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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nocsious (3) - Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2004 does not count
Needs to warm a bit to taste the suble flavors. Initially a bit of wheat and corn mixed in the citrusy hops. Somewhat tart yet reasonably soft. The finish is a bit sweet with a small bit of lime flavor. Not a new favorite.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
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%, its hard to find redeeming qualities in this one. I rate it about like a Fosters or Shiner. Not as good as others Ive had from New Belgium.

2.1
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - 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 wasnt intended to be a monster.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HumuloneRed (751) - 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 doesnt 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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, Im not really getting this one.

2.6
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
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

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (9280) - 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. Im not sure yet.


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