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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 25 | 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 oberon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this to throw back today while I have pork shoulder out on the smoker.Poured into a nonic a fuller golden color than I expected I have to admit,I large fluffy white head atop.Very light aromas mainly some light toast and caramel,the cascades talked about on the bottle are pretty non existent.Mouthfeel isnt bad for such a lighter beer not quite full but it isnt watery either,flavors seem to lack any oomph,some toast and light caramel/ biscuit-like sweetness with a shot of herb in the finish.It is what it is and its pretty good for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 20:46:08 | More by oberon
Photo of dislogik


3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Still yet another attempt to find a great summer beer, with this being one of the best this year. The beer pours into a deep amber with a one finger head that last longer than most summer beers I have had. It has a very slight citrus smell and even less of a citrus taste. It has a mild flavor with just a slight sharpness on the tongue. This was one of the highlights of my summer beer quest.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:37:59 | More by dislogik
Photo of baos


4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into Barilla jar.

A: Honey blonde with a 2 finger white head. Head retention is not bad and lacing is decent.

S: I believe this is the ale's best trait. Greenhousey malt over a nice mild hop spice. Key limes and the tiniest hint of pink bubblegum stick. And i just remembered my sister's scented geranium. cant member which variety.

T: Very bright on the palette. Tart and citrusy. Floral and citrus hop presence. then comes the kaffir lime leaves... good stuff. ends with a pleasant bitterness that i think is more kaffir than hops. Good stuff I'd like to pair this with some spicy thai food with kaffir lime leaves. Very very refreshing.

M: Nice medium light feel. Near perfect for this brew.

D: Wow. Lets send a sixer of these 100 feet deep to chill and haul them up and have them on the lake in the summer sun.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 03:26:45 | More by baos
Photo of schmitter


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber with very little head.

Smells malty and somewhat grainy.

Tastes bright, citrusy, and malty.

Almost no hop presence.

Definetely drinkable, but like a previous reviewer, I don't want to!!

No sweetness I normally associate with a blonde ale.

This is from a new belgium mixed pack and overall NB gets a meh.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 22:56:21 | More by schmitter
Photo of Jayli


3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on 8/8 at Hot Shots in IL
This beer pours a nice clear copper color with a 1 finger of rocky, creamy off white head. Ringlets of lacing coat the glass. Nose is of grains, adjuncts, and a touch of caramel malts. Taste is very grainy, some pale malts, with some spicy hops in the finish. Medium body, medium carbonation, clean crisp feel. It's not a phenomenal beer, but one you could sit with for an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 15:10:08 | More by Jayli
Photo of soupermirl


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear and sparkling. Very little residual head. Smell was standard New Belgium smell. Of which I love, but nothing extraordinary. Slight citrus smell. Taste was very good, very good indeed. Very light and crisp. Refreshing all the way down. No off flavors or bittering as you would expect Very good. Did I type that already. Mouthfeel was average. Not quite as New Belgium as the other New Belgiums. Very easy to drink and drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 15:31:27 | More by soupermirl
Photo of iammatt


3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear pale orange into my pint glass with a nice off-white two finger head. The head subsided to a half finger head that lasted the whole beer while leaving behind a lace that refused to disappear. The beer carries that earthy, malty nose I've come to expect. Sadly little more came through in the nose, was expecting more citrus seeing how the beer advertises it's Cascade hops so well.

Tasting reveals much like the nose a strong earthy, malty flavor followed quickly by biscuit and finishing with hops and a small bit of lime. A refreshing beer, but I guess I just want a bit more malt followed up with a bit more hops. Is crisp and refreshing, and very good for a light beer alternative. Would make a great summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 02:26:24 | More by iammatt
Photo of paco1029384756


3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Photo of Pencible


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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
Photo of Beerbythepool


3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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
Photo of beertunes


2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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
Photo of david18

New York

2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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
Photo of mntlover


3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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
Photo of Rhynes2


3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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
Photo of champ103


3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Photo of CHADMC3


3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Photo of cnally


3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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
Photo of scoobybrew


4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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
Photo of GilGarp


3.65/5  rDev +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
Photo of merryjoulton


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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
Photo of sevopie


2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
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
Photo of Vidav


3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Photo of HeroJH


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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
Photo of jbphoto88


3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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
Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.