Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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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.

Added by ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

A bit too fruity tasting for my liking. Grapefruity, bitter finish. Rather have a Bud than this.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a strange beer. I had it on tap at a tasting. The initial smell was horrible. That smell did not come through at all in the taste and was a pretty good tasting beer. Strange but I would stay away if that smell infuses in the beer.

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2.84/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pale yellow, maybe pineapple juice color. Slight haze. Minimal white head. I was expecting maybe something akin to a wit in color, and although it's not real far off, it's not exactly what I was expecting.

Smell is pine and lemon and maybe a touch of Cheez-itz. Some spic e as well, but I can't quite put my finger on it - maybe a bit of clove? Overall, a nice smelling Christmas IPA.

Very carbonated and light bodied.

Taste is fairly subdued. It's somewhat fruity and piney and not much else. Not really digging it. It's not real bitter, but it has some bitterness. Not picking the spice in the taste. Kind of blah.

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2.85/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

What kind of sicko exports a beer to MN called Accumulation? Why not just call it The Vikings Suck or Die in the Windchill & be done with it? 12 oz. bottle with an enjoy by date of 1/28/18.

The pour brings me back to sipping Blue Moon in 1995, before I gave up beer because it was awful & turned to whiskey sours. No orange slice, though. Smells a bit like it too. Grainy wheat, light green tea, abstract herbs on the nose. Odd.

Accumulation could pass as a heavily hopped wheat beer with a little makeup. Strong grains mix with a nice, light citrus that slides into a bracing bitterness. Coriander tang in the middle, with the notable thing being an almost complete lack of maltiness. Some IPAs bury the malt in a Cat 5 of hops, but here, they’re just invisible. The tea & herbs show softly on the backend, but the bitterness builds with every sip, going from really nice to throat-searing after a few ounces. Will he able to finish it?

My first sip was an appreciative “hey, way better than expected!” before the aspirin after-burners kicked in. Two ounces is a solid “4”, but this ain’t two ounces. Like in-laws, much better in tiny quantities. Decent.

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2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

It's ok, I would not get it again

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2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pretty ok IPA from new Belgium. Not much mouthfeel or smell but a distinct hoppy fruity balance. Very drinkable. One that I could have afew in the night and not get sick of. Needs a bit more hops but a good beer for non IPA drinkers to enjoy. It's drinkability makes it appeal to me for sure

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2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a very light beer tone, faint yellow, a tad shallow, you can see the carbonation rise, with about a 1 1/2 finger head that disappears fairly quickly.

S - At first I could smell the carbonation, reminded me of a mineral water. A very mild orange, grapefruit, mildly hopped. Not much malt, no bread; however, the sweet undertones do make up in this aspect.

T - Taste is very bland, subtle, no complexity from the hops. Subtly sweet and a mild dryness towards the end.

M - Very light bodied, carbonation exhausts the palate from tasting.

O - I will not be having this again. Purchased a 6 pack of this for $10, kinda upset I'm stuck with 5 more bottles... definitely not worth the price. The smell is subtly awesome; however, drinking this was reminiscent of drinking a bud light. No taste and carbonation that drowns the palate. The only thing I liked was the smell and finish. Other than that, this was extremely disappointing.

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2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,090 ratings