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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: 1,557
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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Reviews: 212 | Hads: 1,557
Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Favorite beer ever, along with Rolle Bolle from New Belgium. Cant help but love the interesting concoction, since I love IPA's and I love Witbiers. Pours a nice light honey-straw yellow, clear and crisp. If the mark of a good beer is lacing, this is king, since I have a shot's worth of beer lining my glass from top to bottom. All around a great drink, and nice at 6.2 abv to accumulate many beer sweaters for cold weather defense. I drank one of these on the lift at Red Lodge Mountain in Montana and it made for a darn fun ride down the hill. (545 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz glass mug.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw in color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates rather slowly and yields a wall of lace where the head once was. Definitely doesn't look like your typical IPA.

Smell: Hops! Lots of citrus backed up by piney and earthy aromas.

Taste: Begins citric, rounding out to more woody and bitter flavors toward the finish. Faint hints of sweet malt and a slight spice. Actually tastes a lot like a Belgian-style IPA.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with some lively carbonation up front and a refreshing, watery finish.

Overall: A nice beer and definitely worth drinking. Seems more like it's suited for summer as opposed to winter, but a good beer nonetheless. (745 characters)

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

Since New Belgium came to florida i have been trying all their beers as they become available in my local package store. Different but great tasting IPA, im a big IPA fan and also a citrus beer fan so this beer goes great for my taste budz. #YUMMMMmmmm (252 characters)

Photo of rand
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A: Cloudy orange in appearance, a medium pour forms a small, frothy head that laces the glass

S: Citrusy hops up front, orange-y. Subtle grassy notes combine with a touch of honey sweetness. No apparent alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, fairly carbonated. Light complexion, not a lot of oily slickness.

T: The hops are more floral on the palate, but subtle citrus notes still jump to the front. Dry, with notes of white pepper and grassy snap mid-sip. Some balancing sweetness pokes through toward the finish, but just. Short, dry finish.

An odd choice for a winter ale. Really strange. This would be much more appropriate as a day time brew during the dog days of summer. It's a little refreshing, but boring, and doesn't yield any of the warm and fuzzies that a good Winter Warmer or seasonal Belgian (I'm thinking Goudon Noel) provide. (869 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a six-pack of Accumulation ins a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear with a light frothy white head.

Smell is a lights a sweet citrus aroma, with a hint of wet grain and vinegar.

Taste is a mild bitter grapefruit flavor with a little New Belgium biscuit flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, with a dry better aftertaste.

Overall a nice light IPA. Not sure it's a winter ale. It would be just as good or better on a hit summer day. (503 characters)

Photo of 45nDown
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Better than good, crisp White IPA Taste is hoppy goodness. Color is Brilliantly golden. Head a good 3/4 inch after the poor. Lacing is good at first but dissipates towards the end. This is a damn good beer. Color is ...oh who cares As I said Damn good beer. (260 characters)

Photo of Niceroad77
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a very pale and clear straw colour with a nice head that slowly disappears to leave some good lacing. Very clear for a white/wheat ale. I was expecting cloudiness from lee deposit but there were none.

S: Some say grapefruit, I agree but would add orange without a doubt. Light, citrus and somewhat floral. Just enough pine needles.

T: Orange and grapefruit to start and then comes the pine needles with a well balanced citrus vs hops.

M: Good carbonation, rounded. Very pleasant.

O: This is a very nice White IPA. Could session on it no problem. Somewhat of a bridge for non-IPA and IPA fans? I'll leave that up to you. Recommended. (646 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into large New Belgium pint glass. Crispy clear with fairly full head, which remained largely in place. Ample lacing, lots of bubbles, good carbonation. On the nose, very nice (almost sweet) floral piney scent dominates, with hints of lemon, grapefruit, grass, and melon. On the palate, the hops appear, but are well balanced by citrus tones of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Really like how crisp this one drinks, which makes it imminently quaffable. No heavy malts or alcohol are apparent. Mouthfeel is good, if a little thin, but that's OK. This is a very good IPA to sip before trying something hearty. Probably great during summertime as well. Kudos! (671 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pale, hazy yellow with a foamy, long lasting white head.

Big citrusy, fruity hops upfront, with a lightly resinous finish, and just enough of a wheat-y malt backbone to keep it in check.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done "White IPA". I hope they bring it back next winter. (305 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear pale straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lots of citrus zest and white peppercorn, with some unripe apricot.
T: It tasted like spicy herbal hops and white peppercorn, with some citrus zest and unripe apricot. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Moderate body.
D: This was a nice white IPA. The scent and taste were just right for the style. The body was ok, but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Good brew. (506 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 06APR14. Pours a clear golden yellow with a very nice head and lacing that lasts. Mild nose of citrus hops, grapefruit and lemon, over a very slight sweetness. Light medium body, on the thin side, that has slightly above normal carbonation. The taste is well balanced between moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Grapefruit is the dominate hop flavor. Crisp finish followed by a pleasant lingering grapefruit bitterness. A very good beer for non-hopheads. (458 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very glad they went with an ipa as a winter seasonal, but this isnt not as good as i was hoping ti would be. it doesnt have much head, and is really thickly cloudy with yeast in a pale yellow suspension. the nose is well hoppy with some citrus notes and bitterness, and i get some orange peel too. i am glad the coriander that is in most of these is not so prominent here, its helpful for the hops i think. the flavor is a little all mashed together, with the wheat being denser for winter and a ton of yeast left over. the hops dont taste as bright as they smelled, but they impart bitterness and i find this to be a rather refreshing beer overall, if a bit less refined and sessionable than i was originally after. it went well with a big burger, and i can see this being better in bottled form. i appreciate this as a seasonal instead of the classic malty spice type. (870 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a white IPA as noted on the label with a very pale color and slightly cloudy. Fresh and pleasant hop aromas that seem to lean more towards the mosiac than the Amarillo.
Fullness from the carbonation really fills the mouth up. Prominent finishing bitterness with a a pleasing lingering. Nice hop flavors and nice pale malt foundation with no apparent crystal or other sweetening grains. A nice format for a hop presentation. The hops get a little "green" and weedy, but not bad and still enjoyable. The big carbonation makes it a little too filling. But with all that said I generally like NB beers and while not on the top of my list a nice diversion today and a new way to go. (689 characters)

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

Pours two and half fingers of head on a clear light golden colored body.
The aroma is light, fruity and floral. Nice.
The taste has mild lemon bitter, followed by mild honey sweet. Balanced.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A nice drink. (252 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a mild haze. White head forms and leaves tons of sticking lacing. Nose starts with resinous hops, notes of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Taste starts with a Bit of grainy bread notes followed by grass, pine, and a decent amount of bitterness. This is quite tasty and well balanced. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, this kind of reminds me of Daisy Cutter in terms of hop profile and malt presence. Quite drinkable! (448 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, pale yellow color. I think this is the lightest beer I've ever seen. Poured a creamy 1/2 finger head. Nice sticky lacing.

S- Very nice. Really strong aromas. Tropical fruits, orange, sweet grapefruit, earthy spice, lemon, and some dank. The malt is in there too.

T/M - I had to ponder throughout... not that it was that complex, but it was definitely a mix I hadn't experienced before. To me, the mouthfeel was more intimately tied to flavors than you usually experience. It has this light/smooth thing going on... almost like the tropical fruits, citrus, pine, spice, caramel, and bready malts are flowing just underneath a thin, resinous, oily cream... I'm guessing that is the influence of the wheat.

O- I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. The 83 rating led me to believe this was going to be something else, entirely. I loved how the mouthfeel, flavors, and aromas played together in this beer! If it comes back around next winter, I promise I will have again. (995 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden straw color with light white head that settled into a champagne-like skim on surface, then ultimately faded to a couple patches with and a ring, then completely dissapeared. White lace rings ran down side of glass as I tipped it. Moderately carbonated.

Forward hop aroma: Floral, citrusy, earthy, piney. Slight alcohol warmth in the nose.

Taste: Citrus sour with pine and grassy bitterness throughout. A bit of bready maltiness. Slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and light. Bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall: Delicate beer with strong hop bitterness. I like it, but it could use a bit more balance. (616 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded lemon-yellow with a thin creamy white head.

The smell is of lemon, some pine. Very soft.

The taste is of tropical fruits - sour and bitter with a woody finish. Wet cracker is in the back. Malt support is trace.

It is effervescent and pretty smooth. The alcohol is relatively well-hidden.

Hops and yeast with just a hint of malt. The hop character is nice, but not great. It's a different IPA. It's pretty good. (428 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Color is an extremely pale straw, but with a milky appearance; it almost looks like a watered-down wit beer. Head is pure white; fluffy and long-lasting, it is made up of tiny bubbles. The sides of the glass are covered in thick lacing.

S - Aromas are pretty direct and one-dimensional. It is all pine and grapefruit from Northwestern U.S. hops. In the background is just a touch of bready malt, but not much.

T - Totally over the top with hops flavor. Mostly grapefruit, but with some pine flavors. The only chink in the hops flavor armor is a hint of grainy malt at the very end of the palate. Alcohol is not a significant flavor element.

M - Light to medium body. Strong hops bitterness. No alcohol burn. Creamy, but fairly low carbonation.

O - Over-the-top with nothing to counterbalance the grapefruity hops. Good if you're into that, I guess. But, aside from it's appearance, I can't say it's very distinctive compared to any number of other IPAs. (1,005 characters)

Photo of cooj0014
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Overall solid.
A- snowy trailer park - which is awesome
S- very clean hoppy smell.
T- great seasonal beer taste
M- a little too carbonated taste for me
O- good beer. Probably won't buy again.

I have to type at least 250 letters. Here is my attempt to makeup for my clearly not enough detail. (294 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light gold with decent head and lace on top of a citrusy, strong hoppy aroma with mild spice. Tastes and feels like your average IPA; citric hops, very minor sweetness, dry, crisp finish. A decent beer that was alright to try but nothing special about this IPA. (277 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-04-20
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Like a lighter (in both ethanol and malt apparency) version of their Rampant DIPA, Accumulation is a Mosaic hop-forward beer in both aroma and flavor, imparting the sweet fruit salad and woodsiness that I find the hop to bring to almost all beers it touches. This was a fairly good, if not just a fairly modest adjustment to another beer in the company's portfolio.

Pours a 2cm tall head of white-colored foam, made up of fairly small bubbles that present a frothy appearance, and that has slightly above average retention time of about 1.5 minutes, fading to a thick ring around the glass and a modest island of film drifting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, with some columns and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a light golden yellow hue, light bringing out pale, even lighter golden yellow tones. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, fairly low in number, but moderate in activity.

Aroma is quite sweet, like syrup with a mix of fruit medley (pears, peaches, mango, slight grapefruit) and subtle woodsiness in the background.

The flavor is a fairly upfront mix of fruit-like hoppiness combined with pale malt sweetness with a moderated bitternes, until after each sip, when the sweetness drops away and the bitterness is largely predominant. Front of palate is of sweet fruit (think pears, peaches, and mango in sugar syrup with a twist of fresh grapefruit) and mild woodsiness with a light, sweet . Mid-palate of hop woodsiness with sweetened fruit (pears, peaches, mango, grapefruit) via pale-colored malts and late addition hop choices. Back of palate of continued fruit, woodsiness, sweetness, and moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste of medium to medium-strong hop bitterness, mild grapefruit and pear, and subtle woodsiness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (4/5) and smooth (1/5) mouthfeel that suits the beer well, as well as the style (a light-bodied, wheat-malt IPA). Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the lips and palate. (2,156 characters)

Photo of Benish
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into NB snifter glass.

Appearance: a very white head appearance built up quickly while pouring - white like shaving cream. Lacings all over the glass! Color of beer makes me think of white wine - a nice light golden hue. Yet the lacings and the foam is what keeps you in perspective you're drinking a beer.

Smell: nice aroma of citrus and pineapple. Not intense but very nice and fragrant.

Taste: It bounces around between sweet malty and bitter hops - not really starting with one and finishing with the other. It has that malty sweetness and bitterness but neither are overreaching to the limits. Maybe a little tame in flavor profile but still like a sesisonable IPA.

Mouthfeel: light bodied mouthfeel

Overall: seems very sessionable. If I was to compare this to Celebration which is released in the winter time, I'd pick Celebration as the hops are a bit more aggressive. However this would be a great beer for someone who's new to IPA's. (958 characters)

Photo of kagent777
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the Utah State System. We now are able to get some limited distribution of New Belgium here, finally.

Appearance: Tiniest amount of hazy in this pale pale yellow beer. A generous amount of frothy white head kind of reminds me of the snow outside. This one laces well, too.

Smell: Tropical fruity hops dominate this beer and everything else is so mild. There maybe a faint cracker sort of malt, but it is not what I would call balanced.

Taste: The hop flavors remind me of a tropical fruit bowl. I can easily pick out pineapple and floral hop flavors. The malt takes a back seat to the delicious hops here.

Mouthfeel: On the medium low side for body. The carbonation is average. The mouthfeel could be described as slick with all the hop oil.

Overall: I liked this one better than the score shows. I would try this again and certainly not shy away from ordering it in a bar. It is a touch too one sided to rate very well. I do like tropical hops so this one is great there. (995 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Thick bone white and four finger tall shampoo rocky and bleached head. Thick clumps of spider like lacing to match. Body color is a muted and hazy light lemon with very thin rising carbonation and hint of green. Quite a good looker here.

Nose is soft muted hop, hints of nice tropical juice and passionfruit like sweetness. Small hint of grass and not much malt obvious character. Tropical bomb this isn't but it's subtle and noticeable if you take your time on it. There's a weedy dandelion like quality grass as well.

Juiced hopped up quality on the palate and toned down. Light bodied malt quality but not much flavor. Finishes grassy and mild tropical hop with no malt depth, very light but not crisp or distinguishable. Slightly chalky aftertaste

Overall a half decent hop sided IPA with no malt depth and light bodied. I was wondering if there was going to be some chewy wheat body perhaps or something, but this beer just as a style and flavor just feels partially incomplete. (1,041 characters)

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