Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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3.72/5
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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:
#29,011
Reviews:
327
Ratings:
2,092
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
628
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,092 |  Reviews: 327
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Abbey on Butler Street in Pittsburgh, PA.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like more IPA than "white," with a big tropical fruit charater, pine, evergreen mint, and vague spicing.

This is one of the best New Belgium beers that I've had. It's super, super juicy, definitely in the NE-style vein, with tons of orange, pineapple, and mango, with some definite wit spicing, clove, maybe some sort of minty thing that surprisingly works. There's lots of pine too- definitely tastes pretty "wintery."

This is medium bodied, quite soft and juicy, with a good level of carbonation.

This was a nice little surprise out of nowhere- good stuff.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a murky to pale yet bright resistant yellow color with an ample sheet of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some inquisitive running lace ran in a messy fashion around the glass.
The aroma had smooth citrus/lemon peel, white bread, Belgian sugars, malted wheat, some grassy sweetness, and a touch of clean earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet underscored by a playful juicy bitterness underneath. A "trying" sort of dirty breadiness entered in that seemed to catch me off guard, but I accepted it as I found the rest of the bottles were like this. Mild aftertaste of the white bread, citrus/lemon peel and grassy sweetness.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, as a Belgian IPA, I'd say it works. The taste takes some getting used to, but I'm pretty sure I understand what New Belgium is doing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Not much snow out there today, but when have these seasonals matched up with reality anyway? This stuff pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises coriander, pine needles, light biscuit, and grapefruit zest. The taste brings in more of the same, though the pine takes on a bit of a minty character on the edges. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decent "white IPA", but nothing close to special. Next.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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 thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 InspectorBob
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of imbibehour
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Thick bone white and four finger tall shampoo rocky and bleached head. Thick clumps of spider like lacing to match. Body color is a muted and hazy light lemon with very thin rising carbonation and hint of green. Quite a good looker here.

Nose is soft muted hop, hints of nice tropical juice and passionfruit like sweetness. Small hint of grass and not much malt obvious character. Tropical bomb this isn't but it's subtle and noticeable if you take your time on it. There's a weedy dandelion like quality grass as well.

Juiced hopped up quality on the palate and toned down. Light bodied malt quality but not much flavor. Finishes grassy and mild tropical hop with no malt depth, very light but not crisp or distinguishable. Slightly chalky aftertaste

Overall a half decent hop sided IPA with no malt depth and light bodied. I was wondering if there was going to be some chewy wheat body perhaps or something, but this beer just as a style and flavor just feels partially incomplete.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, floral hops, hint of sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of pine, slight citrus hops, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of earthy malt, citrus hops, slight pine, hint of sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, very pale appearance, great lacing, good blend, but too much earthy malt for my taste.

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Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AlexFields
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, lemon, pale malt, slightly tart and vegetal. Flavor is citrus and dry grassy hops, pale malt, grapefruit and lemon citrus, finishing with astringent grassy hops with mild, pleasant stone fruit hovering at the edges, but not helping the finish. Light to medium bodied. Possibly the most grassy hop presence I've experienced in a beer, as I'd imagine a beer made with hay would taste. Not much Belgian presence. A citrus, grassy IPA that did not quite hang together for me.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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