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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grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 The aroma is excellenet. Hoppy and zesty beautiful. taste is awesomely zesty and hoppy bitter. Bell peppers, plastic, and cucumbers grat

kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Pale amber with fair head. Hops aroma. Very interesting flavor--slight fruit, a hint of citrus hops, fairly crisp and quaffable. I think the beer is under-rated. It is a very nice lighter summertime beer--it wasn’t intended to be a monster.

wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2004
Fruity (apple, pear), little bit of zesty hops. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium body, watery/oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: some odd spice flavors and a lack of anything substantial, I’m not really getting this one.

carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Wow, this one is indeed unique. Pours clear dark amber with medium-sized white head, dissipates quickly. Decent lacing. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, and some corn. Flavor is oddly plain and common, with a little citrus. Like a corona with a lime, but more corn-like flavor. At 4%, it’s hard to find redeeming qualities in this one. I rate it about like a Fosters or Shiner. Not as good as others I’ve had from New Belgium.

skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Here we have a conflicted brew! The hops exist in the nose only. The lime exists only in the flavor. Add a twist of white grape, and the consistency of a barleywine. The end result? Interesting.

HumuloneRed (765) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Nice light gold hue. Some head. Tastes kind of like a weak pale ale with some lemon/lime. The Kaffir lime doesn’t come out much. Not my cup of tea.
Update: As Skinny dip it is a more interesting beer. There is more a Kaffir lime leaf aroma and flavor. The grain profile better as well. This change gets a higher score.

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.

duff (5486) - 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.

3fourths (9367) - 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.

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.

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