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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
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254 Reviews
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Reviews: 254
Hads: 1,785
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 32.62%
Wants: 27
Gots: 454 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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 PROEDGEBIKER
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! I am surprised, a bigger craft brewer like New Belgium you'd think would have cut a few corners - but nah! Reminds me of a couple other favorite IPA's, really citrusy, rad hops that jump out at the nose. Christmasy type beer with a great lacing and a beautiful body. Very golden colored, fresh beer with many complex flavorings. A little dry of a finish.. which only makes you more thirsty! Cool beer, warms my bones just to drink it. I grabbed this in my select a 6 pack, and I would not hesitate to grab it again. The store labelled the single on 12/21/15, but I cannot for the life of me find when it was bottled. It says "Enjoy by: 15819 3 24 Apr, 151124 08 1 T114" which I have no damn idea what it means! But it's a great beer, a more than great holiday beer, and gives me a nice refined buzz! My favorite New Belgium offering I've had the pleasure of sampling.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a pint glass. Limited white head on top of a golden translucent golden yellow body. Aroma is mostly hops, citrusy. Flavor is mostly ipa, you cant really taste the hops with a nice crisper, light and clean finish. Mouthfeel is as youd hope, not too harsh. I feel like this genre is usually too much white and not enough ipa, but these guys get it right. Probably the best white ipa ive had.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess, call it a white IPA; I don't pick up the "white" characteristics, but the beer as an IPA is superb! Super tasty and easy drinking. Chug a lug.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy haze, pale golden color.

Overall: This beer has a fruit, citrus and herbal aroma. The flavor is crisp with plenty of citrus hops. Heavy on the bitterness but finishes pretty clean. Accumulation has great flavor and texture, a joy to drink.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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!"

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Photo of jblake4124
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Burial Beer Co. wine-style glass. Label says Enjoy By: 03APR16.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some small splotches of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Lovely dry-hopped aroma of citrusy hops, NB's house yeast and a bit of malt backing.

T- Great yeasty flavor coupled with bright hops and a slight malt sweetness. So very drinkable with moderate bitterness.

M- Soft feel but with some sharpness from the hops countering. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I don't get the low score for this one. One of my favorite NB beers and I love that they went the hoppy route for their winter seasonal since the IPAs and such are more scarce this time of year.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of GoblinPrincess
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Clear, light citrine color, lacy head
S- Citrus, salt
T- Fresh citrusy hops, nice sharp finish that reminds me of taking a deep breath of cold air
M- Amazing--nice bubbly bite that perfectly complements the flavor
O-I usually go for darker beers in the winter, but this white IPA has made reconsider my position. If you ever loved eating snow as a kid (or an adult), this beer is for you:)

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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

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Photo of JDaniel502
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Color- A lighter golden color.

Smell- Citrus

Head- Thick and Lacey

Taste & Mouth feel- Taste of citrus/lemon with a strong grassy element. Sizzled like alka seltzer as far as feel. Very smooth & palatable beer.

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Photo of Hefeweizen
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of jkburchfield
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of sundevil21
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Accumulation brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 6.20% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Accumulation is a unfiltered brew. This brew is cloudy you can not see thought it. The smell is citrus,hops, with some grains and malts. There is nothing bad so far. I really like the look and smell of this brew so far. Now for the taste, it is rich with citrus and hops. Then you pick up on some grains at the end of this brew. There is also a nice amount of lacing in this brew. The head to this brew sticks around. New Belgium Brewing did a nice job with this one. Accumulation has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is bold, clean, smooth and refreshing. At first this brew has a nice citrus with some hop bitterness. Then Accumulation has a nice smooth malt and grain ending. You really can't pick up on the 6.20% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. Overall I'm giving Accumulation a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Thank You New Belgium Brewing.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: February 6, 2016... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint.. OCCASION: just finished off The Battle of the Five Armies with Shan and the boys--a rousing success... APPEARANCE: a flurry of white rushes to join the thick blanket of head that shows thick, clinging, single-finger creaminess; the body is the slightest bit hazy but otherwise clean... AROMA: bright pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel and lemon offer an alluring introduction; some spices--pepper and nutmeg--strike subtly with suggestions of light biscuit... PALATE: palate-cleansing smoothness, with nary a suggestion of complexity until its very end...creamy and effervescent, making a throaty getaway with a finish that requests a second sip...TASTE: the impact of hops--and the accompanying grapefruit, lemon and pineapple--with cracker as slight maltiness and sweetness... though not balanced, a flavorful addition of bubblegum and yeastiness that softens the impact... OVERALL: indeed, piled high with IBUs...light--actually, not at all what I imagine a snowed-in IPA would taste like--but flavorful and drinkable, airy and inspiring... a solid New Belgium product that makes me want to sample more of them....

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Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.