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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 893
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 21.51%
Wants: 15
Gots: 168 | 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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Photo of Libeertarian
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, bubbling golden amber to copper with light pink hues and off-white foamy head of good retention. Excellent lacing. Can't really smell the peach juice. Aroma is like a bready pilsner. Taste is a little more subdued than I was expecting, but it is still good for the style. It's just barely fruity, peachy even, but more so lemon. Bready, crackery, grainy backbone, strong zesty, peppery, grassy finish. Described as full-bodied, seems more medium to me. But rich for a pale lager, I guess. Well-carbonated, sudsy, smooth, creamy, velvety, not quite watery, crisp, semi-dry.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Skinny Dip brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 4.20% This brew pours out a deep amber color with a nice white head. This brew has the look of most American Pale Lagers on the market today, not saying that is bad thing. The smell of Skinny Dip is rich with grains, malts, and hit of hops. The smell of this brew is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up a nice richness from the grains and malts in this brew. There is a hit of hops at the end of this brew. I like how smooth this brew goes down. Skinny Dip, has nothing overpowering in it, it has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is rich, bold, and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Skinny Dip a solid 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. New Belgium Brewing, did a nice job with this one. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market today.

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Photo of do_ob
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a straw golden and settles the same in the glass. Light in color and very clear. 1 finger of dense, white foam. Good carbonation. Weak aroma. Biscuity malt, light citrus, maybe a hint of sweet fruit. Smells more malty than anything. Light weight and actually creamier than it looks. Still pretty crisp, though. Sweet malts on the taste with notes of grass, citrus and light fruit. Finishes watery and thin, and leaves behind a malty taste on the palate.

I wasn't expecting much from this beer, luckily. Pretty flat and one-dimensional to be honest. Not much of an aroma or taste. It wasn't offputting by any means..just didn't really taste like anything.

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Photo of yungbrew
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic light beer. Especially on a hot day.

Great amber color.
malt, citrus, not very hoppy.
No lingering after taste.
Definitely a good session beer for the summer months.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finally a seasonal from New Belgium that isn't hop-focused! This is basically just a lighter version of Fat Tire, really, but in the summer there's nothing wrong with that. You get more of the malt flavor than anything, with just a bit of hop bitterness mixed in but not enough to dominate. And at 4.2% ABV, you can enjoy a few of these without much trouble if you're having a relaxing evening at home. This is one of their better seasonals.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This lager had a nice golden amber look to it with a perfect white head. Had a malty smell with a hint of citrus. It only had a malt taste to it, no citrus taste as hinted in the smell.

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Photo of JWU
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz. draft at Blue Pete's in Sandbridge (Va. Beach) Virginia.

A- a nice light amber, clear, and a rather impressive bright white head that's almost nitro dense.

S- Not much. Lager malt, some pale malt. Maybe a bit of citric hops

T- Light. Again, not much going on. Some light citrus and peach. Odd metallic aftertaste.

M- It's a lager. Crisp, slightly dry on the finish.

O- it wasn't bad, but it just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't expcting much out of this one but was pleasantly surprised. Nose is fantastic. Malt, citrus, stone fruits, and floral hops. Touch of peach on the pallet makes this a very enjoyable Summer beer. I would definitely drink more of this.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those brews that stands up a lot better than what a lot of the reviews will give it credit for. Exceptional lacing retention, nice creamy head and mouthfeel, highly enjoyable lager that tastes like a pale ale, great hops nice balance. Just a well done beer all the way around, great stuff from New Belgium Brewing.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with exceptional clarity. A fingernail of off white is on top. Great lacing. Aroma is of lager yeast and light malt. The flavor is straightforward light malt and a very clean lager yeast. The mouth is light and smooth.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
Aroma- Lots of malt and citrus
Appearance- this beer is a golden amber with a medium sized white head
Taste- Just like the aroma. Lots of malt and citrus, I enjoyed the flavor
Palate- A medium to light bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- A good summer session beer.

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Photo of IanOsea
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Myotus
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
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

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden body with a small cap. Bready / grainy aroma with a hint of fruit. A tad sweet with some biscuit notes. Light and easy drinking. Uneventful yet inoffensive.

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Photo of Knilas
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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. :)

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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;

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Photo of abastias
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 - 3.50)

Overall not a bad summer beer, but not a good one either. (Overall - 3.50)

3.59 | 81 | B

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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, decadent...it'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.

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Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.