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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

885 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%


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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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a best-by 4/20/14 date. Poured into a tulip, just above 40 degrees.

Pours with a short white head over a very pale yellow colored body, with a slight foggy/cloudy look to it. Very nice lacing.

Aromas are a light and bready. Plenty of yeast comes through, and just a touch of pineapple-to-apple fruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and easy drinking. This goes down quickly, with just light carbonation. Flavors have a lot of apple in the middle, with a light finish of pine. Some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste reminds you that it's an IPA. Finish is nice and dry.

This is a pretty easy-drinking IPA, as I guess "white" IPAs should be... right? Nothing too strong for those who are scared off by muscled-out IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 20:41:14 | More by BeerImmediately
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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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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Light golden straw colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: aroma of bitter citrus hops mixed with light grain, lemon, biscuit

T: nice lemony fresh hop flavor up front, middle is dry with little malt and slight orange peel, finish is more bitter citrus hops

M: light with higher carbonation

O: lemon flavor is light and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 02:03:05 | More by M_C_Hampton
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy, milky yellow color. Body is vibrant. Head is very skinny. It appears as a thin, crooked, patchy film of white fizz. Random islands of lace on the glass.

S-Zesty citrus and lemons with grass and some light tropical fruitiness. Pale maltiness and a slightly spicy yeast character. Cooked light graininess. Some breadiness.

T-The flavor falls a bit flat. I actually found the nose to be pretty inviting. Hops are light pineapple and some clementine (not bitter enough to remind me of a grapefruit or anything like that). More breadiness, pale maltiness and soft peppery spice. Lots of cooked grain. Finishes with a grassy bitterness that isn't very intense.

M-Lighter bodied with a buzzing amount of carbonation. Medium to light bitterness. Drinks easily.

O/D-I enjoyed this brew and find it a bit underrated. Don't get New Belgium in my parts so this was a bit of a treat. White IPAs aren't the most beloved style but I generally enjoy them and this one I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 23:46:47 | More by VelvetExtract
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing from notes as I continue to clean up un-reviewed beers from my notebook over the past few months. Enjoyed this on on 11/1/13 out of a 12 oz brown bottle from which I did not get the bottling date. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Pours a mostly clear straw yellow color with highlights of bright neon yellow where the sunlight diffuses through the glass. A slight chill haze prevents the body from being completely translucent. Atop the body sits a frothy two-and-a-half finger head the color of eggshell. Retention is excellent and leaves a mess of sticky mottled lacing on the glass well after the liquid has disappeared.

Smell - Some biscuity notes are present, but mostly the aroma consists of citrus zest, grass and some pleasant spice notes that provide a little more depth to the hoppiness than your more straightforward IPA.

Taste - Here the citrus character explodes, with lemon zest, grapefruit, lemongrass, some Bartlett pear and again the pale malt backbone allows this to be a little more than hop juice. The hint of spice from the aroma is far less aggressive in the taste. Without the aroma working alongside the taste, I'd swear this was really a standard American IPA rather than the so-called "white IPA".

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with some softness from the use of wheat and moderate carbonation, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall, a tasty beer in it's own right, but I can't help but dock the score a bit because it doesn't really have much in the way of the "white" aspect of the White IPA--and by that, I mean the spice profile of a traditional witbier. I do enjoy the change-of-pace as a light and refreshing winter seasonal compared to the many winter warmers and darker beers that come out around this time, so kudos to NB for thinking a bit outside the box.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 16:02:53 | More by LambicPentameter
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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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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:44:45 | More by Franziskaner
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CardiacNP

Louisiana

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very Pale White India Pale Ale. Nice floral aroma, nice crisp clean mouth feel. An mild citrus finish with minimal bitterness. Nice white lacing . The beer and its hops may of mellowed a bit with age. 6.2 % ABV. A decent seasonal from New Belgium Brewery from Colorado

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 02:15:28 | More by CardiacNP
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beergoot

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale, straw yellow body with a lasting, sticky, white head; sticky rings of lacing. Robust citrus and pine hop aroma. Lemon bread flavor; excellent bitterness. Medium-light body; crisp, clean, and dry finish.

A flavor powerhouse packing a juicy, citrus punch with a nicely balanced hop bitterness and subdued malt backbone to round things out. Well-balanced flavors and aroma combine with a delightful sensory complexity to make a very memorable IPA experience. This one would be nice to have available year-round.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 01:57:13 | More by beergoot
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:56:58 | More by vette2006c5r
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Shockznbrewz

Utah

4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is coming from a guy who has not had very many WIPAs that he has really liked.

A - A ninety percent clear pale yellow/gold brew, with a head retention that mostly went away within about 5 minutes or so, then stayed to cover the top layer of beer for the entirety. Leaving lace on the glass that was thin and of no particular pattern.

S - Wonderful, I could not figure out the hops, but I really like it. First part of the smell is very much a slap in the face of hops, then ending in obvious bitter bliss.

T - Citrus off the bat with an extra earthy tone, then a split second of light malt flavor with complicated specialties; as the hops set in to a very special bitterness I really enjoy with a subltle fruityness. Followed by a slight throte alcohol taste, but of course not too strong at all. Infact it's very drinkable, smooth, and asking for another drink (gulp) Tasted a slight hint of pine that drink. Yum.

M - Not too much or little carbonation, full bodied, and not too thick. The flavor intrudes my perception of the mouthfeel as its bitterness tingles my tounge, mouth, and throte.

O - Seriously enjoy the S**T out of this beer, the drinkability is high and easy to have more than a few (Look out) it's strong ABV takes it's hold quickly as the third cap is popped off. I will cry the day this beer is no longer brewed, rather hoping for the next winter to roll around. (crosses fingers)

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 04:33:21 | More by Shockznbrewz
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light crystal clear yellow with 1 finger white. Average retention

S - Very nice! Great use of hops. Lots of lemon and citrus. Slight grassy aroma as well.

T - Man oh Man! This is the beer for me. Love the floavor of this beer. Hops level is perfect. Lemon and other citrus. Again, slight grassiness to the beer. Malts blanced the hops nicely as well.

M - A light beer that goes down smooth. This one could hurt you. I think i could drink a case

O - Wow, I loved the flavor of this beer. Something about it was perfect to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:56:03 | More by Goosehunter75
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Badger6

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date 10/28/2013 (label imprint reads 131028, with an expiration of 30 Mar 14). Poured into an American pint glass.

A - Poured out fast enough to build a good head on the beer, but get all 12oz into the glass with one pour. The head was pure white and frothy, roughly a finger tall on the beer; mostly diminished within 2-3 minutes, with significant lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was a clear yellowish amber. There was no sediment in the body. Slight carbonation rising from the base of the glass.

S - The aroma is not overwhelmingly strong or distinct. There is a clear hop note, with scents of pine and resin, and some fruitiness. There is a slight floral scents to the aroma. Smells like an IPA and Belgian should.

T - The flavor profile is very complex. Slightly sweet up front, but more earthy with notes of pine and citrus from the hops, there are also clear hints of yeast. Finishes slightly bitter with a hint of acidity. Pine and citrus notes throughout, with a fruitiness that is clear but not overpowering.

M - The carbonation is mellow. The beer has a light to medium body, with a creamy yet slightly dry texture. The beer finishes with a hint of alcohol. Nice fading finish.

O- I enjoyed this beer, and would drink it again. At 6.5% abv there is the slightest hint of alcohol in the beer, though nothing like a true high gravity imperial or strong style. It makes for a nice seasonal change for anyone who enjoys IPA or pale ale and is looking for something slightly different.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 02:45:47 | More by Badger6
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mpyle

Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:18:06 | More by mpyle
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy light yellow liquid with a slight white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Almost noble hop like, with some spice, and hints of dark fruit and orange in the background.

T: Although the beer is described as having "flurries of Mosaic and Amarillo hops", primarily I taste a bittering variety. The website lists Target as a bittering hop, and Centennial likely as flavour. The Amarillo and Mosaic that are used for dry hopping are more subdued than I expected. This leaves a prickly earthy and herbal taste up front, which transitions to grapefruit and floral, and a faint hint of dark tropical fruit and orange at the back end from the dry hopping.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: I think the Target bittering hop should be replaced with another hop. Its just too dirty, and it imparts earthy and herbal flavours. Almost like fruit that has rolled around on the wet ground. Clean bittering hops like Magnum could've worked better. But, Green Bullet or Willamette would've probably been best as bittering hops, because the dark fruit would've gone well with the Mosaic.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 00:16:04 | More by DaftCaskBC
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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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Spikester

Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with one finger of white head that has staying power. Nice rings of white lace.
Smell is pungent spice with what smells like some belgian type yeast.
Taste is initially sweet biscuit malt goodness with some bitter fruity hops.
Mouthfeel is good with plenty of carbonation. Long drying bitter finish.
Overall a tasty beer that reminds me of a belgian pale ale with a bit less pucker factor.
Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 07:15:14 | More by Spikester
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CraftyBeerDrinker

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my local grocer mainly out of the anticipated boredom I'm sure to find over the next few days of sub-zero temps and on again off again snow. Honestly, it's pretty solid for a White IPA, and particularly surprising to me since I've been down on New Belgium of late.

The beer packs a moderate punch at 6.2% ABV, but doesn't drink like it. Very smooth and pleasantly fruity without being overpowering in any direction.

It's probably the closest I can get to Jai Alai in Illinois, so that works for me!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:30:46 | More by CraftyBeerDrinker
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Favorite beer ever, along with Rolle Bolle from New Belgium. Cant help but love the interesting concoction, since I love IPA's and I love Witbiers. Pours a nice light honey-straw yellow, clear and crisp. If the mark of a good beer is lacing, this is king, since I have a shot's worth of beer lining my glass from top to bottom. All around a great drink, and nice at 6.2 abv to accumulate many beer sweaters for cold weather defense. I drank one of these on the lift at Red Lodge Mountain in Montana and it made for a darn fun ride down the hill.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 04:37:16 | More by Johnny_Muir
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Mosstrooper

California

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz glass mug.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw in color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates rather slowly and yields a wall of lace where the head once was. Definitely doesn't look like your typical IPA.

Smell: Hops! Lots of citrus backed up by piney and earthy aromas.

Taste: Begins citric, rounding out to more woody and bitter flavors toward the finish. Faint hints of sweet malt and a slight spice. Actually tastes a lot like a Belgian-style IPA.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with some lively carbonation up front and a refreshing, watery finish.

Overall: A nice beer and definitely worth drinking. Seems more like it's suited for summer as opposed to winter, but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 22:46:30 | More by Mosstrooper
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PROEDGEBIKER

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since New Belgium came to florida i have been trying all their beers as they become available in my local package store. Different but great tasting IPA, im a big IPA fan and also a citrus beer fan so this beer goes great for my taste budz. #YUMMMMmmmm

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 23:14:48 | More by PROEDGEBIKER
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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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RJLarse

Washington

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a six-pack of Accumulation ins a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear with a light frothy white head.

Smell is a lights a sweet citrus aroma, with a hint of wet grain and vinegar.

Taste is a mild bitter grapefruit flavor with a little New Belgium biscuit flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, with a dry better aftertaste.

Overall a nice light IPA. Not sure it's a winter ale. It would be just as good or better on a hit summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:52:12 | More by RJLarse
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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a very pale and clear straw colour with a nice head that slowly disappears to leave some good lacing. Very clear for a white/wheat ale. I was expecting cloudiness from lee deposit but there were none.

S: Some say grapefruit, I agree but would add orange without a doubt. Light, citrus and somewhat floral. Just enough pine needles.

T: Orange and grapefruit to start and then comes the pine needles with a well balanced citrus vs hops.

M: Good carbonation, rounded. Very pleasant.

O: This is a very nice White IPA. Could session on it no problem. Somewhat of a bridge for non-IPA and IPA fans? I'll leave that up to you. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 03:17:47 | More by Niceroad77
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vkv822

Oregon

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pale, hazy yellow with a foamy, long lasting white head.

Big citrusy, fruity hops upfront, with a lightly resinous finish, and just enough of a wheat-y malt backbone to keep it in check.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done "White IPA". I hope they bring it back next winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 09:05:19 | More by vkv822
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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.