Accumulation | New Belgium Brewing

very good
297 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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Reviews: 297 | Ratings: 1,977
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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Photo of MarkQ617
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a pint glass. Limited white head on top of a golden translucent golden yellow body. Aroma is mostly hops, citrusy. Flavor is mostly ipa, you cant really taste the hops with a nice crisper, light and clean finish. Mouthfeel is as youd hope, not too harsh. I feel like this genre is usually too much white and not enough ipa, but these guys get it right. Probably the best white ipa ive had.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer was a pale/blonde color and was kinda cloudy. Head was small, but thick. The most distinctive thing was the floral/fruity smell which tasted the same. Smooth mouthfeel and body, pretty good

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! I am surprised, a bigger craft brewer like New Belgium you'd think would have cut a few corners - but nah! Reminds me of a couple other favorite IPA's, really citrusy, rad hops that jump out at the nose. Christmasy type beer with a great lacing and a beautiful body. Very golden colored, fresh beer with many complex flavorings. A little dry of a finish.. which only makes you more thirsty! Cool beer, warms my bones just to drink it. I grabbed this in my select a 6 pack, and I would not hesitate to grab it again. The store labelled the single on 12/21/15, but I cannot for the life of me find when it was bottled. It says "Enjoy by: 15819 3 24 Apr, 151124 08 1 T114" which I have no damn idea what it means! But it's a great beer, a more than great holiday beer, and gives me a nice refined buzz! My favorite New Belgium offering I've had the pleasure of sampling.

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Photo of MIBeerGeek
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer and purchase it every winter when it comes out.

Clear as clear can be whit a frothy white head and good lacing, smells of citrus with slight herbal undertones.
Tastes of citrus and some grassy hints in there as well.
Very crisp and refreshing, a drinkable beer that goes down smooth

Go to beer for me from New Belgium

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Photo of JDaniel502
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Color- A lighter golden color.

Smell- Citrus

Head- Thick and Lacey

Taste & Mouth feel- Taste of citrus/lemon with a strong grassy element. Sizzled like alka seltzer as far as feel. Very smooth & palatable beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright lemon yellow with a 2 finger white head. Much lacing. Very clear.

Smell- Fresh grains, lemon, grassy.

Taste- Quite grainy, a bit sweet with an earthy grassy flavor the blends well with the grapefruit bitterness that builds. The citrus and bitter flavors end with a dry lasting finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- A tasty citric IPA. In some ways this is a cross between a Belgian IPA and a witbier. I got next to no belgian yeast notes but more of a lemony witbier quality which led me to a confusion to what style this beer is. Nevertheless not a bad choice.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess, call it a white IPA; I don't pick up the "white" characteristics, but the beer as an IPA is superb! Super tasty and easy drinking. Chug a lug.

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Photo of GoblinPrincess
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Clear, light citrine color, lacy head
S- Citrus, salt
T- Fresh citrusy hops, nice sharp finish that reminds me of taking a deep breath of cold air
M- Amazing--nice bubbly bite that perfectly complements the flavor
O-I usually go for darker beers in the winter, but this white IPA has made reconsider my position. If you ever loved eating snow as a kid (or an adult), this beer is for you:)

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy haze, pale golden color.

Overall: This beer has a fruit, citrus and herbal aroma. The flavor is crisp with plenty of citrus hops. Heavy on the bitterness but finishes pretty clean. Accumulation has great flavor and texture, a joy to drink.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug: color is straw, transparent, head is bright white with a mixture of bubble sizes, that lingers and laces well.

Smell is subdued, at least at first, definitely more grassy, earthy hops, then some light biscuit.

Taste is great, nice balance of fresh earthy hops and clean fermented malt with a light yeast character.

Mouthfeel is also very well done, very light and fresh and easy to drink.

Overall, a great different IPA, lighter but full of flavor.

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Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a finger of head. The nose has a mild hoppiness to it. The body and flavor are pretty thin even for a Belgian/White IPA.

This is certainly sessionable but there is nothing extraordinary here.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a fluffy white head that settles nice and slow. Lacing is good as you drink. Aroma is fresh orange peel, floral and citric hops, faint wheat and lightly toasted grains. Fresh tasting hop notes of citrus, pine, and floral cones deliver a nice upfront flavor while a smooth wheat and light malt roast cover the taste buds gently. Very light carbonation gives this beer a smooth, light, easy drinking feel. I will definitely buy this again it was beyond my expectations!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Smell fruity hints mostly grapefruit sweet. Taste citrus slight hoppy flavor light taste little watered down. light bodied piney aftertaste citrus lingers. Over a decent beer.

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Photo of bluehende
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a strange beer. I had it on tap at a tasting. The initial smell was horrible. That smell did not come through at all in the taste and was a pretty good tasting beer. Strange but I would stay away if that smell infuses in the beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale gold-yellow, good streams of bubbles, streams of carbonation, fluffy white head that leaves good lace. Nose is like Froot Loops- sugary kinda fake tropical fruits, with some pine and light malt behind. Flavor puts much more emphasis on piercing pine and pale malt, some peppery qualities, faint chalk finish. Sharp carbonation, light bodied.
Sharp flavor accentuated by the bite of the carbonation. It was flavorful, but not a really tasty flavor, but not flawed either. Just... unnecessarily provocative.

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Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as served in a shaker pint glass is a bright clear yellow with a 3/8" white head that persists reasonably long and leaves patterns for foam on the sides of the glass as it is consumed. Sipping creates nice patterns of patches, speckles, and legs of lacing and the foam persists for virtually all of the beer.

The aromas include citrus zest, a touch of malt and some fruit character and a touch of grassiness.

The flavors include some nice light malt sweetness in the backbone that complements nicely the citrus, fruit and grassiness. Neither runs this show and each sip is a pleasure. The overall effect is clean, crisp and refreshingly tasty, without being overpowering.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and has a slight prickliness from the gentle carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way and finishes on a light hop bitterness that invites another sip as the other flavors fade away.

On the whole I am enjoying this beer and would be happy to have another. I'll be keeping an eye open for the bottled version to try again. If you're looking for a light, clean crisp IPA that you can drink several of without having huge palate fatigue this is one to check out.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Accumulation has a very clear appearance, with a cloudy head which dissipates quickly. Almost no traces of carbonation, as any bubble-activity is held at a minimum.

Smells of apricot, candy, citrus, and dessert bread. A pleasant nose overall.

Contrary to the appearance, the carbonation is very present in this beer. Overpowering the sweet mango, citrus and malty flavor which hides until the aftertaste.

It feels like every 'Belgian IPA' I have is completely different from one-another. This is no exception. The smell is absolutely gorgeous, while I found the taste either overly simplistic, or simply overpowered by the carbonation. Not bad, but certainly not great either.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One thing I love about winter is the diversity of beers it inspires. Summer beers are all light wheat beers, fall beers are all pumpkiny mapley spice bombs, spring beers are generally pretty bland, but everyone has a different interpretation of winter! NB's Accumulation stands out as what would almost be a summer beer-quality brew, but complex enough that you don't want to just stick it in an ice box on the way to the beach.

It pours a hazy pale gold with plenty of sediment floating around and just a bit of lacing after the head wears off. The smell is a bit lemony, grassy, and a bit yeasty like a Belgian blonde (the beer, not the woman). Hints of pear and mango show up too. The taste keeps all those aspects and gives you a smooth, rich, mouth-filling feeling to boot with a nice resiny finish that stays along for the ride. Just a touch bitter in the aftertaste which is cool because the build-up is anything but.

This is one of those IPAs that is perfectly happy to make excellent use of its hops for flavor and aroma without trying to win the IBU wars. It's gentle, subtle, and compulsively delicious, and I feel like it would have a higher score on this site if it weren't for everyone getting amped up on hop-bombs and yeast infections in all their beers all the time.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Cloudy dark amber color. Very good smell. Taste was great.

New Belgium brews a lot of good stuff. This one is no exception. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent look to this. Straw color, big fluffy white head that leaves excellent lacing as it drains. Lovely appearance to this one. Nose is fruity hops. Some yeast and citrus. Flavor is similar. Belgian yeasty hops. Earthiness and fruit. Body is somewhat thin, okay, not as full as I'd like.

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Accumulation from New Belgium Brewing
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,977 ratings.
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