Sunday, November 17, 2013

New Belgium Accumulation

This is a new winter seasonal from the New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colorado. This is a 6.2% ABV White IPA that uses Mosaic and Amarillo hops.

The beer pours a slighty hazy golden yellow in color. There is near in inch of pure white foam. The aroma is soft, tropical fruit and flowers over crackery malt. The taste is soft and gentle as well, following the aromas, tropical fruit, flowers, crackery malt. The finish is quite bitter and very dry. Very pleasant, it is like the gentle accumulation of snow, but I am partial to blizzards of hop flavor.

Tried it again in 2015 and it has a different label: It just started to snow here and there is up to 12 inches forecast in the next 24 hours, so it seemed like an appropriate day to get this, get home to stay for awhile, and crack it open. 

The beer pours a hazy, soft golden in color. There is a very tall head of white foam, like the accumulation of powdery snow. The aroma is fruity and floral, musky earthiness with tropical fruits, passion fruit. The taste ramps up the tropical, mango skin and passion fruit, with the floral and muskiness present, but taking a light background role. There is just enough crackery malt to hold up all the wonderful hop flavors. The finish is dry and moderately bitter. It drinks easily and refreshing. 

2015 bottle:

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