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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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968 Ratings
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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013)
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shelby415

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-06-2013 08:18:44 | More by shelby415
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jordanmckell

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-06-2013 04:44:43 | More by jordanmckell
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Chiefy770

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale golden body with a fluffy white head. Moderate sticky white lacing throughout.

Smell: Hoppy. Good trace of herbs, not so much citrus as the label described.

Taste: Pretty mild hops for an IPA. Great herbal notes. A slight citrus note breaks through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Rather light body, good carbonation.

Overall: New Belgium typically puts out decent to exceptional brews. You can really do no wrong with this brewery. This beer is certainly not overwhelming but it tastes good and I do not regret trying it. This IPA will not kick your butt with hops but it could definitely make a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:21:57 | More by Chiefy770
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DannyMac614

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-06-2013 00:16:34 | More by DannyMac614
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thehooksman

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This a Winter offering from New Belgium. I normally drink thick Belgians, Trappists, Porters, and stouts in colder weather rather than hoppy beers. This white IPA is a surprise though. The label says fruit and citrus, but when first poured the nose is very pine and spruce and the flavor backs this up nicely. When I think "Winter," I think cold, crisp, air and the aroma of evergreens. So to me this ale is like Winter, or Christmas even, in a glass. A good beer to drink while "decking the halls." This clear, white ale has a white head that lasts and there is lacing on the glass. As it sits, more of the citrus aromas come through.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:08:39 | More by thehooksman
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

New Belgium Accumulation has a thick, white head, with soapy bubbles at top, a semi-clear, yellow appearance, lots of bubble streams, and some lacing left behind on the class. The aroma is of citrus, hop oil, a little pine, and biscuit. Taste is of very bitter, lemony and grapefruit hops, sugar, and white bread. Mouthfeel is light and slick, and New Belgium Accumulation finishes dry and decently drinkable. Overall, this is good, and I think it’s worth checking out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:23:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
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username

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

11-05-2013 20:53:19 | More by username
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-05-2013 17:26:21 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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1whiskey

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-05-2013 10:12:18 | More by 1whiskey
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CCInCharge

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-05-2013 06:05:01 | More by CCInCharge
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-05-2013 01:47:27 | More by cjgiant
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from the grocery store across the road from my hotel in Denver during GABF 2013 last month. Since I shoveled about the same kind of snow yesterday as depicted on the label, I figure it's time to crack this one.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and silken eggshell white head, which leaves a decent array of Rand McNally lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of musty orange, grapefruit, kiwi, and pineapple fruit rind, earthy yeast, and grassy, piney hops. The taste is generally yeasty in bearing - peppery and herbal, with more muddled, and subdued citrus pith bitterness, a sort of stale tropical fruit essence, some laid-back wheat and grainy malt, and further soft lemongrass and pinecone hop notes.

The bubbles are a bit overwrought in their assertiveness at first, but settle to a manageable din soon enough, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, the yeast always having to have its say. It finishes dry, the malt forgoing any further claim, while the complex hops and yup, yeast fully take up the reins.

Not sure why this is listed as an American IPA - the yeast, and somewhat elevated ABV seem worthy of a sidestep to Belgian IPA territory, no? You'd think with the slavish Low Countries attitude of this brewery, one might make that connection. At any rate, a way too yeasty IPA, yeah, I said it, with little to associate it with the winter season - the 'white' moniker being tenuous at best.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:42:18 | More by biboergosum
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mlhyatt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-05-2013 01:21:52 | More by mlhyatt
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twistwrist

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-04-2013 23:38:57 | More by twistwrist
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grubefresh

Arizona

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-04-2013 21:46:06 | More by grubefresh
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clemson14

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-04-2013 16:17:44 | More by clemson14
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vancean2

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-04-2013 15:31:28 | More by vancean2
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dcall384

Indiana

5/5  rDev +36.2%

11-04-2013 14:34:52 | More by dcall384
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jimmygord

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

11-04-2013 14:07:41 | More by jimmygord
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-04-2013 13:56:34 | More by zestar
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pbhuss

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-04-2013 03:12:42 | More by pbhuss
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angelmonster

Colorado

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

Pours a pale golden color with a one inch white head. Body has a slight haze and a good amount of effervescence. Lacing and head retention are above average.

Smell is of lemongrass, citrus rind, belgian yeast found in trippels. Light piney hops linger through out. Aromas are similar to a shandy.

Taste is light and refreshing. A light lemon peel bitterness solidifies that this beer is an IPA. Pale straw malts lighten the flavor and at 6 percent, alcohol is slightly there.

Mouthfeel is also light and well carbonated. Head dissipated halfway through unfortunately,

Overall this beer is a good APA/IPA but im really puzzled as to why New Belgium chose to brew this as a Winter Seasonal. 2 below and Snow Day were some of my favorite winter seasonals and to replace them with a lighter bodied/flavored pale ale is unfortunate. Would have preferred to see this one as a summer seasonal but its still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:48:19 | More by angelmonster
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memphischas

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-04-2013 02:42:48 | More by memphischas
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HardTarget

Texas

3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale yellow glass with a white (starch?) haze does truly look white, so points there. Holds a thin white cover that leaves a few loops of lace.

Smell: Very dusty, earthy, with just a hint of grapefruit rind and a bit of tonic water. Small whiffs of crystal malt sweetness.

Taste: A earthy hop profile (had to look: Target, Centennial, dry hopped with Mosaic and Amarillo). I get a little catty note from the Amarillo. The Target is the earthy, and the centennial is the grapefruit. Don't know what Mosaic is adding, but it might be oil as this total package manages to keep a fairly good balance but slowly fades into a bitter oily almost burn.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, almost fizzy, a bit soapy. Medium body drys in the finish.

Overall: A good beer. Not a west coast IPA, more of an international profile. Nice to see a light colored beer brewed for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:30:46 | More by HardTarget
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pathead

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%

11-03-2013 23:28:26 | More by pathead
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