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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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326 Ratings

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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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5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-01-2011 05:05:26 | More by mhenson42
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-22-2011 05:24:00 | More by IpeeA
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-15-2011 17:11:53 | More by paulmcm
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4.97/5  rDev +27.1%

Inviting head, nice lacing, and luscious ruby body. Nose is full of sweet fruit and caramel. What more can you ask of an ale?
Taste is pine and grapefruit followed by syrupy citrus and sweet malt.
Mouth is just as creamy as any of us would hope.
A beer I would hope to have again and again!

04-15-2006 07:38:46 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of TexIndy


4.83/5  rDev +23.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 7/23/09 on side of front label. It was a rich amber color with some carb streams and great lacing. It had a thick beige head that slowly settled to a foam.

The aroma was amazing. Tons of floral and citric hops on a nice solid sweet malt base. Found myself sniffing this one over and over again. The was exceptional as well. Had great balance. The sweet malt perfectly complimented the hop bite. Could enjoy the hops bite in the middle and then it toned down with a malt finish that set you up for the next drink. Perfect.

Overall, an amazing beer and another outstanding effort from Deschutes. Highly, highly recommend. It's a summer seasonal otherwise it would be in the yearly reg rotation. As is, I'll drink my fill during the summer and then count the days till it's re-released.


06-29-2009 02:36:55 | More by TexIndy
Photo of alpinist


4.83/5  rDev +23.5%

A medium bodied amber ale, Cinder Cone Red has a rich malt flavor and red color derived from four kinds of caramel malt with a hint of dark roasted barley. East Kent Goldings and Tettnang hops balance the toffee sweetness, creating a refreshing full hop flavor, according to their website. Sounds good to me. Cinder Cone Red is exceptional......!

10-07-2002 19:29:25 | More by alpinist
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

A big thank you to PDXHops for this one...

There are some beers that go above and beyond and exceed all expectaions, and this is definitely one of those beers. I have never really been a fan of ambers, but this one completely blew me away with all that it had to offer; from the aroma to the drinkability, i absolutely loved it. If I had easier access to this, it would be my new summer session beer. Spectacular!

04-27-2009 12:59:57 | More by BitterPachyderm
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4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

I picked up a six-pack of Cinder Cone to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a red copper color, and is clear. A rich foamy off-white head forms, which is extremely resilient and sticky. The head produces heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is fairly strong and fruity. Aroma of apricots or peaches is present.

The taste is robust, complex and a little unusual. There is a malt flavor, along with caramel (the label says toffee) and then a couple of distinct bitter flavors. The flavors are wonderfully well balanced between the malt flavors, fruit and hops.

Mouth feel is very smooth. The beer is full-bodied but light, crisp and mildly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, with appealing aromas and flavors. The flavors are very well balanced. I wouldn’t mind having several of these in a session. I would certainly drink Cinder Cone again.

NOTE: Deschutes brews a summer seasonal called Twilight that I like a lot. Cinder Cone is a little sweeter more robust version of that.

04-16-2006 04:14:26 | More by RJLarse
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4.7/5  rDev +20.2%

I have to say I'm surprised in looking at the ratings I'm assigning this brew, but I've been floored by this year's release. It is easily the best red/amber I've ever had. I didn't really expect it to be so, as I've had it in years past and enjoyed it, but never been really wowed.

The brew is pretty standard to look at. Clear, clean deep brownish amber with a very creamy, merangue, off-dirty-white head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Nice crystal/cascade hybrid hop aroma with some roast-toasted caramel in the nose.

Amazing complexity of balance. Bitter, nicely hoppy, slightly roasty, a bit of ashen earthiness, toasted medium-dark crystal malt sweetness.

Medium bodied and full flavored without being cloying.

This is the first beer in many moons that I've gone back for back-to-back rather than reach for something different. For me, that says a lot.

02-22-2007 01:28:22 | More by unklesyd
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4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

Pour: 12 oz bottle to wide mouth glass. Comes out with a half finger of tan head over a very bright red beer. Head leaves excellent lacings behind and a big fluffy necklace around the glass.

Nose: The smell of this beer is so strong that from four feet away I'm getting whiffs of attractive piney hops. Up close I can pick out some sweet diacetyl notes that give it a buttery feel. The alcohol is also noticeable way in the back of the nose.

Mouth: Strong carbonation all the way from the beginning to the end, but not so strong that it hurts your mouth. The flavor is much hoppier that I'd anticipated from the nose, so while it threw me off a little it was definitely a nice surprise. There’s lots of pine and herbal flavors, at some points almost minty, with a slight warm breath of alcohol to finish it off. The finish is strengthened by a whopping dry bitterness that hangs around for ever, making me want to drink several more bottles of this beer.


06-09-2006 22:10:56 | More by clickpush
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4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

Cinder Cone Red was served from a 12 oz. bottle sporting the new style Deschutes label. In a pint glass, the beer was a deep orange-ruby hue, and was topped by a nice sticky white head that left fine lacing. The nose was attractive, with roasty malt overtones and a lively floral hop bouquet that tickled the nose. Tasting revealed a rich but nicely dry roasted malt profile that presented a zippy citric transition into a bouncy limey bitter finish. The body was enjoyably firm and full. All of this was very tasty and finely tuned, resulting in a satisfying and highly enjoyable drink. A excellent session brew that is large on flavor...one of my favorite Deschutes.

02-19-2004 00:36:22 | More by HiroProtagonist
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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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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

Pours deep red into clear glass with nice foamy head and good lacing.

Smell is rich and herbal, resinous with piney scents.

Taste is sweet toasty malts with stong resinous citrus hops with a nice dry finish. I had a 2008 version and the hop character was excellent. Tasted very fresh.

Mouthfeel is relatively full, nicely bitter on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability is excellent but I don't know if it would be a session beer. Maybe on tap. Am looking forward to that experience.

04-20-2008 03:00:03 | More by Spikester
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4.53/5  rDev +15.9%

A nice coppery/ ruby red beverage. the slightest of beading. Head is not huge but has character - Off white, clingy and settled into a mallowy surface, finally resting in a thin veil with a few bulbous large bubbles breaking the monotony.
Smell is very satisfying. At first, i though it was all malt, but on second smell i see the hops are so coexistent that one does not notice them. They seem like two sides of one stone.
The taste is very good. More bitterness than sweetness, but with smell being predominantly sweet, it strikes a nice balance.
Mouth-feel is nice and full.
This is one of those beers that i wish was more available. it would make a great session beer.

07-11-2004 02:01:58 | More by elmocoso
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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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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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

Appearance: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy, rich orange-brown body with a solid two fingers of off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and floral hops over a sweet caramel malt base. This smells great.

Taste: Lots of hops right off the bat. They're citrusy, juicy, a little spicy, and decently bitter for the style. The Amarillo and Tettnang combination is just brilliant here. Underneath, plenty of lightly-roasted caramel malt in the backbone. This is certainly a well-hopped Red, but it's still well-balanced. The aftertaste is nicely bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little fuller than medium and the carbonation is nice and smooth. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Tasty with a mild alcohol content, this makes for a brilliant session brew.

Verdict: Cinder Cone Red is a real hit. I'm loving the combination of hops here, and the rest of the beer isn't too shabby either. It seems odd to me that a beer this tasty and sessionable is a seasonal, it seems like the kind of beer that would fly off the shelves year-round.

05-17-2009 00:50:30 | More by BeanBone
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

A bright clear reddish brown. THe head is not white, but has the faintest yellowy pink to it.

A balance of floral, almost tropical hoppiness and a deep butterscotch/toffee malt. I used to consider this one malt-forward, but it's so well balanced. Upon trying it this year, I am getting more IPA qualities from it. The hops really aren't trying to poke through and assail, but they tip the balance a bit more this batch it seems.

Great bitter fruitiness is tucked in behind the solid malt body. Really nice full to medium mouthfeel, and at 5.4, I would call this a great session beer!

Drinkability is ofcouse excellent!

04-14-2008 21:52:24 | More by SurlyDuff
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

Had heard good things about this brew so I decided to at least try a "single" 12 ozer
Lovelly old fashioned raised pattern brown bottle. Label has a picture of a snowboarder..but thats the only bad thing about this beer Poured beer into glass..got a small head which quickly turned into a fine lace..the beer itself is a wonderful deep reddish brown
Wonderful smell of hops in ths just great.
Tastes good a litle bitter ..hoppy of course ..good.
Very drinkable..i will buy this again next year if it comes out again.
I really am blessed living up here in Gods Country ( Oregon) ..so many great breweries!

02-09-2003 20:43:30 | More by Reidrover
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

Darkest apricot with a healthy cherry blush and a ripe orange rind where beer meets glass; a gorgeous color. The head is no less spectacular. Pastel orange-tinted ecru, bubbly, humped in the center, sticky as all get out... this is one fine looking cap. There's not much more than a respectable amount of abstract patterned lace, but no matter, this here beer is a looker of the first order.

What do you think a red ale released by a top-notch brewery would smell like if brewed with Amarillo and Tettanang hops? Like this, that's what. The nose is everything that I'd hoped it would be. Perfect balance between light toffee-caramel on the one hand and citric, tropical, ever-so-slightly floral hops on the other. Well done Deschutes, well done.

Three for three. There's no way--after seeing the hop bill and smelling this sucker--that the flavor was going to be anything other than well-hopped red ale heaven. Again, the balance is exquisite (keeping in mind that I'm an unrepentant hophead). The sweet, candied caramel malt foundation provides just enough flavor to keep the beer squarely within the boundaries of the style.

Cinder Cone enters the stratosphere, however, on the strength of its hops; both in terms of amount (generous) and type (especially Amarillo). The hop bill was an inspired choice and gives the beer a pink grapefruit-bitter orange citrusiness that contains just enough Tettnang spiciness to keep one's palate off-balance and probing. Damn tasty stuff.

The body is medium-full for the style; no surprise given the boat load of ingredients. I can't recall a Deschutes beer whose mouthfeel disappointed. There's very little noticeable carbonation; just the ticket for those of us who appreciate what those bubbles do, but don't want to be reminded of their presence with each sip. The mouthfeel isn't quite up to the high standards of the other attributes, but it's a near thing.

Does anyone else think that the name of this brewery sounds like a sneeze? Deschutes!! Gesundheit. Cinder Cone Red is the real deal and is one of the best of style that I've had this year. I might even extend that to say within the past year. It's a crime that it's a seasonal offering and even more of a crime that I can't grab a sixer whenever the mood strikes me. Which would be often.

04-22-2006 19:46:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

I've drank a fair amount of these, it's time to finally get around to a review.

You can pour this one pretty aggressively, medium-low carbonation will keep it from overflowing, but fill the rest of your pint glass with fluffy beige suds. Color is a pleasing rich amber. A little bit of lacing.

Lots of hops on the nose. Way more going on that most amber ales. Very aromatic: citrus, flower nectar, a little bit earth/grass. Plus, I'm getting a little bit of honey-biscuit malts. As the beer warms, hop aromas fade and malts take over more.

Taste is excellent for a mainline amber, in my opinion. Full disclosure: I love hops; and that is what set this beer apart from the crowd. They definitely show up with some citrus, but also have floral and grassy notes, and bring a sturdy bitterness wallop at the end. The hops bookends are met in the middle with lots of sweet malts. Again biscuits with honey and some butterscotch are flavors I notice. Pretty well balanced, especially with a little warming up.

Mouthfeel might not quite keep up with the intense flavors going on. Finish is actually fairly short, punctuated by distinct hop/citrus rind bitterness. Low carbonation keeps this beer smooth, but maybe keeps it from being as lively as it could be.

My wife even likes this beer and she's not a hophead by any stretch. It's affordable, and gives a really high flavor per dollar bang for the buck ratio. Highly recommended as a break from the run of the mill amber. It's going out of season right now. Deschutes, make this a year-round brew!

06-18-2008 03:58:04 | More by josiahschlender
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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.