Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 860
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 11
Gots: 140 | FT: 0
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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 karst
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Dec 8, '06 from the coolers of Chef's Pantry
Pours a clear deep golden orange with a stiff white 4 fingered head that produced thick lasting lace on the 0.3 L RC Maredsous glass.

Hints of Kaffir lime and wheat malt. Flavor of pale malts combine with light dose of Cascade hops. Nice balance.
Body is light but never watery. Finish is dry. Extremely clean and crisp. Lager like indeed! Served in the 40's its a great summer cooler.

I did not get to finish this glass as my wife tried it and would not give it back until warming brought on the hop flavors.

I would suggest this for anyone looking for a nice craftbeer. A great alternative to drinking macro brewed lagers.

I will be looking for a six pack soon! (737 characters)

Photo of UberWasser
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice, crisp and perfectly clear amber with a bubbly, fizzy head that disperses quickly, leaving a thin halo along the outer edges. Kind of asks you to drink it, just looks refreshing.

Smell is one dimensional...just a light grain smell, maybe with some sweet malt scent lingering in the background.

The taste picks up a few more dimensions, though...mainly the great lime flavor from the lime leaf used in the brewing process. Doesn't translate much into the bitterness of the beer, which is light and just slightly drying, but it compliments a pleasent sweetness nicely for a real quencher. Mouthfeel is light and cleansing.

All around a great beer to quench a thirst with some simple but good flavors that don't overwhelm, in a good way. (795 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.56/5  rDev -54.9%
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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Photo of Dizzy
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, lite amber pour with a frothy white head – nice looking sticky laces.

Very sharp and pungent lime and woody aroma and taste. Some nutty nuisances pop up and dance around quite nicely.

Dry and crisp, for a blond ale this is well above average, one of the best blond ales I’ve ever had. On a hot day, you could enjoy MANY of these, as the 4,2% will not be a major factor.

New Belgium delivers a top notch brew – not every thing has to be a malt/hop monster with 10% booze (which ain’t a bad thing).

This is an American BLOND ALE – it’s not suppose to be an ass-kicker! (591 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- copper/golden color with a darker tint to it. Its transparent. ¼ in thick head that has a little off white color. Head leaves pretty quickly and ok lacing. Looks to be Medium carbonation.

Smell- Hoppy citrus smell. Not much malt I could tell at all.

Taste- Notice carbonation right off the bat. Seems to be pretty high. Not a very strong aftertaste but has a citrus taste to it. Not much distintion in taste just kind of “bright/refreshing” taste. Not malty at all. A lemony taste with maybe even a hint of orange. Pretty watery. Not strong in flavors.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink. Very refreshing. Could drink a few of these easily. (722 characters)

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've seen this around So Cal a lot recently, but I didn't have one until I stopped by the NB booth at the Santa Barbara beer festival. I'm glad I did, cuz although I'm not a big fan of Blondes, I did like this one.

A - Light golden body.
S - Subtle floral scent.
T - Mild hop flavor with just a slight sweetness. Very smooth flavor.
M - A bit light, not watery, just not much play on the tongue. But then they'd probably argue that that's how it should be.
D - Very drinkable. (483 characters)

Photo of beertaster13
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange copper with a white fizzy head that settles nicely into the session. The smell is of malts and a nice hint of citrus fruit with caramel glazed grain. The taste is light, hints of hops in the forefront that settle upon delicate but satisfying citrus flavors. This light bodied blonde went well at the beach on a gorgeous day, I think this beer speaks volumes for where light beer can go, at 110 calories and with a taste, this should serve as a solid stepping stone for light beers in the future. (511 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of deadsquirt
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden brown with lots of head that quickly diminished. Very light hints of lime and malt in the smell. The mouthfeel and taste reminded me of a dressed up club soda with a slight hint of lime. This beer is drinkable, and would be great as a thirst quencher on a hot day. Otherwise, I found it relatively unremarkable. (333 characters)

Photo of charlesw
2.03/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ale? American Blonde Ale? Like, what?

Pours a light golden amber with a huge, pure-white head that is quickly diminished but leaves a solid and lasting lace cover.

Smells faintly of cascade hops.

Tastes like... Well, you have to take the mouthfeel in with that, you know? It's really light. Like, really really light. Light body, light flavor. Sure, you get a little hops in there - resiny, piny, something like grapefruit peels, but not much else. No bitterness, no sweetness, no body. Ok, ok. Light bitterness, no sweetness, etc.

It's weird, I can't figure out the target market for this one... I mean, yeah, it's light and all - like the BMC crowd will like - but it has too much hop tang (and bitterness) and not enough sweetness for them.

To give it a slightly larger market, I'd up the body a tad and tone back the flavoring and aroma hops. Hmm. Heck, I might even think it was pretty good, then! (918 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, small tan foamy head, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, hops, and citrus.

T - The taste is slightly hoppy, and malty. The finish is pretty dry.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. A nice little brew from NB, would definitely recommend. (313 characters)

Photo of Dubblebock
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of Skinny Dip at the local HEB for $6.99. It had a distinctive looking label offering the possibility of just the type of lighter fare that's perfect for quaffing during the torrid Texas summers. As it turns out, it IS quite the summertime thirst-quencher. The neck label proclaims that this is a "full-bodied yet figure-friendly" offering from the folks at NBB. My guess is that this is essentially a "lite" beer for all intents and purposes, although the labeling avoids coming right out and proclaiming it as such.

Skinny Dip pours with a thick head and a rosy-looking straw body. This is a robust looking beer. The nose is bouyant and fresh.

The taste is anchored by a crisp, crackery malt presence. Citrusy flavors dance around and add bounce to the profile. Tangerine and lemon verbena seem to be the predominant tastes.

Nice mouthfeel, goes down easy. VERY drinkable, especially on a warm and sunny Texas afternoon. I'd recommend with any type of backyard feasting, especially chicken or fajitas. If this truly is a "lite"beer, it's the best I've ever had. (1,092 characters)

Photo of elricorico
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange colour with a thin cap of off-white head. A little bit of slow moving carbonation can be seen climbing up the glass.

The smell is dominated by citrus. Orange and lime mixture, somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter at the same time. Cascade hops are mentioned on the bottle, but are only lightly notable.

The taste is quite interesting, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. Starts with a faint citrus sweetness then it is taken over by the finish. The taste of lime and tea leaf fill the back half of the mouth. I find it stale and a bit salty really, and it makes for a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin but has a slight stickiness to it. Carbonation is fizzy in the mouth. Overall effect is less than exciting.

Would I have another? No thanks, I don't find much here that really pleases me. For a beer of such low alcohol level it doesn't go down all that easily. (914 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow gold with a huge head.

Smell: Light citrus.

Taste: Light malt then a little lime. Not a whole lot there.

Mouthfeel: Very light.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Picked up a few New Belgium brews when I was in Omaha. This one would be a good beer to introduce to macrobrew drinkers. A few new flavors (for macro drinkers) but nothing outstanding. Very light and easy to drink, but there's just not a lot of flavor to this beer. (456 characters)

Photo of babydoc
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has me baffled. First time I tried it it had lovely presentation, but the nose was off. Something odd, which carried into the taste. Not terrible, but certainly not quite right. Every bottle in that lot was a bit off... I decided the bottle had been mistreated and didn't review.

Today's bottle is another story. Different lot number, different beer! Labeled best before Sep2006, it was poured at 45 degrees into a New Belgium chalice. Clear dark golden, active bubbles, generous two-finger bubbly ecru head that was sticky, almost stiff, and stuck around nicely.

Nose was fresh-cut mango and peach, along with a definite citrus note. Not strong lime (kaffir lime leaf is described on the label) but more tangerine sweetness. Grassy notes offset the sweetness.

Tastes of slightly-sweetened green tea, grassy notes, slight tartness of lime and green grape skins. Bit of biscuity grain backs it up. Mouthfeel is moderate, light carbonation, balanced mouthfeel that is slightly drying on the finish.

Well, this is not the beer I tasted the first time. This one is pleasant, drinkable, and a nice choice for a summer afternoon. (1,146 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light golden color, touch darker than a domestic. Pure white head with rather large bubbles. A dozen streams of bubbles work their way from the bottom to the top.

S: Slightly fruity with a little bit of hops. Overall grainy

T: Starts off with a distinct slightly toasted malt flavor, is it wheat? Crisp with a minor hop profile. Finishes very grainy.

M: Fizzy and rough

D: I hate grainy finishes, I really do. I wasn't a fan. (440 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good all around beer from New Belgium. It's a very light summer quencher. Pours to a clear golden yellow color with a decent white head that recedes to a film in a matter of minutes. Lacing is spotty, but ok. A bit more carbonation would make this beer look nice.

The smell is light with a hint of lemon, lime, and cascades. Also a biscuity malt presence, as with many other NBB beers, namely Fat Tire.

The taste is also fairly complex for such a light brew. When it is cold it seems much more biscuity. As it warms a bit, however, the kaffir lime comes out, as well as a hint of lemon. The cascade flavor doesn't come through quite so much, but the bitterness is there.

The body is light and prickly with carbonation. The hops bitterness is just about right for such a brew. Drinkability is good. Very easy to put down several due to the low alcohol, but eventually I will seek out bolder flavors and fuller body (even during the summer). (958 characters)

Photo of goofball
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Simple light amber but with an almost salmon tint.very pleasant look.

Smell: I'm new at this but the smell strikes me as somewhat herbally hoppy with a tiny lime hint

Taste: Very well balanced and subtle flavor.

Mouthfeel: the best word I can come up with is soft. Moves around very easily I guess.

Drinkability: Excellent. Whether having one slowly or one after the other it goes down easily, it doesn't leave any aftertaste or grow tiresome quickly. It's a pleasant taste/weight for your mouth all night. (530 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery-gold in hue with a white head, which was served one finger tall, it is quite nice. Good head retention, the bubbles hung around a while. Plus there was tons of subsequent lacing, it looked like tattered wallpaper. I can’t complain one bit about the appearance. Lovely.

The delicate beer was served a tickle cool for my liking but I can smell some lime zest but I can’t smell the weed notes I could from the bottle. The nose is grainy and oddly sweet. I’m not too impressed with the bouquet on-tap. It has moderate potency, chatty for a simple, light ale. It is not bad… but not great either. Inviting but kind of simple.

Damn tasty. The weed notes really shine on the palate. I love it. I enjoy the moderate bitterness that smacks the palate in the back. The lime zest is more muted in the palate, which is a good thing. The odd sweetness isn’t really found in the palate either (thankfully). Dry at the back, crisp finish… quite nice. For a low abv beer the palate is tasty and the hop profile is quite agreeable. I like it better than Loft (and I enjoyed that beer). Well done!

Medium/medium-light in body, moderately low carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer very well.

Extremely drinkable, I have quaffed many pints in a row at Crescent Moon. This is a really solid NBB beer. It is will be a stable in the summer. It is simply lovely. On an unrelated note, I love the artwork on the label. These notes were taken will imbibing at Crescent Moon in Omaha; it is worth checking out. (1,521 characters)

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

Pours a pretty reddish gold color with some white head that leaves some cloud gazing foam. Quite a bit of an amber/red ale profile going on in taste and smell... maybe some mild APA stuff; bready caramel stuff. Some citrus notes to be found... lime if asked to name it.
Hard to pin down everything that's going on in here because nothing speaks up loudly and it's all subtle.
A session brew to be sure. I won't be begging Colorado dwellers to be shipping this to me by the case but I wouldn't turn it down and would like to see this (and other New Belgium brews) nearby. (572 characters)

Photo of scooter231
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty beer, a lovely clear strawberry blonde with a nice head and okay lacing. Nose is malty. Biscuits soaked in malts. Tastes reminds me a bit of Pork Slap in the biscuity cookieness. Yeah, a slightly bitter butter cookie. Makes sense to me. Toasty, caramely. Cookie! Mouthfeel starts wet and chewy and finishes dry, leaving you seemingly more parched than before you sipped, making you want more! Very drinkable, not heavy. My one, lonely bottle from Colorado went too quickly. Who wants to send more to me in NYC? (527 characters)

Photo of tobyandgina
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty darn Yummy!

Little to no head. Cool, clean refreshing taste - perfect Summer brew. More than a little citrus and even a slight hint of grapes, add to it's complexity.

Stands true the New Belgium style of very different brews.An intellectual beer that keeps you guessing. (283 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear orange-amber with a white head that fades. Thick lacing on the glass.

Very faint aroma of caramel malt with a slight fruitiness.

Very light malt flavor with a slight toastiness to it. A bit of hops at the finish. Mostly bland.

Thin body, decent carbonation.

Easy enough to drink, but boring as hell. Decent for a lawnmower beer. (390 characters)

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