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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beertholomeus (527) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours golden color with white head. Malt, citrus, caramel and grassy aromas. Malt and earthy flavors. Think body with dry finish. Better than expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RedSox2004 (1137) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bright yellow/orange with a modest white head and ok lace. Hay and grass aromas with hints of citrus. Flavors are similar with a touch of spiciness. Light body, lively carbonation, thin mouthfeel and a short finish. very refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Deep, clear gold with a pillowy, off-white head. Aroma is light fruit, malt. Taste is light caramel, lime, grain.. very mild, easy..... Simple, but well done. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 21, 2013
12 oz bottle from Folly Pack. Labeled "Loft". The kaffir lime leaf is surprisingly present and quite nice. If I didn’t know I would probably mistake it for a weird hop, but that’s definitely what it is. Very refreshing. Crisp. Flavorful. Malt is just a tiny bit dirty. If it were me, I would ease of the hop bitterness a bit, and sour a little portion berliner weisse style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (743) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Firestone pint glass From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $12.97 (w/ VONS card) for a Folly 2002 revival 12-pack Purchased: May 14, 20113 Consumed: May 20, 2013 Misc.: Best by Sept. 8, 2013 Poured a honey copper clear color with one finger of frothy white head. Sporadic spots of thin and thick foamy lacing. Good and thick retention on the top. Smelled lemon zest, orange, caramel, faint toffee, faint chocolate, sour milk, grass, hay, bread and faint resin notes. Caramel is the long lasting whiff. Tasted similar to the nose, mainly that caramel, sour milky malts and lemon and orange zest. Orange rind, a bit like an orange creamsicle, Also reminded me of a lighter version or orange cough syrup. Clean and refreshing. Light body. Thin-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, clean, crisp, watery finish. Surprised at how much this beer grew on me. It’s simple on the outside, but improves as it goes down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BobbyAnalog (300) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Heavy pop from carbonation, sweet, fleeting notes of honey and some earthiness of salt. Easy drinking, camping beer that has more complexity than it should. Great with pizza and salami sandwiches. Lukewarm hurrah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ellolovey (427) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2013
12 oz Loft Bottle from 2002 Revival Folly Pack. Pours a clear honey color with a thin quickly dissipating white head. Aroma of cereal, cheerios to be exact, hints of citrus, and lime. Very crisp and refreshing with great carbonation. You can really taste the lime leaf. Lime leaves and cereal. Odd combination. Definitely feels like there are not enough calories. Very thin. Dry zesty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (1867) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2013
12 oz bottle with 22SEP12 date stamp on it. Pours a bright clear golden with a white fluffy head. Aroma is dominated by cereal grain, a little citrus maybe from the hops, a bit of sulfur, and some linalool. Well carbed gives a nice mouthfeel. Flavor is more cereal grain, with a sweet, dry finish. Sessionable as hell. Wish it were in a can.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ESBob (334) - Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours a crisp, clear gold with white head. Aroma is a very slight malt with earthy/hoppy notes detected. Taste is an extremely light malt with slight hop character, earthy again in the finish.....not the best effort from New Belgium.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stevesie (292) - - JAN 25, 2013
Old review from notes. Light orange color and frothy white head. Some fruit in the nose. A bit watery and lacking in overall taste, but maintains the New Belgium earthiness. Easy to drink warm weather beer, but fairly vanilla by NB standards.

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