Skinny Dip | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
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 Doug166
5/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of dankster
5/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of Penrodeo
4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of holeN1br
4.57/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent light beer. light, yet crisp and flavorful

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.54/5  rDev +33.1%
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 +32%
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 Spider889
4.5/5  rDev +32%

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4.5/5  rDev +32%

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 allengarvin
4.45/5  rDev +30.5%
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 +29.9%
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 +29.3%
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 +28.4%
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 Giesch
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grey good better best awesome

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Photo of DrCDPriest
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
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 +27.6%
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 +27.6%
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 +27%
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 +26.1%
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 +24.6%
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 +24.6%
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 therubicon
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

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 beer_lover13
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent and refreshing on a warm summer day.

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