Skinny Dip | New Belgium Brewing

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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 jbierling
1.25/5  rDev -63.3%

Photo of marvin213
1.43/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There's a thick, foamy cap juxtaposed against a thin-looking yellow/orange/brown--these three colors blend from the bottom up. With that head and all, it kinda looks like an amber more than a blonde. The foamy cap slowly settles to a 2mm layer of film. The film is incongruent in that patches of thicker foam interrupt the thin layer. The look leaves me skeptical.

It smells like a toasty, biscuity Fat Tire. I have to reexamine the bottle and label to ensure it's not one. Perhaps kaffir lime is a subtle variety because there is ZERO lime detectable in the aroma. That's disappointing for a beverage purporting to offer a "bright, citrusy palate." Maybe it'll taste that way, but the smell is a malty biscuit--I'm really wondering if the wrong liquid made the bottle.

Its taste is inferior to Fat Tire. I'm not intentionally comparing this beer to New Belgium's flagship beverage, but it's eerily similar. I credit a subtle lime presence in each sip, but (and here I already go again) it's like they poured some lime juice into a big batch of Fat Tire. This beer is a sham. It's a marketing gimmick: "skinny dip" with a woman's clothes left on the lake shore. In full disclosure, I'm sure that's part of the reason I chose this one for my beach trip. I'm also fairly sure that no girl would really like this boy either. Not only am I disappointed in the taste, but I also feel let down by the brewery. This is a lighter, slightly lime-infused amber-type ale--not a blonde. Let the conspiracy theories begin....

The mouthfeel is a malty, carbonated one. Though the lime subtley stimulates the tongue, it's nonexistent in the cheeks and rest of the palate. I really can't believe its makers purport a bright, citrusy palate. As I close my eyes and sip, I'd think I have a brown. I have to dig to detect anything this beer is supposed to be...and that's just not the way it's supposed to be.

Particularly for a light, "blonde" ale, this beverage is undrinkable. You would NEVER want two in a row. For a summery brew trying to associate itself with frivolous fun (read: getting naked), that is ridiculous. From start to finish, I feel like this beer's a phony imposter. I'd consider having another one only to confirm that it sucks.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.44/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Just arrived at the local bevmo as a spring release. This is as fresh as I will get it unless at the brewer so I'm pretty pumped. Poured into a pilsener glass it forms a loose, white head that leaves ring like lacing. copper body, mild carbonation.

I pick up a diaper funky smell that has me baffled, I've had this smell before and I'm not sure what to pin it on but its odd and really makes drinking difficult.

Yep, it comes through in the taste as well....this is not a spoiled beer as its fresh and I've smelled and tasted this in their fat tire offering as well....maybe its something in the malts but it comes across musky and funky. On to other things....It has a slight woody, earthy corner to it, hops are more in the mouthfeel than the taste. Tasted very similair to miller genuine draft with a bit more of a lemony, citrus quality to it. Finishes fairly clean and crisp.

Notes: Avoid. I'm 0-2 from this brewer....will keep trying...of course.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
1.56/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I think many of the New Belgium products are quite good, but this isn't one of them- this is a beer gone wrong.

The color is fine- a nice golden amber with some copper highlights. Nothing special. The head was barely there and went away quickly.

The first hint that something is wrong is the smell- a musty sourness from the kaffir lime leaves I presume, and a thin vaguely hops smell behind that. Unfortunately not balanced and not very pleasant.

The taste is if anything even a little worse. The kaffir lime leaves just make the beer taste old and skunky. The beer was freshness dated til Nov. 2006, and it was in the cold case, so I don't think it was that. Very little flavor there beside that unpleasant citric mustiness.

The mouthfeel is fine, nothing special, but reasonably crisp like a summer brew should be.

For me, this one is a drain pour- and I never really do that. I just can't drink this at all. No challenging flavors here that I can't overcome- I love kaffir lime leaves in Asian cooking and in vodka, but I just don't think it works here at all. I was looking forward to this beer- very disapointing.


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Photo of AJClauss
1.6/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Skinny Dip is the absolute worst beer I've ever had. It tastes like cigarettes. I am at a loss as to how this beer has a score of 78 (at the time of this review). I made the severe mistake of buying a 12-beer New Belgium sampler pack that included this beer. I haven't liked a single New Belgium beer that I've ever tried.

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Photo of jt31914
1.6/5  rDev -53.1%
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.

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Photo of dcall384
1.65/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of demuzik
1.72/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

New Belgium is one of my favourite US beer companies, yet I must say I am disappointed in their summer brew. Yes, it is SUPPOSED to be light and bland, but so many other folks know how to do light and bland well (ie Sierra Nevada's summer ale, heck even Sam Adams).

The flavor is light at first but finishes off with roasted tones and slight limy/maltyness. Honestly, this one is OK at first sip but gets harder to choke down as the brew goes on.

Not the worst, but definitely not impressed. Won't buy again. Try other folks' summer brews and save yourself some cash.

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Photo of monkeybeer
1.75/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Clear golden amber with quick diapering head, nice lacing

S- smell hops and caramel malt

T/M- Hoppy and caramel malt. With a slight bit to it.

D- Overall I was not impressed with this beer at all; it is not on the top of my list from New Belgium Brewing. The only thing that I can say that sums up this beer for me is that I only drank half of it, and would not chooses it again.

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Photo of donmonkey1
1.92/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow with a large white head that recedes too quickly. Decent lacing though.

Smell: Sweet cardboard

Taste: Like a homebrew gone wrong. I don't want to say it tastes like an infection, but ick. There's a faint some kind of hop and some kind of mild sweetness with a whole lot of yuck.

Drinkability: This beer is too yucky to drink very many.

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Photo of IntriqKen
1.95/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Disappointing offering from New Belgium.
Pours a slightly dark orange amber with a nice 2 finger head that stays thick as it turns to beautiful lacing.
I really, REALLY had to sniff hard to get any aroma at all...just light malt to me.
Taste is as empty as the aroma...a little malt...mostly just water with a little bite to the finish as if a lemon peel was waved over the top of the glass.
Mouthfeel is actually a little thicker than the taste.
I can't drink 2 of these....all water and no substance.

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Photo of cardinals22
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Euphoria69
2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of bthomas
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Tanktizzo
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Alpha309
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of jsh420
2.01/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

pours a clear gold with a 1 finger white head that leaves spotted lacing down the glass

smells of grassy hops with sour malts

taste - sour malts and grassy hops but with a very old mothball taste along with a metalic aftertaste - not good

mouthfeel is very light with decent carbonation

drinkability is poor due to the taste - sure at 4% you could pound these all day but the flavor kills that idea - why torture yourself

i have yet to find an american blonde ale that i enjoyed and i doubt i ever will

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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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Photo of jrallen34
2.18/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

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Photo of MikeThumel
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of matjack85
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of mojohawk21
2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just couldn't enjoy this one...boring.

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Photo of etenbus
2.39/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I generally like New Belgium's offerings so when I saw this new beer at Gomer's in Kansas City, I grabbed it. The blurb on the bottle emphasized Cascade hops and lime and a citrusy taste; plus, this had the quality of a true session beer, clocking in at only 4.2% alcohol.

When I popped the cap, I raised the bottle so as to inhale the hop-hit of Cascade. However, to my surprise there was little hop aroma to inhale and my brain, which so often works independently of me, immediately said "corn extract macrobrewery". In some dark recess of my mind, a voice whispered "MIller High LIfe."

The appearance belies the initial aroma. It pours a rich copper color with a decent half inch collar above; but that quickly faded, leaving me staring at what in another place, on perhaps another continent could be an earthy bitter. The lacing on the glass was nicely done, though.

But my taste buds would not allow my mind to race to northern England. The beer goes down easily, yet with only a glance towards a hop bitterness, right there squarely in the middle. Yes, there is a lime-like flavor somewhere on the edges of this beer, but it isn't effective enough to prevent the residual graininess to come through on the finish. A few minutes after the swallow, the mouth feels a little puckery, as if I had taken a bite of citrus, but I seem to have missed any citrus-grapefruit-pine flavor that I was expecting from the Cascade hops. It has a dry aftertaste that is not offensive. The body is medium to thin and the carbonation not excessive.

The flavor does not improve as the beers warms. It's probably best consumed at the usual frigid lager temperature. I don't believe this one lives up to NB's standards set with Blue Paddle, Fat Tire, 1554, and their Belgians.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

04/19/06- Purchased at Draegers Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an expiration date printed on the front label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Nice brandy colored pour. Maybe a medium colored amber. One inch plus head. Light ring throughout. Very nice patchy lacing left behind.

Smell- Party ends here. Very grassy and corny scent. If you really sniff you can get some mild fruit and maybe spices. Reminds me of a Belgian style Bud.

Taste- Taste is very similar to the scent. Getting a whole bunch of corn flavoring in here. Can't really find much past that. Fruit is buried as well with the spices. A bit cardboardy and watery as well. Does leave some bitter hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Spritzy carbonation. Watery...

Drinkability- Tastes like any other macro. Passing up this if I ever see it again. Damn close to a drain pour.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Summer is by far my favorite season, despite the fact that the seasonal beers of summer are by far the weakest of any season. Unfortunately, Skinny Dip didn't change my feelings about summer beers.

Pours a clear brassy color with a bit of head. Aroma is just slightly sweet, with some subtle candy sugar notes and a bit of mercaptan that I didn't care for. Flavor is a touch metallic and a bit of malty sweetness. Not bad, but hardly terrific. Mouthfeel has some nice carbonation to it, but is nothing to write home about.

I would not recommend this beer.

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