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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | 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 DovaliHops


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured an almost clear golden color with a sea foam-like head that is minimal. Smell is EXTREMELY close to the smell of Fat Tire... New Belgium tends to have that same malty smell/taste with some of their beers. Strong sweet malt smell (typical New Belgium smell, excluding Lips of Faith). No hops whatsoever. Taste is a little watered down...tastes more watery than Fat Tire, but at the same time it is a bit better tasting to me. This beer is a great summer beer and with a name like "Skinny Dip", it has to be. Mouthfeel isn't too impressive, but I could drink a sixer of this to myself EASILY.

06-22-2010 07:28:02 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of rattleweed


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

A - pours out clear with not very much head. This is such a fun, summery brew tho that i prefer sipping it from the bottle.
S - not much of a smell really. what there is is fetching citrus.
T - a shimmering clean taste, light with a little citrus up front. crisp and refreshing. not overly complicated - in a good way.
M - bright, anti-creamy, lots of carbonation.
D - easy to drink, good with backyard food fare.

06-22-2010 05:22:48 | More by rattleweed
Photo of ballz50401


3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before 9/12/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a clear light copper color with a white fluffy head that dissipates into a thin layer but leaves some lacing, also has good carbonation. Has a very light malt aroma. Very light sweet malt with some breadiness in the end and a clean yeast flavor. Light to medium bodied with moderate hop bitterness. Easy to drink on a warm summer night.

06-09-2010 02:04:02 | More by ballz50401
Photo of SAtaMi


2.68/5  rDev -21.4%

Appearance - Amber in color with a small head of white suds that is gone within seconds.

Smell - A hint of hops and malt with a lime or citrus to it.

Taste - Has some yeast and citrus with a bit of hops. There is malt flavor but not the type i am a fan of.

Mouthfeel - Crispy and smooth and not a whole lot more.

Drinkability No thanks.

06-07-2010 03:28:00 | More by SAtaMi
Photo of Josievan


3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

Appearance: Skinny Dip pours a rusty orangish-brown color. The tall head is not fluffy, it's more solid than that.

Smell: The aroma indicates a good amount of malt for a blonde ale and a touch of hops.

Taste: That signature New Belgium toasty, biscuity malt dominates the taste, producing a crusty bread quality. Hops are present but not prominent.

Mouthfeel: Skinny Dip has a heartier body than expected for the style, and is a tad rough on the way down.

Drinkability: This makes a good summer beer that is meant to consume multiples of, but also is not lacking in substance.

Notes: I found Skinny Dip to be similar to New Belgium's polarizing flagship beer, Fat Tire. One could easily mistake Skinny Dip for Fat Tire if they weren't paying attention. That's not a problem since I'm in the camp that says Fat Tire is a decent beer. In fact, Skinny Dip might be a slightly better beer overall because it contains the positive attributes of Fat Tire while having a higher drinkability.

06-04-2010 23:18:27 | More by Josievan
Photo of Thur123


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

This beer pours a medium orange color with a bubbly one finger head that fades in bursts. Good carbonation. The smell is sweet light fruits with a bit of cereal grains in the nose as well.

Glug glug glug

Grainy with cereal notes and a light bittersweet hop edge. The hops are light but tastefully mixed in. The malt is well mixed as well and this is just a humble, clean and easy drinking summer beer.

05-29-2010 19:44:29 | More by Thur123
Photo of stewart124


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a copper color with a nice centimeter of fluffy off-white head. Leaves a nice lace along the sides of the glass.

Hints of maltiness and a slightly floral aroma in the nose. This goes along with just a touch of earth and spice from the hops I am guessing.

The character is suprisingly smooth and full-bodied. Lots of light caramel character and a rich maltiness that finishes with just a touch of hops. Very hard to pick up on the cascade.

Finishes with not much aftertaste except a slight caramel sweetness and spice.

Tasty seasonal and a nice take on a blonde ale but nothing to write home about.

05-28-2010 22:33:36 | More by stewart124
Photo of semibaked


3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured in my brand new DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber color, with tons of carbonation, about an inch of frothy white head and nice lacing.

S - Nice hops, some honey sweetness, and also some citrus backnotes.

T - Light hops and some malt, but nothing else going on, pretty bland.

M - Great prickly carbonation, light and crisp.

D - This would be a great summer brew if the flavor was kicked up more, very easy drinking but needs more flavor.

05-27-2010 01:40:16 | More by semibaked
Photo of sweemzander


2.83/5  rDev -17%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best before Sept. 12, 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow/orange color that produced a decent white head that clung to the sides of the glass as it dissipated; leaving behind bits of webbing.

(S)- A sweet corn meal & honey thing going on with a light spice; almost like dry bark.

(T)- Pretty much like the smell. A sweet honeyed corn meal with a dry finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Kind of a one dimensional dry/sweet/grassy profile. Not much going on with this one, but it does have a crispness and smoothness to it, just kinda boring.

(D)- For a session brew, its good. Putting away a 6pk would be a piece of cake, but would I want to is another question. Fits the style well though in its defense.

05-21-2010 13:06:11 | More by sweemzander
Photo of jrallen34


2.17/5  rDev -36.4%

I drank this on tap into a pint glass...The beer pours a light clearish brown with a light white head, no head or lacing worth mentioning...The aroma is nothing, a little skunky hops...The taste is horribly boring, no taste which is worsened by a horrible feel that is so light it makes it totally undrinkable. This beer is horrible.

05-18-2010 13:22:49 | More by jrallen34
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of unHipHopHead


3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

For a light beer this is incredibly good. Compared with other blonde ale's it might not be as good but considering its something like 110 calories its pretty damn good.

It's very crisp and refreshing while also having some body and complexity to it. Great for a hot summer day, good session beer, could easily go through a 6 pack of this and not be too full.

All in all a great summer beer for outdoor activities like softball, BBQ's or working in the yard. One of my favorites from new belgium and certainly the best light beer I've ever had.

05-11-2010 21:33:18 | More by unHipHopHead
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a completely clear texture. There was a thin amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: Smelled of mild citrus, hops, grain, and a little malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops and a prominent graininess. Not very interesting, even for a blonde ale.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not the worst thing I've ever had, but incredibly forgettable and uninteresting.

05-11-2010 21:08:17 | More by avalon07
Photo of SamN


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

A- More of a redhead than a blonde, this off copper beer pours out a great pitted and bubbly head. Seriously, what a perfect cap to this. Strange one-off color, sort of a moldy rust color. Not awful, just...makes you pause for a moment. Looks tasty and inviting to drink deeply.

S- Strong floral scents, almost solvent in potency. Strong sweetness, gentle hop aromas. Light fruits, roses and tulips, strong spring like aromas. Wow, wasn't expecting this lovely nose. Nicely done.

T- Lime, mixed with faint caramel malts and a distinct hops finish, an angry bitter. I don't particularly the lime in this, adds a dry citrusy tone to a fairly hopped beer. Doesn't quite fit, and makes the beer seem of balance. Still it drinks fairly smooth and seems like it might be better on a hot ass day, rather then a cold spring evening.

M- Solid construction, with a medium light body. Pretty carbonated, definite carbonation burn on the palette.

D- I don't know about this one. I like the lighter crisp tastes and smell, I don't like the off balance lime side. I'm totally on the fence about this one.

05-08-2010 04:53:14 | More by SamN
Photo of diamondc


2.95/5  rDev -13.5%

Best by Nov 20, 09. Six pack on sale for $3.99. I won't judge that harshly.

Decided to drink from a 22 oz mug, poured straight down the middle, aggressively. Huge head, decent lacing, with an island of foam lasting until the end. Great amber hue to this beer.

Smells like cookie dough, Fat Tire, with some slight vegetal smells in the background. I don't smell any Cascade or anything resembling lime, yet.

This beer tastes very similar to Fat Tire. It is 'lighter' tasting of course, but still has that sweet cookie dough like taste. A lime flavor is vaguely in the aftertaste. They should have amped that lime flavor up for a more unique tasting beer.

As far as mouthfeel & drinkability, I think they're OK for a light beer. It drinks like seltzer, but it kind of boring to drink more than one.

03-02-2010 02:56:56 | More by diamondc
Photo of thedrewski86


3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured into a pint glass, golden amber color, white head that dissipates to a thin white sheen. Good lacing. The smell is a little citrusy. Taste is grassy and bready, but not heavy. There's a hint of lime. Good carbonation, easy going and an overall great summer beer.

12-01-2009 02:11:12 | More by thedrewski86
Photo of MurphyMacManus


3.58/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Golden with a white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a fine lace on the surface of the beer.

S: Citrus. Grapefruit and lime. Not much malt.

T: bready/crackery malt in the background with a nice citrus kick and a slightly bitter finish.

M: It's beer. Didn't expect it to be thick like an Imperial Stout.

D: yes

11-27-2009 02:00:28 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of Llewellyn9


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

a- honey colored. a good two fingers of light tan head, but its fizzy and settles quickly. (looks good in my snazzy Humboldt State mug though!)

s- light malts in the aroma, hints of citrus. i'm disappointed at the lack of hops promised on the label; i dont think this beer is a fresh as it should be.

t- lots of biscuit malt with a subtle hop bitterness in the finish that is accentuated by a touch of citrus. subtle but pleasing, reminds me of a lighter version of their fat tire.

d & m- light and airy with a touch of cream, wets the palate nicely, very refreshing and drinkable.

a great session beer for a sunny day, good to bring to that bbq where you dont want to offend the uninitiated.

11-04-2009 23:40:49 | More by Llewellyn9
Photo of JTahoe


3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

This is what it sounds like--a stripped down beer.

A - Solid gold color. Foamy, rocky head which slowly dissipates. Golden, clean motor oil hue. Minimal lacing.

S - Lightly floral and decently hoppy with some malts and grains.

T - Crisp up front with a slight bite presumably from the hops, but perhaps more from the Kaffir lime leaves. The hops have more presence in the nose than in the mouth. Whatever boldness the beer has quickly gives way to finish much lighter than expected.

M - Light with pleasant carbonation. Perhaps a bit too thin in the finish for my taste.

D - Really a quite compelling take on a light summer brew. I drank this several times over the summer, and it goes down very easily and is very refreshing. Just enough flavor to be interesting, but so light. Great for an afternoon at the pool, or after mowing the lawn. Definitely not a favorite choice, but well executed for the "skinny dip" session beer they intended to create.

11-02-2009 22:59:45 | More by JTahoe
Photo of Bajasith


3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Bought as make yor own six pack... I recommend doing this for those who love to try all beers, that way you will not get stuck with the rest if beer was not good...
Apperance/Smell: Poured very clear amber/gold color with small finger head that laced well on glass. Aroma was same as Fat Tire, earthy grain like bread that appealed to me.
Taste: Very much like Fat Tire but a little watered down. Impressed how flavor was retained under such circumstances, much like a light beer.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: I like my brew with intense flavor and this brew was ok as is does give a small kick of hops at the end. Could see myself drinking this beer on a hot summer day with some chips and salsa.

10-31-2009 03:18:19 | More by Bajasith
Photo of PintOHops


4.03/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared an ultra clear golden/copper with little visible carbonation, produced a 1 finger head with decent retention. Left a bit of broken & soapy lacing, decent appearance overall. Smelled of fresh citrus & herbal notes upon swirling, dominating is the infamous Fat Tire malts, biscuit/molasses/soft caramel and a good amount of earthiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of mild spice & earthy notes, a bit of citrus in there on beginning notes as well, and it finishes with the infamous Fat Tire malts as in the smell, caramel/biscuit/molasses & a bit of earthiness. Lite hop bitterness finishes this one, and lingering malts. Mouthfeel was smooth and needed more bite to it, around medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - For such a lite beer, New Belgium manages to pull in big flavor & quality, which was very impressive to me. This is a highly sessionable brew that appeals to the masses, it doesn't fill you up, and has enough complexity to leave you wanting more. I really enjoyed it, I would have appreciated more bite in the feel, but it's ok. Very well priced, id pick up a 6pack to try, very balanced beer. Cheers!

10-26-2009 23:47:55 | More by PintOHops
Photo of adam42381


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: Pours a dark golden caramel color with a 1-2 finger white, foamy head; minimal amount of lacing throughout.

Smell: Light citrus with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Malt flavor at the beginning followed by citrus and then a bready finish with just a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with a strong amount of carbonation. Not too much bite.

Drinkability: Pretty decent drinkability though I wouldn't want more than a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall: Another pretty solid offering from New Belgium. I wouldn't run out to buy it again soon but I would drink it again if I had more.

10-21-2009 23:25:48 | More by adam42381
Photo of jt31914


1.6/5  rDev -53.1%

12 oz. Bottle

A: 1/2 finger head, golden color and rising carbonation.

S: Hoppy clove smell.

T: To sweet on the palate - bitter burnt/char flavor and clove tastes on the finish. Very odd taste, especially on the finish. Hops not overly apparent.

M: Pleasant

D: Fairly drinkable.

It's pretty average, and the burnt taste on the palate is very unwelcomed.

10-08-2009 18:26:59 | More by jt31914
Photo of Reidrover


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

Ok I'm a big fan of New Belgium so picked up a bottle of this today.
Comes in the usual New Belgium brown 12 oz bottle.usual watercolour type pic on the label, this time a kite.
The beer actually looks quite attractive nice dark golden colour with a nice solid white head..thats small but lingers long..lovelly looking carbonation.
The aroma is quite strong..mostly hops but some wheat smell is present.
I am taken aback by the taste though..its pretty thin for a New Belgium product..very little malt sweetness here..just right on to a zesty , bubbly hopiness that dissapointingly doesn't last long..weird.
Mouthfeel is pretty average..to carbonated for my tatses.
This is an odd beer not sure were it fits in maybe a lager made with wheat?
Anyway its odd but drinkable in hot weather..recommends it be served at 3 degrees C on the label

10-08-2009 06:15:04 | More by Reidrover
Photo of kpoole25


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Only a few bottles left at the store, hadn't gotten around to trying so picked one up. Poured into a glass, clear amber, adequate head. Citrus and malt aromas, very nice. Taste is refreshing, more citrus and malt, not a lot of hops, finishes dry. Not a big beer, but that's not what they're trying to do with this.

09-29-2009 03:11:45 | More by kpoole25
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