Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing
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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
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
3.44/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I poured a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance- Clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.
Smell- Grapefruit and floral hop aroma with a bit of peppery spice.
Taste- Similar to the nose but with a subdued hop bitterness and some sweetness from the wheat malt.
Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.
Overall- A nice drinkable beer. The hop presence wasn't so overwhelmingly bitter as to drown out the other flavors which is what I dislike about most IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2013 15:01:43 | More by scratch69
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - definitely yellow, but excellent lacing, unexpected for a beer of that color
S - pine needles all the way
T - Lots of piney hops, but refreshing, and not so hoppy as to turn your mouth inside out
M - medium/light, but definitely not watery
O - another fine brew from New Belgium, those expecting Snow Day will be surprised, and disappointed if they were seeking malt/hops balance, but as previously noted, not so hoppy as to wreck the palate. Much more of a session beer than most winter seasonals. I'll be buying more throughout the winter beer season
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2013 02:15:15 | More by peabody81
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This brew was served on tap at BlackFinn in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a dusky pale golden coloring. It held a one finger head of creamy white foam, showing nice retention into a snowy film across the top of the liquid. Lacing was thick, ringed, and circumferentially full. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma was fresh and hoppy, giving notes of juicy citric hops, sticky resiny sweetness nearly akin to the Three Floyds hop quality, watermelon and tangerine fruitiness, white sugar vanilla icing, cornbread warmth, soft metallic yeastiness, bubblegum esters, clean pales, and light but equally as clean raw wheatiness. Our first impression was that this guy was pretty basic and standard, but as it came to temperature, the subtleties of the hops and their contrasting brightness against the grain made for a highly refreshing flavoring. As we sipped, the taste opened up with dank citric hop pucker, tinny metallics, stark wheaty and pale malts, light toast, marshmallow sweetness, inky newspaper, and distant strawberry fruitiness. The middle came to a peak as the hops washed this all away, with sticky sweet nectars and citrics, bitter rind, white sugar, green grassiness, mineral, oatmeal raisin cookie crumble, gravel, and a gentle coating of muskiness. The end came with bright phenolic plastics to afford final bitterness, wet wheatiness, flashes of fusel booziness, black pepper, continued syrupy thick citric hops, icy mineral metallics, plant resins, orange and honeydew melon sweetness, and light toffee and caramel roastiness. The aftertaste breathed of more of the same, with the sweet hops singing loud against the basic but unsullied grain bill, yeast, and light fruity inclusions. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth was cooled, coated, and left with a pleasant level of moderate dryness to the hard palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its taste, and just how dang refreshing it was. Our first thought was that it reminded us of the Three Floyds pale ale series. It was not at all close to the same level of quality and freshness that they are able to capture, but it had the same vibe to it, as if they were attempting to recreate that type of profile. To that end, this was a highly pleasurable beer to drink. We also felt that it did the style justice, despite the recent bashing of the hybrid “white IPAs” across the forums here. It wasn’t so much of a blend of the two, but rather a sweetly hoppy IPA, with some transient features of more wheaty varietals found here and there. While we haven’t always been please with New Belgium’s selection as a whole, this beer confirms that they know how to select and incorporate hops across a range of different styles.
Serving type: on-tap
11-02-2013 01:21:56 | More by TheBrewo
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