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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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 alysmith4
2.04/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fairly typical Blonde Ale. Nothing particularly special. The appearance and mouthfeel were average. Smell was not so great.. it was kind of like smelling a barn. Definitely natural, but not very appealing. The taste was pretty earthy too. It was a lot thicker than your typical beer of this style, but nothing to write home about. Would have this beer again if I had to, but I wouldn't buy it myself.

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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 Halcyondays
2.26/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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 jdhilt
2.39/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of caseymconley
2.44/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is exceptionally bland. For a brewery that makes a decent ESB and a solid winter, I can't quite understand the point in brewing this beer. It tastes like a Miller Lite but costs the same as a micro.

I tasted this beer from a bottle that came with a sampler. All in all, it's pretty bland stuff. Little in the way of hops, yet it maintains that "Red Hook Taste" that i suspect comes from the type of yeast they use in the brewing process. Red Hook drinkers will know what I mean.

There is little to distinguish this brew from the macro-lagers except price. I would not recommend this beer to beer lovers. Perhaps it would appeal to persons who prefer beer without much hop profile. Otherwise, steer clear.

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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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 whtguitarguy
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the best light beer in the world, but it is drinkable. Pours a light yellow. It actually has a hoppy aroma along with a bit of caramel malt aroma coming through. The head is decent for a light beer. I actually liked this one, it was a good escape from heavy brews for alll of a few minutes.

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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 WesWes
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of froghop
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a pale yellow with a thin white head, and good lacing.

smell of malt, citrus, and hay/straw.

taste is crisp, light, sweet and tart, citrus, malt, and grain.

not much to say on this one, it is a redhook version of a light beer, it is overall okay, and has big notes of citrus.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of wahhmaster
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color. Has a thin head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells bready and slightly fruity. Not really a whole lot going on here...

Taste: Slight hoppy bitterness up front that develops into a biscuity/bready flavor towards the back. Slight fruitiness as well. Leaves a sweet, slightly metallic aftertaste. Unfortunately, I think making this a light beer stripped away much of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: Not terrible... That said, it is a light beer so I can't really see myself drinking it all that often. However, it is much, much better than the typical light beers on the market so I guess it deserves kudos for that dubious honor.

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Photo of Kelp
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jimmytc
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer the other night and not sure what to expect from a "light" ale.
A. Clean straw color brew, refreshing looking.

S. Not overly anything, but then again it was made to be light.

T. Enjoyed the flavor, light hops, expected more but was a clean, crisp beer.

D. Very drinkable ale. Could see myself indulging in a few at a outdoor party or after a finishing a weekend project around the house.

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Photo of Zorro
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of soupyman10
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Never heard of a "light ale" before, and for good reason. It wasn't any good. Combining a mediocre/bland style with a mediocre/bland brewery is a recipe for a boring, forgetable beer. And this is it. Everything about this beer is mild and uninteresting - a touch of malt, a hint of fruitiness, and a lot of water. No reason to drink this whatsoever.

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Photo of kshankar
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and bright golden. Looks like very little carbonation, I can see a few bubbles, but not much. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving a layer of foam..and I can see some lacing stick to the top already.

Aroma: Some malty aromas, a little breadyness..but otherwise pretty light (which is what its meant to be...)

Taste: Sweetish and some malts, and a finish of breadyness. All on the lighter side

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, goes down pretty well

Drinkability: Light, tastes fine, and goes down well, so it works in this one.

I don't know about recommending this. Its not bad really..for a light beer its actually better than I expected. But why would a craft brewery go out of its way to make a light beer? I don't think I'll be getting this one again...but I would like to try actual beers by Redhook.

The reason I got it was because it was in a shelf of individual bottles that were in the "seasonal" section of the beer store I go to. Doesn't really stand up next to the other ones I bought that day..

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Photo of psweendogg
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 jadpsu
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light gold with a nice full head that has good retention.

It's a light beer and has a rather hefty 125 calories.
I am judging it as a light beer so the scores reflect that.
Oder is a little skunky along with some grainy grass.

Mouthfeel is dry from beginning to end without being bitter.

As light beers go, better than average.

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Photo of BretSikkink
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Obviously golden and insipid in color, with a bone white head of about one inch of thin bubbles. Lacing is actually quite good and long-lasting. Kudos there.

The nose and flavor are just really bland. Light grains, not quite pils malt, just...light. Quite grassy, even a little herbal, along with a slight fruitiness. The finish is a little sticky, with a distinct diacetyl edge in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is a big question mark for me. On the one hand, for a light "Blonde" ale, it's really pretty innocuous. But to be fair, I really have no desire for another.

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Photo of billybob
2.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a golden color almost no head and no lace. aroma has a slight spice note. taste is dry, mostly malt, with a grainy feel to it. mouthfeel light with a crisp carbonation. average at best not a beer i would look for when shopping for beer. ok very cold on a on a hot summer day.

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Photo of WaydeRafnel
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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