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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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224 Reviews
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Reviews: 224
Hads: 1,633
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 33.06%
Wants: 25
Gots: 354 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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 allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +9.9%
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 Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 n2185
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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 rawfish
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -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 beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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 mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -15.3%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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 jsprain1
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 HardTarget
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Foe being a "retired" beer I just picked up a sixer at my local bottle store. oh well.
Pale gold with a nice cloud-deck of bright white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy, piney hops
Taste-Tropical fruit,piney hops, lighter bodied but plenty of flavor and character. Refreshing and tasty. Seek and ye shall find.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at BlackFinn in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a dusky pale golden coloring. It held a one finger head of creamy white foam, showing nice retention into a snowy film across the top of the liquid. Lacing was thick, ringed, and circumferentially full. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma was fresh and hoppy, giving notes of juicy citric hops, sticky resiny sweetness nearly akin to the Three Floyds hop quality, watermelon and tangerine fruitiness, white sugar vanilla icing, cornbread warmth, soft metallic yeastiness, bubblegum esters, clean pales, and light but equally as clean raw wheatiness. Our first impression was that this guy was pretty basic and standard, but as it came to temperature, the subtleties of the hops and their contrasting brightness against the grain made for a highly refreshing flavoring. As we sipped, the taste opened up with dank citric hop pucker, tinny metallics, stark wheaty and pale malts, light toast, marshmallow sweetness, inky newspaper, and distant strawberry fruitiness. The middle came to a peak as the hops washed this all away, with sticky sweet nectars and citrics, bitter rind, white sugar, green grassiness, mineral, oatmeal raisin cookie crumble, gravel, and a gentle coating of muskiness. The end came with bright phenolic plastics to afford final bitterness, wet wheatiness, flashes of fusel booziness, black pepper, continued syrupy thick citric hops, icy mineral metallics, plant resins, orange and honeydew melon sweetness, and light toffee and caramel roastiness. The aftertaste breathed of more of the same, with the sweet hops singing loud against the basic but unsullied grain bill, yeast, and light fruity inclusions. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth was cooled, coated, and left with a pleasant level of moderate dryness to the hard palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its taste, and just how dang refreshing it was. Our first thought was that it reminded us of the Three Floyds pale ale series. It was not at all close to the same level of quality and freshness that they are able to capture, but it had the same vibe to it, as if they were attempting to recreate that type of profile. To that end, this was a highly pleasurable beer to drink. We also felt that it did the style justice, despite the recent bashing of the hybrid “white IPAs” across the forums here. It wasn’t so much of a blend of the two, but rather a sweetly hoppy IPA, with some transient features of more wheaty varietals found here and there. While we haven’t always been please with New Belgium’s selection as a whole, this beer confirms that they know how to select and incorporate hops across a range of different styles.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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 vette2006c5r
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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 HalfFull
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a large wine goblet. Enjoy by 264935 2 1F E B16 1509230 7 2 1 2011. If you can make sense of that date then let me know, and this beer didn't exist in 2011 which is the only possible reference I can gather.

Pours with a slight wheat haze but otherwise rather pale light gold in a witbier sense. Stilll I don't get much wheat here as one might expect from a White IPA. Standard retention and lace are complimentarty. Aroma of Mosaic and a slight piney background which balance fairly well, the new and the old. Taste follows with a light sweetness and a standard bitterness. This gives the beer a cecent mouthfeel and and a bit of lemon cracker breadiness.

Overall not very White/wheaty to be a White IPA; and certainly not Belgian in style in any way. Hop driven aroma, light bodied brew with a mild bitterness that fits the malt bill.

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Photo of spoony
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 zeledonia
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 20 April 2014. Tasted 6 April 2014. Drinking this on the back porch, my first outdoor beer of the year, after it finally warmed up enough for such things.

Pours a pale clear lightly-golden straw yellow. One finger of white head, good retention, excellent lacing. A lazy stream of bubbles rising slowly up the center of the glass, mirroring my late-afternoon energy.

Smell is thin, a bit sweet & corny. I get bright citrus notes that really make the beer for me (without them it'd be a whole lot worse). There's an acrid smell that reminds me a touch of urine; happily that dissipates after only a few minutes in the glass.

Taste is blah. Not bad, just not much. Grainy, some corn-like sweetness, a faint wash of bitter, some chalk. Just meh.

Feel is okay. Medium-light body, carbonation on the low side. Make that way on the low side. It sits, and allows some of the more unpleasant flavors (chalk, especially) to settle in.

Overall, it's an okay beer. Nothing remarkable about it, nothing terrible. No reason to drink it, really, with so many better options.

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Photo of hophugger
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale but clean and clear golden, with a thick blanket of white suds. That gives way to a dusting of thick, detailed lace.

Aroma: Crisp citrus, tropical, and floral hops. Delightful.

Taste: Tangy citrus, with notes of pineapple, mango, and sharp, bitter citrus. I get hints of lemon alongside grapefruit. There’s a lingering bitterness that is tempered by a spicy malt profile. Finishes with more of the tangy pineapple and grapefruit.

This is one of my favorite New Belgium seasonals, and I always grab at least a couple of 12-packs to get me through the winter months.

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Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all - who put this as a Belgian IPA? People need to think for themselves and not just react to the White IPA name, as the "style" doesn't necessarily mean it is Wit-like. This has standard ale yeast, but happens to have some wheat. Big deal, there is nothing Belgian here; New Belgium already has Belgo IPA.


Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Hazy straw color with a frothy, stark white head and some lacing rings.

Smell: Mosaic and Amarillo overload. Tart grapefruit, berry, tropical notes, some spiciness.

Taste: Unbelievably subdued. It tastes like Mosaic and Amarillo hops over a light, wheat malt body. There are the expected hop notes considering the varietals - tart grapefruit, berry, tropical notes. However, it all tastes seriously watered down, with a very light, spicy, bitter finish.

Feel: Creamy, smooth and light like a wheat beer, but dry like an IPA. Decent carbonation. Overall, the mouthfeel is quite good.

Overall: Looks good, smells good, feels good, but someone forgot to work on the taste (or accidentilly mixed my bottle with half beer / half water). This was so close to a success. If only the taste (the exact taste I am detecting) was stronger.

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Photo of bmwats
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Hay coloration. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Continuous rising carbonation. Dissipates slowly, but not completely. Decent beer ring lacing, mostly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Hay, yeast, clove, and oregano.

T: Yeast, lemon pith, and construction paper.

M: Light and crisp. Really steely finish that lingers with you throughout.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Pretty nice persistent head, and some fair lacing. Nose is yeasty with some savory spice. Yeast and citrus, with something of a paper or cardboard characteristic and a really steely finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.