This week Sunday Night Suds revisits light beers by reviewing Redhook's Slim Chance Ale.
When I first came across this beer in the hidden gem of beer stores (Bridgeview Liquors - located just over the Bayonne Bridge in Bayonne, New Jersey) I was quite excited. Redhook has a fantastic reputation as a quality craft brewer and I had never seen a Light ale.
By way of quick background, most light beers are lagers such as Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Michelob Ultra and Sam Adams Light (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/11/sunday-night-suds-samuel-adams-light.html ). These beers start with a lighter tasting style of beer (lager) and then water down the taste by removing calories and often times alcohol.
Thus, the Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale (which the experts at BA have classified as an American Blonde Ale) looked promising. I mean, how can you call a beer an ale without hoppy goodness? The short answer is that you can't.
The Redhook Slim Chance is truly a light beer in the tradition of the silver bullet and Bud Light. If there were hops in the brew process they were probably on the outside of the tank looking in. The alcohol content is also very low (3.9 % abv) even when compared with other light beers (Bud Light, Coors Light and Michelob Ultra all run at 4.2% abv).
If you are looking for a light beer which doesn't taste much like beer (or anything else for that matter) this may be the beer for you. Otherwise, pass this atypical Redhook product by and grab something else from this bicoastal brewer such as their ESB, Blonde Ale, Winterhook or Sunrye.
Redhook Slim Chance Light Ale is under the kashruth supervision of the Orthodox Union. For the experts take on the Slim Chance Light Ale, please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/18134/48026 .
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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