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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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83
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1,011 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,011
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
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)
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4/5  rDev +9%

bzach, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of baos
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

plinythederek, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

UncleAddie, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

tdm168, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

mkel0365, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Palsie, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Oakasfan, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

hopkrid, Oct 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

crobinso, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

deereless, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

Hoganlaw, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MarkyMOD, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mobrockman, Oct 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Hillbilly, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Illmaticzx, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Herbal and grassy hops dominate here with some sweeter citrus aromas, like pineapple and tangerines, following.

T: Herbal and grassy hop flavors here with some earthy pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. The finish is lightly bitter and a little bready.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery and is pretty drinkable.

O: A pretty solid IPA overall. Nothing outstanding, but it has a unique hop profile and is quite drinkable.

n2185, Oct 27, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Whole Foods HQ a few days ago. "White India Pale Ale." Winter Seasonal. Brewed with Mosaic and Amarillo hops. Best before 02 March 2013. 6.2% ABV confirmed. "Serve at 7 C (45 F)." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard New Belgium label art and branded orange/red pry-off pressure cap served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - whose more standard offerings are rarely very good (with the notable exception of Trippel). Reviewed as a white IPA because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Okay thickness. Some creaminess and a bit of frothiness. Nice even consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. It could have a softer complexion.

Body colour is a cloudy pale yellow of slightly above average vibrance. Quasitransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's within style conventions for a white IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. There are no overt flaws.

Sm: It has a raw wort-like unfinished character to it, partly induced by a surprising presence of sweet worty malts. The hop profile is lovely and comes off very fresh, almost like the aroma of a brewery. Onion (which I like here, and rarely mind in other beers), lemony citrus esters, a pleasant floral bouquet, mango/tropical fruit, and some subdued clean pine notes all emerge from the careful hopping. Clearly, there's some deliberate intentionality behind the hop choices. It's a bit of a reach, but really buried in there I do find some vague spicing I'd attribute to amarillo hops.

On the malty side, it's got pilsner malts, pale malts, and even a bit of crystal malt.

No yeast character is detectable, but the fermentation seems quite clean. No alcohol is detectable.

I'm a bit concerned about the sweet/bitter balance as it seems too sweet based on the aroma, but I'm optimistic.

A pleasant fragrant aroma of mild to moderate strength. Very approachable, with no naked hop bitterness. I find no off-notes.

T: It's too sweet as feared, evoking fruitcake. Plenty of fruity notes from the hops - bursts of lemon, mango, and unidentifiable tropical fruit. Estery. I like the citrusy character. It's a biteen resinous and oily, but I want so much more. There's some general vague floral hop character. A bit oniony, sure. Hop bitterness is moderate, and is nicely tamed by the malty sweetness.

On the malty end, I'm pleasantly surprised to find leavening wheat in the body in addition to the more traditional pale and pilsner malts. I can't discern whether or not crystal malt was used; the crispness hints at it but it may just be New Belgium's usual overcarbonation.

No spices, alcohol, or yeast notes come through.

Overall, it's an enjoyable approachable white IPA that's rough around the edges. Definitely needs a more even balance. There's some interesting complexity here, and even some subtlety, but as with most beers it could use more. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's cohesive but not quite gestalt. Importantly, the hop choices do seem motivated and the beer has a clear focus. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too light on the palate, reducing its presence and making it feel somewhat weak and subdued. I'd like a bit more body and more of an imposing thickness here - there's ample flavour diversity to justify it. Has a light oily touch, but it's rather timid inasmuch as IPAs are concerned. Crisp. A biteen overcarbonated. Refreshing? Sure, I guess. It suits the flavour profile generally well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Some tinkering is necessary to really create a marriage between texture and taste. I do love its soft feel on the palate; it's very welcoming.

Not harsh, hot, astringent, boozy, buttery, or gushed.

Dr: A very drinkable white IPA from New Belgium, and one I wouldn't mind getting in a variety pack. But why is this a winter seasonal? The marketing B.S. about accumulating snow in the Colorado sky is all hunky dory, but if any of the 4 seasons is unfit for a white IPA, it's winter. It hides its above average ABV well, and while I wouldn't recommend it to friends, it's the kind of beer you'd be pleased to see a sixer of at a casual party. Worth trying, but far from exceptional. Surpassed my meagre expectations.

B-

kojevergas, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

JJStout83, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

WDJersey, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

UnoMasBelgian, Oct 27, 2013
Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.