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:
#29,477
Reviews:
327
Ratings:
2,096
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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35
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Herbal and grassy hops dominate here with some sweeter citrus aromas, like pineapple and tangerines, following.

T: Herbal and grassy hop flavors here with some earthy pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. The finish is lightly bitter and a little bready.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery and is pretty drinkable.

O: A pretty solid IPA overall. Nothing outstanding, but it has a unique hop profile and is quite drinkable.

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3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Whole Foods HQ a few days ago. "White India Pale Ale." Winter Seasonal. Brewed with Mosaic and Amarillo hops. Best before 02 March 2013. 6.2% ABV confirmed. "Serve at 7 C (45 F)." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard New Belgium label art and branded orange/red pry-off pressure cap served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - whose more standard offerings are rarely very good (with the notable exception of Trippel). Reviewed as a white IPA because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Okay thickness. Some creaminess and a bit of frothiness. Nice even consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. It could have a softer complexion.

Body colour is a cloudy pale yellow of slightly above average vibrance. Quasitransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's within style conventions for a white IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. There are no overt flaws.

Sm: It has a raw wort-like unfinished character to it, partly induced by a surprising presence of sweet worty malts. The hop profile is lovely and comes off very fresh, almost like the aroma of a brewery. Onion (which I like here, and rarely mind in other beers), lemony citrus esters, a pleasant floral bouquet, mango/tropical fruit, and some subdued clean pine notes all emerge from the careful hopping. Clearly, there's some deliberate intentionality behind the hop choices. It's a bit of a reach, but really buried in there I do find some vague spicing I'd attribute to amarillo hops.

On the malty side, it's got pilsner malts, pale malts, and even a bit of crystal malt.

No yeast character is detectable, but the fermentation seems quite clean. No alcohol is detectable.

I'm a bit concerned about the sweet/bitter balance as it seems too sweet based on the aroma, but I'm optimistic.

A pleasant fragrant aroma of mild to moderate strength. Very approachable, with no naked hop bitterness. I find no off-notes.

T: It's too sweet as feared, evoking fruitcake. Plenty of fruity notes from the hops - bursts of lemon, mango, and unidentifiable tropical fruit. Estery. I like the citrusy character. It's a biteen resinous and oily, but I want so much more. There's some general vague floral hop character. A bit oniony, sure. Hop bitterness is moderate, and is nicely tamed by the malty sweetness.

On the malty end, I'm pleasantly surprised to find leavening wheat in the body in addition to the more traditional pale and pilsner malts. I can't discern whether or not crystal malt was used; the crispness hints at it but it may just be New Belgium's usual overcarbonation.

No spices, alcohol, or yeast notes come through.

Overall, it's an enjoyable approachable white IPA that's rough around the edges. Definitely needs a more even balance. There's some interesting complexity here, and even some subtlety, but as with most beers it could use more. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's cohesive but not quite gestalt. Importantly, the hop choices do seem motivated and the beer has a clear focus. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too light on the palate, reducing its presence and making it feel somewhat weak and subdued. I'd like a bit more body and more of an imposing thickness here - there's ample flavour diversity to justify it. Has a light oily touch, but it's rather timid inasmuch as IPAs are concerned. Crisp. A biteen overcarbonated. Refreshing? Sure, I guess. It suits the flavour profile generally well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Some tinkering is necessary to really create a marriage between texture and taste. I do love its soft feel on the palate; it's very welcoming.

Not harsh, hot, astringent, boozy, buttery, or gushed.

Dr: A very drinkable white IPA from New Belgium, and one I wouldn't mind getting in a variety pack. But why is this a winter seasonal? The marketing B.S. about accumulating snow in the Colorado sky is all hunky dory, but if any of the 4 seasons is unfit for a white IPA, it's winter. It hides its above average ABV well, and while I wouldn't recommend it to friends, it's the kind of beer you'd be pleased to see a sixer of at a casual party. Worth trying, but far from exceptional. Surpassed my meagre expectations.

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazed glowing yellow/gold with a finger of bright white dense head. Good retention, great lacing in my Weyerbacher Tulip!

S - Light pear and lemon aromas, almost grainy, and light spice. Pretty faint.

T - Decent bitterness doesnt linger long as pear/lemon/light citrus notes come forward, minimal spiced qualities until the aftertaste where spice and resinous hops linger for more than a few seconds

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, very refreshing.

O - Decent white IPA, especially at this pricepoint

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of beagle75
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, pale golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops qualities are prominently featured, but not overpowering. Citrus qualities are bright while savory features also develop in the form of onion/garlic notes. Subtle bread requires some straining to detect.

T: Begins almost dry, with pungent green herbaceous hops aromatics and clumsy malt that is doughy and like corn starch. Flavors become thin and seltzery into the middle, like a soft drink cut with water. Bitterness is pure and chemical in the finish, clinging stubbornly to the palate and clearly outdistancing other flavor qualities.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This seasonal offering from New Belgium seems like a rush job, struggling to find any of the Mosaic hops cultivar's wonderful qualities. Amarillo is well-represented, but cannot right the ship all on its own--not in the face of such a fumbled development of malt qualities.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of QuentinCall
2.37/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Remember Christmas 1992? Right after Sonic 2 had come out and Mom said she just didn't think Santa was going to be able to bring you a Sega Genesis? Accumulation is kinda like that, everything awful about the holidays, all wrapped up in a neat little package.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a white gold in color with thin foaming. It has a fantastic clarity, as it is crystal clear in the glass. The aroma has a pleasing, inviting, floral, and estery character with a tropical fruit aroma which speaks of guava berry, ginger and some citrus. It's an inviting aroma and the beer matches it. I taste a tropical fruit salad mélange a taste of Belgian esters with a pleasing bitterness on the finish.

I like how this beer plays against the season. It’s not a heavy winter beer but rather a crisp, hop forward Belgian IPA. I liked it.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,096 ratings