9er (84) - Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Silky smooth, piney and aeromatic... This IPA ranks up there with the big boys! There is only a subtle bittersweet presence of hops and this delicate balance of spice dangles innocently on the tongue. Watch out for this sneaky bastard. Quite lovely and dayum luscious!
Frydaddy (21) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I gave it high marks for the color. Impressive as itís truly white. Not sure how they did that? Can smell piney fruity easters that become more prominent as it warms up. Itís not hot in flavor even though itís 6.5% ABV. Also on the palette itís not strong either. Very nice balance of hops and sweetness overall a good beer. Not great...but good.
coreyc1221 (275) - Truckee, California, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tart grapefruit aroma. Clear golden color with a frothy white head. Pine and grapefruit feel with a dry finish. Light and tart, balanced at the beginning then bitter dry finish.
brystmar (1310) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden, mostly clear body; mountains of fluffy white head and lace up top. Aroma of lemon citrus accented by a tame hop character. Needs more hops.
Sweetness of the wheat butts up against the hops. Lemon zest on my tongue masks much of the hoppy bite. Finishes on the sweet side of the spectrum, but this isn't a sweet beer by any stretch. They nailed the mouthfeel here too: plenty of carb, yet remains creamy.
Totally sessionable, and a good intro to hoppy beer for your friends who dislike hops.
tmongoose (1601) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle shared. Hazy yellow with white head. Strange aroma with the same strange flavor. Dirty soap water melded into something that is not only not an IPA but not a winter beer. Mild band aid scent to it. Hops are there but very muted in flavor. Rather disturbing example.
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle (BB Mar 2014).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is light to medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of Silly Putty / plastic, mold, concrete, toulene.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, very unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Seriously? What the hell. I am absolutely perplexed by NBís direction anymore. Even if you ignore the fact that, once again, theyíve created a "winter" seasonal that has none of the qualities one would expect from winter beers (sweet, rich, possibly spiced, boozy/warming, etc.), they have created a so-called White IPA with virtually zero aromatic elements of EITHER style. Almost no hops in the nose, and I couldnít find any witbier spices. Now maybe "White" IPA means something totally different to the Salazars (the picture of snow on the label?), but even the IPA aromatics are all but missing. Worse, though, instead of smelling like nothing, the odors it *does* have smell like a mess of chemicals...imagine walking through a glue factory. And the dirty aftertaste confirms that my nose is correct...it actually made me wince from the resemblance to drinking solvents or modeling glue. Iím beyond perplexed, honestly...what am I supposed to do with this? How can anyone, especially NB, make something this terrible and apparently not even realize it? And nope, it ainít the glass, ícause I used the same one (with a good rinse in between, of course) that I used for the Wasatch white IPA review. Truly amazing.
ronaldtheriot (1469) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
New Belgium Accumulation has a thick, white head, with soapy bubbles at top, a semi-clear, yellow appearance, lots of bubble streams, and some lacing left behind on the class. The aroma is of citrus, hop oil, a little pine, and biscuit. Taste is of very bitter, lemony and grapefruit hops, sugar, and white bread. Mouthfeel is light and slick, and New Belgium Accumulation finishes dry and decently drinkable. Overall, this is good, and I think itís worth checking out. RJT
seymour (1623) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from 12oz brown bottle into shaker glass. It poured an extremely pale yellow colour, hazy like a hefeweizen, deep white foam, everlasting with tons of lace. Really pretty appearance. Extreme aromas of distinctly American hops: grapefruit, pine cones, black currants, juicy fruit gum, cedar wood. Virtually no malt flavour at all. Light body, bland mouthfeel, 100% focus on the hops. Strong bitterness, lingering hoppy aftertastes, dry snap at the end. Good stuff, but it still kinda bums me out New Belgium is all about IPAs nowadays. I miss delicious seasonals with some malt complexity, such as 2į Below.
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is a little off putting. Dirty water, metallic, lemons. The taste is thin, a little bitter, dirty hops. Itís a little boring to be honest. Disappointing.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, light gold pour, with thin white head that lingers and leaves soapy lacing. Aroma is dominated by a light, sweet, overripe orange juice note, with subtle hints of Belgian yeast. The hops turn up a notch in the mouth, with light overtones of spoiled orange juice??? A little odd, though indeed hop centric. Mouthfeel is light and watery, with subtle, delicate carbonation. Nothing inspiring, though for $1.32 for a single bottle at TJ's, I can't complain that I tried it... Though won't buy again. Would be way better on a hot summer day outdoors. Who at NB thought a light, hoppy, wheat beer would be good as a winter seasonal? ..probably the marketing team.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...