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

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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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 59
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of flagmantho
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Wasatch
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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