Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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85
very good
264 Reviews
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3.75
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

Added by ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013

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Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 1,820
Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed straw color topped with an excellent, tight, frothy head. Nice bright hoppy aroma...clean lemon/lime, floral hop, and a wee bit of spicy pine. Fresh hop pellets on the tongue as well - general citrusy greenness with a sweetness through the finish. Lively, light bodied, and a bit crisp. I like it...very drinkable and fresh.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an imperial nonic glass

A - This beer is straw colored and hazy. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - It has a huge citrus aroma. Tangerine comes through with a mild grapefruit smell.

T - The flavor is not as intense as the aroma. The taste has more grapefruit and finishes with a mild pine flavor. It is not overwhelming, but it does have enough flavor to make it enjoyable.

M - Moderate

O - The first time I tried this beer I thought the taste was weak. Upon further sampling, I find the taste mild yet satisfying. I really like the flavor that are in this beer. I could drink this all day. It is actually reminiscent, flavor-wise, of some session IPA's that I have tried.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

New Belgium Accumulation has a thick, white head, with soapy bubbles at top, a semi-clear, yellow appearance, lots of bubble streams, and some lacing left behind on the class. The aroma is of citrus, hop oil, a little pine, and biscuit. Taste is of very bitter, lemony and grapefruit hops, sugar, and white bread. Mouthfeel is light and slick, and New Belgium Accumulation finishes dry and decently drinkable. Overall, this is good, and I think it’s worth checking out.

RJT

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Photo of rawfish
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale straw, hazy with a huge three finger head that reduces to a dense cap in time leaving very attractive lacing on the glass.

Peach, pineapple, citrus, tobacco, powder and hay atop a thin pale malt body. Very pleasant aroma with some power to it.

Malt is not sweet at all, pale malt with a noticeable amount of husky grain, some wet paper bag but with some wheat twang that accompanies the hops. Pine and grassy hop character in the flavor, not much of the tropical or citrus in the nose but it matches the beer well. Some wheat and powdery notes from the yeast. Finishes with a steady building bitterness.

Medium bodied, appropriate with no hint of alcohol. Decent carbonation to it. Lacks a high amount of drying and clean malt.

White IPAs were a trend that leveled off this year but this is probably one of the better ones I've had, definitely more assertive with the hops than the masses. Aroma is great, makes for a brighter winter season. Ignore the NB hate and give it a try.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a white IPA as noted on the label with a very pale color and slightly cloudy. Fresh and pleasant hop aromas that seem to lean more towards the mosiac than the Amarillo.
Fullness from the carbonation really fills the mouth up. Prominent finishing bitterness with a a pleasing lingering. Nice hop flavors and nice pale malt foundation with no apparent crystal or other sweetening grains. A nice format for a hop presentation. The hops get a little "green" and weedy, but not bad and still enjoyable. The big carbonation makes it a little too filling. But with all that said I generally like NB beers and while not on the top of my list a nice diversion today and a new way to go.

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Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Herbal and grassy hops dominate here with some sweeter citrus aromas, like pineapple and tangerines, following.

T: Herbal and grassy hop flavors here with some earthy pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. The finish is lightly bitter and a little bready.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery and is pretty drinkable.

O: A pretty solid IPA overall. Nothing outstanding, but it has a unique hop profile and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid January for $ 1.49. Best by 10APR16.

Beer poured a pale yellow with a decent white head.

Nose is grainy and spicy

Taste is citrus and some light spice.

Feel is light and refreshing.

Overall a nice beer that is worth a shot!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date February 24, 2014 printed on the label. A new seasonal beer from New Belgium Brewing. Expectations are slightly above average, based on my previous experiences with this brewery.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a light cloudy lemon colored body with three fingers of big soapy bone white foam for a head. Nice uneven ribbons of lace. Light in color for an IPA, but it looks pretty nice.

S - Smells of tart fresh lemons, orange, pineapple, pine. A nice herbal citrus bitterness. Some clean bready malts keeping things in check there, also.

T - Taste is of fresh orange and lemon zest, bitter grapefruit, and some dry bready malt on the finish. A nicely balanced IPA.

M - Feel is light bodied with good carbonation. Finishes with a clean grapefruit hop bitterness lingering on the palate. An ideal end.

Overall, a nicely made, fresh tasting seasonal, but it is nothing particularly memorable, and I would like to see the reintroduction of some of the other New Belgium winter seasonals instead, as this feels like it was a quick way to capitalize on the success of Sierra Nevada Celebration. Either way, a nice beer, well worth picking up.

New Belgium Accumulation ---3.5/5

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Photo of Moose90
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into 16oz globe

A – Very pale bright yellow, head is bright white, tall, light and fluffy. Leaving behind great lacing.

S – Floral and sweet, somewhat unexpected, big tropical fruit notes, covered up by some notes of wheat, coriander, and other spices.

T – Sweet again, big on the sweetness, hoppy and fresh. Barely any yeastiness or wheat notes come through here, keep waiting for the white aspect to show up but never really does.

M – Very high level of carbonation here, not entirely champagne like, but much higher than others in this style.

O – Not bad, not great. Would have been happier buying a single than a sixer, but hey. It was unexpected, very bright, sweet and tropical. Does not fit at all as a winter beer in my book, but I prefer my winter beers to be big and rich and boozy. I'd drink this one again, but would be better in the spring when the grass starts growing green again.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazed glowing yellow/gold with a finger of bright white dense head. Good retention, great lacing in my Weyerbacher Tulip!

S - Light pear and lemon aromas, almost grainy, and light spice. Pretty faint.

T - Decent bitterness doesnt linger long as pear/lemon/light citrus notes come forward, minimal spiced qualities until the aftertaste where spice and resinous hops linger for more than a few seconds

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, very refreshing.

O - Decent white IPA, especially at this pricepoint

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a mild haze. White head forms and leaves tons of sticking lacing. Nose starts with resinous hops, notes of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Taste starts with a Bit of grainy bread notes followed by grass, pine, and a decent amount of bitterness. This is quite tasty and well balanced. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, this kind of reminds me of Daisy Cutter in terms of hop profile and malt presence. Quite drinkable!

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Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 3.75 - Very pale gold, somewhat cloudy, with a modest head.
S: 3.75 - Nice floral, grassy hoppiness, a faint tartness.
T: 3.5 - High bitterness on first taste, with moderate grassy hop flavor. Tastes like the NB house yeast, which is distinctive but doesn't add much Belgian or "white" character. In fact, it mainly tastes like a bitter Fat Tire without the malt.
M: 4.0 - Good body, moderate carbonation.
O: 3.5 - Just another forgettable seasonal beer from NB. I wish they'd find something good and stick with it, instead of giving us something new every year.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a white gold in color with thin foaming. It has a fantastic clarity, as it is crystal clear in the glass. The aroma has a pleasing, inviting, floral, and estery character with a tropical fruit aroma which speaks of guava berry, ginger and some citrus. It's an inviting aroma and the beer matches it. I taste a tropical fruit salad mélange a taste of Belgian esters with a pleasing bitterness on the finish.

I like how this beer plays against the season. It’s not a heavy winter beer but rather a crisp, hop forward Belgian IPA. I liked it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter from a twelve ounce bottle.

Cloudy straw colored body and a pale white, creamy head a finger thick. Good lacing. 4.25

Smells of Belgian yeast and sweet citrus. 4

Sweet malt, citrusy and floral with a touch of peppery yeast. Dank finish. Not bad at all. 3.75

Smooth and creamy with a bitter dry finish. I like. 4

good beer, I'm surprised by the overall rating. Should be higher, I'd say.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy pale golden in color, resembling a Wit beer, with a massive, coarse white head, which retains very well. Abundant fine-beaded carbonation races to the surface, the lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Spicy and peppery hop notes dominate the aroma, grassy notes hay, and a slight pine note are also present. There are also moderate orange and grapefruit hop aromas.

Taste: Opens with somewhat aggressive herbal hops, which seem quite fresh. Throughout the taste, the hops dominate, although the pale malt manages to offer an occasional flourish. The slightly higher ABV (6.2%) remains incognito. Finishes with a lingering spicy and grassy hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice example that is worthy of being served at Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's dinners.

Presentation: Packaged on a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light IPA. Pours a clear dull gold color into a pint glass. Big bubbly white head with decent retention and a lot of lacing. Smell is fairly mild, mostly grassy and citrus hops. Still pleasant.

Taste is fairly good....Not a top-shelf IPA but not bad either....Citrus and grassy hops with some balancing bready malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Overall a good IPA. A little light but also good hoppy flavor,

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Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a finger of head. The nose has a mild hoppiness to it. The body and flavor are pretty thin even for a Belgian/White IPA.

This is certainly sessionable but there is nothing extraordinary here.

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of the better New Belgium beers that I have had from their lineup. Pours an extremely pale yellow-straw color with decent head and spotty lacing. Aroma is nice with stonefruit, pine and citrus. Taste is real nice with the citrusy hops going so well with the malt backdrop. Nice finish, clean and crisp..

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12 oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 (with a VONS card) for a 6-pack
Purchased: Oct. 29, 2013
Consumed: Oct. 31, 2013
Misc.: Best by March 9, 2014

Poured a golden straw clear color with two fingers of bubbly white head. Good amount of layered lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top.

It’s funny, the first smell and you could tell it was a New Belgium. Nice mix of hops, citrus hops, Belgian pepper spicy notes, floral hops and grapefruit. The lingering nose is those spicy pepper notes. Just as I was about to taste it, the nose reminded me of the New Belgium’s Rampant Imperial IPA, which I did not like at all.

Tasted similar to the nose. Those gritty, spicy, grapefruit hops. Also citrus, floral and spicy bitter pepper notes. Overall like a better, but dumbed down version of the Rampant Imperial IPA.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I really did like this beer, but the reminder of the awful Rampant Imperial IPA really kept me from rating it higher.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a somewhat pale golden color. Head is two fingers, bone white, with good retention and a lot of lacing. Based on description I was expecting some haze, but not really to be. A lot of carbonation bubbles streaming up
S- Smell is mild. Some relatively bready aromas with some cut grass. Was looking for more here, as it is neither really "white ale"ish or particularly hoppy.
T- The flavor comes through quite a bit. Grassy, herbal, and a bit of citrus. They bill this as a white IPA and I am trying to figure out where the white ale plays into the flavor. The hop profile is somewhat similar to New Belgium's Rampant, albeit much toned down.
M- There isn't much going on here. Pretty thin in body and carb. Somewhat dry finish. Really light and goes down too easy.
O- I like the hop profile here but it is kind of forgetable. The body is a pretty big let down. Not bad, but not worth going back.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12ozbottle BB 020214

A- pours a slight hazed yellow color with a brilliant 1 finger head that recedes to reveal lacing and a fresh collar
S- lemon citrus and tropical smells along with wet wheat
T- mellow tropical hops with a nice citrus zing lemon grass and slight spice a wheat and somewhat bitter finish
M-crisp with good carbonation a bit of bitterness
O=as others have said this is a hopped Witbier tropical and fruity if you look at it as such its a good brew

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (best by March 23, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A standard pour produces about one and one-half fingers of shiny, white head. The retention is so so with the foam dissipating to a cap in less than a minute, but there is some nice lacing left behind. The beer is very pale and yellowish in color. It is nearly clear with only a slight haze.

S-The aroma tends toward sweet for the style with lemongrass, straw, grapefruit, and a bit of pepper. Malts are bready and suggestive of bread crust. Pine bitterness creeps in as the beer warms.

T-The taste is more bitter and earthy than the smell with more pine flavors, but there is still a bit of lemongrass, grapefruit, and vague peppery spice. Malts are bready and semi-sweet, but not caramel-like.

M-The carbonation is assertive at first but it flattens out a bit after a while. The brew is lighter to medium in body with lightly oily finish.

O-I'm not gonna lie, it is mid-December and I have had my share of typical fall and winter seasonals already, so this non-traditional seasonal IPA was a nice break from all the dark, heavy spice bombs. Maybe I'm a sucker for marketing...I dunno. Anyway, this is an alright IPA with a heavy dose of spice and sweetness for the style. It is drinkable, but I'm not sure I would want a lot of this.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale yellow glass with a white (starch?) haze does truly look white, so points there. Holds a thin white cover that leaves a few loops of lace.

Smell: Very dusty, earthy, with just a hint of grapefruit rind and a bit of tonic water. Small whiffs of crystal malt sweetness.

Taste: A earthy hop profile (had to look: Target, Centennial, dry hopped with Mosaic and Amarillo). I get a little catty note from the Amarillo. The Target is the earthy, and the centennial is the grapefruit. Don't know what Mosaic is adding, but it might be oil as this total package manages to keep a fairly good balance but slowly fades into a bitter oily almost burn.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, almost fizzy, a bit soapy. Medium body drys in the finish.

Overall: A good beer. Not a west coast IPA, more of an international profile. Nice to see a light colored beer brewed for the winter.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.