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Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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265 Reviews

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle. light gold and hazy with a medium sized, fizzy white head. Hop aroma is noble and grassy with a touch of lemon. Taste is mildly sweet with bitter finish. Clean finish. Mouthfeel is both smooth and crisp. Texture is light for an IPA. Overall impression is perfect for its name. It's snowy. This IPA does not hit you over the head with hops and leave you disoriented and dazed. It satisfies the same impulse that makes us want ice cream when it cold. It doesn't make sense until you do it. A really beautiful IPA. The hops are where they should be...in the aroma and not in the taste-bud destroying bitterness.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a white gold in color with thin foaming. It has a fantastic clarity, as it is crystal clear in the glass. The aroma has a pleasing, inviting, floral, and estery character with a tropical fruit aroma which speaks of guava berry, ginger and some citrus. It's an inviting aroma and the beer matches it. I taste a tropical fruit salad mélange a taste of Belgian esters with a pleasing bitterness on the finish.

I like how this beer plays against the season. It’s not a heavy winter beer but rather a crisp, hop forward Belgian IPA. I liked it.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Nice bright yellow, petty hazy, small white head.

S- Very light Belgian citusy yeast, nice light aroma of Mosaic hops with some passion fruit and pine.

T- Light bitterness, light citrus and passion fruit, very light Belgian touch.

F- Medium-light.

O- A very nice offering from New Belgium and one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. I very much enjoy the drinkability and the light citrus and tropical notes you get from Mosaic.

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Photo of IPhantom
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours macro-lager yellow (but cloudier) with a huge 2+ finger head that's about the color of half and half. Nose is citrusy-sweet pineapple with some faint astringency and some diacetyl.
Taste is biscuity-sweet, with citrusy hops, a little banana and pineapple, and maybe even something like an anise note. Very light pilsner-y mouthfeel with a buttery finish. As somebody for whom the novelty of having New Belgium brews on the east coast has not worn out yet, this is a really nice winter offering that does the unexpected. Highly recommended.

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Photo of minterro
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leftovers from a party we hosted. Hopeful this beer isn't as bad as it reputation labels it to be. Trying not to let this get to me, but it might factor in subconsciously (could benefit the beer though). Poured into a pint.

Freshness date March 2014.

Questionable move producing a white IPA as a winter beer but here we go...

A&S: Good head, pours about a finger and hangs around in a foamy half finger layer that has a nice cling in the thick lacing. Semi-lively transparent very pale yellow colored beer. Aroma consists: of spicy hops, bready pale malts, a slight lemongrass tone.

T&M: Spicy hops dominate the taste as well as they did in the smell. Midway through there is a pretty substantial boast of grapefruit tones accompanied by grassy tones. Pretty smooth, carbonation has a bite, but doesn't get too intense. Very easy to drink.

Overall: I have to say, not as bad as I expected it to. I still question the move by new belgium to release this beer as a winter seasonal, it seems to be more fitting as a spring time or very early summer beer. One of the more solid beers from new belgium, I still wish they didn't do away with snow day. Idk to each there own. Wouldn't buy this beer (unless on some-kind-of super sale), but wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at BlackFinn in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a dusky pale golden coloring. It held a one finger head of creamy white foam, showing nice retention into a snowy film across the top of the liquid. Lacing was thick, ringed, and circumferentially full. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma was fresh and hoppy, giving notes of juicy citric hops, sticky resiny sweetness nearly akin to the Three Floyds hop quality, watermelon and tangerine fruitiness, white sugar vanilla icing, cornbread warmth, soft metallic yeastiness, bubblegum esters, clean pales, and light but equally as clean raw wheatiness. Our first impression was that this guy was pretty basic and standard, but as it came to temperature, the subtleties of the hops and their contrasting brightness against the grain made for a highly refreshing flavoring. As we sipped, the taste opened up with dank citric hop pucker, tinny metallics, stark wheaty and pale malts, light toast, marshmallow sweetness, inky newspaper, and distant strawberry fruitiness. The middle came to a peak as the hops washed this all away, with sticky sweet nectars and citrics, bitter rind, white sugar, green grassiness, mineral, oatmeal raisin cookie crumble, gravel, and a gentle coating of muskiness. The end came with bright phenolic plastics to afford final bitterness, wet wheatiness, flashes of fusel booziness, black pepper, continued syrupy thick citric hops, icy mineral metallics, plant resins, orange and honeydew melon sweetness, and light toffee and caramel roastiness. The aftertaste breathed of more of the same, with the sweet hops singing loud against the basic but unsullied grain bill, yeast, and light fruity inclusions. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth was cooled, coated, and left with a pleasant level of moderate dryness to the hard palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its taste, and just how dang refreshing it was. Our first thought was that it reminded us of the Three Floyds pale ale series. It was not at all close to the same level of quality and freshness that they are able to capture, but it had the same vibe to it, as if they were attempting to recreate that type of profile. To that end, this was a highly pleasurable beer to drink. We also felt that it did the style justice, despite the recent bashing of the hybrid “white IPAs” across the forums here. It wasn’t so much of a blend of the two, but rather a sweetly hoppy IPA, with some transient features of more wheaty varietals found here and there. While we haven’t always been please with New Belgium’s selection as a whole, this beer confirms that they know how to select and incorporate hops across a range of different styles.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into large New Belgium pint glass. Crispy clear with fairly full head, which remained largely in place. Ample lacing, lots of bubbles, good carbonation. On the nose, very nice (almost sweet) floral piney scent dominates, with hints of lemon, grapefruit, grass, and melon. On the palate, the hops appear, but are well balanced by citrus tones of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Really like how crisp this one drinks, which makes it imminently quaffable. No heavy malts or alcohol are apparent. Mouthfeel is good, if a little thin, but that's OK. This is a very good IPA to sip before trying something hearty. Probably great during summertime as well. Kudos!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally, looking at the now myriad of gibberish on the label where a clear best before date used to be.

A very pale straw yellow colour, something I expected from a brew called a White IPA, it has a 1 finger head of foam and my glass is loaded with lacing. The brew is cold so there's some haziness.

Grapefruit and lemon dominate the smell. A bit of wheat also makes its way through.

Grapefruit, lemon, quite a bit of a grassy hoppiness, minor notes of wheat...a pretty bitter brew from NB especially in the finish. Okay, combine the lemon and grass and you get, wait for it, lemon grass. ;^) I like the taste muchly.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. This is a very nice brew and I'll enjoy the other 5 bottles from the 6er, no problem.

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Photo of bnes09
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy lemon yellow. Half finger head on the pour recedes to a thin film and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Bright aroma of fresh citrus and pine. Hint of cloves and some Belgian yeast thrown in. Spicy overall character.

Mild malt character, just a hint of wheat. Assertive pine, grapefruit and lemon rind hop.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Crisp feel. Dry, clean finish. Easy to drink.

Solid stuff. A style I haven't seen much yet but a good one, nonetheless. I'm impressed.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale but clean and clear golden, with a thick blanket of white suds. That gives way to a dusting of thick, detailed lace.

Aroma: Crisp citrus, tropical, and floral hops. Delightful.

Taste: Tangy citrus, with notes of pineapple, mango, and sharp, bitter citrus. I get hints of lemon alongside grapefruit. There’s a lingering bitterness that is tempered by a spicy malt profile. Finishes with more of the tangy pineapple and grapefruit.

This is one of my favorite New Belgium seasonals, and I always grab at least a couple of 12-packs to get me through the winter months.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy white head that settles nice and slow. Lacing is good as you drink. Aroma is fresh orange peel, floral and citric hops, faint wheat and lightly toasted grains. Fresh tasting hop notes of citrus, pine, and floral cones deliver a nice upfront flavor while a smooth wheat and light malt roast cover the taste buds gently. Very light carbonation gives this beer a smooth, light, easy drinking feel. I will definitely buy this again it was beyond my expectations!

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Photo of exx
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden straw with a frothy white head. A refreshing aroma of light floral hops and sweet citrus and pine. Tastes of dry bitter grapefruit with notes of sweeter citrus, green hops, and a refreshing sweetness. Beautifully balanced. Full-bodied and crisp in the mouth. I'd love to see more beers crafted with such wonderful simplicity. This beer manages to accomplish something fresh while projecting a singular purpose without needless complexities. An impressive, mature offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer was a pale/blonde color and was kinda cloudy. Head was small, but thick. The most distinctive thing was the floral/fruity smell which tasted the same. Smooth mouthfeel and body, pretty good

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of the better New Belgium beers that I have had from their lineup. Pours an extremely pale yellow-straw color with decent head and spotty lacing. Aroma is nice with stonefruit, pine and citrus. Taste is real nice with the citrusy hops going so well with the malt backdrop. Nice finish, clean and crisp..

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Photo of Pencible
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear pale straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lots of citrus zest and white peppercorn, with some unripe apricot.
T: It tasted like spicy herbal hops and white peppercorn, with some citrus zest and unripe apricot. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Moderate body.
D: This was a nice white IPA. The scent and taste were just right for the style. The body was ok, but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Good brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7%

Hazed apricot golden hue with bright white fine effervescent head, leaves even Belgian style lacing.

Aroma spices like coriander and citrus. Big dank citrus hops with mango tropical fruits in the back end.

Flavor bready malts spicy yeast with evident citrus and coriander. Juicy center of ripened mango and pineapple juice notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied nice fluffy carbonation gives nice textures on the palate.

Overall, one of the better white IPAs alongside Deschutes Chainbreaker!

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Photo of Kinsman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I've written a review but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I've always been skeptical of 'white IPAs' as sort of a gimmick but this one hits the nail on the head.

Pale golden colored body with a creamy white head on top. Really impressed with the clarity on this one... looks more like a light lager than anything this hoppy.

Hops give quite the welcome on the nose with a juicy orange character and bright floral notes. First sip and the hops follow suit with delicious citrus notes accompanied by a lightly sweet malty backbone. Not quite the same bittering punch as a typical IPA.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, making for quite the refreshing beverage. Wasn't really sure what to expect from this beer but I'm glad I picked it up. A nice hoppy and refreshing beverage in a relatively light package that won't beat up your taste buds.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear bright yellow, one finger head that lingers and leaves some lacing.

S-Wheat, grass, not much spice, rather lemony, citrus as well.

T-Rather citrusy, not much spice or wheat for a White IPA, but the lemon and the bitterness go together nicely.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-I wasn't expecting much from this beer, and it more than delivered. For the price, a solid winter IPA. (but it is no Celebration of course)

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though this beer is 3-4 months old its still pretty exceptional. Pours a bright yellow hazy with a nice frothy head. Smells of fruity yeasts and citrus hops and taste pretty darn close to what I like in a Belgium beer especially the fruity finish that is clean rather than dry.

Will buy it again if I see it just a great beer that is easy on the ABV.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4/5  rDev +7%

Initial flavor and aroma is IPA, but the white beer element gradually sinks in after a few more sips. Plenty of citrusy hops--mostly lemon and lime--in the aftertaste, but there's a good malt body as well. The coriander and wheat is really nicely integrated with the hops.

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a mild haze. White head forms and leaves tons of sticking lacing. Nose starts with resinous hops, notes of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Taste starts with a Bit of grainy bread notes followed by grass, pine, and a decent amount of bitterness. This is quite tasty and well balanced. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, this kind of reminds me of Daisy Cutter in terms of hop profile and malt presence. Quite drinkable!

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Photo of fishmanpa
4/5  rDev +7%

Accumulation India White Pale Ale – New Belgium Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, CO.

This ale pours a pale yellow and cloudy. Leaves a nice fine head and very nice lacing. The aroma is very fresh and clean. Hops and citrus abound with a prevalent grapefruit overtone. The first sip hits you with hops and then the grapefruit comes through with a smooth slightly malt finish. Very clean mouth feel and quite smooth overall. A nice Winter offering from New Belgium. 6.2% ABV

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Photo of ale1
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i tried 2 different new belgium brewery beers this evening ,2nd review
called a white india pale ale on the bottle

sold in single bottles for $1.50 picked up 2

poured into a malt glass 4" head settling down to 1"
exceptional lacing noted when swirled in the glass

nose- citrus from the Amarillo hops , i would guess Simco or other, that's what they say is in this ale
carbonation -fine -appears real not artificially carbonated

color light straw clear , no bottom of vat residuals, some like this some don't figure i'd mention it.
they put alot of work into this one and is quite drinkable, and will purchase it again
nice well rounded IPA , not a bitter nor was it inteneded to be.

dry finish, with a just right hop bite.

no synth. beer after taste
and somewhat better than their fat tire ale

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lala's, the only interesting beer I saw. Served in a New Belgium globe which was nice, this was a very cloudy yellow color. Aroma was interesting, wheat and spice and hops. Flavor was a really nice citrusy lemon with hint of wheat, this surprised me.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a bright white fluffy head, I got about 2 fingers worth and a respectable amount of lacing. Smells clean and fresh, with some lemon and pineapple. Taste is very crisp and refreshing, lots of bright hop notes with some wheaty flavors to balance it out and keep it from being too intense of an IPA. Feel is light and with low carbonation. It doesn't seem like it would be a wintery type beer but somehow it works, I'll be buying more next year.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,837 ratings.
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