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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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224 Reviews
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Reviews: 224
Hads: 1,636
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 33.06%
Wants: 24
Gots: 357 | FT: 1
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 andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of glass_house
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

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Photo of BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of patpbr
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.24/5  rDev +14%
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!"

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +4%

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of 8stringfan
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of aquaderek
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.