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Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good
264 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
264
Ratings:
1,826
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
32%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

Added by ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013

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Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 1,826
Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden hued with great clarity. Minimal wisp of head covers half of the top of this beer. I get a bit of floral hop and pale wheat in the nose. The mouth is moderately carbonated. The flavor is pale wheat and I just get bit a light taste of floral hops.

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Photo of Knox_Worrell
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel snifter

A - A very pale amber, almost a clear, translucent apple juice type color. Has a good sized head that leaves good amount of lacing around the edge of my glass.

S - Very pleasant smell. Balanced "hoppy" pine smell with a some orange and lime undertones. Has a bit of herbal smell. Kind of like a spicy mint, I'm assuming that's related to the mosaic hops used.

T - Not bad, not great. A little less hops taste than expected. Very smooth but a bit of a unpleasant aftertaste. Definitively a minty taste in here. Also incorporates some lime flavor.

M - For a "winter" beer feels incredibly light and airy in the mouth. If that's a good thing, I'm not really sure.

O - Ehhh, not the best offering from New Belgium by any stretch of the imagination. I much prefer the Imperial IPA or even Ranger. Pretty forgettable beer. Not bad but there are a wealth of better options out there.

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light IPA. Pours a clear dull gold color into a pint glass. Big bubbly white head with decent retention and a lot of lacing. Smell is fairly mild, mostly grassy and citrus hops. Still pleasant.

Taste is fairly good....Not a top-shelf IPA but not bad either....Citrus and grassy hops with some balancing bready malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Overall a good IPA. A little light but also good hoppy flavor,

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Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter 1/3/2015.

A- Light golden yellow body. Poured hard; comes up with a nice fluffy 3 finger white head with lots of splotches of lacing. Good retention time, nice longevity.

S- Sticky resin, sweet caramel, a bit of citrus. Not a ton of hoppy flavour here aside from the mineraly yeast flavours and the malt.

F- Sweet caramel, a bit of toffee, minerals, lemon, a bit of nuttiness which is very weird in a beer that looks like this; and of course a decent bit of pine. The pine is the strongest flavour here. This is certainly not a bad beer at all, certainly very different stylistically.

M- Medium bodied, substantial with a nice carbonation to it, a nice pep and smoothness to it. Very interesting mouthfeel with a nice depth of flavour, finishing off with pine and minerals.

O- Interesting Belgian IPA, nice pine finish and not as much of the Belgian yeast flavours but I'm OK with it. This is not bad, but this is not great; however it is different enough that I enjoyed it.

Final score: 3.49

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Jellopants356
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Very pretty beer, very nice frosty head that takes a minute to dissipate. Extremely light tannish color, almost clear. Very interesting looking
S- The smell is great. I get piney, sweet, crisp, and citrusy aromas from this beer.
T- Not as strong as I expected it to be, it has a nice citrusy and hoppy flavor with a classic IPA bitterness. But honestly the flavor isn't as strong as I'd like. The flavor good enough.
F- Light and carbonated.
O- The look and smell of this beer is pretty great. The flavor isn't as good as I wanted it to be. Overall a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of whittyjosh74
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/whitish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, yeast. Taste is citrus up front, malts at the finish, light bitterness, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Okay, confession: I was tricked into picking this up past its best-before date. Will re-review once I've had a fresh one to compare.

Appearance is slightly hazy/unfiltered gold, almost lager-like. Meagre head, receding quickly, but much lacing. Smell is Belgian yeast, dough, coriander, citrus, clove, biscuit-y malt, cracker, and a gentle herbal/fruity hop character.

Taste is doughy, biscuity, crackery, with some wheat, spices (coriander, clove, etc.,), and not a huge amount of balancing hop bite. Nevertheless, a bit of herbal/citrus, a touch of resin are here. Light-ish body, fairly aggressive carbonation.

The hops here feel very muted, and I imagine that has to do with it being past the sell-by date. Everything else, though, sure seems to be in order, and it's still a decently drinkable, refreshing beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After the carbonation settles this gives a nice frothy head and a pale white complexion. Light pine, rose petal, coriander, starchy wheat malt, floral hop and pithy lemon rind flavor. Overall a nice light beer but it begs for a bit more substance.

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Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a finger of head. The nose has a mild hoppiness to it. The body and flavor are pretty thin even for a Belgian/White IPA.

This is certainly sessionable but there is nothing extraordinary here.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Radome
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale gold-yellow, good streams of bubbles, streams of carbonation, fluffy white head that leaves good lace. Nose is like Froot Loops- sugary kinda fake tropical fruits, with some pine and light malt behind. Flavor puts much more emphasis on piercing pine and pale malt, some peppery qualities, faint chalk finish. Sharp carbonation, light bodied.
Sharp flavor accentuated by the bite of the carbonation. It was flavorful, but not a really tasty flavor, but not flawed either. Just... unnecessarily provocative.

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Photo of budgood1
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of tnrambler
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.