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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-31-2002)
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Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"In a category all its own, Loft Beer delivers an uplifting zest, a taut line of hoppiness, and, from integrated wheat and barley malt, a mouthful as big as the sky." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Previously a seasonal from 2002 until its discontinuation, loft was revived exclusively for a pack-in with the Summer 2013 Folly variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden-white head of a frothy consistency over a sunset orange-amber body. Carbonation is plentiful yet light, a mild haze is the only impediment to the clarity that this beer has. Retention is average, lacing is thin and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Malt bill is light cereal grain, musty wheat bill adds some unique dimension. Herbal, grassy hop blends provide a matching bitterness and aroma. Mild dry fruit lends a subtle acidity and a light tartness. Altogether it's a delicate aroma, but one with a bit more hop presence and bitterness than I'm used to in New Belgium's lighter Belgian Pale-inspired offerings. 3.25

(Taste) Mild, unsweetened pale grain malt with just a hint of wheat for body, very herbal and tea-like in its lightness. Hop notes linger by the wayside- musty, herbaceous and mildly peppery- reminiscent of Ranger IPA's hop selection. Hop bitterness and flavor are more subdued than in the aroma but certainly provide their fair share of bitterness to round out the flavor. Not a lot of fruit sugars and the malt profile is dry and thin. This is a very light-drinking Belgian Pale, more Americanized than the style traditionally implies in both a high hop presence and a passive yeast profile for a notable cleanliness. Perhaps a bit too mundane for some, but low gravity and a tame malt body and sweetness makes it a highly quaffable ale, especially in the dog days of summer. It's a good thing they give you four. An acceptable crossover option for those tiptoeing from macro lager staples to lighter-flavored ales. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slick, thin, moderate chalky dryness. A touch of hop resin and a very mild acidity, otherwise incredibly clean. Carbonation adds a profound crispness to excite the texture. The body is light for the style, light+ overall. Alcohol presence is very light, just keeps fairly low. 3.25

(Overall) I don't doubt that New Belgium retired this beer to jump aboard the hoppier and more flavorful beer bandwagon, but this little piece of New Belgium's history is a testament to the delicacy and appeal of their lighter-flavored beers. I found the hop character a bit hefty for the remaining flavor of this beer especially if it intends to play true to style, although I can appreciate thinking outside the box. If you are looking for a light-drinking session summer ale, you may be pleasantly surprised by this beer. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Company's
Loft Beer
3.43/5.00

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe
4.2%

A - The sweaty globe shines with vibrant clear golden beer that's filled with carbonation rising to the loose, lofty white head. Thick lace coats the glass as the foam erodes, making for one sexy beer.

S - Crisp and hoppy, the uplifting aroma features soft wheat and light sweetness to ground the beer while also allowing the citrus zest and earthy hoppy notes to soar.

T - Suggestions of mango and sweet orange peel offer some citrusy characteristics but are blown past by cut grass earthy qualities, landing softly on dry pale malt.

M - Wheat softens the crisp, lighter mouthfeel while carbonation scrubs the tongue for a balanced and drinkable beer that goes down exceptionally well on a summer day.

O - Loft has suggestions of fruit complexity but at it's core this is an easy drinking and rather simple pale ale that wishes to provide crisp refreshment for the hotter days of the year, and it certainly does!

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3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 11/3/13.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some peppery and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with floral and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smells are fairly faint in my opinion.

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A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a foamy white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: not much, yeasty bread, light hops

T: light fresh flavors of grain, lemon hops, grassy

M: thin and light, higher carbonation

O: light refreshing brew for a hot day, flavors are approachable

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12oz : tulip

Fairly clear, golden color with a foamy white head.

Grassy, lime, floral notes initially transitions to pleasant, sweet fruit towards the finish.

Medium-light body with a crisp, fizzy, foamy carbonation.

An easy drinking beer, though with some subtle complexities if one takes the time to appreciate them.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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