Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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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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 Yeastcakes
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, cellar temp
A - Nice malt in the aroma.
A - no head, crystal clear light amber-yellow.
M - light to medium body, medium carbonation.
T - popcorn is the first thing that comes to mind (diacytl), nice malty sweetness. Buttery flavor actually works well with the body and sweetness and is not overpowering.
D - Not bad for a light beer. I would almost prefer this to the regular ESB. However, there are many other great beers and I am not sure if I'll get this one again.

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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 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 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 RedDiamond
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 SirChugsAlot
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, WA. The label says it's a Light (Lite) ale. This one was bottled Jan 26 2009.

Appearance: Poured this into your typical pint glass. Golden straw color with a finger of white head that fades rather quickly to the edges of the glass and leaves no lacing

Smell: sweet with malts and wheat

Taste: Like one of americas "favorite" from AB only with a sweeter twist and not a harsh finish. a real subtle hint of hops

Mouth: Light, crisp, pretty smooth and not bad on carbonation

Drink: Overall i'm a little let down by redhook on this one.

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