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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,004 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013)
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3.91/5  rDev +6.5%

A-Pours a hazy, milky yellow color. Body is vibrant. Head is very skinny. It appears as a thin, crooked, patchy film of white fizz. Random islands of lace on the glass.

S-Zesty citrus and lemons with grass and some light tropical fruitiness. Pale maltiness and a slightly spicy yeast character. Cooked light graininess. Some breadiness.

T-The flavor falls a bit flat. I actually found the nose to be pretty inviting. Hops are light pineapple and some clementine (not bitter enough to remind me of a grapefruit or anything like that). More breadiness, pale maltiness and soft peppery spice. Lots of cooked grain. Finishes with a grassy bitterness that isn't very intense.

M-Lighter bodied with a buzzing amount of carbonation. Medium to light bitterness. Drinks easily.

O/D-I enjoyed this brew and find it a bit underrated. Don't get New Belgium in my parts so this was a bit of a treat. White IPAs aren't the most beloved style but I generally enjoy them and this one I would drink again.

VelvetExtract, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Reviewing from notes as I continue to clean up un-reviewed beers from my notebook over the past few months. Enjoyed this on on 11/1/13 out of a 12 oz brown bottle from which I did not get the bottling date. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Pours a mostly clear straw yellow color with highlights of bright neon yellow where the sunlight diffuses through the glass. A slight chill haze prevents the body from being completely translucent. Atop the body sits a frothy two-and-a-half finger head the color of eggshell. Retention is excellent and leaves a mess of sticky mottled lacing on the glass well after the liquid has disappeared.

Smell - Some biscuity notes are present, but mostly the aroma consists of citrus zest, grass and some pleasant spice notes that provide a little more depth to the hoppiness than your more straightforward IPA.

Taste - Here the citrus character explodes, with lemon zest, grapefruit, lemongrass, some Bartlett pear and again the pale malt backbone allows this to be a little more than hop juice. The hint of spice from the aroma is far less aggressive in the taste. Without the aroma working alongside the taste, I'd swear this was really a standard American IPA rather than the so-called "white IPA".

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with some softness from the use of wheat and moderate carbonation, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall, a tasty beer in it's own right, but I can't help but dock the score a bit because it doesn't really have much in the way of the "white" aspect of the White IPA--and by that, I mean the spice profile of a traditional witbier. I do enjoy the change-of-pace as a light and refreshing winter seasonal compared to the many winter warmers and darker beers that come out around this time, so kudos to NB for thinking a bit outside the box.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.