Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

very good
297 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 mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale straw producing 3+ fingers of soap bubble frothy, glowing white somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice coating of clumpy webby lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits, orange, thin grapefruit, pale malts, earthy yeast & spice. Taste is complex & bursting with an array of flavors: citrus flesh & pith, pine, tropical fruits & floral, earthy hop undertones in a background of spices & bready malts. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate to high carbonation, light & smooth but creamy & slightly oily in a resinous sort of way, dancing with spice & peppery bite on the tongue.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of soccrgump
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 1/23/16
Drank this during Snowmageddon 2016, which I thought was fitting. Poured a straw color with small head and cloudy. Smell was of mango and papaya, and the taste follows with citrus and piney notes. Good cabonation with a creamy feel. Not a bad White IPA.

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

Pours a hazy yellow color, 1/2" white head. Aroma is nice, plenty hoppy, mixture of wheat with it. Good stuff.

Taste, easily top tier belgian ipa, although wow, this really seems more like a hoppy wheat ale. I don't get anything in terms of belgian yeast, which is actually a relief because usually that is tough to pull off, the mix of hops and yeast phenols. Bitterness is tame, this isn't an IBU monster. Its a soft winter wheat hoppy beer.

Scoring these for $6.99/6 pack is an easy purchase justification. Would bang again, pretty much buy at least one 6er each winter since this came out.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle dated "Enjoy by 29 June 17" poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy golden yellow with a lot of sediment. Incredible white two finger head of thick, rocky foam. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Fresh, bright hops. Good intensity not overdone but let's you know what this beer is about. Some malts and bread notes round out the finish.

Taste: Fresh pine of the hops. A light touch of bitterness rounds it out nicely.

Feel: Crisp and refreshing, the thin-ish body is bolstered by moderately heavy carbonation.

Overall: An excellent beer. In my opinion it is more of a summer beer then a winter one but delicious just the same.

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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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