Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Accumulation is a yellowish- colored beer with a nose that is interesting, with scents of lemon, citrus, and pine but with something else lingering in the background that is difficult to identify. The carbonation on this beer is somewhat low, the body is slightly hazy, and the overall first impression is mediocre overall.
Tasting this beer boosts the points somewhat. It has a flavor that emphasizes the taste of citrus, mainly grapefruit, with some light pale malt, pineapple, and spice. The beer is certainly smoother than other IPA and while certainly hop accented, it isn’t as full bodied and firm as other examples of its style.
This is an interesting beer and one oddity is its nose. I said before that I couldn’t identify a certain component of the nose, but then I read through other Beer Advocate reviews and one person describes it as being like deviled ham. This is actually a good description, as it does smell like a piece of seasoned meat. But I think the reason the nose is like this is due to the spicy character, which is almost like that of ginger and other spices sometimes used in deviled ham.
I can think of other IPA I like better than this one, but it is certainly not a bad product and it has enough unique qualities- and good flavor- to recommend. It is a unique product and most will find it at least acceptable.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2013 04:01:53 | More by BryanCarey
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Reviewing from notes as I continue to clean up un-reviewed beers from my notebook over the past few months. Enjoyed this on on 11/1/13 out of a 12 oz brown bottle from which I did not get the bottling date. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.
Appearance - Pours a mostly clear straw yellow color with highlights of bright neon yellow where the sunlight diffuses through the glass. A slight chill haze prevents the body from being completely translucent. Atop the body sits a frothy two-and-a-half finger head the color of eggshell. Retention is excellent and leaves a mess of sticky mottled lacing on the glass well after the liquid has disappeared.
Smell - Some biscuity notes are present, but mostly the aroma consists of citrus zest, grass and some pleasant spice notes that provide a little more depth to the hoppiness than your more straightforward IPA.
Taste - Here the citrus character explodes, with lemon zest, grapefruit, lemongrass, some Bartlett pear and again the pale malt backbone allows this to be a little more than hop juice. The hint of spice from the aroma is far less aggressive in the taste. Without the aroma working alongside the taste, I'd swear this was really a standard American IPA rather than the so-called "white IPA".
Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with some softness from the use of wheat and moderate carbonation, with a mostly dry finish.
Overall, a tasty beer in it's own right, but I can't help but dock the score a bit because it doesn't really have much in the way of the "white" aspect of the White IPA--and by that, I mean the spice profile of a traditional witbier. I do enjoy the change-of-pace as a light and refreshing winter seasonal compared to the many winter warmers and darker beers that come out around this time, so kudos to NB for thinking a bit outside the box.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 16:02:53 | More by LambicPentameter
3/5 rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured golden straw yellow with a nice creamy head. It was a lot lighter than I expected. Nose was faint hops with some very slight cereal notes, lackluster nose. The taste is well balance and the alcohol is hidden, this beer is quite a bit lighter than I expected. I give it a C.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 20:03:56 | More by aquaderek
Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
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