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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!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.34
Purchased: May 29, 2015
Consumed: May 30, 2015
Misc.: Enjoy by Sept. 13, 2015

Poured a honey, pale, clear color with two fingers of white, frothy head, which settles nicely to the top. Lots of straight bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of even circular lacing on the sides. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Cascade, lemon, light pine, Citra, wheat, earthy grass, honey, iced tea and light rye. Reminded me more of an APA. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was darker than I thought it be. Not as much flavor as the nose. Wheat, biscuit, cereal, earthy malts, grass, rye, iced tea, some Cascade and light Citra. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium-to-light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish for the style. (Feel - 3.50)

Overall not a bad summer beer, but not a good one either. (Overall - 3.50)

3.59 | 81 | B

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hamburger on the stove, time for a refreshing spritzer. Er, beer.

Appearance : The head pours about two fingers of frothy head, leaving light lacing in fluffy flecks as it recedes to a thick ring. The body is amber in color, and is about 70% opaque.

Aroma : very malty. roasted malt, rice, spicy hop, with orange slice and pineapple core. Aroma is easily nosed and is about medium to strong in bouquet.

Flavor : The spice of the hop and the breadiness of the malt really combine nicely here. At the forefront is a sharp but short-lived pinch of pale ale hop, with a bit of coriander and spice in the middle, and finishing on the back end is a pleasant yeasty bread dough finish.

Feel : Very creamy, very smooth,'s very sprite-y in its carbonation yet doesn't get too out of hand. The finish is sweet and light, with just a touch of dustiness. I like it.

Overall : I'm not crazy about it - but it is a fabulous beer in its own right. I'd have it again, and would definitely try it on tap or order it with wings.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: The body is a pure clear copper color with nice rising bubbles from the nucleated glass. A light cream colored head sits on top leaving a patch of foam after head recession. Large bands of foamy lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet malts and cereal grains are decorated infuriates such as apple, pear, and cherry. A little bit of tartness.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the malty sweetness comes out first. The middle of the beer is very fruity with said apples and pears mostly emerging. Hops become more present in the finish adding a little bit of dry tart.

Mouthfeel: Light, dry, crisp.

Overall: A lot of flavor and fruitiness in this, very crisp. Not a bad summer deck beer.

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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 KYGunner
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Stevedore
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appears lighter golden body, one finger white head, shortlived, lots of lacing. Smells bready, grainy, a bit on the sweeter side, no fruit. Flavour is similar, bready and grainy, kind of like a macro, no fruit. Not difficult to drink at all, but very boring. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, fair carbonation, not much flavour on the backend. Overall, very average lager that isn't particularly exciting.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by August 16, 2015.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A crisp and fruity malt forward aroma with hints of fruit and grains. Pale malt with hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Zesty fruit hints of lemon, lime, peach, apple, and pear. Subtle hints of grassy hops. A solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and zesty malt forward taste with notes of grains and fruit. Pale malt with bready notes of grains, biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Subtle fruit notes of peach, lime, lemon, apple, and pear. Light background notes of earthy hops. A pretty decent Blonde style taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a light Blonde Ale. Crisp grainy malts with some nice fruit notes.

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Photo of BeerDocT
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A friend of mine gave me one of these to review, and I noticed a slight smile as he did so. What could this mean?

Appearance 2.75: Pours out your typical light gold. OK, CO2 head (1/4") and OK lacing.

Smell 2.75: Bouquet is flat. Scent of grains, some slight hints of stone fruit, but that is it.

Taste 2.5: Front is very bubbly with a strange, slightly sweet, fruit taste. To me, it was undefinable as to what fruit this was supposed to be. Middle is dry and somewhat tasteless with the CO2 carbonation seeping up the palate on both sides to further distract and confuse. Finish has a very fake malt taste to it that is just...unpleasant to put it mildly. Aftertaste is nonexistant.

Mouthfeel 2.75: Excessive CO2 conditioning negatively impacts this beer, particulary at this level.

Overall 2.75: New Belgium has never really impressed me with their beers and this seasonal does nothing to buck the trend. This beer is dry, flavor-suppressed and unsatisfying. Not a sessioner, not good with food. What is it good for? Possibly good for leaving on the shelf to send a message that this beer should no longer be produced.

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Photo of loubar
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. Opens with some caramel malt. Then faint fruit notes - peach. A nutty, dry finish with a measured hop bite. Good carbonation. Crisp, light and refreshing. It does everything they wanted it to do. An excellent example of a well crafted brew. Love the low ABV.

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Photo of dditto2
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Nice clean amber with a foamy white head.
Smell: The hops come through strongest. Citruisy. Very mild peach fruitiness.
Taste: Hoppy with mild fruityness.
Feel: Balanced, light but not too light.
The mild peach flavor goes great on a hot day, it is a lighter beer, low calories, no shortage of hops, a nice balanced summer brew.

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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 Germanstylefan7896
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent summer beer, seems like the quality isent as good as when New Belgium first started. Fun summer beer as it is seasonal. Tastes a bit better in a glass.

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Photo of Hop_God
2.56/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is tasteless crap. Bitter aftertaste. carbonated otherwise not a pleasant mouth feel. leaves little flavor even for being a session. leaves a ton to be desired.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by: 8/2/15.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grass, citrus zest, and slight fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells solid, but nothing about the flavors is very memorable.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a grainy and grassy smell mixed with just a hint of a bready smell. Along with these there is a little bit of a sweet fruity and corn like smell.

Taste – The taste begins very crisp and clean with a bit of a grainy and somewhat cracker like taste. There is a hint of a fruitiness upfront which fades rather fast. As the sweet fades, a little bit of a grassy and floral hop taste greet the tongue, leaving one with a rather crisp and clean lager flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the light and crisp flavors of the beer the feel is spot on and makes for a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – A nice alternative to a bud light. It has a bit more flavor and a nicer hop hit. For the few extra calories (if you are looking out for your calorie count I think it is around 10 or so more), this is a fantastic alternative to the traditional light beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light toasted notes and pilsner crackery malt character, with a fairly dry finish. Very refreshing, but there's not much there, regarding hop character.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Skinny Dip last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm mood for something on the lighter side today and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. Best by 7/19/15. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes good with the name, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a clear golden orange color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but it's a little dark for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some grainy, pale malts and bready aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up nest comes the hops which are pretty light and they impart a light piney and herbal hop aroma. This beer has a nice aromas that's pretty much what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects with no single aspect sticking out the most and it's followed by some doughy yeast. On finish comes the hops which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart the same light hoppy aspects. with some doughy, bready and pale malt flavors in the aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the hops showed up just a little more.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but I wouldn't mind if it was a little more balanced with some more hoppy flavors to keep up with the malts. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a few of these, but I might start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is mouthfeel and drinkability, it's just where it should be for the style. What I like the least about this beer is that the hops didn't show up a little more in the taste. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for this style and I would recommend if if you just want an easy drinking Blonde Ale. All in all I didn't this beer, nothing stood out about it as being really great, but for what it is it was nice and I could see this being a nice lawn mowing beer. IT's not a facvorite New Belgium beer and I think it's just slightly above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is nice easy drinking Blonde Ale, keep it up.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color, beautifully clear, little hop and malt for the aroma. Flavor is crisp and light but nothing really to say other than it's clean and enjoyable for the hot sun and sessionable as hell.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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 mchegash
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.75/5
And extremely clear medium orange color, with shades of brown and gold as well. About a finger of almost pure white foam, dissipates down to a thin layer in a minute or two. Basically no visible carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. I like the color and the clearness--it looks like it's going to be a light and refreshing beer, which is what I want for summer. But I would like to see a little more liveliness with the carbonation.

Smell - 2.75/5
Some distinct Cascade hops, as well as a little non-describable mustiness. I was diappointed that there was no peach smell (it says on the bottle, "Beer brewed with peach juice"). I was expecting something similar to Festina Peche by DFH. Smell is not terrible, just not good nor what I was looking for.

Taste - 3.25/5
Some hops, amber-ale-esque malt flavors, a little bit of that earthy mustiness. Very lightly sweet, but NO PEACH flavors. I guess unlike Festina Peche, this beer isn't marketed as a peach ale, but still, I was expecting at least some peach flavor. What I got was an okay light amber ale.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied. Not as crisp as I was expecting. Medium amount of carbonation which lingers in the mouth after the sip has gone down.

Overall - 3/5
This was an average beer, nothing more (and nothing less--it wasn't bad). Picked up as part of a build-your-own six pack at Kroger. Had no interest in the beer until I saw "Beer brewed with peach juice" on the side. I remember really liking Festina Peche, and so I thought I would try this and compare. Turns out they are nothing alike. Even if I had come in with no expectations about this tasting like peach, this beer still wouldn't get much higher ratings. It's just not that good.

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Photo of hophugger
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Wow, this beer was a disappointment !!. Bottle says "beer brewed with peach juice" and I said, great, a nice refreshing beer. Looked ok with less than average head and spotty lacing. Aroma was light, even lighter than a bud light. Taste was dreadful. The hop bitterness was not good. This :beer" actually tasted like unflavored seltzer water. Was it a bad batch?. Is this what it is supposed to taste like?. No peach, no balance, just like carbonated water...

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Skinny dip pours a bronze color with a nice small but lacing head. There is a mellow but still noticeable spice note. The taste is crisp and spicy, hints of pepper. Great feel, and nice strong flavors. Overall its a stronger spicier blonde ale.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/30/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, lime, orange peel, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, spice, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, lime, orange peel, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, lime, toast, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, grass, and light pepper on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of citrus hops, spice, and bready malt flavors; with a nice crisp hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Flavors are definitely on the light side, but it does not feel watery. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly dry mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant blonde ale. Well balanced citrus hop, spice, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pure golden in color with a white half finger head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Spotty lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Has the signature New Belgium "nutty" malt aroma going on, but not much outside that, sans a faint lemony citrus character.

Taste - Follows the nose with their light tones of their classic nutty and toasty malt profile. Very light lemon notes. Distant lemon undertone that gives a hint of tartness to go along with the earthy, nutty flavor in the finish. Fairly light overall.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with crisp carbonation. Smooth, refreshing finish.

Overall - A fair summer blonde... about the only thing it did was make me wonder why they ever retired Somersault as their summer seasonal. Now THAT was a fantastic blonde!

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Photo of jsausley
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: A very pretty, light amber-gold beer with numerous colors varying with the liquid's thickness. Primarily a gold with tinges of amber in its body. Small amount of head on my pour (it seemed vigorous enough..), some lacing. Nice, active carbonation.

S: Mostly toast or bread with some hops and yeast, plus alcohol. Not entirely aromatic.

T: Better than it smells.. predominate flavors are black pepper and hops with a hint of lime. Decent toasted malt body, but not too full here. Some nice toasted wheat or bread notes on the finish. Fairly mild, drinkable and getting a positive rating from me due to its strong pepper bite.

M: Smooth and crisp, but not overly interesting in texture. Nice carbonation balance.

O: A fairly smooth, easy to drink beer that has a unique twist. Not many beers immediately bring to mind pepper flavors but it was a welcome change. Decent hops, lacking much malt substance to my dismay, but easy to drink so it's okay. Solid B+.

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Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing
3.44 out of 5 based on 917 ratings.
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