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
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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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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden with small foamy head that quickly dissipates., leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. Hoppy, citrus smell with hints of pine/grass. Bitter, hoppy up front taste. Slight citrus taste but overall very grassy. Hop bitterness gets stronger and leaves a strong bitter aftertaste that persists.

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light crystal clear yellow with 1 finger white. Average retention

S - Very nice! Great use of hops. Lots of lemon and citrus. Slight grassy aroma as well.

T - Man oh Man! This is the beer for me. Love the floavor of this beer. Hops level is perfect. Lemon and other citrus. Again, slight grassiness to the beer. Malts blanced the hops nicely as well.

M - A light beer that goes down smooth. This one could hurt you. I think i could drink a case

O - Wow, I loved the flavor of this beer. Something about it was perfect to me.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-clear pale gold color with a large snow white head, adn plenty of carbonation coming up the glass as it sits.
S- deep hop smell that is very floral, grassy smell, with a citrus smell in the background
T-hop flavor is not as strong as the smell, great bitter aftertaste that smooths out quickly and leaves you with a dry citrus crisp finish.
M-smooth from the high carbonation that still bubbles in your mouth after you swallow
O-enjoyed the balance of the beer. The hops did not overpower you yet was intense, just not as overpowering as some IPAs.

Photo of PROEDGEBIKER
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since New Belgium came to florida i have been trying all their beers as they become available in my local package store. Different but great tasting IPA, im a big IPA fan and also a citrus beer fan so this beer goes great for my taste budz. #YUMMMMmmmm

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Foe being a "retired" beer I just picked up a sixer at my local bottle store. oh well.
Pale gold with a nice cloud-deck of bright white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy, piney hops
Taste-Tropical fruit,piney hops, lighter bodied but plenty of flavor and character. Refreshing and tasty. Seek and ye shall find.

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 retry4z
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale, crystal clear yellow straw. If it didn't have a nice 2 finger head that retains well and leaves great lacing, I'd say it looks an awful lot like [insert BMC AAL here],

Smell - Big, big citrus hop notes: orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, a bit dank/piney. Maybe a touch of sweet, honeyed graininess.

Taste - Like nose, big citrusy hop notes are front and center: Orange... Big orange hop presence with a touch of tangerine and piney, herbal dankness. Hop taste hits hard then fades away gracefully into lightly sweet, honeyed, wheaty-grain malts. Finishes quite dry with moderate lingering, drying, hop resiny bitterness.

Feel - Very smooth, crisp, refreshing medium body. Carbonation is just scrubbing enough to get the job done.

Overall - What a surprisingly great IPA! I'm sure this doesn't get much respect in the beer geek circles because it's New Belgium and not brewed in some dudes barn on a farm somewhere, but it's truly well done. The hop flavor is bright and juicy, balanced nicely against a very light, crisp malt body. Maybe the only thing I find "off" about this release is that it's a winter seasonal, when it's refreshing crispness just screams "SUMMER!"

Photo of jblake4124
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite IPAs. Purchased a six pack of bottles at the store and have twice gone back for more. Very crisp with a light mouthfeel, yet bold in flavor. Brings together a nice balance of bitterness and drinkability. Absolutely loved it.

Photo of CIBoy10
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a New Belgium fan boy but this is darn good.

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy by" date 3-8-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful, slightly hazy, light golden color with one-finger white head that dissipated slowly until a thin layer of bubbles remained, significant lacing. If this beer was a chick she would be a "super model". Nuf' said?

SMELL: this beer has a pleasantly assertive pepper and pine resin smell, there are some citrus and floral notes as well.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and floral then a nice pepper and piney hop blast that lingered in a most pleasant way.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body for the style.

OVERALL: this is my favorite winter seasonal beer so far, I like it better than SN Celebration. This is high praise because I really enjoyed that one as well. This beer will become a yearly tradition for me going forward. New Belgium is an excellent brewer and I'll be trying more from them in the future.

Photo of ThirstyEric
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my go-to beer for enjoying with Asian food — when it's available.

Photo of Niceroad77
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a very pale and clear straw colour with a nice head that slowly disappears to leave some good lacing. Very clear for a white/wheat ale. I was expecting cloudiness from lee deposit but there were none.

S: Some say grapefruit, I agree but would add orange without a doubt. Light, citrus and somewhat floral. Just enough pine needles.

T: Orange and grapefruit to start and then comes the pine needles with a well balanced citrus vs hops.

M: Good carbonation, rounded. Very pleasant.

O: This is a very nice White IPA. Could session on it no problem. Somewhat of a bridge for non-IPA and IPA fans? I'll leave that up to you. Recommended.

Photo of lordofstarside
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz to a pint glass, enjoy by 30 March 2014. Blizzard conditions today, took 8x longer than usual trying to make it to school before finding the main road to the campus closed. After dealing with those roads it's time for a beer

Pours a very pale blond with two fingers of foam. Mild carbonation and good retention, still waiting on it to die down so I can look at the lacing a bit, which is pretty solid also. Could be a bit darker in color, but I'm not going to knock it as it states pretty clearly it's a white ipa

Smell is a hop bomb- strong grapefruit and pine with some additional citrus in the hops backed up by a sweet bready malt that barely manages to break through. Just a little alcohol on the end

Taste is with the nose- upfront hop bomb with strong grapefruit and citrus, a little pine on the end followed by a subversive and sweet malt with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Everything works out very well, hops gloriously dominant

Feel is a light body (as expected), crisp, with moderate bitterness. Goes down super easy, alcohol hard to detect

Overall this has to be the most underrated beer on the site. I get winter beers are generally heavier, but this has to be hands down the best ipa to come out of NB other than the LOF Super Ipa. Reminds me a lot of Lagunitas sucks, surprised it's not rated near as well

Photo of Hefeweizen
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed several of the New Belgium offerings, with the overall taste being quite good but the texture of the hops remains quite similar. Was able to find a twelve pack of this selection for under $15, so I bought them.

Totally surprised with this change of pace, not as bitter as I am accustomed to with their brews and the after taste was smooth.

Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale, straw yellow body with a lasting, sticky, white head; sticky rings of lacing. Robust citrus and pine hop aroma. Lemon bread flavor; excellent bitterness. Medium-light body; crisp, clean, and dry finish.

A flavor powerhouse packing a juicy, citrus punch with a nicely balanced hop bitterness and subdued malt backbone to round things out. Well-balanced flavors and aroma combine with a delightful sensory complexity to make a very memorable IPA experience. This one would be nice to have available year-round.

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 jkburchfield
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - very light yellow in color. Thick, foamy head that holds up nicely

S - passion fruit/floral aroma. I also got some spicy hints

T - much milder in flavor than smell. The spiciness of the beer is much more in the smell than taste. However, the floral/ fruity notes come through

M - light, easy drinking IPA. Nothing that sticks out of the ordinary

Overall - I think this is a great seasonal from New Belgium. It id different than most winter seasonals - you normally think porters, stouts and other dark beers; so it is refreshing to see a white IPA to break the norm. I think this is a great IPA for anyone. If you are not an IPA fan I would give this one a try due to the fact that it is a mild one.

Photo of martyl1000
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You like this a lot. Don't know how you haven't rated this before. It's a real go-to when it's in season.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid! Very crisp without that over sweet finish. Different but good.

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 JednoPivoProsim
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 03MAY15.

Look: Pours a clear golden body with a thick white head. A lot of carbonation.

Smell: Very nice and hoppy. Pine and citrus aromas. Slightly tart Belgian pale ale aroma.

Taste: Nice crisp hoppy bitterness offset by that tartness of a Belgian pale ale. Grassy hop flavors. Dry breadiness.

Feel: Light and crisp. Refreshing.

Overall: A solid White IPA. Per the bottle, this beer employs Mosaic and Amarillo, two of my newer favorite hops that shine in this beer!

Photo of sundevil21
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I did enjoy this one. As others have mentioned, it did have a piney smell, and absolutely a piney aftertaste. The piney-ness, I oddly enjoyed. It was as if I was drinking a liquid form of my christmas tree this year. The rest of the flavors were mixed, though I did not notice any peanut butter as someone else had mentioned. Then again, I don't catch every little nuance in smell and taste, admittedly. But it was thoroughly enjoyable and a good solid winter ale.

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 2/2/2014. Pours fairly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, wheat, pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wheat IPA! All around great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle. light gold and hazy with a medium sized, fizzy white head. Hop aroma is noble and grassy with a touch of lemon. Taste is mildly sweet with bitter finish. Clean finish. Mouthfeel is both smooth and crisp. Texture is light for an IPA. Overall impression is perfect for its name. It's snowy. This IPA does not hit you over the head with hops and leave you disoriented and dazed. It satisfies the same impulse that makes us want ice cream when it cold. It doesn't make sense until you do it. A really beautiful IPA. The hops are where they should be...in the aroma and not in the taste-bud destroying bitterness.

Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
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