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Carlsbad Chronic - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 6.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jcalabre on 08-02-2003

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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 79
Reviews by BrewMaster:
Photo of BrewMaster
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Pizza Port in San Clemente on 10/2/04. It is served with a redish brown color and a lacy light tan head. The head retention is minimal as well. Sadly, there is no distinct sent to this beer apart from a faint hoppy scent. The flavor is sweet and sour with note of banana and light floral hops. (312 characters)

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Photo of codysjb
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of magictrokini
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Boring. Clear amber with no head. Buttery malt and grass. No real discernable flavor. Malt and some sort of plant that was neither hops nor hemp. Plays out like a marketing gimmick for dumb stoners. Flat and watery. There are MUCH better beers to choose from (258 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the SDIBF, poured a solid red and amber, minimal head. Aroma was lacking.

Taste, smooth, yet with a decent enough hop kick to keep it interesting. A very sessionable red. Different from most Port offerings, they usually don't go down this path, everything is usually super something (hops, yeast, abv), this was a nice trip down the less worn path from Port. Caramel all over this one. (391 characters)

Photo of alesaram
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some amber colour with white head. A good bitter but I didn't really get the hemp taste, and I think that's a good thing. Like a decent, and slightly spicey-fruity amber. Citrus grapefruit. Decent mouthfeel that makes it drinkable and different. All of the lineup is nicely carbonated. (285 characters)

Photo of somnus
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served dry hopped on cask via a hand pump at the Pizza Port Carlsbad location on 3/15/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a rigid finger of brite-white foam. This pretty much doesn't budge, with a massive flareup that just completely COATS the sides of the glass with creamy lacing. The aroma is quite mellow smelling with malts sweetness, a slight tang of citrus, and some floral and spicy hop accents.

The taste is prettty much exactly the same. A silky smooth base of bread and caramel malt sweetness, with a nice splash of citrus, and some gentle hop bitterness that actually feel like it's being held back a bit by the cask conditioning. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a creamy carbonation and easy feel that just seems to literally melt in the mouth with each sip. Wow, this goes down easy!

While this isn't the most assertive example of an Amber Ale, I think that being served on cask did more good (super easy feel and drinkibility) than bad (the cask seems to lessen the effects of the dry hopping). The only thing I know for sure, is that this literally went down like a glass of water but in a good way! More please! (1,164 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goldorak
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper orangeade, a thin ring of lace surrounded shy little head islands dancing in the center.

Smell: Almost a white wine acidic/fruity crispness in the nose, the hops eventually come out quite juicy, like sweet strawberries.

Taste: My first couple of sips didn't register much for me, carbonation was quite lively and it tasted pretty light, with a dry, if sudden finish. Very low hops. It did end up growing on me, enough to say that this is a pretty decent Beer that, granted, looks pretty pale next to the competiton at Pizza Port, but it would easily beat every other "Amber" ale I've had at just about every other brewpub I've been to in the States in a head-to-head tasting. At least this one smelled nice. (732 characters)

Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of Brewsmith
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Aroma is clean, some malt and a little hop. A very light amber, almost a deep gold. Clavor is a clean malt profile with a touch of caramel in there. Medium bodied. Finishes dry. Not a ton of intensity to the flavors, but extremely drinkable. I can see why this is a best seller in house. A great pair to much of the food there. (350 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to BeerRun13 for the excellent growler.

Ours a deep orange-amber with a huge frothy head and lots of lace. Tons of visible carbonation as well makes this look just about perfect. Smell is largely of bread and sweet caramel but is not overly strong. The taste is very grainy and bread like. Huge malts and a nice sugary caramel back. Clean finish, and huge carbonation. This is a very very drinkable beer that I would love to try on tap. Very fresh and not too thick. Just right, another goodie from Pizza Port. (525 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Pizza Port Carlsbad
The beer pours clear amber with a portly off white head that is portly in size and frothy in texture, the resultant lace a fine coating upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is sweet and has a nice grain profile with the top middling in it feel. Finish has a pleasant acidic bite, the hops delectable in their spiciness, dry aftertaste a nice change of pace from those monster IPA’s I have been drinking. (457 characters)

Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcalabre
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish/amber color (no surprise). It's aroma and flavor had lots of butterscotch-like notes. In some ways, the flavor & nose were almost like a port. The mouthfeel was velvety, the finish clean.
This beer had a lot more flavor and character than I expected from an "amber ale". Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of butterscotch. For those who like that taste, this would be an enjoyable brew (413 characters)

Photo of spazaru
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Just a perfect session beer. Pours a nice medium deep amber with a thin white head.

Smell isn't too apparent; maybe I had a cold?

Fairly malty with a slight hop bite. Just really smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy, and the drinkability is dangerous. This stuff goes down like water, but with a ton of flavor.

A great brew to order by the pitcher. Two people can go through it in a hurry without too many after effects!

One of my favorites at Pizza Port. Easy to see why it's about their best seller. (515 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: a rich amber color with some mild ruby red and burnt orange notes. 1 finger fluffy cloud-like white head that seems to be fading

s: caramel & toffee up front, grainy, some earthy/grassy undertones. the slightest hint of some dank tropical fruits

t: the taste is pretty similar to the nose. caramel & toffee upfront. some chewy sweetness, with a big bready backbone here. there is a big watery-like flavor in here as well which makes it light in flavor, but also smooth (in a weird way). flavors is bready & sweet

m: its the lighter side of medium on the mouthfeel, with a slightly chewy feel. not much carbonation, and slightly watery

o: its really easy to drink, but theres not much to the flavor. a good alternative session beer if you're in the mood for something maltier (790 characters)

Photo of charlzm
2.46/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Pizza Port San Clemente, 02/25/08.

Clear golden color with no active carbonation and no aroma in small taster glass.

Restrained, mellow malt character, no hoppiness to note. Slight corn on aftertaste. Mildly sweet. Did not note the promised hemp flavors or resiny texture.

Have had a hemp ale or two before and did not think this one measured up. (363 characters)

Photo of BelgiumsFinest
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of hnandez
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Carlsbad Chronic from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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