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Oct 30 2013
“And since we’ve no place to go…” Accumulation by New Belgium Brewing


Beer.  It has stereotypes like anything else in this mixed up world of ours.  One of the biggest that we can think of is that winter beers need to taste as dark as the season of the year they represent.

Molasses, smoke, bourbon, and misery seem to dominate most of the beers that show when the days get short and the nights get cold.  Now, don’t get us wrong, all of those things can be delicious, especially when it comes to craft beer.  Even so, it’s nice to deviate from the status quo from time to time.  You know, like when you run out of urine when signing your name in the snow after 4 or 5 really good beers. *Spoiler Alert* This is one of those beers.

New Belgium.  They have a great outlook on life, not just beer.  They love bicycles, charity, Colorado & Asheville, North Carolina.  They describe their new winter beer as thus:

“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 mouth feel.  Stack up a few cases of Accumulation White IPA to keep your long nights glowing blizzard white.”

Grady seems to be a man who thinks outside the box.  That is laudable.  The bottom line here is that this winter beer transcends its season.  When there’s green bud is on the flower, Accumulation still has a place at the table.  When the Ruby Redbird flies high amidst the hot summer sun, Accumulation can hold off the UV rays.  This is a beer the pairs well with wood smoke, turkey and pumpkins carved like smiling ghouls.

Accumulation starts with plenty of hop.  It continues with a smooth middle and finishes slightly bitter, yet clean.    It’s a beer that the winter needs, but also one that stands up to the rest of the seasons admirably.  4 out of 5 Beer & Pig Coozies.

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3 Responses to ““And since we’ve no place to go…” Accumulation by New Belgium Brewing”

  1. Joe Kelly says:

    This is an amazing beer. Those wonderful Mosaic hop’s that give it that make for its skunky noise and flavor. found this stuff right when Deschutes put out this seasons jubulail. made a good choice!

  2. Mark Townsend says:

    Winter is really the only time of year I prefer a darker beer, like a Porter or a Stout. But this beer sounds interesting with an expansive flavor profile. I’ll give it a try. Great review too. Well written.

  3. Alex says:

    Very drinkable, a nice palate-cleanser after a season of pumpkin spice brews (not that there’s anything wrong with those).