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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,556
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 22
Gots: 324 | 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:
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 StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very glad they went with an ipa as a winter seasonal, but this isnt not as good as i was hoping ti would be. it doesnt have much head, and is really thickly cloudy with yeast in a pale yellow suspension. the nose is well hoppy with some citrus notes and bitterness, and i get some orange peel too. i am glad the coriander that is in most of these is not so prominent here, its helpful for the hops i think. the flavor is a little all mashed together, with the wheat being denser for winter and a ton of yeast left over. the hops dont taste as bright as they smelled, but they impart bitterness and i find this to be a rather refreshing beer overall, if a bit less refined and sessionable than i was originally after. it went well with a big burger, and i can see this being better in bottled form. i appreciate this as a seasonal instead of the classic malty spice type. (870 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all - who put this as a Belgian IPA? People need to think for themselves and not just react to the White IPA name, as the "style" doesn't necessarily mean it is Wit-like. This has standard ale yeast, but happens to have some wheat. Big deal, there is nothing Belgian here; New Belgium already has Belgo IPA.

Anyway...

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Hazy straw color with a frothy, stark white head and some lacing rings.

Smell: Mosaic and Amarillo overload. Tart grapefruit, berry, tropical notes, some spiciness.

Taste: Unbelievably subdued. It tastes like Mosaic and Amarillo hops over a light, wheat malt body. There are the expected hop notes considering the varietals - tart grapefruit, berry, tropical notes. However, it all tastes seriously watered down, with a very light, spicy, bitter finish.

Feel: Creamy, smooth and light like a wheat beer, but dry like an IPA. Decent carbonation. Overall, the mouthfeel is quite good.

Overall: Looks good, smells good, feels good, but someone forgot to work on the taste (or accidentilly mixed my bottle with half beer / half water). This was so close to a success. If only the taste (the exact taste I am detecting) was stronger. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By: 30 Mar 14

Looks like we are getting some (2) NB brews in Utah.

Pours a nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly malty with a nice little hop note, very slight citrus note. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some nice hop notes and citrus. Medium body. This is a nice little brew, but nothing I would call a winter seasonal. (460 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow. Frothy white head. Leaves a decent lace.
Smell: Pungent pine. Some grapefruit.
Taste: Bitter, spritzy, pine.

Very interesting. The smell is unique in its funkiness, and the taste has a bitter pine something going on. I like it. I don't know if I'd get it again though. It's certainly good, just unique. (333 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Thick bone white and four finger tall shampoo rocky and bleached head. Thick clumps of spider like lacing to match. Body color is a muted and hazy light lemon with very thin rising carbonation and hint of green. Quite a good looker here.

Nose is soft muted hop, hints of nice tropical juice and passionfruit like sweetness. Small hint of grass and not much malt obvious character. Tropical bomb this isn't but it's subtle and noticeable if you take your time on it. There's a weedy dandelion like quality grass as well.

Juiced hopped up quality on the palate and toned down. Light bodied malt quality but not much flavor. Finishes grassy and mild tropical hop with no malt depth, very light but not crisp or distinguishable. Slightly chalky aftertaste

Overall a half decent hop sided IPA with no malt depth and light bodied. I was wondering if there was going to be some chewy wheat body perhaps or something, but this beer just as a style and flavor just feels partially incomplete. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Jellopants356
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a nice amount of carbonation. Thin white head with a bit of lacing. So far, so good. Smells of lemon or perhaps grapefruit. Also i get some more floral notes in there. OOoo the taste is good. Solidly hopped with a smooth finish. I get more grapefruit in the taste as well as that white IPA taste. It reminds me of the only other white IPA i've ever had, Chainbreaker from Deschutes Brewery except it's more mellow and less hoppy. I love the mouthfeel, carbonated well but with texture in mind, it finishes smoothly. Overall i really like this beer. I wish this was a year-round offering as I really like the idea of a white IPA other than Chainbreaker, for when i want hops and texture without the intensity of the regular and Imperial IPAs. (764 characters)

Photo of whittyjosh74
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful hoppy aroma at the twist of the cap, has a nice golden hue to its color when poured , taste is lovely , sweet with a bit of citrus, not all that bitter , very mild mouth feel and not a prolonged after taste, I am a bit of an IPA junkie and this did not disappoint, easy to drink and would enjoy again (310 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Accumulation pours a see through straw like color with a small but long lasting lacing head. There is a very spicy aroma. The taste has a bold spicy note, some citrus fruits, and a very mild soggy hop flavor. Nice feel, and drinkable, decent flavors. Overall its enjoyable, but nothing special. (294 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/23/14.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and dirt covered berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the Mosiac hops adding a dirty berry like quality that comes through more in the taste. (604 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint. Best By bottle date of 06/04/2014.

Bright white and creamy-smooth cap reaches about a half-finger in width. Good retention with a sheet of lace clinging to the glass. The clear, pale, golden body has furious streams of carbonation within.

Soft nose with aromas of lemon, sweet bread, an herbal tinge, some oakiness. Not much here.

Earthy, some sour citrus on the back of the throat. A quick punch of bitterness that lingers well after the swallow. Perfumey esters and lemongrass mid-palate with a bready malt base. Some spicing that is reminiscent of clove mid-palate as well. An aspirin bitterness is noticeable on the swallow as well.

Slightly dry drink with a solid medium body. Creamy and smooth over the tongue.

Accumulation is a good beer. The flavors on the palate are muddled, and the nose is far too soft. And it would be hard to guess white ipa, very little here in the way of phenolic or estery spicing that would get me thinking in that direction. Easy to drink, and unoffensive. (1,021 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a slightly thin, slightly over-carbonated wittier. No foam or lacing. Pale yellow. Very light for an IPA. Looks a bit more like some English-style IPAs.

Smell: A hint of sour apples and lemon. Very malty for an IPA. It's ok overall. Very clean.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Flavor is the best part of this. Excellent combination of bitter lemon rind and toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel is definitely too light, but not flat.

Overall Drinkability: I wouldn't say this is a missed opportunity at a unique light winter IPA, but a little more crispness and some fruity notes would lend it some great seasonal traits. (622 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Color is an extremely pale straw, but with a milky appearance; it almost looks like a watered-down wit beer. Head is pure white; fluffy and long-lasting, it is made up of tiny bubbles. The sides of the glass are covered in thick lacing.

S - Aromas are pretty direct and one-dimensional. It is all pine and grapefruit from Northwestern U.S. hops. In the background is just a touch of bready malt, but not much.

T - Totally over the top with hops flavor. Mostly grapefruit, but with some pine flavors. The only chink in the hops flavor armor is a hint of grainy malt at the very end of the palate. Alcohol is not a significant flavor element.

M - Light to medium body. Strong hops bitterness. No alcohol burn. Creamy, but fairly low carbonation.

O - Over-the-top with nothing to counterbalance the grapefruity hops. Good if you're into that, I guess. But, aside from it's appearance, I can't say it's very distinctive compared to any number of other IPAs. (1,005 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, lemon, pale malt, slightly tart and vegetal. Flavor is citrus and dry grassy hops, pale malt, grapefruit and lemon citrus, finishing with astringent grassy hops with mild, pleasant stone fruit hovering at the edges, but not helping the finish. Light to medium bodied. Possibly the most grassy hop presence I've experienced in a beer, as I'd imagine a beer made with hay would taste. Not much Belgian presence. A citrus, grassy IPA that did not quite hang together for me. (620 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours out a very light straw colour with a bone white head a half inch in girth supported by a good deal of carbonation. bits of lace are left over as the beer is consumed. pale malt aroma, typical NB yeast smell and lemony/fruity hop notes fill the nose. upon tasting, the biscuity malts provide some meek support for the juicy fruit hop combination, of course wrapped up in the NB house yeast flavour. a bit of restrined bitterness rounds things out. it's light, airy and refreshing, even with the slightly higher ABV. no real alcohol notes, so kudos for the fact it seems well ingrained. the overall body seems lean, while the mouthfeel comes off as soft and supple with an underlying chalkiness. drinkability is nice...this would be a nice drinker after any outdoor wintertime activity...it has a certain quenchability that makes it approachable.

overall a nice changeup from other winter seasonals. white IPA is a bit confusing for me but i'll go with it. the only thing that detracts is the NB house yeast which i don't care for and sort of dominates all the other attractions that this ale has to offer. go try it and form your own opinion. (1,148 characters)

Photo of tnrambler
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a nice head, good lacing and very clear as you might expect from a white. Nice hoppy aroma with a pleasant nose feel. Taste is light with a nice mix of hops, something that I didn't really expect. Actually found myself pleasantly surprised by this one. (295 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Accumulation White IPA was inspired by the white beauty that falls each winter from our Colorado sky. Flurries of Mosaic and Amarillo hops bring soft fruit and citrus flavor, followed by a layer of bitter. Piled high in IBUs, Accumulation will make your winter brighter." Brewed in the style of an American India Pale Ale, although the bottle acknowledges it as a "White IPA". This is the most recent winter seasonal by New Belgium, replacing 2011 & 2012's Snow Day Black IPA. Available in 6 packs, 12 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a big frothy gold-tinged ivory head over a pale yellow body with a mild haze and moderate ambient carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is thick and sudsy. The body appearance is a little bit lighter than expected for a standard American India Pale Ale. 4.25

(Smell) Light hop aromas of citrus peel, underripe grapefruit and pine resins over a pale cracker malt body with some mellow biscuity undertones, otherwise very light and very clean. The balance is clearly in favor of bitterness and hop character, although neither hops nor malt generate an overly bold aromatic potency in this beer. 3.5

(Taste) Biscuity malts come in a bit stronger in the flavor, adding some smooth depth to the malt base. Hop profile is quite bitter with big flavors of juicy citrus ream, spicy and peppery hop character, mild resins following. Altogether it comes off as a slightly less potent Ranger IPA with a slightly more curious hop profile. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Smooth, slick and mildly oily textures. Carbonation adds a bit of froth for a soft texture. Balance is bitter over sweet. Body is a light/medium for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is light+, a bit easy to spot against such a mild malt base. 3.5

(Overall) An unusual, but welcome winter variation against the Stouts, Winter Warmers and Harvest Ales, Accumulation displays a curious herbaceous and murky hop profile with recent newbie Mosaic, slightly more citrusy and fruity from Amarillo, but confuses ideas of this being a winter-themed beer. I could find this right at home in a spring or even summer lineup, but for those who are looking for something different and drinkable, this may not be a bad option to consider. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Accumulation White India Pale Ale
3.59/5.00 (2,393 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a semi-hazy light yellow with a finger and a half of frothy white head. Aroma is pineapple, grapefruit, sugar, and orange. Taste is much the same, with pineapple being the primary flavor followed closely by grapefruit. The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation, not much lingering aftertaste. A decent beer but not one I'd seek out again, especially not in winter. Maybe in spring and summer. (442 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

App – very pale golden color, slightly cloudy. Pours a moussy white head, fairly long lasting and leaving behind some lace.

smell - Hop aroma somewhere between citrusy and earthy, and not as inviting as anticipated. Hop aroma not all that strong for as warm as I tasted this beer. Smells slightly sweet, but not much malt.

Hop flavors meld into an almost meat like flavor up front, might be the Amarillo which isn't one of my favorite hops. Not a lot of malt to balance out the hops. Nice assertive hop bitterness that is aggressive but not overpowering. Bitterness lingers into a clean but bitter finish. Beer seemed better in the finish than in the front of the mouth taste.

MF – Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or warming.

Overall – A well made beer, but the hop choices didn't suit my palate. Others may like it a lot more than me. (858 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from the grocery store across the road from my hotel in Denver during GABF 2013 last month. Since I shoveled about the same kind of snow yesterday as depicted on the label, I figure it's about time to crack this one.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and silken eggshell white head, which leaves a decent array of Rand McNally lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of musty orange, grapefruit, kiwi, and pineapple fruit rind, earthy yeast, and grassy, piney hops. The taste is generally yeasty in bearing - peppery and herbal, with more muddled, and subdued citrus pith bitterness, a sort of stale tropical fruit essence, some laid-back wheaty and grainy malt, and further soft lemongrass and pinecone hop notes.

The bubbles are a bit overwrought in their assertiveness at first, but settle to a manageable din soon enough, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, the yeast always having to have its say. It finishes dry, the malt forgoing any further claim, while the complex hops and yup, yeast fully take up the reins.

Not sure why this is listed as an American IPA - the yeast, and somewhat elevated ABV seem worthy of a sidestep to Belgian IPA territory, no? You'd think with the slavish Low Countries attitude of this brewery, one might make that connection. At any rate, a way too yeasty IPA, yeah, I said it, with little to associate it with the winter season - the 'white' moniker being tenuous at best. (1,509 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours two and half fingers of head on a clear light golden colored body.
The aroma is light, fruity and floral. Nice.
The taste has mild lemon bitter, followed by mild honey sweet. Balanced.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A nice drink. (252 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of hops, malt, and citrus.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, citrus (lemon, orange, etc.), and a bit of malt. Not a particularly bad flavor, but nothing really jumps out at you. A very standard IPA flavor.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A serviceable IPA, but not a spectacular one. Light and sweet, very easy to drink. (553 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 3.75 - Very pale gold, somewhat cloudy, with a modest head.
S: 3.75 - Nice floral, grassy hoppiness, a faint tartness.
T: 3.5 - High bitterness on first taste, with moderate grassy hop flavor. Tastes like the NB house yeast, which is distinctive but doesn't add much Belgian or "white" character. In fact, it mainly tastes like a bitter Fat Tire without the malt.
M: 4.0 - Good body, moderate carbonation.
O: 3.5 - Just another forgettable seasonal beer from NB. I wish they'd find something good and stick with it, instead of giving us something new every year. (566 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Fresh lemon zest up front. Light piney character and a bit of stone fruit aromas all soft and understated.

Appearance: Hazy straw colored pour with a moderate tan and batter-like head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Slight lemon flavor persists with mild peppercorn notes. Underlying cracker-like malt character. A firm earthy bitterness asserts to bring some balance to the lemon and crackery sweetness. Balance is to the earthy bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. No alcohol heat or hop-derived astringency.

Overall impression: A bit restrained for a Belgian IPA. Needed more of "something" but not bad. Probably won't seek out again. (723 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops along with lighter notes of spices and pale malts (perhaps a touch of wheat as well).

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts and wheat which is followed by moderate flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pit, tropical/pineapple, and grassy with just a touch of citrus/lemon rind. There are light flavors of spices in the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for a short while.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A nice change for a holiday seasonal but I would describe it as an IPA rather than a Belgian IPA - not a lot of "white" to it. Easy enough to drink and enjoyable though. (1,176 characters)

Photo of qchic
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, straw yellow topped by egg white head. Herbaceous nose, with some tropical fruit and pepper. Good flavor with more fruitiness up front, finishing up dry and bitter. I wonder what more malt would do here, especially for a winter seasonal that's lacking body. Is this the equivalent of a lawnmower beer meant to refresh after shoveling snow? It's not bad at all, but it has me thinking spring before the leaves have even fallen. (432 characters)

Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.