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RATINGS: 750   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2003
I liked drinking this. I enjoy that musty, damp smell that these sometimes produce. It was a good musky, hoppy aroma, mild but still pleasing. Kind of bland in the taste, definitely not a belgian to me, more like an apa, but something is missing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Musky slight hop aroma, nothing else. Clear gold color with almost no head and no lacing. Almost like an American pale ale that's underhopped, this wasn't that good at all, very disappointed. Palate is like water, nothing great. Overall I was bummed on this one, not even close to a Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2003
A really interesting beer and not at all what I had expected when I bought the pack. It has a nice hop bite to it but also I am picking up "cumin" notes? perhaps the saaz coming through? clean finish with a definite wheat note. nice on a hot summer day, but nothing that I would write home about...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2003
What a complex beer. Citrus, spice, esters, refreshing, crisp spicy hops of some sort maybe Saaz. All of these flavors but this is a very light beer a beer one could drink in place of cold water on a hot day. Outstanding

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Golden hue, with a rapidly disappearing head and medium carbonation. Has a mild hoppy aroma and something else that eludes me. Some malt and citrus flavor, but mostly it is kind of seltzerish with some bitterness from the lime leaves. The finish is dry. I like this brewer, but this one just doesn't do much for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2003
This is from New Belgium Brewery? I was shocked and disappointed by this offering. Who knows what style this, even the label doesn't say. Got a lot of unique scents and tastes, like wheat, lemon/lime, cereal, salt, and spice. A hybrid that just doesn't work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
This tastes like a warm windy day. I can't explain this. Hoppy but lifted flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2003
I really didn't know what to make of this, not quite a wheat beer,not quite a true Belgian,not quite pale...lemongrassy and light on the palete a nice summer beer, but I think after one I may move back to a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Light, but inviting aroma. Hops and an imperceptible otherness, which is figured out immediately upon tasting the beer as being lime. The wheat malt lends a nice crispness and the beer is subtley, but nicely hopped. A very nice summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2335) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 19, 2003
An amazing but mild aroma, green grassy, light citric, even some Saazy badness. Clean across the tongue, refreshing, lightly salty, the zestyness is there, so are the hops. Nice head retention. Very nice!

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