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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

212 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,556
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 22
Gots: 323 | 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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Reviews: 212 | Hads: 1,556
Photo of mooseisloose
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

Accumulation of snow is not a problem here, but a white IPA? Something extraordinary, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a huge citrus waft of lemon, orange and grapefruit oils with a nice sweetness in the background. Pours into my trusty SAPP to a slightly cloudy watery bright yellow with a massive white pillowy head that stands for what seems like forever, On the taste this brew has a nice citrus hop bite that is well balanced with a citrusy sweetness. The taste transitions to a more bitter middle with sweet and bitter finish that is mostly clean. Mouthfeel is light but insignificant due to overall flavor. Head holds up all the way through the brew, a nice light drinker with a good flavor kick, definitely a keeper. (742 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Fresh lemon zest up front. Light piney character and a bit of stone fruit aromas all soft and understated.

Appearance: Hazy straw colored pour with a moderate tan and batter-like head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Slight lemon flavor persists with mild peppercorn notes. Underlying cracker-like malt character. A firm earthy bitterness asserts to bring some balance to the lemon and crackery sweetness. Balance is to the earthy bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. No alcohol heat or hop-derived astringency.

Overall impression: A bit restrained for a Belgian IPA. Needed more of "something" but not bad. Probably won't seek out again. (723 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Finally, a winter beer that isn't Ultra Dark Night Coffee Bourbon Stout. And a solid IPA to boot. Medium bodied and pale yellow, big head initially then persistent lacing. Pine and citrus in the hop profile, which are my favorite hop notes. Very faint wheat. Big fan and my *light* winter ale of choice (the "dark" one going to Sierra Nevadas Celebration). (356 characters)

Photo of marcellaproust
2.06/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle bought 2014-12--07. Very pretty straw color though none of the touted unfiltered cloudiness. Smell: absent (and I don't have a cold). Taste: about as much character as your typical mall store chain. Seriously. Every single time I go back to New Belgium cuz I want to give a good bicycle- and environment-advocating company some shouts, I am always so disappointed and angry that I wasted cash and calories. Where is the wheat? I can barely taste it but it takes closing my eyes and searching for the wheat. Bitterness is present, but has no character (not grassy, not floral, not esterly, so ... just, bitter?). The carbonation is good and fizzy; the body is solid and not thin. But that just doesn't warrant the drinking. (739 characters)

Photo of fishmanpa
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Accumulation India White Pale Ale – New Belgium Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, CO.

This ale pours a pale yellow and cloudy. Leaves a nice fine head and very nice lacing. The aroma is very fresh and clean. Hops and citrus abound with a prevalent grapefruit overtone. The first sip hits you with hops and then the grapefruit comes through with a smooth slightly malt finish. Very clean mouth feel and quite smooth overall. A nice Winter offering from New Belgium. 6.2% ABV (472 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy by" date 3-8-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful, slightly hazy, light golden color with one-finger white head that dissipated slowly until a thin layer of bubbles remained, significant lacing. If this beer was a chick she would be a "super model". Nuf' said?

SMELL: this beer has a pleasantly assertive pepper and pine resin smell, there are some citrus and floral notes as well.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and floral then a nice pepper and piney hop blast that lingered in a most pleasant way.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body for the style.

OVERALL: this is my favorite winter seasonal beer so far, I like it better than SN Celebration. This is high praise because I really enjoyed that one as well. This beer will become a yearly tradition for me going forward. New Belgium is an excellent brewer and I'll be trying more from them in the future. (952 characters)

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - This beer poured a very light yellow; I wouldn't say it was cloudy, but more hazy, it retained a very thin head

S - Good mixed scents with a hint of citrus

T - This beer was very typical to me for IPAs with a strong bitter aftertaste

F - Very thin in the mouth with a mild but smooth carbonation

O - Decent

Disclaimer: I'm generally not an IPA fan; I don't order them when out, but my curiosity keeps me tasting, so I try to temper my feelings when evaluating (468 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter from a twelve ounce bottle.

Cloudy straw colored body and a pale white, creamy head a finger thick. Good lacing. 4.25

Smells of Belgian yeast and sweet citrus. 4

Sweet malt, citrusy and floral with a touch of peppery yeast. Dank finish. Not bad at all. 3.75

Smooth and creamy with a bitter dry finish. I like. 4

good beer, I'm surprised by the overall rating. Should be higher, I'd say. (414 characters)

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Presentation: Tulip Glass

Appearance: A light golden color w. a haziness.

Smell: A great floral, hoppy, fruity, citrus, wheaty wonderful aroma.

Taste: It has a powerfully floral taste with a bite of hop. A wheat undertone makes the beer taste more rounded.

One of my favorite beers I wish i could get all year-round. Has a delightfully balanced floral/hop taste that makes for a great "have to try beer". (412 characters)

Photo of HeightsEats
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Initial flavor and aroma is IPA, but the white beer element gradually sinks in after a few more sips. Plenty of citrusy hops--mostly lemon and lime--in the aftertaste, but there's a good malt body as well. The coriander and wheat is really nicely integrated with the hops. (274 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Hazy pale yellow with a one-finger head
S: Generic citrus/tropical fruit/yeast/wheat
T: Citrus/spice/yeast, a hint of grass & tropical fruit
M: Light to medium-bodied with a bit of spice
O: No flaws but nothing outstanding. Glad I tried it but not at the top of the re-buy list (312 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

A: poured into a tulip to a cloudy pale yellow with a half finger of dense white head that fades to a collar around the glass and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of citrus, yeastyness and some slight fruity esters
T: taste is citrusy hops, fruity esters, spicy yeast, and cracker malt. swallow is juicy citrusy hops with some lingering spice and fruitiness.
M: fairly light on the palate but not watery with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: A good beer with a decent hop profile and some nice yeast driven aspects. solid complexity and good flavors. (577 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Accumulation brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 6.20% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Accumulation is a unfiltered brew. This brew is cloudy you can not see thought it. The smell is citrus, with some grains and malts. There is nothing bad so far. Now for the taste, it is rich with citrus and hops. You pick upon some grains at the end of this brew. New Belgium Brewing did a nice job with this one. Accumulation has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is bold and clean. At first it is citrus with some bitterness ,then it is smooth. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Thank You New Belgium Brewing. (734 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a pale yellow with two fingers of bright white head that maintains at all the way down. Nice lacing.

S - Citrus hops, spices, dank.

T - Hop forward - citrus notes, resinous. Smooth drinking Medium bodied with a decent mouth feel. Finish is a bit acidic.

O - Solid white IPA - good offering that I would go back to. (330 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. A hazy pale lemon yellow with a thin layer of foamy white bubbles on top and leaving concentric rings of lace on the sides of the glass. Bright and fresh aroma of lemon and pineapple, grass, something else faintly tropical or gummy candy-like, coriander seed, a ghost of pine needles. Palate is refreshing, citric, subtly sweet ... I get more of a session IPA vibe than the expected witbier base, at least initially, although there is a solid undercurrent of Belgian seed spice and dry phenols. Grapefruit, lime, and some mango complement the lemon on the nose. The combination of Belgian yeast and citrus hops recalls ginger root, in a way. Body on the low end of medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes rather dry, with lingering citrus rind, clove, and coriander notes. I stand by my earlier "session" assessment, flavorsome yet light and drinkable. Good balance between American hop and Belgian flavors, with the former front and center and the latter playing a competent supporting role. (1,037 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale but clean and clear golden, with a thick blanket of white suds. That gives way to a dusting of thick, detailed lace.

Aroma: Crisp citrus, tropical, and floral hops. Delightful.

Taste: Tangy citrus, with notes of pineapple, mango, and sharp, bitter citrus. I get hints of lemon alongside grapefruit. There’s a lingering bitterness that is tempered by a spicy malt profile. Finishes with more of the tangy pineapple and grapefruit.

This is one of my favorite New Belgium seasonals, and I always grab at least a couple of 12-packs to get me through the winter months. (586 characters)

Photo of glass_house
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a hazy light straw-gold with two fingers of dense creamy head that hangs around for quite awhile and blankets my glass with bright white lacing. Looks a lot like a wit. The first sniff reminds me of a fresh cut grapfruit. Big sharp citrus and some bright wheat notes. Not sure why BA has this listed as a "Belgian IPA", as I don't see anything from New Belgium referring to it as such. Does not appear to be anything Belgian about this white IPA.

Initial taste follows through on the nose. Big citrus notes of lemon peel, orange, and grapefruit, with some subtle tropical fruit and grassy accents. However, it fails to follow through on its potential. The flavors quickly fade mid-palate, as the body seems too thin to carry them. Only a very faint hint of a bready wheat malt presence is detected, and leaves it feeling unbalanced. I like the hop profile and level of bitterness, just wish it was a bit more full and round. However, the light body and crisp carbonation does give it a refreshing characteristic that makes it rather drinkable.

Overall, I can see this as a good choice as something in between a bigger IPA and session IPA. I just find myself wishing it packaged the impressive flavors with a more substantial body. That being said, I will grab a few more of these when I'm in the mood for something with a lighter feel. (1,380 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 3.75 - Very pale gold, somewhat cloudy, with a modest head.
S: 3.75 - Nice floral, grassy hoppiness, a faint tartness.
T: 3.5 - High bitterness on first taste, with moderate grassy hop flavor. Tastes like the NB house yeast, which is distinctive but doesn't add much Belgian or "white" character. In fact, it mainly tastes like a bitter Fat Tire without the malt.
M: 4.0 - Good body, moderate carbonation.
O: 3.5 - Just another forgettable seasonal beer from NB. I wish they'd find something good and stick with it, instead of giving us something new every year. (566 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lala's, the only interesting beer I saw. Served in a New Belgium globe which was nice, this was a very cloudy yellow color. Aroma was interesting, wheat and spice and hops. Flavor was a really nice citrusy lemon with hint of wheat, this surprised me. (260 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hazed apricot golden hue with bright white fine effervescent head, leaves even Belgian style lacing.

Aroma spices like coriander and citrus. Big dank citrus hops with mango tropical fruits in the back end.

Flavor bready malts spicy yeast with evident citrus and coriander. Juicy center of ripened mango and pineapple juice notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied nice fluffy carbonation gives nice textures on the palate.

Overall, one of the better white IPAs alongside Deschutes Chainbreaker! (493 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 3/22/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow with a slight haze; chunky eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. Great looking brew. The aromas have lots of lemon zest. More subtle citrus notes. Some grapefruit. Some malts in the mix. Smells like your typical New Belgium hoppy beer. The Belgian aspects almost seem non-existent, although they're ultimately there. The flavors are bittersweet and refreshing. More citrus notes. More lemon and lime. Hints of wheat. Lots of fresh grass. Hints of caramel. There's a nice little bitterness, but it's far from overwhelming. Finishes pretty clean. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a fun beer to drink, but isn't overly impressive. Like I said before, it's your typical New Belgium hoppy beer with a subtle kiss of wheat. (924 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of hops, malt, and citrus.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, citrus (lemon, orange, etc.), and a bit of malt. Not a particularly bad flavor, but nothing really jumps out at you. A very standard IPA flavor.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A serviceable IPA, but not a spectacular one. Light and sweet, very easy to drink. (553 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - The pour is a transparent gold with a fluffy snow white head.
S - Faint hops, citrus and pine
T - I notice what I got from the smell it also has some spice and yeast.
M - Medium body and a bit more bitter then i expected.
O - Its a solid White IPA but not my style. (272 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale, crystal clear yellow straw. If it didn't have a nice 2 finger head that retains well and leaves great lacing, I'd say it looks an awful lot like [insert BMC AAL here],

Smell - Big, big citrus hop notes: orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, a bit dank/piney. Maybe a touch of sweet, honeyed graininess.

Taste - Like nose, big citrusy hop notes are front and center: Orange... Big orange hop presence with a touch of tangerine and piney, herbal dankness. Hop taste hits hard then fades away gracefully into lightly sweet, honeyed, wheaty-grain malts. Finishes quite dry with moderate lingering, drying, hop resiny bitterness.

Feel - Very smooth, crisp, refreshing medium body. Carbonation is just scrubbing enough to get the job done.

Overall - What a surprisingly great IPA! I'm sure this doesn't get much respect in the beer geek circles because it's New Belgium and not brewed in some dudes barn on a farm somewhere, but it's truly well done. The hop flavor is bright and juicy, balanced nicely against a very light, crisp malt body. Maybe the only thing I find "off" about this release is that it's a winter seasonal, when it's refreshing crispness just screams "SUMMER!" (1,222 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Foe being a "retired" beer I just picked up a sixer at my local bottle store. oh well.
Pale gold with a nice cloud-deck of bright white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy, piney hops
Taste-Tropical fruit,piney hops, lighter bodied but plenty of flavor and character. Refreshing and tasty. Seek and ye shall find. (299 characters)

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