Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 84 | 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: 728 | Reviews: 358
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Photo of WineGuy3000
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Lavonnq
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My fav session beer nice summer brew

Photo of Miami66
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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 oberon
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this to throw back today while I have pork shoulder out on the smoker.Poured into a nonic a fuller golden color than I expected I have to admit,I large fluffy white head atop.Very light aromas mainly some light toast and caramel,the cascades talked about on the bottle are pretty non existent.Mouthfeel isnt bad for such a lighter beer not quite full but it isnt watery either,flavors seem to lack any oomph,some toast and light caramel/ biscuit-like sweetness with a shot of herb in the finish.It is what it is and its pretty good for what it is.

Photo of mojohawk21
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is bright orange in color and kind of yellowed with a huge, monster lacing head.

Smell – The hops are kind of leafy and stale, and the grain has a bit of a funk to it. The two weird smells aren’t really that bad together, but it’s not like any BPA that I’ve ever had.

Taste – Yeah, there’s definitely some staleness to this one. It seems more in the grain, and the hops aren’t helping much. They are overly fruity.

Mouthfeel – This is a little bit bigger than light-bodied with no dryness and cheap carbonation.

Drinkability – It’s a tough style to do right and isn’t any better than that boring Porch Swing beer that they put out.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a brassy colored beer with a massive, spongey, head that leaves a rich and layered lace. Deeply musty nose with what I assume is the kaffir lime and some yeasty scents. I guess it isn't a bad smell but I feel its a little dank for golden ale and personally don't care for it.

This is a gentley bittered beer with mild acidic qualities in robust body of light grain flavor. There is a slight twang in the finish. This is extremely refreshing. The carbonation is lively and the mouthfeel is light. I get a slight citrusy sting.

Photo of marvin213
1.43/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There's a thick, foamy cap juxtaposed against a thin-looking yellow/orange/brown--these three colors blend from the bottom up. With that head and all, it kinda looks like an amber more than a blonde. The foamy cap slowly settles to a 2mm layer of film. The film is incongruent in that patches of thicker foam interrupt the thin layer. The look leaves me skeptical.

It smells like a toasty, biscuity Fat Tire. I have to reexamine the bottle and label to ensure it's not one. Perhaps kaffir lime is a subtle variety because there is ZERO lime detectable in the aroma. That's disappointing for a beverage purporting to offer a "bright, citrusy palate." Maybe it'll taste that way, but the smell is a malty biscuit--I'm really wondering if the wrong liquid made the bottle.

Its taste is inferior to Fat Tire. I'm not intentionally comparing this beer to New Belgium's flagship beverage, but it's eerily similar. I credit a subtle lime presence in each sip, but (and here I already go again) it's like they poured some lime juice into a big batch of Fat Tire. This beer is a sham. It's a marketing gimmick: "skinny dip" with a woman's clothes left on the lake shore. In full disclosure, I'm sure that's part of the reason I chose this one for my beach trip. I'm also fairly sure that no girl would really like this beer...no boy either. Not only am I disappointed in the taste, but I also feel let down by the brewery. This is a lighter, slightly lime-infused amber-type ale--not a blonde. Let the conspiracy theories begin....

The mouthfeel is a malty, carbonated one. Though the lime subtley stimulates the tongue, it's nonexistent in the cheeks and rest of the palate. I really can't believe its makers purport a bright, citrusy palate. As I close my eyes and sip, I'd think I have a brown. I have to dig to detect anything this beer is supposed to be...and that's just not the way it's supposed to be.

Particularly for a light, "blonde" ale, this beverage is undrinkable. You would NEVER want two in a row. For a summery brew trying to associate itself with frivolous fun (read: getting naked), that is ridiculous. From start to finish, I feel like this beer's a phony imposter. I'd consider having another one only to confirm that it sucks.

Photo of dditto2
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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 merlin48
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear amber body with two centimetersof offwhite head. Some spiderweb lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is muted. Citrusy hops and some toasted caramel. No lime leaf noted. A bit thin in the mouth. Taste has a subtle hop bitterness with grainy pale malts. Lackluster overall, perhaps a good crossover beer and one that would be a pleasant summer thirst quencher.

Photo of magictrokini
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is more of a Belgian Lite. Clear gold pour with a frothy white head. Funky aroma of earthy malt and bitter hops, mixed with lime and oranges. Yeast, wheat, and weak hops with a pleasant and clean citrus end. Refreshing, but not spectacular. Its a blonde, after all

Photo of Thrasher
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

If this is a light beer, it's the best one out there. Surprising it's not more aggressively marketed. It's a mediumly hoppy ale with a twist of lime, and while that may make BAs shudder by bringing back memories of Corona, it seems to work here. The aroma is hoppy and citric, and while the flavor doesn't grab, the finish is admirable. There's some puffy, cratered lace after the pour, and the hops and lime flavors recede after a few sips. But the nose makes the beer. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, doesn't give the tongue much to hang on to, but drinkability is quite high. I'd recommend this beer, and I'd suggest letting it get a fraction warmer than the 45 degrees New Belgium prescribes.

Photo of Dizzy
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured copper color, lots of head and its retaining it well.

Not a strong aroma, there are some hops there.

Tastes hoppy, no fruitiness or strong malt flavors. I even taste something that is vaguely tart? Finish is citrus and a little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very thin, but considering this is a summer/low calorie beer it is its not bad.

Very drinkable. With low alcohol content and good taste I think this would make an excellent session beer. This has to be one of the most flavoful beers with only 110 calories.

Photo of Soonami
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in Tennessee while in the Smokies! Poured into a pint glass.

I hadn't tried anything New Belgium before, so I bought one of everything they had at the Food City in Pigeon Forge when I was there on vacation. I didn't know how I would like it given the description, but I gave it a shot. The beer is advertised as a summer beer and it did not disappoint. The pour was great, a bright reddish gold with a fluffy white head that stuck around til the end. There wasn't much aroma from the beer, just a generally malty beeriness, but the kaffir lime made its presence known when I picked up the glass up to my mouth. I couldn't really identify any single element that made me like this beer so much, but I like the balance of the malt, hops, citrus, and the carbonation. The beer had good complexity, with the hop bitterness first, then the fullness of the malt, and finishing with the fruit. I liked it all, in my opinion much better than the rest of the brewer's offerings (i.e. Fat Tire). The beer was smooth and light but also very satisfying. I would buy again if it were ever available to me again!

Photo of monkeybeer
1.75/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Clear golden amber with quick diapering head, nice lacing

S- smell hops and caramel malt

T/M- Hoppy and caramel malt. With a slight bit to it.

D- Overall I was not impressed with this beer at all; it is not on the top of my list from New Belgium Brewing. The only thing that I can say that sums up this beer for me is that I only drank half of it, and would not chooses it again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow with lots of carbonation, no head or lacing to speak of any signification amount. Lack of aroma.

Taste, a little spring floral feel, minor twang of carbonation and lemon. A good, marginal palate cleanser between heavier styles. Easy to drink, but what really are you paying for with this beer?

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear light apricot colored body with a strong wall of tiny bubbles racing toward the head. The head is a bubbly off-white foam that last a good bit.

S- The smell of dry pale malt with a light green hop and citrus note is balanced.

T- The taste of biscuit malt and dry Munich malt is bold in the front of the mouth. The malt flavor is followed by an orange flavor leading into green pine hops with a grassy lime leaf note. The finish is pretty short and the hops don’t linger after a sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

D- This beer has a big biscuit malt flavor which grows a bit mundane after a few sips but the hops, although soft, have a nice depth and this is really the best use of kefir lime leaves I have tasted. They offer a nice compliment to the hops without being overbearing or buried.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skinny dip pours a well done pancake golden brown with a tan head that fades quickly. Not very impressive, it looks like an over caramelized blond ale.

The smell is full of robust malts and toasted grains. Deep in the background is a lager like scent consisting of that lager yeast funk. Not unpleasant in the slightest.

The taste is clean, sweet and malty. The sweetness gives way to a citrus bitterness that taste more like the pith of said fruits rather then the juice or rind. I've never knowingly tasted a kaffir lime leaf but that earthy, subdued citrus is probably what it's like. Well done New Belgium for introducing me to a new flavor.

The mouthfeel is very nice. I don't agree with the bottle because it reads that the skinny dip is a full-bodied beer. I'd put it thin to medium at best. The finish is quite nice with a beefy carbonation making it a little dry and acidic. Almost soda like. Clean and refreshing, a real treat on a hot day.

Photo of IntriqKen
1.95/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Disappointing offering from New Belgium.
Pours a slightly dark orange amber with a nice 2 finger head that stays thick as it turns to beautiful lacing.
I really, REALLY had to sniff hard to get any aroma at all...just light malt to me.
Taste is as empty as the aroma...a little malt...mostly just water with a little bite to the finish as if a lemon peel was waved over the top of the glass.
Mouthfeel is actually a little thicker than the taste.
I can't drink 2 of these....all water and no substance.

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with two fingers of soapy off-white head, which leaves some broken curtains of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes. It smells of crisp biscuit malt and musty grass. The taste is biscuity grain, some muddled citrus (the proclaimed lime leaf lost in the albeit weak cascade hoppiness), and more grassiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes dry, dusty, and a little citrusy.

An interesting offering - the mild, but weird citrus, matched with the biscuity malt, makes for one crisp beverage, to use New Belgium's lingo. However, it gets a little watery towards the end, making this easy to drink, but also easy to forget.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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 GilGarp
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 9/10/09.

Craft beer goes light with addition of kaffir lime? Sounds suspiciously familiar...

Served chilled, pours into a pint glass a dark golden yellow color with good clarity and a nice inch of head. Sticks around well enough and even leaves some lace. So far so good.

Aroma is mild but it has a slight hop and citrus smell, maybe some lime, not unpleasant but far from spectacular.

Flavor is familiar to New Belgium fans with that common link of biscuit malts and mild earthy hops. It's very much a fat-tire lite. In fact, I wonder if they really wanted to name it Skinny Tire?

Mouthfeel is thin in body with a good amount of carbonation. Well balanced and easy drinking.

It's easy to be hard on this beer but it's really pretty good when you consider it's a light summer beer. Nothing to knock anyone's socks off but certainly good enough for a barbeque.

Photo of secondtooth
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This clear golden ale is New Belgium's summer seasonal, and it's among the brewery's lighter offerings. The flavor is mild and malty, with a slight hoppy character and a hint of citrus. Oddly, I place this one curiously between a traditional lager and a pale ale. It's certainly tasty, and unique. Like most of New Belgium's employee-(and Earth-) friendly brews, this one's quite satisfying.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Summer beer! What else can be said? There are a few like it (Keegan Old Capital comes to mind), but it's unique nonetheless - who ever heard of adding kaffir lime!?

It's amber body is slightly darker than might be expected. And the head retention is certainly better than corona (ahh, another beer with lime... well, with a lime added).

The nose has the "house" character of earthy/yeasty malt along with a waft of citrus hops (and lime?)

The flavor is bright and exciting with a spritz of lime flavor and a gentle tang. It's light bodied and crisp in the mouth with a light touch of what appears almost as astringecy. There's a mild malt flavor to it, but it's more about the refreshing acidity and citric character. It finishes quick and dry, almost as if you hadn't drank anything (excepting the residual yeast profile), leaving the palate completely ready for another taste!

Refreshing! I could definitely go for a few of these in summer - at almost any event - and probably during any other part of the year for that matter.

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Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
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