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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (595) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Pours a light gold, with white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Taste is light and very drinkable. A refreshing citrusy blend. The perfect beer for a warm summer day. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3218) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
I do tend to enjoy New Belgiumís lighter beers more than most but this one is not really doing it for me. It is also another point of evidence indicating there has never been a really good beer brewed w/ kaffir lime leaves. Seriously, I donít know what those even are except for something you throw into your shitty beer for no good reason. Skinny Dip is a perfectly clear golden brew that has a foamy and short lived head. Nose and flavor both are pleasantly light and mild but this beer doesnít really offer anything at all to grab your attention. I am getting some Grape Nuts malt character and an almost imperceptible touch of lemon lime flavor which is perhaps just the knowledge of those damn leaves getting the best of my imagination. As it warms, it does open up a bit w/ some more citrus notes coming out as well as some fruity apple yeast character. This is fittingly light bodied and highly carbonated and finishes w/ some earthy bitterness. This is stuff isnít bad to drink but really I think New Belgium offers some way better choices if you are into something light and refreshing. Check out either Snap Shot or Shift for a lighter beer from the same brewery that wonít bore you to death.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bpar73 (591) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Light citrus hops, barley and a hint of lime in the aroma and taste. Best beer ever? No, but far from the worst as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlimHabib (272) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle pour. Hazy dark golden color white fluffy white head and nice lacing. Toasted malty bread aroma with light hoppy finish. Smooth medium body. Toasted bread taste with slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
hman43 (484) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2014
It pours a light golden with a white head with larger than normal bubbles in the head., There is a fair amount of lacing that is produced as the head disappears. The aroma had floral notes mixed with yeast. There are some citrus tones as well. It is a bit watery for the taste with some hops, citrus, and a semi dry finish. It has a bit more carbonation than is needed which takes away from the taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (3794) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
12 oz. bottle. It pours a clear golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is mildly toasted with hints of caramel and lightly herbal, floral hops. The flavor is similarly toasty bread crust, light caramel and very light floral hops. Kind of a watery mouthfeel, but I actually enjoyed this for a simple session ale. Nothing really Belgian about it and not any hint of the Kaffir lime to my palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1731) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
A pretty tasty summer beer. Pours a clear golden color with white head. Grass and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little malt backbone.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Floback (533) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle from some generic liquor store with outrageous prices outside of Indianapolis. Pours a light amber/caramel body under an inch of off-white head that retains well. Aroma of soapy yeast and grains. Similar taste as the nose. Maybe some subtle hop note in the finish. Medium carbonation and light/medium body. I usually don't bash a brewery but, once again, I'm not impressed by New Belgium brews. I don't understand why their offerings are everywhere now. I taste no distinction between this and Yuengling. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christpuncher (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2014
A decent seasonal beer. Not very high alcohol an light on flavor. Pours light yellow and is easy to drink. Had at a party ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stevoj (2628) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Nice rich golden/amber color on this, thin frothy head. Looks is the best part of this beer. Aroma is almost non-existent, taste comes in with some sweetish malt and a touch of hops bitterness. Finish is very abrupt, and a little dry.

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