Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-10-2014 16:02:53 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
11-28-2013 05:51:47 | More by Jason
3.26/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
12-08-2013 08:35:04 | More by chadjulius
3.46/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
12-13-2013 18:18:13 | More by bsp77
3.46/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
02-22-2014 05:44:45 | More by Franziskaner
4.16/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
12-10-2013 08:36:13 | More by MattyG85
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