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Chronic Ale - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 196
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: acurtis on 10-27-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 196
Photo of DefenCorps
2.31/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Whoa, what's this. Completely unexpected. A sweet caramel, bready and honey malt aroma, an insipid, vaguely citrusy hop aroma, just utterly bland. The palate is no better. Light but like sugar water, whole wheat bread dough, honey, caramel, chalky hop flavor, minimal bitterness, minimal flavor, this is a chore. Drain pour. (325 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa, now. Naming a beer "Chronic" around here is like, uh, naming a beer in Texas "Troy Aikman." And let me tell you, my peeps, this beer is not "chronic." Hell, this dang sucker isn't even bubble kush! It's more like Egyptian Tumble Weed. It's not sticky, it's not bubonic... Just no good, my children. No good at all. (320 characters)

Photo of ADZA
2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Something to finish the night on and pours a orange amber hue with a fluffy three finger head that stays and leaves nice lacing,the smell is light citrus and toffee malts pretty boring really for something named chronic,the mouthfeel is light and a little overcarbonated with simple tastes of light citrus,candy malts and some herbal hop bitterness right at the end but the bitterness is soft and overall for a beer named chronic it lets you down in every aspect even if named john it still be dissapointing and I for one would not drink again and advise the same for someone getting excited like I did avoid cheers. (616 characters)

Photo of travolta
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into a pint, canned 5/6/15

A- pours a murky Amber color with a small white fizzy head that quickly disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- slightly sweet malt, a trace of citrus hop, that's about it

T- Slightly sweet malty base, a hint of grassy and citrus hop, grainy finish. Very bland overall

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- non offensive and easy drinking, but this one was pretty standard with nothing noteworthy (511 characters)

Photo of Rivcabeerlover
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a 16 oz can. Yellow to brown color. A bit too malty and sweet for me but a good amber ale if you like those. Decent carbonation. Slight hop presence. Not a favorite. (171 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light orange color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The smell is grainy, earthy, and very lightly hoppy. The taste has standard malts for a typical amber ale, a bit grainy, and solidly bitter. Hop flavor is light and leafty and not strong like one would expect in a Chronic ale, not sure if its age or recipe, the date is within a the past few months so its not super old it was purchased at a local store. Its just average beer with a solid body and bitterness. Mild citrus taste, but pretty sugary and malty though bitter. As a session beer, it would be good. For a hoppy amber, its middle of the road. (626 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a caramel tan on the glass.
The aroma has hints of a caramel sweetness with some faint candied orange and cherry characters. The flavor comes off with a caramel-candied orange note, followed by a somewhat metallic finish. Bought this on the strength of Pizza Port’s reputation, despite being an amber ale. Next time I'll know better. (347 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

This one showed up in a sort of FFT CANTrade ™ from a trader in Virginia who had received this and a couple of other Pizza Port CANs in a trade of his own and knew that I would up my ante in return for receiving them. Indeed.

From the CAN: “The Chronicale CANned Beer is Now Here! Pizza Port Brewing Co. is now producing their delicious beverages in easy to carry, [CAN]sume & recycle [CAN]s. Enjoy!”; “PIZZA PORT was established in 1987 in Solana Beach, CA. We started out by making pizzas and brewing beer as a hobby. We really wanted to share some of the incredible brews that we crafted for fun with our customers so we installed a 7 barrel brewing system and served our first handcrafted beer brewed on the premises in 1992. We have since celebrated opening Port Carlsbad in 1997, Port San Clemente in 2003, Port Ocean Beach in 2010 and now FINALLY [CAN]ning in Bressi Ranch in 2013! We are a little different in that we actually BREW at every location because WE LOVE BEER SO MUCH! This also allows us to offer a variety of styles and a unique beer selection at each place. It is our pleasure to bring this mellow amber ale to you in a [CAN] after so many requests over the years! Cheers[.]”

I heard a loud Crack! and looked in to see a brimful CAN, so I celebrated with an inverted Glug that had to be aborted when an overflow became imminent. I briefly had two-plus fingers of fizzy, tawny head, but it quickly fell to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a fruity, malty sweetness to it, kind of like cherry soda pop. Mouthfeel was thin, but very fizzy in terms of its carbonation. I really was reminded of soda pop. In fact, it tasted much like a soda fountain Cherry Coke like I got at Smithgall’s Pharmacy when I was just a wee lad. Whee! It was tasty, but much sweeter than I like. Finish was likewise sweet and still like a Cherry Coke. It was not really my bag, but it was not horrible and at only 4.9%, it a) is a session CANdidate and b) paves the way for my next beer. (2,071 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
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
12/01/13

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. (1,301 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear amber from the tall boy can, forms a nice finger high head of stark white. The retention of this is pretty average as is the spotty lacing.

Graham cracker pie crust, bready malts with a touch of cereal grains and caramel sweetness. Light, and breezy hops of pine and yellow citrus. Notes of mineral and metallic bring this down somewhat.

Bready malts with cereal grains and a mineral bite when cold. Caramel sweetness is pretty benign and balancing. Herbaceous hops turn bright and citrusy near the finish. Low bitterness and not much natural cleansing.

Adequate carbonation and a strange body that is watery and nearly too thin over the palate yet sits heavily after the drink. Lacks drying except for some earthy bitterness and a tingle of minerals.

Honestly as a session beer this is not bad, sits a bit flat in the stomach but packs enough balanced amber flavor with some hop zip. Six pack of tall boys was cheap at under $10, a good buy. (958 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of ELS
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received a can of this beer as an extra in a trade. Was not expecting much after looking at other reviews on BA. I was pleasantly surprised how drinkable this beer is. The taste is easy on hops with just enough malt to please the palette. The beer is pretty smooth for an amber ale with just the right carbonation to allow you to enjoy gulping down like a good summer brew. I realized that a beer doesn't have to have big bold flavors to be very satisfying. (457 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Red/amber with a low white head.

Smell: Faint malt and yeast.

Taste: Caramel and malt up front, a bit sweet, some yeast, faint bitterness towards the end is very low.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and carbonated.

Overall: Pretty straight-forward amber. Enjoyable, but nothing to get me to excited. (311 characters)

Photo of BeerAfterRide
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Really great beer. Loved the taste and aroma! Awesome beer for the beach or the course (where I found it). Excited to try the others from this great pizza joint! (164 characters)

Chronic Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
79 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.