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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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973 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

12-24-2013 03:11:54 | More by brandoman63
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 21:31:50 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:34:54 | More by smakawhat
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-27-2013 20:31:41 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-28-2013 19:01:43 | More by tdm168
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

12-07-2013 16:55:10 | More by sendbeer
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-31-2013 01:53:39 | More by dmorgan310
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billab914

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-23-2013 22:06:01 | More by billab914
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:05:19 | More by chinchill
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Tone

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 15:21:44 | More by Tone
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-20-2013 18:38:40 | More by Zaphog
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-24-2013 22:15:22 | More by scruffwhor
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev +9%

10-23-2013 21:57:11 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:43:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-03-2014 15:45:49 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-25-2013 13:58:30 | More by Rhettroactive
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:43:44 | More by Bitterbill
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:57:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-16-2013 00:31:48 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Why does New Belgium toy with my winter seasonal emotions? Was a big fan of 2 Below before they changed it to Snow Day...now it's Accumulation....c'mon maaaan!

12 oz bottle pours a barely-hazed pale straw color with an ample cap of stark white head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is an earthy hop, lemon and light nuttiness from the yeast I find often in NB beers. Interesting blend of aromas and it works for the most part.

Taste is lemon zest, hazelnuts, grainy malt and an underlying grassy hop. It is more simplistic than both Snow Day and 2 Below, and I fear I dont like it as much as either. The hop profile is pretty good, but it lacks depth...not surprising with the pale malts used. Its not a bad beer by any means...in fact, tasty enough for me to buy another sixer at least. But I miss my 2 Below something fierce.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:19:48 | More by twiggamortis420
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-30-2014 19:54:21 | More by RBorsato
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vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-09-2013 22:23:08 | More by vfgccp
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:09:30 | More by barnzy78
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

11-24-2013 01:21:31 | More by Haybeerman
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-24-2014 18:54:48 | More by KAF
Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.