Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

very good
292 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 jasadewi
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden color with a pretty white head, leaves some lacing.
S: Fairly mild grainy, grassy, and hops smell.
T: Strange taste, but that's likely because this is my first white IPA. Much more IPA flavor than "white" flavor. The hops are very mild and weak, but they are stronger than the citrus and malt. However, it is well-balanced in a unique way.
M: Light bodied and sessionable.
O: Well, the taste grew on me. It's a strange combination of balanced bready malts, light IPA, and orangey witbier flavor. It's sessionable and tasty. However, I don't really understand it's marketization or the style's niche as a winter beer. Definitely, worth a try.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours as hazy yellow with a one-finger foamy white head. Pronounced hops aromas with indistinct citrus. Taste is all hops and, while there is some hops' bitterness, it's not nearly as much as I'd have expected given all the flavors. Some additional grain and wgeat flavors.

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Photo of B_U_D_A
1.4/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Aroma smells of grass and stinky. Poured from a brown bottle, it looks clearish yellow, with a foaming head that lasts about 3 minutes. Taste was pungent, very hoppy that sticks to the back of your throat. Very hard to drink. I would prefer Descheuttes Chainbreaker white IPA. This white IPA isn't up to caliber.

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Photo of TH28
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pale straw yellow with a hint of cloudiness and quickly disappearing head. Aroma is intense grass and tangerine. Taste is a light, cracker like malt that gives way to a sharp bitterness and flavors of orange, apple, and fresh cut grass. Mouthfeel is thin and light considering the wheat involved, with a moderate carbonation. Finishes very bitter because of the supremely light malt backbone. Not a well balanced example of the style

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Photo of adamhdg
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw colored with a thin head but nice lacing. Smells of green mango and flowers. Taste mild with hops mainly up front and a mango and mild pine flavor. Slight carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid January for $ 1.49. Best by 10APR16.

Beer poured a pale yellow with a decent white head.

Nose is grainy and spicy

Taste is citrus and some light spice.

Feel is light and refreshing.

Overall a nice beer that is worth a shot!

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Photo of Squire123
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

On the lighter side of golden in appearance, aroma to me is primarily of hops which was perhaps one of the brewer's goals.

Body on the lighter side of medium with some malt covered by hops as if the floral/citrusy hop cover were a snow blanket. Some malt, not much, and hops. Not a rollicking amount of hops but enough to make it hop forward.

Enjoyable, well crafted, muted IPA style and if it were designed to be an unchallenging crowd pleaser that goal was met.

Not a bad job, wish there was more to it though.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/whitish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, yeast. Taste is citrus up front, malts at the finish, light bitterness, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Okay, confession: I was tricked into picking this up past its best-before date. Will re-review once I've had a fresh one to compare.

Appearance is slightly hazy/unfiltered gold, almost lager-like. Meagre head, receding quickly, but much lacing. Smell is Belgian yeast, dough, coriander, citrus, clove, biscuit-y malt, cracker, and a gentle herbal/fruity hop character.

Taste is doughy, biscuity, crackery, with some wheat, spices (coriander, clove, etc.,), and not a huge amount of balancing hop bite. Nevertheless, a bit of herbal/citrus, a touch of resin are here. Light-ish body, fairly aggressive carbonation.

The hops here feel very muted, and I imagine that has to do with it being past the sell-by date. Everything else, though, sure seems to be in order, and it's still a decently drinkable, refreshing beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy, light yellow, with a thin but fluffy white head with good retention. The label and name of this beer reinforces the fact that this appearance is reminiscent of a light blanketing of snow.

Grassy wheat and orange aromas.

Slightly bitter taste with a light wheat and orange backflavor. A touch tangy. Here and there I get something that skews towards Asian cuisine, like sesame oil or toasted sesame.

Soft mouthfeel. Overall pleasant brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though this beer is 3-4 months old its still pretty exceptional. Pours a bright yellow hazy with a nice frothy head. Smells of fruity yeasts and citrus hops and taste pretty darn close to what I like in a Belgium beer especially the fruity finish that is clean rather than dry.

Will buy it again if I see it just a great beer that is easy on the ABV.

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Photo of gulli
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lotsa head, unbelievable lacing.
Nice IPA.
Crazy lacing -from top to bottom finish .looks like a snow fall or snow on a window.
I like better than say hopslam....more subtle .

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 06 MAR 16 into pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw color with a fairly thick white head. Initial impression is very well-balanced and restrained. Slight maltiness is up front, but the finish is slightly bitter with a hint of citrus and orange peel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is not an in-your-face IPA; it's much more restrained than most. Nice and refreshing. Mellow. If that's what you're looking for, this is your beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: February 6, 2016... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint.. OCCASION: just finished off The Battle of the Five Armies with Shan and the boys--a rousing success... APPEARANCE: a flurry of white rushes to join the thick blanket of head that shows thick, clinging, single-finger creaminess; the body is the slightest bit hazy but otherwise clean... AROMA: bright pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel and lemon offer an alluring introduction; some spices--pepper and nutmeg--strike subtly with suggestions of light biscuit... PALATE: palate-cleansing smoothness, with nary a suggestion of complexity until its very end...creamy and effervescent, making a throaty getaway with a finish that requests a second sip...TASTE: the impact of hops--and the accompanying grapefruit, lemon and pineapple--with cracker as slight maltiness and sweetness... though not balanced, a flavorful addition of bubblegum and yeastiness that softens the impact... OVERALL: indeed, piled high with IBUs...light--actually, not at all what I imagine a snowed-in IPA would taste like--but flavorful and drinkable, airy and inspiring... a solid New Belgium product that makes me want to sample more of them....

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

I tried this on tap at Warwick Hotel, served chilled in a shaker pint.

The color is golden with light haze and thick white head with fine bead and good retention with film of lace sticking. The smell is very citrusy in the nose with herbal hop compliment and slight spice (orange zest?) with mild yeast ester. The feel is good with light tangy yeast and moderately bitter hop influence with light astringency and gentle toasted texture with medium low carbonation and slightly dry bitter finish.

The taste is very good a nice mix of wit and ipa

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Very pretty beer, very nice frosty head that takes a minute to dissipate. Extremely light tannish color, almost clear. Very interesting looking
S- The smell is great. I get piney, sweet, crisp, and citrusy aromas from this beer.
T- Not as strong as I expected it to be, it has a nice citrusy and hoppy flavor with a classic IPA bitterness. But honestly the flavor isn't as strong as I'd like. The flavor good enough.
F- Light and carbonated.
O- The look and smell of this beer is pretty great. The flavor isn't as good as I wanted it to be. Overall a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful beer. Light gold with a small head. Very cloudy. Carbonation pervasive.

S - Peach and tangerine shine through. Noticeable hop presence. Very solid.

T - Hops more present in the taste. Citrus. Orange peel.

M - Full-bodied with considerable carbonation.

O - A very pleasant beer. Thankful that it is mild out because not what I would be looking for on a snowy winter night. Great nonetheless.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 fluid oz bottle (courtesy of the Winter Folly pack).
Glass - Nonic pint.
Look - Hazy straw yellow looking like a snowglobe. (No shaking necessary.) Fluffy white head that settles slowly into an island of fluff. Lacing surrounds the glass.
Smell - Citrus, lots of it. Warm yeast blooms.
Taste - Citrus. Wet bready malt. No bitterness.
Feel - Soft and creamy. Nicely carbonated. Easy drinking.
Overall - Totally delicious white IPA seasonal. Perfect beer to get snowed in with.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Burial Beer Co. wine-style glass. Label says Enjoy By: 03APR16.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some small splotches of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Lovely dry-hopped aroma of citrusy hops, NB's house yeast and a bit of malt backing.

T- Great yeasty flavor coupled with bright hops and a slight malt sweetness. So very drinkable with moderate bitterness.

M- Soft feel but with some sharpness from the hops countering. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I don't get the low score for this one. One of my favorite NB beers and I love that they went the hoppy route for their winter seasonal since the IPAs and such are more scarce this time of year.

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Photo of Myotus
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 44°F from a 12oz bottle (enjoy by date 28Feb16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before drinking. Consumed on 20Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that refuses to dissipate even after 3 minutes. There is a plethora of small and medium-sized rising bubbles that explain why the head won't die. Yellow in color with a slight amount of cloudiness. Lacing is high in quantity and think, thick, and very thick in various areas (lacing diversity is aesthetically pleasing).
SMELL: A bunch of mild aromas: piney hops, mangos, peaches, apricots, papaya, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and bready malts.
TASTE: Strong piney hop flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by subtle mango, peach, apricot, and papaya flavors. Mild flavors of oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines keep the ball rolling as all previous flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild bitter hop and bready malt flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors now maintain.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes very dry. Too dry. Horribly dry.
NOTE: An above average American IPA. Definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a bright white fluffy head, I got about 2 fingers worth and a respectable amount of lacing. Smells clean and fresh, with some lemon and pineapple. Taste is very crisp and refreshing, lots of bright hop notes with some wheaty flavors to balance it out and keep it from being too intense of an IPA. Feel is light and with low carbonation. It doesn't seem like it would be a wintery type beer but somehow it works, I'll be buying more next year.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale yellow. Smell and taste is citrus-heavy, tending towards bitter lemon. Carbonation is a little on the creamy side, almost stout-like, good for the season. Overall an interesting take on a seasonal IPA, would get it again next year.

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Photo of JDaV
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Poured from bottle into my trusty shaker and that was the beginning of my fascination with this New Belgium item. I'm pretty surprised nobody else commented on the appearance of this beer. Its definitely unfiltered, but when first poured it comes out clear with an opaque cloud that cascades down from the top and slowly swirls down to the bottom. It almost looks like its still being poured after its already poured. If you have this beer, I highly recommend that you let it sit for a minute and watch how this beer settles, I've never seen anything like it. Really brings to mind a heavy layer of snowfall like the bottle and name indicates.
Smell is pretty hoppy, citrusy, and strong. Really rather standard for a white IPA.
Taste is close to the smell, lots of citrus with a bitter finish with an easy and creamy mouthfeel that makes this beer easily drinkable to me.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A winter beer that is all about the summer, Accumulation is bursting the citrus hops. There is pineapple all over the aroma, though it is more of the fruit cup variety, not the freshly squeezed. taste profile is similar, meaning it elicits lots of tropical citrus flavors, but it has an odd artifical flavoring, like drinking a Hi C, if Hi C was made with hops. Finishes with a fairly bitter edge. I could probably crush a few of these at the beach, but it certainly isn't a winter beer.

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Photo of gordonthulu
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle because I have no fancy glasses. Very hopsy to the nose, mostly pine. Carbonation was a little flatter than I like. Tastes like I expected an IPA to taste like, more to the pine and less to the grapefruit though. Goes down smooth, though. This was my first white IPA, I didn't even know it was a thing.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
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