Chronic Ale
Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,107
Ranked #46,971
3.4 | pDev: 12.65%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Chronic AleChronic Ale
Notes: Historically brewed with hemp seeds, Chronic Ale has been a staple at Pizza Port for over a decade! This mellow amber ale is the most popular beer in all of our pub locations as it agrees with everyone’s palate and goes great with pizza. It was a dream come true to finally put it in a can and give people the chance to carry it with them wherever they go!
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A dark mostly filtered iced tea hue with a beige and quickly settling head. Minor spots of lace.

S: Caramel malt and toffee dominate the otherwise biscuity and wet dog (a little) aromas. Some hemp-milk flavors come in only then the last of the can is poured.

T: Don’t really find the hemp or weedy character at all on the palate. It follows the nose mostly. A little bit of dry hoppiness but it’s mostly malt and caramel.

F: The mouthfeel is impressive for the low ABV. Smooth and reasonably weighty, while being thin enough to drink a few.

O: I really don’t get the trashing of this beer. There are far better ambers sure, but at this ABV I’d dare say it’s not bad at all. I would drink it again at least.

May 15, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with one finger of cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, weedyness

T: Caramel, bready sweetness, dryness, & a little leafy hop up front. dryness & breadyness as this warms, a little leafy hop, a touch of metal as well. Finishes dry, with a little leafy & weedy hop

MF: Medium body & carbonation

Passable amber, one I could take or leave, but I bought a 4 pack. One the plus side, the first 3 were enjoyed with an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean

Mar 23, 2019
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Globey from California

1.83/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I curse the existence of this beer. It's flavorless and watery, like the Budweiser of craft beer. The problem is I only like ambers and reds and for some reason Chronic is popular, so it's often the only amber on tap at some places.

Chronic Ale - a bane to my existence.

Dec 14, 2018
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint sized can:

Pours light copper to amber. A thin off-white head virtually fades away with very little lacing.

The smell is of some caramelized bread. Very mild.

The taste is of light caramel with a touch of toast in the soft finish.

Light-bodied and easy to drink, there is nothing off or distracting, but nothing in particular stands out. It's a decent, mild, traditional basic amber ale.

Nov 14, 2018
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kirksisters from California

3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours quite beautiful with nice redish color but much more light than I’m used to. Taste is aight malt but very dry and shallow finish. I’m so used to the pizza port IPAs that are magnificent. I rate it it as average because the body doesn’t hang on long enough to enjoy. OK for those who are looking for a lighter alternative to IPAs.

Oct 24, 2018
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joedvegas from Nevada

3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color with a good amount of haze. Nice two finger head. Slight hints of melon and lime on the nose. Nice balanced taste with hints of grapefruit and caramel. Crisp feel with a good mouth coating aftertaste.

May 21, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a tall boy single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop on 1-15-18 for $1.16. Canned on 12-23-17.

Beer poured amber with an okay white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is carmelly and biscuity.

Taste is a light caramel malt base with a touch of citrus and pine. Well balanced, no residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing.

Overall my impression was old school amber ale. Took me back to the beginning of the last decade. Nice session beer.

Apr 06, 2018
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a honey amber color with about a finger and a half of bone colored head.

Smells of toffee, barley and sweet malts hit the nose.

Taste is of light toffee, caramel and light roasted malts.

Mouth is fairly light, about the middle of the light field, with a slightly wet finish.

Overall this is a very nice and easy drinking beer and I could see myself enjoying several glasses of this over a nice spicy pizza. Hate to do the compare but I do feel this is better than the Fat Tire offering in the category. So I say try it, and you decide.

Nov 01, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely, clear copper, with fine foam.

Smell is sweet and malty with a little bit of floral hops.

Taste is malty and biscuity, with a nice round biterness and a hint of earthiness. Well balanced and highly crushable.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very easy drinking amber, well balanced.

Oct 15, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear, amber in color; less than a 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: tobacco, toffee, caramel, and nuttiness;

T: tobacco is predominant with leather, toffee, and nuttiness in the background; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: interesting, but not something I would come back to;

Oct 15, 2017
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the_awesometeer from California

3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer is an amber color with slight haze and good carbonation. The head is very thin. There is a sweet aroma of toffee. Sweet flavors to being, like caramel or toffee followed by a more grainy flavor. The beer is smooth and nice carbonation in the mouth feel. Don't think there is any actual chronic in this.

Jun 29, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours an amber red/orange color with an off white, full, creamy head, lots of carbonation and lacing.

A: Lots of caramel and toffee, hints of floral and lemongrass notes, mostly caramel malts.

T: Floral hop notes with caramel and toffee malts in the finish, low bitterness, finish is dry with floral and slight lemongrass notes

M: Light bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

O: I could definitely drink several of these on hot southern CA day while outside cooking or just chilling, I'd bump it up if it had a greater hop presence but it's still an enjoyable beer.

May 27, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 79 is hardly fair for this amber ale. As an amber, it pours a perfectly clear amber color with a foamy, persistent, and sticky just off white head. It smells of caramel covered fruitiness blended with rich damp soil and grassy hops. Taste follows: sweet and malty grain, roasty and toasty goodness, herbal hops. Feel is a little over carbonated, but still pretty smooth and slick. Balanced with sweetness barely pulling the lead. Over, this is a damn good amber and I'm surprised to see it's overall score. All well, to each their own. Cheers!

Apr 19, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is coppery with some visible carbonation. The head is minimal. No lacing. No head at al..
S: The aroma has some toffee and sweetness coming in. In the back, there's a malty backbone but it's not fantastic.
T: The taste is a bit empty, has some malty touch and with a very small toffee profile. Not liking this that much.
M: The body is medium low to medium. Carbonation appears to be a bit harsh.
O: My first Pizza Port beer and I'm not that impressed.

Feb 03, 2017
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this from the can into my glass. It is really a surprisingly typical English tasting offering from the hoppy coast of America. Very nice drinker. Not sublime but I can see moments when this will be just fine.

Jan 29, 2017
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breadwinner from California

4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I understand this beer perhaps used to be different, hoppier, more, well, weed-focused. I won't deny it's not aptly named. The beer I had was no marijuana paean, but it was, oddly, a really tasty riff on an English ale, loads of fruity esters and a toffee-like malt base, little nips of hops thrown in for balance, light nuttiness. I dunno. I found it really tasty, but I also like a good English ale. I don't begrudge anyone who may remember this beer differently and not prefer its current form, but I quite liked it.

Dec 28, 2016
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Zorro from California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored ale with a small tannish colored head.

Smells sweet and of cedar and pine board. Scents of pine and toffee candy.

Starts out malty with a toffee and caramel taste. Toasted grain and slightly woody, not the slightest bit harsh. Not complex but a full flavored mild ale you could drink a lot of.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a very pleasing mild ale.

Oct 02, 2016
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billshmeinke from California

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint sized can poured into a Mason Jar.

Look: Medium amber hue with hints of gold around the edges. Head doesn't stick around for long, but a decent splotchy head sticks around without leaving much lace behind.

Smell: Cereal sweet maltiness with a touch of strawberry like esters. A vague minerality, and a hint of grassy hops.

Taste: Honey nut cheerios give way to a some slightly fruity esters, washed away by a smack of grassy hop bitterness and a slight touch of resin.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a touch oily, very faint warming alcohol, carbonation is on the low side.

Overall: This is a very pleasing and inoffensive beer. The flavors are balanced, the mouthfeel is pleasing. It's the kind of beer you'd like to sit down and have a beer with. Don't expect to blown away, but don't be surprised if you want to drink a couple more.

Aug 14, 2016
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rob99er from California

3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I find myself liking this style less and less. Ambers were the style that got me into craft beer. I did enjoy this beer while I was walking around Sea World. I'll drink again.

May 13, 2016
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Furlinator from California

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 4th & Mill on 05/05/16.

Classic rust color. Not much aroma to speak of. Rather bland flavor. Mild malt up front with subtle hop finish. Nothing to write home about.

May 06, 2016
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HalfFull from California

3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chronic, my first in a can though not my first by any means. Let's hope it survived the transition to Bressi Ranch better than the Swami did. 16 oz. can into a tulip for good measure, the Chronic pours a deep copper to amber in color, clear, and with a light cap of foam. Retention and carbonation is light.

Aroma of caramel and hops through the foam which doesn't linger unfortunately. After settling it's just a light muddled and a bit watery caramel body to this beer. I don't recall Chronic precisely at the Carlsbad location, but this surely isn't it. It is surely toned down a notch or two. Why? Still it offers a clean and enticing aroma, though the taste and feel leave a bit to be desired.

If you change a beer notably, change its name. It's called integrity and it's a bit too rare.

Feb 23, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and a half of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is caramel and grains, wet hay.
The taste is caramel and malty with a mild bitterness.
The texture is thicker.
I enjoyed the malty body and flavor.

Jan 19, 2016
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Mitzvahman72 from California

4.53/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a nice golden color, it has a nicely mellow dark cereal taste that fits the overall refreshing enjoyment of the beer. There isn’t any stark bitterness in this beer, which is ideal for the beer style, right down to the mellow mouthfeel. This is a MASSIVE improvement from the very bitter beer that it once was and makes for a great competitor to Karl Strauss’ Red Trolley Ale. The only big flaw to this beer is that it’s missing the “Carlsbad” part of the Chronic Ale name. :(

Jan 04, 2016
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jakecattleco from California

2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can dated 08/13/15 at TK Pizza in a shaker pint. WTF, how PP considers this an amber is beyond me. Perhaps this is the first session amber on the market. Very thin in appearance and mouthfeel. Little aroma and only a mildly pleasing taste. Never again, unless it's the only option from BMC.

Oct 11, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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

Jul 29, 2015
Chronic Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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