Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale
Redhook Brewlab

Redhook Slim Chance Light AleRedhook Slim Chance Light Ale
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American Blonde Ale
3.08 | pDev: 13.31%
Redhook Brewlab
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Redhook Slim Chance Light AleRedhook Slim Chance Light Ale
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Pegasus
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium golden in color, with a moderate, off-white head, which retains well. Thin, fine-beaded lacing is scattered across the glass walls; the carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Clean, lightly toasted pale malts, and a faint grassy hop presence.

Taste: Opens with lightly toasted pale malt, as a slice of fresh, homemade white bread lightly browned. Grassy hops present as the taste progresses. The malts and hops compliment each other as the taste progresses, neither dominating. Finishes with an understated malt sweetness, and mild, lingering grassy hops.

Mouth feel: A touch thin, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Nice, doesn't present as a light beer, would be quite drinkable, especially during the dog days of summer.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom embossed twelve ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale from Redhook Brewlab
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 77 ratings