Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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Cinder Cone RedCinder Cone Red

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BA SCORE
88
very good

404 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 33
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-07-2002

Available: January 2010 only in Oregon, Western Washington and Hawaii
IBUs: 55
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Ratings: 404 | Reviews: 214
Photo of rxthree
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on nitro in Spearfish, SD

Photo of Bookseeb
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance has a nice red amber hue supporting a healthy head leaving nice lace. Smell has a caramel aroma with a light roast and fruity hops. Taste has a hop bite to it balanced out with the malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Photo of takusan1000
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good one, a toned-back, less hoppy and lighter version of Red Chair. The appearance is rather bubbly but with a quickly dissipating head, a hazy amber that leaves nice bubbles on lace. Not much to the smell itself but what I can gather is sweet and light pine. It is malt-forward but with a presence of pine in the hops. Also has a very characteristic Deschutes taste to the malt that I can't quite put my finger on, but that pervades a lot of their brews. Mouthfeel is chewy and wholesome and adds to a nice aftertaste of caramel in the front of the mouth with pine and herbs in the back.

Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another solid beer from a very reliable brewery - so far, I haven't met a Deschutes I didn't like. The pour leaves a big blast of foamy head that lingers. I didn't pick up anything amazing in the aroma, a bit of bread and caramel. The flavor is very malt forward, with far less hops than I anticipated. The malt and toffee sweetness blend very well. Overall, this is a very easy drinking beer - delightful, in fact!

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks, smells, and tastes like your typical, solid, flagship red ale. A bit of a violent pour leads to a rather large head that retains very well and laces even better. The deep amber body of the beer translates in a very malty nose, with just a touch of balancing hops bitterness. The caramel malt in the scent is converted directly on to the palate for a solidly malty backbone of red ale flavor. Little to no hops bitterness balances the flavor of this beer, but that's ok because the semisweet, and just a touch peaty, malts are so delicious. This beer drinks very easily and smoothly on the whole.

Overall, I'm not sure what to say; this is your standard red ale from a very high quality brewery. Does this beer provide an instantly recognizable flavor or experience? No. But does this beer offer a solid flavor that is pretty delicious and easy to enjoy? Heck yes.

Photo of hreb
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated best before 02/10/15 (I just bought it today, so shame on me for not checking the date, and shame on BevMo for their low turnover). Served in a pint glass, beer darkens from amber to red to brown, with big soda bubbles rising towards a healthy tan head. Aroma is pretty unimpressive. Flavor is very nice though, if not the malt bomb I was hoping for. Super well balanced, as much like a German ale as an American (micro) amber. I don't get as much roastiness as the label lead me to believe, rather, toasted barley balances off unmalted barley. Both are way mild, and in turn balance off the relatively mild hopping. This beer is true neutral: if you order an ale, without any qualifiers, this is what the barman should hand you. The beer's total score doesn't do it justice because the execution and balance of this brew really are world-class.

Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a coppery red with three fingers of foamy tan head.

Smell - earthy and leafy hops, toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits, yeast.

Taste - Starts with a pleasant hit from the earthy and leafy hops followed by the sweetness from the toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits, and yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall - An enjoyable red from Deschutes. This one is just a true easy drinking red with a pleasant hop profile and nice supporting malt backbone.

Photo of imfinished
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one gives a lot of head.

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to see an amber ale from this outfit make it northwards, and I anticipate a still rather hoppy affair (that's called foreshadowing, ladies and germs), from my experience with this brewery thus far.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky malformed lace around the glass as it very, very slowly abates, like it's on island time - I've been to Bend, and there are no islands in that particular bucolic river.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, toffee pudding, muddled, but still affable dark orchard fruit, a hint of earthy yeast, brown sugar, a subtle cherry cola otherness, and peppy leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is more bready, grainy caramel malt, a lessened biscuity toffee sweetness, gritty dark sugar, some plum and muted black cherry fruitiness, oversteeped tannic black tea, a weird chalky candy essence, and more leafy, piney, and ethereally citrusy hops.

The bubbles are quite low-key and unobtrusive in their plain Jane frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nascent airy creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes on the sweet side, the now pastry-adjacent caramel malt showing little interest in waning, as it needs all its strength to fend off the surprisingly not so prevalent hops - psych!

A decent enough amber ale, the malt the star of the show here, with the fruity hops aiding and abetting, and even providing a tangible offset. Easy enough to put back, I suppose, but not something I could see having more than one or two of, before my predilection for Deschutes' more hoppy and heady offerings beckoned me with their siren call.

Photo of wasso67
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Interesting bomber, pours a brick-red, slightly hazy. Medium head with minimal head retention.

Aroma is of piney hops with just a hint of caramel in the background. Medium mouthfeel. First taste is citrus/pine, a little bitterness at the end with just a touch of caramel malt to keep it all in check.

Finishes slightly sweet but clean. Good beer!

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown glass bomber purchased earlier tonight and served cold into a tulip at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as a red ale per the label Cost was $3.99 USD. Expectations are high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide head. Retention is nice - about 3-4 minutes. White colour. Decent creaminess, thickness, and fullness. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Deep amber-red. Translucent. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good looking red ale. Not unique or special, but absolutely appealing.

AROMA: Caramel, toasted amber malts, some breadiness, and some floral hop character. Cream. A very pleasant inviting aroma of moderate strength.

No alcohol, off-notes or yeast character is detectable.

TASTE: Underwhelming. Predictably, amber malts dominate. There's a floral hop profile that fails to showcase the amarillo mentioned on the label. Has some caramel and toastiness, but ill enough to satisfy the conventions of the style.

Balanced? Not really. It takes a sharp left turn into red apple skin territory for no real reason, and the malt backbone is inadequate. More toastiness is needed. Average depth, duration and intensity of flavour.

I do like it for what it is, but there's no real subtlety, intricacy/complexity, or nuance to speak of. It doesn't even meet the conventions of the style, and obviously fails to exceed them. Meh.

TEXTURE: Smooth, lightly dry, a biteen cidery, crisp like fruit skin, overcarbonated, and annoyingly thin. Lacks sufficient body. Has an off barleywine-esque feel on the palate. Gushed. There's some creaminess. Needs to be more assertive overall.

Not oily, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

A severely problematic texture which actively undermines the taste. Needs serious work. Deschutes did this?

OVERALL: Drinkable, sure, and passable at $3.99 a bottle. But it's far from a good red ale and I definitely wouldn't get it again - even though it features my favourite hop (amarillo). Hides its ABV nicely, but the quality just isn't there. I'm a bit surprised Deschutes released this.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber snagged across the border in Montana poured into a tulip. Reddish caramel colored like weak tea, with a tall rocky peak of meringue-like resilient light beige head. Foam for miles. Aroma is equal parts caramel malts and citrus/tropical hops. There is much going on in this here red ale, bold hopping like many of the best American reds but an assertive rich toffee sweetness underneath, with hints of molasses, puffed wheat, and a cola-like brown spice. Hops go from tropical pineapple and guava to orange rind, baby aspirin, tree sap, and fresh grass with nary a bum note. Excellent Amarillo showcase. Reminds one of Rogue's best red ales but sweeter with a slightly greater depth of character, not to mention less piney (this features more of a tannic black tea vibe). Sturdy body, with a smooth and slick mouthfeel and a red IPA style hop-centric finish. The end is where the bitterness truly makes its presence known. Well-balanced, tangy, fruity, and redolent with brown sugar sweetness, yet dries the palate before all is said and done. One of my favorite Deschutes offerings to date.

Photo of ioconnor
4.25/5  rDev +9%

This beer reminds me of da Shite my homie Ray Ray wouod serve in da hood. I would buy it again. Amen.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Well balanced, delicious. The malt is right on the money and not too cloying like some others. The tettnang / amarillo hop combo is fantastic with aroma and flavours of flowers and mandarin oranges.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Best by date of 06.25.14.
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 04.22.14.

A: See through dark red. Small head with an easy pour.

S: Sweet malt, spices, toffee.

T: Toffee dominates. Caramel and spices are there too. Slight grapefruit and pine on back end.

O: This was a very well balanced and complex amber. It was in the typical Deschutes style. It had the caramel that you would expect in an amber, but it also had a nice grapefruit/pine finish that added just enough hoppiness to make it interesting.

Rating: A-

Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Gorgeous big foam in the tall Timmermans goblet. Color is a copper-tinted amber. Sudsy and mouthfilling.

Some pale malt to start, with a modest sweet zing. Then the bitter bite sets its teeth. It's like sucking on rubber bands and aspirin. Thin and harsh overall. So well made except for-- oops-- the flavor.

This has to be one of the most bitter Red Ales I've ever tried to drink. I just don't get this. It lacks the hoppy complexity of an IPA and goes straight to the bitterness receptor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Hallam's Wine in La Conner, Wash.

Photo of samtrillo
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a reddish-purple-amber with a beautiful bout of ocean white head that soon dissipates.

Nose of piney hops and citrus and some carmel malt.

The taste is of bitter lemon, toasted and caramelized malt. The pine and citrus I got from the nose has dissipated as quickly as the head. This is more of a red ale than a red IPA. There's a mineral soapiness that I could do without.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours copper with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet malt, pine, cardboard-like oxidised malt notes.
Flavours include citrus and sweet slightly richer malt. Again, seems a little oxidised.
Carbonation is too high.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is back after several years or more of retirement, and i am glad it is. $3.99 per bomber is an insanely fair price for beer this good, and makes it a no brainer at the bottle shop for me. clear amber beer, honey tinted and light looking, with an enormous two inch frothy tan head that laces up as it sips, and never really settles. beautiful beer. smells fresh and quite hoppy, unique in the finish from the tettnanger hops, used here i suspect in far higher doses than they are in traditional european brew styles. its a great hop, a little limey and clean grassy summery brightness abounds. malt is dry for an amber, only mid palate sweetness in more of a round and quick fashion than normal, and then dry more like an irish red in the finish. the hops are really prominent all the way through, but some of the zesty freshness from the nose is lost to bitterness on the back end. i wish it stayed all the way through. there is also amarillo in here, which give it some more fruitiness in the finish too. really clean beer, quickly finishing and light in body for what it is. i love how light it is on the palate, but also how frothy it is, and how substantial the flavors are. deschutes should keep this one in the lineup for awhile. one of the better american reds/ambers out there.

Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 06/24/14 (whoops)

A: Pours a beautiful ruby red (duh). Tall, frothy and airy, light brown head. Great head retention, lots of fluffy tendrils of lacing too.

S: Pretty mild aroma. A little bit herbal with a little bit of caramel and bread.

T: Much more flavorful than the aroma gives away. Nice herbal and citrusy hops up front. Toffee in the middle with bread following it up in the finish. Mild bitterness wave in the finish, with a bit of a spicy, herbal and bready combination.

M: Medium bodied, lightly dry and bitter.

O: Nice traditional red with some extra hop complexity adding some really nice flavors. Mild bitterness, this is no IPA but it's still a not an insubstantial portion of the brew. Very tasty and well balanced. Nicely done.

Photo of souvenirs
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle purchased for $6.25 plus deposit at the 8th Street Liquor Store in New Westminster.

A: Red-brown and clear. Not a huge amount of head. A film of bubbles after a few minutes.

S: Citrus, especially grapefruit, and caramel malt.

T: Yum. Citrus, pine, and malt.

F: Smooth.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/24/14.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber hue with a creamy one finger head and creamy clingy lacing as far as the eye can see subtle looking yet approachable,the smell is piney hops,fruit salad and a touch of roasted barley,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and the tastes are subtle but the hints of fruit salad,roasted barley and a soft pine bitterness are really sessionable while still holding my interest long enough to drink the whole bottle and overall a good example of a well balanced Red Ale cheers.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A deep brown copper red body, almost ruby deep. Very dark to see through, with minimal carbonation, and a little bit of floaties. Head is off yellow and three fingers tall, good retention and swiss cheese like bubbles hanging out in the top. A big giant solid cap on this, not going anywhere.

Great nose. Simple straight forward pine and thick spruce notes. Mild caramel sweetness, with lots of pine toasty notes. Comes off a bit woody, cedar, spruce, balsam, sawdust pine goodness.

Palate has a real spicy quality. Mid palate fills with some mild toffee, and pine and spiced hot hop quality. Clove and spruce heat on the finish, with a little bit of malt toast. Simple malt caramel sweetness a bit, but without a sugar rush and letting the airy hop come forward. Mouthfeel hits a solid simple malt thickness, and letting everything go straightforward through the gullet. No thickness, no wetness, staying pale ale to roots.

Overall it's a real unique red, and love it's simplicity. Good backbone of malt and simple and subtle aromatic hop aromas and flavors that linger on the finish to match.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 6/24/14. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler glass. It doesn't look like there are too many reviews of the 2014 rendition of this yet, although that may not matter if the recipe hasn't changed.

Appearance - Pours a rosy auburn red color with crimson highlights and just a slight bit of haze that diffuses the light as it passes through. Atop the body rests a one finger head of creamy tan microbubbles. Retention lasts for a couple minutes before settling as a generous film across the top of the liquid. Faint, sticky lacing rings the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - A decent amount of citrus and light fruit in the nose, with notes of orange zest, light grapefruit pith and hints of floral softness to cut the acidity and keep this one out of "red IPA" territory. Beneath the brighter hop notes, there is a considerable presence from caramel sweetness and bready malt.

Taste - The citrus and fruit are still here, but less overt, preferring instead to let the malt profile takeover with notes of sweet caramel and slightly toasted sugar and baking bread with just a touch of toasted crust. That said, there is still some pleasant citrus and a little bit of pine resin and grassiness to keep it from becoming boring.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a slightly sweet finish with just a hint of lingering bitterness.

Overall, a solid, but not particularly remarkable amber ale. While the style isn't my favorite, there are certainly renditions that I just love. This particular take is just decent, and with the plethora of great beers, I'm not likely to reach for it a second time.

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