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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2003
This tastes so much like my first homebrew, which really says something. Pretty mild in all respects. Nothing really stands out. A good beer to convert Bud drinkers to the world of micro.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2003
Sparkling deep gold with white head.Nose is floral and corn.Faintly spiced rather bland malt flavor. Fizzy and gassy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 A nice well flowing low alcohol belgian ale..its nice to know that these can indeed be made. The aroma is a mixture of pure hoppiness, forest smell, grains and wheat, a hint of malt and crispiness. It pours a light orange color with a mild carbonation level and a thin frothy white head which lasted not too long. The flavor is pleasant with merange, hops, syrupy vanilla, lime, and fig leaves dominating. This beer reminded me of sipping on mother earth herself. The carbonation level is well in check, with a dry, semi sweet ending with a touch of bitter in mid taste. Definitely dry hopped, you can taste it right in the aftertaste. A good brew. Thanks to mitch for the brew!! Rerate at the brewery. What the hell happened here...slight hop and pine nose, heavy carbonation, a tad bit of lemon in the taste, but VERY weak body..slightly earthy with orange peel and citrus, but very weak

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2006 Small headed orange soda body with the enticing smells of orange, honey suckle, and mystique. Light bodied with an intriguing orange blossom taste with mysterious summer orchids in the mix. Flavorful and refreshing. Great to have on a summer keg. Ah, now I see, the mystique must have something to do with the kaffir lime leaves. Interesting...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4755) - 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 (161) - 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.

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