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Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
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1,529 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 23
Gots: 280 | 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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Ratings: 1,529 | Reviews: 240
Photo of kagent777
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the Utah State System. We now are able to get some limited distribution of New Belgium here, finally.

Appearance: Tiniest amount of hazy in this pale pale yellow beer. A generous amount of frothy white head kind of reminds me of the snow outside. This one laces well, too.

Smell: Tropical fruity hops dominate this beer and everything else is so mild. There maybe a faint cracker sort of malt, but it is not what I would call balanced.

Taste: The hop flavors remind me of a tropical fruit bowl. I can easily pick out pineapple and floral hop flavors. The malt takes a back seat to the delicious hops here.

Mouthfeel: On the medium low side for body. The carbonation is average. The mouthfeel could be described as slick with all the hop oil.

Overall: I liked this one better than the score shows. I would try this again and certainly not shy away from ordering it in a bar. It is a touch too one sided to rate very well. I do like tropical hops so this one is great there.

Photo of tpeters
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Thick bone white and four finger tall shampoo rocky and bleached head. Thick clumps of spider like lacing to match. Body color is a muted and hazy light lemon with very thin rising carbonation and hint of green. Quite a good looker here.

Nose is soft muted hop, hints of nice tropical juice and passionfruit like sweetness. Small hint of grass and not much malt obvious character. Tropical bomb this isn't but it's subtle and noticeable if you take your time on it. There's a weedy dandelion like quality grass as well.

Juiced hopped up quality on the palate and toned down. Light bodied malt quality but not much flavor. Finishes grassy and mild tropical hop with no malt depth, very light but not crisp or distinguishable. Slightly chalky aftertaste

Overall a half decent hop sided IPA with no malt depth and light bodied. I was wondering if there was going to be some chewy wheat body perhaps or something, but this beer just as a style and flavor just feels partially incomplete.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint. Best By bottle date of 06/04/2014.

Bright white and creamy-smooth cap reaches about a half-finger in width. Good retention with a sheet of lace clinging to the glass. The clear, pale, golden body has furious streams of carbonation within.

Soft nose with aromas of lemon, sweet bread, an herbal tinge, some oakiness. Not much here.

Earthy, some sour citrus on the back of the throat. A quick punch of bitterness that lingers well after the swallow. Perfumey esters and lemongrass mid-palate with a bready malt base. Some spicing that is reminiscent of clove mid-palate as well. An aspirin bitterness is noticeable on the swallow as well.

Slightly dry drink with a solid medium body. Creamy and smooth over the tongue.

Accumulation is a good beer. The flavors on the palate are muddled, and the nose is far too soft. And it would be hard to guess white ipa, very little here in the way of phenolic or estery spicing that would get me thinking in that direction. Easy to drink, and unoffensive.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, lemon, pale malt, slightly tart and vegetal. Flavor is citrus and dry grassy hops, pale malt, grapefruit and lemon citrus, finishing with astringent grassy hops with mild, pleasant stone fruit hovering at the edges, but not helping the finish. Light to medium bodied. Possibly the most grassy hop presence I've experienced in a beer, as I'd imagine a beer made with hay would taste. Not much Belgian presence. A citrus, grassy IPA that did not quite hang together for me.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
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