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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
deekyn (1037) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
A - Light yellow with large white head. S - light grains, lime and yeast. M - simple session beer. weak palate, light body. dinkable, bland. t - Mildly sweet lime and very light malt flavor. O - another hit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (6977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle (apparently Loft is back). Perfume, lime and yeast aroma. Golden yellow with large white head. Mildly sweet lime and very light malt flavor. Not bad for a light beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmcgavin12 (427) - Madison, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Pours a golden hue with faint head and lacy head. Aroma is of wheat and malt. Taste is a bit sweet and strawy with a medium body and no lasting finish. Quite a session beer but not too much more

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rollinsr (335) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours clear and golden with minimal head. Aroma is slightly sweet with some orange zest notes. More of the zestiness on the palate that adds some nice character to this otherwise bland beer. Easy-drinking and highly sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gregwilsonstl (942) - Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Very drinkable at first, but then gets old. Creamy. Light body, kinda buttery. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ozarkspops (311) - - JUN 13, 2013
Crystal clear golden copper pour. Thick course white head with ok lacing. Dank hop aroma with bready Pilsen malt. Breadiness leads the flavors. Euro hop profiles with some dankness come second. Decent lawn mower beer. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bacterial (1197) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Clean, crisp looking. Lime and a subtle earthiness is pronounced in the taste. Just a little bitterness in the finish. Easy drinking but also fairly watery. Not much going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins in their 12 bottle mixed pack. Pours a clear dark golden appearance with a tan head. Pretty crisp, dry, somewhat spicy, lightly grainy, mild citrusy aroma. A bit tangy, lemon/lime, dry chalky grainy, a bit spicy, easy drinking beer. Glad to see this make a comeback.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle from the 2002 Revival 12-pack. Pour is clear golden with a huge, fluffy white head and great lacing. Wheaty, grassy, somewhat stale hoppy, bready aroma. Taste is wheaty, grassy, bready, biscuity, orange peel, and citrusy with a light bitter bite on the finish. Light body with high carbonation. Easy-to-drink and refreshing, but really kind-of muted and boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nikiel (870) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2013
2002 revival Loft. Pours a perfectly clear light gold with very bubbly white foam. Smells slightly sweet with a hint of lemon, but mostly herbal. Tastes slightly sweet and herbal. Honestly tasted better out of the bottle than the glass.

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