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Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good
264 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
264
Ratings:
1,826
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
32%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013

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Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 1,826
Photo of MIBeerGeek
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer and purchase it every winter when it comes out.

Clear as clear can be whit a frothy white head and good lacing, smells of citrus with slight herbal undertones.
Tastes of citrus and some grassy hints in there as well.
Very crisp and refreshing, a drinkable beer that goes down smooth

Go to beer for me from New Belgium

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Photo of JDaniel502
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Color- A lighter golden color.

Smell- Citrus

Head- Thick and Lacey

Taste & Mouth feel- Taste of citrus/lemon with a strong grassy element. Sizzled like alka seltzer as far as feel. Very smooth & palatable beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright lemon yellow with a 2 finger white head. Much lacing. Very clear.

Smell- Fresh grains, lemon, grassy.

Taste- Quite grainy, a bit sweet with an earthy grassy flavor the blends well with the grapefruit bitterness that builds. The citrus and bitter flavors end with a dry lasting finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- A tasty citric IPA. In some ways this is a cross between a Belgian IPA and a witbier. I got next to no belgian yeast notes but more of a lemony witbier quality which led me to a confusion to what style this beer is. Nevertheless not a bad choice.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess, call it a white IPA; I don't pick up the "white" characteristics, but the beer as an IPA is superb! Super tasty and easy drinking. Chug a lug.

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Photo of GoblinPrincess
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Clear, light citrine color, lacy head
S- Citrus, salt
T- Fresh citrusy hops, nice sharp finish that reminds me of taking a deep breath of cold air
M- Amazing--nice bubbly bite that perfectly complements the flavor
O-I usually go for darker beers in the winter, but this white IPA has made reconsider my position. If you ever loved eating snow as a kid (or an adult), this beer is for you:)

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy haze, pale golden color.

Overall: This beer has a fruit, citrus and herbal aroma. The flavor is crisp with plenty of citrus hops. Heavy on the bitterness but finishes pretty clean. Accumulation has great flavor and texture, a joy to drink.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug: color is straw, transparent, head is bright white with a mixture of bubble sizes, that lingers and laces well.

Smell is subdued, at least at first, definitely more grassy, earthy hops, then some light biscuit.

Taste is great, nice balance of fresh earthy hops and clean fermented malt with a light yeast character.

Mouthfeel is also very well done, very light and fresh and easy to drink.

Overall, a great different IPA, lighter but full of flavor.

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Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a finger of head. The nose has a mild hoppiness to it. The body and flavor are pretty thin even for a Belgian/White IPA.

This is certainly sessionable but there is nothing extraordinary here.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy white head that settles nice and slow. Lacing is good as you drink. Aroma is fresh orange peel, floral and citric hops, faint wheat and lightly toasted grains. Fresh tasting hop notes of citrus, pine, and floral cones deliver a nice upfront flavor while a smooth wheat and light malt roast cover the taste buds gently. Very light carbonation gives this beer a smooth, light, easy drinking feel. I will definitely buy this again it was beyond my expectations!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Smell fruity hints mostly grapefruit sweet. Taste citrus slight hoppy flavor light taste little watered down. light bodied piney aftertaste citrus lingers. Over a decent beer.

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Photo of bluehende
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
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 -4.3%
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 +5.6%
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 -2.7%
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 +15.7%
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 +3.5%
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 +1.3%
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%
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 +6.9%
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 -5.1%
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%
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 +16.8%
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 +1.1%
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%
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 -1.6%
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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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.