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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 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 dnrobert24
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having just had a Fat Tire the night before, the first thing I noted about Skinny Dip was that it had a familar aroma to the yeast that was used in Fat Tire. The next thing I noted was that this beer tasted great! It was super smooth, easy to drink, and interesting enough to make me want to keep coming back for more. I liked it.

I poured this pre-meal and had to force myself to slow down to save some for dinner. The initial smell was that of Belgian yeast, morphed into something familiar. Perhaps it was just blending with the familiar pale malts. It was estery, with coriander. The appearance said Belgian golden ale. It was a perfectly clear on the orange side of amber with yellow highlights and a fluffy white head.

After the forced slowdown, I grilled some Indian style chicken marinated in a tomato sauce. Served over rice and spiced with garam marsala, garlic, red chili, and coriander, the dish packed a not-so-subtle punch. This beer went perfectly with dinner. Apparently, the juxtaposition of countries worked well with my Americanized Indian dish and Belgianized American Blonde ale. Unlike most sweet or spicy dishes that usually compete with beer, especially hoppy beers, the sweet-spicy tomato sauce was brought to life by the juicy orange Skinny Dip which contributed its own aromatic spices. The hops in the beer were low enough profile-wise to allow the taffy malts to emerge without being too sweet. I'd definitely drink this again.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Skinny Dip, we should all do it at least once.

A - Almond brown, frothy head/lacing. Good retention.

S - Malt/Hops/Lime

T - Light bodied. Fresh biting malts, a touch of lime peel, earthy and, nutty tones. Nice Cascade hop balance. It sweeps in to balance, but what ends up happening is the lime coats the palate, and attributes to the ending flavor. Finishes clean. Mouthfeel is light, and semi-dry.

This is one excellent Light Beer, and reminds me of Fat Tire. A Fat Tire with a splash of lime=Skinny Dip. This is a solid drinker, and living proof that light beers can be tasty.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Glassware and serving temp suggestions (Goblet, 45F) are nice touches. Also gives a best before 17NOV06 (sampled 07AUG06) and 4.2% abv.

Aroma: Toasty, leafy hop, and a fair dose of Fat Tire.

Appearance: Deep golden orange with a frosty head that lasts and gives modest lacing.

Flavor: A bit more bread in the taste, a firm hop bitter is there, but not much hop flavor. Balanced, but the doughy malt and the bitter compliment each other more than meld.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy, light bodied, and a bit oily.

Overall Impression: A fairly complex, lighter beer. A good summer sipper with some Belgian overtones. I’m glad to see they tweaked the Loft in a good direction.

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Photo of BamaScholar
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Los Sombreros somewhere near Scottsdale, AZ. The server had trouble even telling me the name (she only knew New Belgium) but I tried it, by reputation.

Since I didn't know the style or name, my initial impression was of a hefe or wheat beer, maybe because of the "subdued fruitiness" (cf. blonde ale style page). All things considered, this was pretty refreshing and inoffensive on a hot hot desert night.

Its malty, for its doesn't hit you like a ton of bricks, rather just like soda through a too-thin straw. It's kinda fruity and kinda citrusy, but not as much a any wheat/wit bier, which is what through me.

Worth a try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although New Belgium doesn't advertise it as such (saying only that it's 'figure-friendly'), Skinny Dip is actually a light beer. Its 110 calories and 7 carbs come in comfortably under Sam Adams Light's 119 and 9.7.

The color is a perfect confluence of amber and orange and is much darker and richer than similar offerings. The cap is French vanilla in color, sports a bubbly, rumpled surface, is more persistent than it has a right to be and leaves a fair amount of lace that resembles daubed on paint. A very nice start.

The nose is suprisingly aromatic and is moderately toasted, earthy and malt-dominant. I was hoping to appreciate something from the Cascade hops or the Kaffir lime, but the maltiness overwhelms both. There is some citrusiness present, but not enough to suit me.

For a light beer, Skinny Dip has a good bit of flavor. There isn't a great deal of ballast behind the initial flash, but there's enough to kick the butt of any other light beer that you'd care to name. As in the nose, malt (probably Munich) dominates. An earthy toasted caramel flavor is the centerpiece of the flavor profile.

I would never have guessed Cascade hops, but I can taste 'em now that I know they're there. Since hops have very little if any caloric value, why didn't the brewers double the hop load at least? Probably because there wouldn't be enough malty sweetness to counter the bitterness, that's why. In terms of flavor sensations, the beer is more sour than bitter and more bitter than sweet.

I'm amazed that the body is as full as it is. It's light-medium in a general sense, but I don't recall a light beer with anywhere near this amount of heft. The mouthfeel begins to lose its way on the finish and there are a few too many bubbles, but overall, I'm impressed by what the guys at New Belgium were able to do with so few carbs to work with.

Skinny Dip may not be great beer, but it is great light beer. Although I can think of a few tweaks here and there, if I had to drink low calorie, low carbohydrate beer for the rest of my life (the stuff of nightmares, I know), then I'd begin, and probably end, with Skinny Dip.

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Photo of rarevos
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale orangey color. Can see right through the glass. Light head, no lacing. Small collection of bubbles on perimeter of liquid.

S: Malty, fruity. Hint of citrus--not lime per se, from the kaffir lime leaves, but just generically citrusy.

T: Light, refreshing. Not a hoppy beer at all. Despite the prominence of lime mentions on the label, this doesn't have an obvious "wedge of lime in my beer" flavor. There is a sweetness/sourness, for sure. Very abrupt finish that goes from citrus to malt to...vanished.

M: Little carbonation. Uber-light. Crisp finish.

D: Easy to drink, a solid summer refresher. Not a "wow" beer, but after a hot day this does the trick.

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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 karst
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Dec 8, '06 from the coolers of Chef's Pantry
Pours a clear deep golden orange with a stiff white 4 fingered head that produced thick lasting lace on the 0.3 L RC Maredsous glass.

Hints of Kaffir lime and wheat malt. Flavor of pale malts combine with light dose of Cascade hops. Nice balance.
Body is light but never watery. Finish is dry. Extremely clean and crisp. Lager like indeed! Served in the 40's its a great summer cooler.

I did not get to finish this glass as my wife tried it and would not give it back until warming brought on the hop flavors.

I would suggest this for anyone looking for a nice craftbeer. A great alternative to drinking macro brewed lagers.

I will be looking for a six pack soon!

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Photo of UberWasser
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice, crisp and perfectly clear amber with a bubbly, fizzy head that disperses quickly, leaving a thin halo along the outer edges. Kind of asks you to drink it, just looks refreshing.

Smell is one dimensional...just a light grain smell, maybe with some sweet malt scent lingering in the background.

The taste picks up a few more dimensions, though...mainly the great lime flavor from the lime leaf used in the brewing process. Doesn't translate much into the bitterness of the beer, which is light and just slightly drying, but it compliments a pleasent sweetness nicely for a real quencher. Mouthfeel is light and cleansing.

All around a great beer to quench a thirst with some simple but good flavors that don't overwhelm, in a good way.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
1.56/5  rDev -54.7%
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 Dizzy
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured copper color, lots of head and its retaining it well.

Not a strong aroma, there are some hops there.

Tastes hoppy, no fruitiness or strong malt flavors. I even taste something that is vaguely tart? Finish is citrus and a little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very thin, but considering this is a summer/low calorie beer it is its not bad.

Very drinkable. With low alcohol content and good taste I think this would make an excellent session beer. This has to be one of the most flavoful beers with only 110 calories.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10Nov06
Poured dark gold/copper with a thin white head.
The smell was thin, but had some orange and floral hops.
The taste was crisp. Some hops and a bit of orange. It had a touch of a medicinal taste - if a 3.25 were possible I would have given it that, but gave it the benefit of the doubt. A bit more malt would have balanced it a bit more.
There was a crisp bite and smoothness - though the smoothness was created more by water than I personally would have liked. Still, on the thin side.
Thanks to bditty for this one!
Overall - nothing great, but more good than bad. Good enough to cool down with on a hot day - and an added crisp feeling.

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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 BlindPig
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- copper/golden color with a darker tint to it. Its transparent. ¼ in thick head that has a little off white color. Head leaves pretty quickly and ok lacing. Looks to be Medium carbonation.

Smell- Hoppy citrus smell. Not much malt I could tell at all.

Taste- Notice carbonation right off the bat. Seems to be pretty high. Not a very strong aftertaste but has a citrus taste to it. Not much distintion in taste just kind of “bright/refreshing” taste. Not malty at all. A lemony taste with maybe even a hint of orange. Pretty watery. Not strong in flavors.

Mouthfeel- Thin in body. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink. Very refreshing. Could drink a few of these easily.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've seen this around So Cal a lot recently, but I didn't have one until I stopped by the NB booth at the Santa Barbara beer festival. I'm glad I did, cuz although I'm not a big fan of Blondes, I did like this one.

A - Light golden body.
S - Subtle floral scent.
T - Mild hop flavor with just a slight sweetness. Very smooth flavor.
M - A bit light, not watery, just not much play on the tongue. But then they'd probably argue that that's how it should be.
D - Very drinkable.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange copper with a white fizzy head that settles nicely into the session. The smell is of malts and a nice hint of citrus fruit with caramel glazed grain. The taste is light, hints of hops in the forefront that settle upon delicate but satisfying citrus flavors. This light bodied blonde went well at the beach on a gorgeous day, I think this beer speaks volumes for where light beer can go, at 110 calories and with a taste, this should serve as a solid stepping stone for light beers in the future.

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

Appearance: this beer was yellowish orange in color with a 1" head. Very thick lacing developed, which rarely happens with blond ales. Strong carbonation bubbles quikly rose to the surface keeping the head in place.

Smell: green apples and pears hit the nose first. Some grassiness is detected too.

Taste: I found this to be a strange blond ale, as the malt was lightly grainy, and green grapes, Granny Smith apples, and a bit of spiciness rounded it out. Little bitterness detected.

Mouthfeel: crisp and mildly dry throughout. Aftertaste was fairly clean, but grainy malt tones lingered for second or two. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: I waivered on this one going from average to good, and back to average again. This was not one I wanted a second pint of, but one I would have again. Definitely different from other blondes on the market.

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Photo of deadsquirt
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden brown with lots of head that quickly diminished. Very light hints of lime and malt in the smell. The mouthfeel and taste reminded me of a dressed up club soda with a slight hint of lime. This beer is drinkable, and would be great as a thirst quencher on a hot day. Otherwise, I found it relatively unremarkable.

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Photo of charlesw
2.03/5  rDev -41%
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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, small tan foamy head, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, hops, and citrus.

T - The taste is slightly hoppy, and malty. The finish is pretty dry.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. A nice little brew from NB, would definitely recommend.

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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 elricorico
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange colour with a thin cap of off-white head. A little bit of slow moving carbonation can be seen climbing up the glass.

The smell is dominated by citrus. Orange and lime mixture, somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter at the same time. Cascade hops are mentioned on the bottle, but are only lightly notable.

The taste is quite interesting, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. Starts with a faint citrus sweetness then it is taken over by the finish. The taste of lime and tea leaf fill the back half of the mouth. I find it stale and a bit salty really, and it makes for a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin but has a slight stickiness to it. Carbonation is fizzy in the mouth. Overall effect is less than exciting.

Would I have another? No thanks, I don't find much here that really pleases me. For a beer of such low alcohol level it doesn't go down all that easily.

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Photo of Mdog
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow gold with a huge head.

Smell: Light citrus.

Taste: Light malt then a little lime. Not a whole lot there.

Mouthfeel: Very light.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Picked up a few New Belgium brews when I was in Omaha. This one would be a good beer to introduce to macrobrew drinkers. A few new flavors (for macro drinkers) but nothing outstanding. Very light and easy to drink, but there's just not a lot of flavor to this beer.

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Photo of babydoc
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has me baffled. First time I tried it it had lovely presentation, but the nose was off. Something odd, which carried into the taste. Not terrible, but certainly not quite right. Every bottle in that lot was a bit off... I decided the bottle had been mistreated and didn't review.

Today's bottle is another story. Different lot number, different beer! Labeled best before Sep2006, it was poured at 45 degrees into a New Belgium chalice. Clear dark golden, active bubbles, generous two-finger bubbly ecru head that was sticky, almost stiff, and stuck around nicely.

Nose was fresh-cut mango and peach, along with a definite citrus note. Not strong lime (kaffir lime leaf is described on the label) but more tangerine sweetness. Grassy notes offset the sweetness.

Tastes of slightly-sweetened green tea, grassy notes, slight tartness of lime and green grape skins. Bit of biscuity grain backs it up. Mouthfeel is moderate, light carbonation, balanced mouthfeel that is slightly drying on the finish.

Well, this is not the beer I tasted the first time. This one is pleasant, drinkable, and a nice choice for a summer afternoon.

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