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RATINGS: 801   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Editorís note: in 2006, Skinny Dip replaced Loft as the name of New Belgiumís 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 Belgiumís 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: ďOnly in America would I be asked to brew a beer with no calories and less alcohol.Ē 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Knilas (25) - Sidney, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle. I get the limey note on the nose. Beautiful copper color. Small white head that disappears quickly. Few bubbles. Finish is short n bitter. Best part of this pour was that gorgeous copper color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
onceblind (6669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Clear brilliant golden with a fluffy white head. Clean little blonde and biscuity ale aroma with a faint little bit of grassy hop. Crisp summer ale flavor of blonde grain and a wee touch of cracker/toast malt with a wee little crisp grassy hop flavor and bitterness. A pretty simplistic and quaffable summer ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malvrich (191) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2015
12 oz. bottle > Stella chalice A: A gentle pour yields little head of a beige color quickly receding to a ring and center pool. Great clarity in the light orange gold color. Few bubbles seen. Laces nicely. Very nice looking beer S: Lightly toasted grains, pale malt. Faint floral hop note. T: Dry crisp flavors of sourdough or pretzel maltiness with a light, fresh citrusy sharpness to the hop bite following very closely. Very nicely balanced and the flavors seem to pair nicely together. It does taste a tad watery though. M: Light of course with more lively carbonation on the palate than expected from the look. O: Pleasant surprise here. Iíve been enjoying summer ales this season and this is one of the nicest ones Iíve had. It is also well priced and widely available. I will purchase this again while it lasts.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
KamGoPro (208) - Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2015
No nose, pilsner look. Very light. Not much flavor. Hard to distinguish. Fresh mild grains.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emeister84 (1936) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Soft lime aromas. Slightly hazy orange-gold with a mostly lasting white head. Bready and limey, with faint earthy hops. Light bodied, very crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2983) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours a copper color with white head. Grainy, spicy, malty, slight fruity aromas and flavors. A solid brew that takes me back to the old days with New Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose and taste are citrus, some banana, belgian indeed

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1547) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Orangey golden with.a foamy head. Dry rubber bandy aroma. More hop character than expected a little spice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Venious (1) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2015 does not count
The latest 2015 release just isnít as good as the previous years. Kaffir lime leaves made it perfect to me, and they removed it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (313) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Pours a copper color. About a one finger head. No real lacing. Nothing impressive thus far. Iíll give it an extra point for the cool bottle.

Aroma is weird. Itís citrusy and spicy. I donít really like it.

Taste is pretty good. Itís somewhat hoppy. Thereís some citrus in it. Itís light but has a full flavor taste. Iím not really picking up anything thatís distinctive in flavor. Itís supposed to have peach juice in it...oh yeah, where? Doesnít taste bad. I like it okay.

Palate is medium-light. Very drinkable. Itís crisp, itís slightly dry. The hoppiness shows up more in the finish.

Overall, I like it. I really donít want to like it. I donít know why. Thereís something about thiis I hate, but looking at the score I have given it, I guess I do actually like it. I guess the best feature is that New Belgium has achieved a full flavor in a light style beer. Itís surprising really. Itís not great, but itís pretty good. I would have this again.

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