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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 CardiacNP
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Shockznbrewz
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
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)

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of Badger6
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of mpyle
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of foglemgs
2.52/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of CraftyBeerDrinker
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of AndrewBinder
2.9/5  rDev -22%
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

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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

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Photo of rand
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of 45nDown
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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Photo of vkv822
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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