Accumulation
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #259
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,883
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 12.03%
Reviews:
349
Ratings:
2,182
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
84
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Notes: 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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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow with one finger head. Sweet, bright nose, with pineapple, pine, lemon, grapefruit, bready malt. Flavor follows, very bright. Somewhat low on bitterness, and fairly dry with a perceived sweetness from the flavor. The mouthfeel is airy and creamy.

Mar 13, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass.

Cloudy dark hay color, opaque and unable to see through. Head is small, dissipates rather quickly and has little retention.

Aroma is really florescent, herbal, and sweet. I smell citrus notes like orange, tangerine, and a little grapefruit, along with honey, some lemon, yeast, wheat, biscuit malt, pineapple, pine, and peach.

Taste is mostly a tarty wheat, and is dank from the hops. Citrus and tropical notes evenly mix with the tart palette, while other notes like biscuit and lemon help tame the flavor. Altogether it's not too overwhelming but it's also nothing too impressive. Still good though. Feeling is moderate-light.

Feb 16, 2020
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MetalHead7734 from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Light and cloudy with a foamy head that sticks around.

Smell: Gentle on the nose.

Taste: It isnt overbearing on the hops. The wheat adds complexity while keeping it easy drinking.

Feel: This beer is soft on the palate. Not creamy but almost velvet-like. The mouthfeel it what I consider to be the best attribute in this one, but it's very enjoyable in the other aspects also.

Overall: I'm by no means a big fan of IPAs but I enjoyed this one. It's soft character can definitely make one imagine falling snow flurries.

Jan 22, 2020
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sseisele

4.91/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer represents everything to look for in an IPA. It isn't like drinking a fistful of pennies. The hops are a perfect combination of floral and citrusy. I only have it a lower score on look due to the tiny granules and the light color. Those aspects might deter those who don't like Belgian style beers. For the reviewers who knocked the pine needle scent I happen to enjoy that part. So it is an acquired taste.

Dec 25, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with white head. Body is full and tangy. Taste and aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit.
Long hoppy finish. Nice brew.

Dec 11, 2019
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle (enjoy by 05FEB20) into a pint glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow with about a finger of head, minimal retention and decent lacing. Smell is fairly muted but definitely picking up some lemons and other mild citrus. Taste is mild as well, a little bit of juice with a bit of a bitterness on the back end. Mosaic hops aren't particularly noticeable. Mouthfeel is a little dry, not as lot of carbonation. Not a bad brew overall but probably not one I'd seek out as a seasonal.

Dec 08, 2019
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Stevosps from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When poured from a bottle this pale ale yields a 1/4 inch head with a light citrus aroma. It has a cloudy yellowish color. Very refreshing smooth citrus flavor. It finishes with an ever so soft hoppy taste. Very different from a tipical holiday beer. It is a nice twist from the darker spicy Christmas ales. This is a good ale and taste great ! After cutting down the Christmas tree quench your thirst with this White IPA !

Nov 24, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a light, nearly straw gold and hazy (almost cloudy) with modest head and lacing.

Light citrus aromas greet the nose first, along with some tart wheat. Light grainy yeast in mid-stream with earthy and floral hops. White stone fruit as well.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with sharp citrus flavors. Spicy yeast and tart wheat arrives to back it up with mild earthy and leafy hops.

The brew has an excellent feel. Medium-light, with solid carbonation and a nice drying finish.

The brew checks the boxes for the style, but doesn't distinguish.

Nov 23, 2019
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jmc65267 from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very very enjoyable. Great coloring and taste. It’s my first time having it and I got it in a variety pack and I would definitely get again if given the opportunity.

Nov 08, 2019
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BEERSNOBBO from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV 6.2 IBU 55 SRM 5
Appearance: Pours a hazy gold. Foamy and fluffy head w/ good retention. The lacing also retains well, leaving a nice web.

Smell: Citrus, low pine, unbaked bread to biscuit.

Taste: little to no bitterness at first leading to pale malts. Citrus rind and the hops come around but with very little spice

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied w/ average carbonation and ending crisp w/ some bitterness ending slightly astringent.

Overa: First white IPA so nothing to compare it to. I didn’t get any of the wheat.

Oct 21, 2019
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - transparent body of golden yellow with sediment suspended throughout under three fingers of pure white foam; medium/low visible carbonation; nice web of lace

S - biscuit, tropical fruits, herbal; weak

T - biscuit, lemon, tropical fruits, grassy and herbal, dry finish

M - highly-carbonated medium body

O - not my favorite IPA ever, but not terrible

Aug 24, 2019
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Fourier_Loko from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured quickly from bottle at fridge temp into standard pint glass.
Look - Poured a transparent yellow with a colloidal suspension of particles. Transformed into a cloudy mixture after moving the glass around and taking a few sips. 1.5" head that holds it shape with strong lacing.
Smell - I get hops and lemon/citrus with a little bit of wheat.
Taste - Tastes like a proper IPA with a wheat-centric twist and a hint of citrus. Very tasty.
Feel - Smooth and medium-bodied with a medium carbonation level.
Overall - I like this beer. Balanced well and goes great with bar snacks.

Feb 17, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 21B. Specialty IPA: White IPA. Enjoy by March 10, 2019
Pours a nice fluffy foamy 1 finger dense white head, great retention and lacing, quite hazy almost sediment level pale blond color... UPDATE: after swirling the sediment from the bottle it becomes very hazy cloudy

Nose features the Amarillo hops out front, fruity, melon, a bit grassy, then Mosaic thankfully subdued, mild tropical citrus and some dank notes, a touch of creamy doughy wheat, otherwise nothing outside of the big hops, no fruity esters, no spicy phenolics, no yeast additions, no Belgian witbier... UPDATE: swirling the yeast from the bottle in, and warming it yields faint spices and esters

Taste brings more fruit hops out front, citrus, tangerine, some stone fruit and a little melon, into a little citrus rind, melon rind, some creamy doughy malt and wheat but not much, fruits seem more from hops than any esters, and definitely no spicy phenolics, a bit creamy from the wheat as well, dry finish, medium bitterness on the finish although almost none up front. UPDATE: after swirling the sediment from the bottle in I get some obvious coriander and phenol spice, little lemony citrus ester profile

Mouth is medium to lighter bod, medium to higher carbonation, mild creamy, the harsh bitterness on the finish leads to a slight astringency

Overall this is not anything like white IPA of BJCP guidelines (despite being one of the commercial examples). This was more like they threw some creamy wheat and softened a regular IPA, somewhat like a half-way NEIPA. It's not a bad beer, just not a true white IPA as there is no Belgian witbier aspect at all. UPDATE: after swirling the sediment from the bottle in it's much truer to style. Some spicy phenolics (mostly coriander), mild fruity esters, Belgian yeast notes in general, so better now, but I shouldn't have needed to pour all the sediment in.

Feb 14, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a cloudy, straw-yellow color with a full finger of fluffy, bright white head and a thin, creamy sheen of lacing inside the glass. The primary smell is wheat, along with lemon, faint tangerine, and light floral hops. The taste opens tart and dry with a significant wheat presence. The citrus is evident but it's subtle; I wouldn't describe this ale as fruity. The Mosaic and Amarillo hops begin to dominate at mid-sip and it quickly becomes bitter with pepper notes. The ale is light and crisp with a pleasant level of carbonation, and the 6.2% ABV gives it substance but still allows for easy drinking. A second pour is not an issue. Overall, Accumulation lacks a lot of the Belgian spice characteristics of the leaders of the style. That said, it's a solid, bitter IPA that would pair well with a lite meal or appetizers. And it's fine for casual drinking.

Jan 20, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Pretty solid beer actually. In the era of ultra juice ipa this beer strikes a nice balance. There is a nice bitterness but yet balanced and easy to drink. Don’t look to these guys too often anymore but this is solid

Dec 29, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy appearance with about a medium body
Aroma is strong with wheat and grain. Mixed tropical fruit, mostly orange and grapefruit, citrus peel
Taste is very similar, citrus is forward but the wheat and some floral taste is there

Dec 26, 2018
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

ENJOY BY: 24FEB19.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, blonde-colored body with a quickly evaporating white head.

Smell: Very weakly wheaty, some light graininess. Insubstantial, tenuous wafts of citrus, with an occasion touch of tangerine/orange about it.

Taste: Dry, rather mild wheat flavor, very low, light sweetness before the incoming hops, an idle blend of florals, citrus (lemon and tangerine). Moderate bitterness. The mild flavors drop off, leaving only a scant few touches of ground aspirin and grain around for the ho-hum finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation with a bit of tingle to it.

Overall: Fairly bland, coming up short all across its aroma and taste profile, sometimes feeling more like a hopped mineral water.

Dec 25, 2018
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Fatheroftoomany from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy appearance with almost no odor. So not bad not good there. Taste has some bite but lacks a full profile. I expect more from a festive offering. Average entry nothing special.

Dec 21, 2018
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This 6.2% ABV 55 IBU white IPA is great for the season. Let’s take a look at what this brew has to offer.

Look-A hazy light straw yellow brew with ample carbonation and a thick foamy head greets you with this beer. The head is like beaten egg whites and has a thick foamy lacing on the glass.

Smell-The dry hopping lends a very herbal and hoppy aroma that is laced with tropical fruits and a biscuit-based malt backbone.

Taste-I get hints of lemongrass, passionfruit, biscuit malts, melon, watermelon rind, some pine, and a mild bite from the alcohol and carbonation fizz. The mouthfeel is fizzy and medium bodied.

Overall-This is a great beer to sip on with the in-laws or in front of a warm fireplace. Cheers!

Dec 17, 2018
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arensburgh from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not bad, just doesn't really strike me. I'm also not a big fan of Belgians (yet), so I think the rating suffers from that (I'd guess about .25 to .4 points).

Light citrus and slightly grassy smell, the taste also has a herbal aspect. The color is on the limey side of yellow, and the head is a nice white with a decent amount of lacing. I don't notice the bitterness that much. The carbonation is enjoyable.

Dec 16, 2018
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Rlhj from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I'm not an IPA fan by any means and much prefer bitters, ambers and reds, but this one wasn't bad. I would say this would be a nice beginner's IPA. Hoppy but not too much, and most certainly a balance of some citrus in there.

Mar 14, 2018
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F1Rumors from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy IPA, with a chance of sediment, it turns out. Drink cold to get the best balance, seems to be very temperature sensitive to my palette.

Smell is better than the flavor, which is over sweet and carries an orange overtone. Seems like a cross between blue moon and a west coast IPA.

For me, a pleasant occasional beer but not worth the alcohol content to be featured regularly.

Mar 11, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange whiteish color with a thin head with medium retention.
Nice aroma with notes of lychees, pineapple, bread, fresh oranges, pine and stone fruit.
Flavor with notes of fresh oranges, pine, lots of melon, flowers, spicy ginger, mango that comes and go, lemongrass and passion fruit seeds. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Though, it feels just a bit lower than its 55 IBUs.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Refreshing White IPA with good hop complexity and somewhat spicy. Not sure why the winter theme and seasonality.

Mar 03, 2018
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crenegar from New Jersey

2.37/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

IMO - this beer sucks, sad to say. Probably the worst beer I've ever had from NB and I've toured the brewery a few times and like most of their beers. Who in their right mind thought this qualified as a Winter beer??? Can't even give these away so I'm dumping them out. Can we please agree that winter beers should mostly be malty and rich in an effort to ward off the chills of the season? Blah, blah, blah...yuk.

Jan 31, 2018
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a cloudy wheat ale, nice .5” head.
Smell is citrus with nice smell of hops.
Taste is really refreshing, not as hoppy as the IPA might indicate.
Feel is very nice, a light “winter” ale when everyone else is doing darks.

Overall I’m a fan. Drank the 6 pack already, gonna go get some more today.

Jan 14, 2018
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