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Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing

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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%


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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sweemzander

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best before Sept. 12, 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow/orange color that produced a decent white head that clung to the sides of the glass as it dissipated; leaving behind bits of webbing.

(S)- A sweet corn meal & honey thing going on with a light spice; almost like dry bark.

(T)- Pretty much like the smell. A sweet honeyed corn meal with a dry finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Kind of a one dimensional dry/sweet/grassy profile. Not much going on with this one, but it does have a crispness and smoothness to it, just kinda boring.

(D)- For a session brew, its good. Putting away a 6pk would be a piece of cake, but would I want to is another question. Fits the style well though in its defense.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 13:06:11 | More by sweemzander
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I drank this on tap into a pint glass...The beer pours a light clearish brown with a light white head, no head or lacing worth mentioning...The aroma is nothing, a little skunky hops...The taste is horribly boring, no taste which is worsened by a horrible feel that is so light it makes it totally undrinkable. This beer is horrible.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2010 13:22:49 | More by jrallen34
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: 29AUG10.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-hued body with a modest-sized, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of two day-old biscuits, rustic cracker dough, and citrusy notes from the hops and added lime leaves.

Taste: Biscuit-toned and crackery maltiness with a light sugared sweetness. Boost of citrus flavors of lightly sour, lightly acidic lime and white grapefruit. Lightly bitter. Dry, biscuity malts and continued sour lime on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation with a spritzy touch to it.

Drinkability: Reasonably refreshing, with a nicely crisp carbonation and low amount of alcohol to keep things quaffable, though, sadly, I'm not particularly keen on the mix of flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 03:17:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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unHipHopHead

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For a light beer this is incredibly good. Compared with other blonde ale's it might not be as good but considering its something like 110 calories its pretty damn good.

It's very crisp and refreshing while also having some body and complexity to it. Great for a hot summer day, good session beer, could easily go through a 6 pack of this and not be too full.

All in all a great summer beer for outdoor activities like softball, BBQ's or working in the yard. One of my favorites from new belgium and certainly the best light beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 21:33:18 | More by unHipHopHead
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a completely clear texture. There was a thin amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: Smelled of mild citrus, hops, grain, and a little malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops and a prominent graininess. Not very interesting, even for a blonde ale.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not the worst thing I've ever had, but incredibly forgettable and uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 21:08:17 | More by avalon07
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SamN

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- More of a redhead than a blonde, this off copper beer pours out a great pitted and bubbly head. Seriously, what a perfect cap to this. Strange one-off color, sort of a moldy rust color. Not awful, just...makes you pause for a moment. Looks tasty and inviting to drink deeply.

S- Strong floral scents, almost solvent in potency. Strong sweetness, gentle hop aromas. Light fruits, roses and tulips, strong spring like aromas. Wow, wasn't expecting this lovely nose. Nicely done.

T- Lime, mixed with faint caramel malts and a distinct hops finish, an angry bitter. I don't particularly the lime in this, adds a dry citrusy tone to a fairly hopped beer. Doesn't quite fit, and makes the beer seem of balance. Still it drinks fairly smooth and seems like it might be better on a hot ass day, rather then a cold spring evening.

M- Solid construction, with a medium light body. Pretty carbonated, definite carbonation burn on the palette.

D- I don't know about this one. I like the lighter crisp tastes and smell, I don't like the off balance lime side. I'm totally on the fence about this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 04:53:14 | More by SamN
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diamondc

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by Nov 20, 09. Six pack on sale for $3.99. I won't judge that harshly.

Decided to drink from a 22 oz mug, poured straight down the middle, aggressively. Huge head, decent lacing, with an island of foam lasting until the end. Great amber hue to this beer.

Smells like cookie dough, Fat Tire, with some slight vegetal smells in the background. I don't smell any Cascade or anything resembling lime, yet.

This beer tastes very similar to Fat Tire. It is 'lighter' tasting of course, but still has that sweet cookie dough like taste. A lime flavor is vaguely in the aftertaste. They should have amped that lime flavor up for a more unique tasting beer.

As far as mouthfeel & drinkability, I think they're OK for a light beer. It drinks like seltzer, but it kind of boring to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 02:56:56 | More by diamondc
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thedrewski86

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, golden amber color, white head that dissipates to a thin white sheen. Good lacing. The smell is a little citrusy. Taste is grassy and bready, but not heavy. There's a hint of lime. Good carbonation, easy going and an overall great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 02:11:12 | More by thedrewski86
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Golden with a white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a fine lace on the surface of the beer.

S: Citrus. Grapefruit and lime. Not much malt.

T: bready/crackery malt in the background with a nice citrus kick and a slightly bitter finish.

M: It's beer. Didn't expect it to be thick like an Imperial Stout.

D: yes

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 02:00:28 | More by MurphyMacManus
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Llewellyn9

California

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- honey colored. a good two fingers of light tan head, but its fizzy and settles quickly. (looks good in my snazzy Humboldt State mug though!)

s- light malts in the aroma, hints of citrus. i'm disappointed at the lack of hops promised on the label; i dont think this beer is a fresh as it should be.

t- lots of biscuit malt with a subtle hop bitterness in the finish that is accentuated by a touch of citrus. subtle but pleasing, reminds me of a lighter version of their fat tire.

d & m- light and airy with a touch of cream, wets the palate nicely, very refreshing and drinkable.

a great session beer for a sunny day, good to bring to that bbq where you dont want to offend the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 23:40:49 | More by Llewellyn9
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JTahoe

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is what it sounds like--a stripped down beer.

A - Solid gold color. Foamy, rocky head which slowly dissipates. Golden, clean motor oil hue. Minimal lacing.

S - Lightly floral and decently hoppy with some malts and grains.

T - Crisp up front with a slight bite presumably from the hops, but perhaps more from the Kaffir lime leaves. The hops have more presence in the nose than in the mouth. Whatever boldness the beer has quickly gives way to finish much lighter than expected.

M - Light with pleasant carbonation. Perhaps a bit too thin in the finish for my taste.

D - Really a quite compelling take on a light summer brew. I drank this several times over the summer, and it goes down very easily and is very refreshing. Just enough flavor to be interesting, but so light. Great for an afternoon at the pool, or after mowing the lawn. Definitely not a favorite choice, but well executed for the "skinny dip" session beer they intended to create.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 22:59:45 | More by JTahoe
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Bajasith

California

3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as make yor own six pack... I recommend doing this for those who love to try all beers, that way you will not get stuck with the rest if beer was not good...
Apperance/Smell: Poured very clear amber/gold color with small finger head that laced well on glass. Aroma was same as Fat Tire, earthy grain like bread that appealed to me.
Taste: Very much like Fat Tire but a little watered down. Impressed how flavor was retained under such circumstances, much like a light beer.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: I like my brew with intense flavor and this brew was ok as is does give a small kick of hops at the end. Could see myself drinking this beer on a hot summer day with some chips and salsa.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 03:18:19 | More by Bajasith
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PintOHops

California

4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared an ultra clear golden/copper with little visible carbonation, produced a 1 finger head with decent retention. Left a bit of broken & soapy lacing, decent appearance overall. Smelled of fresh citrus & herbal notes upon swirling, dominating is the infamous Fat Tire malts, biscuit/molasses/soft caramel and a good amount of earthiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of mild spice & earthy notes, a bit of citrus in there on beginning notes as well, and it finishes with the infamous Fat Tire malts as in the smell, caramel/biscuit/molasses & a bit of earthiness. Lite hop bitterness finishes this one, and lingering malts. Mouthfeel was smooth and needed more bite to it, around medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - For such a lite beer, New Belgium manages to pull in big flavor & quality, which was very impressive to me. This is a highly sessionable brew that appeals to the masses, it doesn't fill you up, and has enough complexity to leave you wanting more. I really enjoyed it, I would have appreciated more bite in the feel, but it's ok. Very well priced, id pick up a 6pack to try, very balanced beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 23:47:55 | More by PintOHops
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adam42381

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden caramel color with a 1-2 finger white, foamy head; minimal amount of lacing throughout.

Smell: Light citrus with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Malt flavor at the beginning followed by citrus and then a bready finish with just a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with a strong amount of carbonation. Not too much bite.

Drinkability: Pretty decent drinkability though I wouldn't want more than a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall: Another pretty solid offering from New Belgium. I wouldn't run out to buy it again soon but I would drink it again if I had more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 23:25:48 | More by adam42381
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jt31914

Michigan

1.6/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. Bottle

A: 1/2 finger head, golden color and rising carbonation.

S: Hoppy clove smell.

T: To sweet on the palate - bitter burnt/char flavor and clove tastes on the finish. Very odd taste, especially on the finish. Hops not overly apparent.

M: Pleasant

D: Fairly drinkable.

It's pretty average, and the burnt taste on the palate is very unwelcomed.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 18:26:59 | More by jt31914
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok I'm a big fan of New Belgium so picked up a bottle of this today.
Comes in the usual New Belgium brown 12 oz bottle.usual watercolour type pic on the label, this time a kite.
The beer actually looks quite attractive nice dark golden colour with a nice solid white head..thats small but lingers long..lovelly looking carbonation.
The aroma is quite strong..mostly hops but some wheat smell is present.
I am taken aback by the taste though..its pretty thin for a New Belgium product..very little malt sweetness here..just right on to a zesty , bubbly hopiness that dissapointingly doesn't last long..weird.
Mouthfeel is pretty average..to carbonated for my tatses.
This is an odd beer not sure were it fits in maybe a lager made with wheat?
Anyway its odd but drinkable in hot weather..recommends it be served at 3 degrees C on the label

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 06:15:04 | More by Reidrover
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kpoole25

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Only a few bottles left at the store, hadn't gotten around to trying so picked one up. Poured into a glass, clear amber, adequate head. Citrus and malt aromas, very nice. Taste is refreshing, more citrus and malt, not a lot of hops, finishes dry. Not a big beer, but that's not what they're trying to do with this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 03:11:45 | More by kpoole25
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vdread

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Skinny Dip
bottle to glass

a- golden color with a foamy white head that left a little collar

s- apricots, caramel, floral.

t- strong apricots (this is what i taste from new belgium's brews), some slight hops and a little spice in the back.

m- medium bodied, good carb makes it smooth. finishes slightly dry.

d- not really my style, but i can appreciate it. to me, this is very similar to a fat tire but without all the sweetness. i would prefer this over a tire, anyways. pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 16:11:30 | More by vdread
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n00tz

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old notes I found laying around my desk... figured I'd add it to my beeradvocate list.

A - Light bronze body, very active carbonation, topped by a thin white head.

S - Florals and herbals, little bit of bread.

T - grassy and bready with a light grain backing.

M - Light and adequately carbed.

D - Easy to drink, easy to share.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 23:29:32 | More by n00tz
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aristeros

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of a twelve pack at my promotion party. Best by 30 October 2009. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light amber, very clear, with pretty active carbonation visible. Three fingers of white head with little retention and lacing. I smell a bit of sweet citrus--lime, as advertised--and some hops. Not much of a nose.

First thing you notice is the carbonation. It's pretty lively and works well in a lighter, summer seasonal. You get some sweet malt and citrus up front. Bit of an astringent quality, partly from the citrus. A bit of toasted malt, a hint a caramel. Crisp and refreshing. It's appropriate to the "summer" theme.

Slight aftertaste that I wasn't quite fond of.

Good for converting Corona and Bud Lime fans of the light beers with a bit o' citrus. I wouldn't mind a one of these after yardwork in the hot sun. Not the first thing I'd reach for--not bad, but not quite a blond ale, either.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 02:06:36 | More by aristeros
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So not a bad beer, but not particularly exciting by any means. Appearance is very clean looking pale orange color with almost no head or lacing. Smell and taste are pretty bland, slight citrus- mild hops and probably prima pils malt. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Drinkability is on par for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 04:51:49 | More by supercolter
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jmw141

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: 12 oz. bottle as part of Friar Tuck Mix-A-Six. Best by date clearly stamped "20NOV 09" Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass.

A: Clear, almost sparkling orange with a frothy, light, white head.

S: Lightly hoppy, citrus

T: Sweet malts up front followed by a splash of citrusy hops in the rear. Very Refreshing!!

M: Tingly cabonation

D: very drinkable and refreshing. Not as hoppy as I was expecting, in a good way. Seems like a milder version of NB's Mighty Arrow. I'd pick up a six of this any summer day!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 01:25:12 | More by jmw141
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times and just now realized I've never reviewed it. Pours a crystal clear light orange with a big frothy white head on top. Smells of sweet malts, flowers, and some slight citrusy hops.

The mouth is crisp and well-carbonated. Flavor is nice and balanced with sweet malts at the forefront, and it finishes with just a touch of bitterness. This is very unoffensive and pretty good. This would be a great 'crossover' brew for the BMC drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 22:34:49 | More by Onenote81
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ajmoody76

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is what is in the mix twelve pack as the seasonal beer. twelve ounce bottle pours clear golden color. thin off white head. leaves nice lacing. looks like it has potential.

nice malt aroma. nutty. has some hoppy spice coming through a little. no off odors.

hops come through more in the taste. good balance though. still has a good sweetness. seems to fit style.

mid to light body. enough carbonation. nice beer. will check it out again next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 02:37:09 | More by ajmoody76
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mwagner1018

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Decent one finger of light airy head, lots of carbonation bubbles rising from this one. Very light color, with a slight golden copper hue to it. Head quickly diminishes to a small cap on the beer. Some lacing down glass, not significant.

S- Malty, light hop aroma, citrus, lemon...slight very mild grapefruit scent. Minor hint of bread and yeast.

T- Very mild and crisp, significant carbonation (which delivers well)...dry and refreshing...has a slight adjunct flavor (possibly corn, not accusing, just seems like it might have some in it). Pretty good balance, pretty standard blonde summer ale. Slight gumminess, astringent bitterness, like stale hops.

M- Carbonated, fresh, light...low bitterness on back of tongue.

D- Drinkable, but not my style...a decent offering for the "lawn mower" beers...on a hot summer day. Clean and basic, nothing to out of the ordinary on this one, wouldn't stand out in a crowd like some blondes...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 23:33:50 | More by mwagner1018
Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.