Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing
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3.28/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-29-2010 01:47:34 | More by Thorpe429
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
08-05-2006 13:31:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.7/5 rDev +8.5%
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
09-15-2007 18:39:59 | More by brentk56
3/5 rDev -12%
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.
03-15-2011 01:49:30 | More by mikesgroove
3.53/5 rDev +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.
05-15-2010 03:17:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
08-25-2009 20:46:08 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
04-16-2006 19:32:09 | More by zeff80
3.35/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-24-2010 23:18:17 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
10-15-2006 21:02:33 | More by NeroFiddled
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
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".
12-30-2007 02:31:17 | More by RblWthACoz
3.83/5 rDev +12.3%
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
04-26-2006 03:44:04 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev +5%
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.
11-04-2006 10:27:02 | More by feloniousmonk
3.48/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-26-2006 23:35:58 | More by jwc215
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
09-24-2007 04:57:30 | More by smcolw
3.13/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
07-27-2007 23:30:54 | More by Halcyondays
3.53/5 rDev +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.
07-16-2006 21:52:10 | More by Gavage
2.38/5 rDev -30.2%
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.
04-19-2006 23:03:16 | More by GClarkage
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
Appears a transparent gold with a small white head that quickly fades. Mild amounts of scattered lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, biscuits, and herbal, grassy hops.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet honey, biscuits, and a decent dosing of hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, and crisp.
Drinkability is extremely nice in this one. It keeps you coming back for more, as it's got just enough bitter hops and sweetness from the grain for a balanced attack of delight.
10-04-2008 02:49:47 | More by weeare138
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
10-26-2006 23:03:36 | More by woodychandler
3/5 rDev -12%
Poured a clear amber color with a moderate white head that disipates rather quickly but still leaves some traces of lace. The aroma is bready with just a suggestion of citrus. The taste is light bready malt with a trace of caramel and citrus. Slightly dry from the start, with a nicely dry citrus finish. Smooth and easy to take in quantity. I can think of other good blondes to spend my money on.
04-26-2008 22:50:13 | More by barleywinefiend
Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
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