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RATINGS: 735   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 As Skinny Dip. Looks and smells okay. An interesting beer, really reminds me more of a kolsch than a belgian ale. Crisp but decent. As Loft. 8,4,10,4,17. A little high. Springy flavor, somewhat spicy. It sort of lifts up off the tongue. Excellent and exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Medium hoppy grapefruit aroma.Amber orange appearance.Crisp hoppy citrus flavor.Refreshing,hint of lime,dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrinityRoseFae (11) - san mateo, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
The scent is of fine english tea roses. Just divine. A sip only enhances this flavor. Just like drink pure rose water. But better. Thumbs up for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
pcprof (6) - USA - MAY 8, 2003 does not count
Excellent lighter beer wiht the quality that you expect fro New Belgium brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Diablokev (147) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2003
The aroma is hoppy, ans floral. The appearance is a honey like gold with a thin white head. The flavor is hoppy and smooth. The beer is very easy to drink. Overall very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2003 Light and hoppy, quite mild. Only slightly spicy, some weird citrus thing that I can't put my finger on. Not bland, but not exactly flavorful. Some graininess. Small head, good retention. Certainly a hot weather beer, which is quite appropriate for this day in Texas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - APR 30, 2003
Light orange color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and floral. A lighter bodied “Belgian?” ale. Malts are fruity. Hops are spicy. Light and refreshing. There is a lot of stuff going on here, and I find myself having real trouble describing just what. Its dry hopped and very crisp. The low alcohol doesn’t seem to affect the flavors. Interesting beer.. Will need to re-taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is fruity and a touch biter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2003
I thought this was rather amusing: the label suggests this is "in a category all its own" but I brewed a beer VERY similar to this a few months ago - just a basic German wheat that I dry-hopped for some extra character. Not to sound too cocky though - this was a bit better than my batch. Rather light with very modest levels of malt and grain, but the hops here provided a nice little flourish to the otherwise straight-forward recipe. Very nice, crisp and refreshing, although not at the top of my list for individuality (although, I may be a slight bit biased).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Not too much in the way of aroma, but I really like the character the Kaffir leaves add to this brew. Another thumbs up for New Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Not much to compare this to. Maybe an extra pale. Very refreshing and zesty. Citrus dominates. Very hoppy for a "belgian ale". Very good session beer for the summer.

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