RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Editors note: in 2006, Skinny Dip replaced Loft as the name of New Belgiums 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 Belgiums 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankR (146) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Light body. Fluid is a dark golden color. Body is mostly comprised of pale hops wirh some earthy malts. Overall a good drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Very hoppy and somewhat none traditional for what I was expecting in a Belgian ale, so maybe its not really belgian after all. tis brew is very hoppy and tasty, it gives a good uplift of hops from the begining and then lets barley malts finish it off nicely. scrumpious

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Clear light amber color with small head. Aroma of light citrus and hops. Taste is more of the same, very light in body and taste. Not much in the hoppiness department and at 4% I guess this is supposed to be a girl beer. Not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biscuitbagger (16) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 23, 2004
It has a strong citrus smell and light fresh taste, much like you would expect from a spring style ale. An average golden look and aroma. That said I liked it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Golden with a spicey citrus smell. Tastes like a spring. A refreshing taste, but not good enough where I would want to drink more than a few. Hoppy with a slight taste of lime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
Dishevelled grapefruit zest plagued by prevalent oxidation...Lethargic caramel seeping through the bubble filter...This one was had well before the Sept. 14th, 2004 expiration date, its bottle is brown, so there is no excuse in my book other than prior-to-bottling problems...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
Very light amber, clear, almost no head. Aroma presents light hops tending toward grapefruit or minty flavors, plain powder sugar, light cream... Not too interesting. In mouth, big oxidation is revealed although its not expired. Mild vegetable hints (celery), poor flavor development, watery thin body.. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 20, 2004
At first taste you notice the grains, then the subtle lime flavor. I didnt notice any outstanding aroma. Tasted much better out of the refrigerator, opened for about 30 minutes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimhilt (2589) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Pours with a white, two-fingered pillowy head, fades soon and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation. Clear golden amber color. Nose is hoppy, starts and finishes hoppy, the lime leaf is not noticeable; hopheads line up for this one. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
thin light color, frothy white head, lightly carbonated, barley malt aroma, crisp and consice flavor, refreshingly simple, light in the mouth, lofty even, I usually stay away from stuff this light, but I would buy this again, good summer session brew.

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