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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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1,472 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,472
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 244 | 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:
Beer added by: ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013

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.
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3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops along with lighter notes of spices and pale malts (perhaps a touch of wheat as well).

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts and wheat which is followed by moderate flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pit, tropical/pineapple, and grassy with just a touch of citrus/lemon rind. There are light flavors of spices in the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for a short while.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A nice change for a holiday seasonal but I would describe it as an IPA rather than a Belgian IPA - not a lot of "white" to it. Easy enough to drink and enjoyable though.

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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as an American IPA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear pale citrine body with a furious rush of bubbles fueling the ever-growing fist of ghost white cream up top. Thick, soapy lacing; superior retention.

Aromatic hop oils fill the air, the nose is spicy, herbaceous, and fruity. The dry hopping is evident with a powerful grassy hop presence throughout. Very fresh.

Bitter, slightly abrasive palate entry with the hops coming across as hay and white pepper more than citrus or pine, though those flavors come out as the bitterness rapidly fades. The pale malt and wheat contribute a touch of sweetness to counter the hops, though only just. Finishes medium-dry, clean, and surprisingly one-dimensional. Very faint cereal quality throughout.

Somewhat crisp but also slick (a combination of hop oils and extra body from the wheat malt?).

It is difficult to do a "black" IPA well, as the malts tend to overwhelm the hops; however, it seems the "white" IPA can suffer from the opposite problem, where the base malts are too bland to provide the back-bone I'm used to encountering in a standard IPA. A shame this isn't actually a Belgian IPA, as the addition of some phenolic complexity from a Belgian yeast strain would make for a more well rounded brew. A decent beer despite these shortcomings.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all - who put this as a Belgian IPA? People need to think for themselves and not just react to the White IPA name, as the "style" doesn't necessarily mean it is Wit-like. This has standard ale yeast, but happens to have some wheat. Big deal, there is nothing Belgian here; New Belgium already has Belgo IPA.

Anyway...

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Hazy straw color with a frothy, stark white head and some lacing rings.

Smell: Mosaic and Amarillo overload. Tart grapefruit, berry, tropical notes, some spiciness.

Taste: Unbelievably subdued. It tastes like Mosaic and Amarillo hops over a light, wheat malt body. There are the expected hop notes considering the varietals - tart grapefruit, berry, tropical notes. However, it all tastes seriously watered down, with a very light, spicy, bitter finish.

Feel: Creamy, smooth and light like a wheat beer, but dry like an IPA. Decent carbonation. Overall, the mouthfeel is quite good.

Overall: Looks good, smells good, feels good, but someone forgot to work on the taste (or accidentilly mixed my bottle with half beer / half water). This was so close to a success. If only the taste (the exact taste I am detecting) was stronger.

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3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.