Review - Redhook Brewery's Slim Chance
"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." -- Redhook Brewery
Pours a medium yellow color that stirs up a healthy off-white head with a fizzy texture. Brilliant clarity. Head has short retention as it completely dissipates. Fairly rich lacing with very small bubbles cling to the glass without much success. Gentle carbonation bubbles up from the bottom. Lacing has taken on more of a frothy consistency. Settled body still has the medium yellow color. Immediately a light lemon scent is detected, followed by a light bread - doughy finish. The lemon quickly dissipates leaving the malts by itself. Initial taste is moderately malty with some light bread notes, but turns soapy towards the finish as the yeast shows up. The more the beer warms in our hands, the less abrasive the soapy finish becomes. Very light body, the Slim Chance is very smooth and washes the palate like a glass of water - malty water that is. Festive carbonation. It finishes similar to a German Pilsner - semi dry, but not drying. It leaves behind a malty, Cheerios-like taste.
Very easy to drink. As you would expect, it's not very complex -- but many will find this refreshing on a hot summer day. It is light like the normal macros, but does not give you the mouth puckering twitch.
Reviewed on March 31st, 2009.