Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
58.1%
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 1,981 ratings
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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:
#24,744
Reviews:
298
Ratings:
1,981
Liked:
1,151
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
12.1%
Alströms:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
573
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,981 |  Reviews: 298
Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Colin32
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of C_Pel
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikeharris27
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fizzician
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very light straw color and scant white head, nice lacing. Pleasant aroma. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing with fine but prominent carbonation. Nicely balanced hops and malt and an easy drinker for a winter beer.

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Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GlendonTT
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chasegator
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Hazy light gold with a light fluffy head
Smell- Hops hit hard initially. Citrus and a small hint of wheat
Taste- Not as strong as the nose. Quick hits of hops and citrus. Mild hoppy after taste.
Feel- Medium body typical of IPA
Overall- Average. Look and smell suggest good potential but the taste is not quite there. Not a terrible IPA but definelty not the best out there.

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

Got three bottles of this one for Christmas this year -- this is bottle #2. Best-by date is February 12th, 2017.

The beer pours a pale yellow, getting a slightly darker look to it after settling in the glass. Nice little layer of white foam on top, which seems to never really shrink away much and leaves very nice lacing and rings around the glass as the beer goes away. It's pretty hazy, and shining a flashlight in makes a bunch of little rising bubbles and also some floating particles drifting around. Would this be yeast stirred up from the bottom? I remember this beer being hazy the first time I had it, but I don't remember noticing floating particles then.

As expected of something with "IPA" on the label, the smell is definitely leaning in the hoppy direction more than anything else -- seems citrusy right away, I got a nice whiff of citrusy hop smell when pouring this one. There's a bit of wheaty/yeasty spiciness behind the hops, too. A little sweet-smelling but not overwhelmingly so, just enough that it works nicely with the citrus. Later on it seems to shift slightly toward a bit of an oniony-herbal thing popping out, though with the citrusy element still noticeable too. I'm guessing there's a blend of several different hops in this one?

Taste is not as strongly hoppy as the smell (and from what I recall of fresher bottles, the hop flavors have definitely faded a bit from their original state), but considering that it's less than two months from the best-by date that probably isn't a huge surprise. It still tastes pretty nice, with citrusy hop flavors mixing in with a bit of an onion-herbal sort of thing and some wheat, occasional crackery malt, and yeasty spiciness. Toward the end of the glass, I'm wondering if maybe the "citrusy" I was describing before might not be the most accurate description -- there is a citrus-like thing going on but also something else, I want to say maybe flowery? A bit of a lingering leafy-bitter thing on the end, starting to be noticeable around halfway through the glass. The hops definitely balance out the sweetness I was picking up in the smell -- it's quite dry, and I'm wondering if maybe I wasn't picking up actual "sweetness" so much as just sweet-smelling citrusy/floral hops. Even approaching the end of its shelf life I'm really enjoying all the interesting flavors in this beer -- as said in the smell, I can only assume several different hops were used in this.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice -- first few sips stood out as having a bit of that nice bubbly-soft carbonation I like, but even later on when that aspect has faded a bit it's very drinkable. Fairly light feel for the ABV, goes down very easily in big gulps -- this is an IPA I could actually see myself having more than just one glass of in a row.

Overall a nice beer that I'm glad I finally got a chance to try, after hearing how good it was year after year. I'll have to track down some fresher bottles again when its season comes around next year, but as for right now I'm pretty pleased with this beer even at several months of age -- it's still recognizable as its usual self, and its usual self is a tasty beer!

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

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw yellow with a decent haze and very nice foam and lacing. Smells of hops, floral, & citrus. Taste is very clean, very smooth hoppy flavors with great citrus mix and floral notes. Very mild dryness and a nice overall feel, very easy drinking beer. Over time this beer has grown on me, it packs a ton of taste but is not over the top with hops or other flavors, just a nice easy going winter IPA, will drink all winter long, very good.

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Photo of csurowiec
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nhirsch04
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. (Enjoy by date: 29JAN17)

L: Hazy yellow, finger width white head.

S: Faint banana, herbal, floral and citrus hops.

T: Oddly and somewhat grossly, this beer has a wood taste to it that is unpleasant.

F: Light-Medium body, strange aftertaste.

O: highly disgusted with this beer, think the one I got was spoiled.

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Photo of km02600
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Not a bad beer; however, not exceptional. Sweet & soft hop bitterness upfront that pervades throughout. Once bitterness fades there is some lingering fruity sweetness. Decent smell & look.

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Photo of PositivePest
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sjones5045
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Tasty

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks decent. Maybe my nose is dull this evening but I'm not getting much from the scent of this beer (wheat or white beer like). Dank, malt like..maybe grassy. Not all that enviting (to me). Interesting flavor. I am getting some melon notes on and through the finish. Interesting and a bit complex. Getting some hops on the finish. Decent.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 58.1% out of 100 with 1,981 ratings
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