Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 23
Gots: 312 | 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: 1,550 | Reviews: 244
Reviews by Kinsman:
Photo of Kinsman
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I've written a review but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I've always been skeptical of 'white IPAs' as sort of a gimmick but this one hits the nail on the head.

Pale golden colored body with a creamy white head on top. Really impressed with the clarity on this one... looks more like a light lager than anything this hoppy.

Hops give quite the welcome on the nose with a juicy orange character and bright floral notes. First sip and the hops follow suit with delicious citrus notes accompanied by a lightly sweet malty backbone. Not quite the same bittering punch as a typical IPA.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, making for quite the refreshing beverage. Wasn't really sure what to expect from this beer but I'm glad I picked it up. A nice hoppy and refreshing beverage in a relatively light package that won't beat up your taste buds.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 3/22/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow with a slight haze; chunky eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. Great looking brew. The aromas have lots of lemon zest. More subtle citrus notes. Some grapefruit. Some malts in the mix. Smells like your typical New Belgium hoppy beer. The Belgian aspects almost seem non-existent, although they're ultimately there. The flavors are bittersweet and refreshing. More citrus notes. More lemon and lime. Hints of wheat. Lots of fresh grass. Hints of caramel. There's a nice little bitterness, but it's far from overwhelming. Finishes pretty clean. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a fun beer to drink, but isn't overly impressive. Like I said before, it's your typical New Belgium hoppy beer with a subtle kiss of wheat.

Photo of patpbr
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - The pour is a transparent gold with a fluffy snow white head.
S - Faint hops, citrus and pine
T - I notice what I got from the smell it also has some spice and yeast.
M - Medium body and a bit more bitter then i expected.
O - Its a solid White IPA but not my style.

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Presentation: Tulip Glass

Appearance: A light golden color w. a haziness.

Smell: A great floral, hoppy, fruity, citrus, wheaty wonderful aroma.

Taste: It has a powerfully floral taste with a bite of hop. A wheat undertone makes the beer taste more rounded.

One of my favorite beers I wish i could get all year-round. Has a delightfully balanced floral/hop taste that makes for a great "have to try beer".

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

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.

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 chadjulius
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Anyway...

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of moundbz
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

easy to drink, very smooth and sneaky strong, not to bitter

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hazed apricot golden hue with bright white fine effervescent head, leaves even Belgian style lacing.

Aroma spices like coriander and citrus. Big dank citrus hops with mango tropical fruits in the back end.

Flavor bready malts spicy yeast with evident citrus and coriander. Juicy center of ripened mango and pineapple juice notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied nice fluffy carbonation gives nice textures on the palate.

Overall, one of the better white IPAs alongside Deschutes Chainbreaker!

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Stamped (best by) 23 Feb. 2014.
Pours quite light, true to the white IPA claim, with a lighly hazed golden-yellow body and an undersized head. Leaves spotty lacing.

Nothing light about the aroma or flavor; instead, this beer packs a solid load of citrus hops. Seems to have a slight tart note along with a somewhat restrained bitterness. Some bready underpinnings from the malts add to the nice mix of fruity flavors.

O: a great beer to pair with say, a schwarzbier, to show people that light beers are not always light and dark beers are often not strong.

Photo of mrs2290
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

It was delicious and smooth

Photo of DarrellK
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not many of the characteristics say IPA. This looks, smells and feels like a wheat beer.

Almost colorless in appearance and the head while leaving a nice lace is quite thin.

Even though I drank from a large chalice the nose was so slight it was hard to pickup any character in the aroma.

Mouth is quite thin and not much feeling of the slightly high abv. Most of the character is definitely a wit.

Finish is a little better than the rest of the experience. A flowery dryness comes out but no where near that of an IPA.

It is called a white IPA but they could skip the IPA and be honest about the brew.

It is a disappointment but its still drinkable

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.

Photo of wildcatboy
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid beer for $9 a six pack. Nice hop profile and an easy light drink.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter from a twelve ounce bottle.

Cloudy straw colored body and a pale white, creamy head a finger thick. Good lacing. 4.25

Smells of Belgian yeast and sweet citrus. 4

Sweet malt, citrusy and floral with a touch of peppery yeast. Dank finish. Not bad at all. 3.75

Smooth and creamy with a bitter dry finish. I like. 4

good beer, I'm surprised by the overall rating. Should be higher, I'd say.

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from the grocery store across the road from my hotel in Denver during GABF 2013 last month. Since I shoveled about the same kind of snow yesterday as depicted on the label, I figure it's about time to crack this one.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and silken eggshell white head, which leaves a decent array of Rand McNally lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of musty orange, grapefruit, kiwi, and pineapple fruit rind, earthy yeast, and grassy, piney hops. The taste is generally yeasty in bearing - peppery and herbal, with more muddled, and subdued citrus pith bitterness, a sort of stale tropical fruit essence, some laid-back wheaty and grainy malt, and further soft lemongrass and pinecone hop notes.

The bubbles are a bit overwrought in their assertiveness at first, but settle to a manageable din soon enough, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, the yeast always having to have its say. It finishes dry, the malt forgoing any further claim, while the complex hops and yup, yeast fully take up the reins.

Not sure why this is listed as an American IPA - the yeast, and somewhat elevated ABV seem worthy of a sidestep to Belgian IPA territory, no? You'd think with the slavish Low Countries attitude of this brewery, one might make that connection. At any rate, a way too yeasty IPA, yeah, I said it, with little to associate it with the winter season - the 'white' moniker being tenuous at best.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow with a finger width of white head a good retention. Results in a nice, thick layer of suds across the surface, while leaving behind a fair amount of lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Clean aroma, mostly hitting on green banana, hints of citrus and a mild sourness.

Taste - Tons of predominant green banana flavor from the Belgian yeast, along with some lesser tropical notes. Very faint, but very typical malt flavor you get with a lot of the NB beers, which is a slightly toasty, slightly nutty malt flavor, but again this is barely noticeable; mostly toward the finish. Not getting a lot of bitterness, instead a mild floral character in the hops, along with some fruity and citrus touches which suit the beer well. Finishes the way it starts; with mild unripened banana funkiness.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, nearly watery in fact, with light to moderate carbonation. smooth and drinkable, but leaves little to be desired, especially as a wintertime release. Odd, seems more apt as a spring or summer brew.

Overall - Who put this into the American IPA categorization? This is clearly a Belgian IPA. Recommendation for change will be made. This isn't the most funky or most hoppy of Belgian IPAs; instead a basic, well-balanced representation of the style. While it's miles away from Stone's BIPA, this is the kind of beer I could see myself sitting down and watching a game with, when my thoughts are more focused on sport and not on the brew I'm drinking.

Photo of crwrunner
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had a friend get a twelve pack of this so I thought I would try one. This beer was a white IPA. What I found interesting about this beer was it was almost like looking out my window on a snowy night and seeing snow slowly fall which ties into the name "accumulation". The color was a straw yellow with a white fog. It was pretty hoppy. When I drank it, I guy a grassy taste up front and a taste of rosemary on the back end. A little bit hoppy for my taste, but I am not a big IPA guy. Not a bad beer but probably woulnd't buy a six pack of it.

Photo of augustgarage
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as an American IPA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear pale citrine body with a furious rush of bubbles fueling the ever-growing fist of ghost white cream up top. Thick, soapy lacing; superior retention.

Aromatic hop oils fill the air, the nose is spicy, herbaceous, and fruity. The dry hopping is evident with a powerful grassy hop presence throughout. Very fresh.

Bitter, slightly abrasive palate entry with the hops coming across as hay and white pepper more than citrus or pine, though those flavors come out as the bitterness rapidly fades. The pale malt and wheat contribute a touch of sweetness to counter the hops, though only just. Finishes medium-dry, clean, and surprisingly one-dimensional. Very faint cereal quality throughout.

Somewhat crisp but also slick (a combination of hop oils and extra body from the wheat malt?).

It is difficult to do a "black" IPA well, as the malts tend to overwhelm the hops; however, it seems the "white" IPA can suffer from the opposite problem, where the base malts are too bland to provide the back-bone I'm used to encountering in a standard IPA. A shame this isn't actually a Belgian IPA, as the addition of some phenolic complexity from a Belgian yeast strain would make for a more well rounded brew. A decent beer despite these shortcomings.

Photo of secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale but clean and clear golden, with a thick blanket of white suds. That gives way to a dusting of thick, detailed lace.

Aroma: Crisp citrus, tropical, and floral hops. Delightful.

Taste: Tangy citrus, with notes of pineapple, mango, and sharp, bitter citrus. I get hints of lemon alongside grapefruit. There’s a lingering bitterness that is tempered by a spicy malt profile. Finishes with more of the tangy pineapple and grapefruit.

This is one of my favorite New Belgium seasonals, and I always grab at least a couple of 12-packs to get me through the winter months.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a slightly thin, slightly over-carbonated wittier. No foam or lacing. Pale yellow. Very light for an IPA. Looks a bit more like some English-style IPAs.

Smell: A hint of sour apples and lemon. Very malty for an IPA. It's ok overall. Very clean.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Flavor is the best part of this. Excellent combination of bitter lemon rind and toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel is definitely too light, but not flat.

Overall Drinkability: I wouldn't say this is a missed opportunity at a unique light winter IPA, but a little more crispness and some fruity notes would lend it some great seasonal traits.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
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