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RATINGS: 749   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Light amber color decent carbonation and foam. Aroma has hints of wheat, lemon, grapefruit and lightly carmelized malts. Lemon and light malt sweetness initially showing a little carmel later on. Bitter hoppy finish with signs of grapefruit. Very light overall but a decent refreshing beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Appearance: Looks like a pilsener with its clear yellow body & white frothy head. Aroma: None, but I don't have a good sense of smell. Flavor: Slightly velvety on the tongue w/ a bit of a tangy finish. This is a good beer for a hot day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2003
First had this beer at a beer festival last year in August. Loved it back then, and still do. I think it's a beer you love or hate. Very different with a peppery taste. Wonderful aroma. A wheaty but ale aftertaste. Just a joy to quaff on a hot day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2003
What an unusual and delightful beer. Not much in the nose, and a deeper than just 'light yellow' color. Very dry for the most part. There is a big hole in the flavor but this is part of why it's interesting. It is a sharp, perfumy, hoppy, and odd beer. If you want something middle of the road look elsewhere, if you want something strangely different... here it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Reddish,golden color,small white head.Malty,mildly sweet aroma with some definate hops and hints of citrus.Malty taste,slight sweetness to it there is a mellow hop taste that comes out,the finish is a little weak mild hops with a some what watery feel.Not a bad brew but i think maybe just a little alcohol bump up would help it out with a few other tweeks to get it there,but over all it is still a very refreshing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
really crisp light beer that is perfect for the extremly hot day here. golden color, hoppy lemon aroma, lemon hoppy, bitter taste. Clean and crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2003
Golden color and very clear nd crisp. A slight head that has a very fine carbonation to it. The intitial lemon and citrus notes give way to a slightly bitter hop/herbal finish. A very drinkable offering from New Belgium.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Dark lemon tint. Sticky tiny bubbles. Zippy lemon and grapefruit aroma. Hints of flowers, mineral, herbs, cantaloupe, iron, and. Very airy. Gently prickly, fluffy carbonation. Leafy hop flavors trailed by a subtle acidic twang, sweet, bready malts, carrot cake, spruce, nuts, and soft spices. Faint dry herbal bitterness, lemon cake, and faint mustiness at the finish with lots of balancing malt flavors. Accompanying soft citric hop belches. Belgian Ale? It doesn’t seem to contain any Belgian yeast strains, isn’t bottle conditioned, is excessively filtered, is rawly yeasty, grainy, etc.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbastard (761) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Light golden amber, with a head that lasts. Nice lite floral hoppy nose. Refreshing dominant hop taste, with extended dry finish. Full and cleansing to the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Floral scents that soon gives way to a strong hoppy nose. Golden in color with a fully diminishing white frothy head. Light to medium body, dry with a fizzy carbonated feel that only builds upon itself. Finishing with a long slightly acidic aftertaste.

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