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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 27
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by illidurit:
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a slightly hazed medium-copper color with a rich, creamy, light-tan head that leaves nice solid films of lacing. Aroma is smooth sweet citrus an pineapple hops balanced evenly with a solid caramel malt character. Flavor is identical to the aroma. Excellent balance and a dry, lightly bitter finish. Smooth and tasty. Pretty much a quintessential west coast amber.

06-01-2009 07:23:14 | More by illidurit
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance – The body is a beautiful, dark orange in color and hazy. The head was an inch at least and showed good retention.

Smell – Wow! This is a hoppy one for sure. The hop profile is very complex. The pine leads the way here, followed by come light floral and sharp citrus. The malt base muscles it way up to the nose as well. This has a lovely and complex bouquet.

Taste – The sharp but not overpowering pine and citrus flavors give this one the traditional Red Ale profile. The creamy malt base, covered in a light caramel sauce, keeps right up with them though, producing a complex (I know I’m repeating myself) ale.

Mouthfeel – This one is very smooth and creamy. It’s medium-bodied with little carbonation.

Drinkability – Deschutes Brewery managed to take a lot of good flavors and bring them all together for a very fine brew.

01-27-2004 04:04:00 | More by RoyalT
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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Slightly hazy, dark amber beer with a very creamy white head with decent retention. Nice aroma of spicy, piney, slightly citric hop character with notes of freshly milled malts in the back. Flavor is full of crazy bubblegum! Raw, coarse, leafy, earthy hops follow with a smack of lemon rind bitterness. Mineral flavors, raw grain husky tannins. Quite dry, with an even malty / fruity sweetness and hints of roasted and toffee. Finish leaves the mouth dry with a residual coarse feel and some notes of nutty yeast.

A very flavorful brew, with a nice complex hop profile.

02-02-2004 22:34:56 | More by Todd
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

I'm trying to get past my pro-stout/dipa biases and rate beer more relative to the style it represents--I know that's the idea, but I still find it difficult. This looks like a red/amber beer. I guess that's what it's supposed to look like so I'll go with a "good" appearance rating. The staying power of its thin, patchy layer of head makes me feel better (or, uh, "good") about this designation.

Okay, I find this sought-after objectivity might prove more difficult with the smell. I'm not sure what a red ale is supposed to smell like. I do smell malts and maybe a hint of caramel, but I just about have to stick my nose into the liquid (I know some of you morons do that every time) to smell anything. It's a pint glass serving, but I don't think I've violated beer ettiquete with the glassware. Since I smell somthing that's at least "not bad," I'll call it "better-than-average."

I'm very impressed with the taste and that makes me feel a lot better about where this review is headed. Still, I admit some reluctance to annoit this relatively plain red ale with "world-class" status. Steadfast to my original aim in this review, I'd say for a plain American amber/red ale, this choice is better than good. The barley and malt balance the two different hop styles, and the sweet caramel touch pleases my palate. This contributes to a better than good mouthfeel as well.

As I weave through the characteristics I'm judging here, I probably commit yet another rating feax pas by considering one in context of the others. I don't think the drinkability is as good as the taste or mouthfeel. Though I enjoy this beer, I don't want another one and I'm not really disappointed that I don't have another one. It's a good brew from a good brewery, and I'm glad I tried it. I'll just leave it at that.

04-19-2009 22:19:56 | More by marvin213
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Beaver13

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a creamy off-white head that goes to a frothy cap that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts balanced with a nice raw and green hoppiness along with some tea-like notes.

The flavor is nutty caramel malts initially leading to a surprisingly big (for an amber) and raw and citrusy bitterness. The finish is bitter but also crisp. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a surprisingly good amber, the best I've had to date. This would make an excellent session beer.

03-05-2005 08:10:29 | More by Beaver13
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date notched on the side of the label. Blurb about the beer in the neck label.

A- Close to a reddish brick color, faint chill haze fades though the head stays as it shows some amazing head retention and stickage on the glass.

S- Herbal and citric hop aroma, different from years past. Big juicy tangerine hop aroma ... very aromatic.

T&M- Big juicy hop character of Amarillo hops upfront, sweet citrus juice-like. Just enough smoothness and crispness to get by. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor meld well with the sizable hop presence. Middle to end is more of an herbal / aspirin flavor and bitterness. Finishes with a mild sweetness and a long lingering medicinal hop flavor.

D- Don't try fixing something if it is not broken. I preferred the "East Kent Goldings" version ... unfortunately this beer has been subjected to the Amarillo Hop craze. Regardless, this is still a great ale to be had and pretty damn drinkable to boot.

01-11-2006 02:40:30 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

06-15-2010 03:18:14 | More by Mora2000
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chossboss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-18-2014 04:52:58 | More by chossboss
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magictrokini

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Clear amber with a small, bubbly white head. Light, malty and floral aroma with toffee. Hoppy and citrus taste blends well with the malt backbone. Hoppy bite in the end. A very clean, crisp beer that doesn't rely on being overhopped to have flavor. Really well done.

12-05-2008 23:11:10 | More by magictrokini
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

Irish red ales are often dull, and the good ones are few and far between. This is a good one and its a real treat. Dark reddish amber with tons of poufy head that lasts and laces. Aroma of caramel malts, roasted barley, a light smokiness and just a trace of rainy-day mustiness that is very inviting. Big, big malts, much more than in your typical red ale, with large bursts of caramel and toffee plus some darker, coffeeish flavors. The hops (Amarillo and Tettnang according to the website) are what really tie this beer together. The balance is perfect. Light citrus and evergreen flavors together with substantial bitterness that is lightly puckering and not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is good, full and a little bit creamy. Just about the best red I've had with the possible exception of Rocky Bay Katie's Celtic.

01-15-2004 03:07:09 | More by Thrasher
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-10-2014 20:26:32 | More by chickenm
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

06-28-2012 21:32:20 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured into a pint glass a dark amber color with a nice two finger whitish head that sticks around for a good while. Scents of roasted carmal malts on the nose. The taste has a nice hop bite up front that mellows into a carmel sweetness. Flavor does fall a little flat on the back end of the palate. Mouthfeel is a little high in carbonation.

07-21-2009 22:11:38 | More by whoneeds8
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chrisms86

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours with a thin layer of head which disappears into only spotty bubbles. Color is a reddish brown, only slightly transparent.

Has a fruity tang flavor to it, I taste some apple and possibly rasberry. Finishes off slightly bitter but not enough so to kill off the sweet taste. A great red ale, highly recommended.

06-08-2005 22:04:05 | More by chrisms86
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-30-2014 01:53:28 | More by LXIXME
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-17-2012 21:58:59 | More by ste5venla
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dannyj56

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

09-20-2012 02:58:24 | More by dannyj56
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heather625

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-19-2012 03:53:20 | More by heather625
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IntriqKen

California

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%

This is one very, VERY balanced red ale.
Sweet malts, sharp amirillo hops, light citrus...and nothing comes first or last...it is all together...nothing overpowers.
Very drinkable....almost perfect for the style.
I prefer Red Rocket, but that's very hoppy...not really true to style I don't think.
This one really hits the mark.

04-10-2006 03:09:54 | More by IntriqKen
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TheSixthRing

California

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

04-07-2014 05:14:47 | More by TheSixthRing
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into the Sam Adams glass. It's a slightly hazy orangey brown with good head and respectable lacing for a beer of this strength.

Aroma is very pleasant citrusy hop aroma that is more-than-expected from this style but in a good way.

The taste is well-balanced between hoppy and malty. It also seems to have a slight roasty flavor. A nice carmel toffee sweetness helps to contrast the bitterness one tastes on the finish.

I really enjoy this as a spring seasonal. It does a great job of bringing a beer drinker out of the porter/stout/winter warmer slump into the brighter hoppier summer beers that we all enjoy. Of course, I vary my styles so much throughout the year... but you know what I mean.

An added note: I brought this to a concert in the park and shared a sixer with a bunch of friends of varying beer appreciation. Everyone enjoyed it.

07-14-2008 00:31:56 | More by GilGarp
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Noticeable hoppiness in nose and in fruity bitter finish taste. Nicely malted, nice looking red colour. Expiry date was a month ago, which means Liquid Solutions shipped at the cutoff date. Still as fresh tastings as reds I have had at brewpubs. A bit aggressive carbonation.

Had on-tap a half-year later at Port Carlsbad Pizza Port and noticed malty then bitter finish, good lace.

06-16-2006 00:38:04 | More by Sammy
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-12-2014 05:51:39 | More by dertyd
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mhenson42

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-01-2011 05:05:26 | More by mhenson42
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1%

Cinder Cone delivers a slightly hazy, deep-copper body beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds well and leaves thick rings of craggy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is somewhat restrained, revealing a basic caramelish malt and some restrained hop aroma; but the flavor is just dripping with bright and resinous, grassy/fruity/floral/piney/spicy hops! It's backed by a solid bitterness, and it finishes bone-dry with some lingering resinous hop character. Very well done! And best enjoyed closer to cellar temperatures than out of the refridgerator!

05-12-2005 21:15:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.