Beer Review: NEW BELGIUM ACCUMULATION WHITE IPA

Beer Review: NEW BELGIUM ACCUMULATION WHITE IPA

Embracing the winter chill, New Belgium Brewing introduces the Accumulation White IPA, defying the dark beer tradition with a snowy twist. Grady Hull, the rebellious brewer behind this creation, throws in a mix of new hop varietals and a touch of wheat to challenge the winter beer norms. The result? A brew that promises to keep your nights glowing blizzard white.

Appearance

Pouring from a 12oz bottle with a enjoy-by date of 3/19/2017, the Accumulation White IPA reveals itself as crystal clear straw in color. The pour generates a robust, white foam head with impressive retention, setting an inviting stage for the tasting experience.

Aroma

The aroma opens with enticing notes of sweet lemon cookies and lemon meringue pie, accompanied by subtle, fleeting hop aromas reminiscent of sticky lemon drop candies. The fragrance is promising, creating an intriguing olfactory prelude to what lies ahead.

Taste

Despite its classification as a “white IPA,” the flavor profile leans towards an understated blonde ale with distinct Belgian yeast character. The dryness of the beer is accentuated, overshadowing the anticipated characteristics of a traditional white IPA. The higher carbonation contributes to an overall sense of refreshment, while the finish, albeit slightly bland and soapy, leaves an impression of sharp simplicity.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel of the Accumulation White IPA is marked by a commendable level of carbonation that enhances its drinkability. The beer avoids the common pitfalls of heaviness, offering a light and crisp texture that aligns with the sessionable nature of a blonde ale.

Overall

Challenging categorization, the Accumulation White IPA stands out as a sharp and easily drinkable creation. While it may not fit the conventional profile of a white ale or a classic IPA, it finds its identity as a session blonde. The low and balanced bitterness, coupled with the absence of yeast sediment at the bottle’s bottom, makes it a recommendable choice for those seeking a refreshing departure from winter beer traditions. In the rebel spirit of Grady Hull, this one is worth a try