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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2004
(draft) Clear, light apple juice body with white head. Aroma is light sweet with a bit of lemon. Taste is mild sweet, light grainy, light lemon. Light body. Fairly bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2004 Bottle: a bit vague in the description. Pours a nice amber-yellow color with more than ample head. Hoppy with fresh grass and straw notes. i believe it is the lime leaves that culminate with the dry finish. Very refreshing and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Nose is mildly hoppy. Taste is a good mix of citrus, hay, and hops with a medium sweetness. A bit of lemon hops and tanginess. quick clean and mellow to drink. Would be a good summer beer. Not as complex as most new belgium beers. It’s kind of like Fat Tire’s weaker brother which makes for a really drinkable beer. Me likey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2004
The Loft poured golden-copper. It had an ample, creamy, white head that lasted for the entire pint and left some lacing.

The aroma was lemony citrus.

It was medium bodied, and a little too bubbly. The taste was malt with some zingy citrus. It had a crisp, grassy, slightly bitter finish.

Overall, this was a very pleasing and refreshing beer. Definitely the best "lighter" beer I’ve had...a great summer drink!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2004
golden color with a small white head that stays. aroma was full of hops and citrus. Flavor was bitter hops at first then citrus and wheat flavors. Very great summer brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2004
Draught. Yellow with a one finger off white head. Nose is very hoppy. Taste is a good mix of citrus, hay, and hops with a medium sweetness. Finish is slightly dry and a little bitter. Not a bad beer at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thegreenrooster (3505) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2004
Pour looks like honey with no head. Aroma is a nice balance of hops and citrus. Flavor is hops and a lemon lime combo.. The flavor dulls to almost nothing on the swallow and it leave a bitterness on the back of the throat. Ok I guess nothing to get excited about. Its something different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2004
Pellucid darker amber pour. Light head of small white bubbles that leave quickly. Bread or biscuit, some wheat, lemons and other citrus fruits finely balanced with a nice malt backing. Hops dominate the flavors followed by biscuit and other malts. The citrus is a bit muted but still lingers throughout. Thin body, sharp palate and a bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
Clear amber with a quickly diminishing white head. Floral and citrus nose. Watery texture. Refreshing but not remarkable flavor. Dry, carbonated, acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
Clear amber colour with a beige head dissolving to a nice sheet of lace. Aroma is wheat, and floral with a hint of lime. Flavour opens sweet with a good hop bite and the faint taste of lime. Finish is dry and acidic.

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