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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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324 Ratings

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
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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1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

04-24-2014 03:08:20 | More by WotanMitUns
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

05-03-2014 01:14:31 | More by MonkeyBread
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

06-26-2013 05:07:04 | More by DarthKostrizer
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2.83/5  rDev -27.8%

Dark copper color. Wispy white topping of suspended particles clung together. Subtle nose of caramel malt and slightly lemony/citrusy Amarillo and spicy Tettnang. Taste begins by illustrating the caramel malts initially, then levels off and begins to develop a touch of roast on the finish. Meanwhile, the hops seem to be unusually mellow. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t like this at all. The malt flavor is very amateurish (and yes, I am aware that I am speaking of Deschutes here), almost like beginner homebrew and the Amarillo and Tettnang combination needs to either be amped up substancially or switched out for hops more powerful and more fitting for the style, like Centennial or Chinook.

03-25-2006 03:07:10 | More by Crosling
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2.93/5  rDev -25.3%

Poured a clear reddish copper with a creamy head. A tremendous amount of lacing all over the glass.

Nose predominantly hoppy and piney with a trace of grain alcohol. Crisp mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Taste is quite hoppy with long lingering piney, resinous bitterness. Minimal malt sweetness in this one. Alcohols quite prominent late, which is surprising for a relatively low ABV offering. Bitterness really overwhelms without an adequate counterbalancing malt profile.

I was a bit disappointed by this one, given Deschutes other offerings, which are often spectacular. A bit unbalanced - not my favorite amber ale.

04-09-2006 23:20:09 | More by mghotbi
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2.95/5  rDev -24.7%

Deschutes is one of my favorite staple breweries but this selection was not for me. Pours a gorgeous amber/rust river red with a nice tan head that dissapates into the glass. Lacing is great, frothy foam will stick to the glass as you partake in this creation. The smell is very wildernessy/trees/pines, very earthy. Rear has hints of cherries and citrus. A nice spice kick is there as well. The taste is bitter, not the bitter I like (trust me I like bitter IPA's, just didn't do it. The forest pine hints are here in the taste, a little to earthy for my tastes. A dry tone just wasn't what I wanted. Alcohol is detected in the rear of the sip. A medium bodied dry ale that while many will love I'm sure, just wasn't what I was looking for on this particular day.

06-27-2004 05:21:44 | More by beertaster13
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

05-12-2014 15:50:24 | More by neckbeered
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-12-2014 04:05:02 | More by aarontaylor777
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

05-17-2014 05:44:07 | More by craigreno
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3.05/5  rDev -22.2%

This one probably didn't receive due justice because of the medium served. Tried this at Hops On Equinox 06 and served in a 6oz pilsner sampler.
Red Amber in color and 1/4" head.

Nose- of a mild hoppiness.

Taste- almost pine nutty, similar to, yes pine nuts but probably just the hops. The later taste of burnt wood, almost charred.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

Yes I would recommend this as a casual drinker on a nice summer afternoon.

Elbows Up,

05-22-2006 01:30:55 | More by bodybyadam
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3.05/5  rDev -22.2%

On draught at the Portland Public House in an imperial pint, Cinder Cone is a dark, hazy amber with small, tight off-white head.

Smell is light (served cold), grassy, herbal hops, bit of malt as it warms.

Taste is lightly toasted malt, caramel, some plasticy phenols and minty hop bite with a bitter finish. The one is too astringent for my taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body.

Drinkability is average for me, it was just too bitter and grainy. I like me ambers with a sweeter, richer malt backbone and more hop flavor and aroma.

05-24-2008 06:23:37 | More by ccrida
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3.05/5  rDev -22.2%

When I stopped by the Deschutes booth at the recent Big Beers festival in Vail, the brewery rep mentioned that their upcoming seasonal--Cinder Cone Red--just didn't sell very well. I realized that I had never had it and figured I would do my part to give their sales a boost.

This beer is amber to light brown in color with a small head that dissipates and lingers as a thin layer above the brew. It's citrusy smell is its best attribute--the bouquet has a nice mix of fruit and bread. Unfortunately, the rest of this beer is ho-hum. It shows a gentle and well-balanced malt-hop mix in the flavor that is so restrained that it almost comes across as flavorless; the juicy bite at the end is quite welcome. At least it's not offensive.

Deschutes makes many better beers than this one, and there are plenty of other, better ambers on the market. Maybe this one doesn't jump off the shelves for a reason.

01-20-2007 02:46:24 | More by benito
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3.1/5  rDev -20.9%

I really enjoy the Deschutes beers so I thought I would give this one a try. The orange color and creamy head look good so far. I can’t smell much but my sense of smell has been shot for a couple weeks so, whatever. The taste reminds me of a more subdued Hop Trip. I loved the Hop Trip but this one seems like a watered down version but then again, what do I know? Very sessionable due to the low alcohol and easy-going taste. Not bad, but I prefer the Hop Trip.

02-16-2007 01:27:12 | More by ArrogantB
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3.13/5  rDev -20.2%

While it poured an amber with red hues with little foam and very little lace, the smell was of hops and malts. The taste was of malts and hop's with a hint of a citrus nature. Although a bitter dry finish, it was a nice red ale. But, a little like "Mirror Pond Ale", but not as bitter.

06-29-2003 17:50:39 | More by BeerManDan
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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

This brew pours a nice redish brown and holds a middling beige head. The nose is fairly basic of mild malts and some fruity hops. The taste is light but well balanced. It is definately malt dominant. Average body goes down fine. A good, but over priced, session beer from Deschutes.

07-07-2008 01:36:27 | More by rye726
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

08-15-2014 13:57:41 | More by BeerNW
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

08-12-2014 03:34:27 | More by Donkster46
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

04-16-2014 01:17:06 | More by dwtyler
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

04-14-2014 16:13:24 | More by Copernicus
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3.33/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

04-18-2014 00:52:18 | More by ssteakley
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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%

12oz. bottle. Missed a bit on this one, best before 5/3/07.

Clear copper colored fluid. Topped with a large, rocky, ivory colored head. Decent lacing as I drank.

Smell was very malty and sweet. I picked up caramel, but it was toffee according to the bottle. Earthy.

Taste moved in a different direction. Touch of citrus, mainly at the finish. Bitter more than sweet, overall. Biscuity in the middle.

Light to medium body, seems thinner than it should be. Carbonation, while fine, was perceived as low to medium. Based on the head formed during the pour, I would have expected more. Rather dry.

OK, but not my favorite from this brewery. Easy to drink. Based on other reds, seems a touch too bitter for style.

06-25-2007 14:45:12 | More by
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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Appearance: deep copper (beautious!), good clarity, nice fluffy tan head w/ good retention and excellent lacing

Aroma: sweet caramelly malt base topped with a rich continental hop aroma, a touch or raisins and diacetyl

Flavor: kicks off with a semi-sweet malt front embraced by a pert woody hop flavor, a touch of oakiness peaks out jut before the closing bitterness comes in, semi-dry finish, caramel aftertaste

Mouthfeel: chewy, medium-full melanoidin body, fine carbonation fairly astringent (felt on teeth)

Overall Impression: Bend, OR must have some pretty hard water or they're dumping in a fair amount of minerals because the ESB, IPA, and this one are noticeably astringent. Just shy of off-putting.

Unfortunately, due to internal political machinations in this great brewery, we may see the quality of their beers take a sharp decline.

07-12-2003 20:06:50 | More by GreenCard
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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

12 ounce bottle purchased at Walnut Liquorette for two dollars

3 months after its best before date, but still hoppy

Poured into my Three Philosophers glass with a medium amber red color that had an orange tint, the head was about 1/2 inch and was white and soapy, not much retention or lacing

Smell had lots of toffee, some hoppiness, biscuit-like aromas, bread, grain, and caramel malt

Taste was suprisingly full of hops after a whole year, dry beginning with an even dryer finish, nice toffee flavor throughout, did not enjoy the somewhat sour finish that took place once the beer had warmed a little bit, very chewy, did not have much of a malt profile which is odd for an amber, would be better on a hot day rather than a cold winter night, nice hop character and bitterness overall

Body was pretty weak on this one and it was overly carbonated in my opinion, taste did not last long either

Could probably drink a six pack of this mainly because of the low alcohol percentage and the fact that it is not filling at all, faily smooth and goes down easy, more of a session/summer brew

Last of the four seasonal Deschutes beers and I needed to try, not bad but not outstanding, recommend trying one time but nothing that you need to go out and by a case of, not a bad amber ale overall

12-23-2007 17:08:14 | More by Floydster
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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a very dark hazy red with a thick and dense slightly off-white head. Flavorful malt taste with some sweet florals and a hint of hops. Minimal aroma but medium-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Nothing spectacular but a good session beer especially with food.

05-25-2008 23:18:42 | More by mithrascruor
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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
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