Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing
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3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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
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