Accumulation
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian IPA
Ranked #260
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #31,855
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 12.03%
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
2,142
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New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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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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Reviews: 338 | Ratings: 2,142
Reviews by zookerman182:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and pretty light/fluffy, with web-like lacing, and a pale hazy golden body.

I smell a nice amount of citrus and juicier West coast-style of hops.

Tastes like a very well-balanced blend of the notes described above. This is a great example of how White IPA's, when done properly, round the bite off juuust where they ought to. Nothing is undermined or overpowering, just a very enjoyable flavor.

The mouthfeel here is crisp, clean, and quenching.

Overall, I'll give Accumulation - New Belgium Brewing a 4.5. This is one of, if not my current all-time favorite winter seasonal.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) – Well, this beer is a white IPA, and it is light in color. Not white, but I can see where that comes from. A nice little amount of very white head on top.

S (4.25) – Smells really good. I definitely get the citrusy smells.

T (4.5) – Tastes just like it smells. Get the nice hop presence up front, and lingers a little on the aftertaste. In a good way!

F (4) – Appropriate carb and mouthfeel for the style. Nothing amazing or irritating either way here.

O (4.25) – I’m not quite sure why I bought this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. I always like New Belgium beers, and this one was above average for sure. Not very familiar with the white IPA style, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely buy again!

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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 BB1313
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 3/22/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale yellow with a slight haze; chunky eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. Great looking brew. The aromas have lots of lemon zest. More subtle citrus notes. Some grapefruit. Some malts in the mix. Smells like your typical New Belgium hoppy beer. The Belgian aspects almost seem non-existent, although they're ultimately there. The flavors are bittersweet and refreshing. More citrus notes. More lemon and lime. Hints of wheat. Lots of fresh grass. Hints of caramel. There's a nice little bitterness, but it's far from overwhelming. Finishes pretty clean. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a fun beer to drink, but isn't overly impressive. Like I said before, it's your typical New Belgium hoppy beer with a subtle kiss of wheat.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Okay, confession: I was tricked into picking this up past its best-before date. Will re-review once I've had a fresh one to compare.

Appearance is slightly hazy/unfiltered gold, almost lager-like. Meagre head, receding quickly, but much lacing. Smell is Belgian yeast, dough, coriander, citrus, clove, biscuit-y malt, cracker, and a gentle herbal/fruity hop character.

Taste is doughy, biscuity, crackery, with some wheat, spices (coriander, clove, etc.,), and not a huge amount of balancing hop bite. Nevertheless, a bit of herbal/citrus, a touch of resin are here. Light-ish body, fairly aggressive carbonation.

The hops here feel very muted, and I imagine that has to do with it being past the sell-by date. Everything else, though, sure seems to be in order, and it's still a decently drinkable, refreshing beer.

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

A - The pour is a transparent gold with a fluffy snow white head.
S - Faint hops, citrus and pine
T - I notice what I got from the smell it also has some spice and yeast.
M - Medium body and a bit more bitter then i expected.
O - Its a solid White IPA but not my style.

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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 iRaven99664
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and piney kind of like Rampant, just not as over powering in either department. Its almost like Rampant Jr. Very delightful for my first winter ale beyond Alaska Brew Co, which is actually brewed with pine needles (very tasty). The smell is very strong and pungent with pine, not so sweet. Really feels like winter on a cold winter day. Very enjoyable. Not an overpowering taste of booze, but just enough to remind you that you're enjoying an adult beverage. Being born in Colorado and living in Alaska, I salute my greeny comrades in their awesome display of evergreen goodness. Prost!

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 06 MAR 16 into pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw color with a fairly thick white head. Initial impression is very well-balanced and restrained. Slight maltiness is up front, but the finish is slightly bitter with a hint of citrus and orange peel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is not an in-your-face IPA; it's much more restrained than most. Nice and refreshing. Mellow. If that's what you're looking for, this is your beer.

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Photo of jblake4124
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite IPAs. Purchased a six pack of bottles at the store and have twice gone back for more. Very crisp with a light mouthfeel, yet bold in flavor. Brings together a nice balance of bitterness and drinkability. Absolutely loved it.

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

Appearance: Cloudy, pale, straw color. Pours a nice 2 finger high head with some moderate lacing.
Smell: Sweet, citrus hop aroma with a malty undertone.
Taste: Smooth pine hops upfront supported by a nice malt base that finishes clean with pine and floral snap. There is also a subtle citrus flavor throughout (lemon and grapefruit). Very well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation.
Overall: New Belgium's Accumulation is an excellent execution of a white IPA. It brings balanced hops, nice mouthfeel, and a wonderful finish. This is by far my favorite winter seasonal.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA is very very unique. Pours very clear with a nice white head. The taste is super interesting. Not super hoppy but the lack of malts allows you to pick these up. But then there is a nice melon taste that comes into the background. Definitely a unique IPA. Goes well even during these cold winter times.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, w/ best before dating

Hazed yellowy amber, off white head, leaving a smattering of fine lace.

Grapefruit nose thats on the tame side

Tasty and lighter bodied IPA with grapefruit notes all the way through it.

Decent if not spectacular.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/whitish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, yeast. Taste is citrus up front, malts at the finish, light bitterness, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hopkrid
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a semi-hazy light yellow with a finger and a half of frothy white head. Aroma is pineapple, grapefruit, sugar, and orange. Taste is much the same, with pineapple being the primary flavor followed closely by grapefruit. The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation, not much lingering aftertaste. A decent beer but not one I'd seek out again, especially not in winter. Maybe in spring and summer.

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Photo of LMH88
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Photo of yumyab
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Andrii
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Jleford
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a huge fan. It was OK. Maybe because I like hoppy beers and the Accumulation is not

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Photo of Zorro
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a small white colored head. The base is obviously a wheat beer.

Smells strongly hoppy. Scents of pine and grapefruit and a eucalyptus tree funk. Weirder scents too, Aspirin, and cedar wood.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong grapefruit rind taste. Medium bitterness it tastes better than it smells, but you had better like hops. Slight woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. Still I liked the old seasonal 2 Below better.

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Photo of Radome
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Color is an extremely pale straw, but with a milky appearance; it almost looks like a watered-down wit beer. Head is pure white; fluffy and long-lasting, it is made up of tiny bubbles. The sides of the glass are covered in thick lacing.

S - Aromas are pretty direct and one-dimensional. It is all pine and grapefruit from Northwestern U.S. hops. In the background is just a touch of bready malt, but not much.

T - Totally over the top with hops flavor. Mostly grapefruit, but with some pine flavors. The only chink in the hops flavor armor is a hint of grainy malt at the very end of the palate. Alcohol is not a significant flavor element.

M - Light to medium body. Strong hops bitterness. No alcohol burn. Creamy, but fairly low carbonation.

O - Over-the-top with nothing to counterbalance the grapefruity hops. Good if you're into that, I guess. But, aside from it's appearance, I can't say it's very distinctive compared to any number of other IPAs.

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

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing Company
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