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:
#26,285
Reviews:
308
Ratings:
2,028
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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33
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595
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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops along with lighter notes of spices and pale malts (perhaps a touch of wheat as well).

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts and wheat which is followed by moderate flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pit, tropical/pineapple, and grassy with just a touch of citrus/lemon rind. There are light flavors of spices in the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for a short while.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A nice change for a holiday seasonal but I would describe it as an IPA rather than a Belgian IPA - not a lot of "white" to it. Easy enough to drink and enjoyable though.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Stamped (best by) 23 Feb. 2014.
Pours quite light, true to the white IPA claim, with a lighly hazed golden-yellow body and an undersized head. Leaves spotty lacing.

Nothing light about the aroma or flavor; instead, this beer packs a solid load of citrus hops. Seems to have a slight tart note along with a somewhat restrained bitterness. Some bready underpinnings from the malts add to the nice mix of fruity flavors.

O: a great beer to pair with say, a schwarzbier, to show people that light beers are not always light and dark beers are often not strong.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some bananas and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The some sweet flavors of citrus, banana and caramel come in. The floral hops presence is decent for the style and brings a some balance. There is also some spice flavor in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is an interesting yellowish in the New Belgium snifter. Lemony nose and some flowery aromas.

Taste is really toasty overlain with a sweet fritiness. The eye-opener is a very unusual hot tangerine flavor with a kick of fruitcake and resins. Overall, this is quite thin and sharp, with the tart citrus taste dominating. Starts out with the hoppy flavors and then the bitterness takes over.

This starts out seeming to be not so bitter, but the already acidic note of the sheat malt seems to add to the bitterness in the aftertaste. The fruit is a pleasant novelty but it's not particularly drinkable. I'll try anything that New Belgium puts in 12 oz bottles-- they are bound to be an intriguing bargain compared to the unending supplh of overpriced bombers.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of smithj4
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD of 02/02/14

Pours a light gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & stellar lacing

S: Lemongrass, grapefruit rind & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, light breadyness & a little bit of pineapple up front. More grapefruit as this warms, dryness, a little bit of pear & lemons. Finishes with a touch of pear, dryness, assertive grapefruit, & a touch of white pepper

MF: Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable, I liked this better when I first purchased this, on a fresh pallet this is pretty good, not great. One of the better beers of this style

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am now freed up to do some Winter/Holiday bottled beer reviews, leaving Samuel Adams as a memory.

From the bottle: "Flurries of Mosaic and Amarillo hops bring soft fruit and citrus flavor, followed by a layer of bitter in our seasonally suited White IPA."; "100 Days to Change Our Ways * Protect Our Winters POW It starts this Winter at ProtectOurWinters.org.".

I Pop!ped the cap and since I like my Belgian-style White IPAs to have some cloudiness, I really hit it with the pour. I would up with a pretty three-finger cap of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was a downright cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) by the time that I was finished! Nose picked up where my last beer left off with a Belgian yeast-driven mustiness; a black pepperiness; some citrusy notes, like lemon and orange and a cool mintiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was unexpectedly tangy with the citrus flavors coming off more like the dried fruit that goes into fruitcakes, especially that horrid citron. Dang, I usually like Belgian/White IPAs, but this was leaving me cold. The pepperiness was there, but not in the forefront and the mustiness was not making it here. Finish was dry and bitter, kind of the way that I feel right now.

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Mildly hazed yellow straw hue, tight lacing that leaves a trail in its wake.

SMELL: CItrus zest, woody hops, tangerine, spice, grassy grain, mild evergreen

TASTE: Grassy hop, citrus peel, faint powdered aspirin, juicy hop resin, vague spicing, pale malt, ample bitterness, dry graininess, long lingering hop finish

Perhaps more of an IPA than White Ale, tasty none the less and a good switch up on the whole seasonal thing.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap at Warwick Hotel, served chilled in a shaker pint.

The color is golden with light haze and thick white head with fine bead and good retention with film of lace sticking. The smell is very citrusy in the nose with herbal hop compliment and slight spice (orange zest?) with mild yeast ester. The feel is good with light tangy yeast and moderately bitter hop influence with light astringency and gentle toasted texture with medium low carbonation and slightly dry bitter finish.

The taste is very good a nice mix of wit and ipa

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,028 ratings
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