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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 34 | 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 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
Photo of ocelot2500
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a rough white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of some earthiness and toasted malts.

Tastes of toasted malts followed by the earthy hops. Malts are mostly bready, but have a grain sweetness. Hops are earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance wise, this beer looks extremely refreshing. A nice golden blonde color, transparent, with tons of fine bubbles traveling the sides of the glass. an inch worth of white foam remains at the top. Looks similar to a golden bock.

the smell is pretty boring, i get the typical lager beer smell, some alcohol and grains .

Like the smell there isn't much complexity in the taste, just a straight forward, refreshing ale. Some sweetness and VERY subtle grapefruit hops I can faintly make out in the background.
I'm not blown away by any means, but I don't think that's what they were going for here anyways.

mouthfeel is light, crisp, and high carbonation. Very easy on the palate.

Highly drinkable, a good sessionable beer to drink a lot of on a warm day. Pretty good beer all in all.

wolfinthemirror, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a typical clear golden color with just a bit of foamy white head.

Aroma is fairly mild - just some slight hoppy notes and a hint of citrus coming through. Flavor has a bit more to it with a slightly acidic lime presence on the finish.

Very light and bubbly in the mouth this is a good solid beer for a hot summer day, but not something I'll be seeking out too often - just not enough going on to interest me all that much.

thetomG, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of GarrettMD
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice crystal clear gold with half a finger light creamy head that fades to a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing is good. Minimal carbonation seen.

S - Very malty aroma, bready smell, with a slight earthy hop aroma.

T - Very light taste, pale malts, caramel taste sticks out more than the base malts, slight bready taste as well. Very slight citrus undertones, not too noticeable but well balanced. Overall, a nice clean tasting beer. Nothing complicated, but still good.

M - Light bodied, More carbonation than the appearance puts on. Finish is very light and not too dry.

D - Very good drinkability. Smooth the entire way through, well balanced and makes you want to go back for another sip.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I hadn't heard good things about this beer, but I don't know what those people were talking about. I found it very enjoyable, would definitely get this again.

GarrettMD, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.53/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Clear strawberry blonde color with a good-sized white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet buttery malt smells, along with nuts, a hint of earthiness, and a slight herbal touch.

Taste: Sweet and slightly sour citrus flavors up front, finishing with a nutty finish (almost like peanut butter). There are also some hints of grassiness and some apple flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, with light carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This beer was much better than I expected. This is also the most complex "refresher" beer I have had as far as flavor. A great beer to have around because it tastes good, or just to have to refresh yourself.

Mosstrooper, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Baraka
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a local restaurant, reviewing from notes.

Skinny Dip has a light straw color and a fairly subdued head that quickly vanishes. The usual New Belgium biscuity malt is present, but it is not near as prevalent as in most of their brews. The taste is citrusy and light. I found the carbonation to be a little low and the mouthfeel a little thin. It's a fine beer to relax with in the sun, but really not complex enough or tasty enough for me to want another. I think it is outclassed by many other summer seasonals.

Baraka, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before September 12, 2010. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear golden/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is average with a good amount of lacing. There's a nice unique citrusy aroma in this brew, I guess it's the kaffir lime leaf (as stated on the label) that I smell. There's also some sweet malt and hops noticable, too. For the most part the taste is the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some bready malt flavor in this beer. There's also a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's nice and enjoyable. I liked this brew, it was a pleasant surprise. I'll have to buy some more the next time I see it since it's not available in Ohio.

bluejacket74, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of pastradul
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend left some bottles over form a get together and I figured I might as well try them.

poured into a shaker pint.

pours a dark honey color with fluffy whit head that leaves rather quick.

the aroma is yeasty and malty.

the flavor is a smooth sweet malt, somewhat like a lager. smooth with a biscuity butter finish. I am rather surprised by this beer. pretty good actually.

wont have any trouble finishing of the second bottle that is left.

pastradul, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium glass. 4.2% ABV, Serve in a New Belgium glass pictured, 45° F, Best Before 12Sept10.

A - The sweaty glass still lets through the brilliantly clear golden amber color and the massive chimney of carbonation. A plump white head has good retention and leaves a chunky finger of lace.

S - Light pale malts blend with a bit of wheat in the nose resulting in a light base with a bready, caramel touch. The hops have a grass-clipping, hay and mulch-like aroma found in most of New Belgian's beers. Fair aroma.

T - Light pale malts again. A touch of caramel too. Mainly my mind is drawn to the flavor of grassy, mulch-like hops so prevalent in the beers that come out of New Belgium. No where near as strong as, say, 2° Below, but it's still there. Not so much a fan.

M - Medium-light bodied and crisp with plenty of carbonation. Skinny dip is smooth with a light dry finish.

D - You know, it's an ok beer but it just doesn't do it for me. Drinkability is fair for what it is, but it's not an offering from New Belgium I'd go to often, if ever again.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: light white head 1 finger width quickly dissipates amber gold color with little carb bubbles.
S: medium hoppy aroma mixed well with balanced malts
T: a little spice mixed well with sweet maltiness and slight bittering hops but mostly used aromatic hops.
M/D: light bodied no drying effect and decent drinkability not NB's best but good

Kemmerlin, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

DovaliHops, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of rattleweed
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

rattleweed, Jun 22, 2010
Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.