Skinny Dip | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ranking:
#43,046
Reviews:
379
Ratings:
922
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 922 |  Reviews: 379
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
2.03/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ale? American Blonde Ale? Like, what?

Pours a light golden amber with a huge, pure-white head that is quickly diminished but leaves a solid and lasting lace cover.

Smells faintly of cascade hops.

Tastes like... Well, you have to take the mouthfeel in with that, you know? It's really light. Like, really really light. Light body, light flavor. Sure, you get a little hops in there - resiny, piny, something like grapefruit peels, but not much else. No bitterness, no sweetness, no body. Ok, ok. Light bitterness, no sweetness, etc.

It's weird, I can't figure out the target market for this one... I mean, yeah, it's light and all - like the BMC crowd will like - but it has too much hop tang (and bitterness) and not enough sweetness for them.

To give it a slightly larger market, I'd up the body a tad and tone back the flavoring and aroma hops. Hmm. Heck, I might even think it was pretty good, then!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MUTINY
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Quick review. Malty & light with a touch of hops to help bitter the finish slightly. Well-balanced, crisp & dry. Nice warm-weather seasonal.

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Photo of Miami66
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very great summer beer! It is pretty crisp and fruity. It goes down super smooth and the light cascade hops complements it nicely.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a plae golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple. First impression was crisp and somewhat bitter. Nice play on the palate and a decent hopper aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor being the biggest factor here.

Overall it was a little bitter to be a real sessionable ale, and is honestly a bit forgettable. Nothing really standing up and greabbing you about this one. A decent pale ale that doesnt really stand out in the crowd.

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Photo of Lavonnq
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My fav session beer nice summer brew

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

this is so bad, and so lame for new belgium, who clearly is capable of wonderful things, but why put out a seasonal like this. dig was such a cool beer, and now we get this mediocre oddly stale malty session type beer that ends up tasting like a million other beers and like almost nothing at all. just a poor showing, uninspired, and not worth it at all. there are a million craft blondes i would prefer to this one, its not even that blonde, and has a somewhat amber grain sweetness to it, like its low alcohol not because it had a small grain bill but because it got cut off short of being fully fermented. i know people flock to these types of beers, and that these guys will sell a lot of it because of investments and permanent seasonal tap handles, but this is offensive almost. i mean, you guys made super ipa, you made la folie, you made tart lychee for goodness sakes, and now you gives us this. even portage was good, if generic, this is bad generic, and thats a level i thought even new belgium would get down to. utterly disappointed in this lackluster offering. why bother?

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of doowhat
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of MrBoh
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

A - Surprisingly large 2" barely off-white head with very good retention. Left some thick soapy lacing. The beer is a clean copper penny color.

S - Clean citrus hop aroma. Lime in the background.

T - Lime is more apparent in the flavor. Very citrusy. This beer has some of the grainy malt character of the NB Tripel. Fairly light overall.

M - Thin bodied with low carbonation for the style. A little more carbonation would have been welcomed and made the beer a little "crisper".

D - The drinkability is good. Nothing bad here, just not my thing.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of KYGunner
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The goal, at least on the label, is to deliver a thirst quenching experience. That is achieved as this very light and bready malted beer has just a touch of Cascade hops. It drinks very well and though itmay not be overly complex it achieves its objective.

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Photo of erushing
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale orange to golden with a big foamy, feather white head packed with dense carbonation bubbles that slowly dissipates to a thin, snow-like lacing.

The aroma consists of hops, citrus, and even something semi-sweet.

The flavor is not what I expected, more sweet malt than the nose, biscuit-like, and still a bit hoppy at the back end, and again some pleasant citrus notes.

Medium to light in body, a bit thin, medium carbonation, nice balance of flavors.

The sweet malt ultimately wins out in the flavor; and this is a very nice/easy drinking beer. Great for summer outings where you may be having multiple beverages. Not to mention, who doesn't love an American Blonde?

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Photo of bnes09
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent copper brew with a solid off-white head and rings of lace. Malt backbone is subdued in the taste to give way for an assertive, pine hop. There is also an off flavor here that I can't quite put my finger on (garlic maybe?) Anyways, its not too pleasant. Light to medium-bodied and drying on the tongue. Overall, pretty average beer. Won't be buying it any time soon.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Dandub33
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear orange-amber with a white head that fades. Thick lacing on the glass.

Very faint aroma of caramel malt with a slight fruitiness.

Very light malt flavor with a slight toastiness to it. A bit of hops at the finish. Mostly bland.

Thin body, decent carbonation.

Easy enough to drink, but boring as hell. Decent for a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of dsshuck
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chris-1911
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scruffwhor
2.49/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty blonde, more amber with hints of of sunshine. Decent bubbling and sparse, thin lacing. decent head and film The aroma was a little mettalic with some hints of bright, sweet ,malts. The first taste was preety bad. But I eventually warmed up to the battery end flavor with some very stale malts and musty hops.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium glass. 4.2% ABV, Serve in a New Belgium glass pictured, 45° F, Best Before 12Sept10.

A - The sweaty glass still lets through the brilliantly clear golden amber color and the massive chimney of carbonation. A plump white head has good retention and leaves a chunky finger of lace.

S - Light pale malts blend with a bit of wheat in the nose resulting in a light base with a bready, caramel touch. The hops have a grass-clipping, hay and mulch-like aroma found in most of New Belgian's beers. Fair aroma.

T - Light pale malts again. A touch of caramel too. Mainly my mind is drawn to the flavor of grassy, mulch-like hops so prevalent in the beers that come out of New Belgium. No where near as strong as, say, 2° Below, but it's still there. Not so much a fan.

M - Medium-light bodied and crisp with plenty of carbonation. Skinny dip is smooth with a light dry finish.

D - You know, it's an ok beer but it just doesn't do it for me. Drinkability is fair for what it is, but it's not an offering from New Belgium I'd go to often, if ever again.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
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