and I like the strong citrus to balance out the pine. Very fresh tasting overall.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
More creamy than crisp. Slightly bitter. Medium-light bodied. Nice level of carbonation which I though worked well witht the rest of the beer.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall I thought this was a good IPA, something that I wouldn't mind drinking again in the future. (893 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

1/3....pours hazy opaque yellow with white foam. Lemon rind nose, citrus bitters. Pine bitter open balanced by a wheaty citrus base. Continue to find white IPAs an odd combination of flavors, and this is no exception. (217 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This white IPA is a pale to medium yellow gold in color that starts with s very light haze that clears up to make it transparent and bright. The head is a thick and creamy pure white pillow that leaves a heavy ring of lace followed by patching.
The nose is surprisingly aromatic with a bright bitterness balanced by cracker. There's lots of citrus and lemongrass, maybe light earth and some herb. A bit of pine and sapling ride underneath.
The taste follows suit with a soapy taste building up some as it goes. In the front, it throws a bit of pith and something almost briny. The grossness and herb translate fully along with the dry malts.
The body is bright, light to medium with consistent crispness. It's smooth beginning to middle with a sharpness in the back. (772 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter 1/3/2015.

A- Light golden yellow body. Poured hard; comes up with a nice fluffy 3 finger white head with lots of splotches of lacing. Good retention time, nice longevity.

S- Sticky resin, sweet caramel, a bit of citrus. Not a ton of hoppy flavour here aside from the mineraly yeast flavours and the malt.

F- Sweet caramel, a bit of toffee, minerals, lemon, a bit of nuttiness which is very weird in a beer that looks like this; and of course a decent bit of pine. The pine is the strongest flavour here. This is certainly not a bad beer at all, certainly very different stylistically.

M- Medium bodied, substantial with a nice carbonation to it, a nice pep and smoothness to it. Very interesting mouthfeel with a nice depth of flavour, finishing off with pine and minerals.

O- Interesting Belgian IPA, nice pine finish and not as much of the Belgian yeast flavours but I'm OK with it. This is not bad, but this is not great; however it is different enough that I enjoyed it.

Final score: 3.49 (1,031 characters)

Photo of sundevil21
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I did enjoy this one. As others have mentioned, it did have a piney smell, and absolutely a piney aftertaste. The piney-ness, I oddly enjoyed. It was as if I was drinking a liquid form of my christmas tree this year. The rest of the flavors were mixed, though I did not notice any peanut butter as someone else had mentioned. Then again, I don't catch every little nuance in smell and taste, admittedly. But it was thoroughly enjoyable and a good solid winter ale. (464 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I had this in a borrowed chalice.
The appearance was a pale yellow. A quarter finger white foamy head quickly dissipated leaving a light stringy lacing.
The smell had a pine to grapegruit to lemon with a light soapiness to it, mainly sweet.
The taste took those previously mentioned flavors and then added a light peanut butter (uh...okay, is that intentional?), weird, but ok I'll continue on. The aftertaste was a litttle piney and had the peanut butter again.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a standard sessionability about it. The carbonation was good.
Overall, unsure about this one, I didn't expect the peanut butter and am unsure if that was intentional, the soapy smell wasn't that appealing. I'm not thinking about coming back to this one. Wish I could find a date on this beer, but I know its this season's batch. (850 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale yellow that makes me think of grapefruit. Nice, thin, creamy head. Very pleasant piney grapefruit fragrance. A very crisp, light hoppy taste with lemon and grapefruit hints. Finishes with a little more prominent piney hop. Actually very refreshing. This one surprised me. I could drink several of these and I would have never guessed it was 6.2 percent. I think more highly of this one as I think more about it. Not super complex. (457 characters)

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

Appearance: Very pale yellow. Frothy white head. Leaves a decent lace.
Smell: Pungent pine. Some grapefruit.
Taste: Bitter, spritzy, pine.

Very interesting. The smell is unique in its funkiness, and the taste has a bitter pine something going on. I like it. I don't know if I'd get it again though. It's certainly good, just unique. (333 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Interesting beer. Extremely pale, almost watery, complexion. Decent head and lace. The smell is pungent....musty hops....tree ark, mushroom, earth, and grain. Me nteresting, but not great. The taste is dryish, but no overly so. Moderate bitterness. Just okay. (264 characters)

Photo of lstorie3
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pale yellow, maybe pineapple juice color. Slight haze. Minimal white head. I was expecting maybe something akin to a wit in color, and although it's not real far off, it's not exactly what I was expecting.

Smell is pine and lemon and maybe a touch of Cheez-itz. Some spic e as well, but I can't quite put my finger on it - maybe a bit of clove? Overall, a nice smelling Christmas IPA.

Very carbonated and light bodied.

Taste is fairly subdued. It's somewhat fruity and piney and not much else. Not really digging it. It's not real bitter, but it has some bitterness. Not picking the spice in the taste. Kind of blah. (625 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wheat dominates the aroma, followed by soft peach notes.

Flavor is slightly sweet, but finishes bitter. Extremely light and floral. Touch of fruit, but it's subtle. (166 characters)

Photo of SplitsAtoms
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doesnt drink like a belgian ipa to me which is a good thing. Nice light hoppy brew with no overly assertive yeast or spice. Not the greatest but for the price it would be something i could take to a holiday party where i dont want to take the best but still want something drinkable. (283 characters)

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