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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

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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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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 59
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 DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

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Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.97/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of JayNH
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear pale yellow color with a small foamy head. Not much in the way of lacing or retention.

S- A hint of sweetness with a hint of spicy hops.

T- Not much going on here, smells pretty much just like it tastes.

M- Light bodied, carbonation is appropriate.

D- It's OK. Definitely a step up from any of the Macro Lites, albeit a small one.

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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 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 allengarvin
3.57/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of batty
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Red Hook Slim Chance, from notes taken on a plane (they were giving it out complementary.. must be some sort of campaign by Red Hook). bomber to plastic cup.

A: slim head but decent lace, just on the orange side of golden. lace dies quick.

S: noble hops, earthy, and pale malt. not super complex, but good overall

T: budweiser with slightly more hop presence. seriously. doesn't even really taste like an ale to me. tastes like an ok macro-type pilsner, w/ very minimal anything else - apple banana wheat, and see a bit of the 'citrus' the beer claims only as it gets pretty warm. but then not in a good way either.

M: wheaty-smooth, yet somehow remaining very thin.

D: exceptional (but i might prefer water, depending on the occasion).

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Photo of droomyster
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with whispy white head that disappears pretty quickly. Aromas are very subdued; a faint waft of honey. Flavors are similarly subdued but I give it a lot of credit for tasting better than all the other light/low-cal beers out there. Unlike other lights, its flavors taste very natural.

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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 Giveit2medark
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If i wanted a beer that tasted like this i would have bought a thirty pack of something and saved my money.
I thought this beer was slightly under carbonated.
It is not a bad beer to try to convert the light beer drinkers, but you can't do it at $8 per six-pack.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

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