It’s Friday and I’m pretty much all completely recovered from having the cooties.  So, I’m able to start enjoying the four beers I’ve had stored in the fridge.  One of them is New Belgium’s Accumulation, a white IPA I’d picked up in the spirit of the holiday season.  I previously mentioned that the Indian Pale Ale (IPA) isn’t one of my favorite styles, but darnit… the marketing aspect bit me in the butt when I saw that this was winter seasonal.

The last time I did an actual beer review, you were naught but a twinkle in your mommy and dad’s eyes.  A fire in their loins.  A horizontal polka dance away from conception.  Now that I’ve scarred you for a few years, let’s begin.

Again, a few terms you’ll need to become familiar with are: Alcohol by Volume (ABV), which describes how much of the beer is actual alcohol and International Bittering Unit (IBU), a measure of its bitterness level.  Beer falls within 2-12% ABV range with most between 4-6%.  They’re best enjoyed at 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit for paler or lower alcohol beers, and 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit for darker or higher alcohol beers.

Accumulation’s recommended serving temperature is 45 degrees Fahrenheit (ain’t nobody got time for that).  Mine was crisp and cold, having been refrigerated for weeks.

So, what was my first reaction?  I opened the fridge, acknowledged my senses were fully functional again and squealed with delight knowing that I could really enjoy an ice cold glass of “zhe” golden nectar.  With that part done, grabbed a glass and poured.

New Belgium’s “Accumulation” (Winter Seasonal)

New Belgium - Accumulation White IPA
[via newbelgium.com]
ABV: 6.2%

IBU: 70%

Brewery

New Belgium Brewing
500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
United States
Phone: (970) 221-0524

New Belgium’s Accumulation is golden in color, not cloudy but not quite clear either.  It formed a nice head.  Where I filled the glass halfway, the other half was taken over by foam which lasted quite a while before dissipating, leaving lace bubbles in its place.  In smell, it’s very fragrant, pleasant, something sweet (and maybe warm & buttery[?] like toffee/caramel) about its aroma.  In taste, light mouth feel… the flavor of grapefruit tickles your taste buds followed by the bitterness that’s attributed with an IPA.

Overall, it was enjoyable and there’s none left… I’m still not an IPA convert.  I hope to try their other seasonal that’s currently available, Frambozen… a raspberry brown ale.  Unfortunately, I’m not showing that it’s available in Florida.

*Reviews are not solicited, just me boozing and chronicling the experience.

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