Chronic (Port Brewing/Pizza Port)

Pizza Port has been a staple of the Southern California craft beer scene for the past 22 years. Even though their bottled offerings have been available for a while now, it wasn’t until recently that they started canning a few of their more popular offerings. It was my knowledge of the quality of their product and the very affordable price point that made me decide to pick up a sixer of one their classics.

Chronic can logo smallCHRONIC ALE is an Amber Ale with a sessionable 4.9% ABV. 

Chronic AleThis Amber Ale is a Pizza Port O.B. stable. Brewed year around at Pizza Port OB, this is a great go to beer. Brewed with English malt and American grown noble hops makes a nice malt back bone with just the right amount of hops to keep it balanced.

Let me foreword this review by saying I have reviewed a version of the Pizza Port Chronic Ale before, that review can be found here.

Although it was visually on the lighter side of the style, Chronic still poured a clear amber/ice tea brown.  The head was a bubbly 1/2 finger of off-white that faded to a film minutes after the initial pour.

Sweet malts were the dominant flavor on the first sniff and each consequential sniff after. Caramel, rye bread, and hints of toffee were present as they should be in any good Amber Ale. Like many SoCal breweries Pizza Port is big on hops and that is true in this beer as well. Potpourri-like hops hang around the backend of each whiff, balancing out the heavy dose of maltiness that comes before it. As it warmed up a sweet cornbread aroma appeared that was smelled heavenly.

Caramel, honey, and straw were the first things I picked up after taking my initial sip. This combination made me think more of springtime in the country than it did sitting beachside in San Diego, but regardless it was welcomed. Hints of earthy hops and sweet cornbread are there. Considering how noticeable the hops were in the nose I expected another hoppy Amber, but instead it tasted more like a farmhouse version of an Amber Ale.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and dry. Carbonation was light, making every sip end rather abruptly. This just makes for a shorter refractory period between sips.

Chronic is an easy-drinking beer that fits right into the niche I wanted it to. There’s nothing about it that really screams “big” or “in your face” or “groundbreaking”, instead it hits all the right marks for a well put together Amber Ale. This was a great choice for a the tallboy sixer market and one that I will definitely take to a cookout in the near future.

Overall: 7.5 out of 10

As an AMBER ALE: 7.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: New Belgium FAT TIRE, Bell’s AMBER ALE, Tröegs HOPBACK AMBER ALE

 
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