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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,563
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 33.42%
Wants: 22
Gots: 328 | 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 rawfish
3.97/5  rDev +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 +24.8%
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 +1.1%
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 +7.8%
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 +1.1%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.5%
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 -15.6%
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 +1.9%
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 -4.9%
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 -15.1%
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 +9.7%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

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

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

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

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

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

New Belgium Accumulation ---3.5/5

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale golden body with a fluffy white head. Moderate sticky white lacing throughout.

Smell: Hoppy. Good trace of herbs, not so much citrus as the label described.

Taste: Pretty mild hops for an IPA. Great herbal notes. A slight citrus note breaks through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Rather light body, good carbonation.

Overall: New Belgium typically puts out decent to exceptional brews. You can really do no wrong with this brewery. This beer is certainly not overwhelming but it tastes good and I do not regret trying it. This IPA will not kick your butt with hops but it could definitely make a great session beer.

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Photo of thehooksman
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This a Winter offering from New Belgium. I normally drink thick Belgians, Trappists, Porters, and stouts in colder weather rather than hoppy beers. This white IPA is a surprise though. The label says fruit and citrus, but when first poured the nose is very pine and spruce and the flavor backs this up nicely. When I think "Winter," I think cold, crisp, air and the aroma of evergreens. So to me this ale is like Winter, or Christmas even, in a glass. A good beer to drink while "decking the halls." This clear, white ale has a white head that lasts and there is lacing on the glass. As it sits, more of the citrus aromas come through.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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


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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from the grocery store across the road from my hotel in Denver during GABF 2013 last month. Since I shoveled about the same kind of snow yesterday as depicted on the label, I figure it's about time to crack this one.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and silken eggshell white head, which leaves a decent array of Rand McNally lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of musty orange, grapefruit, kiwi, and pineapple fruit rind, earthy yeast, and grassy, piney hops. The taste is generally yeasty in bearing - peppery and herbal, with more muddled, and subdued citrus pith bitterness, a sort of stale tropical fruit essence, some laid-back wheaty and grainy malt, and further soft lemongrass and pinecone hop notes.

The bubbles are a bit overwrought in their assertiveness at first, but settle to a manageable din soon enough, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, the yeast always having to have its say. It finishes dry, the malt forgoing any further claim, while the complex hops and yup, yeast fully take up the reins.

Not sure why this is listed as an American IPA - the yeast, and somewhat elevated ABV seem worthy of a sidestep to Belgian IPA territory, no? You'd think with the slavish Low Countries attitude of this brewery, one might make that connection. At any rate, a way too yeasty IPA, yeah, I said it, with little to associate it with the winter season - the 'white' moniker being tenuous at best.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden color with a one inch white head. Body has a slight haze and a good amount of effervescence. Lacing and head retention are above average.

Smell is of lemongrass, citrus rind, belgian yeast found in trippels. Light piney hops linger through out. Aromas are similar to a shandy.

Taste is light and refreshing. A light lemon peel bitterness solidifies that this beer is an IPA. Pale straw malts lighten the flavor and at 6 percent, alcohol is slightly there.

Mouthfeel is also light and well carbonated. Head dissipated halfway through unfortunately,

Overall this beer is a good APA/IPA but im really puzzled as to why New Belgium chose to brew this as a Winter Seasonal. 2 below and Snow Day were some of my favorite winter seasonals and to replace them with a lighter bodied/flavored pale ale is unfortunate. Would have preferred to see this one as a summer seasonal but its still a solid beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
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 scratch69
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Grapefruit and floral hop aroma with a bit of peppery spice.

Taste- Similar to the nose but with a subdued hop bitterness and some sweetness from the wheat malt.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A nice drinkable beer. The hop presence wasn't so overwhelmingly bitter as to drown out the other flavors which is what I dislike about most IPAs.

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Photo of peabody81
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - definitely yellow, but excellent lacing, unexpected for a beer of that color
S - pine needles all the way
T - Lots of piney hops, but refreshing, and not so hoppy as to turn your mouth inside out
M - medium/light, but definitely not watery
O - another fine brew from New Belgium, those expecting Snow Day will be surprised, and disappointed if they were seeking malt/hops balance, but as previously noted, not so hoppy as to wreck the palate. Much more of a session beer than most winter seasonals. I'll be buying more throughout the winter beer season

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of eatreeter34
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very solid IPA by a very solid brewery! These guys never disappoint and this one is true to form. A very clean beer with great smell and a taste that builds to a good hop finish. If you like American IPA this is a fine choice. I will enjoy several of these while they last!

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw hazy yellow, half finger of white head. Looks like grapefruit juice.

Smell is 100% citrus, grapefruit, lemon, citrus peels maybe a little grassy hop character.

Taste is really impressive, was not expecting this based on the scores, tropical and citrus are all over this thing, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, light orange and tangerine, just really juicy, slight pepper like spice, like wheat character, pear and yep even more grapefruit in the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium light but built up do to the heavy carbonation, finishes rather dry.

WOW, was not expecting this based on the score, maybe it is suffering from a little of NB biased... People seem to shit all over them because of there size and whatnot... Which I never understood as SN gets nothing but praise and they are even larger.

If you like a good Citrus, grapefruit, tropical bomb at a even better price scoop it up.

Will be scooping up a 12 or two of this!

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