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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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537 Ratings
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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | 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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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with one finger of white head and lots of carbonation.

Scent of light grain, a hint of earth and faint caramel. Nothing amazing, but it is pretty good.

Taste of light grain and not much else. Light on flavor, but not unpleasant. A pretty average tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 23:09:02 | More by paco1029384756
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Pencible

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured clear, dark gold with some off-white head. It smelled almost identical to Fat Tire, with roasted barley, faint copper hops, and bready yeast. It tasted similar to Fat Tire also, with dominant barley malt followed by some copper hops and bready yeast. Although this one had a hint of lime, and the barley wasn't as roasty or rich. It was slightly thick with a fair amount of carbonation, and a mild aftertaste. Overall this was more of a summer amber ale than a blonde ale, with too much in common with Fat Tire. That includes the generally boring character of the other beer, making this one also rather bland and forgettable. I suppose this one is at least a decent summary variation of the classic, but I'd honestly prefer neither.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 17:53:06 | More by Pencible
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Beerbythepool

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to standard pint glass. Toasted honey color with a cream 2 finger head.
Great lacing.
Looks better than it tastes. Toasted oats flavor with a dry finish. Chewy mouthfeel. Hops are there, but muted to say the least. Strong corn flavor. Not anything special here and I think this is the second time I have tried it out and not been impressed. This one will be my last. Better luck next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:53:10 | More by Beerbythepool
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beertunes

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium yellow with no head, but did have just a slight bit of lacing.

The aroma was very malty sweet with no hops noticeable. The flavors couldn't even reach the modest goals set by the scent. The flavor was totally bland with no outstanding characteristics.

The body was medium-light and smooth. The beer was very drinkable, but why would you? If you're buying beer at some out of the place, this would be better than going macro, but otherwise avoid.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 20:45:23 | More by beertunes
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david18

New York

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i'm not a huge blonde ale fan and am also disappointed at the number of mainstream beers this "well regarded" brewery comes out with. this beer is just not worth getting except for the bottle that reminds one of their better offerings. Mediocre color, smell and taste. I wouldn't bother.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 18:51:05 | More by david18
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden/orange color clear with thumb sized white head that falls fast some sparse lace left behind.

Aroma is biscuit malt lightly, light citrus notes hints of the lime mentioned.

Taste is biscuity malts some light citrus notes, lime again. This beer is defiantly a summer brew light crisp decent malt mellow citrus notes, thirst quenching but not exciting at all.

Mouthfeel is light as it should be carbonation light medium.

Drinkability is good if u consider you could down several of these no problem, the problem is why would u really want to.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 21:08:20 | More by mntlover
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Rhynes2

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer in my opinion. Pours a nice orangish color with not much of a foam head and not much for lacing either. I'm normally a fan of more extreme beers but this is a nice light tasting and refreshing brew. Seems like a good beer to go sit outside by the pool with which is exactly where I plan to go next.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 20:05:45 | More by Rhynes2
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champ103

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange color. A small white head forms and recedes in a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Pale malts, biscuit, and dry crackers. Not very aromatic and kind of bland.
T: A malty sweetness with dry biscuit and crackers. Again, pretty bland.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit watery and over carbonated. Easy enough to drink. A sessionable beer.

This is a watered down Fat Tire (which is pretty watered down to begin with). Not bad, but New Belgium does much better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 02:44:46 | More by champ103
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the site list this as an American Blonde it's essentially a light beer. I'm reviewing it as a Blonde. If I were to review it as a light beer the scores would be substantially higher.
Golden/Amber in color. Thin wispy white head that falls rather quickly. Spotty lacing.
Earthy aroma. While it smells good I was expecting the advertised cascade hops. Little to no grapefruit or citrus aromas. Also no hint of the lime mentioned on the bottle.
Good flavor balanced between an earthy flavor and malt sweetness. The malts dominate this beer. Which isn't a bad thing but I was expecting more hoppiness. Citrus flavors on the back end of the tongue and in the finish.
Good mouthfeel for the style. On the lighter side of medium instead of the heavier side of light.
Nice easy drinking beer. If I was to compare it to my favorite light beer....Sam Adams Light this would win hands down.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 19:00:42 | More by wcudwight
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange to golden with a big foamy, feather white head packed with dense carbonation bubbles that slowly dissipates to a thin, snow-like lacing.

The aroma consists of hops, citrus, and even something semi-sweet.

The flavor is not what I expected, more sweet malt than the nose, biscuit-like, and still a bit hoppy at the back end, and again some pleasant citrus notes.

Medium to light in body, a bit thin, medium carbonation, nice balance of flavors.

The sweet malt ultimately wins out in the flavor; and this is a very nice/easy drinking beer. Great for summer outings where you may be having multiple beverages. Not to mention, who doesn't love an American Blonde?

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 02:36:30 | More by CHADMC3
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cnally

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer pours a pale orange, with lots of yellow, while its white head falls pretty quickly into a bit of lacing.

slightly sour aroma and flavor. the aroma starts with the hops, but ends up a bit grainy and grassy. the flavor really has an initial sour note, but ends up very sweet and slightly milk-ish, kind of a cream flavor. strange. finishes bitter, slight caramel.

creamy, slightly flat and therefore slick mouthfeel.

not the best, nor the worst. very sweet and very middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 01:42:39 | More by cnally
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - pours out with a clear gold color and a thick head that is well retained

S - light malt with a touch of hop

T - crisp malt with mild hop flavoring and notable yeasty esters

M - medium-to-light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is quite a nice and refreshing blonde ale. I'm glad I was able to try it on a modestly warm day. I don't think I'd enjoy it too much in the winter though - but blonde ales are summer lawnmowing beers and this fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 21:37:21 | More by scoobybrew
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 9/10/09.

Craft beer goes light with addition of kaffir lime? Sounds suspiciously familiar...

Served chilled, pours into a pint glass a dark golden yellow color with good clarity and a nice inch of head. Sticks around well enough and even leaves some lace. So far so good.

Aroma is mild but it has a slight hop and citrus smell, maybe some lime, not unpleasant but far from spectacular.

Flavor is familiar to New Belgium fans with that common link of biscuit malts and mild earthy hops. It's very much a fat-tire lite. In fact, I wonder if they really wanted to name it Skinny Tire?

Mouthfeel is thin in body with a good amount of carbonation. Well balanced and easy drinking.

It's easy to be hard on this beer but it's really pretty good when you consider it's a light summer beer. Nothing to knock anyone's socks off but certainly good enough for a barbeque.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 04:48:59 | More by GilGarp
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merryjoulton

Arkansas

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber hue with a fluffy white head. Smell is faint hops and faint malt and faint spices. Taste is very crisp and sweet and a tad sticky hoppy citrusy piney. Mouthfeel is even a little creamy which is nice for a style this light because it adds to the experience. Drinkability is just fine.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 05:42:28 | More by merryjoulton
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sevopie

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden/amber in color with very little white head.

Some graininess with a touch of citrus.

Toasted biscuit with a bit of lime, the taste stays the same as the smell, while being vastly different at the same time. There's a bit of sour fruit note to finish it off.

Rather light in body with a dumptruck full of a fine carbonation.

Its lagerish in its crispness and tart finish, but doesn't really deliver anything special whatsoever. Don't care for this one really at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 09:55:08 | More by sevopie
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Vidav

Montana

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Medium orange color. Got about 1/2 inch head.

S: Malty, not very strong odor.

T: Seemed almost biscuity up front. Ended grassy.

M: Light, not heavy at all.

D: This is very easy to drink.

Notes: This isn't bad but it's not great either. Would make a good session beer because it is good enough to enjoy but very easy going down.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 01:37:22 | More by Vidav
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HeroJH

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

To me this seems like a hoppy-er Fat Tire. Which can be nice. It has the usual New Belgian grainy smell that most of their beers seem to have.

A - Medium Gold - low head
S - Toasty, Grainy.
T - Grainy. One dimensional most of the time. Some bitter notes and a green at the end.
M - light clean carbonation
D - OK. Lacks some interest, but pretty good with food on a summer day.

Good seasonal and I might reach for it if it's there during a picnic or cookout.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 21:42:41 | More by HeroJH
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skinny dip pours a well done pancake golden brown with a tan head that fades quickly. Not very impressive, it looks like an over caramelized blond ale.

The smell is full of robust malts and toasted grains. Deep in the background is a lager like scent consisting of that lager yeast funk. Not unpleasant in the slightest.

The taste is clean, sweet and malty. The sweetness gives way to a citrus bitterness that taste more like the pith of said fruits rather then the juice or rind. I've never knowingly tasted a kaffir lime leaf but that earthy, subdued citrus is probably what it's like. Well done New Belgium for introducing me to a new flavor.

The mouthfeel is very nice. I don't agree with the bottle because it reads that the skinny dip is a full-bodied beer. I'd put it thin to medium at best. The finish is quite nice with a beefy carbonation making it a little dry and acidic. Almost soda like. Clean and refreshing, a real treat on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 22:58:28 | More by jbphoto88
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KI9A

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lear, golden. Some head.

S: Malt, honey, citrus.

T: Follows smell, plus, slight lime/lemon finish. Seems to have a real nice malty backbone, with nice Cascade ( Saaz? ) hops.

M: Clean refeshing as hell. A bit heavier that a typical American Blonde Ale.

D: Super easy to quaff down. Low ABV makes this a really nice session beer. Will see this in my fridge more often.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 01:59:50 | More by KI9A
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SaintPeter

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a large white head, very foamy. Streams of carbonation bubbles and a curtain of cling on the glass.

Strong aroma of lager, honey, kaffir lime leaves, citrusy hops with a dusting of malt.

The kaffir lime leaves are citrusy and tart upfront, a bold malt backbone, pilsner-type hops, lagery with a clean and crisp finish. It has that cold filtered lager taste.

Body is surprisinly medium. Gets foamy if swirled in the mouth, a turn off.

A thirst quenching beer, nice on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 20:11:49 | More by SaintPeter
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in Tennessee while in the Smokies! Poured into a pint glass.

I hadn't tried anything New Belgium before, so I bought one of everything they had at the Food City in Pigeon Forge when I was there on vacation. I didn't know how I would like it given the description, but I gave it a shot. The beer is advertised as a summer beer and it did not disappoint. The pour was great, a bright reddish gold with a fluffy white head that stuck around til the end. There wasn't much aroma from the beer, just a generally malty beeriness, but the kaffir lime made its presence known when I picked up the glass up to my mouth. I couldn't really identify any single element that made me like this beer so much, but I like the balance of the malt, hops, citrus, and the carbonation. The beer had good complexity, with the hop bitterness first, then the fullness of the malt, and finishing with the fruit. I liked it all, in my opinion much better than the rest of the brewer's offerings (i.e. Fat Tire). The beer was smooth and light but also very satisfying. I would buy again if it were ever available to me again!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 06:53:54 | More by Soonami
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Tone

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong earthy malt and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and slight hop. Overall, too earthy in flavor for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 06:45:40 | More by Tone
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marvin213

North Carolina

1.38/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There's a thick, foamy cap juxtaposed against a thin-looking yellow/orange/brown--these three colors blend from the bottom up. With that head and all, it kinda looks like an amber more than a blonde. The foamy cap slowly settles to a 2mm layer of film. The film is incongruent in that patches of thicker foam interrupt the thin layer. The look leaves me skeptical.

It smells like a toasty, biscuity Fat Tire. I have to reexamine the bottle and label to ensure it's not one. Perhaps kaffir lime is a subtle variety because there is ZERO lime detectable in the aroma. That's disappointing for a beverage purporting to offer a "bright, citrusy palate." Maybe it'll taste that way, but the smell is a malty biscuit--I'm really wondering if the wrong liquid made the bottle.

Its taste is inferior to Fat Tire. I'm not intentionally comparing this beer to New Belgium's flagship beverage, but it's eerily similar. I credit a subtle lime presence in each sip, but (and here I already go again) it's like they poured some lime juice into a big batch of Fat Tire. This beer is a sham. It's a marketing gimmick: "skinny dip" with a woman's clothes left on the lake shore. In full disclosure, I'm sure that's part of the reason I chose this one for my beach trip. I'm also fairly sure that no girl would really like this beer...no boy either. Not only am I disappointed in the taste, but I also feel let down by the brewery. This is a lighter, slightly lime-infused amber-type ale--not a blonde. Let the conspiracy theories begin....

The mouthfeel is a malty, carbonated one. Though the lime subtley stimulates the tongue, it's nonexistent in the cheeks and rest of the palate. I really can't believe its makers purport a bright, citrusy palate. As I close my eyes and sip, I'd think I have a brown. I have to dig to detect anything this beer is supposed to be...and that's just not the way it's supposed to be.

Particularly for a light, "blonde" ale, this beverage is undrinkable. You would NEVER want two in a row. For a summery brew trying to associate itself with frivolous fun (read: getting naked), that is ridiculous. From start to finish, I feel like this beer's a phony imposter. I'd consider having another one only to confirm that it sucks.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 21:39:43 | More by marvin213
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Golden body under a medium, chunky white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Malt. Sweet. The kaffir lime leaf peaks through here and there. Not a lot of hops.

T: Again, malt. Slight bitterness in the finish that is very fleeting along with the lime. Mostly malt though. A little better put together than the aroma, but still missing something.

M/D: Fuller body than expected, very creamy. Very drinkable. Overall, nothing special, but a very accessible beer and entirely refreshing for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 00:20:08 | More by NCSUdo
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jjazz

South Dakota

2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another crappy beer from NB. I keep waiting to be impressed by this brewery (I've only heard great things), but bottle after bottle, it just doesn't happen.

This one has no notable aromas or flavors beyond simple malt and a hint of herbal hops, with one exception. There is an appreciated Riesling like aroma in the glass that doesn't come through on the palate.

I don't get anything resembling the cascade and kaffir lime scented brew the label promised. I understand this one is trying to come in with low calories and carbs, but that is no excuse for underhopping.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:17:49 | More by jjazz
Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.