Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,553
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 23
Gots: 317 | FT: 0
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 Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint. Best By bottle date of 06/04/2014.

Bright white and creamy-smooth cap reaches about a half-finger in width. Good retention with a sheet of lace clinging to the glass. The clear, pale, golden body has furious streams of carbonation within.

Soft nose with aromas of lemon, sweet bread, an herbal tinge, some oakiness. Not much here.

Earthy, some sour citrus on the back of the throat. A quick punch of bitterness that lingers well after the swallow. Perfumey esters and lemongrass mid-palate with a bready malt base. Some spicing that is reminiscent of clove mid-palate as well. An aspirin bitterness is noticeable on the swallow as well.

Slightly dry drink with a solid medium body. Creamy and smooth over the tongue.

Accumulation is a good beer. The flavors on the palate are muddled, and the nose is far too soft. And it would be hard to guess white ipa, very little here in the way of phenolic or estery spicing that would get me thinking in that direction. Easy to drink, and unoffensive. (1,021 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of tnrambler
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a nice head, good lacing and very clear as you might expect from a white. Nice hoppy aroma with a pleasant nose feel. Taste is light with a nice mix of hops, something that I didn't really expect. Actually found myself pleasantly surprised by this one. (295 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (actually two of them) poured into a large mug
best before: 16Mar14

A: Pours a very light, straw yellow, absolutely crystal clear with lots of carbonation bubbles. 1/2 a fingers width of bright white head dissipates down fairly quickly but leaves a good amount of segmental lacing.

S: Pale malts, sweet citrus, tart lemon, floral hops. Nice, but fairly mild.

T: Piney bitterness, citrus rind, pale and sweet malts balance out the hops. Diacetyl and medicinal phenolics are somewhat off flavors. A bit of booze which is surprising given the relatively low ABV.

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, heavy carbonation, a bit boozy, drinkability is fair.

O: Overall, not impressed with this one. Not bad, but too many good IPAs out there for me to think about purchasing this one again. (800 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by the 9th of may 2014

slightly golden yellow, hazy, big head of foam. smell is lemony and skunky hops... nice and stinky. taste is closer to an american ipa than i expected: reminds me a little of hopalicious. there is a little peppery clove, but its mostly dank pine and citrus.

might be my favorite NB ipa. (328 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - about as close to transparent as it gets. Bubbly with a mild white head. Lacing is decent.
Smell - subtle floral hops. Pleasant, but nothing spectacular.
Taste - follows the nose, enjoyable, but doesn't stand out.
Feel - a bit light, but well balanced.
Overall - worth a try for the price. (342 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours out a very light straw colour with a bone white head a half inch in girth supported by a good deal of carbonation. bits of lace are left over as the beer is consumed. pale malt aroma, typical NB yeast smell and lemony/fruity hop notes fill the nose. upon tasting, the biscuity malts provide some meek support for the juicy fruit hop combination, of course wrapped up in the NB house yeast flavour. a bit of restrined bitterness rounds things out. it's light, airy and refreshing, even with the slightly higher ABV. no real alcohol notes, so kudos for the fact it seems well ingrained. the overall body seems lean, while the mouthfeel comes off as soft and supple with an underlying chalkiness. drinkability is nice...this would be a nice drinker after any outdoor wintertime activity...it has a certain quenchability that makes it approachable.

overall a nice changeup from other winter seasonals. white IPA is a bit confusing for me but i'll go with it. the only thing that detracts is the NB house yeast which i don't care for and sort of dominates all the other attractions that this ale has to offer. go try it and form your own opinion. (1,148 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops along with lighter notes of spices and pale malts (perhaps a touch of wheat as well).

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts and wheat which is followed by moderate flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pit, tropical/pineapple, and grassy with just a touch of citrus/lemon rind. There are light flavors of spices in the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for a short while.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A nice change for a holiday seasonal but I would describe it as an IPA rather than a Belgian IPA - not a lot of "white" to it. Easy enough to drink and enjoyable though. (1,176 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as an American IPA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear pale citrine body with a furious rush of bubbles fueling the ever-growing fist of ghost white cream up top. Thick, soapy lacing; superior retention.

Aromatic hop oils fill the air, the nose is spicy, herbaceous, and fruity. The dry hopping is evident with a powerful grassy hop presence throughout. Very fresh.

Bitter, slightly abrasive palate entry with the hops coming across as hay and white pepper more than citrus or pine, though those flavors come out as the bitterness rapidly fades. The pale malt and wheat contribute a touch of sweetness to counter the hops, though only just. Finishes medium-dry, clean, and surprisingly one-dimensional. Very faint cereal quality throughout.

Somewhat crisp but also slick (a combination of hop oils and extra body from the wheat malt?).

It is difficult to do a "black" IPA well, as the malts tend to overwhelm the hops; however, it seems the "white" IPA can suffer from the opposite problem, where the base malts are too bland to provide the back-bone I'm used to encountering in a standard IPA. A shame this isn't actually a Belgian IPA, as the addition of some phenolic complexity from a Belgian yeast strain would make for a more well rounded brew. A decent beer despite these shortcomings. (1,345 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Anyway...

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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden with small foamy head that quickly dissipates., leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. Hoppy, citrus smell with hints of pine/grass. Bitter, hoppy up front taste. Slight citrus taste but overall very grassy. Hop bitterness gets stronger and leaves a strong bitter aftertaste that persists. (316 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best before Feb 02, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which fades into a patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A fairly sweet and fruity hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront scent of hops with earthy hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemons, pineapple, grapefruit, and peach. Pale malt and wheat with hints of grains, cracker, straw, and yeast. Fairly spicy smelling. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like its smells, a very hoppy taste with a mix of grass, spicy pine, and citrus fruit esters. Upfront taste of earthy, herbal, and floral hops with notes of spicy pine resin and grass. Juicy citrus hop presence with notes of orange, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, melon, and peach. Backing presence of pale malt and wheat with notes of grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. A solid mix of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily. Finishes dry.

Overall: A solid hoppy IPA taste. Not much of a "white" presence as the name would suggest, but the mix of resinous hops is good. (1,288 characters)

Photo of TOXXIK
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why mess with a good thing? Snow Day was a great beer and im disappointed you replaced it with Accumulation. Accumulation is a good beer also but no were near as good as Snow Day. Its a Disappointment it is not returning as I was looking forward to it in 2013. Bring it back please (281 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,302 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of grassy hops and a bit of pale malt.

Tastes of the pale malts with a bit of hops on top. Pale malts come through with bread and a bit of grainy sweetness. This is then cut by some fruity hops with tropical notes and some grassy notes as well. Slight bit of citrus to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this has me scratching my head. I think the individual flavors are nice, but the combination presented doesn't do it for me. (562 characters)

Photo of chadjulius
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer doesn't seem remotely winter-ish. It's hoppy, like a basic IPA, not overwhelmingly. The color is yellow, plain and simple. It has lemon hints, which is perfectly in line with its color. It almost tastes like a lemon cookie. Besides that, nothing really stands out, besides its fantastic bottle art. (308 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle. light gold and hazy with a medium sized, fizzy white head. Hop aroma is noble and grassy with a touch of lemon. Taste is mildly sweet with bitter finish. Clean finish. Mouthfeel is both smooth and crisp. Texture is light for an IPA. Overall impression is perfect for its name. It's snowy. This IPA does not hit you over the head with hops and leave you disoriented and dazed. It satisfies the same impulse that makes us want ice cream when it cold. It doesn't make sense until you do it. A really beautiful IPA. The hops are where they should be...in the aroma and not in the taste-bud destroying bitterness. (616 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a slightly thin, slightly over-carbonated wittier. No foam or lacing. Pale yellow. Very light for an IPA. Looks a bit more like some English-style IPAs.

Smell: A hint of sour apples and lemon. Very malty for an IPA. It's ok overall. Very clean.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Flavor is the best part of this. Excellent combination of bitter lemon rind and toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel is definitely too light, but not flat.

Overall Drinkability: I wouldn't say this is a missed opportunity at a unique light winter IPA, but a little more crispness and some fruity notes would lend it some great seasonal traits. (622 characters)

Photo of santomark
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a very light beer tone, faint yellow, a tad shallow, you can see the carbonation rise, with about a 1 1/2 finger head that disappears fairly quickly.

S - At first I could smell the carbonation, reminded me of a mineral water. A very mild orange, grapefruit, mildly hopped. Not much malt, no bread; however, the sweet undertones do make up in this aspect.

T - Taste is very bland, subtle, no complexity from the hops. Subtly sweet and a mild dryness towards the end.

M - Very light bodied, carbonation exhausts the palate from tasting.

O - I will not be having this again. Purchased a 6 pack of this for $10, kinda upset I'm stuck with 5 more bottles... definitely not worth the price. The smell is subtly awesome; however, drinking this was reminiscent of drinking a bud light. No taste and carbonation that drowns the palate. The only thing I liked was the smell and finish. Other than that, this was extremely disappointing. (940 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow with a finger width of white head a good retention. Results in a nice, thick layer of suds across the surface, while leaving behind a fair amount of lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Clean aroma, mostly hitting on green banana, hints of citrus and a mild sourness.

Taste - Tons of predominant green banana flavor from the Belgian yeast, along with some lesser tropical notes. Very faint, but very typical malt flavor you get with a lot of the NB beers, which is a slightly toasty, slightly nutty malt flavor, but again this is barely noticeable; mostly toward the finish. Not getting a lot of bitterness, instead a mild floral character in the hops, along with some fruity and citrus touches which suit the beer well. Finishes the way it starts; with mild unripened banana funkiness.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, nearly watery in fact, with light to moderate carbonation. smooth and drinkable, but leaves little to be desired, especially as a wintertime release. Odd, seems more apt as a spring or summer brew.

Overall - Who put this into the American IPA categorization? This is clearly a Belgian IPA. Recommendation for change will be made. This isn't the most funky or most hoppy of Belgian IPAs; instead a basic, well-balanced representation of the style. While it's miles away from Stone's BIPA, this is the kind of beer I could see myself sitting down and watching a game with, when my thoughts are more focused on sport and not on the brew I'm drinking. (1,515 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy lemon yellow. Half finger head on the pour recedes to a thin film and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Bright aroma of fresh citrus and pine. Hint of cloves and some Belgian yeast thrown in. Spicy overall character.

Mild malt character, just a hint of wheat. Assertive pine, grapefruit and lemon rind hop.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Crisp feel. Dry, clean finish. Easy to drink.

Solid stuff. A style I haven't seen much yet but a good one, nonetheless. I'm impressed. (484 characters)

Photo of UncleBart91
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very Light and Clear, almost mistook it for a bud light. 2 finger foam head

Smell: Bitter mosaic followed by piney grassy undertones. Definitely has that white ipa smell

Taste: Crisp sharp at the beginning, smooth middle, with a very Amarillo hop finish. That mix of Amarillo and Mosaic mix perfectly

Mouthfeel: Bitter like an ipa, yet smooth like your typical white ipa. Great mixture of bitterness and pine

Overall: This is a great White Ipa. Recommend to all hopheads! Comparable to a S.A whitewater yet that Amarillo hop sets it apart. worth $8.99 a 6er (574 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle no date – Standard pint glass
Notes taken on 11-27-13

A: Very pale straw blonde color with a bit of wheat haze across the body. Thick snowy rooftop much like the trailer on the label with plentiful hang time and loads of lace bonding to the glass after each sip.

S: Smells of grainy wheat malt with some grapefruit zest, lemon peel, and a fairly pungent dankness. Seriously herbal dank weed with that citrus and pine twist. Much better than I was even imagining actually.

T: Taste follows the nose with a firm graininess of wheat malt and nice hoppy profile of grapefruit and dank herb flowers. Signature NB yeast profile adds in some nutty stone fruit notes. There is a rather high level of bitterness at the finish of the beer and alcohol is incredibly well disguised. Very light and crisp with a refreshing hoppiness.

M: A touch on the watery thin side but with a nice smooth creaminess to the texture. Upper level of carb. Touch of drying in the finish. Slightly resinous but fairly clean and just a bit watered down.

D: Better than I was expecting. Crushable with the light body and fresh hops. Would make for a much better warm weather sessions brew if you ask me. (1,191 characters)

Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.