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RATINGS: 764   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
This tastes like a warm windy day. I can't explain this. Hoppy but lifted flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2003
I really didn't know what to make of this, not quite a wheat beer,not quite a true Belgian,not quite pale...lemongrassy and light on the palete a nice summer beer, but I think after one I may move back to a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Light, but inviting aroma. Hops and an imperceptible otherness, which is figured out immediately upon tasting the beer as being lime. The wheat malt lends a nice crispness and the beer is subtley, but nicely hopped. A very nice summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2347) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 19, 2003
An amazing but mild aroma, green grassy, light citric, even some Saazy badness. Clean across the tongue, refreshing, lightly salty, the zestyness is there, so are the hops. Nice head retention. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3769) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Hmmm. I expected something different when I opened the bottle. Oh well, you take them as they come. Uninteresting in appearance, some head, clinging and lacing over a vibrant yellow-gold body. A pils-plus aroma, i.e. in a blind test you might group this with some pilsners at first whiff but there are some deeper aromas to distinguish this, notably grapefruit, flowers, grass, wheat, perfume, and a hint of spice, perhaps cardamom. Good hopping. The taste is less interesting, being gently malty with a sweet backside perhaps suggested by the citric tang (the lime more noticeable here). There is some life to the carbonation but the palate is still odd, at times seeming heavy and hurt by the slightly astringent effect of the sour and bitter combination. Different, you'd have to say, and it is drinkable, but it needs a food pairing (perhaps food from a summertime grill, like burgers and brats) it isn't especially captivating. I.e. it doesn't fly my kite.

   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.

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