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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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2004
Pellucid darker amber pour. Light head of small white bubbles that leave quickly. Bread or biscuit, some wheat, lemons and other citrus fruits finely balanced with a nice malt backing. Hops dominate the flavors followed by biscuit and other malts. The citrus is a bit muted but still lingers throughout. Thin body, sharp palate and a bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
Clear amber with a quickly diminishing white head. Floral and citrus nose. Watery texture. Refreshing but not remarkable flavor. Dry, carbonated, acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
Clear amber colour with a beige head dissolving to a nice sheet of lace. Aroma is wheat, and floral with a hint of lime. Flavour opens sweet with a good hop bite and the faint taste of lime. Finish is dry and acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2004
Pours golden clear but darker with a thin quickly discipating head. The nose is sweet and grainy good taste, metallic and copperish . the mouth is sparkeling with good carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2004
tap flagstaff beer festival: poured golden brown with a white frothy head. smells of a bit of lemon hops and tanginess up the nares. in the mouth light wheat sweat grapefruit and thin. quick clean and snapy to drink. good for "summer" in the heat and easy to drink not as complex as most new belgium beers. highly drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Bottle. (8/03, also 7/03 at local beerfest) Amber color, smallish head, but lingering. Aromas of raw grain and tea, maybe a bit of citrus zest. Flavors really catch me offguard: earth, dirt, tea, parsley (?), medium bitterness from the hops which translates to a crisp, dry finish. Aftertaste of grass, musty. Light on excitement, and on alcohol. Must be cold to be easily consumed - stash it near the BMC in the fridge and enjoy the kite on the label more than this NB miss.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
This is the best NB I've had, though I'm only about half way through their offering. Pours an amber color with a respectable head that left behind one of the nicest laces I've seen in a while. Smells citrusy and hoppy with some wheat thrown in there for good measure. Tastes...leafy. I'm going to catch crap for this, I realize, but in the back I could swear I'm tasting pot leaves. Others have described it as "pine," I think, but there's more to it than that. Wheat and hops are definately present as well. Mouthfeel is full but could use a bit more thickness for my tastes, even for a PA. Drinkability is pretty good. At 4%ABV, it'd make a good sesson beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2003
I have no idea how to categorize this, but it is dangerously drinkably. Light on the toungue, with the hops reminding me of a really good pils. This is a good summertime beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reid (2051) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Ok I'm a big fan of New Belgium so picked up a bottle of this today. Comes in the usual New Belgium brown 12 oz bottle.usual watercolour type pic on the label, this time a kite. The beer actually looks quite attractive nice dark golden colour with a nice solid white head..thats small but lingers long..lovelly looking carbonation. The aroma is quite strong..mostly hops but some wheat smell is present. I am taken aback by the taste though..its pretty thin for a New Belgium product..very little malt sweetness here..just right on to a zesty , bubbly hopiness that dissapointingly doesn't last long..weird. Mouthfeel is pretty average..to carbonated for my tatses. This is an odd beer not sure were it fits in maybe a lager made with wheat? Anyway its odd but drinkable in hot weather..recommends it be served at 3 degrees C on the label

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 ReRate-This beer is boring! the flavors are pretty tame and lame-some really bad finish notes (terpentine). really weak and lame beer-some decent notes in the aroma, but the flavors are pretty tame and lifeless. I slammed a 6er in about 3 hours. bottle-pours a golden yellow with no head. Aggressive carbonation. flavor is very hoppy, nice spicy hops(saaz?) Walks the fine line between a pale ale and a hoppy pilsner. Dont know where to put my finger. Reminds me of SN summerfest for some reason. This is NOT a belgian ale!!!

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