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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:
#25,902
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
1,999
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
583
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,999 |  Reviews: 303
Photo of Mr_Brown
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

smell of green tea and citrus. The taste of entry-level white beer (blue moon). Not that bad though. This was a pretty plain 12oz. No significant aftertaste.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my top seasonal beers has finally come out and I am always excited to see what New Belgium is doing with their new beers and current recipes. Poured into a tulip glass.

I am a big fan of seasonal winter beers, especially those from some of my favorite breweries like New Belgium, Stone, and Sierra Nevada. The blend of spices, fruitiness of the amarillo and mosaic hops awaken my senses and bring a bit of nostalgia to the brain. Even though I may live in San Diego, my homebody self flashes light snow falling outside the window and the smell of burning wood in the living room.
For the style, I enjoy this beer. It's got a cloudy, hazy body with thick fluffy foam. Initial notes of bright hops, yeast spice, and a bit of banana and citrus. The mouthfeel is thicker, cream like. The wheat character pulls through on this one, filling out just the right balance of hop presence and malt body. Some earthy, straw, and alcohol on the back end. Sitting at 6.2% this is a full beer, and quite filling as well. One of those seasonal releases I'll always look forward too.

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

Photo of JamesRiner
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not one I will revisit. It's biting but not in a refreshing way. Perhaps I've been drinking too many dark ales as of late to appreciate this beer.

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Photo of kitekid
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjbrad451
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reminiscent of a gose, a bit more sour than bitter. Cloudy w minimal lacing. Pleasant, but one per session is enough.

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Photo of maximum12
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

What kind of sicko exports a beer to MN called Accumulation? Why not just call it The Vikings Suck or Die in the Windchill & be done with it? 12 oz. bottle with an enjoy by date of 1/28/18.

The pour brings me back to sipping Blue Moon in 1995, before I gave up beer because it was awful & turned to whiskey sours. No orange slice, though. Smells a bit like it too. Grainy wheat, light green tea, abstract herbs on the nose. Odd.

Accumulation could pass as a heavily hopped wheat beer with a little makeup. Strong grains mix with a nice, light citrus that slides into a bracing bitterness. Coriander tang in the middle, with the notable thing being an almost complete lack of maltiness. Some IPAs bury the malt in a Cat 5 of hops, but here, they’re just invisible. The tea & herbs show softly on the backend, but the bitterness builds with every sip, going from really nice to throat-searing after a few ounces. Will he able to finish it?

My first sip was an appreciative “hey, way better than expected!” before the aspirin after-burners kicked in. Two ounces is a solid “4”, but this ain’t two ounces. Like in-laws, much better in tiny quantities. Decent.

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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 Khaack
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle enjoy by: 1/18/18 opened on 10/21/17

A cloudy, white hazed golden color. A rather thick and robust, all white foam rises high, bubbly and lacy on the way down with a solid layer of coverage, active, bubbly center from active carbonation and a constant solid ring around the edge. Excellent, intricate lacing continues to accumulate!

Juicy citrus hop aroma is very nice, citrus, tropical fruits and a thick golden wheat edged malt aroma under the hop. The wheat addition is practically creamy scented and sweet along with the hops. Very nice.

Oh wow! First off, the mouthfeel and body is exceptionally smooth from the wheat. Fresh, crisp and juicy, smooth with a bright juicy finish.

The hops have a very nice and "bright" effect, sweet and tangy citrus, tropical fruits from the rather inticing hop charecter. Some earthy and grassy hop flavor way down deep and an excellent, smooth wheat and grains effect from the very crispy but smooth malt charecter. Excellent balance.

I personally am a big Advocate of Belgian-style IPA's as they often bring in other aspects, like wheat, funky earthy yeast notes etc...to compliment the big hop taste. This version of a "white IPA" or Belgian-style white IPA is rather excellent and very well executed. Complexity and flavor depth is surprisingly high. The feel and overall vibe is very fresh and healthy. The citric/fruity and earthy hop taste is spot-on for my taste.

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Photo of PawG
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adam36
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MyLastNameIsStout
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Some of the best lacing I have ever seen left on a glass,

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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 themegamancave
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hawkssb04
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1,999 ratings
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