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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,019
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 13
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013)
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

spoonhawk, Oct 19, 2013
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1.23/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tastes like you are gnawing on the needles of a pine tree.

Though it pours well and has acceptional colour, one cannot come to the determination that since pumpkin-based beer is good for Halloween, then tree-based beer must be good for Christmas.

The initial taset (if you can ignore the smell) is actually quite curious and demands a second taste to try and figure it out - but you soon regret it. The after taste lingers and makes it all that much worse.

I know it is not particurally professional to "slam" a beer - but potential victims and the brewers must know that, thouth other beers from New Belgium are fantastic, they completely missed the mark on this one.

4ren6toxlab, Nov 27, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -65.9%

Phil_H, Jan 18, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

fencedfox, Mar 25, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

SoCaliC8, Jan 16, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

ThomasTownsend, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of BeerWithMike
1.76/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sampled back on 11/23/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler. Poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a pale yellow with a 2-finger foamy white head. Left lots of lacing when sipped. Above average carbonation. The aroma is of some grassy grains with some citrus with not much of spice. The taste was OK at first was was VERY bitter with a harsh after taste. After a few more sips, the bitterness lingered and got worse. This is WHY I don't like I.P.A. types of beer and actually bought this by mistake. Couldn't drink it and poured it out after a few more sips! First time in a long time time I poured a brew out.

BeerWithMike, Nov 26, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

JohnyFriday, Nov 19, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

KoG, Apr 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

squirrel49, Apr 27, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

SoupKitchenBeerSnob, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of QuentinCall
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Remember Christmas 1992? Right after Sonic 2 had come out and Mom said she just didn't think Santa was going to be able to bring you a Sega Genesis? Accumulation is kinda like that, everything awful about the holidays, all wrapped up in a neat little package.

QuentinCall, Oct 26, 2013
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2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle straight into a wide-bodied goblet. Pale straw (2) with a two-finger, fluffy white head with a lot of staying power and significant lacing. Nose is very light with big hints of pineapple, funky yeast, and light sweet malt. Taste is very bready, which seems to be a tendency with several New Belgium brews, and, it’s worth admitting, is not a flavor profile I enjoy all that much in my beer. Also present are light grassy hints, very mild lemon citrus, light toasted cereal grains, generic sweetness, and french fries. The hop presence is there in terms of light bittering, but not in any larger sense of flavor. Finish is mildly bitter, toasted wheat, and subtle sweet citrus. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat slick with low carbonation. All in all, this just doesn't do much for me, which is about par for the course in terms of how I feel about New Belgium products in general. As a white IPA, I was also expecting a bit more in terms of both a fuller hop presence and some Belgian yeast notes, such as coriander, neither of which is present. As it stands, this reminds me of a clumsy wheat beer and not something I’ll be drinking again anytime soon.

8stringfan, May 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

sendbeer, Dec 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

akttr, Dec 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Thullin187, Dec 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

jmathis, Jun 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

RockinRob925, Oct 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

sharpski, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of foglemgs
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: I poured Accumulation from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, and it is a hazy golden color. Not to put you off, but it did remind me strongly of the color of urine. There is a nice, white, fluffy head that has good retention and leaves strong lacing in the glass.

S: Accumulation has a very weak odor. I get some roasted malt, but I really had to put my nose into the beer.

T: Equals the smell, which is to say, weak. I get a very sour flavor (and, no, the beer isn't skunked) with a dry finish. Not a whole lot going on here.

M: Again, not very pleasant. I found myself craving a glass of water after every sip. I usually love drier beers (stouts and IPAs), but this has an unpleasant dryness to it that lingers.

O: Definitely not my favorite beer from New Belgium (that would still be Fat Tire). I can't say I recommend this seasonal brew. Drink Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale instead.

foglemgs, Jan 30, 2014
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2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, pale golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops qualities are prominently featured, but not overpowering. Citrus qualities are bright while savory features also develop in the form of onion/garlic notes. Subtle bread requires some straining to detect.

T: Begins almost dry, with pungent green herbaceous hops aromatics and clumsy malt that is doughy and like corn starch. Flavors become thin and seltzery into the middle, like a soft drink cut with water. Bitterness is pure and chemical in the finish, clinging stubbornly to the palate and clearly outdistancing other flavor qualities.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This seasonal offering from New Belgium seems like a rush job, struggling to find any of the Mosaic hops cultivar's wonderful qualities. Amarillo is well-represented, but cannot right the ship all on its own--not in the face of such a fumbled development of malt qualities.

beagle75, Oct 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Schlafly33, Dec 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

jason_nwx, Dec 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Bustafluff, Nov 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

bigbeers84, Nov 01, 2013
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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.