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Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,937
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
2,000
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/23/14.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and dirt covered berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the Mosiac hops adding a dirty berry like quality that comes through more in the taste.

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3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very glad they went with an ipa as a winter seasonal, but this isnt not as good as i was hoping ti would be. it doesnt have much head, and is really thickly cloudy with yeast in a pale yellow suspension. the nose is well hoppy with some citrus notes and bitterness, and i get some orange peel too. i am glad the coriander that is in most of these is not so prominent here, its helpful for the hops i think. the flavor is a little all mashed together, with the wheat being denser for winter and a ton of yeast left over. the hops dont taste as bright as they smelled, but they impart bitterness and i find this to be a rather refreshing beer overall, if a bit less refined and sessionable than i was originally after. it went well with a big burger, and i can see this being better in bottled form. i appreciate this as a seasonal instead of the classic malty spice type.

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3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color and has some fine particulates floating in suspension along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing running down teh sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat and spices are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste more or less follows the smell and has a slight amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I didn't detect much in the way of crispness.
O: This beer isn't nearly as yeasty compared to other Belgian IPAs - the only Belgian-like aromas and flavors that I get are some spices. The wheat also makes this lighter on the palate compared to other IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With winter approaching, there's a fear that the beloved IPA will go into hibernation as well. But with the brewers at New Belgium thinking ahead, they are definitely dreaming of a white IPA Christmas!

Accumulation pours pale straw with tethers of gold streaking through the center. As a cottony foam cap builds, it casts its fragrant bouquet of citrus, melon, orchard fruit, spice and whole grain bread. Its supple sweetness is also of grain with wafer-thin maltiness with hints of confectioner's sugar and honey.

As the perfumy ale unfolds on the middle palate, its sweetness relaxes and its estery and hoppy tandem gains steam. Grapefruit, orange peel, apple, pear, honeydew and lemon dance lightly on the tongue while a balance of grassiness, white pepper and faint clove decorate the finish. Its acute bitterness provides a piney taste with herbal tea and a mild floral soap character.

Crisp, clean and quite refreshing, the medium-light ale has a dry disposition that facilitates its high rate of drinkability but also the beer's grain-derived astringency that creates a spicy bite in finish to accompany its resinous hop bitterness. With an under-current of wheat and perfume, the aftertaste remains floral and spicy.

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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from the grocery store across the road from my hotel in Denver during GABF 2013 last month. Since I shoveled about the same kind of snow yesterday as depicted on the label, I figure it's about time to crack this one.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and silken eggshell white head, which leaves a decent array of Rand McNally lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of musty orange, grapefruit, kiwi, and pineapple fruit rind, earthy yeast, and grassy, piney hops. The taste is generally yeasty in bearing - peppery and herbal, with more muddled, and subdued citrus pith bitterness, a sort of stale tropical fruit essence, some laid-back wheaty and grainy malt, and further soft lemongrass and pinecone hop notes.

The bubbles are a bit overwrought in their assertiveness at first, but settle to a manageable din soon enough, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, the yeast always having to have its say. It finishes dry, the malt forgoing any further claim, while the complex hops and yup, yeast fully take up the reins.

Not sure why this is listed as an American IPA - the yeast, and somewhat elevated ABV seem worthy of a sidestep to Belgian IPA territory, no? You'd think with the slavish Low Countries attitude of this brewery, one might make that connection. At any rate, a way too yeasty IPA, yeah, I said it, with little to associate it with the winter season - the 'white' moniker being tenuous at best.

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3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Whole Foods HQ a few days ago. "White India Pale Ale." Winter Seasonal. Brewed with Mosaic and Amarillo hops. Best before 02 March 2013. 6.2% ABV confirmed. "Serve at 7 C (45 F)." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard New Belgium label art and branded orange/red pry-off pressure cap served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - whose more standard offerings are rarely very good (with the notable exception of Trippel). Reviewed as a white IPA because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Okay thickness. Some creaminess and a bit of frothiness. Nice even consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. It could have a softer complexion.

Body colour is a cloudy pale yellow of slightly above average vibrance. Quasitransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's within style conventions for a white IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. There are no overt flaws.

Sm: It has a raw wort-like unfinished character to it, partly induced by a surprising presence of sweet worty malts. The hop profile is lovely and comes off very fresh, almost like the aroma of a brewery. Onion (which I like here, and rarely mind in other beers), lemony citrus esters, a pleasant floral bouquet, mango/tropical fruit, and some subdued clean pine notes all emerge from the careful hopping. Clearly, there's some deliberate intentionality behind the hop choices. It's a bit of a reach, but really buried in there I do find some vague spicing I'd attribute to amarillo hops.

On the malty side, it's got pilsner malts, pale malts, and even a bit of crystal malt.

No yeast character is detectable, but the fermentation seems quite clean. No alcohol is detectable.

I'm a bit concerned about the sweet/bitter balance as it seems too sweet based on the aroma, but I'm optimistic.

A pleasant fragrant aroma of mild to moderate strength. Very approachable, with no naked hop bitterness. I find no off-notes.

T: It's too sweet as feared, evoking fruitcake. Plenty of fruity notes from the hops - bursts of lemon, mango, and unidentifiable tropical fruit. Estery. I like the citrusy character. It's a biteen resinous and oily, but I want so much more. There's some general vague floral hop character. A bit oniony, sure. Hop bitterness is moderate, and is nicely tamed by the malty sweetness.

On the malty end, I'm pleasantly surprised to find leavening wheat in the body in addition to the more traditional pale and pilsner malts. I can't discern whether or not crystal malt was used; the crispness hints at it but it may just be New Belgium's usual overcarbonation.

No spices, alcohol, or yeast notes come through.

Overall, it's an enjoyable approachable white IPA that's rough around the edges. Definitely needs a more even balance. There's some interesting complexity here, and even some subtlety, but as with most beers it could use more. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's cohesive but not quite gestalt. Importantly, the hop choices do seem motivated and the beer has a clear focus. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too light on the palate, reducing its presence and making it feel somewhat weak and subdued. I'd like a bit more body and more of an imposing thickness here - there's ample flavour diversity to justify it. Has a light oily touch, but it's rather timid inasmuch as IPAs are concerned. Crisp. A biteen overcarbonated. Refreshing? Sure, I guess. It suits the flavour profile generally well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Some tinkering is necessary to really create a marriage between texture and taste. I do love its soft feel on the palate; it's very welcoming.

Not harsh, hot, astringent, boozy, buttery, or gushed.

Dr: A very drinkable white IPA from New Belgium, and one I wouldn't mind getting in a variety pack. But why is this a winter seasonal? The marketing B.S. about accumulating snow in the Colorado sky is all hunky dory, but if any of the 4 seasons is unfit for a white IPA, it's winter. It hides its above average ABV well, and while I wouldn't recommend it to friends, it's the kind of beer you'd be pleased to see a sixer of at a casual party. Worth trying, but far from exceptional. Surpassed my meagre expectations.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 2/2/2014. Pours fairly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, wheat, pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wheat IPA! All around great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,000 ratings
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