Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,381 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 192 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.51/5  rDev -32%
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.

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2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I don't remember being impressed

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2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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2.6/5  rDev -29.5%

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2.72/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.72/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

A bit too fruity tasting for my liking. Grapefruity, bitter finish. Rather have a Bud than this.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of lstorie3
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pale yellow, maybe pineapple juice color. Slight haze. Minimal white head. I was expecting maybe something akin to a wit in color, and although it's not real far off, it's not exactly what I was expecting.

Smell is pine and lemon and maybe a touch of Cheez-itz. Some spic e as well, but I can't quite put my finger on it - maybe a bit of clove? Overall, a nice smelling Christmas IPA.

Very carbonated and light bodied.

Taste is fairly subdued. It's somewhat fruity and piney and not much else. Not really digging it. It's not real bitter, but it has some bitterness. Not picking the spice in the taste. Kind of blah.

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2.85/5  rDev -22.8%

Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.