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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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224 Reviews
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Reviews: 224
Hads: 1,647
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 33.06%
Wants: 24
Gots: 365 | 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 Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours two and half fingers of head on a clear light golden colored body.
The aroma is light, fruity and floral. Nice.
The taste has mild lemon bitter, followed by mild honey sweet. Balanced.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A nice drink.

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 tmm313
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, pale yellow color. I think this is the lightest beer I've ever seen. Poured a creamy 1/2 finger head. Nice sticky lacing.

S- Very nice. Really strong aromas. Tropical fruits, orange, sweet grapefruit, earthy spice, lemon, and some dank. The malt is in there too.

T/M - I had to ponder throughout... not that it was that complex, but it was definitely a mix I hadn't experienced before. To me, the mouthfeel was more intimately tied to flavors than you usually experience. It has this light/smooth thing going on... almost like the tropical fruits, citrus, pine, spice, caramel, and bready malts are flowing just underneath a thin, resinous, oily cream... I'm guessing that is the influence of the wheat.

O- I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. The 83 rating led me to believe this was going to be something else, entirely. I loved how the mouthfeel, flavors, and aromas played together in this beer! If it comes back around next winter, I promise I will have again.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden straw color with light white head that settled into a champagne-like skim on surface, then ultimately faded to a couple patches with and a ring, then completely dissapeared. White lace rings ran down side of glass as I tipped it. Moderately carbonated.

Forward hop aroma: Floral, citrusy, earthy, piney. Slight alcohol warmth in the nose.

Taste: Citrus sour with pine and grassy bitterness throughout. A bit of bready maltiness. Slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and light. Bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall: Delicate beer with strong hop bitterness. I like it, but it could use a bit more balance.

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded lemon-yellow with a thin creamy white head.

The smell is of lemon, some pine. Very soft.

The taste is of tropical fruits - sour and bitter with a woody finish. Wet cracker is in the back. Malt support is trace.

It is effervescent and pretty smooth. The alcohol is relatively well-hidden.

Hops and yeast with just a hint of malt. The hop character is nice, but not great. It's a different IPA. It's pretty good.

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Photo of Radome
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Color is an extremely pale straw, but with a milky appearance; it almost looks like a watered-down wit beer. Head is pure white; fluffy and long-lasting, it is made up of tiny bubbles. The sides of the glass are covered in thick lacing.

S - Aromas are pretty direct and one-dimensional. It is all pine and grapefruit from Northwestern U.S. hops. In the background is just a touch of bready malt, but not much.

T - Totally over the top with hops flavor. Mostly grapefruit, but with some pine flavors. The only chink in the hops flavor armor is a hint of grainy malt at the very end of the palate. Alcohol is not a significant flavor element.

M - Light to medium body. Strong hops bitterness. No alcohol burn. Creamy, but fairly low carbonation.

O - Over-the-top with nothing to counterbalance the grapefruity hops. Good if you're into that, I guess. But, aside from it's appearance, I can't say it's very distinctive compared to any number of other IPAs.

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Photo of cooj0014
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Overall solid.
A- snowy trailer park - which is awesome
S- very clean hoppy smell.
T- great seasonal beer taste
M- a little too carbonated taste for me
O- good beer. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-04-20
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Like a lighter (in both ethanol and malt apparency) version of their Rampant DIPA, Accumulation is a Mosaic hop-forward beer in both aroma and flavor, imparting the sweet fruit salad and woodsiness that I find the hop to bring to almost all beers it touches. This was a fairly good, if not just a fairly modest adjustment to another beer in the company's portfolio.

Pours a 2cm tall head of white-colored foam, made up of fairly small bubbles that present a frothy appearance, and that has slightly above average retention time of about 1.5 minutes, fading to a thick ring around the glass and a modest island of film drifting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, with some columns and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a light golden yellow hue, light bringing out pale, even lighter golden yellow tones. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, fairly low in number, but moderate in activity.

Aroma is quite sweet, like syrup with a mix of fruit medley (pears, peaches, mango, slight grapefruit) and subtle woodsiness in the background.

The flavor is a fairly upfront mix of fruit-like hoppiness combined with pale malt sweetness with a moderated bitternes, until after each sip, when the sweetness drops away and the bitterness is largely predominant. Front of palate is of sweet fruit (think pears, peaches, and mango in sugar syrup with a twist of fresh grapefruit) and mild woodsiness with a light, sweet . Mid-palate of hop woodsiness with sweetened fruit (pears, peaches, mango, grapefruit) via pale-colored malts and late addition hop choices. Back of palate of continued fruit, woodsiness, sweetness, and moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste of medium to medium-strong hop bitterness, mild grapefruit and pear, and subtle woodsiness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (4/5) and smooth (1/5) mouthfeel that suits the beer well, as well as the style (a light-bodied, wheat-malt IPA). Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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Photo of Benish
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into NB snifter glass.

Appearance: a very white head appearance built up quickly while pouring - white like shaving cream. Lacings all over the glass! Color of beer makes me think of white wine - a nice light golden hue. Yet the lacings and the foam is what keeps you in perspective you're drinking a beer.

Smell: nice aroma of citrus and pineapple. Not intense but very nice and fragrant.

Taste: It bounces around between sweet malty and bitter hops - not really starting with one and finishing with the other. It has that malty sweetness and bitterness but neither are overreaching to the limits. Maybe a little tame in flavor profile but still like a sesisonable IPA.

Mouthfeel: light bodied mouthfeel

Overall: seems very sessionable. If I was to compare this to Celebration which is released in the winter time, I'd pick Celebration as the hops are a bit more aggressive. However this would be a great beer for someone who's new to IPA's.

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Photo of kagent777
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the Utah State System. We now are able to get some limited distribution of New Belgium here, finally.

Appearance: Tiniest amount of hazy in this pale pale yellow beer. A generous amount of frothy white head kind of reminds me of the snow outside. This one laces well, too.

Smell: Tropical fruity hops dominate this beer and everything else is so mild. There maybe a faint cracker sort of malt, but it is not what I would call balanced.

Taste: The hop flavors remind me of a tropical fruit bowl. I can easily pick out pineapple and floral hop flavors. The malt takes a back seat to the delicious hops here.

Mouthfeel: On the medium low side for body. The carbonation is average. The mouthfeel could be described as slick with all the hop oil.

Overall: I liked this one better than the score shows. I would try this again and certainly not shy away from ordering it in a bar. It is a touch too one sided to rate very well. I do like tropical hops so this one is great there.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of tnrambler
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 barnzy78
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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