Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,388 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,388
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013)
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Photo of spoonhawk
1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of 4ren6toxlab
1.23/5  rDev -66.7%
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.

Photo of Phil_H
1.25/5  rDev -66.1%

Photo of fencedfox
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

Photo of Miami66
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not really what I was expecting. The flavor was pretty bland and poor. Straw yellow color.

Photo of SoCaliC8
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

Photo of ThomasTownsend
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of BeerWithMike
1.76/5  rDev -52.3%
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.

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1.92/5  rDev -48%

Photo of BeerLover99
1.96/5  rDev -46.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of marcellaproust
2.05/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle bought 2014-12--07. Very pretty straw color though none of the touted unfiltered cloudiness. Smell: absent (and I don't have a cold). Taste: about as much character as your typical mall store chain. Seriously. Every single time I go back to New Belgium cuz I want to give a good bicycle- and environment-advocating company some shouts, I am always so disappointed and angry that I wasted cash and calories. Where is the wheat? I can barely taste it but it takes closing my eyes and searching for the wheat. Bitterness is present, but has no character (not grassy, not floral, not esterly, so ... just, bitter?). The carbonation is good and fizzy; the body is solid and not thin. But that just doesn't warrant the drinking.

Photo of Sitrucnoj
2.2/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of QuentinCall
2.36/5  rDev -36%
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.

Photo of 8stringfan
2.44/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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2.44/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.