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RATINGS: 738   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Editorís note: in 2006, Skinny Dip replaced Loft as the name of New Belgiumís 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 Belgiumís 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: ďOnly in America would I be asked to brew a beer with no calories and less alcohol.Ē 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Underrated, methinks. Nice even smell. Not too much carbonation. Excellent citrus and floral notes. A hint of nutmeg. Just blows me away with its unique symphony of flavors: flowers galore, pomegranates, lime, and a little bay leaf. Update, 7/25/07. I still like this, but not as much as before (had it rated at 4.3!). It seems to have a bit less body than before, and I donít pick up some of the complexities I have in past editions. I still like this as a thirst-quenching summer beer, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
wonderful aroma, nice clear orange-yellow appearance. very full body taste with a wonderful match of clean hop finish. impressive brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 Bright gold body with moderate carbonation and a uniform, sudsy white head. Distinct aroma of buttery nuts and grassy hops. Light citrusy, herbal lime flavor with delicate floral notes and a short, mostly dry finish, and noticeable bitterness. No depth in terms of yeast or malt character. Thin body. Refreshing and has some distinct facets but fails to add up to anything special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1275) - 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 canít 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 (1153) - 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.

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