New Belgium Brewing Company

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #252
Ranked #34,381
3.75 | pDev: 12%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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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haines710 from Delaware

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this beer a few years ago before I started writing reviews. Back then it only came in bottles but this year I saw the cans and decided to pick up a cold six pack for the holidays. I am just finishing it off now in late January. It is still the same beer. Very much a white IPA and has some spice that might make you think about the holidays. Great color when poured with nice head. Scent is not strong with mostly pine but taste also has faint clove or other warming spice. Mouthfeel is awesome and this beer is easy to drink. Not very hoppy or malty so might appeal to non IPA fans. I’m glad to have tried it again but it’s not on the top of my list to buy again.

Jan 29, 2021
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hreb from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Don't recall seeing this previous years but picked up a six pack. Dated 28 Mar 2021. Served in a can glass. Beer pours sickly pale yellow, lightly hazed, with a big fluffy head of pure white (which redeems the Look rating a half point). Citrusy fresh hop aroma with lemongrass. First sip is mild at first but builds up to a considerable hop presence. I get lemon drop, kaffir lime, and pine resin. Candied grapefruit peel. Pretty good! Spicy, maybe there's actual coriander? A bit unusual for a Winter-themed IPA though. It's almost like a Winter session IPA.

Jan 19, 2021
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a small white head and no lacing.

S:. Sweet tropical fruit and a bit of grin, kinda muddled.

T:. Sweet tropical fruit and grain, a bit muddled again.

F:. Smooth carb and medium body.

O:. Not a terribly exciting ipa.

Jan 18, 2021
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StJamesGate from New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale gold with fluffy head; lemon verbena + honeydew nose; table water front, big hit of bright citrus, slight pepper, white grape, kiwi; crisp + smooth.

4 4 4 4.25 4.25

Nugget, Centennial, Mosaic, Amarillo

Mosaic doing a very good impression of New Zealand hops; the citrusy ones are playing more like Citra grapefruit.
Belgian yeast character is low (ed: because it’s an ale yeast!) but that serves the interest of drinkability (though that ABV might sneak up as well.)
Clean, fresh, easy, definitely not just an IPA (or an IPL) - doing what the style should. Pairs well with Creole food.
Buy it by the 12 pack.

Jan 08, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy light golden color with a fluffy white head. Retention was very good and lacing was excellent.

S---I've got to admit that I have zero fucking idea what a "white IPA" is, so I don't know what I'm looking for here. Nose is sweet and dry. Vaguely fruity is all I've got.

T--- there's a long spiel on the bottle about what this is supposed to be, but zero hints about what flavors or why.

F---Medium mouthfeel, excellent carbonation.

O---Seems like a good brewery took a shot and missed. Would not recommend.

T---Again, vaguely fruity. Sorry, I have nothing else.

F---Nice carbonation. It feels light & airy. Worthy of a Summer's afternoon after mowing the lawn.

O---I generally like New Belgium's beeers, but this one seems like a miss. Unless I am totally missing what a white IPA is supposed to be.

Dec 28, 2020
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a stem glass.
Two-finger head easily poured with some decent lacing left around glass, and also a nice thin cap of head on the beer while drinking it down.
Color is straw and definitely tends toward the 'sunny' side of yellow brown.
Aroma is spicy and inviting.
Taste is subtle: citrusy, piney, and slightly malty on the back end.
Mouthfeel is so nice in this beer- very mild hoppiness up front followed by a mellow, smooth finish.
Overall, this beer has a lot of aroma and flavor up front but is balanced with the mellow finish. This makes it all too easy to drink more than one.

Dec 23, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is an orange-straw color with a good white head and lots of haze. On the nose it is a warm maltiness with strong orange notes. There is a bit of herbal spiciness on the nose as well. Upon tasting it, the malt characetistic is subdued. The malt characteristic that is there is cake like. The orange flavor is first to hit and the the spiciness and green hoppiness. the spiciness is what is left at the end. The beer is thick with not too many bubbles and an odd dryness. Overall, it is an interesting beer.

Dec 23, 2020
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Whatcha_dippy from Pennsylvania

2.62/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out with a 1/2” head that quickly settles. Color is a light hazy yellow. Very fruity aroma. Flavor is light and piney and a little odd. Not too bitter. Has a light easy to drink feel but I don’t want two back to back.

Nov 01, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "24 JAN 2021 1316 200904011V103116"

Appearance: The body is a pale straw yellow that has a good deal of haze, only allowing very large fuzzy shadows through. The head is large, fluffy as a cloud, white, and has a nice rocky surface. It has great retention and some lacing.

Aroma: There are aromas of grapefruit, garlic, onion, and hop bine oil. It has a nice fresh aroma.

Taste: The flavors closely match the aroma but they come in much milder in flavor than the aroma presents. It has a nice, light, grapefruit character up front with a bit of garlic. In the middle there is a grain flour flavor. It finishes with a bit of grapefruit pith character.

Mouthfeel: It feels light bodied with a mild bitterness. Carbonation is brisk. It feels a tad thin.

Overall: The can states that this is a "WHITE INDIA PALE ALE" and while it is a good beer with some nice hop flavor, it doesn't present any of the yeast character. The grain character is also very minimal and it doesn't showcase any wheat. As a whole the hop character is still nice but it feels very average. It also feels a bit closer to a pale ale than an IPA. It's still worth drinking if you're looking for something with a nice fresh hop aroma. I probably wouldn't pick it up very often but I might grab it from time to time if I'm looking for a nice hoppy beer in cans during the Winter.

Oct 31, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a pale mellow yellow gold body with billowing fluffy white head that has moderate retention and leaves patches of sticky sudsy lacing as it settles to a patchy cap

aroma is bright and fruity, slight wheat funk, and oily hop

taste follows the nose with a lean in on the wheat and sweetness, balanced by a slight yeast funk and hop bitterness.

moderately high carbonation and medium light body that is slightly prickly with carbo but ultimately pillowy smooth, with a dry finish and hopped up bitter aftertaste

pretty decent brew. it's definitely a combo of character I haven't experienced before, and very interesting for that, but it's not my favorite by any means. solid nearly-4 points to Hufflepuff

Aug 11, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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%
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%
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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4.91/5  rDev +30.9%
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 +5.6%
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 -3.2%
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%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.6%
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

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -5.1%
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 +6.9%
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%
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 -1.6%
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 +4.8%
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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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 2222 ratings