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
Brewed by:
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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3.08/5  rDev -9.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Skinny dip pours a bronze color with a nice small but lacing head. There is a mellow but still noticeable spice note. The taste is crisp and spicy, hints of pepper. Great feel, and nice strong flavors. Overall its a stronger spicier blonde ale.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/30/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, lime, orange peel, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, spice, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, lime, orange peel, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, lime, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, and light pepper on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of citrus hops, spice, and bready malt flavors; with a nice crisp hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Flavors are definitely on the light side, but it does not feel watery. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant blonde ale. Well balanced citrus hop, spice, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.44/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.76/5  rDev +10.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pure golden in color with a white half finger head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Spotty lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Has the signature New Belgium "nutty" malt aroma going on, but not much outside that, sans a faint lemony citrus character.

Taste - Follows the nose with their light tones of their classic nutty and toasty malt profile. Very light lemon notes. Distant lemon undertone that gives a hint of tartness to go along with the earthy, nutty flavor in the finish. Fairly light overall.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with crisp carbonation. Smooth, refreshing finish.

Overall - A fair summer blonde... about the only thing it did was make me wonder why they ever retired Somersault as their summer seasonal. Now THAT was a fantastic blonde!

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3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: A very pretty, light amber-gold beer with numerous colors varying with the liquid's thickness. Primarily a gold with tinges of amber in its body. Small amount of head on my pour (it seemed vigorous enough..), some lacing. Nice, active carbonation.

S: Mostly toast or bread with some hops and yeast, plus alcohol. Not entirely aromatic.

T: Better than it smells.. predominate flavors are black pepper and hops with a hint of lime. Decent toasted malt body, but not too full here. Some nice toasted wheat or bread notes on the finish. Fairly mild, drinkable and getting a positive rating from me due to its strong pepper bite.

M: Smooth and crisp, but not overly interesting in texture. Nice carbonation balance.

O: A fairly smooth, easy to drink beer that has a unique twist. Not many beers immediately bring to mind pepper flavors but it was a welcome change. Decent hops, lacking much malt substance to my dismay, but easy to drink so it's okay. Solid B+.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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