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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,534 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 22
Gots: 287 | 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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Ratings: 1,534 | Reviews: 243
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.

Photo of AtomicLobster
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite winter seasonal!

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.

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.

Photo of Hip-Hop
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one seasonal that should clearly be sold year round. Already craving the absence of Accumulation.

Photo of Csikic93
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear yellow. Nice and foamy and very refreshing. This is my favorite part of winter.

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.

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.

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA, great winter beer.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ta_hagen
4.92/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A very nice wheat style white IPA, very enjoyable.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered wheat beer appearance. Grapefruit & slightly harsh bitterness similar in taste to their ranger IPA but with a better body.

Photo of Sonofalime
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Easy drinking but not that flavorful. Hop presence on the nose though. Enjoyed smelling it more.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid! Very crisp without that over sweet finish. Different but good.

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.

Photo of Gymkhana86
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp and clean. Very good, but not too strong for a white IPA.

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.

Photo of PikesPilsner
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful drinkable IPA,my new football watching beer.

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!

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!

Photo of Torreon10
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing wheat summer like ipa

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!

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.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
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