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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
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675 Ratings
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dreadnatty08 on 04-06-2006

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Ratings: 675 | Reviews: 346
Photo of jewellrunner
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing to it really. Didn't taste like they put much effort into it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by: 8/2/15.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grass, citrus zest, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells solid, but nothing about the flavors is very memorable.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a grainy and grassy smell mixed with just a hint of a bready smell. Along with these there is a little bit of a sweet fruity and corn like smell.

Taste – The taste begins very crisp and clean with a bit of a grainy and somewhat cracker like taste. There is a hint of a fruitiness upfront which fades rather fast. As the sweet fades, a little bit of a grassy and floral hop taste greet the tongue, leaving one with a rather crisp and clean lager flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the light and crisp flavors of the beer the feel is spot on and makes for a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – A nice alternative to a bud light. It has a bit more flavor and a nicer hop hit. For the few extra calories (if you are looking out for your calorie count I think it is around 10 or so more), this is a fantastic alternative to the traditional light beer.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. Malty & light with a touch of hops to help bitter the finish slightly. Well-balanced, crisp & dry. Nice warm-weather seasonal.

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light toasted notes, pilsner crackery character, dry finish. Very refreshing.

Photo of Lavonnq
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My fav session beer nice summer brew

Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Skinny Dip last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm mood for something on the lighter side today and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. Best by 7/19/15. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes good with the name, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a clear golden orange color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but it's a little dark for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some grainy, pale malts and bready aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up nest comes the hops which are pretty light and they impart a light piney and herbal hop aroma. This beer has a nice aromas that's pretty much what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects with no single aspect sticking out the most and it's followed by some doughy yeast. On finish comes the hops which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart the same light hoppy aspects. with some doughy, bready and pale malt flavors in the aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the hops showed up just a little more.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.
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Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but I wouldn't mind if it was a little more balanced with some more hoppy flavors to keep up with the malts. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a few of these, but I might start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is mouthfeel and drinkability, it's just where it should be for the style. What I like the least about this beer is that the hops didn't show up a little more in the taste. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for this style and I would recommend if if you just want an easy drinking Blonde Ale. All in all I didn't this beer, nothing stood out about it as being really great, but for what it is it was nice and I could see this being a nice lawn mowing beer. IT's not a facvorite New Belgium beer and I think it's just slightly above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is nice easy drinking Blonde Ale, keep it up.

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color, beautifully clear, little hop and malt for the aroma. Flavor is crisp and light but nothing really to say other than it's clean and enjoyable for the hot sun and sessionable as hell.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

this is so bad, and so lame for new belgium, who clearly is capable of wonderful things, but why put out a seasonal like this. dig was such a cool beer, and now we get this mediocre oddly stale malty session type beer that ends up tasting like a million other beers and like almost nothing at all. just a poor showing, uninspired, and not worth it at all. there are a million craft blondes i would prefer to this one, its not even that blonde, and has a somewhat amber grain sweetness to it, like its low alcohol not because it had a small grain bill but because it got cut off short of being fully fermented. i know people flock to these types of beers, and that these guys will sell a lot of it because of investments and permanent seasonal tap handles, but this is offensive almost. i mean, you guys made super ipa, you made la folie, you made tart lychee for goodness sakes, and now you gives us this. even portage was good, if generic, this is bad generic, and thats a level i thought even new belgium would get down to. utterly disappointed in this lackluster offering. why bother?

Photo of mchegash
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.75/5
And extremely clear medium orange color, with shades of brown and gold as well. About a finger of almost pure white foam, dissipates down to a thin layer in a minute or two. Basically no visible carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. I like the color and the clearness--it looks like it's going to be a light and refreshing beer, which is what I want for summer. But I would like to see a little more liveliness with the carbonation.

Smell - 2.75/5
Some distinct Cascade hops, as well as a little non-describable mustiness. I was diappointed that there was no peach smell (it says on the bottle, "Beer brewed with peach juice"). I was expecting something similar to Festina Peche by DFH. Smell is not terrible, just not good nor what I was looking for.

Taste - 3.25/5
Some hops, amber-ale-esque malt flavors, a little bit of that earthy mustiness. Very lightly sweet, but NO PEACH flavors. I guess unlike Festina Peche, this beer isn't marketed as a peach ale, but still, I was expecting at least some peach flavor. What I got was an okay light amber ale.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied. Not as crisp as I was expecting. Medium amount of carbonation which lingers in the mouth after the sip has gone down.

Overall - 3/5
This was an average beer, nothing more (and nothing less--it wasn't bad). Picked up as part of a build-your-own six pack at Kroger. Had no interest in the beer until I saw "Beer brewed with peach juice" on the side. I remember really liking Festina Peche, and so I thought I would try this and compare. Turns out they are nothing alike. Even if I had come in with no expectations about this tasting like peach, this beer still wouldn't get much higher ratings. It's just not that good.

Photo of VeganUndead
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Flavor is so minimal, essentially water with some beer in it. I guess I get the point

Photo of hophugger
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Wow, this beer was a disappointment !!. Bottle says "beer brewed with peach juice" and I said, great, a nice refreshing beer. Looked ok with less than average head and spotty lacing. Aroma was light, even lighter than a bud light. Taste was dreadful. The hop bitterness was not good. This :beer" actually tasted like unflavored seltzer water. Was it a bad batch?. Is this what it is supposed to taste like?. No peach, no balance, just like carbonated water...

Photo of jdixon302
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Not impressed.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Skinny dip pours a bronze color with a nice small but lacing head. There is a mellow but still noticeable spice note. The taste is crisp and spicy, hints of pepper. Great feel, and nice strong flavors. Overall its a stronger spicier blonde ale.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/30/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, lime, orange peel, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, spice, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, lime, orange peel, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, lime, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, and light pepper on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of citrus hops, spice, and bready malt flavors; with a nice crisp hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Flavors are definitely on the light side, but it does not feel watery. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant blonde ale. Well balanced citrus hop, spice, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pure golden in color with a white half finger head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Spotty lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Has the signature New Belgium "nutty" malt aroma going on, but not much outside that, sans a faint lemony citrus character.

Taste - Follows the nose with their light tones of their classic nutty and toasty malt profile. Very light lemon notes. Distant lemon undertone that gives a hint of tartness to go along with the earthy, nutty flavor in the finish. Fairly light overall.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with crisp carbonation. Smooth, refreshing finish.

Overall - A fair summer blonde... about the only thing it did was make me wonder why they ever retired Somersault as their summer seasonal. Now THAT was a fantastic blonde!

Photo of jsausley
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: A very pretty, light amber-gold beer with numerous colors varying with the liquid's thickness. Primarily a gold with tinges of amber in its body. Small amount of head on my pour (it seemed vigorous enough..), some lacing. Nice, active carbonation.

S: Mostly toast or bread with some hops and yeast, plus alcohol. Not entirely aromatic.

T: Better than it smells.. predominate flavors are black pepper and hops with a hint of lime. Decent toasted malt body, but not too full here. Some nice toasted wheat or bread notes on the finish. Fairly mild, drinkable and getting a positive rating from me due to its strong pepper bite.

M: Smooth and crisp, but not overly interesting in texture. Nice carbonation balance.

O: A fairly smooth, easy to drink beer that has a unique twist. Not many beers immediately bring to mind pepper flavors but it was a welcome change. Decent hops, lacking much malt substance to my dismay, but easy to drink so it's okay. Solid B+.

Photo of AJClauss
1.6/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Skinny Dip is the absolute worst beer I've ever had. It tastes like cigarettes. I am at a loss as to how this beer has a score of 78 (at the time of this review). I made the severe mistake of buying a 12-beer New Belgium sampler pack that included this beer. I haven't liked a single New Belgium beer that I've ever tried.

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "Best Before" date 11-16-14.

APPEARANCE: pours clear with dark gold color, one finger off-white head that dissipated slowly to a thin broken layer of bubbles, slightly above average carbonation, there was a good amount of lacing.

SMELL: sweet caramel, bread, very subtle.

TASTE: the taste mostly follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, a very mild hop profile and then the taste of bread.

PALATE: this has a slightly higher than average amount of carbonation, medium body.

OVERALL: this beer is simple and inoffensive, if you served to a wide range of guests no one would complain but, there are better more exciting beers to be had, I enjoyed this beer but will probably not buy it again.

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, biscuits. Taste is of caramel malts, hops are present, some biscuits, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine choice on a hot summer night.

Photo of mjurney
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden-amber color, clear. Some carbonation. Thick frothy head.

Aroma:
Spicy and herbal, a little lemony, some semi-sweet bread.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Bread crust, mild toast, biscuit. Hop bitterness is moderate, herbal, spicy, leafy. Finish is a little dry, very crisp. Body is medium, crisp, refreshing, a little tangy.

Overall:
It's a very good beer.

Photo of constantine_272
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Clear, semi dark gold. Medium carb. Sticky dotted white lacing with low retention.

S: Wheat barley and a touch of tangy rye. Slightly sweet doughnut like bread.

T: Slightly sweet with a tangy rye bread. A little warm nutmeg taste through the middle. Finishes carbonic and watery. Quite clean with slight sour tang finish.

M: Mildly dry and good reasonably clean finish. Fairly thin.

T: Better than a macro light beer, but only by a slim margin. It sits in limbo between styles for me: If I want water I'll have water, if I want beer I'll drink something bigger.

Photo of jpro
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from summer mix 12-pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A: light-copper gold; half finger of light beige foam yields a considerable layer of sugary lace.

S: crusty, sweet malt; light citrus; hard candy shell.

T: pretty simple... Very much like the aroma - mostly sweet malt... Bread crust and brown sugar, followed by a light hop bite.

M: exactly what you'd expect from a 4.2% beer. It's OK. Medium body, high carbonation.

O: a nice summer beer!

Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this in the sampler Folly pack. Has a dark orange and clear appearance with 1 finger head but retains well.

Not much smell to it. Maybe some caramel or brown sugar perhaps.

Very interesting taste. Slight roasted notes, caramel, toffee etc. with a crisp finish. Not picking up any hop flavoring aside from crisp finish.

Overall - A decent tasting beer but for a light watery summer beer, these flavors don't really go with it. More of a light autumn beer IMO.

Photo of scratch69
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear deep golden color with almost a fingers worth of head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Very faint aroma of pale malts and bread.

Taste- Mellow flavors of toasted bread and citrus with some grassy hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent beer but nothing memorable. It would work on a hot summer day.

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Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.