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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | 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 GarrettMD
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

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 +32.8%

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 +0.6%

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 +15.2%

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 +18.2%

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 -1.8%

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 -9.1%

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 -9.7%

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.

DovaliHops, Jun 22, 2010
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.

rattleweed, Jun 22, 2010
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.

ballz50401, Jun 09, 2010
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.

SAtaMi, Jun 07, 2010
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.

Josievan, Jun 04, 2010
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.

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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.

Thur123, May 29, 2010
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.

stewart124, May 28, 2010
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.

semibaked, May 27, 2010
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.

sweemzander, May 21, 2010
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.

jrallen34, May 18, 2010
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 15, 2010
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.

unHipHopHead, May 11, 2010
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, May 11, 2010
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.

SamN, May 08, 2010
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.

diamondc, Mar 02, 2010
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.

thedrewski86, Dec 01, 2009
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

MurphyMacManus, Nov 27, 2009
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.

Llewellyn9, Nov 04, 2009
Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.