Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

very good
292 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 fizzician
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very light straw color and scant white head, nice lacing. Pleasant aroma. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing with fine but prominent carbonation. Nicely balanced hops and malt and an easy drinker for a winter beer.

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Photo of Chasegator
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Hazy light gold with a light fluffy head
Smell- Hops hit hard initially. Citrus and a small hint of wheat
Taste- Not as strong as the nose. Quick hits of hops and citrus. Mild hoppy after taste.
Feel- Medium body typical of IPA
Overall- Average. Look and smell suggest good potential but the taste is not quite there. Not a terrible IPA but definelty not the best out there.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got three bottles of this one for Christmas this year -- this is bottle #2. Best-by date is February 12th, 2017.

The beer pours a pale yellow, getting a slightly darker look to it after settling in the glass. Nice little layer of white foam on top, which seems to never really shrink away much and leaves very nice lacing and rings around the glass as the beer goes away. It's pretty hazy, and shining a flashlight in makes a bunch of little rising bubbles and also some floating particles drifting around. Would this be yeast stirred up from the bottom? I remember this beer being hazy the first time I had it, but I don't remember noticing floating particles then.

As expected of something with "IPA" on the label, the smell is definitely leaning in the hoppy direction more than anything else -- seems citrusy right away, I got a nice whiff of citrusy hop smell when pouring this one. There's a bit of wheaty/yeasty spiciness behind the hops, too. A little sweet-smelling but not overwhelmingly so, just enough that it works nicely with the citrus. Later on it seems to shift slightly toward a bit of an oniony-herbal thing popping out, though with the citrusy element still noticeable too. I'm guessing there's a blend of several different hops in this one?

Taste is not as strongly hoppy as the smell (and from what I recall of fresher bottles, the hop flavors have definitely faded a bit from their original state), but considering that it's less than two months from the best-by date that probably isn't a huge surprise. It still tastes pretty nice, with citrusy hop flavors mixing in with a bit of an onion-herbal sort of thing and some wheat, occasional crackery malt, and yeasty spiciness. Toward the end of the glass, I'm wondering if maybe the "citrusy" I was describing before might not be the most accurate description -- there is a citrus-like thing going on but also something else, I want to say maybe flowery? A bit of a lingering leafy-bitter thing on the end, starting to be noticeable around halfway through the glass. The hops definitely balance out the sweetness I was picking up in the smell -- it's quite dry, and I'm wondering if maybe I wasn't picking up actual "sweetness" so much as just sweet-smelling citrusy/floral hops. Even approaching the end of its shelf life I'm really enjoying all the interesting flavors in this beer -- as said in the smell, I can only assume several different hops were used in this.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice -- first few sips stood out as having a bit of that nice bubbly-soft carbonation I like, but even later on when that aspect has faded a bit it's very drinkable. Fairly light feel for the ABV, goes down very easily in big gulps -- this is an IPA I could actually see myself having more than just one glass of in a row.

Overall a nice beer that I'm glad I finally got a chance to try, after hearing how good it was year after year. I'll have to track down some fresher bottles again when its season comes around next year, but as for right now I'm pretty pleased with this beer even at several months of age -- it's still recognizable as its usual self, and its usual self is a tasty beer!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw yellow with a decent haze and very nice foam and lacing. Smells of hops, floral, & citrus. Taste is very clean, very smooth hoppy flavors with great citrus mix and floral notes. Very mild dryness and a nice overall feel, very easy drinking beer. Over time this beer has grown on me, it packs a ton of taste but is not over the top with hops or other flavors, just a nice easy going winter IPA, will drink all winter long, very good.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. (Enjoy by date: 29JAN17)

L: Hazy yellow, finger width white head.

S: Faint banana, herbal, floral and citrus hops.

T: Oddly and somewhat grossly, this beer has a wood taste to it that is unpleasant.

F: Light-Medium body, strange aftertaste.

O: highly disgusted with this beer, think the one I got was spoiled.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer; however, not exceptional. Sweet & soft hop bitterness upfront that pervades throughout. Once bitterness fades there is some lingering fruity sweetness. Decent smell & look.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks decent. Maybe my nose is dull this evening but I'm not getting much from the scent of this beer (wheat or white beer like). Dank, malt like..maybe grassy. Not all that enviting (to me). Interesting flavor. I am getting some melon notes on and through the finish. Interesting and a bit complex. Getting some hops on the finish. Decent.

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Photo of ThePold
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a fresh 12 Oz into a glass. Color is light straw, like a lager. Not much in the way of head, little lacing. Mouthfeel is thicker than a pilsner, the idea being to challenge the dark winter beers, but I think I'd rather just have a winter wheat. Still, not too bad.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA is very very unique. Pours very clear with a nice white head. The taste is super interesting. Not super hoppy but the lack of malts allows you to pick these up. But then there is a nice melon taste that comes into the background. Definitely a unique IPA. Goes well even during these cold winter times.

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm all good with this white winter IPA, one of my favorite winter brews.
Savoring near the solstice.
Appearance: Cloudy, pale, straw body, dotty lacing, as a thin film remains, like thin pond ice.
Smell: Grassy, woody, citrus, almost white grapy hop aroma with a malty passive back.
Taste: Very good. Smooth woody, heartwood pine hops upfront supported by a light malt base that finishes extremely clean with pine sap, citrus, melon, wood shop, and floral notes. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation, but the feel and drying are perfect. Champagne like a good Belgian.
Overall: New Belgium's Accumulation is the best execution of a white IPA: balanced hops, nice mouthfeel, and a wonderful finish.

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Photo of Ryan4120
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pale hazy yellow with a medium white head. Lot of sediment floating around - almost looks like snow which is somewhat fitting for the name of the beer. A decent amount of lacing.
S - piney and resin notes on the nose but they are very faint.
T - Piney and resinous with a little malt in the mix. A nice hop finish - not to strong but also somewhat faint. Overall pretty smooth and easy to drink.
F - Full body with medium carbonation - smooth.
O - a nice mildly hoppy white IPA that is pretty decent for the style. A nice change of pace from the winter dark beers.

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Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an enjoy by date of 12 Feb 2017. Sampled on December 17, 2016.

Semi-cloudy pale yellow and heady pour. The head dissolves to a ring with some decent lacing.

The aroma emits characters of citrus, dank, and toasted white breaded malts.

The body is medium or a little better. On the smooth side.

The taste is a tangy sensation of citrus, orange, and moderate bitterness to finish.

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Photo of RedFox071
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Accumulation
Rating: 3.81

Appearance: 4 3/4 inch coarse head. Very clear yellow. Good lacing all the way down the glass
Smell: 3 Little to no malt. Piney resin and citus hops
Taste: 4.25 Sweet malt combines with the citrus hops to create a very juicy beer, perhaps grapefruit. Bitter grassy aftertaste.
Feel: 3.5 Crisp carbonation cuts back the oily feel.
Overall: 4 Not as seasonable as the label would have me believe but I will be having this one again.

Tasting Date: 12.14.16
Style: White India Pale Ale
Other: 6.2 ABV

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Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] The bottle lists the ABV (6.2%) and there is a date code of (09/15/2016). The beer is a hazy golden color with 1 finger of head. The head has really good retention.

S: [4.00] Pineapple, mango, lemon rind and underlying crackers.

T: [3.75] Not what I expected. Pineapple, definite malt sweetness. Nothing bitter at all. Not complaining just observing.

M: [3.75] Medium + body with good carbonation. Nothing lingering late on the palate.

O: [3.75] This was a big surprise. It smells like a traditional IPA (hop bomb) but it has none of the bitter punch. I don't always like the huge hop whollop so this was a nice diversion from that formula. The flavors are nice and the body holds up well. Overall a surprisingly good/different beer.

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Photo of Travis_B93
4.82/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Color is pretty great, kind of a weak head to it, super great taste and aroma though. My second to third favorite. Citrusy and pungent smell and taste, great stuff.

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Photo of Bthchris
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great White IPA for those who like a nice citrusy flavor. Dry finish with not too much hop for an IPA. Overall an easy beer to drink and not an overbearing beer in terms of hop.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Pours a hazy yellow with a medium white head.
S - Smells of hops.
T - Tastes of citrus with a little hop bite on the finish.
F - Medium carbonation
O - A pretty nice IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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".

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 SamuelMiller
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The look is a yellow almost like a Pilsner. The smell is not very good, it smells like lemons and limes mixed with some cardboard and maybe some sand with a hint of some hops. The taste is not much better, but a little bit. It tastes bitter with a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is frothy with a bitter aftertaste. Overall this is dissapointing even for a new Belgium.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a very drinkable brew but it really doesn't seem to be much like what a Belgian IPA really should be.

It opens a very cloudy yellow with loads of stuff suspended in it. The aroma mostly escapes me in with my cold, but it seems very good, too clean and subdued.

The taste is slightly bitter and has just a hint of the Belgian yeast taste. The aftertaste is bitter too.

Overall, this is an underachieving brew, but still pleasant and interesting. It's not recommended, but don't refuse one if offered.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This winter beer pours a hazy yellow with plenty of bubbles and a light head. Smell is more IPA-like than white IPA-like, and the taste is pine and tropical fruits.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a very clear golden color with alot of streaming bubbles of carbonation and a white soapy head. Also noted crazy legs of lacing all down the glass.
The smell is flowery hops with a bit of fresh mowed grass thrown in
The taste is like an easy, light punch of floral hops. A very hoppy and refreshing drink.
Mouth feel is actuually farly light and easy finishing.
A very nice and decent winter IPA offering from the folks at New Belgium. Go get your bad self some and sample it before it gets away from you all.

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Photo of Riff
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick, white head to it. Smells of piney hops, a little citrus, and some spice. Juicy, tangerine, tropical fruit flavor that goes down easily. Nice body to it, doesn't linger around too long. Overall it's a nice IPA that does better once it's gotten a chance to warm up from fridge temps.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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 CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a murky light golden orange with some white floaties and a huge, creamy bright white head. Retention is excellent and there are thick rings and webs of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is bright and citrusy. Also there is some dank green grassiness along with some citrus pith.

Taste is the same. Very bright and flavorful. Juicy citrus up front transitioning into dank earthiness and some slightly bitter grapefruit pith on the finish.

Feel is light and juicy, very crushable. The juiciness tales off at the end for a dry and slightly bitter finish.

Overall this is a great beer. Very pleasently surprised. It kind of reminds me of a Trillium Pale Ale from the small bird series although I can't remember which one.

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