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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dreadnatty08 on 04-06-2006)
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Photo of JayS2629
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy orange/amber with lacey head.

S- Toasted biscuits, citrus hops, malts

T- Honey, and that signature New Belgium biscuit taste with a slightly citrus hoppiness

M- Very balanced, crisp on the front end and smooth and creamy with a thin finish.

D- Refreshing and easy to drink.

JayS2629, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange hue and not quite amber. Had a lacey head.

The nose has a malty aroma with some hopiness like many New Belgium brews.

This ale has a pleasant malty flavor with slight citrus and hops in the background. It has a light sweetness from honey and maybe caramel.

Skinny Dip Ale is crisp and light or medium bodied. Its a decent choice on a hot 90 degree summer day. Thanks to Rob for New Belgium variety pack.

tetonka4kzoo, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
4.08/5  rDev +20%
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.

secondtooth, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft at Fuzzy's tacos, poured into a goblet.
Pours a golden color with a thin white head.
Smells mostly of sweet malt and bread.
Tastes almost like an amber, sweet malt, buttered biscuits, with a hint of citrus.
Light and has a great taste, very chuggable. I was really impressed with this beer, at first I was skeptical but it turned out delicious.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Weak straw color. Bland at best.
smell: Again, bland at best. Just not much happening. Some subdued hops.
taste: More of the same. Some subdued fruitiness.
I see some high marks for this beer. Wonder if I got a glass from a bad keg. But nothing terrible...just bland. Tastes like a beer but with lots of extra water.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Bierschenker
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I traded this sample with HardTarget whilst in Brugge.

Best before: 17 November 2006, sampled on 08 September 2010
When I opened the bottle, beer started spilling out. Bad sign?
I served the salvaged content in a pint glass

Appearance: The beer has a warm and bright misty orange colour. It resembles an ice cold glass of ice-tea. At first it gave a huge cloud of foam that quickly collapsed.
Nose: The scent gives strong malts and a ginger/lemon element to soften what was strong.
Taste: The taste is very soft and smooth. The two main factors are still malt and a soft touch of citric fruit.
Mouthfeel: The beer is dry on the tongue. It remains fresh and light. I presume this could be a perfect summer beer.
Aftertaste: The malt slowly becomes softer and some bitterness sticks to the cheeks.
Drinkability: It is made to be drinkable on a warm day: low in alcohol, soft in taste, as rich in colour as a setting summer sun.

Bierschenker, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours out a copper and bronze hue with an ample head sticking like meringue...lots of bone white lace. looks impressive. slightly citric and buiscuit like in the nose...hints of hops meld well with the citrus tones. a definite munich maltiness hits sweet at first then dies away a crackery quickness, followed by a slight citric lime zest. hints of cascade hops ride the wave provided by the previous zest. finishes dry. sort of quenching. ample bodied for a "light beer", with a spritzy mouthfeel and again, a dry finish. drinkability is ok. and pretty good for a light beer or blonde ale.

overall i don't really like the malts used in conjunction with the rest of the flavour profile, they don't seem to mesh well with me... and as a summer quencher it doesn't have that "oh yeah" quality to it when quaffing it down, probably not even on a hot day.

although as a lower calorie and low abv beer, it does have a lot of flavour and body and mouthfeel going for it, so i'm in a bit of a conundrum as how to rate it. my feeling is that it looks great, smells good, tastes ok, has a nice mouthfeel but drinks hard. weird.

budgood1, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of kflorence
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden, copper color with a thin layer of creamy, white head. Some lacing around the glass as you drink. The appearance kinda reminds me of Bass.

S: The smell is dominated by sweet malts and hops. There is also a more subtle, creamy butter smell in there and an ample amount of citrus (probably the lime).

T: I must say this is a very balanced beer. The hops shine up front with a citrus, grapefruit flavor, followed by the bready, malt notes and lots of lime. I'm usually not a fan of beers with a prominent hop character, and although I can definitely taste them here they are nicely balanced out with the lime and malts. Finishes dry and tart with lingering citrus notes. The flavor overall is pretty simple, but it tastes like a lot of work was put into perfecting the blend.

M: Although this is no doubt a light beer, it packs plenty of body. Ample carbonation and a medium-body make this smooth and creamy, though a bit thin on the finish.

D: This is a great summer beer. Nicely balanced and drinkable, this will definitely quench thirst after a long, hot day. While nothing spectacular, this is a solid beer with a good amount of flavor and refreshment. Cheers!

kflorence, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a splendid caramel color, slightly on the dark side of the style with a two finger head that disappates down pretty quickly.
S- Bready malts are the big aroma, with some earthyness in there. The advertised lime is present in good proportion.
T- A quick lime zip with bready malts finishing out. No flavor is very strong, but still rather tasty.
M- Full bodied considering it's also a light beer. Though I suppose it's still light bodied in general. There was an excess of carbonation, particularly in the finish.
D- A very nice drinkable and sessionable beer. Certainly an interesting take on the summer seasonal. I must compliment NB in that I was very worried that the advertised lime flavor would be too central to this beer, but it was constructed in a way that was well balanced and enjoyable. Could certainly use some tweaking, but it's pretty good and refreshing both in theory and practice.

jsprain1, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of many tasting notes on the BlackBerry...

A - Pours a nice caramel brown colour, finger of head and sticky lacing.

S - Very bready and wheaty, however, some brown sugar hits the nose, and it finishes with some lemon hops.

T - Hops dominate the top and finish, bready malts come in to balance it out. The hops are leafy and green, and the malts are sweetened by a touch of brown sugar.

M - Perfect carbonation, smooth with a medium body. No complaints here.

D - Pretty well rounded offering. The flavours are nicely balanced, and there's nothing to complain about.

andrenaline, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

biboergosum, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Passed to me at a BBQ. Pours an interesting amber with a decent head that doesn't last. Smells lightly of hops, but with a different citrus beneath it. The taste has the same interesting undertone, and when I read the label kaffir lime leaf is mentioned... There we go. Crisp and finishes nicely. An enjoyable brew to quaff poolside in the summer.

kjyost, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of bnes09
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent copper brew with a solid off-white head and rings of lace. Malt backbone is subdued in the taste to give way for an assertive, pine hop. There is also an off flavor here that I can't quite put my finger on (garlic maybe?) Anyways, its not too pleasant. Light to medium-bodied and drying on the tongue. Overall, pretty average beer. Won't be buying it any time soon.

bnes09, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and light orange. Not too much head but some good lacing. A few light bubbles rising.

Smells of grasslands, citrus and light hops.

Tasted pretty strong for a summer brew. Hops and grains, citrus and a light spiciness fill this beer's profile.

Feels light and dry, very summery. Good for the style.

Drinks well. Another good beer to possibly wean BMC drinkers to better beers. A solid, if unspectacular offering from a solid brewery.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is of mostly lemon and some grassiness. Not too much to write about really.

The taste seems somewhat watery...however, some citrus is definitely noticeable (if not a little weak) upfront....there is also some biscuity, toasty flavor present as well, a la Fat Tire. There is an arrival of some hops at the back....certainly nothing big, though.

Finishes pretty clean, as one might expect. Seeing as how it is very thin and somewhat watery, little is perceptible after the swallow.

I don't think anybody goes into a beer like this expecting something mindblowing, however, if you're looking for a summer refresher that is easy sipping...well this is your beer.

NODAK, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of davidchollar
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a sort of clear copper-orange with a thin white head that settles down but never fully goes away. Smells very grainy. I get almost a watered down rice and wheat heartiness that is not very strong, but certainly smells good. Deeper sniffing reveals some definite citrus hoppiness. The label says it has lime leaf ...

The label also says it is full-bodied. I didn't think a 4% abv beer could be full-bodied... and I still don't. It could pass for medium. Again though, just like the smell foretold, the taste and mouthfeel are not strong but not bad. A surprising amount of bitterness and overall kick. Lots of flavor. One of the best beers I've had at under 5%! Definitely recommended for a summer session.

davidchollar, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. This is a light beer, but one with some craft elements. After enjoying this one sunny summer afternoon, I wish I did get the chance to drink it more often. This would be a great go-to summer session beer.

Into the glass goes a copper colored liquid with little head and whimpy lace. Fairly active carbonation. Could use more head.

Smell is caramel malt with some citrus hops that give orange and lemon impressions.

Taste is average but enjoyable. There is a nice malty base that helps the flavors feel balanced. The malt has a slight biscuit, toasted taste, most likely due to the specialty malts. The hops aren't too prominent but contribute a touch of orange and grapefruit. The lime leaf is barely there, but it does show up on certain sips. While this does have an interesting mix of flavors, there just isn't enough to make it exceptional.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. But does taste like the sweetness of the malt ends a touch too soon and some wateryness occurs. That's cheating on a clean finish!

So, of course a beer that lacks definitive flavor is going to take it's lumps from me. But I think this is decent for what it set out to be - a light summer beer that will keep you in skinny-dipping shape.

jampics2, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  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?

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN. Into a pint glass, it poured a clear golden hue with a thin white, collapsing quickly but leaving good lacing. Modest carbonation. Smelled of apple, pear, slight menthol, and earthiness. The taste was a little more pronounced; apple/pear dissolving to some woody leaves, and then finishing on a grassy/minty note. A rather odd flavor mix, and rather thin too. Easy texture to drink, but not an easy flavor to appeciate.

donniecuffs, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of errantnight
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant tangerine with moderate retention and lacing.

Earthy, malty pitch backed by some light citrus.

Lots of cracker on the tongue, with a swift finish, dry and mild. There's a hint of the cascade hops, but the lime leaf isn't there unless you search for it, to my tastes.

It's a moderate and light body with a soft carbonation.

The flavors and aromas are mild and not terribly complex, and the malt is a bit full, but this is a fine, if unspectacular summer brew. And perhaps the first "blonde" that I've really enjoyed enough to not avoid revisiting.

errantnight, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Wilson27
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

Reviewed July 2010 "Best By on Bottle" September 2010

Very nice pour. Good amount of head, even minor lacing as the head dissolved.

Color is nice, not quite an amber.
Initial smell, while nothing major stood out, it is inviting. The nose does not have any indication of hops. The mouth feel is full which I like.

Overall, a good beer. I'm a big fan of New Belgium and this is the first time I have had anything other than Fat Tire and 1554. This is certainly a lighter beer, makes sense that it's their summer ale. Overall drinkability - very good. I could certainly have a few of these on a hot summer day. It's not too hoppy, and it's crisp with a full mouth feel.

Wilson27, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks: sunny. Light yellow-orange, perfectly clear, with almost no head to speak of save a bubbly white ring and a splash of film.

Smells: grainy. Sourdough, lime, toast, clove, coriander, orange. Mostly grain, though.

Tastes: spicy hops rule the taste, with a blast of lime and lemon. A bitter but dry finish. Again, sourdough and bitter grain. Saltine crackers, ginger, sesame seed. Crisp and refreshing.

Feels: meh. High carbonation, medium body, a bit watery.

Drinks: passably. Not a bad summer drink, but also one that will probably not find it's way into my fridge again unless my roommate decides to pick up another pack.

Phelps, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Skinny Dip is a decent beer for the summer season. I've had a few summer beers lately and I would say this beer is comparable to Honey Moon or Sam Adams Summer Ale. Skinny Dip has the typical citrus flavor that the other summer beers have. It is pretty easy to drink too. I would drink this beer again.

Cubsfan1087, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Phocion
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a bright transparent gold with about a two finger frothy white head that dissolves into a thin lacing at the top of the glass.

Nose is definitely full of citrusy cascade hops with a touch of caramel and slightly toasted malts in the background.

Flavor is citrusy; grapefruit and especially the lime leaf dominate. However, despite the citric flavors there is very little bitterness and an earthy finish.

This is definitely a flavorful beer, but the feel in my mouth and stomach is pretty similar to that of your BMC lager. Thin, watery, and generally just empty feeling. I'm aware that the style isn't supposed to be full-bodied, but I was expecting and hoping for something a little more than this.

Overall I'd call this one very average. It is what it is, which is a light, refreshing summer beer. Still, you can easily get similar, but better beers.

Phocion, Jul 10, 2010
Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.