Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,553
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 23
Gots: 316 | FT: 0
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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 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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Not much snow out there today, but when have these seasonals matched up with reality anyway? This stuff pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises coriander, pine needles, light biscuit, and grapefruit zest. The taste brings in more of the same, though the pine takes on a bit of a minty character on the edges. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decent "white IPA", but nothing close to special. Next. (549 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is an interesting yellowish in the New Belgium snifter. Lemony nose and some flowery aromas.

Taste is really toasty overlain with a sweet fritiness. The eye-opener is a very unusual hot tangerine flavor with a kick of fruitcake and resins. Overall, this is quite thin and sharp, with the tart citrus taste dominating. Starts out with the hoppy flavors and then the bitterness takes over.

This starts out seeming to be not so bitter, but the already acidic note of the sheat malt seems to add to the bitterness in the aftertaste. The fruit is a pleasant novelty but it's not particularly drinkable. I'll try anything that New Belgium puts in 12 oz bottles-- they are bound to be an intriguing bargain compared to the unending supplh of overpriced bombers. (762 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Mildly hazed yellow straw hue, tight lacing that leaves a trail in its wake.

SMELL: CItrus zest, woody hops, tangerine, spice, grassy grain, mild evergreen

TASTE: Grassy hop, citrus peel, faint powdered aspirin, juicy hop resin, vague spicing, pale malt, ample bitterness, dry graininess, long lingering hop finish

Perhaps more of an IPA than White Ale, tasty none the less and a good switch up on the whole seasonal thing. (474 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD of 02/02/14

Pours a light gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & stellar lacing

S: Lemongrass, grapefruit rind & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, light breadyness & a little bit of pineapple up front. More grapefruit as this warms, dryness, a little bit of pear & lemons. Finishes with a touch of pear, dryness, assertive grapefruit, & a touch of white pepper

MF: Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable, I liked this better when I first purchased this, on a fresh pallet this is pretty good, not great. One of the better beers of this style (592 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hazed apricot golden hue with bright white fine effervescent head, leaves even Belgian style lacing.

Aroma spices like coriander and citrus. Big dank citrus hops with mango tropical fruits in the back end.

Flavor bready malts spicy yeast with evident citrus and coriander. Juicy center of ripened mango and pineapple juice notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied nice fluffy carbonation gives nice textures on the palate.

Overall, one of the better white IPAs alongside Deschutes Chainbreaker! (493 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Whole Foods HQ a few days ago. "White India Pale Ale." Winter Seasonal. Brewed with Mosaic and Amarillo hops. Best before 02 March 2013. 6.2% ABV confirmed. "Serve at 7 C (45 F)." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard New Belgium label art and branded orange/red pry-off pressure cap served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - whose more standard offerings are rarely very good (with the notable exception of Trippel). Reviewed as a white IPA because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Okay thickness. Some creaminess and a bit of frothiness. Nice even consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. It could have a softer complexion.

Body colour is a cloudy pale yellow of slightly above average vibrance. Quasitransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's within style conventions for a white IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. There are no overt flaws.

Sm: It has a raw wort-like unfinished character to it, partly induced by a surprising presence of sweet worty malts. The hop profile is lovely and comes off very fresh, almost like the aroma of a brewery. Onion (which I like here, and rarely mind in other beers), lemony citrus esters, a pleasant floral bouquet, mango/tropical fruit, and some subdued clean pine notes all emerge from the careful hopping. Clearly, there's some deliberate intentionality behind the hop choices. It's a bit of a reach, but really buried in there I do find some vague spicing I'd attribute to amarillo hops.

On the malty side, it's got pilsner malts, pale malts, and even a bit of crystal malt.

No yeast character is detectable, but the fermentation seems quite clean. No alcohol is detectable.

I'm a bit concerned about the sweet/bitter balance as it seems too sweet based on the aroma, but I'm optimistic.

A pleasant fragrant aroma of mild to moderate strength. Very approachable, with no naked hop bitterness. I find no off-notes.

T: It's too sweet as feared, evoking fruitcake. Plenty of fruity notes from the hops - bursts of lemon, mango, and unidentifiable tropical fruit. Estery. I like the citrusy character. It's a biteen resinous and oily, but I want so much more. There's some general vague floral hop character. A bit oniony, sure. Hop bitterness is moderate, and is nicely tamed by the malty sweetness.

On the malty end, I'm pleasantly surprised to find leavening wheat in the body in addition to the more traditional pale and pilsner malts. I can't discern whether or not crystal malt was used; the crispness hints at it but it may just be New Belgium's usual overcarbonation.

No spices, alcohol, or yeast notes come through.

Overall, it's an enjoyable approachable white IPA that's rough around the edges. Definitely needs a more even balance. There's some interesting complexity here, and even some subtlety, but as with most beers it could use more. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's cohesive but not quite gestalt. Importantly, the hop choices do seem motivated and the beer has a clear focus. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too light on the palate, reducing its presence and making it feel somewhat weak and subdued. I'd like a bit more body and more of an imposing thickness here - there's ample flavour diversity to justify it. Has a light oily touch, but it's rather timid inasmuch as IPAs are concerned. Crisp. A biteen overcarbonated. Refreshing? Sure, I guess. It suits the flavour profile generally well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Some tinkering is necessary to really create a marriage between texture and taste. I do love its soft feel on the palate; it's very welcoming.

Not harsh, hot, astringent, boozy, buttery, or gushed.

Dr: A very drinkable white IPA from New Belgium, and one I wouldn't mind getting in a variety pack. But why is this a winter seasonal? The marketing B.S. about accumulating snow in the Colorado sky is all hunky dory, but if any of the 4 seasons is unfit for a white IPA, it's winter. It hides its above average ABV well, and while I wouldn't recommend it to friends, it's the kind of beer you'd be pleased to see a sixer of at a casual party. Worth trying, but far from exceptional. Surpassed my meagre expectations.

B- (4,671 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded lemon-yellow with a thin creamy white head.

The smell is of lemon, some pine. Very soft.

The taste is of tropical fruits - sour and bitter with a woody finish. Wet cracker is in the back. Malt support is trace.

It is effervescent and pretty smooth. The alcohol is relatively well-hidden.

Hops and yeast with just a hint of malt. The hop character is nice, but not great. It's a different IPA. It's pretty good. (428 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 2/2/2014. Pours fairly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, wheat, pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wheat IPA! All around great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,327 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Stamped (best by) 23 Feb. 2014.
Pours quite light, true to the white IPA claim, with a lighly hazed golden-yellow body and an undersized head. Leaves spotty lacing.

Nothing light about the aroma or flavor; instead, this beer packs a solid load of citrus hops. Seems to have a slight tart note along with a somewhat restrained bitterness. Some bready underpinnings from the malts add to the nice mix of fruity flavors.

O: a great beer to pair with say, a schwarzbier, to show people that light beers are not always light and dark beers are often not strong. (602 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 Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, w/ best before dating

Hazed yellowy amber, off white head, leaving a smattering of fine lace.

Grapefruit nose thats on the tame side

Tasty and lighter bodied IPA with grapefruit notes all the way through it.

Decent if not spectacular. (252 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Labeled as a white IPA for the winter seasonal.

Pours pale golden with little head.

Soft aroma of citrus and grass. Not much characteristics of "white" going on here.

This isn't a bad beer, it's just light in everything. Light appearance, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. I wonder the motivation behind this beer, especially for a winter release. Seems it would do well in the summer. Easy drinking. Mild hops, mild malt. (421 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 Zorro
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a small white colored head. The base is obviously a wheat beer.

Smells strongly hoppy. Scents of pine and grapefruit and a eucalyptus tree funk. Weirder scents too, Aspirin, and cedar wood.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong grapefruit rind taste. Medium bitterness it tastes better than it smells, but you had better like hops. Slight woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. Still I liked the old seasonal 2 Below better. (476 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 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 Tone
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, floral hops, hint of sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of pine, slight citrus hops, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of earthy malt, citrus hops, slight pine, hint of sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, very pale appearance, great lacing, good blend, but too much earthy malt for my taste. (551 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally, looking at the now myriad of gibberish on the label where a clear best before date used to be.

A very pale straw yellow colour, something I expected from a brew called a White IPA, it has a 1 finger head of foam and my glass is loaded with lacing. The brew is cold so there's some haziness.

Grapefruit and lemon dominate the smell. A bit of wheat also makes its way through.

Grapefruit, lemon, quite a bit of a grassy hoppiness, minor notes of wheat...a pretty bitter brew from NB especially in the finish. Okay, combine the lemon and grass and you get, wait for it, lemon grass. ;^) I like the taste muchly.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. This is a very nice brew and I'll enjoy the other 5 bottles from the 6er, no problem. (747 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 BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6.2% ABV, Serve at 45°F, Best before 23FEB14

A - Fluffy sheets of lace coat the glass like wind-blown snow from the lofty pile of white foam, resting gently on the clear pale yellow beer.

S - Bright citrus notes shine with vibrant updrafts of lemon peel, moist apricot, white grape skin, and tropical fruit essence while dry wheat and subtle pale malt lay low.

T - Accumulation's bold citrus character is piled high like a mound of snowballs waiting to be thrown, ripe with tropical fruit smoothie flavor; mango, lemon, peach, white grape, and, though buried in snow, faint earthy grass on the finish.

M - Crisp and refreshing like a brisk breeze, Accumulation has a bright, airy feel that's punctuated by soft wheat and smooth hop bitterness, finishing with a touch of dryness and lingering tingle of citrus.

O - Accumulation is so ripe with fresh, tropical fruitiness you'd swear there was fruit in the beer but New Belgium's flurry of hops generates the whole avalanche of fruit flavor, piling on top of the beer's perfect wit-like base of grainy pale malts and soft wheat. It's incredibly drinkable and refreshing in a sea of spiced, high alcohol, warming winter beers. (1,225 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light gold with decent head and lace on top of a citrusy, strong hoppy aroma with mild spice. Tastes and feels like your average IPA; citric hops, very minor sweetness, dry, crisp finish. A decent beer that was alright to try but nothing special about this IPA. (277 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dated 02FEB14
A - very pale and a bit cloudy, tall, frothy white head holds great retention
S - citric aroma with orange rind, grapefruit, wheat, yeast, spice - coriander perhaps but it does not say it was brewed with it.
T - very white peppery on the tongue, graperfruit, mandarin, wheat, yeast, Juicy Fruit gum, but the pepper overwhelms the palate
M - thin body, however it is creamy but sharp on the bitter finish with white pepper here again.
O - not crazy over this one. Too peppery for me. It makes it very hard to drink and discern its other notes. It's not terrible, but it needs work. (595 characters)

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
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