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RATINGS: 732   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Average head, orange-yellow in color. Light hop aroma. I can taste the leaves in the favor, which is interesting, I can’t taste much in the way of hops. Clean finish with no after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kyzr (1148) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Nice hoppy nose to it. Good orange color, with an average head. Nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2004 I liked the fruity flavor and the disappearing aftertaste. Tastes like autumn and family gatherings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Not the best NB has to offer. Nice orange color. Nice fruity, hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2002
I think this is very bland along with the other New Belgium beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Definetely not my favorite from New Belgium. Smells like cologne. More of a hop flavor than anything else. Am concerned that my bottle might be a bit long in the tooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Interesting orange color, mild hops -there’s nothing more I can say b/c I am still shaking my head over my husband’s rating below. I had no thoughts of Charlie Brown when drinking this beer, but now that’s all I can picture. Thanks Dogbrick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 As someone said before this is a small beer that does have a lot of flavor. However, it does not seem to back any of this flavor up. Lingering is not a quality of this beer. The sensation is quickly whisped away by the wind.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Golden colour. Sort of citrusy and light at first. A little bit like a wit, but it’s not as fruity and has a good dose of hops at the finish. Not one of New Belgium’s better offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7959) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2002
Thanks to PhillyBeer2112 for this one. I couldn’t help thinking of poor Charlie Brown when I saw the kite on the label. If only Charlie could kick back with a good brew after a loss to the kite-eating tree. He could enjoy the appealing orange color with a thin white head and decent lacing of a brew like this. He would enjoy the pleasant hops aroma. He would have surely been mildly surprised by the subdued hops flavor with a nice wheaty counterbalance. Ah Charlie Brown, forever doomed to lemonade.

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