Loft | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kbub6f on 07-31-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of Elemental
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a light copper color to it with a medium head that seems to last through the tasting. The sweet flavorand crisp aroma prepare you for what is to come as you sample the beer. The flavor is sweet and lightly malted with a bitterness the accompanies the light crisp fruitiness of this beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid gold under a whipped bone hue.
Fragrant of lime, pepper, and budding leaves, layered on to a dry, wheaty base.
Begins crackery dry, with a saltine pils maltiness. Wheat tends this doughier, yet with a brusk graininess. Tart squeals of lime rinds, then the hops close this down with a large-bladed leafiness with lingering citrus.
Bright and light in the mouth. Steadily carbonation. This begs for warm temperatures, and days when beer can be consumed outside again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is clear copper in color and throws out a medium sized ivory white head that recedes to an edging within 30 seconds. Nice hop nose on this beer. Kind of herbal and grassy rather than being a huge citrus nose, although there are slight traces of citrus as well. Light to medium in body, this beer has a pretty high drinkability factor. There seems to be some decent caramel malt in the backbone, but this seems to be a beer more about hops than malt, but in a different way than an IPA. This is pretty unique. This beer seems very dry to me. Leaves me feeling parched and in need of another drink. The wheat is barely noticeable, but there nonetheless. Nice tasting creative brew.

Gotta thank marc77 again for these New Belgium brews. They are rock solid.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.26/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light amber to golden, good clarity, low head development (a thin creamy cap on top of a bed of larger bubbles), some lacing on glass

Aroma: lush woodsy citrusy hop nose, very enticing, a touch of biscuity caramel underneath, strawberry fruitiness, honey and a touch of diacetyl

Flavor: a mellow hoppiness similar to that in the aroma, followed by a subdued maltiness, also an herbal quality to it, a very "soothing" flavor

Mouthfeel: light body, fine carbonation, slightly minerally texture

Overall Impression: A great limited release, something to look forward to as much as Alaskan Summer ale. Label says it "delivers an uplifting zest". I agree with that!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe

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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Photo of abents
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with small white head. Smells of citrus hops and bready with some wheat in there. Taste is akwardly refreshing. Good tangy citrusy taste in this brew. Malty flavor dominates the start and the citrusy sour lingers throughout. Very interesting taste here that I am loving. Fairly light bodied with crisp carbonation and smooth flowing beer. Very drinkable brew here, a 6-pack would never be enough. Very good beer.
Many, many thanks to nvsblman for the great brew.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, new belgium has done it again with this beer. i have yet to be disappointed by anything from this company. this beer is very different than their other styles, its quite complex and doesnt really fit into any one catagory. the brew pours a golden amber color, with a short lived white head. the most notable smell to this beer is hops, this is one hoppy beer. the fist sip confirms this, definate hop flavors with a slight malty sweetness, and a nice spicey kick at the end. the beer is slightly dry tasting, but very good, almost reminds me of a pale ale. i just hope i can find another 6pack of this before it goes away.

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Photo of Boomersooner656
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle, one of the last of the season, in a 12-oz mug glass.

Appearance: Very clear pale golden color, lots of streaming little bubbles flowing up. The glass is small, so I had to pour it to minimize the head.

Aroma: Spicy, citrusy aroma.

Flavor/Body: Flavor is difficult for me to describe. There's some wheat flavor/texture in there, and some spicy/vegetal hop flavor. Low hop bitterness, yet still dry. A lot of body too, despite the seeming attenuation.

The secret ingredient, according to their web site, is kaffir lime leaf. I keep meaning to go to an Asian grocery store to pick some up, for brewing purposes, to see if I can duplicate this wonderful beer.

Out of all of the New Belgium beers, this is perhaps my favorite (though I haven't tasted La Folie yet; I also have a lot of fondness for their Single, not brewed this year [2004]). I have a particular fondness for low-gravity beers one can drink all night long and not feel the effects too much, and this fits that bill well. It really fits the Belgian model of brewing well: unique and interesting ingredients brewed in a firmly traditional style; innovative, but innovation in pursuit of flavor and not for its own sake.

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Photo of hyuga
4.49/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002 release. Golden, but not as pale as you'd expect from this color. Not much of a head, but it leaves some lace. Great aroma of pine and citrus-like hops tells you that this will be a great refresher. Taste is similar to a lighter American-style pale ale. Very flavorful yet refreshing, this is most likely meant to be a summer brew. Light to medium body. Subtle pine-like hops and bready malt are the main flavors present here. A unique spicy hop finish awaits you after that. Of course, this one is extremely drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, my favorite summer brew so far this year!

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Photo of sooner961
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of tang214
4.52/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say but WOW!! This was the only beer I didn't have at the brewery and I think this is the only time I have ever given a 5 in a category. This ale pours a beautiful golden color with slight head that has some staying power. The aroma is very refreshingly fragrant of pale hops. The taste is just pure bliss. I am definitely a huge fan of New Belgium brews and have had trouble picking my favorite from 1554, Fat Tire, and Sunshine but this one takes the cake. You immeadiately taste the bitterness but it is not too much, just enough, once you swallow the bitterness remains for a moment and then the malts kick in. At first you can taste how rich they are and then the wheat flavor jumps in. On top of all that it is very easy to drink. I will hunt this beer down and make sure everyone I know has the chance to taste it.

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Photo of beernut7
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
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

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I noticed that this beer is recommended to be served colder than other New Belgium beers I've had. I brought this one back by car from Colorado to Michigan. Marked bottle as best before 07Nov02. Dark golden in color. The dominant flavor I get is grapefruit. I'll agree the citrusy flavor does indicate a summer type beer. Slight hops bitterness settles on the tongue in the aftertaste. I might be off in my memory but it reminds me a bit of a less bitter Red Seal. A lot of hops flavor without the hops bitterness. It also seems on the dry side.

Re-reviewed: Unfortunately my last bottle. Less bitterness present. A bit of wheat taste. This beer was good enough for me to miss it after not having it for a month or so. I increased the drinkability rating. My rating of this beer increased as I drank more. Not just a high rating because it is exotic in my region.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
4.61/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden yellow orange. Very nice color. Head is very small and disappears quickly. The smell is excellent. Even though it is quite faint, I can smell the fruit. Kind of an orangey, lemony smell. It's great compared to Fat Tire's smell. I absolutely love the taste. Tastes kind of lemony at the first wave, and then turns nice and malty at the finish. The aftertaste is quite interesting because it leaves a taste like fresh, buttery corn-on-the-cob in the back of the mouth. the hops are quite light, and not overpowering at all. This, in turn, makes it very, very drinkable. It goes down very smoothly. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys beer.

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Photo of llevise
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
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