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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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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inanimal

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter ale, the New Belgium Skinny Dip is a good choice when looking for a beer that has a sweeter taste, with a slight bite in the aftertaste. served from a bottle, the beer produces a medium head that I would say has a medium thickness that lasts more than a few moments. the color is a clear light amber-orange, and the lightness is reflected in the taste. like other ales, the smell is more bitter than the taste, but both are exceptional. The beer is very smooth and carbonation goes unnoticed while drinking, unlike lite incarnations of many beers. this is a very drinkable beer, not one that makes you not want to stop, but it is very good and pleasant nonetheless. Altogether, Skinny Dip is a very enjoyable, light summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 04:05:31 | More by inanimal
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium's Skinny Dip, after a hard pour, yields a big
fluffy head over a clear golden brew. Carbonation is steady
and active, and the nose is light barley malt and a bit of citrus.
The flavor slightly sweet malt, lemon peel, and herbal hops-
the flavor is not dissmilar to an iced herbal teas, as a matter of
fact- there are even honey notes. The mouthfeel is very thin, but
also crisp and clean. It's very drinkable, with enough pleasant
flavors to make it pretty acceptable, say, if you were doing a summer
party. It's too bad winter's on the way.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 08:01:58 | More by shadow1961
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spaceranger

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As much of this stuff as I have consumed this summer, I thought I had allready reviewed the brew. Anyhow, pours a rich light amber color with a nice cream colored head. First impressions speak of toasty biscuit, some light hop and a citrus finish on the lemon-lime side. Fairly well carbonated and refreshing as a summer seasonal should be. I have found it very satisfying after mowing the yard, catching some fish, bar-b-queing and finally this fall, downing a few birds afield. Serve this one icy cold. mmm. And word has it - same carbs and calories as some of the rediculous offerings of the big three. A great light choice...

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:56:58 | More by spaceranger
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear light apricot colored body with a strong wall of tiny bubbles racing toward the head. The head is a bubbly off-white foam that last a good bit.

S- The smell of dry pale malt with a light green hop and citrus note is balanced.

T- The taste of biscuit malt and dry Munich malt is bold in the front of the mouth. The malt flavor is followed by an orange flavor leading into green pine hops with a grassy lime leaf note. The finish is pretty short and the hops don’t linger after a sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

D- This beer has a big biscuit malt flavor which grows a bit mundane after a few sips but the hops, although soft, have a nice depth and this is really the best use of kefir lime leaves I have tasted. They offer a nice compliment to the hops without being overbearing or buried.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 19:46:36 | More by rhoadsrage
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irish53b

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on-tap at Kona Grill served in a pint glass. Left a good finger of foam with light lacing on the glass through out. The beer appeared copper in color, but it was a little hard to tell as the restaurant was dimly light.

Smell: The aroma was primarily floral a tell tale sign of this beer's hop infused goodnes.

Taste: Was a little imbalanced and leaned toward the bitter side. Nice citrus and floral taste almost like grapefruit. Some sweet bready flavors did come through at the finish.

MF: The beer had a medium weight too it nothing overbearing and a proper amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is highly drinkable despite being unbalanced in taste. The beer is very refreshing and paired nicely with the spicy pad thai that I had. Its citrus notes are very plesant and are not overpowering and only a mild alcohol sting comes through as the beer warms.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2007 21:01:41 | More by irish53b
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shererjt

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, amber-ish copper with a nice, rich, slightly off-white head. Lacing was pretty decent. Nose was citrusy hops with some crystal and other malts. Definitely hop-focused, though, and nearly too much so. Body was light-to-medium. Malt background was lacking, which shifted the balance to the bitter side. Probably not that bitter in absolute terms, though. Some biscuit present, too. Mouthfeel was average; thin but lively. Drinkability was about average in a lawnmower sort of way.

Okay, but thin. I suppose it does have more to offer than a typical light or macro brew, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 19:02:06 | More by shererjt
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Generous head with good stickiness for the lace on the glass. Light amber color and clear.

Neutral smell--very dry, little malt and less hop

Reminds me of Rye Ales as this is a lip-smackingly dry beer. The hop is muted, but present. The body is moderate with a slightly high carbonation.

This is fine drinking beer for friends--nothing extreme, nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 04:57:30 | More by smcolw
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nortmand

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dirty blond with a fluffy white sustained head.

Lots of toasty caramel aroma with a hint of roast. Interesting herbal spicy citrus there as well.

Biscuit dominates the flavor. Lots of toasty maltiness lingering with semisweet caramels. Very clean herbal citrus as well. Leaves a lingering toastiness.

Medium bodied, very refreshing the kaffir lime leaves seem to lend a interesting bay leaf/ citrus note. Reminds me of fat tire with a bit more chutzpah.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 19:16:44 | More by nortmand
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a tight-bubbled head that retains well and leaves a lot of lace behind

Smell: Bready and grainy with a hint of the grapefruit (Cascade) and kaffir lime ingredients

Taste: Very bready up front with a grassy and grainy finish; just a hint of the grapefruit and kaffir lime come through

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; decent alternative for a light beer

Thanks, brewjones

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 18:39:59 | More by brentk56
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atuite

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack for 7.99 at a local grocer. Liked fat tire so thought I'd give it a try. Appearance is similar to fat tire wit the dark amber and medium buble carbonation that stays for a long time on the edge of the glass. Hints of citrus with hops make a bouquet not unlike the Fat Tire cousin but the taste is not as impressive as Fat Tire. Easily drinkable and smooth with appropriate carbonation. Guess this is for people who want Fat Tire light- had I known this, I'd have purchased the original Fat Tire since it is all around a better beer for the value.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 16:45:40 | More by atuite
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JBogan

Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark golden color and left a one finger head.

Minimal lacing in my glass, with slightly below average carbonation.

Skinny had a nice smooth introduction to the mouth and went down easy. I didnt really notice the citrus in there but they say it's there. Well hidden I suppose.

A nice summer offering, not great but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 19:11:29 | More by JBogan
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Floydster

California

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a local Bristol Farms grocery store

Very tasty for a blonde, usually these kind of beers do nothing for me, but it actually had flavor

Super golden color, almost see through, looked like a light beer with a small white head

Decent summer and seemed to be selling well everywhere

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 21:24:32 | More by Floydster
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Abita45

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught poured into a pint glass with a light copper color, thin, off-white head and heavy lacing.

A sweet, grassy aroma is present, but not too obvious; the flavor is one of a nice, sweetly floral hoppiness and pronounced sweet malt smoothness. Very interesting ale, and not too hoppy. The malt gives it nice balance and the moderate amount of carbonation makes it easy to drink and a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, I enjoyed it a lot and recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 21:02:17 | More by Abita45
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The skinny dip pours bright gold into my New Belgium pilsner glass and is topped by a billowing creamy white head. It smells of light citrus (from the Cascade hops I suppose).

Surprisingly, the hops aren't the first thing I noticed in the flavor. The pale malt is front and center, lightly sweet with a creamy mouth. The cascade kicks in lightly for balance but this beer is far less crisp than I was expecting and finishes very clean. More sweet in the finish than dry.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 20:03:36 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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RBorsato

Virginia

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

Tasted on-tap 06/04/07 at a Sports Bar in the Denver Airport.

Clear golden in color with a low white head and good carbonation. A funky barnyard/horsey yeast aroma with lots of citrus character. Yeasty flavors dominate over the light citrus zest. LIght-medium bodied and lightly smooth ...

I would have put this in the Belgain Pale Ale category due to the fairly strong Belgian Yeast characteristics. Not bad but not one I'd seek out very often.

Per NB website: Cascade hops, kaffir lime.
110 cal per 12oz serving
7 g carbs

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2007 18:58:41 | More by RBorsato
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at the Burger Bar in the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas. It was described to me as a summer wheat beer, but really it seemed to be just a light and easy to drink ale. The beer was pale straw color and crystal clear, with a lightly hopped aroma. The taste was basically neutral, maybe a touch of citrus character from the hops (or from the lime that's added during production [fermentation?] according to the website). Extremely easy on the palate and probably a very good barbeque beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2007 15:15:31 | More by TurdFurgison
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RedChrome

Connecticut

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

A deep colored amber body was clear. Inch and a half fluffy white head took a few minutes to shrink. tons of carbonation bubbles rising. Sticky web like lace.

Malt was present as the main component, but it had a very light soap like coating on the scent. Not much in the way of any hops presence, except for a faint bitter after effect.

Taste is a gritty grain flavor with an earthy note of citrus. Nothing to strong, just a refreshing balance of sweet and bitter. A lingering malt in the finish has a dry nature.

Viscosity on the tongue is average, but there is a light carbonation burst that hits in the middle of the mouth full.

A nice summer sipping beer on a cool day. Works well with a light salad. Added lime is an interesting touch in the style. Worth a try for something with a different approach to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 03:31:58 | More by RedChrome
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

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

The cool Skinny Dip poured a bronze colored with sea foam head that lingered.

The smell was malty but nothing really stood out to me.

Skinny Dip tastes unique because of the kaffir lime leave. It is a good summer blond ale.

Mouthfeel keeps the taste of the lime leaf around for some time.

Overall a good beer to drink. Very refreshing in a 2-3 beer setting.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 02:25:54 | More by cswhitehorse
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another selection from the "Summer Beers From Around the World - International Collection Mixed 8 Pack" from Brandy. 12 oz brown bottle with raised embossed 'New Belgium Brewing Co.' neck - same as pictured above. Best before 21SEP07.
Pours a clear gold color, with a white head that thins but never disappears. Nice hoppy aroma (from the label: cascade hops frolic with a splash of kaffir lime leaf creating a bright, citrusy palate that's as crisp as chilling in a mountain pond.) I'm not sure what kaffir leaf tastes like, but ther was a nice grapefruit citrus smell.
Taste is well balanced, with some earthy malts and the piney, citris hops. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but with continued carbonation keeping it fresh. Very drinkable, lots of hoppiness but still light enough to enjoy on a hot day.
After reading other reviews and checking newbelgium.com I see this is a light beer - lower alcohol, less calories, low carbs. Even higher marks for a tastey, not watered down lighter beer - "a full-bodied, figure friendly beer that's designed for the summer dress code."

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 14:02:29 | More by BigBry
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a half-inch white head and gold color. Aroma is sweet, malty and a bit bready with typical "Fat Tire" esters. Flavor is much like Fat Tire with the distinctive yeast signature and grainy malt backbone with a hop character that is more like a pilsner. Finishes clean and refreshing. A pretty good beer to have if you don't mind the nod to it's darker sister beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2007 02:21:51 | More by EagleTalon
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crayphish

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This New Belgium offering pours a crystal clear amber liquid, atop of which floats a spotty fluffy head. Lots of carbonation trails. Smell is malty bread. Some hoppy lime elements. Taste is essentially Fat Tire with a bit more hops and the afore mentioned hint of lime. Fairly bland. Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat refreshing. Drinkability is fair, I'm just not a fan of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 04:34:07 | More by crayphish
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Halcyondays

California

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, brewed in Fort Collins, CO,

A: Medium amber, with a thick, white, creamy head - good retention.

S: Lemon soda, with a hint of lime and earthy hops.

T: Much of the same as in the scent, with a citrusy lime flavor, with earthy hops, and a bitterness that is definitely not from the hops - probably the kaffir lime leaf listed.

M: Light, spritzy, and gassy, almost like a lemon soda, as I mentioned in the scent description.

D: Very light and smooth - a good summer beer, I may buy again, I don't know for sure, just slightly above average for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 23:30:54 | More by Halcyondays
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light amber/almost orange in color, lightly carbonated with a very thick white head.

S- Citrus, Yeasty/Doughy (like bread)(biscuity), Slightly spicey

T- Very light and summery (low carbs and cals) Good citrus undertones but still leaves your mouth pastey like Fat Tire.

M- Feels like it tastes, Light body and very summery. light carbonation. Doesn't feel mouth filling. A little watery but o so smooth going down.

D- Easy to drink [especially on a hot summer night]. I can see having 6 or more of these on hand for the summer. Except you can't get this stuff in MASSACHUSETTS...

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 20:19:32 | More by RixBeer
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semihobo

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strikingly shaped 12 oz, 02NOV07.

[note: trying to review within the style, this definitely claims to be a light ("figure friendly") beer]

Pours a clear, deep dark gold, great head that settles into a rich, milky, 1/4 inch layer. The head looks like something from a beer cover shoot at Playbeer... had to take care of something for 15 minutes and it was still 1/4 inch after I came back. Brisk bubbling.

Subdued aroma, emerges as it warms, leads with biscuity amber malts and has a bit of hops but they do not smell like the Cascades advertised on the label.

Taste is a smaller version of the nutty, peppery malt-heavy Fat Tire. Malts are taste like almonds with other nuts ground into a paste. Piney, slightly citric hops land lightly on the finish -- now this is a modest dose of Cascades. Taste overall is a little watery, not too intense, but very appropriate for a light beer.

Mouthfeel is light and silky, goes down like velvet. Finish is a little watery. Not overcarbonated to compensate for lack of taste like many of its peers.

Low ABV, interesting but balanced flavor makes this one drinkable to the max. Let's be honest, this not only claims to be a light beer, it is:

Bud Light - 110 Calories, 6.6g carbs, 4.2% ABV.
Skinny Dip - 110 Calories, 7g carbs, 4.2% ABV.

I wish the kaffir lime was a little more pronounced, but I enjoyed this a great deal, and will keep a six in my fridge at all times this summer to flip some light beer drinkers... "same calories and carbs as bud light!"

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 01:17:28 | More by semihobo
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BadRockBeer

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 12 oz. brown crown top bottle, with date

Appearance: Brilliant straw with snow white head that fades quickly leaving a great lace.

Smell: Earthy, musty malts, citrus hops and a hit of lime.

Taste: First tastes blasts the palate with lime, very pleasant and refreshing. Great balance hops are rather hidden by the citrus flavor that seems to be lime, malt character if that of caramel an Munich malts.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Great. This is as close to Bud Light as I ever want to get! Really refreshing and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 03:44:18 | More by BadRockBeer
Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
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