Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing
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3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2013 00:19:10 | More by augustgarage
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