Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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Average: 3.74 | pDev: 12.03%

Reviews: 336 | Ratings: 2,140

Ranked #265 Belgian IPA and #31,107 overall.

ABV: 6.20% | Availability: Fall

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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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Photo of Fourier_Loko
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.

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Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
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.

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Photo of Bshaw22
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

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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


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.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
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!

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Photo of arensburgh
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.

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Photo of Rlhj
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.

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Photo of F1Rumors
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.

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Photo of FLima
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.

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Photo of crenegar
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.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and solidly cloudy with no visible carbonation, like an East Coast style IPA. Topped with a half finger of white head.

Smells hugely dank and hoppy, with citrus and pine, pineapple and peach. Hints of grapefruit as well.

Tastes like orange juice, with a hint of grapefruit juice. There are notes of pine and orange peel, laden with orange oil.

Medium, juicy body, with low, fuzzy carbonation.

Got this in Rochester, NY, drinking in Muskoka, Jan 13th, 2018. Really juicy, interesting brew. Love the name and label on the bottle.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that hangs around and laces nicely.

S: Mildly spicy Belgian yeast, citrus, tropical fruit, slight piney herbal notes, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange, lemon, a touch of grapefruit, a little tropical fruit, passion fruit, mango, and papaya, a touch of pine, floral, spicy Belgian yeast, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation.

O: Haven't had this one in quite some time, but I'm enjoying it as a nice change of pace winter beer.

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Photo of Fatty-Lumpkin
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just don’t think a cloudy ale looks natural, even though some naturally are. The bottle I poured was very cloudy just to a point of being slightly off putting. I liked the mouth feel, but didn’t enjoy the resinous flavors that to me really dominated the glass. The nose was definitely citrus and lemon grass. All in all, the look, smell, and flavors just don’t compliment. I’ve bought a six pack that I will drink, but really expected better balance from A New Belgium brew.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque light orange with a finger of white head. Head retains fairly well with great lacing left behind. Aroma is orange, citrus, papaya, and spicy hops with a dash of wheat. Flavor profile is a refreshing blend of orange, papaya, tangerine, rye spice, and wheat. Mouth feel is slightly creamy, with a medium thickness. Overall, a tasty, smooth IPA that drinks incredibly refreshing. It isn't crisp by any means, but maintains a great refreshing quality.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of FBarber
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color. Very cloudy and mostly opaque. Thick large white head dissipates partially leaving mountains of foam. The glass is coated with white lacing.

Aroma is subdued overall. It has notes of lemon, lemongrass, wheat, maybe some bubblegum like aromas - similar to a hefe without any pepper notes.

Taste follows the nose with lots of lemon, lemongrass, orange and some grassy/piney hop notes. Not much bitterness.

Feel is light, mildly carboanted, smooth somewhat dry finish.

Overall a decent IPA. Kind of forgettable.

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Photo of stegmakk
2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy light gold. Almost no head. Looks OK
Smell. Citrusy bubblegum? Not sure if a bad bottle, but the bubblegum aroma is not pleasant.
Taste. Not pleasant either. Strange citrus with some kind of sweet...taste less bubblegum, hint of wood? Either a bad bottle, or something in this is just not my taste. Not pour down the drain bad, but definitely will not buy or recommend.
Mouthfeel was good. However weird the taste was, it still had a crisp, smooth its got that going for it

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

Poured a very hazy yellow-white color with a two finger white head that quickly disappeared. Heavy lacing. Aroma of grapefruit soda. Taste of citrus and light hops. Medium carbonation with light mouthfeel. Overall, drinkable but out of place for me as a winter brew. I will keep my doppelbocks, winter warmers and wee heavies.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light golden color, almost white. White head. Lots of lacing on the glass.
The nose is quite citrusy.
Taste is citrusy. Orange seems to dominate.
Juicy feeling, and not watery at all.
I do like this beer. Good flavor and feel.

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Photo of Anayalator
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wheaty yellow cloudy look. Small to no head. Tastes like citrus and summer. No bitterness and hard go believe it is an IPA. That’s Amarillo hops for ya. Smooth easy and no complex taste.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack fro Foodland $7.88
Smel of citrus
Cloudy, yellow-orange color
Light-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus, some bitterness finish
Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of Jared40
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great beer that comes out very pale yellow with little bit of head great smell of hops come to the nose. Taste isn't too bitter and easy to drink would highly recommend this beer New Belgium did a really great white IPA

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 2140 ratings