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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

968 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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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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JayQue

Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light IPA. Pours a clear dull gold color into a pint glass. Big bubbly white head with decent retention and a lot of lacing. Smell is fairly mild, mostly grassy and citrus hops. Still pleasant.

Taste is fairly good....Not a top-shelf IPA but not bad either....Citrus and grassy hops with some balancing bready malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Overall a good IPA. A little light but also good hoppy flavor,

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 03:15:56 | More by JayQue
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timontheroad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

10-25-2013 02:46:40 | More by timontheroad
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD of 02/02/14

Pours a light gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & stellar lacing

S: Lemongrass, grapefruit rind & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, light breadyness & a little bit of pineapple up front. More grapefruit as this warms, dryness, a little bit of pear & lemons. Finishes with a touch of pear, dryness, assertive grapefruit, & a touch of white pepper

MF: Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable, I liked this better when I first purchased this, on a fresh pallet this is pretty good, not great. One of the better beers of this style

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:53:16 | More by russpowell
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally, looking at the now myriad of gibberish on the label where a clear best before date used to be.

A very pale straw yellow colour, something I expected from a brew called a White IPA, it has a 1 finger head of foam and my glass is loaded with lacing. The brew is cold so there's some haziness.

Grapefruit and lemon dominate the smell. A bit of wheat also makes its way through.

Grapefruit, lemon, quite a bit of a grassy hoppiness, minor notes of wheat...a pretty bitter brew from NB especially in the finish. Okay, combine the lemon and grass and you get, wait for it, lemon grass. ;^) I like the taste muchly.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. This is a very nice brew and I'll enjoy the other 5 bottles from the 6er, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:43:44 | More by Bitterbill
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-24-2013 18:21:25 | More by Wrigfen
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mactrail

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is an interesting yellowish in the New Belgium snifter. Lemony nose and some flowery aromas.

Taste is really toasty overlain with a sweet fritiness. The eye-opener is a very unusual hot tangerine flavor with a kick of fruitcake and resins. Overall, this is quite thin and sharp, with the tart citrus taste dominating. Starts out with the hoppy flavors and then the bitterness takes over.

This starts out seeming to be not so bitter, but the already acidic note of the sheat malt seems to add to the bitterness in the aftertaste. The fruit is a pleasant novelty but it's not particularly drinkable. I'll try anything that New Belgium puts in 12 oz bottles-- they are bound to be an intriguing bargain compared to the unending supplh of overpriced bombers.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 04:54:23 | More by mactrail
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Jame515

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

10-24-2013 02:28:08 | More by Jame515
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-24-2013 00:53:42 | More by buzzy
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-24-2013 00:00:18 | More by enelson
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev +9%

10-23-2013 21:57:11 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Hefeweizen

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed several of the New Belgium offerings, with the overall taste being quite good but the texture of the hops remains quite similar. Was able to find a twelve pack of this selection for under $15, so I bought them.

Totally surprised with this change of pace, not as bitter as I am accustomed to with their brews and the after taste was smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:26:26 | More by Hefeweizen
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qchic

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, straw yellow topped by egg white head. Herbaceous nose, with some tropical fruit and pepper. Good flavor with more fruitiness up front, finishing up dry and bitter. I wonder what more malt would do here, especially for a winter seasonal that's lacking body. Is this the equivalent of a lawnmower beer meant to refresh after shoveling snow? It's not bad at all, but it has me thinking spring before the leaves have even fallen.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 10:30:12 | More by qchic
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prock180

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9%

10-23-2013 03:49:07 | More by prock180
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I3eck

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Pale straw yellow/ blonde, mostly clear with a very slight haze, minimal white head, long stringy ring lacing.
S: Citrus - lemon/grapefruit, hops, flinty.
T: Grapefruit, melon, floral, bitter hoppy finish.
M: Light bodied, crisp, tart, good CO2, palate-cleansing effect.
O: Interesting. Definitely an easy drinker that packs good flavor and a nice bitter hop finish. Reminds me of Sav Blanc wine with the grapefruit/gooseberry, melon and flintiness which is pretty cool for a beer. I wouldn't peg this as a winter beer but it is pretty solid nonetheless. I usually like a little more body to a beer but in this case it seems fitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:44:23 | More by I3eck
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Johnny_Duck

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-23-2013 00:35:25 | More by Johnny_Duck
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-22-2013 21:41:24 | More by DemoniChris
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Plastikdust

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-22-2013 21:07:42 | More by Plastikdust
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-22-2013 04:38:56 | More by warpedrevolution
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Jellopants356

Montana

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a nice amount of carbonation. Thin white head with a bit of lacing. So far, so good. Smells of lemon or perhaps grapefruit. Also i get some more floral notes in there. OOoo the taste is good. Solidly hopped with a smooth finish. I get more grapefruit in the taste as well as that white IPA taste. It reminds me of the only other white IPA i've ever had, Chainbreaker from Deschutes Brewery except it's more mellow and less hoppy. I love the mouthfeel, carbonated well but with texture in mind, it finishes smoothly. Overall i really like this beer. I wish this was a year-round offering as I really like the idea of a white IPA other than Chainbreaker, for when i want hops and texture without the intensity of the regular and Imperial IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:32:21 | More by Jellopants356
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Chaosfiend

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-22-2013 02:21:53 | More by Chaosfiend
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Accumulation is a yellowish- colored beer with a nose that is interesting, with scents of lemon, citrus, and pine but with something else lingering in the background that is difficult to identify. The carbonation on this beer is somewhat low, the body is slightly hazy, and the overall first impression is mediocre overall.

Tasting this beer boosts the points somewhat. It has a flavor that emphasizes the taste of citrus, mainly grapefruit, with some light pale malt, pineapple, and spice. The beer is certainly smoother than other IPA and while certainly hop accented, it isn’t as full bodied and firm as other examples of its style.

This is an interesting beer and one oddity is its nose. I said before that I couldn’t identify a certain component of the nose, but then I read through other Beer Advocate reviews and one person describes it as being like deviled ham. This is actually a good description, as it does smell like a piece of seasoned meat. But I think the reason the nose is like this is due to the spicy character, which is almost like that of ginger and other spices sometimes used in deviled ham.

I can think of other IPA I like better than this one, but it is certainly not a bad product and it has enough unique qualities- and good flavor- to recommend. It is a unique product and most will find it at least acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 04:01:53 | More by BryanCarey
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-21-2013 03:34:36 | More by ste5venla
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Gerred

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-21-2013 02:36:39 | More by Gerred
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Caj1

Texas

3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

It's finally cold here and I decided that a change of pace was necessary; Accumulation, from New Belgium Brewing, does an adequate job of tasting like an IPA, but not much else.

Poured into a glass from the 12 oz. bottle (best by mid February next year) is a bit flat and straw yellow, almost the color of Budweiser, and is moderately hazy. I received about a finger of head which was slow to dissipate and left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The nose is a very standard hoppy blend of grass, astringent grapefruit and lemon, a little bit of earth and underscored by bread and malt. The taste is similar, tart and grassy, but more earthy and with a pleasant spiciness as the flavor lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is quite foamy but otherwise light, and gives the illusion that you are drinking a heavier ale than it actually is.

Overall this is a pretty good if overhopped white ale, and it's something I would definitely have to be in the mood for. However, it does what it sets out to do quite well and is sure to please some hopheads. I enjoyed this and probably will have it again before the weather warms, but as for now I've had my fill.

To good health and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:28:24 | More by Caj1
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joelBfrasier

Colorado

3/5  rDev -18.3%

10-21-2013 00:51:40 | More by joelBfrasier
Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
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