1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
AccumulationAccumulation

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

1,004 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 66 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Accumulation Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,004 | Reviews: 160 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of drjits
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

drjits, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of peabody81
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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

peabody81, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

TheBrewo, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

TrojanRB, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of bundy462
3/5  rDev -18.3%

bundy462, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of muddyh2oblues
4/5  rDev +9%

muddyh2oblues, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of mjh0527
4/5  rDev +9%

mjh0527, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Type: 12 oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 (with a VONS card) for a 6-pack
Purchased: Oct. 29, 2013
Consumed: Oct. 31, 2013
Misc.: Best by March 9, 2014

Poured a golden straw clear color with two fingers of bubbly white head. Good amount of layered lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top.

It’s funny, the first smell and you could tell it was a New Belgium. Nice mix of hops, citrus hops, Belgian pepper spicy notes, floral hops and grapefruit. The lingering nose is those spicy pepper notes. Just as I was about to taste it, the nose reminded me of the New Belgium’s Rampant Imperial IPA, which I did not like at all.

Tasted similar to the nose. Those gritty, spicy, grapefruit hops. Also citrus, floral and spicy bitter pepper notes. Overall like a better, but dumbed down version of the Rampant Imperial IPA.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I really did like this beer, but the reminder of the awful Rampant Imperial IPA really kept me from rating it higher.

BucannonXC5, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of ChadChaney
4/5  rDev +9%

ChadChaney, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

bigbeers84, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Chucker17, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

KevinGordon, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of eatreeter34
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

A very solid IPA by a very solid brewery! These guys never disappoint and this one is true to form. A very clean beer with great smell and a taste that builds to a good hop finish. If you like American IPA this is a fine choice. I will enjoy several of these while they last!

eatreeter34, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Travis1221
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Travis1221, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Dshep1340
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Dshep1340, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

dmorgan310, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Shatter
4/5  rDev +9%

Shatter, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.33/5  rDev +18%

Pours a straw hazy yellow, half finger of white head. Looks like grapefruit juice.

Smell is 100% citrus, grapefruit, lemon, citrus peels maybe a little grassy hop character.

Taste is really impressive, was not expecting this based on the scores, tropical and citrus are all over this thing, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, light orange and tangerine, just really juicy, slight pepper like spice, like wheat character, pear and yep even more grapefruit in the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium light but built up do to the heavy carbonation, finishes rather dry.

WOW, was not expecting this based on the score, maybe it is suffering from a little of NB biased... People seem to shit all over them because of there size and whatnot... Which I never understood as SN gets nothing but praise and they are even larger.

If you like a good Citrus, grapefruit, tropical bomb at a even better price scoop it up.

Will be scooping up a 12 or two of this!

nickapalooza86, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of bzach
4/5  rDev +9%

bzach, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of baos
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12 ounce bottle into pint glass.

A: Decent head and lacing that dwindles down into a nice sheen.

S: Nice centennial hops hit of wheat malts, and pale malt. Pale malts and citrusy-piney-kindbuddy hops rule the nose.

T: Definitely not the normal winter-brew characteristics, but good nonetheless. Big hops and pale malts, smallest sweet flavor from the wheat malt. I could dig this by a winter's fire for sure.

M: Nice medium feel.

O: Great brew. Please keep up the good work New Belgium!

baos, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%

Pale yellow colored beer with a small white colored head. The base is obviously a wheat beer.

Smells strongly hoppy. Scents of pine and grapefruit and a eucalyptus tree funk. Weirder scents too, Aspirin, and cedar wood.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong grapefruit rind taste. Medium bitterness it tastes better than it smells, but you had better like hops. Slight woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. Still I liked the old seasonal 2 Below better.

Zorro, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of jwel24
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

jwel24, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of plinythederek
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

plinythederek, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Stamped (best by) 23 Feb. 2014.
Pours quite light, true to the white IPA claim, with a lighly hazed golden-yellow body and an undersized head. Leaves spotty lacing.

Nothing light about the aroma or flavor; instead, this beer packs a solid load of citrus hops. Seems to have a slight tart note along with a somewhat restrained bitterness. Some bready underpinnings from the malts add to the nice mix of fruity flavors.

O: a great beer to pair with say, a schwarzbier, to show people that light beers are not always light and dark beers are often not strong.

chinchill, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Kerrie, Oct 29, 2013
Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.