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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shot (256) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle. Clear gold with a thin fluffy head. Aromas of sweet malt and bready tones. Bready flavors, black pepper, bitter lemon peel. Thin mouthfeel. Watery. Crisp finish. Very light and not terribly flavorful. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loubar (154) - Los Gatos, California, USA - MAY 22, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. Opens with some caramel malt. Then faint fruit notes - peach. A nutty, dry finish with a measured hop bite. Good carbonation. Crisp, light and refreshing. It does everything they wanted it to do. An excellent example of a well crafted brew. Love the low ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartzluke (329) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 21, 2015
12 oz pour from refrigerated bottle into a shaker pint. Crystal clear and orange with a strong white head with great lacing. Light nose with a little citrus and a little flowers. Light body, though impressively full for the size of the beer. Not too flavorful, but better than I would have expected all things considered. A bit of citrus and a hint of lime on the end. Good for what it is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy light amber color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose is somewhat earthy, with bananas and feet in there. Taste is earthy and stale, and just does not taste good at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
Sunny, warm afternoon here in Laguna Niguel on 20th May 2015. 12oz bottle into a Corsendonk badged stemmed tulip on the patio. Bright amber pour, white head. Tropical fruit nose and taste, mild citrus notes within those fruity flavours. Refreshing and highly carbonated (too fizzy for me actually), suits the summertime concept the brewery are trying to push with this beer. Not really for me, but decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2538) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2015
12oz bottle from Pizz5116. Pours a clear dark Amber color with a finger of fluff white head. Aroma of old citrus, grass, caramel malt, and stale grain. Taste mimics the nose. Going down nice and easy while hanging by the kiddie pool!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4132) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
bottle. Pale golden with one finger head. Light body with a bit of grainiess. Light fruit. Finishes somewhat bitter with some dryness. Not exciting, but refreshing and goes down easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 15, 2015
On tap at Fosters Pint and Plate in Rogers. Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is cooked corn slightly holy with some pine. Light bodied. Decent drinking beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnnymusky (563) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Sample bottle from vendor...pour is golden with half inch white head....some lacing...nose is minimal...some malt and biscuit...taste is very mellow...not much to it...a little malt some yeast a tad of biscuit...very light and easy sipper....average but seasonable....(#474)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Atom (1773) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2015
12oz bottle pours a copper/orange with a large white head. Aroma of non-descript malt and faint bland yeast. Taste of malt and light hop. Yeah it tastes like beer, not much going on. Better than a Bud, but not by much.

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