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RATINGS: 765   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nasmith003 (141) - Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2015
Light floral aroma and clear golden color. Bitterness shows up at the front and remains through the whole experience. Very light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (1433) - Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2015
Old rating. Decent sessionable pale ale. Blonde colored. Light body with decent citrus hops, a minor kick of spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1952) - - APR 20, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a two finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a grainy and grassy smell mixed with just a hint of a bready smell. Along with these there is a little bit of a sweet fruity and corn like smell. Taste – The taste begins very crisp and clean with a bit of a grainy and somewhat cracker like taste. There is a hint of a fruitiness upfront which fades rather fast. As the sweet fades, a little bit of a grassy and floral hop taste greet the tongue, leaving one with a rather crisp and clean lager flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the light and crisp flavors of the beer the feel is spot on and makes for a very easy drinking brew. Overall – A nice alternative to a bud light. It has a bit more flavor and a nicer hop hit. For the few extra calories (if you are looking out for your calorie count I think it is around 10 or so more), this is a fantastic alternative to the traditional light beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jabah (177) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2015
I had low expectations of this, based on the last few seasonals that I tried from New Belgium...especially the spring/summer ones. This is actually one of the better ones from them. A blonde ale with a gold-amber appearance. Thought it was a lager....tastes sort of like a pilsner....listed as a blonde ale. Sounds about right. Bottles says brewed with pecan juice which gives it some extra flavor. Reminded me of a lighter version of Lazy Magnolias Southern Pecan. Sampled a single for now, but I’d get a 12-pack of this in the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1526) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2015
Not sure why this is called a Belgian. As a session APA, it’s wonderful. A bit watery, but for the low ABV, I’m ok with that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4129) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear gold with white head. Aroma and flavor consist of a clean, neutral malt profile, soft hop bitterness, light fruit notes, and faint yeast esters. Light and clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cougfan95 (24) - - APR 8, 2015
Poured from 12 oz bottle - light golden color with thin white head. Weak citrus notes on nose with mild citrus taste and vague mealtimes. Very simple summer beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Darwenus (612) - Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
This smells like a watered-down version of a watered-down, nondescript Belgian ale. It doesn’t taste bad, but that’s because it hardly has any taste at all. On the exhale there’s a little hint of something, like maybe I had a Belgian ale several hours ago and noticed something on my own breath when I burped. I will never drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6705) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"a fairly nice, light one trick pony. spicy citrus. pretty light and one dimensional, but a pretty nice brew. i don’t know that i’ll seek one out again, but i’ll take one when offered. 2013-good n fruity :)"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ZacM612 (281) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Light amber with thin white head. Aroma of citrus and spices. Flavor is light, citrusy. Okay for a light.

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