Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
3.23/5 rDev +4.5%
"How come 'fat chance' and 'slim chance' mean the same thing?"
Bold gold with lemon peel highlights. The beer has a surprisingly rich hue for only having 125 calories, probably from the use of black malt (no kidding). Two fingers of dingy ivory colored foam sit atop the beer. The head looks just good enough to keep the score from slipping to average.
The nose is either American blonde ale or American all-malt lager (which are pretty close to being the same thing when you come right down to it). Only thing is, this beer is an ale. It features slightly toasted grains and almost no hops. Fruity ale yeast esters are virtually absent.
Slim Chance is far from the worst 'light ale' that I've had. Actually, there haven't been too many, since most low-calorie offerings are lagers. Note to brewers: light ales are a better choice because they're more flavorful... assuming your intended audience doesn't shy away from flavor and that dreaded 'aftertaste'.
This is decent beer, possibly because Redhook went to the trouble of designing a pretty extensive ingredients list. Malts include pale, wheat, Carapils, Munich, Vienne and black. Hops are Alchemy, Saaz and Willamette. Slightly sweet cereal grains are lightly accented by herbal-grassy hops. The finish is clean and semi-crisp. Not bad at all.
All things considered (including relatively few carbohydrates), the mouthfeel more than holds its own. It's light, without being watery, and is properly bubbled. No annoying fizziness helps.
Before popping the cap, I thought there was a slim chance that I would like Slim Chance. Actually, 'like' might be a stretch, but this is a better than expected light ale that I would have no trouble drinking during a warm weather picnic.
08-10-2009 11:56:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.2/5 rDev +3.6%
It's funny how Redhook can lessen the good beer styles to the point of such criticism, but then the poor beer styles see much improvement.
The beer begins with the standard, medium straw color, head formation that boarders on fizzy, retention that quickly reduces to a trace along the edges, and offers no lacing at all. Looks like Budweiser.
Aromas are surprisingly floral, nectar-like, and a bit perfumy from the boquet of aromatic hops. These compliment the softer pilsner malt aromas and mask the grainy-sharp sensation in the nose that usually accompany pilsner grains.
Flavors, however begin to revert to the pilsner part-malt/part-grain taste that are common in Pale Lagers and Blonde Ales. The hop flavor takes a back seat to the malts but do a decent job of rounding out the background flavors into a light, fresh-grass taste.
Not as thin to the mouth as you'd think. The beer is a little fuller and rounder than your average Light Beer, getting into German Pilsner ranges. Light acidic notes along with clean hop bittering gives the beer a crisp, clean finish that compliments the grains well.
The beer may be as nice of a Light Lager as any I have had. Good job Redhook, now shore up the rest of your beers!
03-18-2009 18:53:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.05/5 rDev -1.3%
Why oh why do I do this to myself. Curiosity more then likely. Eventually someone has to make a decent light one right? Served cold as I figured that would be best and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/25/2009.
The pour was decent, nothing mind blowing here at all. Light golden straw in color with a nearly crystal clear look to it. Big fizzy white head on top that hung out for a little bit before falling back into nothing and leaving the top essentially bare. Lots of carbonation visible. Not much in the way of aroma, light bready malts, a touch of grain, perhaps the lightest of hop notes, but nothing crazy here. The crisp, clean flavor was not alarming or stand off in any way, it just lacked the complexity and depth of anything that I would have really wanted. Light grain and grassy notes with no aftertaste at all. Very light body and highly carbonated.
Overall not bad, but nothing to write home about. I would not mind having it as a water substitute, but would not go out and buy one again.
06-26-2009 20:52:29 | More by mikesgroove
3.03/5 rDev -1.9%
16 ounce pint - $4.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Quite clear, deep yellow body with a smallish, fine, but sustaining, white head.
Smell: Mildly sweetish, meager malts with a lightly earthy, vaguely floral hop scent. It's not exactly a stand out aroma.
Taste: Light pale maltiness with an infinitesimally small amount of wheat grain. Subtly sweet overall. Earthy, lightly floral hop character with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Ill-defined maltiness in the later half with an encroaching wateriness. Finishes dry, clean, but a little on the weak side.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A light ale, indeed! Thankfully, no off flavors, and, it has kindly low ABV%, so there's that. But, being so light, it's hard not to the shout 1...2...3... CHUG!! Although, I'm left wondering who in the Production Development Dept. tasted their Blonde Ale and said "not light enough!!"
06-03-2009 15:00:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.43/5 rDev +11%
On-tap 12/18/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light malts, along with touches of citrus and hops.
T: The taste starts out with a light but bready malt character that is followed by a mild citrus sweetness. The hops presence is also mild but is still complementary and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a fairly good lighter beer to pound down for a while.
12-19-2009 01:38:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.63/5 rDev -14.9%
The beer pours a gold color with a thin, fizzy white head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a pilsner and Munich malt scent along with a dry yeast aroma. There is little evidence of hops here. The taste isn't all that great. It has a bone dry pilsner malt taste with some Munich malt sweetness. Again, the hops are non existant. The mouthfeel is terrible. It is a low/medium bodied beer with prickly carbonation. This is a terrible low-calorie brew. If it were light and refreshing I could see the lack of character, but this is medium bodied and sweet in the finish. I'm not a fan of this beer at all.
06-06-2009 21:46:07 | More by WesWes
2.25/5 rDev -27.2%
12 oz. bottle, listed as a described as a light blonde ale,
A: Pours yellow with a good sized white head, some sticky lace.
S: Very light, some bready malt notes, nothing much to speak of really.
T: Again, very light, quite possibly the lightest beer I've ever had from a craft brewer. Some wheaty notes are there in the aftertaste, but there's nothing to latch onto.
M: Light-bodied, some carbonation character, really not that bad.
D: I don't really know what Redhook is going for here. The light beer drinkers aren't going to pay $7.99 a sixer and the craft drinkers are going to want a lot more flavour for their money.
03-19-2009 21:08:49 | More by Halcyondays
2.35/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
09-16-2010 22:20:38 | More by jdhilt
2.83/5 rDev -8.4%
Clear yellow colored beer with a small white head.
Smell is malty with a toasted grain and corn scent. Hops appear as a slight grassy and lemony scent.
Taste starts out malty with a strong wheat cracker flavor. Crackers and cooked vegetables this tastes a lot like most non-alcoholic beers out there.
Mouthfeel is average.
Not a great beer but better than a non-alcoholic one. Not awful, but not great either.
03-04-2009 02:53:03 | More by Zorro
4.08/5 rDev +32%
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.
07-26-2010 03:15:45 | More by DoubleJ
3/5 rDev -2.9%
Had this one over at the BeerHive in SLC.
Pours a golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some slight yeasty/grassy notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, grassy. Light body. Drinkable, but not by much, would not buy again.
08-01-2009 23:28:26 | More by Wasatch
2.35/5 rDev -23.9%
A: Poured a clear brass-orange with a weakly formed and weakly retaining fizzy dull white head. Tightly bound micro bubble streams rose at a moderate pace while no visible lacing was observed. To say the appearance was average would be giving this to much credit.
S: The aroma was faint with pale oranges. The chances that you'll detect much else here...slim.
T: The flavor opens up with some stale cold oranges wit a light floral hopping. Brisk, slightly acidic, and tart with some mushy melon notes and other over ripened fruit comes to the surface. Theres not much flavor here, rather mundane and leaves rather quickly off the tongue with a light orange bitterness grind left on the tongue. Overall didn't find the flavor bad, but certainly didn't find anything memorable about it and was unimpressive to say the least.
M: perhaps one of its only bright points, but sadly still only comes off average. A medium fullness, with an oily slick texture was felt with a soft carbonation. The mouthful was much like the flavor mundane and hardly gave you any incentive to hold and savor it.
D: unimpressive, not bad, but a boring drink overall that certainly not leave any impression or reason to try again. Your not missing much here.
06-11-2009 22:55:06 | More by beerthulhu
2.85/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours out a light yellowish color. Smell is light tones of citrus and a bit of hops. The taste is simple an ale followed by a light taste of citrus. Feels like water in my mouth. I could have a few of these on a nice warm day other than that it would work to cleanse my mouth out of heavier beers on a normal day.
01-01-2010 00:33:22 | More by Kelp
3.15/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a golden color into my glass. Has a one-finger head to boot and looks like a typical light lager.
Aroma is full of sweet, grainy malt. Yep, you can check that off. Certainly seems like it.
Taste is sweet, grainy and a bit watery. Yep, that's another typical characteristic.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, grainy malt. Watery and thin. Certainly to the style.
My question for Redhook is WHY? Why would you want to dumb down your brewing standards to brew THIS? Is this part of A-B/Inbev's influence or what? Redhook already has a light and drinkable ale, which is their Blonde Ale. Why brew this?
04-04-2009 20:37:04 | More by Brad007
3.08/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: pale golden yellow with one finger of pillowy white head. Not bad.
Smell: kind of a raw-grain smell with just a hint of skunk to it. Not really bad, but certainly nothing special.
Taste: grainy flavor with a little tartness. There is some bitterness at the beginning but hop flavor does not jump out at me; what there is has a little spiciness to it. I'm not really enamored of this beer.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. Not too bad for the style.
Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of the flavor of this beer. It's certainly light but not really refreshing; really, it's just mediocre.
11-27-2009 22:51:03 | More by flagmantho
3.45/5 rDev +11.7%
Bottled Nov 2 2009.
It pours a clear bright golden colour with close to a finger's head of foam.
The smell has some grainy notes with some corn, lemon zest, and a light malt sweetness.
The taste is a mix of grain, very light malt sweet tones, and some decent lemon zest hop bitterness that "shines" mostly in the finish. For a light ale, as in reduced calories-carbohydrates-etc, this isn't a bad tasting brew. Nothing super exciting but certainly nothing offensive and it's easy enough to drink.
The body is thicker than I expected..still just shy of medium bodied but darn close. The carbonation is nicely done as it isn't all that fizzy.
Drinkability? If I was a light beer drinker, I'd visit this one more often than most. That being said, I'm *not* a light beer drinker so this may be the only time I encounter this beer but truth be told, it kind of surprised me. In a good way.
01-16-2010 20:38:32 | More by Bitterbill
2.25/5 rDev -27.2%
A- Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white fizzy head that turns into a ring of lace.
S- The aroma is faint with grain and a touch of hay. Not much in terms of hops in the aroma.
T- The taste is grainy malt with just a touch of hops in the finish. Like the aroma, not much going on in the taste department.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Not a horrible lawnmowing beer, but nothing really special with this one that would warrant a repeat purchase in the future.
07-08-2009 04:15:30 | More by cjgator3
3.33/5 rDev +7.8%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle from Redhook's Portsmouth, New Hampshire brewery and marked 037609. Sampled on April 16, 2009.
Appearance - Golden yellow with a short-lived off-white fizzy head. It diminishes quickly before your eyes. The lacing tends to hang on a bit longer on the glass.
Smell - Grassy mainly and a little hoppy. After a few whiffs you might catch a little maltiness but not much in the way of sweetness. Kind of metallic like a macro.
Taste/Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is weak but not watered down. It has a vaguely lip-smacking honey texture but there is no honey in the taste. The taste is slightly hopped and grainy but there's a pinch of bitterness in it too. It ends crisply. It goes down quick and more than likely I could piund down 3 or 4 of them on a hot afternoon with ease. Overall for a light lager it is better than most.
04-16-2009 22:53:45 | More by puboflyons
3.05/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
08-12-2010 02:12:28 | More by Brenden
3.08/5 rDev -0.3%
Think I might enjoy a new light beer from this Northwest cousin of Anheuser-Busch? Slim Chance indeed.
Actually, while I don't care for the intrusive yeast component defining this blonde ale, I've had worse. Slim Chance was released in early 2009 as a permanent, low-calorie (125) replacement for Redhook's regular Blonde Ale - a serious mistake in my view. Its name derives from a kiteboarding maneuver that I have no personal familiarity with. To my ear, Slim Chance is a flawed name for any budding business enterprise, but in this case the kiteboarding reference says "Full Sail" and seems out of place in Woodinville.
Be that as it may, I enjoyed the impeccable clarity of this sunny yellow beer. Redhook serves it with a bright white head of short duration. It delivers low carbonation and a dilute aroma that's somewhere between dishwater and hamburger. The flavor is also dishrag-ish with that punky yeast voodoo I can never get used to. Suffice it to say I think a blonde ale should be clean tasting and this one doesn't fit the bill. The malt and hops of it are entirely recessed behind yeast esters. It's not horrible and it does warm well. But I'm not rushing back for more.
03-11-2009 04:58:05 | More by RedDiamond
3.03/5 rDev -1.9%
Red Hook- Slim Chance
A- Light bright yellow with a small soapy head. No lacing and a quick dissapation.
S- Sweet sugary malt, hay/ straw, and a sweet leomny citrus.
T- Light sugary sweet malt with dry hay/ straw. Slight caramel butteriness.
M- Very watery and light. Slight buttery malt and a touch of sugary sweetness.
Overall- Just too weak and watery. Flavors are there but they're just to watered down.
05-01-2009 19:57:16 | More by NJpadreFan
3.58/5 rDev +15.9%
This pours a crystal clear light gold color, but features no head retention. The nose is light but pleasant: sweet malt with no graininess, and a dusting of hops. Very clean malt flavor with low but sufficient bitterness, and, like the aroma, a light touch of floral hops at the finish. Good carbonation, otherwise very neutral mouthfeel.
Not a bad light at all.
03-31-2009 23:53:08 | More by allengarvin
Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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