Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: dreadnatty08 on 04-06-2006

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Ratings: 743 | Reviews: 362
Photo of Knobs303
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't think the 2015 batch is what I remember.

Photo of MattyG85
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by August 16, 2015.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A crisp and fruity malt forward aroma with hints of fruit and grains. Pale malt with hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Zesty fruit hints of lemon, lime, peach, apple, and pear. Subtle hints of grassy hops. A solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and zesty malt forward taste with notes of grains and fruit. Pale malt with bready notes of grains, biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Subtle fruit notes of peach, lime, lemon, apple, and pear. Light background notes of earthy hops. A pretty decent Blonde style taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a light Blonde Ale. Crisp grainy malts with some nice fruit notes.

Photo of BeerDocT
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A friend of mine gave me one of these to review, and I noticed a slight smile as he did so. What could this mean?

Appearance 2.75: Pours out your typical light gold. OK, CO2 head (1/4") and OK lacing.

Smell 2.75: Bouquet is flat. Scent of grains, some slight hints of stone fruit, but that is it.

Taste 2.5: Front is very bubbly with a strange, slightly sweet, fruit taste. To me, it was undefinable as to what fruit this was supposed to be. Middle is dry and somewhat tasteless with the CO2 carbonation seeping up the palate on both sides to further distract and confuse. Finish has a very fake malt taste to it that is just...unpleasant to put it mildly. Aftertaste is nonexistant.

Mouthfeel 2.75: Excessive CO2 conditioning negatively impacts this beer, particulary at this level.

Overall 2.75: New Belgium has never really impressed me with their beers and this seasonal does nothing to buck the trend. This beer is dry, flavor-suppressed and unsatisfying. Not a sessioner, not good with food. What is it good for? Possibly good for leaving on the shelf to send a message that this beer should no longer be produced.

Photo of dbnarley
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light refreshing. Could be a long haul beer..

Photo of loubar
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. Opens with some caramel malt. Then faint fruit notes - peach. A nutty, dry finish with a measured hop bite. Good carbonation. Crisp, light and refreshing. It does everything they wanted it to do. An excellent example of a well crafted brew. Love the low ABV.

Photo of holeN1br
4.57/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent light beer. light, yet crisp and flavorful

Photo of dditto2
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Nice clean amber with a foamy white head.
Smell: The hops come through strongest. Citruisy. Very mild peach fruitiness.
Taste: Hoppy with mild fruityness.
Feel: Balanced, light but not too light.
The mild peach flavor goes great on a hot day, it is a lighter beer, low calories, no shortage of hops, a nice balanced summer brew.

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice crisp beer not bad at all.

Photo of rudedude985
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste crisp and refreshing nice on a summer day.

Photo of DrCDPriest
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Blonde Ale, the Cascade Hops are what I use when brewing my Blondes, and this has a good crisp flavor, excellent color, nicely carbonated, and is refreshing, perfect for a hot day by the pool or after a day on the boat.

Photo of Maadamss
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good session beer That's easy to drink

Photo of Beerma
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Could drink this all day! IT was not too strong but was not water either! YUM! may have to buy a 12 if it is on sale!

Photo of Germanstylefan7896
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent summer beer, seems like the quality isent as good as when New Belgium first started. Fun summer beer as it is seasonal. Tastes a bit better in a glass.

Photo of mojohawk21
2.34/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just couldn't enjoy this one...boring.

Photo of Miami66
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very great summer beer! It is pretty crisp and fruity. It goes down super smooth and the light cascade hops complements it nicely.

Photo of Hop_God
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is tasteless crap. Bitter aftertaste.

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?

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Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.