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Chronic Ale - Pizza Port Solana Beach

Chronic AleChronic Ale

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 12.99%

Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.95% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: acurtis on 10-27-2013)
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3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, metallic, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, biscuit, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but has an odd metallic quality in the aroma and a bit too flat of a mouthfeel in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2014 01:56:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly sweet and malty for such a moderate-alcohol brew. Handsome coppery amber color with a decent head and plenty of lacing in the Saxo narrow tulip.

This has the classic Amber Ale profile, just a little lighter-- bitterish caramel taste with some herbal hop flavors. Pleasantly sudsy mouthfeel. Some fruity notes. Apple and a splash of iced tea with lemon. Some browned grain and bread flavors.

This is a more than adequate quaff with all the beery elements. Refreshing and less alcohol. I think icy cold is the right temperature for this. From the 16 oz can purchased at Sunset Beer Company in Los Angeles.

Serving type: can

02-25-2014 06:40:34 | More by mactrail
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3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Very dark orange that didn't pour very much head.

S - Lots of sweet malts. Butterscotch, caramel, toffee, and butterscotch!

T - Lots of candy malts, with a bitter finish. Very odd, desert like flavor for an amber ale. Reminds me more of an english ale with the lack of hop character.

M - Very smooth, viscous body. Not a lot of carbonation.

O - Not bad but not something I'm looking to buy again.

Serving type: can

01-28-2014 19:49:46 | More by ThePaleRider
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2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: No retention, no lacing, light and clear with a nice blood orange color.

Nose: Copper, malt, toffee, with a tiny pepper hotness at the end which is nice.

Taste: Malt biscuit, nutty, and pine.

Notes: I was not over the moon about this one.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 01:01:27 | More by travolta
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3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chronic Ale – brewed by Bressi Ranch

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad – Standard shaker pint

A: Pure amber body with some light orange hues and overall a fairly decent amount of clearness to it. My pour was capped by a half finger of fluffy off white foam suds that held for a few minutes leaving behind a few dots and patches of lace in its wake.

S: Smells of malty biscuit with a light toffee sweetness. I get some mild hop spice coming through but this is mostly toasty malts here. Nice and very familiar to me.

T: Malt biscuit and toasted toffee with a slight nuttiness there. Not terribly sweet by any means. There is a mild hop bitterness with some waves of pine and spice coming through. Dash of citrus even. Alcohol is completely masked in this lower ABV version. Nice and well balanced with a pronounced bready malt showcased.

M: Moderate to lower body with a nice creamy texture. Fair amount of drying on the finish with a very clean feel overall.

D: This is a very well balanced Amber and fairly sessionable. The Chronic recipe has been adjusted a few times over the years from when it was originally brewed with hemp but most of the base character is here in this version. Nice but really not much to it. I prefer the bolder Chronic with a bit bigger ABV to this one here.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 19:02:15 | More by Nugganooch
Chronic Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
77 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.