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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 578
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 donmonkey1


1.88/5  rDev -44.9%

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow with a large white head that recedes too quickly. Decent lacing though.

Smell: Sweet cardboard

Taste: Like a homebrew gone wrong. I don't want to say it tastes like an infection, but ick. There's a faint some kind of hop and some kind of mild sweetness with a whole lot of yuck.

Drinkability: This beer is too yucky to drink very many.

05-25-2009 13:28:57 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

The latest to arrive upon NC's shores from New Belgium. I am having some Madras curry and this seemed like a good choice. We'll see. Nice bright golden color and surprisingly strong head for the style and decent lace. Nose is weak but has hints of fruit and wheat.

Almost water thin in texture with a tint of metal in the aftertaste. Some fruit on a palate of light malts and a tiny hint of hops. Somewhat over carbonated but still refreshing. Drinkable but nothing special.

05-24-2009 00:58:29 | More by daliandragon
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

A light gold to Amber bodied beer disspenses from my 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Plenty of white head that leaves some lacing down the sides of the glass. A thin layer of suds sits atop for a bit settling out within minutes. The aroma is hard to pick up on, but there's toasted malt, hops? Not a ton. Lime, I am trying to smell it, but am having trouble. The flavors are malty at first with little hop presence. The lime thing is definitely there in the finish. I would like this beer if it had a bit less of that toasted malt character to it and more of the fruitiness. Lime juice squeezed over toast.

Mouthfeel is light but not overly so. An easy drinker. Will I buy it again? No.

05-16-2009 22:17:10 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

Pours a light orange color with a nice two-finger head on it, retention is decent and there's some lacing. The smell is nothing special for the style, some citrus and caramel malt. The taste is about the same, not bad but not amazing. Mouthfeel is fairly standard, well carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a good summer beer that you can sit and enjoy and focus less on the beer and more on some activity.

03-05-2009 21:16:22 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of Beefeater57


3.58/5  rDev +5%

A: Amber color, white soapy head. Thick lacing, very carbonated...

S: Very citrus smell, mostly lemon/lime. Hint of spiciness from the hops, some yeast.

T: Citrus flavor hits pretty hard - definitely get the lemon/lime flavors. Some acidity, and hop bitterness is faint in the finish. Also get some orange peel flavors

M: Thin, little watery. Feels flat at times..

D: Light, refreshing ale. Definitely a beer for a hot summer day outside. Pretty good for a summer seasonal, but that is the only time I would probably drink it - outside in the summertime.

02-01-2009 21:30:21 | More by Beefeater57
Photo of ibbjamin


3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured into a pint glass.

Quarter inch fizzy white head. Moderate carbonation. Transparent gold straw color. Minimal lacing and head retention.

Smell is rather faint; grainy malts with lemon citrus.

Some cascade hops match the grassy malts with lemon citrus.

Light body. Moderate carbonation. Rather watery going down.

Not a bad summer beer that is very easy to drink. There certainly is room for improvement here.

01-14-2009 02:58:51 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.9/5  rDev -15%

Reviewed 5/5/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a very light golden red color, clear, can see the carbonation bubbles. Big foamy white head, medium sized bubbles, somewhat lasting, good lacing. Malty aroma, later aroma of hops, citrus. malts, some hops, slightly bitter, slightly acidic aftertaste, slightly nutty, fizzy. Light tasting, but not much flavor.

01-11-2009 13:58:58 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Mistofminn


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that quickly thins. The smell is typical, but there is something about it that makes me do a double take. Can't put my finger on it, it makes me curious. Not a very impressive taste, just average. Malts and grains and the faintest hop bitterness. Good carbonation and a thin body lead to a good mouthfeel and a fairly drinkable beer.

12-30-2008 09:33:36 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of magictrokini


2.85/5  rDev -16.4%

This is more of a Belgian Lite. Clear gold pour with a frothy white head. Funky aroma of earthy malt and bitter hops, mixed with lime and oranges. Yeast, wheat, and weak hops with a pleasant and clean citrus end. Refreshing, but not spectacular. Its a blonde, after all

12-10-2008 22:21:28 | More by magictrokini
Photo of mikereaser


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a bottle into my Axe the Drink Tax pint glass

A - pours a nice amber color with 1/4 inch of foam that resulted in just a fine layer of tiny bubbles

S - Sweet malt aroma and a hint of hops

T - Slight nutty flavor with malty taste and just a bit of hops

M/D - This is definitely a beer that could be consumed over and over. Its a light drinking beer and very easy to drink. Nothing to exciting, but a good session brew on a hot summer day.

12-04-2008 01:23:31 | More by mikereaser
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

This American style Blonde Ale was actually a Light Ale in disguise and out of a bottle it poured a nice amber orange color. The head was white, fluffy and two fingers thick leaving nice lacing as it went down. A great looking light ale! The aroma was also pleasant, citrus hops and the earthy malt one fins in most New Belgium beers. The flavors were a little odd, a distinctly lime dominated at first with grainy malt and some tangy yeast behind that. Hints of lemon from the hops later appeared. The body was very light and the carbonation high (as per usual with Light beers). This one impressed me, for the style I have to put it up with Sam Adams as one of the best Light beers being made.

12-01-2008 22:36:20 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of skeetermoses


3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

I really enjoyed this beer after having a few. At first I was not too sure about the Skinny Dip but after the weekend of New Belgiumism I decided this one was a pretty decent selection. Should be made into the full year round brew but unfortunately it is only a summer brew. too bad so sad. I believe this one has a lot of hope it does have quite a bit of potential not being to light but not having a bitter feel.

12-01-2008 04:29:41 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.18/5  rDev +22.6%

Incredible for a Blond Ale. Very impressive

A- Beautiful amber/copper color almost like a pale ale. Giant head with pretty lacing. Very transparent

S- Smell is like an all-malt with citrus addition and an underlying malt/yeast sweetness.

T- Citrus hops become noticeable and blend very well with the kaffir lime. Light flavor and slightly sweet Tootsie Roll flavor from malts/yeast

M- Feel is very light with potent carbonation, but not over-carbonated

D- Light beer makes for water-like drinkability

11-29-2008 05:02:56 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of MTNboy


4.03/5  rDev +18.2%

This beer has a nice 2 ½ fingers of frothy off white head with an orange tint. The body is a copper color with some great lace. It has a strong citrus like aroma. The taste is very seasoned and malty. A little more bitter than malty though. The mouthfeel is almost medium bodied but not much. I thought this was a great beer.

11-21-2008 12:04:26 | More by MTNboy
Photo of MashMouth


4.18/5  rDev +22.6%

Skinny dip is a very refreshing summer beer. It has a very clear amber apperance and its aroma is very citrusy and sweet. It has a slight nutty flavor that comes through with the sweetness of the malts and finishes with the suttleness of the cascade hops and lime flavors. This is an easy drinking beer, great for after some hot yard work.

11-17-2008 19:25:02 | More by MashMouth
Photo of Haybeerman


3.58/5  rDev +5%

A: Clear, bright gold/copper color. Poured a 3 finger white fluffy head with good retention. Clear medium-bodied lacing all the way down.

S: Sweet malts. Light hops. sort of a let down.

T: Alcohol and sweetness followed up with sweet malt. Smooth finish thats sweet and slightly bitter at once. Pleasant dry feeling on the tongue.

M: Light body; a little thin. Moderate carbonation was about right.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing. Good for a pretty light beer.

11-05-2008 21:41:50 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of BubbyBrew


3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a deep golden color. Has a strong malty aroma. Has a good balance of maltiness and bitterness up front followed by some citrusy earthy undertones on the end. Is lighter than it appears and taste. Drinkability is good, however it was maltier than I first expected for a summer brew. I have to say that I am partial on the review since I got a whole 1/2 barrel keg for...uh, FREE!!! At first I thought this kind of tasted like a "Fat Tire Light" if there was such a thing. After drinking it for a few days I thought that it would be labeled as an APA...I was suprised that it is a Blonde!

10-26-2008 19:10:53 | More by BubbyBrew
Photo of KarlHungus


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt and not much else. It isn't bad, but it is not very interesting. The taste is like the aroma. It is pleasant and all, but there is nothing there is make me want to take another sip. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than medium bodied, and had nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is another let down from New Belgium. I will not be drinking this again.

10-16-2008 22:29:18 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Silenus89


2.68/5  rDev -21.4%

12oz bottle poured to pint glass

A. Amber color with thick creamy head

S. A little lime with earthy hops

T. Bitterness to it but not from hops. also lime flavors

MF. Light body, light carbonation

D. NOthing special here i found having acouple i was over it

10-10-2008 06:21:42 | More by Silenus89
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

This was the last bottle on the store shelf in late Sept. but happily the summer flavours were still intact. This is a mid gold beer with a huge head. The nose is slight citrus and more malt than hops. The beer is smooth and fairly malty ( age maybe?) but very drinkable and the citrus comes off on the finish. Decent patio beer that has a good malt backbone.

10-07-2008 16:16:53 | More by canucklehead
Photo of weeare138


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Appears a transparent gold with a small white head that quickly fades. Mild amounts of scattered lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, biscuits, and herbal, grassy hops.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet honey, biscuits, and a decent dosing of hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, and crisp.
Drinkability is extremely nice in this one. It keeps you coming back for more, as it's got just enough bitter hops and sweetness from the grain for a balanced attack of delight.

10-04-2008 02:49:47 | More by weeare138
Photo of garymuchow


3.75/5  rDev +10%

$.50 a bottle, couldn't resist a try at that price.
Really tight aroma with largely a pale malt base, a touch of sourness, clean light fruit and no apparent hop that I could pick up. The darker malt aroma showed in time.
Darker than I anticipated. Amber of gold/brown. Very clear. Slightly frothy head with drippy lacing.
Clean light malt flavor with an initial touch of sweetness then moves to a darker malt flavor and a mild bitterness and mild dryness that's fairly short. A bit of biscuit shows up too.
Light body with a near lager feel, especially when cold and more ale like as warms. Fine and soft carbonation that smooths out nicely.
Easy drinker and surprisingly complex for style. Nice with summer foods (like my salad).

10-03-2008 17:02:42 | More by garymuchow
Photo of SiriusAth


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

Pint glass. Pours a light, clear orange amber with an impressive one inch sea foam head, good retention and better lacing than i was expecting; quite tenacious actually.

The nose has the typical house character I've come to expect from NB. Toasty, bready malt with a tinge of the kaffir lime and some other whiffs of citrus from the cascade hops. Malt takes the center stage though.

It starts in the mouth with that same well-rounded toasty character, minor hints of caramel. The hops come more into play with a passable citrusy bitter fade. The lime intermingles with the hops well, giving an overall suitable balance.

A reasonably light bodied brew, perhaps more medium-light. Carbonation seems about right.

Skinny Dip is a well made summer beer. It'd crisp, fairly light, quaffable and refreshing. A good beer from a great brewery. Porch beer defined.

09-18-2008 06:26:26 | More by SiriusAth
Photo of rgrholmes168


3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

A great label on this particular bottle. I poured a freshly chilled bottle into a pint glass.

The head poured at one-finger that quickly disapated leaving just a little trace of lace. The color is a very nice orange and clear.

The aroma had a nice light smell and I got a decent dose of the cascade hops. Very pleasant. I did not get a whiff of the lime that the bottle broadcasts.

My first drink the hops came bursting through. I could taste a limited amount of citrus, which was not overpowering.

The liquid was surprisingly heavy on my tongue. The remants stayed with me even a finishing the first few drinks. It left a bit of a bitter taste, but nothing too bad.

I could drink more than a few of these on a nice hot day. I think that the name Skinny Dip and the images that brings out is very appropriate.

A pretty decent beer.

09-14-2008 20:16:32 | More by rgrholmes168
Photo of charlzm


4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

Consumed 08/23/08 at Weber's Place, Reseda, CA.

Slightly cloudy golden yellow pour in a standard pint glass. Little head, but what was there was creamy.

Aroma is a little peppery and grassy with a bready malt character.

Flavor is soft and easy to dismiss initially as bland. But careful attention to detail reveals a light peppery flavor, a malt character somewhere between caramel and toffee, some citric components and a light bitterness on a clean, though not parching, finish.

That pint was gone before I knew it. Funny, the bartender wanted me to taste a sip before allowing me to take possession of the pint, as the bar was awash in a sea of macro taps. I guess their patrons aren't used to drinking a beer as adventurous as this one (to the non BA palate, that is).

08-27-2008 08:37:19 | More by charlzm
Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.