Skinny Dip | New Belgium Brewing

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Skinny DipSkinny Dip

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 bennetj17
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a new offering from New Belgium replacing Loft Beer, although it is quite similar. Decent head of white foam, fair retention. The color is ultimately clear and a medium gold. Smell is light, with an aroma of piney hops. The taste is very clean, with more hop flavor and a bit of tangy spice in the finish. The bready malt flavor is fairly weak. Hop bitterness is moderate. Fairly light in body, it has a strong zesty carbonation that pierces the front of the tongue. Very crisp and clean overall, unfortunately reminding me more of light macros than any Belgian Pale Ale I've tried. It's drinkable, but nothing too exciting...

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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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