Accumulation

Colorado
United States
Accumulation by New Belgium Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Visual: Cloudy haze, pale golden. Billows of white foam and gorgeous foam.

Aroma: Strong hop aroma that displays all of our hop varieties: tropical fruits, bright citrus, spicy/herbal from the heavy dry hopping. This beer is a hoppy wonderland!

Flavor: Big and bitter, just what this IPA ordered. Sweetness just barely dents its IBU armor. Nevertheless, the addition of wheat really smooths out the rough bitter edge.

Mouthfeel: Resinous and slightly cloying from all those hop oils but finishes as clean and crisp as all of our seasonal family does and should.

Body: Medium-light body.

Profile

ABV: 
6.2%
IBUs: 
55
Hops: 
Nugget, Centennial, dry hopped with Mosaic and Amarillo
Malts: 
Pale, Wheat
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Spice and citrus rind aromatics blend with light yeast and malt aromas that are somewhat bready in this White IPA. The color is straw, mostly clear, with a thin, but persistent white head. The flavor showcases significant bitter orange character and some clove phenol that combines with a strong citrus hop flavor and bitterness. The hops also lend a spiciness, although spice additions may also be at play. The malt presence balances the hops with some slight sweetness. The finish is spicy, black-pepper like, fading into a malt dryness with lingering spiciness. The alcohol provides a touch of heat, but it does not come across fusel-like or distracting. The mouthfeel has moderate body with some creaminess. As a White IPA, this beer captures the hybrid qualities of a Belgian-influenced style with a heavy dose of New World hops and a bump in gravity. If you like hoppy beers with citrus character, but Belgian beers have not really been your thing, this beer may help bridge the two. As a White IPA, it provides an excellent example of this Specialty IPA beer style.