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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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Reviews: 254 | Hads: 1,785
Photo of bluehende
2.76/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a strange beer. I had it on tap at a tasting. The initial smell was horrible. That smell did not come through at all in the taste and was a pretty good tasting beer. Strange but I would stay away if that smell infuses in the beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale gold-yellow, good streams of bubbles, streams of carbonation, fluffy white head that leaves good lace. Nose is like Froot Loops- sugary kinda fake tropical fruits, with some pine and light malt behind. Flavor puts much more emphasis on piercing pine and pale malt, some peppery qualities, faint chalk finish. Sharp carbonation, light bodied.
Sharp flavor accentuated by the bite of the carbonation. It was flavorful, but not a really tasty flavor, but not flawed either. Just... unnecessarily provocative.

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Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as served in a shaker pint glass is a bright clear yellow with a 3/8" white head that persists reasonably long and leaves patterns for foam on the sides of the glass as it is consumed. Sipping creates nice patterns of patches, speckles, and legs of lacing and the foam persists for virtually all of the beer.

The aromas include citrus zest, a touch of malt and some fruit character and a touch of grassiness.

The flavors include some nice light malt sweetness in the backbone that complements nicely the citrus, fruit and grassiness. Neither runs this show and each sip is a pleasure. The overall effect is clean, crisp and refreshingly tasty, without being overpowering.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and has a slight prickliness from the gentle carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way and finishes on a light hop bitterness that invites another sip as the other flavors fade away.

On the whole I am enjoying this beer and would be happy to have another. I'll be keeping an eye open for the bottled version to try again. If you're looking for a light, clean crisp IPA that you can drink several of without having huge palate fatigue this is one to check out.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Accumulation has a very clear appearance, with a cloudy head which dissipates quickly. Almost no traces of carbonation, as any bubble-activity is held at a minimum.

Smells of apricot, candy, citrus, and dessert bread. A pleasant nose overall.

Contrary to the appearance, the carbonation is very present in this beer. Overpowering the sweet mango, citrus and malty flavor which hides until the aftertaste.

It feels like every 'Belgian IPA' I have is completely different from one-another. This is no exception. The smell is absolutely gorgeous, while I found the taste either overly simplistic, or simply overpowered by the carbonation. Not bad, but certainly not great either.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One thing I love about winter is the diversity of beers it inspires. Summer beers are all light wheat beers, fall beers are all pumpkiny mapley spice bombs, spring beers are generally pretty bland, but everyone has a different interpretation of winter! NB's Accumulation stands out as what would almost be a summer beer-quality brew, but complex enough that you don't want to just stick it in an ice box on the way to the beach.

It pours a hazy pale gold with plenty of sediment floating around and just a bit of lacing after the head wears off. The smell is a bit lemony, grassy, and a bit yeasty like a Belgian blonde (the beer, not the woman). Hints of pear and mango show up too. The taste keeps all those aspects and gives you a smooth, rich, mouth-filling feeling to boot with a nice resiny finish that stays along for the ride. Just a touch bitter in the aftertaste which is cool because the build-up is anything but.

This is one of those IPAs that is perfectly happy to make excellent use of its hops for flavor and aroma without trying to win the IBU wars. It's gentle, subtle, and compulsively delicious, and I feel like it would have a higher score on this site if it weren't for everyone getting amped up on hop-bombs and yeast infections in all their beers all the time.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Cloudy dark amber color. Very good smell. Taste was great.

New Belgium brews a lot of good stuff. This one is no exception. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent look to this. Straw color, big fluffy white head that leaves excellent lacing as it drains. Lovely appearance to this one. Nose is fruity hops. Some yeast and citrus. Flavor is similar. Belgian yeasty hops. Earthiness and fruit. Body is somewhat thin, okay, not as full as I'd like.

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

This is a perfectly fine beer, but it's not a winter seasonal! New Belgium has a habit of doing this, and I know they want to make something different than the usual holiday beers, but it's still kind of annoying. Just because you release the beer in the wintertime, you can't always call it a seasonal! This is yet another IPA from these guys, and it's good, but not what I'd go for when it's cold and I want a true winter seasonal beer. I'd drink this at pretty much any other time of year, actually, but it feels out of place in November.

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of the better New Belgium beers that I have had from their lineup. Pours an extremely pale yellow-straw color with decent head and spotty lacing. Aroma is nice with stonefruit, pine and citrus. Taste is real nice with the citrusy hops going so well with the malt backdrop. Nice finish, clean and crisp..

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Photo of KYGunner
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After the carbonation settles this gives a nice frothy head and a pale white complexion. Light pine, rose petal, coriander, starchy wheat malt, floral hop and pithy lemon rind flavor. Overall a nice light beer but it begs for a bit more substance.

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

With winter approaching, there's a fear that the beloved IPA will go into hibernation as well. But with the brewers at New Belgium thinking ahead, they are definitely dreaming of a white IPA Christmas!

Accumulation pours pale straw with tethers of gold streaking through the center. As a cottony foam cap builds, it casts its fragrant bouquet of citrus, melon, orchard fruit, spice and whole grain bread. Its supple sweetness is also of grain with wafer-thin maltiness with hints of confectioner's sugar and honey.

As the perfumy ale unfolds on the middle palate, its sweetness relaxes and its estery and hoppy tandem gains steam. Grapefruit, orange peel, apple, pear, honeydew and lemon dance lightly on the tongue while a balance of grassiness, white pepper and faint clove decorate the finish. Its acute bitterness provides a piney taste with herbal tea and a mild floral soap character.

Crisp, clean and quite refreshing, the medium-light ale has a dry disposition that facilitates its high rate of drinkability but also the beer's grain-derived astringency that creates a spicy bite in finish to accompany its resinous hop bitterness. With an under-current of wheat and perfume, the aftertaste remains floral and spicy.

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Photo of iRaven99664
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and piney kind of like Rampant, just not as over powering in either department. Its almost like Rampant Jr. Very delightful for my first winter ale beyond Alaska Brew Co, which is actually brewed with pine needles (very tasty). The smell is very strong and pungent with pine, not so sweet. Really feels like winter on a cold winter day. Very enjoyable. Not an overpowering taste of booze, but just enough to remind you that you're enjoying an adult beverage. Being born in Colorado and living in Alaska, I salute my greeny comrades in their awesome display of evergreen goodness. Prost!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a large wine goblet. Enjoy by 264935 2 1F E B16 1509230 7 2 1 2011. If you can make sense of that date then let me know, and this beer didn't exist in 2011 which is the only possible reference I can gather.

Pours with a slight wheat haze but otherwise rather pale light gold in a witbier sense. Stilll I don't get much wheat here as one might expect from a White IPA. Standard retention and lace are complimentarty. Aroma of Mosaic and a slight piney background which balance fairly well, the new and the old. Taste follows with a light sweetness and a standard bitterness. This gives the beer a decent mouthfeel and and a bit of lemon cracker breadiness.

Overall not very White/wheaty to be a White IPA; and certainly not Belgian in style in any way. Hop driven aroma, light bodied brew with a mild bitterness that fits the malt bill.

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Photo of jimdalton
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, pale, straw color. Pours a nice 2 finger high head with some moderate lacing.
Smell: Sweet, citrus hop aroma with a malty undertone.
Taste: Smooth pine hops upfront supported by a nice malt base that finishes clean with pine and floral snap. There is also a subtle citrus flavor throughout (lemon and grapefruit). Very well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation.
Overall: New Belgium's Accumulation is an excellent execution of a white IPA. It brings balanced hops, nice mouthfeel, and a wonderful finish. This is by far my favorite winter seasonal.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear with lots of incredibly small suspended flakes. Light golden amber, almost the color of gasoline. Head is pure white, fine, frothy, and uneven. Retains very well. Crackers, grain, resin, light citrus, and a small amount of vegetation on the nose. Resin and grass and weak lemon tartness at first, moving toward crackers, pasta, and a touch of white grapes. Finish is vegetal, rindy, soapy, and peppery. Retro-olfaction also suggests peppercorn. Fuller end of light in body with fine, medium carbonation, but does tend toward flatness in the glass before the hour is up. Velvety mouthfeel and a fairly dry finish. Barely thicker than water. Very easy drinker. Maybe them Belgians still prefer their trippels and pales, but I'd suggest this to any friend here in the states looking for an introduction to IPAs without being assaulted from behind by extreme dank brothy bitterness on their first day.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and pretty light/fluffy, with web-like lacing, and a pale hazy golden body.

I smell a nice amount of citrus and juicier West coast-style of hops.

Tastes like a very well-balanced blend of the notes described above. This is a great example of how White IPA's, when done properly, round the bite off juuust where they ought to. Nothing is undermined or overpowering, just a very enjoyable flavor.

The mouthfeel here is crisp, clean, and quenching.

Overall, I'll give Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing a 4.5. This is one of, if not my current all-time favorite winter seasonal.

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Photo of ARoman
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

*transferred from old notes - 1/3/2014*
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Based on just appearance and aroma, I had to double check that this was an IPA. Lemon and dough are the initial aromas that I picked up - reminded me a lot of the smell of sugary lemon bars - but there are some grassy peppery notes tucked away in there too. The hazy yellow color of a wheat bear stands out immediately, as well as the generous white head; although the head doesn?t have nearly the staying power of a wheat beer. The head does leave a nice, light,, sparkling snow-like lacing around the area of the initial pour (an accumulation if you will), but doesn?t really follow the drink down the glass. The taste quickly reminded me that this is, in fact, an IPA; it’s predominantly bitter (although conservatively so for an IPA) with some light sweet and tart/sour notes to it recalling the lemon like qualities of the aroma with a peppery grassy finish. It?s a crisp and dry beer with a medium/light body with an aftertaste that fades fairly quickly until it?s just a very light hebral lemon "reminder" coating the mouth.

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Photo of brewale4me
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow White fluffy head with a Grapefruit aroma. Tangerine and Mango flavor of the hops is upfront. Carried by a light body mouth feel. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this to very nice grapefruit citrus smell and taste. The beer had a great mouth feel and tasted as good coming in as going down. This should be a year round seller.

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

12 oz bottle, w/ best before dating

Hazed yellowy amber, off white head, leaving a smattering of fine lace.

Grapefruit nose thats on the tame side

Tasty and lighter bodied IPA with grapefruit notes all the way through it.

Decent if not spectacular.

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Photo of jblake4124
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite IPAs. Purchased a six pack of bottles at the store and have twice gone back for more. Very crisp with a light mouthfeel, yet bold in flavor. Brings together a nice balance of bitterness and drinkability. Absolutely loved it.

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Photo of pat61
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a slight haze under a 1” white foam cap that produces thin lace. Has a grassy, herbal nose with some fruit and bread. The palate is creamy, citrusy and fruity with traces of bread. The hop bitterness is between orange and tangerine rind. There is a light sweetness that dries out on the finish. It has a creamy wheat texture with medium body and slightly below average carbonation.

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Photo of AbeyBaby66
2.35/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Decent brew, however I expect better from New Belgium. I can respect them for thinking out of the box in terms of an IPA. Regardless I just found the taste rather strange.

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Photo of Beejay
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This brew is pee yellow in color, slightly hazy with a few chunks in it, and an off white head... Not really the most appetizing in the appearance category, but I'll roll with it.

S: Grapefruit. Followed by more grapefruit, and some dank resin.

T: Some resiny hops, followed by a light and fruity orange flavor. There is a slight onion flavor in there as well. Lightly bready.

M: Medium light in body, with active carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer, but nothing amazing. Hop centric, and fairly refreshing, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a pale gold slightly hazy at first but clearing. A finger of white foam to a thin white froth that leavs some nice lacing. Nice carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Main thing is hops but there is citrusy and fruity aromas right there with it. A little yeast smell is there but not huge.

Taste: Nice mild hoppy flavor right off the bat. Piney and grassy notes. I personally really enjoyed the mix of flavors.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium light bodied. Very nice lasting finish

Overall: This is a really good, refreshing tasty beer. I am sorry it is only a winter seasonal.

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