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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 ExaltedNecrosis
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a semi-hazy light yellow with a finger and a half of frothy white head. Aroma is pineapple, grapefruit, sugar, and orange. Taste is much the same, with pineapple being the primary flavor followed closely by grapefruit. The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation, not much lingering aftertaste. A decent beer but not one I'd seek out again, especially not in winter. Maybe in spring and summer.

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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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By: 30 Mar 14

Looks like we are getting some (2) NB brews in Utah.

Pours a nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly malty with a nice little hop note, very slight citrus note. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some nice hop notes and citrus. Medium body. This is a nice little brew, but nothing I would call a winter seasonal.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light yellow with clarity, a tiny amount of head and sticky lace.

S - Belgian yeast and hops. Quite a bit of spice.

T - An average IPA with some nice spice. Grapefruit

M - Highly carbonated.

O - A good brew, but I have had much better white IPA's.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 2/2/2014. Pours fairly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, wheat, pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wheat IPA! All around great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jkburchfield
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - very light yellow in color. Thick, foamy head that holds up nicely

S - passion fruit/floral aroma. I also got some spicy hints

T - much milder in flavor than smell. The spiciness of the beer is much more in the smell than taste. However, the floral/ fruity notes come through

M - light, easy drinking IPA. Nothing that sticks out of the ordinary

Overall - I think this is a great seasonal from New Belgium. It id different than most winter seasonals - you normally think porters, stouts and other dark beers; so it is refreshing to see a white IPA to break the norm. I think this is a great IPA for anyone. If you are not an IPA fan I would give this one a try due to the fact that it is a mild one.

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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 Mebuzzard
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Labeled as a white IPA for the winter seasonal.

Pours pale golden with little head.

Soft aroma of citrus and grass. Not much characteristics of "white" going on here.

This isn't a bad beer, it's just light in everything. Light appearance, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. I wonder the motivation behind this beer, especially for a winter release. Seems it would do well in the summer. Easy drinking. Mild hops, mild malt.

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Photo of Ri0
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - A slight haze and lemon yellow color with a snowy white 2 finger head. Nice smattering of lace clings around the glass.

S - Strong citrus aromas from the Amarillo hops. I get some lemon zest and a light sweet bread flavor from the malts.

T - Bitter citrus and grapefruit with hints of lemon zest up front. A light malt presence gives it a little bready and sweetness quality.

M - It has an appealing mouth feel in that it is lighter and easy to drink. Some bitterness lingers on the palate.

O - I'm not a fan of "White IPAs," but this one is enjoyable. I really like flavor profile of Amarillo hops.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-clear pale gold color with a large snow white head, adn plenty of carbonation coming up the glass as it sits.
S- deep hop smell that is very floral, grassy smell, with a citrus smell in the background
T-hop flavor is not as strong as the smell, great bitter aftertaste that smooths out quickly and leaves you with a dry citrus crisp finish.
M-smooth from the high carbonation that still bubbles in your mouth after you swallow
O-enjoyed the balance of the beer. The hops did not overpower you yet was intense, just not as overpowering as some IPAs.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

The beer is a slightly fuzzy soft muted golden color. A white foamy head recedes to a thick film, and solid lines of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is spicy, minty, and piny. I swear a cocoa note is in there too. The taste is more on the piny side with notions of tropical fruits. A faint spice is found in the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, medium in weight.

Overall, I'm slowly getting used to the idea of holiday or winter beers being something lighter or hoppier. This one is refreshing while still offering notions of holiday flavors.

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Photo of godlessape
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this into a Samuel Smith Imperial. The body has a hazy, lively carbonated, ultra light golden hue. The head is a gorgeous pillow of frothy white foam.
The aroma is sweet, crisp, and citrusy like a mountain of white sugar on a grapefruit. Underneath lurks a lot more malt sweetness then I expected--I was judging a beer by it's color. My bad.
The taste is sweet and fruity with hints of biscuity malt. The hop mix of Target, Centenial, Mosaic and Amarillo, balance's things out perfectly.
The mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation.
Overall a great IPA.

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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 Celtics17
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the type of IPA that I crave. It's not heavy on malts. The peach, pineapple, apricot coating in this beer is what I look for. You don't get much grapefruit tones in this one. The look on this beer is a bright lemon drop color. The smell is orange juice all the way.

Love this IPA by NB. I think their IPA's don't get enough credit. Nice job on this one.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of ale1
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i tried 2 different new belgium brewery beers this evening ,2nd review
called a white india pale ale on the bottle

sold in single bottles for $1.50 picked up 2

poured into a malt glass 4" head settling down to 1"
exceptional lacing noted when swirled in the glass

nose- citrus from the Amarillo hops , i would guess Simco or other, that's what they say is in this ale
carbonation -fine -appears real not artificially carbonated

color light straw clear , no bottom of vat residuals, some like this some don't figure i'd mention it.
they put alot of work into this one and is quite drinkable, and will purchase it again
nice well rounded IPA , not a bitter nor was it inteneded to be.

dry finish, with a just right hop bite.

no synth. beer after taste
and somewhat better than their fat tire ale

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Photo of ProstMasterson
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Despite other reviews, after drinking I get what they are going for in this white IPA, its cold, crisp and has stone fruit and pineapple undertones. Just like the weather, this is a crisp finishing white IPA that is IMO a welcome change to the hearty filling Winter Warmers that are released en masse this time of year. Good change of pace and a welcome refreshment that appears to a wider range of beer drinkers who want something more than a standard lager, but less than a darker spiced. Going to get a case to keep around for holiday guests

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Photo of beerfinder
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice IPA with a fruity after taste. This does taste more like a spring beer than a winter ale. It also seems like a session IPA. I can see my self drinking 3 or 4 of these in one sitting. I purchased this in Delaware since this is not availlable in my home state of PA. I'm glad I made the purchase.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from Trader Joe in Salem. $1.35 Pours a very pale yellow ( for an IPA), large frothy white head..very pale . The aroma is reasonable enough..grassy/lemon hops and biscuity malts. Taste is very nice again lemon,grass,crackers and a bit of wheat. OK Nice enough smooth mouth feel. OK beer but for me more of that "new style" IPL than IPA!!!

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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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Photo of CASK1
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass.

A - Deep straw yellow, with plenty of wheat haze. Tight white heads fades to a tin layer more quickly than I expect from a wheat beer. Nice lacing on the glass.

S - Dank hops up front and strong.There's some soft, bread, sweet malt underneath, but it struggles under the hop onslaught. Some light, spicy yeast notes as the beer warms in the glass.

T - Similar to aroma. Hops are the dominant feature, and they are dank and resiny. Bready malt supports the hops, but just barely. Bitterness is medium-high and lasts nicely into the finish. Hints of citrusy hops emerge as the beer warms.

M - Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. Very slight alcohol warmth. Slightly astringent finish from the hops.

O - Nor my favorite style, but well-done overall. I would really like more citrus hop character to balance out the dank, resiny character in this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/23/14.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and dirt covered berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the Mosiac hops adding a dirty berry like quality that comes through more in the taste.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- Clean, light gold with a 2 finger white head. You would think it were a lager with great retention if you didn't know better. Good staying power and lacing that coats the glass.

S- Big hop aroma no doubt. Bright, sharp, acidic citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, and even some pear. Touch of herbal/medicinal notes and wheat grain.

T- A bit more earthy than the citrus and fruity nose indicates. The ibu's do pack a punch, but the wheat malt isn't scared to make its presence known as well. I pick up some of the same notes I get in a number of the NB beers in the finish of this one. Not sure if it's the yeast strand or what, but the same metallic, yet tree bark like flavor I get with others.

M- meh. Mid body near light. Lots of bitter hop oils, but nothing that screams heartiness that will help me survive a heavy snow storm as the label indicates from the pic. Tone down the carbonation may be a step in the right direction.

O- I appreciate the attempt to make an ipa a winter beer, but this one missed the mark. About at my wits end with NB on the overlapping flavors that seem to carry over into so many of their beers.

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Photo of minterro
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leftovers from a party we hosted. Hopeful this beer isn't as bad as it reputation labels it to be. Trying not to let this get to me, but it might factor in subconsciously (could benefit the beer though). Poured into a pint.

Freshness date March 2014.

Questionable move producing a white IPA as a winter beer but here we go...

A&S: Good head, pours about a finger and hangs around in a foamy half finger layer that has a nice cling in the thick lacing. Semi-lively transparent very pale yellow colored beer. Aroma consists: of spicy hops, bready pale malts, a slight lemongrass tone.

T&M: Spicy hops dominate the taste as well as they did in the smell. Midway through there is a pretty substantial boast of grapefruit tones accompanied by grassy tones. Pretty smooth, carbonation has a bite, but doesn't get too intense. Very easy to drink.

Overall: I have to say, not as bad as I expected it to. I still question the move by new belgium to release this beer as a winter seasonal, it seems to be more fitting as a spring time or very early summer beer. One of the more solid beers from new belgium, I still wish they didn't do away with snow day. Idk to each there own. Wouldn't buy this beer (unless on some-kind-of super sale), but wouldn't turn it down.

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