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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,024 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 13
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013)
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Reviews by Caj1:
Photo of Caj1
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

It's finally cold here and I decided that a change of pace was necessary; Accumulation, from New Belgium Brewing, does an adequate job of tasting like an IPA, but not much else.

Poured into a glass from the 12 oz. bottle (best by mid February next year) is a bit flat and straw yellow, almost the color of Budweiser, and is moderately hazy. I received about a finger of head which was slow to dissipate and left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The nose is a very standard hoppy blend of grass, astringent grapefruit and lemon, a little bit of earth and underscored by bread and malt. The taste is similar, tart and grassy, but more earthy and with a pleasant spiciness as the flavor lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is quite foamy but otherwise light, and gives the illusion that you are drinking a heavier ale than it actually is.

Overall this is a pretty good if overhopped white ale, and it's something I would definitely have to be in the mood for. However, it does what it sets out to do quite well and is sure to please some hopheads. I enjoyed this and probably will have it again before the weather warms, but as for now I've had my fill.

To good health and good beer.

Caj1, Oct 21, 2013
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12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Mildly hazed yellow straw hue, tight lacing that leaves a trail in its wake.

SMELL: CItrus zest, woody hops, tangerine, spice, grassy grain, mild evergreen

TASTE: Grassy hop, citrus peel, faint powdered aspirin, juicy hop resin, vague spicing, pale malt, ample bitterness, dry graininess, long lingering hop finish

Perhaps more of an IPA than White Ale, tasty none the less and a good switch up on the whole seasonal thing.

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3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer doesn't seem remotely winter-ish. It's hoppy, like a basic IPA, not overwhelmingly. The color is yellow, plain and simple. It has lemon hints, which is perfectly in line with its color. It almost tastes like a lemon cookie. Besides that, nothing really stands out, besides its fantastic bottle art.

chadjulius, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of bsp77
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all - who put this as a Belgian IPA? People need to think for themselves and not just react to the White IPA name, as the "style" doesn't necessarily mean it is Wit-like. This has standard ale yeast, but happens to have some wheat. Big deal, there is nothing Belgian here; New Belgium already has Belgo IPA.


Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Hazy straw color with a frothy, stark white head and some lacing rings.

Smell: Mosaic and Amarillo overload. Tart grapefruit, berry, tropical notes, some spiciness.

Taste: Unbelievably subdued. It tastes like Mosaic and Amarillo hops over a light, wheat malt body. There are the expected hop notes considering the varietals - tart grapefruit, berry, tropical notes. However, it all tastes seriously watered down, with a very light, spicy, bitter finish.

Feel: Creamy, smooth and light like a wheat beer, but dry like an IPA. Decent carbonation. Overall, the mouthfeel is quite good.

Overall: Looks good, smells good, feels good, but someone forgot to work on the taste (or accidentilly mixed my bottle with half beer / half water). This was so close to a success. If only the taste (the exact taste I am detecting) was stronger.

bsp77, Dec 13, 2013
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Pale golden hued with great clarity. Minimal wisp of head covers half of the top of this beer. I get a bit of floral hop and pale wheat in the nose. The mouth is moderately carbonated. The flavor is pale wheat and I just get bit a light taste of floral hops.

Franziskaner, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best before Feb 02, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which fades into a patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A fairly sweet and fruity hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront scent of hops with earthy hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemons, pineapple, grapefruit, and peach. Pale malt and wheat with hints of grains, cracker, straw, and yeast. Fairly spicy smelling. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like its smells, a very hoppy taste with a mix of grass, spicy pine, and citrus fruit esters. Upfront taste of earthy, herbal, and floral hops with notes of spicy pine resin and grass. Juicy citrus hop presence with notes of orange, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, melon, and peach. Backing presence of pale malt and wheat with notes of grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. A solid mix of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily. Finishes dry.

Overall: A solid hoppy IPA taste. Not much of a "white" presence as the name would suggest, but the mix of resinous hops is good.

MattyG85, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

mjh0527, Nov 01, 2013
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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.