Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 9
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

Skinny Dip is a full-bodied, figure-friendly tribute to the lightly attired summer months. This guilt-free lager’s frisky character and sunny flavor make it the perfect choice for kick-starting seductive summer fun. Lively Cascade hops and complementary peaches brighten a wash of bready malts with sunny citrus flavor and a slight fruity pucker, creating a crisp sip as invigorating as a frothy dip in a mountain pond. Shed your inhibitions this season and take the plunge: Grab a friend, go bottoms up, and share a Skinny Dip.

Skinny Dip makes its returns as the summer seasonal in 2015, and to celebrate we're supporting swimable waters by donating $1, up to $10,000, to Waterkeeper Alliance for every use of the hashtag #WaterkeeperDip. Post and donate!
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Ratings: 827 | Reviews: 389
Photo of IanOsea
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is a decent summer seasonal from New Belgium. It goes down smooth. My only problem with it is that the citrusy flavor is a little bit much that it leaves a not-so-great slight after-taste.

Photo of milehighhop
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

pretty average, just tasted like any other lager to me. Wouldn't be anything I would seek out.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a rich golden amber with a thick, creamy white head.

S: Bready malt aromas mingle with aromas of lemon, lime, guava, bitter orange, tangerine, and herbs.

T: Robust notes of bitter orange, tangerine, kumquat, lemon, lime. guava, herbs, and grass are underscored by flavors of biscuit and minerals. The finish is crisp, offering a final flourish of tart, tangy fruit and minerals.

M: Full-bodied and smooth. Carbonation is active, but more delicate than I normally look for in a beer of this style.

O: Not a bad beer at all. The relatively mediocre score somewhat perplexes me.

Photo of Myotus
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 13Sep15) into a Mikasa ale glass. Pours with a quarter finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a line within 15 seconds. Dull gold in color with mild bubbles. Lacing is practically absent. Has mild aromas of floral hops and peaches that combine with hints of bready malt and pale malt aromas. Initial taste is of strong floral hops and mild peach flavors. Floral hop flavors persist as peach flavors gradually fade as subtle pale malt and bready malt flavors enter the palate. Light bodied, strongly carbonated (I hate that) with a very crisp and somewhat smooth finish. A good beer that strives to be great, but fails at that endeavour.

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent amount of flavor for such a low abv beer. Nice hint of fruit in there from the peaches. Like some other New Belgium beers I have had though, the carbonation seems like too much to me.

Wouldn't purchase again.

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Skinny Dip - a blonde ale that tastes more like a very smooth IPA - I kinda like it.

Right out of the bottle the brew pours a beautiful dark, amber color with a slight orange tinge that I find quite appealing. There's good lacing down the glass, but the head has very little staying power. I enjoyed the hints of peaches and the distinctive IPA odor - not overpowering as in other beers. I felt as though it were very clean and crisp, leaving little aftertaste and like I've already mentioned - smooth as silk. It was a strong ale that could be viewed as if it were a weak IPA, but either way, it worked for me. By far one of the best if not the best New Belgium offering I have had.

Photo of jzlyo
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Relative lack of complexity, good as a session.

Photo of Giesch
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grey good better best awesome

Photo of bplabernie
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good until the finish.

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

Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, off white, and slightly lumpy. Lacing is lateral with a medium-light body.

I smell a light touch of hops along with bright malts.

Tastes like a clear, lively mix of malts with more citrus-like hops.

The mouthfeel f this brew is crisp and clean.

Overall, I'll give Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing a 4.25

Photo of kscaldef
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Average-minus beer. Uninspired and boring, but drinkable.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, deep, golden color, with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of bready, biscuit-like toasted malt and bright, floral, citrusy, grassy, piney, hops. I also get notes of honey and caramel, black pepper, coriander, pith and lemon zest.

Taste: Very nice! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by caramel-like sweetness, and some spices of black pepper and coriander. Finally, the beer finishes with some nicely balanced, floral, piney, citrusy, hops. Quite a tasty beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and very effervescent as there is quite a lot of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a tasty, tasty, beer. Malty and hoppy, but balanced, slightly sweet, with nice hits of spice. A very good summer quaff.

Photo of rob99er
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've had much better Blonde ales. 805 is much better.

Photo of Knilas
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle. I get the limey note on the nose. Beautiful copper color. Small white head that disappears quickly. Few bubbles. Finish is short n bitter. Best part of this pour was that gorgeous copper color.

Photo of M1A2
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great refreshing summer beer that drinks easy and not off putting in any way.

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

Sampling right now on 6/12/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler. and poured in to a 16 ounce pilsner glass.

Brew pours a golden-amber in color with a good 2-finger foamy white head that finally settles down to still a good 3mm+ after 15 minutes. Lots of 'ring-like' lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma of grains and floral hops for the most part. Taste follows the nose for the most part. Slightly dry and hoppy finish but doesn't last that long though. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, not a big fan of this brew style, but that is just me. :)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: bready malt; a little tropical fruit; a hint of peach;

T: restrained; bready malts that fade by mid-palate; mild bitterness at mid-palate that fade by the end; a hint of peach from mid-palate to the end;

M; medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: refreshing;

Photo of Dave1999
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very light amber ale, light malts and easy drinking.

Photo of abastias
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear, burnt reddish-orange. Medium-duration, sticky golden-white foam.
S: Bread, tomato, orange peel.
T: Crisp, light flavor. Wheat,
M: Mild to heavy carbonation with bite
O: Decent medium beer.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.61 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.34
Purchased: May 29, 2015
Consumed: May 30, 2015
Misc.: Enjoy by Sept. 13, 2015

Poured a honey, pale, clear color with two fingers of white, frothy head, which settles nicely to the top. Lots of straight bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of even circular lacing on the sides. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Cascade, lemon, light pine, Citra, wheat, earthy grass, honey, iced tea and light rye. Reminded me more of an APA. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was darker than I thought it be. Not as much flavor as the nose. Wheat, biscuit, cereal, earthy malts, grass, rye, iced tea, some Cascade and light Citra. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium-to-light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish for the style. (Feel - 3.63)

Overall not a bad summer beer, but not a good one either. (Overall - 3.63)

3.61 | 82 | B

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hamburger on the stove, time for a refreshing spritzer. Er, beer.

Appearance : The head pours about two fingers of frothy head, leaving light lacing in fluffy flecks as it recedes to a thick ring. The body is amber in color, and is about 70% opaque.

Aroma : very malty. roasted malt, rice, spicy hop, with orange slice and pineapple core. Aroma is easily nosed and is about medium to strong in bouquet.

Flavor : The spice of the hop and the breadiness of the malt really combine nicely here. At the forefront is a sharp but short-lived pinch of pale ale hop, with a bit of coriander and spice in the middle, and finishing on the back end is a pleasant yeasty bread dough finish.

Feel : Very creamy, very smooth,'s very sprite-y in its carbonation yet doesn't get too out of hand. The finish is sweet and light, with just a touch of dustiness. I like it.

Overall : I'm not crazy about it - but it is a fabulous beer in its own right. I'd have it again, and would definitely try it on tap or order it with wings.

Photo of Specialk1213
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A very light and pleasant beer.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: The body is a pure clear copper color with nice rising bubbles from the nucleated glass. A light cream colored head sits on top leaving a patch of foam after head recession. Large bands of foamy lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet malts and cereal grains are decorated infuriates such as apple, pear, and cherry. A little bit of tartness.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the malty sweetness comes out first. The middle of the beer is very fruity with said apples and pears mostly emerging. Hops become more present in the finish adding a little bit of dry tart.

Mouthfeel: Light, dry, crisp.

Overall: A lot of flavor and fruitiness in this, very crisp. Not a bad summer deck beer.

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

Actually a very good tasting light beer! And less calories in this case means less filling BUT also good taste. Refreshing summer brew worth a try to see if it's your thing.

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

The goal, at least on the label, is to deliver a thirst quenching experience. That is achieved as this very light and bready malted beer has just a touch of Cascade hops. It drinks very well and though itmay not be overly complex it achieves its objective.

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Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.