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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 126 | 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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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

Enjoy by 3/22/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow with a slight haze; chunky eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. Great looking brew. The aromas have lots of lemon zest. More subtle citrus notes. Some grapefruit. Some malts in the mix. Smells like your typical New Belgium hoppy beer. The Belgian aspects almost seem non-existent, although they're ultimately there. The flavors are bittersweet and refreshing. More citrus notes. More lemon and lime. Hints of wheat. Lots of fresh grass. Hints of caramel. There's a nice little bitterness, but it's far from overwhelming. Finishes pretty clean. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a fun beer to drink, but isn't overly impressive. Like I said before, it's your typical New Belgium hoppy beer with a subtle kiss of wheat.

BB1313, Nov 14, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. A hazy pale lemon yellow with a thin layer of foamy white bubbles on top and leaving concentric rings of lace on the sides of the glass. Bright and fresh aroma of lemon and pineapple, grass, something else faintly tropical or gummy candy-like, coriander seed, a ghost of pine needles. Palate is refreshing, citric, subtly sweet ... I get more of a session IPA vibe than the expected witbier base, at least initially, although there is a solid undercurrent of Belgian seed spice and dry phenols. Grapefruit, lime, and some mango complement the lemon on the nose. The combination of Belgian yeast and citrus hops recalls ginger root, in a way. Body on the low end of medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes rather dry, with lingering citrus rind, clove, and coriander notes. I stand by my earlier "session" assessment, flavorsome yet light and drinkable. Good balance between American hop and Belgian flavors, with the former front and center and the latter playing a competent supporting role.

CalgaryFMC, Yesterday at 11:50 PM
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3.96/5  rDev +7.6%

Kmace929, Yesterday at 11:49 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

HiPpYcHoP, Yesterday at 09:48 PM
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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

Generatorkai, Yesterday at 08:59 PM
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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

jason419, Yesterday at 04:55 PM
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3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

samtrillo, Yesterday at 03:11 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Dirtyhands, Saturday at 10:56 PM
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3.12/5  rDev -15.2%

442Much, Saturday at 10:49 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Nuggetz, Saturday at 06:12 PM
Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale but clean and clear golden, with a thick blanket of white suds. That gives way to a dusting of thick, detailed lace.

Aroma: Crisp citrus, tropical, and floral hops. Delightful.

Taste: Tangy citrus, with notes of pineapple, mango, and sharp, bitter citrus. I get hints of lemon alongside grapefruit. There’s a lingering bitterness that is tempered by a spicy malt profile. Finishes with more of the tangy pineapple and grapefruit.

This is one of my favorite New Belgium seasonals, and I always grab at least a couple of 12-packs to get me through the winter months.

secondtooth, Saturday at 04:22 PM
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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

akwarneke, Friday at 09:36 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

obrike, Friday at 09:31 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

GeoChase90, Friday at 08:28 PM
Photo of glass_house
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a hazy light straw-gold with two fingers of dense creamy head that hangs around for quite awhile and blankets my glass with bright white lacing. Looks a lot like a wit. The first sniff reminds me of a fresh cut grapfruit. Big sharp citrus and some bright wheat notes. Not sure why BA has this listed as a "Belgian IPA", as I don't see anything from New Belgium referring to it as such. Does not appear to be anything Belgian about this white IPA.

Initial taste follows through on the nose. Big citrus notes of lemon peel, orange, and grapefruit, with some subtle tropical fruit and grassy accents. However, it fails to follow through on its potential. The flavors quickly fade mid-palate, as the body seems too thin to carry them. Only a very faint hint of a bready wheat malt presence is detected, and leaves it feeling unbalanced. I like the hop profile and level of bitterness, just wish it was a bit more full and round. However, the light body and crisp carbonation does give it a refreshing characteristic that makes it rather drinkable.

Overall, I can see this as a good choice as something in between a bigger IPA and session IPA. I just find myself wishing it packaged the impressive flavors with a more substantial body. That being said, I will grab a few more of these when I'm in the mood for something with a lighter feel.

glass_house, Friday at 03:13 PM
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

fishguyac, Friday at 01:46 AM
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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mojo, Thursday at 03:38 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

a77cj7, Wednesday at 10:42 PM
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

NMFB, Wednesday at 07:21 PM
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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
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