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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 1,557
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 22
Gots: 325 | 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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%

A bit of a rarer New Belgium beer, I think this refers to the "accumulation" of snow on winters' nights.

Appearance (4) : Tall, white, fluffy three fingered head with lots of large bubbles on top. The body is a harvest golden color, with the density and hue of a Witbier. The head sticks around quite awhile, fluffs on top, and leaves webs of lacing around the glass.

Aroma (3.75) : Lots of grapefruit, lots and lots of grapefruit. Behind that a little lemon and orange peel, but mostly just plain grapefruit. I get the sense I'm about to eat breakfast and I'm reaching for Splenda. Obviously it's from the hops - but aroma is by and large, grapefruit. Bouquet is strong.

Taste (3.75) : Complex, buttery, fruity, and hoppy. The hops are a given, but around that, I'll describe the taste. On the tip of the tongue, the taste is salty, towards the middle is a more melted butter with fruit flavor, and as it hits the back of your tongue you taste the generous hops and citrus/grapefruit rind. The finish is pretty good on this, it's very dry and complete. Although I am not a fan of IPA's in general, this one is pretty decent. Swishing and rolling around the middle of the tongue yields some faint salty, buttery popcorn. In fact that's most of the flavor if you keep it in your mouth for around 10 seconds. Burps are orangey and grapefruity. I would say it tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : By and large, this is a light bodied, lightly creamy beer. There's a stab of carbonation to keep things interesting. Dry and complex finish.

Overall (3.87) : This one had been sitting on the shelf for awhile (maybe 1+ year) before I purchased it. It was a bargain at roughly $1. I'm wondering if some fermentation didn't happen and now I've got some diacetyl going on here. Overall though, it is an enjoyable beer and even though I don't like IPA's, I can see myself finishing this one. (1,887 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Not much snow out there today, but when have these seasonals matched up with reality anyway? This stuff pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises coriander, pine needles, light biscuit, and grapefruit zest. The taste brings in more of the same, though the pine takes on a bit of a minty character on the edges. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decent "white IPA", but nothing close to special. Next. (549 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy pale golden in color, resembling a Wit beer, with a massive, coarse white head, which retains very well. Abundant fine-beaded carbonation races to the surface, the lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Spicy and peppery hop notes dominate the aroma, grassy notes hay, and a slight pine note are also present. There are also moderate orange and grapefruit hop aromas.

Taste: Opens with somewhat aggressive herbal hops, which seem quite fresh. Throughout the taste, the hops dominate, although the pale malt manages to offer an occasional flourish. The slightly higher ABV (6.2%) remains incognito. Finishes with a lingering spicy and grassy hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice example that is worthy of being served at Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's dinners.

Presentation: Packaged on a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass. (985 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, floral hops, hint of sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of pine, slight citrus hops, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of earthy malt, citrus hops, slight pine, hint of sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, very pale appearance, great lacing, good blend, but too much earthy malt for my taste. (551 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy yellowish in a goblet glass, a little like apple cider.

S - citrusy and hoppy

T - marketed as a winter white IPA, but tastes more like a summer brew. Strong hops flavor but not overpowering.

M - nice aftertaste due to the smooth hoppy flavor.

I picked up a 6 of this last winter and forgot about it until 5 months later.. Nice mix of hops and fruit with a fairly high ABA. I'm impressed with New Belgium's IPA offerings and look forward to sampling more. (470 characters)

Photo of 8stringfan
2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle straight into a wide-bodied goblet. Pale straw (2) with a two-finger, fluffy white head with a lot of staying power and significant lacing. Nose is very light with big hints of pineapple, funky yeast, and light sweet malt. Taste is very bready, which seems to be a tendency with several New Belgium brews, and, it’s worth admitting, is not a flavor profile I enjoy all that much in my beer. Also present are light grassy hints, very mild lemon citrus, light toasted cereal grains, generic sweetness, and french fries. The hop presence is there in terms of light bittering, but not in any larger sense of flavor. Finish is mildly bitter, toasted wheat, and subtle sweet citrus. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat slick with low carbonation. All in all, this just doesn't do much for me, which is about par for the course in terms of how I feel about New Belgium products in general. As a white IPA, I was also expecting a bit more in terms of both a fuller hop presence and some Belgian yeast notes, such as coriander, neither of which is present. As it stands, this reminds me of a clumsy wheat beer and not something I’ll be drinking again anytime soon. (1,176 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a best-by 4/20/14 date. Poured into a tulip, just above 40 degrees.

Pours with a short white head over a very pale yellow colored body, with a slight foggy/cloudy look to it. Very nice lacing.

Aromas are a light and bready. Plenty of yeast comes through, and just a touch of pineapple-to-apple fruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and easy drinking. This goes down quickly, with just light carbonation. Flavors have a lot of apple in the middle, with a light finish of pine. Some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste reminds you that it's an IPA. Finish is nice and dry.

This is a pretty easy-drinking IPA, as I guess "white" IPAs should be... right? Nothing too strong for those who are scared off by muscled-out IPAs. (743 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 20 April 2014. Tasted 6 April 2014. Drinking this on the back porch, my first outdoor beer of the year, after it finally warmed up enough for such things.

Pours a pale clear lightly-golden straw yellow. One finger of white head, good retention, excellent lacing. A lazy stream of bubbles rising slowly up the center of the glass, mirroring my late-afternoon energy.

Smell is thin, a bit sweet & corny. I get bright citrus notes that really make the beer for me (without them it'd be a whole lot worse). There's an acrid smell that reminds me a touch of urine; happily that dissipates after only a few minutes in the glass.

Taste is blah. Not bad, just not much. Grainy, some corn-like sweetness, a faint wash of bitter, some chalk. Just meh.

Feel is okay. Medium-light body, carbonation on the low side. Make that way on the low side. It sits, and allows some of the more unpleasant flavors (chalk, especially) to settle in.

Overall, it's an okay beer. Nothing remarkable about it, nothing terrible. No reason to drink it, really, with so many better options. (1,072 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Light golden straw colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: aroma of bitter citrus hops mixed with light grain, lemon, biscuit

T: nice lemony fresh hop flavor up front, middle is dry with little malt and slight orange peel, finish is more bitter citrus hops

M: light with higher carbonation

O: lemon flavor is light and refreshing (419 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (992 characters)

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

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. (1,824 characters)

Photo of aquaderek
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured golden straw yellow with a nice creamy head. It was a lot lighter than I expected. Nose was faint hops with some very slight cereal notes, lackluster nose. The taste is well balance and the alcohol is hidden, this beer is quite a bit lighter than I expected. I give it a C. (280 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden hued with great clarity. Minimal wisp of head covers half of the top of this beer. I get a bit of floral hop and pale wheat in the nose. The mouth is moderately carbonated. The flavor is pale wheat and I just get bit a light taste of floral hops. (258 characters)

Photo of CardiacNP
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very Pale White India Pale Ale. Nice floral aroma, nice crisp clean mouth feel. An mild citrus finish with minimal bitterness. Nice white lacing . The beer and its hops may of mellowed a bit with age. 6.2 % ABV. A decent seasonal from New Belgium Brewery from Colorado (268 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale, straw yellow body with a lasting, sticky, white head; sticky rings of lacing. Robust citrus and pine hop aroma. Lemon bread flavor; excellent bitterness. Medium-light body; crisp, clean, and dry finish.

A flavor powerhouse packing a juicy, citrus punch with a nicely balanced hop bitterness and subdued malt backbone to round things out. Well-balanced flavors and aroma combine with a delightful sensory complexity to make a very memorable IPA experience. This one would be nice to have available year-round. (520 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Accumulation pours a see through straw like color with a small but long lasting lacing head. There is a very spicy aroma. The taste has a bold spicy note, some citrus fruits, and a very mild soggy hop flavor. Nice feel, and drinkable, decent flavors. Overall its enjoyable, but nothing special. (294 characters)

Photo of Shockznbrewz
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is coming from a guy who has not had very many WIPAs that he has really liked.

A - A ninety percent clear pale yellow/gold brew, with a head retention that mostly went away within about 5 minutes or so, then stayed to cover the top layer of beer for the entirety. Leaving lace on the glass that was thin and of no particular pattern.

S - Wonderful, I could not figure out the hops, but I really like it. First part of the smell is very much a slap in the face of hops, then ending in obvious bitter bliss.

T - Citrus off the bat with an extra earthy tone, then a split second of light malt flavor with complicated specialties; as the hops set in to a very special bitterness I really enjoy with a subltle fruityness. Followed by a slight throte alcohol taste, but of course not too strong at all. Infact it's very drinkable, smooth, and asking for another drink (gulp) Tasted a slight hint of pine that drink. Yum.

M - Not too much or little carbonation, full bodied, and not too thick. The flavor intrudes my perception of the mouthfeel as its bitterness tingles my tounge, mouth, and throte.

O - Seriously enjoy the S**T out of this beer, the drinkability is high and easy to have more than a few (Look out) it's strong ABV takes it's hold quickly as the third cap is popped off. I will cry the day this beer is no longer brewed, rather hoping for the next winter to roll around. (crosses fingers) (1,409 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light crystal clear yellow with 1 finger white. Average retention

S - Very nice! Great use of hops. Lots of lemon and citrus. Slight grassy aroma as well.

T - Man oh Man! This is the beer for me. Love the floavor of this beer. Hops level is perfect. Lemon and other citrus. Again, slight grassiness to the beer. Malts blanced the hops nicely as well.

M - A light beer that goes down smooth. This one could hurt you. I think i could drink a case

O - Wow, I loved the flavor of this beer. Something about it was perfect to me. (542 characters)

Photo of Badger6
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date 10/28/2013 (label imprint reads 131028, with an expiration of 30 Mar 14). Poured into an American pint glass.

A - Poured out fast enough to build a good head on the beer, but get all 12oz into the glass with one pour. The head was pure white and frothy, roughly a finger tall on the beer; mostly diminished within 2-3 minutes, with significant lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was a clear yellowish amber. There was no sediment in the body. Slight carbonation rising from the base of the glass.

S - The aroma is not overwhelmingly strong or distinct. There is a clear hop note, with scents of pine and resin, and some fruitiness. There is a slight floral scents to the aroma. Smells like an IPA and Belgian should.

T - The flavor profile is very complex. Slightly sweet up front, but more earthy with notes of pine and citrus from the hops, there are also clear hints of yeast. Finishes slightly bitter with a hint of acidity. Pine and citrus notes throughout, with a fruitiness that is clear but not overpowering.

M - The carbonation is mellow. The beer has a light to medium body, with a creamy yet slightly dry texture. The beer finishes with a hint of alcohol. Nice fading finish.

O- I enjoyed this beer, and would drink it again. At 6.5% abv there is the slightest hint of alcohol in the beer, though nothing like a true high gravity imperial or strong style. It makes for a nice seasonal change for anyone who enjoys IPA or pale ale and is looking for something slightly different. (1,532 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

App – very pale golden color, slightly cloudy. Pours a moussy white head, fairly long lasting and leaving behind some lace.

smell - Hop aroma somewhere between citrusy and earthy, and not as inviting as anticipated. Hop aroma not all that strong for as warm as I tasted this beer. Smells slightly sweet, but not much malt.

Hop flavors meld into an almost meat like flavor up front, might be the Amarillo which isn't one of my favorite hops. Not a lot of malt to balance out the hops. Nice assertive hop bitterness that is aggressive but not overpowering. Bitterness lingers into a clean but bitter finish. Beer seemed better in the finish than in the front of the mouth taste.

MF – Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or warming.

Overall – A well made beer, but the hop choices didn't suit my palate. Others may like it a lot more than me. (858 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy light yellow liquid with a slight white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Almost noble hop like, with some spice, and hints of dark fruit and orange in the background.

T: Although the beer is described as having "flurries of Mosaic and Amarillo hops", primarily I taste a bittering variety. The website lists Target as a bittering hop, and Centennial likely as flavour. The Amarillo and Mosaic that are used for dry hopping are more subdued than I expected. This leaves a prickly earthy and herbal taste up front, which transitions to grapefruit and floral, and a faint hint of dark tropical fruit and orange at the back end from the dry hopping.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: I think the Target bittering hop should be replaced with another hop. Its just too dirty, and it imparts earthy and herbal flavours. Almost like fruit that has rolled around on the wet ground. Clean bittering hops like Magnum could've worked better. But, Green Bullet or Willamette would've probably been best as bittering hops, because the dark fruit would've gone well with the Mosaic. (1,111 characters)

Photo of foglemgs
2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: I poured Accumulation from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, and it is a hazy golden color. Not to put you off, but it did remind me strongly of the color of urine. There is a nice, white, fluffy head that has good retention and leaves strong lacing in the glass.

S: Accumulation has a very weak odor. I get some roasted malt, but I really had to put my nose into the beer.

T: Equals the smell, which is to say, weak. I get a very sour flavor (and, no, the beer isn't skunked) with a dry finish. Not a whole lot going on here.

M: Again, not very pleasant. I found myself craving a glass of water after every sip. I usually love drier beers (stouts and IPAs), but this has an unpleasant dryness to it that lingers.

O: Definitely not my favorite beer from New Belgium (that would still be Fat Tire). I can't say I recommend this seasonal brew. Drink Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale instead. (895 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with one finger of white head that has staying power. Nice rings of white lace.
Smell is pungent spice with what smells like some belgian type yeast.
Taste is initially sweet biscuit malt goodness with some bitter fruity hops.
Mouthfeel is good with plenty of carbonation. Long drying bitter finish.
Overall a tasty beer that reminds me of a belgian pale ale with a bit less pucker factor.
Certainly worth a try. (423 characters)

Photo of CraftyBeerDrinker
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my local grocer mainly out of the anticipated boredom I'm sure to find over the next few days of sub-zero temps and on again off again snow. Honestly, it's pretty solid for a White IPA, and particularly surprising to me since I've been down on New Belgium of late.

The beer packs a moderate punch at 6.2% ABV, but doesn't drink like it. Very smooth and pleasantly fruity without being overpowering in any direction.

It's probably the closest I can get to Jai Alai in Illinois, so that works for me! (518 characters)

Photo of AndrewBinder
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pretty ok IPA from new Belgium. Not much mouthfeel or smell but a distinct hoppy fruity balance. Very drinkable. One that I could have afew in the night and not get sick of. Needs a bit more hops but a good beer for non IPA drinkers to enjoy. It's drinkability makes it appeal to me for sure (291 characters)

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