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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 14
Gots: 123 | 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:
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

zestar, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Texasfan549, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

kjkinsey, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

jaydoc, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

kylehay2004, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

TMoney2591, Aug 26, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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 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 wheat 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.

biboergosum, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

zeff80, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 06, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jason, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

WVbeergeek, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

nickfl, Jan 02, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev +3%
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

russpowell, Oct 25, 2013
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3.3/5  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.

mactrail, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MarkyMOD, Oct 27, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

jwc215, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

oriolesfan4, Oct 20, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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-

kojevergas, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

imperialking, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

wrightst, Sep 23, 2014
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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.