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Loft - New Belgium Brewing

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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-31-2002

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Photo of constantine_272
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a definite red amber hue. Clear and epravescant. Mostly white head with a solid film from the carbonation.

S: Slight lemon with wheat and yeast mostly. White bread. A little orange pithe. Very little on the nose at all.

T: Very light lemon zest with light grain notes. Mellow sunflower seeds. A distinct light sweetness buttons down the mild tartness quickly. Finishes with a mild oakiness and some hazelnut. Cedar notes are detectable like a very mild amber.

M: Light and refreshing without lacking flavor. Medium dry finish with aftertaste with a mildly sweet bready aftertaste with a beet of steel flavor that lingers fairly long.

O: Great summer session beer. Too light for my usual taste though. It reminded of a light beer in some ways, but enhanced to try to give it some depth. Not bad all in all, but this would leave me wanting more if I just had one of these.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold color with a fluffy, dense white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is biscuity, grainy, honey and nutty. Not a whole lot from a Belgian yeast perspective, but it smells fairly decent.

Taste packs alot of maltiness for such a light brew and the hops are adequate, especially on the bittering side. Yeast is still lacking for a Belgian PA, but there might be a light apple-nut contribution here. Mouthfeel is expectedly light, being a session ale and all. Not bad, it was nice to have this again - it must be at least 5 or 6 years since this was last around...but it doesnt taste as rich and yeasty as I remember.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of elNopalero
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A session pale ale?

This pours a slight tan-golden color with minimal foam retention.

I’m nosing and nosing and wondering, where’s the aroma? I thought I caught a hint of some floral spice but it came and went. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes lightly bitter with a hint of hop bitterness with the volume turned down low. A touch of biscuit malt rounds this out, with an uninteresting finish. While this may make a nice summer beer it doesn’t do the trick for this session.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Best-by September 8, 2013.

A- Two and a half finger white head with long retention and very heavy carbonation. Golden body with high clarity. Some sticky clumps of lacing.

S- Floral, zesty hops. Wheat, caramel malts. Not much here.

T- Somewhat watery, metallic taste with the hops coming in later. Slightly sweet and wheaty.

M- Light bodied and wet.

O- This beer is basically just water. Nothing special here. Maybe this is a recipe that should have stayed hidden.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JamesMN
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9/3/13.

Appearance: Really nice golden color with pristine clarity. Poured a healthy two finger white head that has now become a thin cap of foam atop the beer.

Aroma: Not too much there but getting some bready notes as well as a little earthy/spiciness from the hops.

Taste: A nice mix of flavors here that are all pretty subdued. Starts with a distinct hop bitterness that has a pleasing earthy quality. About halfway through the flavor opens up a bit and gives some biscuit malt flavor as well as a wheat character that adds some sweetness to balance out the bitterness. Due to its low 4.2% ABV there is a slight watery aspect to the palate but it's forgivable as it comes with the territory. Though the flavor is reminiscent of a lager at times, the finish has all the smoothness of a proper ale. Aftertaste of light echoing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with lots of carbonation (a vigorous pour helps clear some of that up) and above average drinkability. Definitely sessionable.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure I agree with classifying Loft as a Belgian Pale Ale because I didn't get any spice notes in the palate. A more fitting style might be Session Pale Ale. It's light, moderately hoppy, and refreshing. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, two finger head and some lacing.

S-Not much, some wheat and lemon, very bland, along with some orange.

T-Bland as well, some wheat, no bitterness, lemon orange and grass.

M-Light not much carbonation, slightly watery but crisp.

O-Nothing bad as far as flavor goes, but just bland boring nothingness.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Loft from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.