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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

888 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%


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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4ren6toxlab

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 20:43:01 | More by 4ren6toxlab
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 22:10:40 | More by BeerWithMike
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QuentinCall

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:37:44 | More by QuentinCall
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foglemgs

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 22:08:20 | More by foglemgs
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beagle75

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 20:11:40 | More by beagle75
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santomark

California

2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a very light beer tone, faint yellow, a tad shallow, you can see the carbonation rise, with about a 1 1/2 finger head that disappears fairly quickly.

S - At first I could smell the carbonation, reminded me of a mineral water. A very mild orange, grapefruit, mildly hopped. Not much malt, no bread; however, the sweet undertones do make up in this aspect.

T - Taste is very bland, subtle, no complexity from the hops. Subtly sweet and a mild dryness towards the end.

M - Very light bodied, carbonation exhausts the palate from tasting.

O - I will not be having this again. Purchased a 6 pack of this for $10, kinda upset I'm stuck with 5 more bottles... definitely not worth the price. The smell is subtly awesome; however, drinking this was reminiscent of drinking a bud light. No taste and carbonation that drowns the palate. The only thing I liked was the smell and finish. Other than that, this was extremely disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 09:30:02 | More by santomark
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AndrewBinder

Missouri

2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pretty ok IPA from new Belgium. Not much mouthfeel or smell but a distinct hoppy fruity balance. Very drinkable. One that I could have afew in the night and not get sick of. Needs a bit more hops but a good beer for non IPA drinkers to enjoy. It's drinkability makes it appeal to me for sure

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 01:21:37 | More by AndrewBinder
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

White stamp bottom right corner says "16MAR14"

Into a pint glass:

A: very light yellow colored body with a slim half finger foamy white head that dies fairly quickly

S: floral, and slightly spicy

T: spicy yet bitter, slight spicy aftertaste, dry finish

M: holy carbonation, I'm thinkin' this may be a bit over carbonated, light in body and very sessionable

O: hmm...was tryin' to wait on this one until I had the last one, but this is all the same, so I figured I'd pull off this review now, to be honest, I'm really not into this, and its actually just ok for the style

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:43:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
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TOXXIK

Michigan

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why mess with a good thing? Snow Day was a great beer and im disappointed you replaced it with Accumulation. Accumulation is a good beer also but no were near as good as Snow Day. Its a Disappointment it is not returning as I was looking forward to it in 2013. Bring it back please

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:13:22 | More by TOXXIK
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aquaderek

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured golden straw yellow with a nice creamy head. It was a lot lighter than I expected. Nose was faint hops with some very slight cereal notes, lackluster nose. The taste is well balance and the alcohol is hidden, this beer is quite a bit lighter than I expected. I give it a C.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:03:56 | More by aquaderek
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of grassy hops and a bit of pale malt.

Tastes of the pale malts with a bit of hops on top. Pale malts come through with bread and a bit of grainy sweetness. This is then cut by some fruity hops with tropical notes and some grassy notes as well. Slight bit of citrus to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this has me scratching my head. I think the individual flavors are nice, but the combination presented doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 01:41:35 | More by ocelot2500
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TheFlern

Idaho

3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a good beer but it has a few problems that keep it from being great.

Accumulation is a white IPA that pours a flat straw color with white head. The head laces and retains well. The aroma is up front and hoppy! Floral and bitter. Not much of the wheat malt coming through or the yeast. This is the problem with the beer imo. The taste, which follows the nose, is entirely hop based. Now that isn't a bad thing but it leads to an unbalanced beer that is only fun to drink if you want a hop only beer experience. I'd like a more balanced beer with this same hop profile. Something with a more biscuit and caramel flavor. As is the wheat based malt bill and yeast are just too shallow with the overpowering hops this brew has.

Check it out if you're a hop head but this isn't worth a six pack purchase imo. Just another IPA on the market. le sigh.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 18:21:30 | More by TheFlern
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very light straw color, and disappointingly, isn't that hazy for a white beer. There's two fingers worth of white-colored head. While it's not the most dense affair, it retains well and leaves good lacing behind.

S: Hrm, there's something off about the aroma. Basically, it smells like deviled ham. Sure, I pick up some lemon and citrus notes (and it tries like hell to give off a fruity scent, too), but if you blindfolded me, I'd swear this involved a devil and the word "Underwood" on the paper covering the can.

T: This works a lot better. The Underwood deviled ham goes away, and is replaced by...well, lemon and citrus notes. Malts are pretty much imperceptible except for some finishing sweetness. All in all, it definitely brings the lemon flavors, and even tries to bring a bit of layered depth (not a lot, though.)

M: Really light in body, which is good. I do miss the crispness I would have gotten from an unfiltered white IPA, though. As a result, there's a bit too much lingering sweetness for me.

O: I'm pretty sure my experience with the nose was an anomaly, but still, I can't really get over the crap aroma. Everything else is pretty solid, though. I'd reckon it is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 19:42:30 | More by ThisWangsChung
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

New Belgium Accumulation has a thick, white head, with soapy bubbles at top, a semi-clear, yellow appearance, lots of bubble streams, and some lacing left behind on the class. The aroma is of citrus, hop oil, a little pine, and biscuit. Taste is of very bitter, lemony and grapefruit hops, sugar, and white bread. Mouthfeel is light and slick, and New Belgium Accumulation finishes dry and decently drinkable. Overall, this is good, and I think it’s worth checking out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:23:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- Clean, light gold with a 2 finger white head. You would think it were a lager with great retention if you didn't know better. Good staying power and lacing that coats the glass.

S- Big hop aroma no doubt. Bright, sharp, acidic citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, and even some pear. Touch of herbal/medicinal notes and wheat grain.

T- A bit more earthy than the citrus and fruity nose indicates. The ibu's do pack a punch, but the wheat malt isn't scared to make its presence known as well. I pick up some of the same notes I get in a number of the NB beers in the finish of this one. Not sure if it's the yeast strand or what, but the same metallic, yet tree bark like flavor I get with others.

M- meh. Mid body near light. Lots of bitter hop oils, but nothing that screams heartiness that will help me survive a heavy snow storm as the label indicates from the pic. Tone down the carbonation may be a step in the right direction.

O- I appreciate the attempt to make an ipa a winter beer, but this one missed the mark. About at my wits end with NB on the overlapping flavors that seem to carry over into so many of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:01:16 | More by Bosoxfan20
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Hay coloration. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Continuous rising carbonation. Dissipates slowly, but not completely. Decent beer ring lacing, mostly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Hay, yeast, clove, and oregano.

T: Yeast, lemon pith, and construction paper.

M: Light and crisp. Really steely finish that lingers with you throughout.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Pretty nice persistent head, and some fair lacing. Nose is yeasty with some savory spice. Yeast and citrus, with something of a paper or cardboard characteristic and a really steely finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:20:47 | More by bmwats
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rand

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A: Cloudy orange in appearance, a medium pour forms a small, frothy head that laces the glass

S: Citrusy hops up front, orange-y. Subtle grassy notes combine with a touch of honey sweetness. No apparent alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, fairly carbonated. Light complexion, not a lot of oily slickness.

T: The hops are more floral on the palate, but subtle citrus notes still jump to the front. Dry, with notes of white pepper and grassy snap mid-sip. Some balancing sweetness pokes through toward the finish, but just. Short, dry finish.

An odd choice for a winter ale. Really strange. This would be much more appropriate as a day time brew during the dog days of summer. It's a little refreshing, but boring, and doesn't yield any of the warm and fuzzies that a good Winter Warmer or seasonal Belgian (I'm thinking Goudon Noel) provide.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 19:33:14 | More by rand
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Moose90

Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into 16oz globe

A – Very pale bright yellow, head is bright white, tall, light and fluffy. Leaving behind great lacing.

S – Floral and sweet, somewhat unexpected, big tropical fruit notes, covered up by some notes of wheat, coriander, and other spices.

T – Sweet again, big on the sweetness, hoppy and fresh. Barely any yeastiness or wheat notes come through here, keep waiting for the white aspect to show up but never really does.

M – Very high level of carbonation here, not entirely champagne like, but much higher than others in this style.

O – Not bad, not great. Would have been happier buying a single than a sixer, but hey. It was unexpected, very bright, sweet and tropical. Does not fit at all as a winter beer in my book, but I prefer my winter beers to be big and rich and boozy. I'd drink this one again, but would be better in the spring when the grass starts growing green again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 23:04:23 | More by Moose90
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dated 02FEB14
A - very pale and a bit cloudy, tall, frothy white head holds great retention
S - citric aroma with orange rind, grapefruit, wheat, yeast, spice - coriander perhaps but it does not say it was brewed with it.
T - very white peppery on the tongue, graperfruit, mandarin, wheat, yeast, Juicy Fruit gum, but the pepper overwhelms the palate
M - thin body, however it is creamy but sharp on the bitter finish with white pepper here again.
O - not crazy over this one. Too peppery for me. It makes it very hard to drink and discern its other notes. It's not terrible, but it needs work.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:09:30 | More by barnzy78
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 20 April 2014. Tasted 6 April 2014. Drinking this on the back porch, my first outdoor beer of the year, after it finally warmed up enough for such things.

Pours a pale clear lightly-golden straw yellow. One finger of white head, good retention, excellent lacing. A lazy stream of bubbles rising slowly up the center of the glass, mirroring my late-afternoon energy.

Smell is thin, a bit sweet & corny. I get bright citrus notes that really make the beer for me (without them it'd be a whole lot worse). There's an acrid smell that reminds me a touch of urine; happily that dissipates after only a few minutes in the glass.

Taste is blah. Not bad, just not much. Grainy, some corn-like sweetness, a faint wash of bitter, some chalk. Just meh.

Feel is okay. Medium-light body, carbonation on the low side. Make that way on the low side. It sits, and allows some of the more unpleasant flavors (chalk, especially) to settle in.

Overall, it's an okay beer. Nothing remarkable about it, nothing terrible. No reason to drink it, really, with so many better options.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:05:27 | More by zeledonia
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DarrellK

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not many of the characteristics say IPA. This looks, smells and feels like a wheat beer.

Almost colorless in appearance and the head while leaving a nice lace is quite thin.

Even though I drank from a large chalice the nose was so slight it was hard to pickup any character in the aroma.

Mouth is quite thin and not much feeling of the slightly high abv. Most of the character is definitely a wit.

Finish is a little better than the rest of the experience. A flowery dryness comes out but no where near that of an IPA.

It is called a white IPA but they could skip the IPA and be honest about the brew.

It is a disappointment but its still drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:22:02 | More by DarrellK
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crwrunner

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had a friend get a twelve pack of this so I thought I would try one. This beer was a white IPA. What I found interesting about this beer was it was almost like looking out my window on a snowy night and seeing snow slowly fall which ties into the name "accumulation". The color was a straw yellow with a white fog. It was pretty hoppy. When I drank it, I guy a grassy taste up front and a taste of rosemary on the back end. A little bit hoppy for my taste, but I am not a big IPA guy. Not a bad beer but probably woulnd't buy a six pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 23:59:24 | More by crwrunner
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Labeled as a white IPA for the winter seasonal.

Pours pale golden with little head.

Soft aroma of citrus and grass. Not much characteristics of "white" going on here.

This isn't a bad beer, it's just light in everything. Light appearance, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. I wonder the motivation behind this beer, especially for a winter release. Seems it would do well in the summer. Easy drinking. Mild hops, mild malt.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 21:31:50 | More by Mebuzzard
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (actually two of them) poured into a large mug
best before: 16Mar14

A: Pours a very light, straw yellow, absolutely crystal clear with lots of carbonation bubbles. 1/2 a fingers width of bright white head dissipates down fairly quickly but leaves a good amount of segmental lacing.

S: Pale malts, sweet citrus, tart lemon, floral hops. Nice, but fairly mild.

T: Piney bitterness, citrus rind, pale and sweet malts balance out the hops. Diacetyl and medicinal phenolics are somewhat off flavors. A bit of booze which is surprising given the relatively low ABV.

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, heavy carbonation, a bit boozy, drinkability is fair.

O: Overall, not impressed with this one. Not bad, but too many good IPAs out there for me to think about purchasing this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:22:33 | More by zac16125
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HardTarget

Texas

3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale yellow glass with a white (starch?) haze does truly look white, so points there. Holds a thin white cover that leaves a few loops of lace.

Smell: Very dusty, earthy, with just a hint of grapefruit rind and a bit of tonic water. Small whiffs of crystal malt sweetness.

Taste: A earthy hop profile (had to look: Target, Centennial, dry hopped with Mosaic and Amarillo). I get a little catty note from the Amarillo. The Target is the earthy, and the centennial is the grapefruit. Don't know what Mosaic is adding, but it might be oil as this total package manages to keep a fairly good balance but slowly fades into a bitter oily almost burn.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, almost fizzy, a bit soapy. Medium body drys in the finish.

Overall: A good beer. Not a west coast IPA, more of an international profile. Nice to see a light colored beer brewed for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:30:46 | More by HardTarget
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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.