Skinny Dip | New Belgium Brewing

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Skinny DipSkinny Dip

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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 whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored brew with a moderate white head that disipates rather quicklybut still leaves some traces of lace. The aroma is bready with just a suggestion of citrus. The taste is light bready malt with a trace of caramel and citrus. Slightly dry from the start, with a nicely dry citrus finish. Smooth and easy to take in quantity. Should be a good hot weather option.

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Photo of rowew
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Typical 12 oz New Belgium bottle. Best by date, serving suggestions, and ABV are all clearly marked. I read many things suggesting that this is just Loft relabelled, but it seems to be a replacement loosely based on Loft, instead.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish orange color with a decent head that fades to a light lacing on the beer and glass.

Smell: Bready malts typical of New Belgium brews, and just a bit of citrus.

Taste: Fat Tire light, with just a bit of citrus thrown in. Now this isn't really a bad thing. It is very drinkable, with the same biscuity malt flavors found in Fat Tire, just toned down a bit. There is a bit of citrus flavor in there leaving a crisp finish.

Overall impression: First of all, I'm not huge on the marketing behind this, but I suppose New Belgium wants a piece of the light beer market. This definitely seems a bit different than I remember Loft, but it has been at least a year since I've tried that one. All in all this is a very drinkable summer session beer, and I'm sure I will enjoy more than my fair share over the coming months.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to see this one pop up today in stores. Also, was told it's a different beer than Loft, so I added it accordingly.
Pours a medium caramel color. Good transparency, foamy head that slowly dissapears to a light wisper. Aromas of wet grain, biscuits, and a little citrusy (kaffir lime leaves were added). Flavor is rather light. Actually makes me think of this as a light bodied Fat Tire. Very crisp and drying, almost like a pilsner, with a little hop finish. This is a delicious seasonal, as NB never fails to present.
Website lists the calories (110) and carbs (7gm) which is a little suspect. Could this be a new trend? Anyway, its low numbers are definitely present in the body and flavor profile. But, I'm glad I picked this up and highly recommend.

Edit: After following up with the folks at New Belgium, they claim it's a totally different beer than FT (different malts, hops, adjuncts). But perhaps it's their yeast that gives it the trademark flavor. I still stand by the FT lite beer.

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