Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 194 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lala's, the only interesting beer I saw. Served in a New Belgium globe which was nice, this was a very cloudy yellow color. Aroma was interesting, wheat and spice and hops. Flavor was a really nice citrusy lemon with hint of wheat, this surprised me.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with lots of little carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring there is a one finger of pure white head that fades rather rapidly at first, but ends up leaving a very persistent film on the surface of the brew and a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a citrus hop smell of a sweeter grapefruit and lemon nature. Along with these aromas are some nice tropical fruit smells of papaya, mango, and tangerine. Other more bready smells, some hop aromas of a herbal and grassy smell, as well as with a little bit of yeast and spice, meld with the rest to produce a rather sweet and fruity hopped aroma overall.

Taste – The taste is much drier then would have been anticipated from the nose. It begins with a light fruity sweetness of some light tropical fruits and tangerine. By far the strongest flavor upfront is a biscuit and bready flavor which is combined with some grapefruit and lemon hop tastes. The sweeter flavors fade as the taste advances with the bready flavors transitioning to a more cracker like flavor. The grapefruit and lemon hop grows stronger as the taste moves on as well, and combines with some other hop flavors of an earthy, herbal, and grassy nature more toward the end of the taste, to leave a rather dry malt and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side for a Belgium IPA of only 6.1 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. The thicker and chewier body really accentuates the hop and dry flavors of the brew, while the carbonation level add a nice level of a tantalizing feel on the tongue to match the hopped nature of the brew. Overall it was rather nice for the flavor profile of the beer.

Overall – A fairly nice and tasty IPA with a good blend of citrus hop and drier malt with a body and aroma that produce a rather nice drinking brew overall.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.