Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 9
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dreadnatty08 on 04-06-2006

Skinny Dip is a full-bodied, figure-friendly tribute to the lightly attired summer months. This guilt-free lager’s frisky character and sunny flavor make it the perfect choice for kick-starting seductive summer fun. Lively Cascade hops and complementary peaches brighten a wash of bready malts with sunny citrus flavor and a slight fruity pucker, creating a crisp sip as invigorating as a frothy dip in a mountain pond. Shed your inhibitions this season and take the plunge: Grab a friend, go bottoms up, and share a Skinny Dip.

Skinny Dip makes its returns as the summer seasonal in 2015, and to celebrate we're supporting swimable waters by donating $1, up to $10,000, to Waterkeeper Alliance for every use of the hashtag #WaterkeeperDip. Post and donate!
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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is bright orange in color and kind of yellowed with a huge, monster lacing head.

Smell – The hops are kind of leafy and stale, and the grain has a bit of a funk to it. The two weird smells aren’t really that bad together, but it’s not like any BPA that I’ve ever had.

Taste – Yeah, there’s definitely some staleness to this one. It seems more in the grain, and the hops aren’t helping much. They are overly fruity.

Mouthfeel – This is a little bit bigger than light-bodied with no dryness and cheap carbonation.

Drinkability – It’s a tough style to do right and isn’t any better than that boring Porch Swing beer that they put out.

Photo of allengarvin
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apparently the replacement for Loft, with some slight reworkings of the recipe; this beer has a little nuttier malt character than the Loft, along with a woody, resinous hoppy aroma that I don't recall in Loft, and perhaps slightly different hop flavor. Otherwise, the delightful kaffir character (citrusy yet exotic) is still present. Wheat flavor seems reduced. Very good and refreshing beer. I never get tired of it.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours out a medium size head. Leaves lacing as you drink it down.

It has a distinct citrusy smell. The taste is malty with those citrus flavors, namely the kaffir lime that they mention on the bottle label.

It is very smooth and drinkable with only a 4.2% ABV. I think it is a great summer brew.

Photo of benito
2.69/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light amber and bronze. Thin head.

S: Lemon, grass, and cotton candy. All three aromas are distinct, though restrained to say the least.

T: Medium-body with a light pepperiness throughout. There's a slight citrus kick along the front of the tongue and a 'corny' taste in the back. This lacks the doughiness of many Belgian pale ales as well as the subtle interplay of spices, save the pepper. The aftertaste is not pleasant. Overall, I was disappointed by how bland a beer this is.

M: A straightforward, what-you-see-is-what-you-get beer. Not much to speak of here.

D: OK, but it's just not an enjoyable enough brew to merit more than one try.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a pale amber with a moderate level of carbonation. Head is small and off-white. The aroma has a strong citris smell, a combo of hops and the kaffir lime. The initial taste is a combo of floral and citrissy hop flavors. A bready, slightly grainy body has a flavor similar to a lighter version of Fat Tire. A touch of lime is noted towards the finish. Skinny Dip is thrist-quinching and has a nice ease of drinkability. Pretty good entry for the summer craft beer market.

Photo of Zorro
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well this does look good in the glass. Pours a clear copper colored ale with a tall tan colored head.

Smell is of wheat malt and very herbal hops to the point of almost being soapy smelling. Clear citrus aroma some from the lime and some from hops too. Slightly spicy smelling you can really smell the citrus zest.

Taste is dry and quite woody at the beginning. Bone dry ale here and very herbal and woody in flavor, the lime flavor doesn't come out very strong at the start. I don't really taste the lime in this, possibly because this is a very fresh bottle with quite fresh hop flavors. As a thirst quenching ale this is the best of the New Belgium beers that I have tasted.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite drinkable for a New Belgium beer. Dry tasting and not overly malty as most beers they make are. I could see buying this again or ordering while traveling.

Photo of Gruntlumber
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the first three beers from the tap. It took about 5 minutes for each glass I ordered due to excessive foam which lingered quite a while after the pour. Since the tap was just hooked up, the beer was room temp, which didn't hurt anything; almost seemed like I was drinking a cask ale. Overall a very good and refreshing summer brew, although I don't understand the comparisons to Loft. Loft had a hoppier bite whereas this more subdued and malt-accentuated. Finishes dry and thinner than the initial heavy head would have implied. Very enjoyable; easy to drink and nothing short on flavor.

Photo of bort11
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really like New Belgium beers so I thought this looked like fun when I saw it. I remember really liking the Loft.

A- Poured into a hefe glass. Very nice head. Frothy white, almost two fingers high. Nice clear copper color. Quite a bit of carbonation. Looks good.

S- The smell that is dominant is a citrussy lime. There are other notes of a piney hops, some other spices, but the lime overwhelmes.

T- Lime overwhelmes every other flavor. This could be a fruit beer.

M- Very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation. It's that lime again. It leaves an aftertaste like I just sucked a lime.

I was hoping this would be a go to beer for after mowing the lawn. I think I'll have to just pass.

Photo of freed
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely idea, pours a nice deep golden, bordering on copper. Brief smattering of foam. Aroma is mild but hints at hops and very little malt.

Taste is surprisingly like a NW lager. Simple pale malt but very light and with almost an adjunct tartness. There is a little bit of a bitter edge too it that gives a refreshing quenching, and it finishes with a crisp dryness.

This beer works when it is warm, but feels rather thin when it's 40F and raining.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium's answer to the low-carb beers. NB rep. claimed just that, hence the name "Skinny", as opposed to 'Fat' Tire. I don't usually drink low-carb stuff, but I"ll review this according to its style.
Poured into pint glass.
A light amber/gold color, no haze, and a pretty good head considering the style. Smell of malt and a bit of citrus. Other than those, not much in the nose.
Taste had pinches of citrus, yeast, and nut. Nothing overpowering, just enough to call it more than low-carb.
Kinda fizzy. A crisp feel, balanced between bitterness and citrus. Leaves clean, easy drinking.

Photo of bennetj17
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a new offering from New Belgium replacing Loft Beer, although it is quite similar. Decent head of white foam, fair retention. The color is ultimately clear and a medium gold. Smell is light, with an aroma of piney hops. The taste is very clean, with more hop flavor and a bit of tangy spice in the finish. The bready malt flavor is fairly weak. Hop bitterness is moderate. Fairly light in body, it has a strong zesty carbonation that pierces the front of the tongue. Very crisp and clean overall, unfortunately reminding me more of light macros than any Belgian Pale Ale I've tried. It's drinkable, but nothing too exciting...

Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored brew with a moderate white head that disipates rather quicklybut still leaves some traces of lace. The aroma is bready with just a suggestion of citrus. The taste is light bready malt with a trace of caramel and citrus. Slightly dry from the start, with a nicely dry citrus finish. Smooth and easy to take in quantity. Should be a good hot weather option.

Photo of rowew
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Typical 12 oz New Belgium bottle. Best by date, serving suggestions, and ABV are all clearly marked. I read many things suggesting that this is just Loft relabelled, but it seems to be a replacement loosely based on Loft, instead.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish orange color with a decent head that fades to a light lacing on the beer and glass.

Smell: Bready malts typical of New Belgium brews, and just a bit of citrus.

Taste: Fat Tire light, with just a bit of citrus thrown in. Now this isn't really a bad thing. It is very drinkable, with the same biscuity malt flavors found in Fat Tire, just toned down a bit. There is a bit of citrus flavor in there leaving a crisp finish.

Overall impression: First of all, I'm not huge on the marketing behind this, but I suppose New Belgium wants a piece of the light beer market. This definitely seems a bit different than I remember Loft, but it has been at least a year since I've tried that one. All in all this is a very drinkable summer session beer, and I'm sure I will enjoy more than my fair share over the coming months.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to see this one pop up today in stores. Also, was told it's a different beer than Loft, so I added it accordingly.
Pours a medium caramel color. Good transparency, foamy head that slowly dissapears to a light wisper. Aromas of wet grain, biscuits, and a little citrusy (kaffir lime leaves were added). Flavor is rather light. Actually makes me think of this as a light bodied Fat Tire. Very crisp and drying, almost like a pilsner, with a little hop finish. This is a delicious seasonal, as NB never fails to present.
Website lists the calories (110) and carbs (7gm) which is a little suspect. Could this be a new trend? Anyway, its low numbers are definitely present in the body and flavor profile. But, I'm glad I picked this up and highly recommend.

Edit: After following up with the folks at New Belgium, they claim it's a totally different beer than FT (different malts, hops, adjuncts). But perhaps it's their yeast that gives it the trademark flavor. I still stand by the FT lite beer.

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Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
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