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 AJClauss
1.6/5  rDev -53.5%
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 HoppyBastard
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "Best Before" date 11-16-14.

APPEARANCE: pours clear with dark gold color, one finger off-white head that dissipated slowly to a thin broken layer of bubbles, slightly above average carbonation, there was a good amount of lacing.

SMELL: sweet caramel, bread, very subtle.

TASTE: the taste mostly follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, a very mild hop profile and then the taste of bread.

PALATE: this has a slightly higher than average amount of carbonation, medium body.

OVERALL: this beer is simple and inoffensive, if you served to a wide range of guests no one would complain but, there are better more exciting beers to be had, I enjoyed this beer but will probably not buy it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, biscuits. Taste is of caramel malts, hops are present, some biscuits, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine choice on a hot summer night.

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Photo of mjurney
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden-amber color, clear. Some carbonation. Thick frothy head.

Spicy and herbal, a little lemony, some semi-sweet bread.

Bread crust, mild toast, biscuit. Hop bitterness is moderate, herbal, spicy, leafy. Finish is a little dry, very crisp. Body is medium, crisp, refreshing, a little tangy.

It's a very good beer.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Clear, semi dark gold. Medium carb. Sticky dotted white lacing with low retention.

S: Wheat barley and a touch of tangy rye. Slightly sweet doughnut like bread.

T: Slightly sweet with a tangy rye bread. A little warm nutmeg taste through the middle. Finishes carbonic and watery. Quite clean with slight sour tang finish.

M: Mildly dry and good reasonably clean finish. Fairly thin.

T: Better than a macro light beer, but only by a slim margin. It sits in limbo between styles for me: If I want water I'll have water, if I want beer I'll drink something bigger.

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Photo of jpro
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from summer mix 12-pack. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A: light-copper gold; half finger of light beige foam yields a considerable layer of sugary lace.

S: crusty, sweet malt; light citrus; hard candy shell.

T: pretty simple... Very much like the aroma - mostly sweet malt... Bread crust and brown sugar, followed by a light hop bite.

M: exactly what you'd expect from a 4.2% beer. It's OK. Medium body, high carbonation.

O: a nice summer beer!

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Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this in the sampler Folly pack. Has a dark orange and clear appearance with 1 finger head but retains well.

Not much smell to it. Maybe some caramel or brown sugar perhaps.

Very interesting taste. Slight roasted notes, caramel, toffee etc. with a crisp finish. Not picking up any hop flavoring aside from crisp finish.

Overall - A decent tasting beer but for a light watery summer beer, these flavors don't really go with it. More of a light autumn beer IMO.

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Photo of scratch69
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear deep golden color with almost a fingers worth of head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Very faint aroma of pale malts and bread.

Taste- Mellow flavors of toasted bread and citrus with some grassy hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent beer but nothing memorable. It would work on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber with a head that last and some decent lacing.. the smell is bready, copper toasted malt.. the taste is a biscuit toasted malt with a slight carmal.. but cut with a little bit of water.. its like all the flavors are muted.. mouthfeel is light.. this beer is nice for summer.. kinda bland but maintains enough flavor to be decent.

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Photo of juanny
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color with nice lines of carbonation. Aroma is weak, slightly astringent and did not entice me to drink. The taste was okay, but overall quite mild, with a slight malty presence and a hint of bittering hops. After taste is crisp, but also acidic and not ideal in my book. It goes down fine, but the mouthfeel is light and watery. Overall, drinkable and fine, but not that impressive of a blonde ale, a style already not on my favorites list.

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Photo of tronester
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head. Aromas of toasted bread. Taste begins with some toasted bread, then some toffee, and finishes with some leafy, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a pretty good, lower alcohol beer. Would be nice after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Drew966
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Skinny Dip pours a golden yellow with a thick white head that drops quickly from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is citrusy with a bit of grain. The flavor is light and pleasant with a similar twang to it that Fat Tire does (the malt bill?). Finishes a bit dry. Nice.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a plae golden yellow with a thin off white head. Decent lace left behind from a sparkling clear liguid. A nice bit of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell was light, with the biggest hints coming from grain, and a nice bread tone. Slightly sour tones present as well, maybe some sour grape or apple. First impression was crisp and somewhat bitter. Nice play on the palate and a decent hopper aftertaste. Biggest flavors were by far malts and grains, with a musty bread flavor being the biggest factor here.

Overall it was a little bitter to be a real sessionable ale, and is honestly a bit forgettable. Nothing really standing up and greabbing you about this one. A decent pale ale that doesnt really stand out in the crowd.

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Photo of u2carew
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick white head. Settles slightly leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear bronze body. Thin and semi-sticky lacing.
S) Earthy grain notes. Hints of orange. A subtle hops aroma.
T) Flavors are not very robust; a bit thin. The palate opens up a bit as time passes but not much. I pick up some citrus notes - orange. Some caramel malt. A nutty finish with a slight hop bite.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Lighter side of medium body. Smooth finish.
D) An easy drinker. I'd have another one.

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Photo of harrymel
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 06/26/10

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A: light orange, absolute clarity. Continuous ribbon resotres the paper thin white film capping the ale.

S: Smells like a standard pilsener. Only unique grace befalls the slight lime accent, which is a pleasant touch.

T: Tastes like a light amber, really light. Lime unfortunately does not make it to the flavor of the beer, and leaves itself to the nose.

M: Quite carbonated, almost a burning sensation as buds are attacked with constant expulsion of gas from ale. Med bodied.

D: Although the beer isn't bad, I will be unlikely to purchase again in near future.

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Photo of GreyMorel
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving - 1/2 in bottle, 1/2 in tumbler.

I'm not a huge fan of their most common brew, 'Fat Tire', so I wasn't expecting much from this brew. I was pleasantly surprised.

The brew poured a generic amber-orange color, with a single finger cream or off-white head. Head was only of moderate life.

Smell was a mixed bag of hops and malts.

Taste was surprising - My only other experience with New Belgium brews so far is 'Fat Tire', which I can only describe as liquid hard-tac (chalky malt domination). THIS brew, however, was perfectly balanced between malts/grain and hops. One thing I DIDN'T notice though was the advertised 'lime leaf citrus' flavor - something was there for sure, but I couldn't tell if it was just the natural citrus note of the 'cascade hops', or if it was the result of the gimmicky spice.

Mouthfeel was thin and effervescent - a good deal of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I would not say its spectacular, but it is better than most microbrews - its on the verge of macro level.

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Photo of TCMike
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great easy drinking beer for those that are not hop-driven. It's a light amber color with a 1 finger white head. The taste is that of malt, light citrus, and even lighter hops. It's a summer seasonal product, so I relieved the local liquor store of their remaining 3 cases in early fall.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy orange/amber with lacey head.

S- Toasted biscuits, citrus hops, malts

T- Honey, and that signature New Belgium biscuit taste with a slightly citrus hoppiness

M- Very balanced, crisp on the front end and smooth and creamy with a thin finish.

D- Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange hue and not quite amber. Had a lacey head.

The nose has a malty aroma with some hopiness like many New Belgium brews.

This ale has a pleasant malty flavor with slight citrus and hops in the background. It has a light sweetness from honey and maybe caramel.

Skinny Dip Ale is crisp and light or medium bodied. Its a decent choice on a hot 90 degree summer day. Thanks to Rob for New Belgium variety pack.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-hazed yellow color with a light white head and not much lacing. The nose brings some really faint citrus notes. Other than that, there's just some light grain. The taste is the same with some very mild sweetness and a bit of citrus. Light body. Drinks fine, but really is nothing to even say about this other than that it is quite plain.

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

This clear golden ale is New Belgium's summer seasonal, and it's among the brewery's lighter offerings. The flavor is mild and malty, with a slight hoppy character and a hint of citrus. Oddly, I place this one curiously between a traditional lager and a pale ale. It's certainly tasty, and unique. Like most of New Belgium's employee-(and Earth-) friendly brews, this one's quite satisfying.

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Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft at Fuzzy's tacos, poured into a goblet.
Pours a golden color with a thin white head.
Smells mostly of sweet malt and bread.
Tastes almost like an amber, sweet malt, buttered biscuits, with a hint of citrus.
Light and has a great taste, very chuggable. I was really impressed with this beer, at first I was skeptical but it turned out delicious.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Weak straw color. Bland at best.
smell: Again, bland at best. Just not much happening. Some subdued hops.
taste: More of the same. Some subdued fruitiness.
I see some high marks for this beer. Wonder if I got a glass from a bad keg. But nothing terrible...just bland. Tastes like a beer but with lots of extra water.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I traded this sample with HardTarget whilst in Brugge.

Best before: 17 November 2006, sampled on 08 September 2010
When I opened the bottle, beer started spilling out. Bad sign?
I served the salvaged content in a pint glass

Appearance: The beer has a warm and bright misty orange colour. It resembles an ice cold glass of ice-tea. At first it gave a huge cloud of foam that quickly collapsed.
Nose: The scent gives strong malts and a ginger/lemon element to soften what was strong.
Taste: The taste is very soft and smooth. The two main factors are still malt and a soft touch of citric fruit.
Mouthfeel: The beer is dry on the tongue. It remains fresh and light. I presume this could be a perfect summer beer.
Aftertaste: The malt slowly becomes softer and some bitterness sticks to the cheeks.
Drinkability: It is made to be drinkable on a warm day: low in alcohol, soft in taste, as rich in colour as a setting summer sun.

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Photo of budgood1
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours out a copper and bronze hue with an ample head sticking like meringue...lots of bone white lace. looks impressive. slightly citric and buiscuit like in the nose...hints of hops meld well with the citrus tones. a definite munich maltiness hits sweet at first then dies away a crackery quickness, followed by a slight citric lime zest. hints of cascade hops ride the wave provided by the previous zest. finishes dry. sort of quenching. ample bodied for a "light beer", with a spritzy mouthfeel and again, a dry finish. drinkability is ok. and pretty good for a light beer or blonde ale.

overall i don't really like the malts used in conjunction with the rest of the flavour profile, they don't seem to mesh well with me... and as a summer quencher it doesn't have that "oh yeah" quality to it when quaffing it down, probably not even on a hot day.

although as a lower calorie and low abv beer, it does have a lot of flavour and body and mouthfeel going for it, so i'm in a bit of a conundrum as how to rate it. my feeling is that it looks great, smells good, tastes ok, has a nice mouthfeel but drinks hard. weird.

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