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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,349 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,349
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 20
Gots: 179 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BB1313
3.38/5  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
3.7/5  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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.64/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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".

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.1/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of chadjulius
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 1,349 ratings.