Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | 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

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(Beer added by: dreadnatty08 on 04-06-2006)
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Photo of sevopie
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of Vidav
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of HeroJH
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of KI9A
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lear, golden. Some head.

S: Malt, honey, citrus.

T: Follows smell, plus, slight lime/lemon finish. Seems to have a real nice malty backbone, with nice Cascade ( Saaz? ) hops.

M: Clean refeshing as hell. A bit heavier that a typical American Blonde Ale.

D: Super easy to quaff down. Low ABV makes this a really nice session beer. Will see this in my fridge more often.

Photo of SaintPeter
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a large white head, very foamy. Streams of carbonation bubbles and a curtain of cling on the glass.

Strong aroma of lager, honey, kaffir lime leaves, citrusy hops with a dusting of malt.

The kaffir lime leaves are citrusy and tart upfront, a bold malt backbone, pilsner-type hops, lagery with a clean and crisp finish. It has that cold filtered lager taste.

Body is surprisinly medium. Gets foamy if swirled in the mouth, a turn off.

A thirst quenching beer, nice on a hot summer day.

Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in Tennessee while in the Smokies! Poured into a pint glass.

I hadn't tried anything New Belgium before, so I bought one of everything they had at the Food City in Pigeon Forge when I was there on vacation. I didn't know how I would like it given the description, but I gave it a shot. The beer is advertised as a summer beer and it did not disappoint. The pour was great, a bright reddish gold with a fluffy white head that stuck around til the end. There wasn't much aroma from the beer, just a generally malty beeriness, but the kaffir lime made its presence known when I picked up the glass up to my mouth. I couldn't really identify any single element that made me like this beer so much, but I like the balance of the malt, hops, citrus, and the carbonation. The beer had good complexity, with the hop bitterness first, then the fullness of the malt, and finishing with the fruit. I liked it all, in my opinion much better than the rest of the brewer's offerings (i.e. Fat Tire). The beer was smooth and light but also very satisfying. I would buy again if it were ever available to me again!

Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong earthy malt and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and slight hop. Overall, too earthy in flavor for my taste.

Photo of marvin213
1.38/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There's a thick, foamy cap juxtaposed against a thin-looking yellow/orange/brown--these three colors blend from the bottom up. With that head and all, it kinda looks like an amber more than a blonde. The foamy cap slowly settles to a 2mm layer of film. The film is incongruent in that patches of thicker foam interrupt the thin layer. The look leaves me skeptical.

It smells like a toasty, biscuity Fat Tire. I have to reexamine the bottle and label to ensure it's not one. Perhaps kaffir lime is a subtle variety because there is ZERO lime detectable in the aroma. That's disappointing for a beverage purporting to offer a "bright, citrusy palate." Maybe it'll taste that way, but the smell is a malty biscuit--I'm really wondering if the wrong liquid made the bottle.

Its taste is inferior to Fat Tire. I'm not intentionally comparing this beer to New Belgium's flagship beverage, but it's eerily similar. I credit a subtle lime presence in each sip, but (and here I already go again) it's like they poured some lime juice into a big batch of Fat Tire. This beer is a sham. It's a marketing gimmick: "skinny dip" with a woman's clothes left on the lake shore. In full disclosure, I'm sure that's part of the reason I chose this one for my beach trip. I'm also fairly sure that no girl would really like this boy either. Not only am I disappointed in the taste, but I also feel let down by the brewery. This is a lighter, slightly lime-infused amber-type ale--not a blonde. Let the conspiracy theories begin....

The mouthfeel is a malty, carbonated one. Though the lime subtley stimulates the tongue, it's nonexistent in the cheeks and rest of the palate. I really can't believe its makers purport a bright, citrusy palate. As I close my eyes and sip, I'd think I have a brown. I have to dig to detect anything this beer is supposed to be...and that's just not the way it's supposed to be.

Particularly for a light, "blonde" ale, this beverage is undrinkable. You would NEVER want two in a row. For a summery brew trying to associate itself with frivolous fun (read: getting naked), that is ridiculous. From start to finish, I feel like this beer's a phony imposter. I'd consider having another one only to confirm that it sucks.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Golden body under a medium, chunky white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Malt. Sweet. The kaffir lime leaf peaks through here and there. Not a lot of hops.

T: Again, malt. Slight bitterness in the finish that is very fleeting along with the lime. Mostly malt though. A little better put together than the aroma, but still missing something.

M/D: Fuller body than expected, very creamy. Very drinkable. Overall, nothing special, but a very accessible beer and entirely refreshing for a summer day.

Photo of jjazz
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another crappy beer from NB. I keep waiting to be impressed by this brewery (I've only heard great things), but bottle after bottle, it just doesn't happen.

This one has no notable aromas or flavors beyond simple malt and a hint of herbal hops, with one exception. There is an appreciated Riesling like aroma in the glass that doesn't come through on the palate.

I don't get anything resembling the cascade and kaffir lime scented brew the label promised. I understand this one is trying to come in with low calories and carbs, but that is no excuse for underhopping.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light amber color with a large, fluffy off-white head. Great retention and lacing. It is a very nice looking beer, especially in the blonde style.

Nose is lemony citrus, both from the hops and from the addition of the kaffir lime leaf. Herbal dry leafy notes and slightly sweet malts are also present. The nose is certainly unique, but smells a bit too much like lemon/lime peel zest for me.

The flavor is much the same as the kaffir lime leaves are a bit too overpowering, especially with the already citric nature of cascade hops. It is pretty thirst quenching and easy to drink. Malts do very little in the flavor, might be nice with a bit more caramely sweetness and body. Overall, it is a decent summertime beer, and worth a try to see if the citrusy flavors work for you.

Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp amber with a thin diminishing head that lasts as barely a thin layer and leaves very slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is is loads of citrus hops and lime, almost reminiscent of lime kool-aid. The taste is a nice subtle blend of sweet malts, sweet fruit and citrus hops. The beer is very light, crisp, well carbonated and very sessionable. This one makes for a great summer beer.

Photo of beer2day
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium gold with a thin head. Little retention and faint lacing.

Floral aroma. Also, a whiff of cocoa. Not what I was expecting, but not bad.

The cocoa comes through in the flavor as well. Just strange. Not bad, not good, but just off for what I am expecting from the style.

Mouth is just about right. Slight sweet malt flavor helps here.

Drinkable on a tolerably warm day.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Perfectly clear, dark gold/light amber in color. Half inch of white head rises with modest retention. Some lacing. Looks light, clean, and crisp.

S - There's a smell here that's present in some beers that I absolutely dislike. Earthy, grassy undertones mixed with a bit of herbal citrus. Lightly toasted malt provides a sort of backbone, and when everything comes together it just sort of smells like dirt.

T - I was hoping for a bit of biscuity sweetness from this blonde, but it's basically a direct translation of the nose. Strong earth and grass from the get-go, with a little bit of sweat. The "sweaty" flavor lingers on top throughout, greeting some lime-ish flavors mid palate with some extremely lightly toasted grain; more grain than toasted. A little bit of sweetness creeps in with the grain, but a mild bitterness and even a touch of sourness late palate dry the brew out for the most part.

M - Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very crisp and clean. Finish seems a bit watery at times but overall this is a great representation of a light, refreshing beer.

D - Quite drinkable, only it's got some flavors I'm not particularly fond of. When ice cold, this could be a great, flavorful alternative to a lot of the production lagers out there. I'm not much for the taste, but it's inoffensive enough for anyone to enjoy.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In my Kolsch cylinder, Skinny Dip is bright golden, sparkling clear, and is capped with a three-finger head of grainy white foam. A storm of internal carbonation supplements the topdressing, which slowly recedes into a rocky, misshapen cloud-structure that sticks puffy blobs of 3-D lacing onto the sides of the glass.

The smell is mild toasted grain with floral fruity sweetness. A crisp twist of citrus brightens and freshens the aroma quite a bit.

The taste is thin, but sweetly pale malty with a splash of diluted red apple juice and a mellow nutty finish. A spritz of tangy lime, a sprig of green herbs and a mildly bitter finish clean up the sweetness, livening the refreshing and mildly fruity profile.

The drink is light-bodied with lively carbonation and a very easy drinker. A nice hot weather beer I'd like to see in cans!

Photo of demuzik
1.7/5  rDev -50%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

New Belgium is one of my favourite US beer companies, yet I must say I am disappointed in their summer brew. Yes, it is SUPPOSED to be light and bland, but so many other folks know how to do light and bland well (ie Sierra Nevada's summer ale, heck even Sam Adams).

The flavor is light at first but finishes off with roasted tones and slight limy/maltyness. Honestly, this one is OK at first sip but gets harder to choke down as the brew goes on.

Not the worst, but definitely not impressed. Won't buy again. Try other folks' summer brews and save yourself some cash.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long time drinker, first time reviewer for this blonde ale. Had the miss go to the store and surprise me, came back with this. I'd had it in 12pack samplers before, this time i had a sixer to perform a thorough examination.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a decent head that fades away quickly to lacing.

Aroma is decent. NB's proprietary yeast all up in my nasal grill, with some citrus and some bready bisuity malt.

Sweet and grainy to start with, then a bit of chewy yeast. The hops are there, sure, but not really adding much. This one has a bit of a wierd aftertaste. The dry finish is refreshing like a summer brew should be, but its just a bit too powdery. It'll replace a macro light beer easily enough...but doesn't do justice beyond that.

Photo of jsh420
1.95/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

pours a clear gold with a 1 finger white head that leaves spotted lacing down the glass

smells of grassy hops with sour malts

taste - sour malts and grassy hops but with a very old mothball taste along with a metalic aftertaste - not good

mouthfeel is very light with decent carbonation

drinkability is poor due to the taste - sure at 4% you could pound these all day but the flavor kills that idea - why torture yourself

i have yet to find an american blonde ale that i enjoyed and i doubt i ever will

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on draft at Acoustic Coffeehouse, Johnson City TN.

Arrives in the glass slightly darker than gold, maybe amber gold. Small white head. No lacing and little retention.

Aroma was slightly sour and grassy. Smells koslch-like. Not the best aroma.

Okay flavor. Light and clean and crisp. More grassiness. Slightly musty.

Not the best beer I have ever had. New Belgium makes better and there are certainly better examples of the style out there. Cant say I would get this one again.

Photo of donmonkey1
1.88/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.