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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 179 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013)
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of barnzy78
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dated 02FEB14
A - very pale and a bit cloudy, tall, frothy white head holds great retention
S - citric aroma with orange rind, grapefruit, wheat, yeast, spice - coriander perhaps but it does not say it was brewed with it.
T - very white peppery on the tongue, graperfruit, mandarin, wheat, yeast, Juicy Fruit gum, but the pepper overwhelms the palate
M - thin body, however it is creamy but sharp on the bitter finish with white pepper here again.
O - not crazy over this one. Too peppery for me. It makes it very hard to drink and discern its other notes. It's not terrible, but it needs work.

Photo of discharmingly
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of M1k3y
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden with small foamy head that quickly dissipates., leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. Hoppy, citrus smell with hints of pine/grass. Bitter, hoppy up front taste. Slight citrus taste but overall very grassy. Hop bitterness gets stronger and leaves a strong bitter aftertaste that persists.

Photo of JEdmund
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best before Feb 02, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which fades into a patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A fairly sweet and fruity hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront scent of hops with earthy hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemons, pineapple, grapefruit, and peach. Pale malt and wheat with hints of grains, cracker, straw, and yeast. Fairly spicy smelling. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like its smells, a very hoppy taste with a mix of grass, spicy pine, and citrus fruit esters. Upfront taste of earthy, herbal, and floral hops with notes of spicy pine resin and grass. Juicy citrus hop presence with notes of orange, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, melon, and peach. Backing presence of pale malt and wheat with notes of grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. A solid mix of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily. Finishes dry.

Overall: A solid hoppy IPA taste. Not much of a "white" presence as the name would suggest, but the mix of resinous hops is good.

Photo of TOXXIK
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why mess with a good thing? Snow Day was a great beer and im disappointed you replaced it with Accumulation. Accumulation is a good beer also but no were near as good as Snow Day. Its a Disappointment it is not returning as I was looking forward to it in 2013. Bring it back please

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (best by March 23, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A standard pour produces about one and one-half fingers of shiny, white head. The retention is so so with the foam dissipating to a cap in less than a minute, but there is some nice lacing left behind. The beer is very pale and yellowish in color. It is nearly clear with only a slight haze.

S-The aroma tends toward sweet for the style with lemongrass, straw, grapefruit, and a bit of pepper. Malts are bready and suggestive of bread crust. Pine bitterness creeps in as the beer warms.

T-The taste is more bitter and earthy than the smell with more pine flavors, but there is still a bit of lemongrass, grapefruit, and vague peppery spice. Malts are bready and semi-sweet, but not caramel-like.

M-The carbonation is assertive at first but it flattens out a bit after a while. The brew is lighter to medium in body with lightly oily finish.

O-I'm not gonna lie, it is mid-December and I have had my share of typical fall and winter seasonals already, so this non-traditional seasonal IPA was a nice break from all the dark, heavy spice bombs. Maybe I'm a sucker for marketing...I dunno. Anyway, this is an alright IPA with a heavy dose of spice and sweetness for the style. It is drinkable, but I'm not sure I would want a lot of this.

Photo of jsprain1
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a somewhat pale golden color. Head is two fingers, bone white, with good retention and a lot of lacing. Based on description I was expecting some haze, but not really to be. A lot of carbonation bubbles streaming up
S- Smell is mild. Some relatively bready aromas with some cut grass. Was looking for more here, as it is neither really "white ale"ish or particularly hoppy.
T- The flavor comes through quite a bit. Grassy, herbal, and a bit of citrus. They bill this as a white IPA and I am trying to figure out where the white ale plays into the flavor. The hop profile is somewhat similar to New Belgium's Rampant, albeit much toned down.
M- There isn't much going on here. Pretty thin in body and carb. Somewhat dry finish. Really light and goes down too easy.
O- I like the hop profile here but it is kind of forgetable. The body is a pretty big let down. Not bad, but not worth going back.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of grassy hops and a bit of pale malt.

Tastes of the pale malts with a bit of hops on top. Pale malts come through with bread and a bit of grainy sweetness. This is then cut by some fruity hops with tropical notes and some grassy notes as well. Slight bit of citrus to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this has me scratching my head. I think the individual flavors are nice, but the combination presented doesn't do it for me.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of chadjulius
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer doesn't seem remotely winter-ish. It's hoppy, like a basic IPA, not overwhelmingly. The color is yellow, plain and simple. It has lemon hints, which is perfectly in line with its color. It almost tastes like a lemon cookie. Besides that, nothing really stands out, besides its fantastic bottle art.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.