(I have a cold or allergies, so my tasting and smelling abilities aren’t at their peak right now.)
Barely any aroma, maybe slightly metallic and brown sugar. No head. Perfect amber color. Alcohol hits the chest quickly. You know what this tastes like? The previously reviewed Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Company), but with more bitterness, and there’s a prickly carbonated feel, so that the beer does not go down smoothly. I see other reviewers claiming the beer’s too malty and sweet, but I don’t get that at all. The hops overwhelm and blast out the malts. It’s not a bad beer, just not one to savor.
I should try Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes for comparison.