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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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629 Ratings
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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: dreadnatty08 on 04-06-2006

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mikennat
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick white head. Settles slightly leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear bronze body. Thin and semi-sticky lacing.
S) Earthy grain notes. Hints of orange. A subtle hops aroma.
T) Flavors are not very robust; a bit thin. The palate opens up a bit as time passes but not much. I pick up some citrus notes - orange. Some caramel malt. A nutty finish with a slight hop bite.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Lighter side of medium body. Smooth finish.
D) An easy drinker. I'd have another one.

Photo of harrymel
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 06/26/10

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A: light orange, absolute clarity. Continuous ribbon resotres the paper thin white film capping the ale.

S: Smells like a standard pilsener. Only unique grace befalls the slight lime accent, which is a pleasant touch.

T: Tastes like a light amber, really light. Lime unfortunately does not make it to the flavor of the beer, and leaves itself to the nose.

M: Quite carbonated, almost a burning sensation as buds are attacked with constant expulsion of gas from ale. Med bodied.

D: Although the beer isn't bad, I will be unlikely to purchase again in near future.

Photo of GreyMorel
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving - 1/2 in bottle, 1/2 in tumbler.

I'm not a huge fan of their most common brew, 'Fat Tire', so I wasn't expecting much from this brew. I was pleasantly surprised.

The brew poured a generic amber-orange color, with a single finger cream or off-white head. Head was only of moderate life.

Smell was a mixed bag of hops and malts.

Taste was surprising - My only other experience with New Belgium brews so far is 'Fat Tire', which I can only describe as liquid hard-tac (chalky malt domination). THIS brew, however, was perfectly balanced between malts/grain and hops. One thing I DIDN'T notice though was the advertised 'lime leaf citrus' flavor - something was there for sure, but I couldn't tell if it was just the natural citrus note of the 'cascade hops', or if it was the result of the gimmicky spice.

Mouthfeel was thin and effervescent - a good deal of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I would not say its spectacular, but it is better than most microbrews - its on the verge of macro level.

Photo of TCMike
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great easy drinking beer for those that are not hop-driven. It's a light amber color with a 1 finger white head. The taste is that of malt, light citrus, and even lighter hops. It's a summer seasonal product, so I relieved the local liquor store of their remaining 3 cases in early fall.

Photo of JayS2629
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Bierschenker
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of budgood1
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.