Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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3.72/5
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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:
#27,578
Reviews:
324
Ratings:
2,079
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
619
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,079 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of Ljoreilly
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of bkrbdan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of piconaut
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of nkp765
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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Photo of MrDave
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
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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Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

A nice, light IPA. Pours a clear dull gold color into a pint glass. Big bubbly white head with decent retention and a lot of lacing. Smell is fairly mild, mostly grassy and citrus hops. Still pleasant.

Taste is fairly good....Not a top-shelf IPA but not bad either....Citrus and grassy hops with some balancing bready malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Overall a good IPA. A little light but also good hoppy flavor,

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Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD of 02/02/14

Pours a light gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & stellar lacing

S: Lemongrass, grapefruit rind & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, light breadyness & a little bit of pineapple up front. More grapefruit as this warms, dryness, a little bit of pear & lemons. Finishes with a touch of pear, dryness, assertive grapefruit, & a touch of white pepper

MF: Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable, I liked this better when I first purchased this, on a fresh pallet this is pretty good, not great. One of the better beers of this style

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally, looking at the now myriad of gibberish on the label where a clear best before date used to be.

A very pale straw yellow colour, something I expected from a brew called a White IPA, it has a 1 finger head of foam and my glass is loaded with lacing. The brew is cold so there's some haziness.

Grapefruit and lemon dominate the smell. A bit of wheat also makes its way through.

Grapefruit, lemon, quite a bit of a grassy hoppiness, minor notes of wheat...a pretty bitter brew from NB especially in the finish. Okay, combine the lemon and grass and you get, wait for it, lemon grass. ;^) I like the taste muchly.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. This is a very nice brew and I'll enjoy the other 5 bottles from the 6er, no problem.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is an interesting yellowish in the New Belgium snifter. Lemony nose and some flowery aromas.

Taste is really toasty overlain with a sweet fritiness. The eye-opener is a very unusual hot tangerine flavor with a kick of fruitcake and resins. Overall, this is quite thin and sharp, with the tart citrus taste dominating. Starts out with the hoppy flavors and then the bitterness takes over.

This starts out seeming to be not so bitter, but the already acidic note of the sheat malt seems to add to the bitterness in the aftertaste. The fruit is a pleasant novelty but it's not particularly drinkable. I'll try anything that New Belgium puts in 12 oz bottles-- they are bound to be an intriguing bargain compared to the unending supplh of overpriced bombers.

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Photo of Jame515
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Hefeweizen
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed several of the New Belgium offerings, with the overall taste being quite good but the texture of the hops remains quite similar. Was able to find a twelve pack of this selection for under $15, so I bought them.

Totally surprised with this change of pace, not as bitter as I am accustomed to with their brews and the after taste was smooth.

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Photo of qchic
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, straw yellow topped by egg white head. Herbaceous nose, with some tropical fruit and pepper. Good flavor with more fruitiness up front, finishing up dry and bitter. I wonder what more malt would do here, especially for a winter seasonal that's lacking body. Is this the equivalent of a lawnmower beer meant to refresh after shoveling snow? It's not bad at all, but it has me thinking spring before the leaves have even fallen.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of I3eck
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Pale straw yellow/ blonde, mostly clear with a very slight haze, minimal white head, long stringy ring lacing.
S: Citrus - lemon/grapefruit, hops, flinty.
T: Grapefruit, melon, floral, bitter hoppy finish.
M: Light bodied, crisp, tart, good CO2, palate-cleansing effect.
O: Interesting. Definitely an easy drinker that packs good flavor and a nice bitter hop finish. Reminds me of Sav Blanc wine with the grapefruit/gooseberry, melon and flintiness which is pretty cool for a beer. I wouldn't peg this as a winter beer but it is pretty solid nonetheless. I usually like a little more body to a beer but in this case it seems fitting.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,079 ratings