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Redhook Slim Chance Light AleRedhook Slim Chance Light Ale
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Redhook Slim Chance Light AleRedhook Slim Chance Light Ale

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SirChugsAlot on 02-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Soozy:
Photo of Soozy
3.51/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden ale with little to no head. Smells of slight lemon and orange citrus. Actually not that bad. Light biscuit malt taste, hints of corn, a little bit of citrus, nothing over powering. Good balance of bitterness.

This is surprisingly not bad and I'm sure it would be a refreshing alternative to a macro lager on a summer day...but I would not be caught dead drinking a beer called 'Slim Chance' outside of the comfort of my/my friend's home.

Overall though, really not a bad beer for the style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WaydeRafnel
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Photo of pmcadamis
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This came in a mixer-12 pack of Red Hook stuff (along with Long Hammer IPA, Late Autumn Amber, and their ESB). Good deal at around 11 bucks.

A - This dusky gold brew initially had about half a finger of white pilsener-like foam that went away pretty quickly, leaving a white collar and a bit of fizz on the side of the glass. However, a quick swirl brings up a sold head for a short time... I guess ya just gotta keep this one moving to sustain any semblance of a head. Swirling does bring up nice big sheets of lace, and I do like the bright marigold hue of this one.

S - Lemon meringue. I smell a hint of something creamy, like sour cream or something that I don't really want to smell in a beer, but really lemon meringue is the big player here. Lemon cookies.

T - The lemon zest note is there, but this is actually more malty and substantial than the flaky nose suggests. This has some mineral notes that seem to be common in Red Hook brews, but that's not a bad thing (I've always thought that Sam Adams has a very unique mineral common to most of their offerings, but that flavor is totally different than what I taste here). Lemon meringue chased with a hint of gin botanicals. There is also a very green and slightly bitter note here that reminds me of an arugula salad with a sweet citrus dressing. Good stuff.

M - Light bodied, but far from watery. This is light body the way beers should be light bodied! Airy, fresh, vibrant, and refreshing... like (I've said it a million times in this review) lemon meringue pie.

D - Killer. This would be great after a long run or ride in the summer heat. I have a feeling that this may have its place in my fridge as an apres workout summertime thirst quencher.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.24/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

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.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of KTCamm
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Red Hook in Portsmouth NH. Served as beer 2 of the 5 beer sampler. Our server said it replaced the blonde, which is really unfortunate if it is true.

Very pale yellow, clear. Light citrus nose. Taste is relatively empty and watery. Surprised this one qualifies as a blonde ale. Mild flavor, light carbonation. Really not much happening at all.

Not exceedingly flavorfull, but certainly easy to drink.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.33/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jsh420
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 09/23/09

pours bright clear with a 1 finger white head that left some lacing

smells of lemon grass hops with macro adjucts

taste - first off about all the blonde ales i have had are terrible - while i like the citrus lemon hops the rest is macro - a pbr with some lemon grass

mouthfeel is very light - decent carbonation - kinda crisp

drinkability - this is 3.9abv!! - while i was not sold on the taste it did go down very fast

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Photo of ChadS99SVT
4.08/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - nice clear golden color

S - Smell is real subtle hint of sweetness.

T - Crisp, refreshing, and has that RedHook beer taste. Nice light beer.

M - Crisp no lingering flavors medium carb.

D - excellent drinkability. perfect for a hot summer day.

I guess I am impressed and dissapointed at the same time with this beer. It's nice that some of our favorite brewerys are coming out with light alternatives to BL, etc. but I am not so sure it's worth the extra coin. I paid $9.50 for a 6pack here. This is good but not sure it's worth 3$ more than budlight.

Anyhow definately worth a try it's a great refreshing light summer beer.

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Photo of Spikester
2.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber with one finger of white rapidly receding head. No lacings that stay. Sweet malts with a soapy character. Slight bitter almost sour finish. Mouthfeel is alright cold. I would almost prefer a Silver Bullet if I have to go light. Even better a S.A. light lager.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear with a white one finger fizzy head that quickly settles to just about nothing.

Very light and sweet grainy aroma, that provides just a bit of toastiness.

Very delicate biscuity flavors, really no hops to speak of, although there is the slightest flake of bitterness in there. Light bodied.

Certainly refreshing on a hot day, which is about all it's going to do. I'd say this is maybe on the lighter side for a Blonde Ale, certainly more like a Light Ale.

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Photo of u2carew
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Pours with a foamy head then settles quickly. Leaves no lacing on the glass. Bronze in color. Visible carbonation.
S) Malty. Some wheat notes. Just a bit of banana tries to get through. Light citrus notes as well.
T) Malty nose. Nutty finish. Not much in between.
M) Fizzy. Light bodied.
D) Meh, not that great. Not that bad. Refreshing enough for a hot summer day.

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Photo of matjack85
3.51/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

They say it is an ale.

Tastes like a cross between a Kolsch, an American Wheat, and an American Lager (in that order).

Definitely some wheat. A dry finish and fleeting flavor. Crisp and very drinkable. Some Kolsch/Pilsner flavours (or Blonde Ale) but not as grassy and full. Some lemon peel. Slightly thick for a Light, but just prolly just as effervescent.

Not that bad for 125 calories, but I'll stick with an IPA for the same price...I'd prefer it over a "Light" (or "Lite") beer, but not for the price of something fully satisfying.

Their website shows there are also some Munich and Caramel malts; IBU:18. 3.9%abv

Note: I am rating this against other "Light" beers. I'd prolly prefer NB Skinny Dip and then SA Light, but this would be third.

This would be a good candidate for drinking a keg of out in the sun all day long.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Does this have a slim chance of getting a good review from me lol. We'll have to see, givin that this is only a 3.9%!

appearance - Clear golden yelloe. No head here, looks flat. Only a small ring and a fainted pond.

smell - Sweet malts here, some hops present.

taste - Pale malt taste with some wheat and hops here for balance. Watery taste all the way, very light.

mouthfeel - Watery light, I thought I was drinking a bud light.

drinkability - Very easy drinking beer, as in watery and you can down this thing. Not fond of that. Might be a good introduction to someone that is not into craft beer, maybe? Too light to me. Redhook has a blonde, blonde light?

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Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Misfit138
2.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Sweetwater Blue pint glass

A- Straw color with an inch head

S- Grassy caramel malt with some hop

T- Grainy malts with some mild caramel followed by subtle citrus hop bitterness

M- Rather light and heavily carbonated

D- An OK beer, probably a tad overpriced. The beer is a step up over the mass produced lager beers that flood the market, but you can do better for the money. It is a beer style that goes well with the warm summer weather. As far as a "light" beer goes it is very good.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger head with decent retention that fades all together half way through.

Smell is of pale malts with a little little grassy characteristic.

Taste is clean/crisp and refreshing. This is a no frills beer with a little bit of a grassy finish.

I would like a little bit more crispness for the style, but there is a decent amount of body.

This is a nice summertime beer, well done.

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Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 77 ratings