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RATINGS: 709   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Editor’s note: in 2006, Skinny Dip replaced Loft as the name of New Belgium’s low-alcohol, low-calorie summer seasonal (only minor changes in recipe; i.e. still approximately 4% ABV and spiced with Kaffir lime leaf).

Skinny Dip Description: New Belgium’s Skinny Dip started out as a challenge from our founder Jeff to brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. Jeff was looking for a full-bodied, highly drinkable beer for after workouts - something a little lighter than the rest of the portfolio. Peter, a Belgian, responded: “Only in America would I be asked to brew a beer with no calories and less alcohol.” The challenge was to give the beer body and complexity not usually found in beers at the lighter end of the spectrum. The result is Skinny Dip, a full-bodied beer that happens to weigh in at a crisp 114 calories per 12-ounce serving. Cascade hops frolic with a hint of lime leaf, making Skinny Dip a bright, refreshing splash for the summer season.

Loft Description: In a category all its own, Loft delivers an uplifting zest, a taut line of hoppiness, and, from integrated wheat and barley malt, a mouthful as big as the sky. Spiced with Kaffir lime leaves.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
arkurzynski (1406) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Slightly hazy gold pour. Nose of biscuity/lightly bready malt with a citrus-lemon type zest aroma. Simple wet wheat/biscuit malt/golden grain flavor with more citrus zest and a faint, bland hop finish. Clean and light.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blipp (5680) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden orange with a thin white head. Sweet and grainy malts, light bready and citric notes, and a quick finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerKurve (432) - - AUG 19, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Fairly clear yellow-gold color with a filmy head. Nose is yeasts, spices, barley, floral & mild citrus hops. Flavor is orange, yeasts, spices and citrus hops with a ry finish. Body is light with some crisp carbonation. One of the better "session" ales out there.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2588) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle - Wow, this one gets killed in the ratings! Pours clear golden amber with a thin white head. Nose is big herbals--hay, flowers, some light spicing that I don’t recognize, with a little fruity yeast and lightly bready malt. Same taste--grainy, lightly bready malt, a lots of herbals (is this the lime leaf?), a touch of citrus and a fruity, yeasty finish. Some mineral on the finish as well. Medium-thin with ample carbonation. I don’t get the hate--this was pretty tasty.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SODAK14 (266) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Not a bad beer by no means. Nice slight citrus taste, a good summer brew. This was a Loft I got in a New Belguim variety pack.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Concealer (651) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle poured yellow gold with a clean white head. Smells of citrus and spice hops with some yeast. Flavor is citrus, caramel, spice, and yeast. Mouth feel is light with carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
seymour (1323) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Drank from 12oz bottle at the Concert In The Park, thanks Jed! A very pleasant, grainy and citrusy session ale. Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, faintly fruity aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westmeister (1538) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear yellow/orange medium white head. Smell is light spices, light malts, orange peel - albeit all light. Taste is light coriander, fruity esters, bits of spice. Mild all the way around. Not bad, just not memorable.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Doofgoblin (267) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 (Loft) It’s reminiscent of a weak fat tire. Pretty underwhelming, not bad just sort of sweet, caramel, biscuit and boring...only a really faint hop note is present...it’s a good intro beer for some, I would think...Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth...

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3228) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Best by September 8, 2013. 12 ounce bottle. The aroma is delicate and fairly sweet with definite animal cracker notes. Some graham cracker is also there. I think you get the vibe. Light underlying herbal character, too. Transparent golden body with a small, whitish head present. Starts with more graham cracker sweetness. Becomes a little bit herbal in the middle, with a touch of underlying fruit. Quite a bit of paper, though...like it was filtered through a brown paper bag.


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