RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Solano is a chili beer made using roasted Hatch chili peppers from Weber, Colorado, roasted by one of my esteemed colleagues. The intent was to produce a chili beer whose focus was not on intense heat, but rather on the flavors and aromas of the wonderful roasted Hatch chili. There is a spiciness to this beer, but it only lingers for a moment. Solano melds the rich flavors of roasted chilis and American malts, resulting in a flavorful beer that is slightly spicy with just a hint of smokiness. Solano is quite nice paired with food (burt use it in the food as well - try using it when making a beer can chicken, then serve Solano alongside. 6.0%ABV.

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Alemax (16) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Tastes like a hot pepper, smells like a hot pepper. Imagine a generic Cerveza with a pepperoncini in it and you have the idea.

ajnepple (7172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2016
12 oz single can from Molly’s Spirits. Murky amber appearance with minimal head. Aroma and flavor of strong chili peppers with a hint of smoke and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Light to medium body with soft carbonation, a watery mouth feel and a lingering spicy finish. Dirty, unclean and kind of hard to drink overall.

djd07 (15650) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear copper with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong pepper and caramel. Medium body, strong heat peppers very nice.

hayduke (5692) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 3, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass gold with a white head. Nose of mats and some chili. Medium body. Flavor is chili on caramel malt. Heat under control here.

wchesser (2144) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Crystal Springs train wreck tasting. One of the better beers by a mile, if only because hatch chilies help mask the worst flaws I’m sure. Nose of roasted green chili. Magenta brown. Taste of roasted green chiles, some caramel malts, and breadiness, hot chili finish. Fine for lovers of spicy chili beers.

cubs (10721) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Cool to see these guys getting some distro to Fort Collins. Pours a fairly clear, a bit hazy reddish orange appearance with no lasting head. Aroma is like chili powder along with stewed tomatoes and a weird, light hint of citrus. There’s a bit juicy, orange citrusy flavor to go along with some green chilies and mild spiciness. Kind of one dimensional. I’m not much of a fan.

Ratman197 (15444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of Hatch chilies, carmal and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a warming finish. Flavors of Hatch chilies, carmel and earthiness with a crisp warming lingering Hatch chilie finish.

Ernest (7860) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle (gusher).

Head is initially very small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, fully diminishing.
Body is cloudy medium to dark amber.

Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with a strong note of scorched vegetables (green bell pepper, green chiles, zucchini).

Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean.

Medium body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic/burning.

Pretty hideous, to be honest...nose is pretty much just vegetable/pepper juice, like opening a can of green chiles...the beer aromas are all but hidden behind that. So if that’s your idea of a nice aroma, have at it...I like chiles, but chile juice isn’t my idea of an enticing beverage. No fun in the mouth either...dirty aftertaste and an icky mouthfeel make this a certified drain pour.

Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 Poured into standard pint glass.

Very hazy, darker golden color. Poured hard and yet there was minimal head which dissipated almost immediately. Minimal to non-existant lacing. Dominated by the aroma of hatch chili peppers. Flavor is almost entirely hatch chili peppers. Finishes almost sweet with a little heat. The flavor of pepper lingers for a bit. Light body with moderate to minimal carbonation. Fairly smooth and drinkable. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Chili beers are a bit of a novelty to me, but the flavor here is not overbearing or unpleasant, just one-dimensional. Would definitely consider drinking again, especially at that price (six dollars for 650 mL).

3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
bottle. clear dull brick red body with a small off-white head which dies far too quickly (as happens with ALL of their beer...) so there’s chiles in this beer, okay, but it actually smells more like chili, as in meat and bean chili (shut up, texas): the canned tomato resemblance is striking; the stewed onion, pepper and bean note uncanny. medium body throughout; ample carbonation to froth across the middle and release the bracing heat of the chiles, where sweetish amber malts give it a chewiness and roundness. the finish fizzles away in a wash of capsaicin and bubbles, thinning quickly and leaving an oily, buzzing, moderately-hot aftertaste. pretty basic and unidimensional, but thankfully doesn’t taste as bad as it smells, though I have to assume that the heat is overpowering any of the chili stew vegetables notes that are present in the nose.

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