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RATINGS: 788   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Golden with a spicey citrus smell. Tastes like a spring. A refreshing taste, but not good enough where I would want to drink more than a few. Hoppy with a slight taste of lime.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
Dishevelled grapefruit zest plagued by prevalent oxidation...Lethargic caramel seeping through the bubble filter...This one was had well before the Sept. 14th, 2004 expiration date, its bottle is brown, so there is no excuse in my book other than prior-to-bottling problems...

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
Very light amber, clear, almost no head. Aroma presents light hops tending toward grapefruit or minty flavors, plain powder sugar, light cream... Not too interesting. In mouth, big oxidation is revealed although itís not expired. Mild vegetable hints (celery), poor flavor development, watery thin body.. Disappointing.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 20, 2004
At first taste you notice the grains, then the subtle lime flavor. I didnít notice any outstanding aroma. Tasted much better out of the refrigerator, opened for about 30 minutes.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Pours with a white, two-fingered pillowy head, fades soon and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation. Clear golden amber color. Nose is hoppy, starts and finishes hoppy, the lime leaf is not noticeable; hopheads line up for this one. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
thin light color, frothy white head, lightly carbonated, barley malt aroma, crisp and consice flavor, refreshingly simple, light in the mouth, lofty even, I usually stay away from stuff this light, but I would buy this again, good summer session brew.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nocsious (3) - Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2004 does not count
Needs to warm a bit to taste the suble flavors. Initially a bit of wheat and corn mixed in the citrusy hops. Somewhat tart yet reasonably soft. The finish is a bit sweet with a small bit of lime flavor. Not a new favorite.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 The aroma is excellenet. Hoppy and zesty beautiful. taste is awesomely zesty and hoppy bitter. Bell peppers, plastic, and cucumbers grat

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Pale amber with fair head. Hops aroma. Very interesting flavor--slight fruit, a hint of citrus hops, fairly crisp and quaffable. I think the beer is under-rated. It is a very nice lighter summertime beer--it wasnít intended to be a monster.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2004
Fruity (apple, pear), little bit of zesty hops. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium body, watery/oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: some odd spice flavors and a lack of anything substantial, Iím not really getting this one.


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