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Loft - New Belgium Brewing

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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
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 Pegasus
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden-orange in color with a moderate snow-white color, moderate lace, slight carbonation. Spicy, hoppy aroma, with fresh bread notes. Tasting this beer is a curious experience, the taste is quite hard to characterize, it begins with caramel and toasted malt flavors which drift into strong hops, then giving way to sweet orange flavors, and a crisp, clean finish. In describing those flavors, it is difficult to determine where one ends and the next begins, so gracefully do they flow into each other. This is the kind of beer that distinguishes New Belgium among micro brewers. A superb and enigmatic brew.

Pegasus, Sep 05, 2002
Photo of beernut7
4.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is definitely a beer in its own category. Beautiful orange-brown color with a light lace, the aroma really raises the eyebrows. I was led to think, "so what's the big deal? its just another well-hopped ale." Boy was I wrong. The complex flavor of this brew is completely on another level than the aroma would suggest. A lighter wheat-style ale body supports flavors of sweet malt flushed in orange juice and then dusted with spicy, but not really bitter hops. This is one of the best brews I have tried this year if not ever. Awesome

beernut7, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark golden / light amber hue, topped by a large bubbled head that quickly settles into a thin layer. Intricate lace is unexpectedly left. The malt aroma is bready and a touch grainy, while the assertive hop nose seems to be a combination of Cascade and a lightly herbal and noble (perhaps Spalt) hop nose. Light caramel emerges as the beer warms. Light caramel sweetness that mirrors the aroma is perceptible initially in flavor, then is followed by subtle wheat tartness and husky, but not astringent grain notes. Hop bitterness is mild and belies the strong hop nose, but since overall malt sweetness is low, this brew exhibits an overall balance. Lightly bodied, but dextrinous enough to lend a somewhat slick mouthfeel. Finishes with a strong cracker - like note especially noticeable with an exhale, but is otherwise dry and clean. Loft is yet another unique New Belgium creation. Although somewhat confusing to the palate, the drinkability is good. Hmm... A jack of all trades... (but a master of none?!)

marc77, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber hue with a ½ inch of head, at best, fair retention, minimal lace. The bouquet is inviting and unusual, it kind of smells like cornflakes, grain, cereal, hops. The palate is very complex (in a subtle way) with a mixture flavors like grain, cereal, malt, faint sweetness, and bittering hops. Medium-light body, crisp, refreshing finish. Drinkable. I find this beer to be unique and noteworthy, try one.

Re-reviewed on May 4, 2003

bditty187, Aug 01, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Loft Beer is an “integrated wheat and barley malt” Beer.

Palate of toasted wheat and of toasted malt. Loft has the colour of a good red Beer, but does not taste like a red.
More like a heavily toasted or lightly burnt malt, its right at the cusp between the two, kind of like a mixed malt flambeau of sorts.
In the background of the palate, the wheat malt tart and a floral hops can be found, but only when the Beer warms close to room temperature.

New Belgium’s Loft bottle label puts it best... and I quote “in a category all its own”

The serve at temperature on the bottle label is 3ºC (38ºF)
Personally, I think that the serving temperature should be higher, in the cellar range of 58ºF because the flavors annunciate themselves better.

I don’t know just what this Beer is, but its above your average fare, and I like it!

BeerBob, Jul 31, 2002
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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.