Skinny Dip | New Belgium Brewing

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Skinny DipSkinny Dip

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale 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!

Added by dreadnatty08 on 04-06-2006

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.54/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Clear strawberry blonde color with a good-sized white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet buttery malt smells, along with nuts, a hint of earthiness, and a slight herbal touch.

Taste: Sweet and slightly sour citrus flavors up front, finishing with a nutty finish (almost like peanut butter). There are also some hints of grassiness and some apple flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, with light carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This beer was much better than I expected. This is also the most complex "refresher" beer I have had as far as flavor. A great beer to have around because it tastes good, or just to have to refresh yourself.

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Photo of Keeneke
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually a very good tasting light beer! And less calories in this case means less filling BUT also good taste. Refreshing summer brew worth a try to see if it's your thing.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apparently the replacement for Loft, with some slight reworkings of the recipe; this beer has a little nuttier malt character than the Loft, along with a woody, resinous hoppy aroma that I don't recall in Loft, and perhaps slightly different hop flavor. Otherwise, the delightful kaffir character (citrusy yet exotic) is still present. Wheat flavor seems reduced. Very good and refreshing beer. I never get tired of it.

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Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, lite amber pour with a frothy white head – nice looking sticky laces.

Very sharp and pungent lime and woody aroma and taste. Some nutty nuisances pop up and dance around quite nicely.

Dry and crisp, for a blond ale this is well above average, one of the best blond ales I’ve ever had. On a hot day, you could enjoy MANY of these, as the 4,2% will not be a major factor.

New Belgium delivers a top notch brew – not every thing has to be a malt/hop monster with 10% booze (which ain’t a bad thing).

This is an American BLOND ALE – it’s not suppose to be an ass-kicker!

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Photo of BeerBob
4.41/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Skinny Dip Beer by New Belgium Brewing pours a deep copper from a 12oz dark glass bottle with a pry off cap. Massive head went to well over three fingers with heavy lacing left on the sides of my glass and islands of foam on the surface of the brew as the foam receded.

Nose is a well received coriander spice, lemon citrus, and sweet barley malt. Palate is a light coriander spice at first that unfolds to wheat, barley malt, hops, and a citrus lemon.

To sum this up with one word... WOW!!! If this is Skinny Dipping, I’m going to try to get as much pool time as I can.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since New Belgium became available here in IL, and I am still psyched about it.

Brilliant transparent copper color, thin fluffy white head and rings of lace all around.

Sweet malt with floral and citric hops. Very fruity with notes of lime and grapefruit.

Grainy sweet malt with a light grassiness. Again, tons of fruity and floral notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and full-bodied.

This is an awesome beer. Would be great year-round but at its best in the warmer months. Very drinkable and a good bridge to drinking better beer. Cheers to New Belgium.

Tasted on 6/1/08.

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Photo of DrCDPriest
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Blonde Ale, the Cascade Hops are what I use when brewing my Blondes, and this has a good crisp flavor, excellent color, nicely carbonated, and is refreshing, perfect for a hot day by the pool or after a day on the boat.

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Photo of TCMike
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great easy drinking beer for those that are not hop-driven. It's a light amber color with a 1 finger white head. The taste is that of malt, light citrus, and even lighter hops. It's a summer seasonal product, so I relieved the local liquor store of their remaining 3 cases in early fall.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber. Slight frothy white head. Bubbly collar leaves some sparse patches of lace. Pretty nice whiff of the essence of beer, grains and bready maltiness. This beer's got some character for a golden ale. Nice malty base with some herbal hoppiness and even some slight yeast character. Good tasting Golden. Medium bodied and carbonated moderately. Good summer drinker.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of Skinny Dip at the local HEB for $6.99. It had a distinctive looking label offering the possibility of just the type of lighter fare that's perfect for quaffing during the torrid Texas summers. As it turns out, it IS quite the summertime thirst-quencher. The neck label proclaims that this is a "full-bodied yet figure-friendly" offering from the folks at NBB. My guess is that this is essentially a "lite" beer for all intents and purposes, although the labeling avoids coming right out and proclaiming it as such.

Skinny Dip pours with a thick head and a rosy-looking straw body. This is a robust looking beer. The nose is bouyant and fresh.

The taste is anchored by a crisp, crackery malt presence. Citrusy flavors dance around and add bounce to the profile. Tangerine and lemon verbena seem to be the predominant tastes.

Nice mouthfeel, goes down easy. VERY drinkable, especially on a warm and sunny Texas afternoon. I'd recommend with any type of backyard feasting, especially chicken or fajitas. If this truly is a "lite"beer, it's the best I've ever had.

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Photo of spaceranger
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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...

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, off white, and slightly lumpy. Lacing is lateral with a medium-light body.

I smell a light touch of hops along with bright malts.

Tastes like a clear, lively mix of malts with more citrus-like hops.

The mouthfeel f this brew is crisp and clean.

Overall, I'll give Skinny Dip - New Belgium Brewing a 4.25

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Skinny Dip - a blonde ale that tastes more like a very smooth IPA - I kinda like it.

Right out of the bottle the brew pours a beautiful dark, amber color with a slight orange tinge that I find quite appealing. There's good lacing down the glass, but the head has very little staying power. I enjoyed the hints of peaches and the distinctive IPA odor - not overpowering as in other beers. I felt as though it were very clean and crisp, leaving little aftertaste and like I've already mentioned - smooth as silk. It was a strong ale that could be viewed as if it were a weak IPA, but either way, it worked for me. By far one of the best if not the best New Belgium offering I have had.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Skinny Dip brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 4.20% This brew pours out a deep amber color with a nice white head. This brew has the look of most American Pale Lagers on the market today, not saying that is bad thing. The smell of Skinny Dip is rich with grains, malts, and hit of hops. The smell of this brew is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up a nice richness from the grains and malts in this brew. There is a hit of hops at the end of this brew. I like how smooth this brew goes down. Skinny Dip, has nothing overpowering in it, it has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is rich, bold, and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Skinny Dip a solid 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. New Belgium Brewing, did a nice job with this one. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market today.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this out all summer and finally bought some(sale); it's a lot better than I would expect from some of the reviews on this site.

appearance: cool marketing gimick and bottle. pours into my mug a see through golden orange with nice carbination. the head is pure beligan, e fingers high and lating till all hell. The lacing is intense as well.

smell: a subtle splash of cascade hops, with and nice grains, hint of sweetness. Some yeast in the smell. nice.

taste: first taste is a nice splash of casacades again, with the middle being lime flavor. It works very well together. Not much bitterness here, but there is a touch that really holds it all together. Almost no malt taste, just light hoppiness and citrus. I'm really liking it. the lime leaves a nice aftertaste.

mouthfeel: very light feeling, almost watery. But works in this case, this is a summer beer worth drinking. And drinking again.

drinkability: well at 4.2 it's very, very light. My only knock would be that it's too carbinated. It slows you down, yet I think that it is a great aspect of this beer so I wouldn't change it. A damn fine beer, I would say is more of a light pale ale than a blonde, as it is really more hop than malt based. A good crowd pleaser no doubt. I can't believe I waited 'til the end of of summer for this one.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Skinny Dip is a replacement and retuned recipe of New Belgium's retired brew, Loft. Pours a clear light copper color with an ample head. Aroma is biscuity cookie and very malty with a minute hop presence. Flavor notes of kaffir lime and cascade hops sit to the back while the malt dominates. The mouthfeel is similar in fashion to Fat Tire as it begins with sweetness and is then topped with light to moderate carbonation.

Skinny Dip is a exceptional session brew that is not only refreshing, but is perfect for those looking for the 'figure-friendly' alternative to those light or ultra beers this summer. If anyone cares, Skinny Dip is only 114 calories per 12oz serving.

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Photo of scooter231
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty beer, a lovely clear strawberry blonde with a nice head and okay lacing. Nose is malty. Biscuits soaked in malts. Tastes reminds me a bit of Pork Slap in the biscuity cookieness. Yeah, a slightly bitter butter cookie. Makes sense to me. Toasty, caramely. Cookie! Mouthfeel starts wet and chewy and finishes dry, leaving you seemingly more parched than before you sipped, making you want more! Very drinkable, not heavy. My one, lonely bottle from Colorado went too quickly. Who wants to send more to me in NYC?

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Photo of tobyandgina
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty darn Yummy!

Little to no head. Cool, clean refreshing taste - perfect Summer brew. More than a little citrus and even a slight hint of grapes, add to it's complexity.

Stands true the New Belgium style of very different brews.An intellectual beer that keeps you guessing.

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Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amber orange in color, off white head dies quickly to a film, but lasts as such for the entire beer. Not like a dark roast of course, but a nice malty aroma, musty cascade hops almost like a German or Czech pils. The taste is quite sweet, with slightly toasted malt, accented nicely with the kafir lime leaf to give it a good zesty flavor and mouthfeel. They really used hops well in this too, fresh and a bit floral, but a bit musty and resinous. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Far from the dankest beer, but I feel like this one is put together very well. Simple beer all in all, but with just enough flavor to make it standout from other summer session beers.

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Photo of yungbrew
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic light beer. Especially on a hot day.

Great amber color.
malt, citrus, not very hoppy.
No lingering after taste.
Definitely a good session beer for the summer months.

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Photo of baos
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into Barilla jar.

A: Honey blonde with a 2 finger white head. Head retention is not bad and lacing is decent.

S: I believe this is the ale's best trait. Greenhousey malt over a nice mild hop spice. Key limes and the tiniest hint of pink bubblegum stick. And i just remembered my sister's scented geranium. cant member which variety.

T: Very bright on the palette. Tart and citrusy. Floral and citrus hop presence. then comes the kaffir lime leaves... good stuff. ends with a pleasant bitterness that i think is more kaffir than hops. Good stuff I'd like to pair this with some spicy thai food with kaffir lime leaves. Very very refreshing.

M: Nice medium light feel. Near perfect for this brew.

D: Wow. Lets send a sixer of these 100 feet deep to chill and haul them up and have them on the lake in the summer sun.

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Photo of Wilson27
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

Reviewed July 2010 "Best By on Bottle" September 2010

Very nice pour. Good amount of head, even minor lacing as the head dissolved.

Color is nice, not quite an amber.
Initial smell, while nothing major stood out, it is inviting. The nose does not have any indication of hops. The mouth feel is full which I like.

Overall, a good beer. I'm a big fan of New Belgium and this is the first time I have had anything other than Fat Tire and 1554. This is certainly a lighter beer, makes sense that it's their summer ale. Overall drinkability - very good. I could certainly have a few of these on a hot summer day. It's not too hoppy, and it's crisp with a full mouth feel.

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Photo of MashMouth
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Skinny dip is a very refreshing summer beer. It has a very clear amber apperance and its aroma is very citrusy and sweet. It has a slight nutty flavor that comes through with the sweetness of the malts and finishes with the suttleness of the cascade hops and lime flavors. This is an easy drinking beer, great for after some hot yard work.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredible for a Blond Ale. Very impressive

A- Beautiful amber/copper color almost like a pale ale. Giant head with pretty lacing. Very transparent

S- Smell is like an all-malt with citrus addition and an underlying malt/yeast sweetness.

T- Citrus hops become noticeable and blend very well with the kaffir lime. Light flavor and slightly sweet Tootsie Roll flavor from malts/yeast

M- Feel is very light with potent carbonation, but not over-carbonated

D- Light beer makes for water-like drinkability

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Photo of goofball
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Simple light amber but with an almost salmon tint.very pleasant look.

Smell: I'm new at this but the smell strikes me as somewhat herbally hoppy with a tiny lime hint

Taste: Very well balanced and subtle flavor.

Mouthfeel: the best word I can come up with is soft. Moves around very easily I guess.

Drinkability: Excellent. Whether having one slowly or one after the other it goes down easily, it doesn't leave any aftertaste or grow tiresome quickly. It's a pleasant taste/weight for your mouth all night.

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