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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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377 Reviews
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Reviews: 377
Hads: 893
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 21.51%
Wants: 15
Gots: 168 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a tight-bubbled head that retains well and leaves a lot of lace behind

Smell: Bready and grainy with a hint of the grapefruit (Cascade) and kaffir lime ingredients

Taste: Very bready up front with a grassy and grainy finish; just a hint of the grapefruit and kaffir lime come through

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; decent alternative for a light beer

Thanks, brewjones

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-hazed yellow color with a light white head and not much lacing. The nose brings some really faint citrus notes. Other than that, there's just some light grain. The taste is the same with some very mild sweetness and a bit of citrus. Light body. Drinks fine, but really is nothing to even say about this other than that it is quite plain.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours out a medium size head. Leaves lacing as you drink it down.

It has a distinct citrusy smell. The taste is malty with those citrus flavors, namely the kaffir lime that they mention on the bottle label.

It is very smooth and drinkable with only a 4.2% ABV. I think it is a great summer brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although New Belgium doesn't advertise it as such (saying only that it's 'figure-friendly'), Skinny Dip is actually a light beer. Its 110 calories and 7 carbs come in comfortably under Sam Adams Light's 119 and 9.7.

The color is a perfect confluence of amber and orange and is much darker and richer than similar offerings. The cap is French vanilla in color, sports a bubbly, rumpled surface, is more persistent than it has a right to be and leaves a fair amount of lace that resembles daubed on paint. A very nice start.

The nose is suprisingly aromatic and is moderately toasted, earthy and malt-dominant. I was hoping to appreciate something from the Cascade hops or the Kaffir lime, but the maltiness overwhelms both. There is some citrusiness present, but not enough to suit me.

For a light beer, Skinny Dip has a good bit of flavor. There isn't a great deal of ballast behind the initial flash, but there's enough to kick the butt of any other light beer that you'd care to name. As in the nose, malt (probably Munich) dominates. An earthy toasted caramel flavor is the centerpiece of the flavor profile.

I would never have guessed Cascade hops, but I can taste 'em now that I know they're there. Since hops have very little if any caloric value, why didn't the brewers double the hop load at least? Probably because there wouldn't be enough malty sweetness to counter the bitterness, that's why. In terms of flavor sensations, the beer is more sour than bitter and more bitter than sweet.

I'm amazed that the body is as full as it is. It's light-medium in a general sense, but I don't recall a light beer with anywhere near this amount of heft. The mouthfeel begins to lose its way on the finish and there are a few too many bubbles, but overall, I'm impressed by what the guys at New Belgium were able to do with so few carbs to work with.

Skinny Dip may not be great beer, but it is great light beer. Although I can think of a few tweaks here and there, if I had to drink low calorie, low carbohydrate beer for the rest of my life (the stuff of nightmares, I know), then I'd begin, and probably end, with Skinny Dip.

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Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a plae golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple. First impression was crisp and somewhat bitter. Nice play on the palate and a decent hopper aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor being the biggest factor here.

Overall it was a little bitter to be a real sessionable ale, and is honestly a bit forgettable. Nothing really standing up and greabbing you about this one. A decent pale ale that doesnt really stand out in the crowd.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: 29AUG10.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-hued body with a modest-sized, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of two day-old biscuits, rustic cracker dough, and citrusy notes from the hops and added lime leaves.

Taste: Biscuit-toned and crackery maltiness with a light sugared sweetness. Boost of citrus flavors of lightly sour, lightly acidic lime and white grapefruit. Lightly bitter. Dry, biscuity malts and continued sour lime on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation with a spritzy touch to it.

Drinkability: Reasonably refreshing, with a nicely crisp carbonation and low amount of alcohol to keep things quaffable, though, sadly, I'm not particularly keen on the mix of flavors here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden honey with a 1" white head. Effervescent with good head retention & great lacing

SMell; Mown grass, lime, & light malt,

Taste: Tartness followed by grainyness/mown grass notes. Finishes quinching & fruitty

MF: Good carbonation and refreshing balance

Good quffer, great yardwork vice session brew. A little too limey/grassy& light in alcohol to be session ale for me

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mild nose with not much to it, you get a somewhat thick and staying mouthful of slight bitterness with just a touch of citrus brew. It's a seasonal released in spring and it is September as I am drinking it, so who knows how that would affect the taste (it says it is good before December 6th). Overall I can't say I would look forward to it next year. That slight edge of bitter and the overall citrus edge to it isn't for me and it lacks the right punch to be considered anything but just being "somewhat good".

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Generous head with good stickiness for the lace on the glass. Light amber color and clear.

Neutral smell--very dry, little malt and less hop

Reminds me of Rye Ales as this is a lip-smackingly dry beer. The hop is muted, but present. The body is moderate with a slightly high carbonation.

This is fine drinking beer for friends--nothing extreme, nothing special either.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, pale orange hue, nice fluffy head, 1/2" leaving lace...an attractive pint of ale.

Slightly sour and citric in the nose, something like a wheat ale and something like a skunky lager. Pleasant, though.

Boards the mouth again pungent and a little sour, largely citric, then it disappears, never to be heard from again....until the next sip. Lime is large in the flavor here, and there's little else. A dry, cracker-y malt backbone, and a smallish offering of hops.

Very lean body, slender in taste, as well, with a minimal finish, which is sort of the point. Slim, and then the lime. Refreshing, though, and that's the real point.
This seems to be NB's entrance in the light beer sweepstakes, but they pull it off with their own style and identity. Good for them.

thanks to bditty187.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10Nov06
Poured dark gold/copper with a thin white head.
The smell was thin, but had some orange and floral hops.
The taste was crisp. Some hops and a bit of orange. It had a touch of a medicinal taste - if a 3.25 were possible I would have given it that, but gave it the benefit of the doubt. A bit more malt would have balanced it a bit more.
There was a crisp bite and smoothness - though the smoothness was created more by water than I personally would have liked. Still, on the thin side.
Thanks to bditty for this one!
Overall - nothing great, but more good than bad. Good enough to cool down with on a hot day - and an added crisp feeling.

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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 GClarkage
2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

04/19/06- Purchased at Draegers Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an expiration date printed on the front label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Nice brandy colored pour. Maybe a medium colored amber. One inch plus head. Light ring throughout. Very nice patchy lacing left behind.

Smell- Party ends here. Very grassy and corny scent. If you really sniff you can get some mild fruit and maybe spices. Reminds me of a Belgian style Bud.

Taste- Taste is very similar to the scent. Getting a whole bunch of corn flavoring in here. Can't really find much past that. Fruit is buried as well with the spices. A bit cardboardy and watery as well. Does leave some bitter hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Spritzy carbonation. Watery...

Drinkability- Tastes like any other macro. Passing up this if I ever see it again. Damn close to a drain pour.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was brought to me with a big, rocky, bone-white head. The color was a deep gold with great clarity. The nose had a slightly sweet fruitiness to it. The mouthfeel was medium with a lightly malty aspect in the mouth. The finish was slightly dry and almost peppery. I found it to be very refreshing on a Nebraska evening in July.

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

Appearance: this beer was yellowish orange in color with a 1" head. Very thick lacing developed, which rarely happens with blond ales. Strong carbonation bubbles quikly rose to the surface keeping the head in place.

Smell: green apples and pears hit the nose first. Some grassiness is detected too.

Taste: I found this to be a strange blond ale, as the malt was lightly grainy, and green grapes, Granny Smith apples, and a bit of spiciness rounded it out. Little bitterness detected.

Mouthfeel: crisp and mildly dry throughout. Aftertaste was fairly clean, but grainy malt tones lingered for second or two. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: I waivered on this one going from average to good, and back to average again. This was not one I wanted a second pint of, but one I would have again. Definitely different from other blondes on the market.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lazy Dog Cafe, on to the beer:

Big frothy white head on top this amber colored brew. Lots of lacing left on the glass as it's consumed. Wait a minute...is this a lower gravity Fat Tire? The more I drank of it, the more I thought so. The taste is dominant of toasted grain with bits of caramel and a finish of hop leaf. It's refreshing, it's simple, it's low in alcohol, and decent for what it is. Just don't expect any impressive flavors.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium's answer to the low-carb beers. NB rep. claimed just that, hence the name "Skinny", as opposed to 'Fat' Tire. I don't usually drink low-carb stuff, but I"ll review this according to its style.
Poured into pint glass.
A light amber/gold color, no haze, and a pretty good head considering the style. Smell of malt and a bit of citrus. Other than those, not much in the nose.
Taste had pinches of citrus, yeast, and nut. Nothing overpowering, just enough to call it more than low-carb.
Kinda fizzy. A crisp feel, balanced between bitterness and citrus. Leaves clean, easy drinking.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, brewed in Fort Collins, CO,

A: Medium amber, with a thick, white, creamy head - good retention.

S: Lemon soda, with a hint of lime and earthy hops.

T: Much of the same as in the scent, with a citrusy lime flavor, with earthy hops, and a bitterness that is definitely not from the hops - probably the kaffir lime leaf listed.

M: Light, spritzy, and gassy, almost like a lemon soda, as I mentioned in the scent description.

D: Very light and smooth - a good summer beer, I may buy again, I don't know for sure, just slightly above average for me.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
1.56/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I think many of the New Belgium products are quite good, but this isn't one of them- this is a beer gone wrong.

The color is fine- a nice golden amber with some copper highlights. Nothing special. The head was barely there and went away quickly.

The first hint that something is wrong is the smell- a musty sourness from the kaffir lime leaves I presume, and a thin vaguely hops smell behind that. Unfortunately not balanced and not very pleasant.

The taste is if anything even a little worse. The kaffir lime leaves just make the beer taste old and skunky. The beer was freshness dated til Nov. 2006, and it was in the cold case, so I don't think it was that. Very little flavor there beside that unpleasant citric mustiness.

The mouthfeel is fine, nothing special, but reasonably crisp like a summer brew should be.

For me, this one is a drain pour- and I never really do that. I just can't drink this at all. No challenging flavors here that I can't overcome- I love kaffir lime leaves in Asian cooking and in vodka, but I just don't think it works here at all. I was looking forward to this beer- very disapointing.


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