RATINGS: 784   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   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.

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beer_rookie (661) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Pours a copper color. About a one finger head. No real lacing. Nothing impressive thus far. I’ll give it an extra point for the cool bottle.

Aroma is weird. It’s citrusy and spicy. I don’t really like it.

Taste is pretty good. It’s somewhat hoppy. There’s some citrus in it. It’s light but has a full flavor taste. I’m not really picking up anything that’s distinctive in flavor. It’s supposed to have peach juice in it...oh yeah, where? Doesn’t taste bad. I like it okay.

Palate is medium-light. Very drinkable. It’s crisp, it’s slightly dry. The hoppiness shows up more in the finish.

Overall, I like it. I really don’t want to like it. I don’t know why. There’s something about thiis I hate, but looking at the score I have given it, I guess I do actually like it. I guess the best feature is that New Belgium has achieved a full flavor in a light style beer. It’s surprising really. It’s not great, but it’s pretty good. I would have this again.

weitz15 (595) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Gold pour with a white head. Lightly bitter with a hint of peach, but not much. After taste and palate are floral, which doesn’t go well here.

hfmejias (1297) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. bottle. Poured Clear, golden, nice white head and nice lacing. Aroma of lemon, spices and some malts. Taste is also malty, some fruit and some floral notes. OK but not great.

GenDV138 (7699) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey for the New Belgium Pre-Tour de Fat Party. Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of light peaches, wheat. Tastes of light peaches, wheat, corn, malt. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Meh. Vaguely fruity and grainy but not particularly refreshing or enjoyable.

Rperez (268) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Perfect chick beer, light, low Alcohol and light calories but its actually pretty good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

lamas (1655) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle. Enjoy by: 09/27/15. Different label than that in the picture. A clear amber pour with a smallish beige head. The crisp aroma features some tart peach juice, tangy oranges, zesty citrus rinds, a little grapefruit, and some touches of caramel. Goes down thin and refreshing. Semi-sweet upfront in the taste with a little caramel and a wheaty graininess. Some hints of tart peaches follow. Zesty citrus rinds and a splash of grapefruit juice in the finish. Just OK tasting, but most definitely poundable while grilling up some burgers.

dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2015
12 oz bottle from Ed5388, thanks brah. Poured a nice looking clear rusty copper with a smaller frothy off white head. Aroma/flavor of Belgian yeast, crusts, old fruit rinds, bad flowers, dry citrus frui. Meh this isn’t doing it for me.

Shot (563) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle. Clear gold with a thin fluffy head. Aromas of sweet malt and bready tones. Bready flavors, black pepper, bitter lemon peel. Thin mouthfeel. Watery. Crisp finish. Very light and not terribly flavorful. OK.

loubar (157) - Los Gatos, California, USA - MAY 22, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. Opens with some caramel malt. Then faint fruit notes - peach. A nutty, dry finish with a measured hop bite. Good carbonation. Crisp, light and refreshing. It does everything they wanted it to do. An excellent example of a well crafted brew. Love the low ABV.

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