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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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254 Reviews
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Reviews: 254
Hads: 1,785
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 32.62%
Wants: 27
Gots: 454 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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 bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.


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 -13.6%
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 +15.8%
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 +11.2%
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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Photo of TOXXIK
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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

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Photo of spoony
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of chadjulius
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of santomark
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of UncleBart91
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6.2% ABV, Serve at 45°F, Best before 23FEB14

A - Fluffy sheets of lace coat the glass like wind-blown snow from the lofty pile of white foam, resting gently on the clear pale yellow beer.

S - Bright citrus notes shine with vibrant updrafts of lemon peel, moist apricot, white grape skin, and tropical fruit essence while dry wheat and subtle pale malt lay low.

T - Accumulation's bold citrus character is piled high like a mound of snowballs waiting to be thrown, ripe with tropical fruit smoothie flavor; mango, lemon, peach, white grape, and, though buried in snow, faint earthy grass on the finish.

M - Crisp and refreshing like a brisk breeze, Accumulation has a bright, airy feel that's punctuated by soft wheat and smooth hop bitterness, finishing with a touch of dryness and lingering tingle of citrus.

O - Accumulation is so ripe with fresh, tropical fruitiness you'd swear there was fruit in the beer but New Belgium's flurry of hops generates the whole avalanche of fruit flavor, piling on top of the beer's perfect wit-like base of grainy pale malts and soft wheat. It's incredibly drinkable and refreshing in a sea of spiced, high alcohol, warming winter beers.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz to a pint glass, enjoy by 30 March 2014. Blizzard conditions today, took 8x longer than usual trying to make it to school before finding the main road to the campus closed. After dealing with those roads it's time for a beer

Pours a very pale blond with two fingers of foam. Mild carbonation and good retention, still waiting on it to die down so I can look at the lacing a bit, which is pretty solid also. Could be a bit darker in color, but I'm not going to knock it as it states pretty clearly it's a white ipa

Smell is a hop bomb- strong grapefruit and pine with some additional citrus in the hops backed up by a sweet bready malt that barely manages to break through. Just a little alcohol on the end

Taste is with the nose- upfront hop bomb with strong grapefruit and citrus, a little pine on the end followed by a subversive and sweet malt with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Everything works out very well, hops gloriously dominant

Feel is a light body (as expected), crisp, with moderate bitterness. Goes down super easy, alcohol hard to detect

Overall this has to be the most underrated beer on the site. I get winter beers are generally heavier, but this has to be hands down the best ipa to come out of NB other than the LOF Super Ipa. Reminds me a lot of Lagunitas sucks, surprised it's not rated near as well

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale gold with slight head and lacing, plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Muted grass and citrus.

Taste: Grapefruit, lemon, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bitter hop afterbite.

The Verdict: Good beer. A light and refreshing winter IPA. There’s not enough malt to call it balanced, but the hops aren’t overpowering. I could handle this year round.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a twelve pack of New Belgium's Accumulation a few days ago for $16.99 at Krogers. I'm in the mood for something hoppy tonight and since this is New Belgium's new winter seasonal I thought I should I give it a try, so lets see how it goes. Best before February 23rd 2014. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice winter look to it, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a fairly clear pale yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with twp fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice and sticky rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mix of earthy, light floral, spicy and fruity hop aromas with the fruity hop aroma sticking out the most imparting a nice citrus and tropical fruit like aroma. Up next comes a citrus rind aroma followed by some grainy, bready and wheat like malt aromas. This beer has a pretty good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that impart those same hop aspects that I got in the aroma with the fruity hops still sticking out slightly more then the spicy hops and imparting a nice mix of fruit flavors with a little bit of tangerine seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a citrus rind flavor followed by some lightly bready, grainy, and light wheat like malt flavors. On the finish there's a lower amount of high bitterness with a fruity, grainy, and citrus rind like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but it's more IPA tasting than White Ale and could have been balanced a little better.

M Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, slightly oily, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel, it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of an IPA, as a Wheat Ale it's not that great and as hybrid of both which is what the brewer intended, it's just ok, the two style aren't as balanced as they could be and it comes off pretty IPA like and not that recognizable as a White Ale. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, clean, not filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these without getting bored or tired of it. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and appearance, I thought they were both pretty good and worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the the White Ale aspect wasn't more apparent, if it was more noticeable I think it would balance out some of hops and make it more of truer hybrid of an IPA and a White Ale. I would buy this beer again, I already got a 12 pack so I don't know if i'll buy anymore this season but I wouldn't rule it out and if they choose to release it again next year I;m sure I will buy at least a six pack. I recommend this anybody who likes hoppy beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, I wasn't flawless, but it still had enough aspects that made this a good beer. Good job New Belgium, keep up the good work.

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Photo of whittyjosh74
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful hoppy aroma at the twist of the cap, has a nice golden hue to its color when poured , taste is lovely , sweet with a bit of citrus, not all that bitter , very mild mouth feel and not a prolonged after taste, I am a bit of an IPA junkie and this did not disappoint, easy to drink and would enjoy again

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought a twelve pack of this about a month ago. Then my neighbor gave me another twelve pack because they don't like IPAs. Their loss is my gain.

Pours from the 12 oz bottle into a Stella Artois fluted pint glass. Pours a rather light straw color with a nice, stark white head on top. Lacing is nice and the retention is above average. Beer is slightly hazy but still remains mostly clear and effervescent.

Fresh, crisp aroma on this one. Citrusy and floral with lemon and grassy notes standing out. Decent, light malt backbone with no caramel or toffee. Slight bit of saltine cracker aroma.

I like the flavor on this one. The hop flavor really stands out.bitterness level is average for the style, but the fresh hop flavor is great. My only true complaint with this beer is the light and watery mouthfeel. The light body makes this one easy to drink, but there isn't much substance to it. Would like a little more body. Although it is light bodied, it isn't too crisp to make this one worthless, but a pretty solid beer overall. I will have no problem drinking 24 of these.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Accumulation White IPA was inspired by the white beauty that falls each winter from our Colorado sky. Flurries of Mosaic and Amarillo hops bring soft fruit and citrus flavor, followed by a layer of bitter. Piled high in IBUs, Accumulation will make your winter brighter." Brewed in the style of an American India Pale Ale, although the bottle acknowledges it as a "White IPA". This is the most recent winter seasonal by New Belgium, replacing 2011 & 2012's Snow Day Black IPA. Available in 6 packs, 12 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a big frothy gold-tinged ivory head over a pale yellow body with a mild haze and moderate ambient carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is thick and sudsy. The body appearance is a little bit lighter than expected for a standard American India Pale Ale. 4.25

(Smell) Light hop aromas of citrus peel, underripe grapefruit and pine resins over a pale cracker malt body with some mellow biscuity undertones, otherwise very light and very clean. The balance is clearly in favor of bitterness and hop character, although neither hops nor malt generate an overly bold aromatic potency in this beer. 3.5

(Taste) Biscuity malts come in a bit stronger in the flavor, adding some smooth depth to the malt base. Hop profile is quite bitter with big flavors of juicy citrus ream, spicy and peppery hop character, mild resins following. Altogether it comes off as a slightly less potent Ranger IPA with a slightly more curious hop profile. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Smooth, slick and mildly oily textures. Carbonation adds a bit of froth for a soft texture. Balance is bitter over sweet. Body is a light/medium for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is light+, a bit easy to spot against such a mild malt base. 3.5

(Overall) An unusual, but welcome winter variation against the Stouts, Winter Warmers and Harvest Ales, Accumulation displays a curious herbaceous and murky hop profile with recent newbie Mosaic, slightly more citrusy and fruity from Amarillo, but confuses ideas of this being a winter-themed beer. I could find this right at home in a spring or even summer lineup, but for those who are looking for something different and drinkable, this may not be a bad option to consider. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Accumulation White India Pale Ale

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Mildly hazed yellow straw hue, tight lacing that leaves a trail in its wake.

SMELL: CItrus zest, woody hops, tangerine, spice, grassy grain, mild evergreen

TASTE: Grassy hop, citrus peel, faint powdered aspirin, juicy hop resin, vague spicing, pale malt, ample bitterness, dry graininess, long lingering hop finish

Perhaps more of an IPA than White Ale, tasty none the less and a good switch up on the whole seasonal thing.

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Photo of 4ren6toxlab
1.25/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tastes like you are gnawing on the needles of a pine tree.

Though it pours well and has acceptional colour, one cannot come to the determination that since pumpkin-based beer is good for Halloween, then tree-based beer must be good for Christmas.

The initial taset (if you can ignore the smell) is actually quite curious and demands a second taste to try and figure it out - but you soon regret it. The after taste lingers and makes it all that much worse.

I know it is not particurally professional to "slam" a beer - but potential victims and the brewers must know that, thouth other beers from New Belgium are fantastic, they completely missed the mark on this one.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.