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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
katiebutta (1) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2007 does not count
This is the best beer Iíve ever had in my life. And Iíve done my share of beer tasting. You certainly donít have to worry about hangovers the next morning after drinking large quantities...brewed to PERFECTION!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rsistare (9) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007 does not count
Loft has an excellent hue and design. By this, I refer to the brew available in 2005. Solid design and flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
sextjk5 (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2011
One of my favorite beers of the summer season, between this and the IPA they have, its a tough decision every time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Classified as Belgian, I donít see it, but otherwise I have no idea what this beer would categorized as. However, I found it to be surprisingly complex for a light, quenching, essentially session beer (and surprisingly complex for a beer meant to be served cold). Perhaps my new #1 session beer. Rich fruity orangey resiny hop aroma (plus grass and cannabis). Light amber color with med foamy head, decent retention. Rich, peppery spicy palate (almost like a Saison), with warming caramel malts. Tingly and alive in the mouth.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Hazy golden brite color. Small lingering head the suspends the swirling subtle hop aroma. As I sat and drank this beer I felt as if whiffs of summer breeze where sweeping by every so lightly introducing the floral aromas of summer. Clean dry finish with a bitterness that is slightly out of balance yet keeps you coming back for more. very refreshing on a hot summer day with just the right amount of hops to keep the beer interesting without drying up the palate.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
texindy (2) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2004 does not count
Golden color with good foam. Has a nice hoppy smell with a good crisp taste. Overall, another good beer from New Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2015
Not sure why this is called a Belgian. As a session APA, itís wonderful. A bit watery, but for the low ABV, Iím ok with that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2002
Another great beer from New Belgium. Not entirely unlike Sunshine Wheat by same brewery. Very light, very crisp and tangy, very refreshing. Has a nice orange color, slightly spicy aroma, flavor hints at graprfruit zest, orange zest, and coriander. Thin, but not too much so. Thin head, lace stays on top fpr some time. Once again, New Belgium delivers a winner.

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