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RATINGS: 795   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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 10/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Draft at the brewery. Pours golden with a thin white head. Heavy carbonation. Light hops, light malt. Finishes dry and crisp. Like others said, not a lot there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2004
Mjames took the words out of my mouth, reallynot sure what to say about this one. Not much flavours to speak of. Really not hoppy or malty, the flavour dissapears really quickly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2009 Hmm, not sure what to say about this. Soft aroma and flavor of mild malts, a little grain or wheat or something similar. Good palate, medium bodied and light. I’m not sure yet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 On tap at the Crescent Moon Alehouse. Light golden color. Nice brussels lace. White foamy head. Hops are noticeable, but the tangy flavor is what is dominant. Crisp and refreshing. Delightful citrus flavor with a noticable wheat body. Very clear ale, no chill haze. It’s a good summer beer. It has a lot more umph to it than many summer offerings. UPDATE 3/24/6: Whoever claims that this beer is the same as Loft is crazy! There are significant changes: It is darker than Loft with an amber/dark gold color. The new aroma is similar to butyl-styrene. Yuck! You get a Cascade finishing aroma, but there’s not a lot of hop flavor at all. This new beer has an early tartness and a low malt body content, but the finish is a disappearing act! PLEASE BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL LOFT RECEIPE!!! My Loft rating was a loving 3.6, but Skinny Dip gets a charitable 2.3 because it pretty much sucks, dude.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Poured an inviting light amber hue, carbonated just the right amount, with a solid, consistent head. There’s a tight caramel-hop aroma. The flavor is only fleeting, but an intriguing mix of caramel malt and citric/lime-bite. Something different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Not much head out of the bottle. Nice flavor. Smooth and drinkable. I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like it. I can say its very good and New Belgium doesn’t disappoint.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Faint aroma of light malt and fruit. Clear golden color, wispy white head. Delicate flavor of malt, oranges, and flower petals. Medium-light body. Overall, bland and unmemorable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (12124) - 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.

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