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Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Slim Chance Light AleRedhook Slim Chance Light Ale

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BA SCORE
73
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Slim Chance ale combines the best attributes of a crisp, refreshing ale without the extra calories. Golden kilned malt and a touch of wheat create this smooth, satisfying ale that is not your typical light beer.

(Beer added by: SirChugsAlot on 02-18-2009)
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2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Almost clear light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Light hoppy nose. Flavor is light citric with some hops. Slim chance this will ever be in the house again. There are better lights - like Sam Adams. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a slightly hazy light golden color with a thin head and minimal lace. Smell is very light in with citrus, malt and raw honey. Taste, considering the alchohol content is fairly flavorful for being a light, having good malt and with a light sweet citrus zing. Mouthfeel is pretty full for a light with good carbonation. An excellent choice for a light beer considering what else is out there.

Photo of Brenden
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Retired? This must be one of the last available, then. It's not an old bottle, though.

While a lot of macro lights fall short in appearance as well as in other ways, I've seen a few that look better than this. The color's not bad, a bit deeper and a few shades darker than the usual straw yellow. Unfortunately, a somewhat fizzy little head pours out and almost immediately disappears. Very little is left behind. Swirling my glass barely brings a foam back up. Not the worst, and a pleasant color, but a pretty lame head. Odd because one of the good things about the appearance is an active, lively carbonation.
I get very little from the nose. It's really difficult to detect anything. A light balance of dry malts and very, very light hops with a light sweetness and grains is all I'm getting.
The lightness of the aroma's off because it's by no means flavorless. I don't exactly like the flavor very well, but it's not weak. I don't know exactly what I'm getting here. Carbonation is so high is throws things off, but it's almost like an odd yeast and an off tartness are in the foreground. A little of the sourness might be from the hops/"seltzer" combination. Otherwise a light sweetness from malts and sturdy grains round it out. A pretty grassy flavor ebbs and flows throughout as well.
As stated before, my main issue with the mouthfeel would be the heavy carbonation. It's just too much and throws things off. Otherwise this one's crisp and refreshing, but like a soda. The body has a bit more depth than I would have expected and it's not bland like some.
This is better than the majority of macro lights by being average.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let's start off light tonight, and Slim Chance fits that criteria. Bottled on Feb 24, 2010. On to the beer:

In the glass, this light ale features a golden yellow color, with solid, creamy head retention and ropes of lacing sticking to the glass. It's subtle in the nose. I'm picking up light notes of mango, hop leaf, and a kiss of honey.

Like the aroma, the flavor is subtle, yet captures my senses. There's a little more going on the palate than the nostrils, as gentle flavors of mango, sweet citrus, and pale malt sweetness stick like peanut bitter. A twang of husk doesn't get in the way of beer. This is certainbly not your typical boring blonde ale. I can tell that by those tropical flavors that a fair amount of hopping was done to this beer. Light and crisp in the mouth, and ∞ drinkability...okay, the latter is slightly exaggerated.

I'm not a big fan of Redhook, and I'm not a big fan of blonde ales. So how then does Redhook brew a blodne ale (and one under 4% ABV) that I like a lot? A very pleasant surprise indeed.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord, NH. Bottled on date of 033110 (March 31, 2010) stamped into the label. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

I didn't notice this is a diet beer until I went to open it up and fully read the label for the first time (to me, redhook + seasonal = buy... it's an instinctive reaction). I'll try to be impartial.

A: Moderate pour gives a big 2" of fizzy head that threatens to overflow the glass. There obviously isn't any alcohol in there to keep it down. (dammit, sorry, forgot about the whole impartiality thing...) It settles to a fairly thick and stable layer on top of a crystal clear yellow brew.

S: Thick nose of caramel/ toffee, in a blind smelling I'd swear it was twice as dark as it is. Some acidic and astringent lemon rind cuts through cleanly. A hint of skunk.

T/M: Very thin and light, buttery toffee (diacetyl) rather than caramel, with a citrus edge. In a blind tasting this is where I would call it out as being a diet beer... really thin and watery. Faint lemon and grapefruit lingering in the soft finish.

D: Light, thin, watery. Easily chuggable, I could drink a bathtub full of it.

Summary:
If this is billed as diet beer, as it is (if you take the time to read the label), then it's a pretty good alternative to real beer. If billed as a real beer (as the label tries to hide), then it falls flat. I guess it all depends on if you notice the small print on the side of the label.

Photo of matjack85
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.39.

The beer poured a hazy straw yellow color with only a ½ finger of white head that disappeared in under 30 seconds leaving no lace.

The beer had a nice mild lemony/orange citrus smell to it, but not much else.

This is almost like drinking one of those carbonated citrus water beverages - it's that light. Mild lemon and orange flavor with just a touch of yeast and even a lighter touch of hops to make it a beer. That said, it's a pleasant enough refreshing brew that has nothing offensive in it.

Watery, light, and under carbonated mouthfeel, but then again it's supposed to be a light beer so it's sort of what I expected.

This is a really easy drinker with no alcoholic taste as would be expected from a 3.9% abv. beer. You'd probably need at least 3 of these to even get a buzz.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden color with crazy, tornado-like carbonation that swirls around with a light, white head, gone pretty quick with little left over but it still looks jazzy throughout.

The aroma has a light, honey malt, gentle grains, green garden veggies mostly.

There is a bunch of flavor here for a light/mild brew. A thin, but not at all watery malt flavor with green veggies, grains and a gentle sweetness with good balance.

This one was just right after a ten mile mountain bike ride!!

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2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a thin white head that thins out, becoming patchy.
Smell is faint bready malts, with some weak hops. Hint of lemon peel.
Taste is faint malts with a touch of hops. Watery, lackluster finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly crips and watery.
Drinkability is good. Not an impressive beer by any means, but easy enough to drink.

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Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.