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Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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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.

Added by ChrisCBeets on 09-23-2013

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Ratings: 2,026 |  Reviews: 307
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow with one finger one head. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Piney and earthy hops dominate. Some fruit in there as well. Smells alot like rampant.

Taste: Fruity hops, light bitterness, sweet finish. Great balance. More pine comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp in the mouth.

This is a great IPA. Light, hoppy, fruity, and well balanced. Very impressed.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of exx
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden straw with a frothy white head. A refreshing aroma of light floral hops and sweet citrus and pine. Tastes of dry bitter grapefruit with notes of sweeter citrus, green hops, and a refreshing sweetness. Beautifully balanced. Full-bodied and crisp in the mouth. I'd love to see more beers crafted with such wonderful simplicity. This beer manages to accomplish something fresh while projecting a singular purpose without needless complexities. An impressive, mature offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A very golden pale colored beer with some head on the pour that does not disappear. Beer is not clear, but meets the description of a American IPA.

Smell: Big herbal, and citrus aroma from this beer. This is exactly what i'd expect. Doing great so far!

Taste: Very bitter hoppy taste. Not as bitter as some IPAs can be but it balances it rather nicely. A citrus flavor is noted towards the end of the beer. I really enjoy this.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, but the beer is smooth and light. This has short of a nice feel to it other than the high lip puckering feel you get when first sipping the beer.

Overall: I really liked this beer, and it makes up for the fall seasonal beer that i had from this brewer. I would definitely recommend this as a good American IPA.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BeerWizard
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pearly straw yellow, big white head that has good retention and lacing. Smells heavy citrus, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and tangerine. Flavor is medium-bitter and citrus-dominant with the grapefruit and tangerine. Medium to light mouthfeel, balanced bitterness from start to finish, and medium carbonation levels.

Overall, it's the return of Belgo! Without all that darn alcohol. Which I actually liked. OK, Belgo was superior, but this is pretty good. This is like Belgo Light. I'll probably get it again. It's good and the 6.2 makes it a good selection for an evening of football and snow.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Powerturn11
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost clear. Has a pleasant aroma but not my favorite. Almost a citrus smell. The beer does taste pretty good. Well hopped with a clean finish. I've seen reviews that claim tastes of vanilla and malty undertones, I do not taste that. Just my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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


A: Pours a clear straw gold with a moderate white head.

S: Mosaic dominates in the nose, bring sticky mango and pineapple, a bit of piney, leafy bitterness, slightly uric.

T: Taste is relatively dry, with notes of bitter grapefruit, lightly sweet orange peel, a hint of vanilla and malted wheat, mint leaf.

M: Light-bodied with a little bit of heft from the wheat and moderate carbonation.

O: A pleasant wheat IPA that brings across that unique Mosaic character nicely. Nothing to go crazy about but solid.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed straw color topped with an excellent, tight, frothy head. Nice bright hoppy aroma...clean lemon/lime, floral hop, and a wee bit of spicy pine. Fresh hop pellets on the tongue as well - general citrusy greenness with a sweetness through the finish. Lively, light bodied, and a bit crisp. I like it...very drinkable and fresh.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel snifter

A - A very pale amber, almost a clear, translucent apple juice type color. Has a good sized head that leaves good amount of lacing around the edge of my glass.

S - Very pleasant smell. Balanced "hoppy" pine smell with a some orange and lime undertones. Has a bit of herbal smell. Kind of like a spicy mint, I'm assuming that's related to the mosaic hops used.

T - Not bad, not great. A little less hops taste than expected. Very smooth but a bit of a unpleasant aftertaste. Definitively a minty taste in here. Also incorporates some lime flavor.

M - For a "winter" beer feels incredibly light and airy in the mouth. If that's a good thing, I'm not really sure.

O - Ehhh, not the best offering from New Belgium by any stretch of the imagination. I much prefer the Imperial IPA or even Ranger. Pretty forgettable beer. Not bad but there are a wealth of better options out there.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Why does New Belgium toy with my winter seasonal emotions? Was a big fan of 2 Below before they changed it to Snow Day...now it's Accumulation....c'mon maaaan!

12 oz bottle pours a barely-hazed pale straw color with an ample cap of stark white head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is an earthy hop, lemon and light nuttiness from the yeast I find often in NB beers. Interesting blend of aromas and it works for the most part.

Taste is lemon zest, hazelnuts, grainy malt and an underlying grassy hop. It is more simplistic than both Snow Day and 2 Below, and I fear I dont like it as much as either. The hop profile is pretty good, but it lacks depth...not surprising with the pale malts used. Its not a bad beer by any means...in fact, tasty enough for me to buy another sixer at least. But I miss my 2 Below something fierce.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,026 ratings
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