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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

Cinder Cone RedCinder Cone Red

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very good

260 Ratings

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: January 2010 only in Oregon, Western Washington and Hawaii
Alc. by Vol.: 5.4%
IBUs: 55

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-07-2002)
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Photo of ssteakley


3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

TheSixthRing pretty much nailed it, this is the 4th Red ale I have tried and it is not near as good as the first three so it just didn't fire on all cylinders. If there is a better choice why buy this one? That being said it is still a good beer and since we are short on those in Texas I would advise the Brewery to ship it all there and they will sell every last drop they can produce.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 00:52:18 | More by ssteakley
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 06/24/14

Appearance - Pours a somewhat clear auburn red with a 2-finger off-white head. Good retention results in a broken layer of surface suds. Great lacing around the glass with excellent stick.

Smell - Moderately hoppy on the nose, exhibiting floral and citrus notes, backed by some light bready maltiness.

Taste - Good balance of the hop and malt, but neither exhibit predominant character. Soft caramel and toasty biscuit notes backed by citrus and floral hop spice. Pretty much sums it up.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and drinkable with phenomenal finish, as with most Deschutes beers.

Overall - Good, but nothing outstanding. Nice balance. Entirely drinkable, but quickly forgettable. Just doesn't stand out from most ambers, and does even less to stand out from Deschutes' awesome line-up. Still, great for the price, and I wouldn't mnd buying it again if it were to become more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 05:14:47 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of rawfish


3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excited to see this beer distributed down in California.

22 oz bottle split with a house guest. Pours amber/rust with nice clarity, smooth pour nets a half finger high off-white head. Highlights of garnet and desert reds when held to the light. Decent head retention with flecks of lacing on the glass.

Caramel malt is not overly sweet, allows some bready grains to come through, nuances of red fruit and biscuits. Hops are floral and grassy, healthy amount of hops. Lacks the earthy or spicy aromas that I really enjoy in reds, still nice.

Balanced caramel malt with bread dough and there it is...a lovely soft spiciness from the malt that kicks up the light but floral and complementary grassy/juicy citrus hop profile. Malt takes over in the finish with a bit of pine to level things out.

Medium, drinkable body with good carbonation. Flavorful with an easy bitterness and alcohol is completely whisked away.

Balanced red, real nice placement between malt and hops I could stand it to be a bit more aggressive or bold. Ended up being a good choice for the company tonight do give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 06:15:40 | More by rawfish
Photo of hopsputin


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: its a dark ruby red color with loads of burnt caramel/amber/purple/light brown. large 3 finger pretty solid off white head

s: sweet caramel & toffee, strawberry, sweet citrus, light candi sugar, and a fairly faint hop (Columbus?). ends with some grains, and a slight aroma of wort

t: all malts baby. caramel & oats. theres a nice sweet roasted quality that sends the slightest bitterness down the back of your tongue to balance the sweetness. picking up a hint of berries, and just a faint taste of cardboard (not really in a bad way)

m: medium, on the fuller side. no carbonation in the mouth, but you can feel it in your belly

o: another solid one from Deschutes. its not great, but there is a nice harmony between sweet and bitter in this - with sweet winning out (as i like). only criticism is the cardboard-like finish

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:26:23 | More by hopsputin
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Substantial depth to the red hues that come out in the pour, yet, plenty of clarity despite being a darker red. Nice 1" head on it, good lacing, good retention. Aroma, like a spicier, hoppier red ale. Really brings out the caramel more than most reds, like a hybrid caramel ipa and red ale in the aroma.

Taste, delivers good hop notes. Mild citrus notes, average bitterness. Kind of a complex thing, leather, dark fruit notes even at times. Way more interesting than the average red ale out there. Maybe even a little toffee to this one.

More interesting than your average red, a decent beer in a great breweries portfolio. For whatever reason, I rarely see it anymore.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 21:32:20 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review notes from 2010. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange brown amber. Half finger off-white medium head that slowly dissipates leaving light lacing. Nice aroma of sweet malt and herbal hops. Flavor is mild, caramel malt with slight toasted malts, light hops. A faint, pleasant mineral component that I have always felt was reminiscent of volcanic areas, like a cinder cone. Light bodied but decent carbonation. One of my favorite low ABV ales, I'll miss it.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:27:26 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bend brewpub on 11.9.11

A - Arrives a nice dark orangish-amber with a tint of red. Cream color head fades rather quickly to the edges.

S - Very malty and dark fruit. Red apples.

T - Smooth dark malts, a touch of fruit, carmel.

D - A touch bitter, but is very desirable here. Average carbonation and body.

O - A very nice and drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 23:05:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark amber with a nice one inch off white head and a good amount of lace. Nice retention on the head as well. Smell was deeply hopped, with a nice pine resin aroma and a hint of light grain. My first impression was a bit light in the carbonation, and a slight slickness or oilyness to it. Big hop profile was very nicely balanced against the malted grain back. Overall this was an easily sessionable and highly enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:32:58 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/29/2010. Bottle thanks to scrizzz. Pours a clear mahogany with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light fruits, floral hops. Flavor is similar with plenty of rich caramel malt, toffee, toasted malt, and light bitter hops. Smooth and easy drinking. Overall, a pleasant amber.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 17:57:14 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The body is a nice amber color with a light tan head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose really brings through some good notes of light bread and caramel. There are some citrus and floral hops there as well. The taste is slightly hoppy with a bit of toast. Nice, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Good body and carbonation; this was a nice bottle and I'm glad I was able to pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:45:50 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of allengarvin


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass, this is a muddy-amber colored beer with a slight, quickly disappearing head. Nice aroma, with focus on the malt: caramel, a hint of cocoa, with a dusting of hops. Bitterness comes through more on the taste, lightly grassy, though not a lot of hop flavor. The malt provides a dose of sweet caramel flavor. The finish is dry and bitter. Full bodied, but not heavy.

A good red ale. Fits the style well.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 13:22:07 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy iced tea color with a beige head. The aroma is that of vegetables along with some caramel and bready malts. The flavor is leather, caramel, toffee and biscuit malts. I also get some iced tea flavors in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 03:18:14 | More by Mora2000
Photo of cbarrett4


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cask at Deschutes Public House in Portland.

Pours with a good copper, amber hue. Decent head and lace, even for a cask pour.

Good aromas similar to an IPA, lots of fresh hops and spice. Good flavor and a nice balance. Nothing really outstanding here. Perhaps it loses a bit on the cask pour.

Serving type: cask

02-24-2010 07:01:35 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of Ryan011235


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 2/13/10

Best by 4/8/10

Many thanks to jamdugan; I'm always thrilled to try a Deschutes beer

Very dark copper in color; there are highlights of both ruby & scorched crimson depending on how the light catches the glass. It poured nearly an inch of foam that thinned out to a narrow layer of bubbles after a few minutes leaving decent beginnings of lace. Thin retention & ok lacing throughout.

The aroma is pretty nice, though fairly subtle & restrained. Floral hop notes take up a reasonable amount of shelf space. A few hints of plum work their way in, too. There's a notable malt profile but it doesn't seem all that prominent, especially considering the style. Caramel is most obvious with undertones of bread dough.

The taste seems right in line with the nose & honestly, it's a little underwhelming. Floral hops are at the front with a few wisps of citrus strewn throughout. The hop flavors are good but not particularly bitter - a bit surprising with the bottle claiming Amarillo hops. I was hoping for a bit more kick. At least the malt profile also mirrors the nose & isn't too over-bearing with a good bit of caramel & some toasted bread.

Medium body that seems thin & almost watery around the edges. Carbonation leans more toward the lower end of moderate. The finish is fairly clean; just a subtle notion of bitterness makes its way to the end. Who knew?

This is an easy drinking, reasonably flavorful beer. Sure, it isn't the most bold or demanding but it thrives on solid subtleties. One thing going for it is a lack of perceivable bad qualities. I sure wouldn't mind one bit finding this on draft one day.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 04:00:23 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep tawny amber with a slight haze and two fingers of rocky tan head. It looks pretty appetizing to me.

Smell: very nice hop-centric aroma. Well balanced between peppery, herby and floral hop characteristics. Just the right amount of malt sweetness edges through; this is a pretty good smelling brew.

Taste: much less hoppy than the aroma, the flavor is one of slightly sweet malt with a hint of nuttiness and hops leaning more towards the floral characteristics. The aroma and taste complement each other quite well.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. I think it's quite good.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. In fact, I'm going to have to make it a point to get some more of this sometime down the road.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:46:56 | More by flagmantho
Photo of birdypowder


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hoppy red ale (55 IBUs) is another solid offering from Deschutes. Unfortunately, it's on its way out.

A lovely hop aroma delivers healthy portions of citrus to your nose. Then some caramel breaks through along with fruity berry aromas.

This dark red brew fluffs up a slightly off-white head upon pouring. There is a slight haze.

I expected more caramel sweetness from this medium bodied brew and was hoping it would battle for supremacy with the healthy dose of hops. However, it was not to be and instead the caramel and toasted malt flavors that were present were unable to compete with the hops.

Clean and semi-dry, a pleasant soft bitterness lingers for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 02:44:59 | More by birdypowder
Photo of velosuds


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by 4/8/2010. Very fresh. From a six pack purchased on sale for $7.59.

A-Pours a gorgeous medium amber. One and a half finger, off-white head with good retention and ample lacing. A beautiful appearing beer.

S-Aggressive hops and toasted caramel malts.

T-Hops are aggressive without being overpowering. Nice malt backbone in finish. Taste is delicately sweet and citrusy. This is delicious, especially for such a modest ABV.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced, yet complex.

D-Very nice for an amber ale. So smooth. Sessionable at 5.4% ABV.

My only regret is this is only brewed seasonally. I would glady drink this year round.
Another exemplary brew from my favorite brewery. Outstanding quality and value.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 05:25:01 | More by velosuds


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant red amber with orange highlights. Dense tanned head with decent retention. Dense sticky bubbly laces.

Toasty caramel with a grapefruit, lemon, spicy herbal hop nose. Could use a bit more punch.

Toasty bready caramel. Grapefruit and lemon peel with a spicy herbal, slightly grassy undertone. Pleasant, but not overpowering, bitterness that reinforces the hops with a resinous spicy herbal and bitter citrus aftertaste.

Slightly sticky and dry. Smooth and refreshing. Med-full body with slow moving light carbonation.

Great flavorful refreshing hoppy red. Too bad it's a seasonal and not year round, cause this is a good drinkable red that I would pursue more often.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 21:47:09 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of vkv822


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appears a strong amber-orange with a very light tan head, which has good retention. The smell is very lightly floral with notes of caramel malty-ness. The flavor is a great hoppy malty mix with some citrus and spice hints, but seems a bit weak. It has a medium body and a fair amount of carbonation, but again feels a bit weak. A very drinkable red, although I wish it had a bit more substance and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 04:07:10 | More by vkv822
Photo of Kegatron


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber, with 2 big frothy fingers of off-white head. Retains at just about a full finger, in what is basically a frothy dollop that coats the sides of the glass with dense sticky lacing. The aroma is just loaded with Amarillo hops, giving the nose a dry smelling spicy, citric, and piney edge. Luckily the hops don't totally control here, with a very roasty backing of toasted caramel malts giving this so great evenness.

That great balance doesn't quite carry over to the taste, with the silky sweetness of the caramel malts appearing a bit thin at times. There is a burnt roastiness that is present though, which helps gives the hops something else to bounce off of. Speaking of the hops, they are still quite aggressive here (impressive considering that this was a spring release), laying down a generous helping of spicy and resinous bitterness. There's a splash of green citrus in the backend of this but the finish is mostly lingering hops, with an intense dryness that really sticks around long after the swallow. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very mellow and smooth body. Almost too much, as it gets just a touch light in spots. Luckily, there is just enough beef to the body to keep this firm in the mouth.

Tasty little West Coast Amber Ale here from Deschutes, as the Amarillo hops really set this a bit apart from others in the style, with the pine and dryness really getting laid on thick. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 20:37:15 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Fnord


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy red with a thin white head.

Smell - Flowery hops, caramel, pine, alcohol, and a bit of orange.

Taste - Everything from the smell, plus a crisp hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation.

Notes - I assumed this was a fall seasonal until I read the small print on the label just now. Hopefully it hasn't lost much in the three seasons since it was brewed. Anyway, this is the first cloudy red beer I've ever had. With a good flavorful balance of malts and hops, as of now this is my favorite of the Deschutes beers I've tried (admittedly not very many).

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 23:39:15 | More by Fnord
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Deschutes Cinder Cone Red Ale pours a dark red with a very vibrant three-finger off-white head. The aroma is hoppy with a distant sweetness.

The flavor is good, sweet with a hoppy finish. I would have preferred a little more sweetness to balance things out, not to say the beer is too hoppy. The flavor is just not as good as I had hoped.

All in all, this is a good beer, not the best Red Ale I've had but quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 02:25:46 | More by kindestcut
Photo of riored4v


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/9/09

Poured into a pint glass. 1 1/2 finger, off-white head. Slightly hazy with a burnt copper body.

Smell was caramely, slightly citrusym malty backed with hints of roasted malts.

Taste had a good amount of piney, citrusy and almost orange-like hops. Nice lingering/finishing bitterness. Mellow, malty backbone with some nice roasted maltiness.

Mouthfeel was slightly sticky. Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability was good. Balanced but leaning more towards the bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 23:50:13 | More by riored4v
Photo of womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one back when it was first released, but somehow forgot to type up my review.

A: The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with plenty of red tint. The head is about a finger and a half and white, subsides quickly and leaves spots of lacing.

S: There is tons of caramel and caramel sweetness, along with some mild sweet citrus. There is not any real hop aroma to speak of, maybe a bit of floral hops.

T: Much like the nose, this beer is extremely sweet. The primary flavors are sweet caramel maltiness and some toffee notes. There are are some mild citrus flavors, but nothing too pronounced.

M: The beer features moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D: While the sweetness of this beer is not my cup of tea, it is still quite drinkable and is another good offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 00:13:05 | More by womencantsail
Photo of hoplover82


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy deep orange color with a medium deep ivory creamy head that had good retention and leaves in it's trails fine lacing.

S-The aroma is strong with floral and spicy hops upfront mixed with sweet orange peel then as the head fades to a think colar on top of the beer the aroma turns to a slightly burned carmel (which is not a bad thing). After a swirl of my sniffer, I get a hint of nutty caramelness.

T-The flavor is much of the same with hops up front and a nice punch of hop bitterness with some caramel in the back. There is a spicy twang I don't get very often. I think it's from the Tettnanger hops. I like the characteristic they bring to this beer. I don't get to experience those hops very often in American craft beers.

M-This beer has a big body, given the abv. Very nicely balanced and creamy. Very creamy and smooth carbonation. It's pretty dry though. I guess in a hoppy red, it should be a little dry... hmmm...

D-I think this beer can be very sessionable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 04:58:59 | More by hoplover82
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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.