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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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220 Reviews

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | 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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Reviews: 220 | Hads: 446
Photo of ScottishStoutMan
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 1 finger head from 22 oz bottle, red/dark copper in colour. Pretty highly carbonated. Not much of a nose; a little bit of pine if anything, and maybe a hint of barley, malt, and caramel. Those aromas are not very prominent however.

On the taste, the hops and caramel are most prominent. Toffee comes through as well on the 3rd or 4th swig, Carbonation lingers on the tongue a lot longer than I expected, perhaps neutralising some of the other flavours.

Overall, it's a pleasant beer, but the carbonation makes it a bit heavier than your typical red ought to be. I only bought the bottle a week ago, and the sell-by date is about a week from the date I'm drinking it, so that likely has affected the carbonation and balance of flavours. I'd be interested in drinking this beer off the tap to get a better sense of what it's supposed to be like.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from Albertson’s. Pours deep amber with small but creamy head, lots of lacing. Hops come through in the aroma and stronger on the palate, almost IPA strength. Malt body balances well with hop attack. One of the best ambers I’ve tried.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We don't get this Deschutes beer in our neck of the woods.

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance : Large, towering, rocky 4 fingered popcorn color head, on top of a dirty and murky body - iced tea in color. Sediment floats in the body. Lace is left liberally as it leaves lasciviously. Really an epic appearance. Can't improve on it whatsoever.

Smell : Pine and dirt road. Much like the Oregon mountains. Faint roast malts behind that, some honey biscuit, and tropical notes.

Taste : By the smell I was expecting a hop bomb but this is pleasantly balanced. Toasted amber malts, pineapple core, caramel, minerals, with a slight bready finish rolled in pine oils.

Feel : Delightfully creamy, fills the mouth, wraps up the carbonation in a blanket, and ends semi-dry.

Overall : Another fantastic Deschutes beer. I can't say much bad about these guys, especially after visiting their Brewpub today. I intended to taste this and pour it since I've gotta fly out tomorrow and have too many beers to bring with me. I may end up finishing this one after all.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-10-10 in Lancaster, PA at the Fridge on nitro

A - Clear amber with a tan head and good kace.

S - Pine, honey, tangerine.

T - Fruity. Cherry, caramel, citrus, pine, mineral, toasted bread. Nicely bitter. Delicious.

M - Thick body and light carbonation. Milkshake thick. Thanks nitro.

O - Just a ton of rich malt and hop flavors. Really suits me. Lowish ABV too!

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish mahogany with a thick pillowy head that retreats fairly quickly, but never completely fades as it laces the glass. It's smell is dominated by the caramel sweetness, but the taste is much more balanced, shifting from smooth and sweet to a nice bready finish, with just a touch of bitterness that sort of cleanses the palate for another sip. It's creamy too, although it does so without feeling thick or heavy. Most brews wander into dessert beer territory with this kind of sensation, but not this one. Go ahead and ride this one all night.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a slightly hazed reddish amber color with a big billowy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a layer of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a toffee and bready aroma with some other smells of some sweet notes of a dark fruits (raisin and plum) and caramel along with a bit of a nutty aroma as well. Along with these smells comes some lighter hop notes of an earthy and herbal nature, giving an overall quite nice smell to the brew.

Taste – The taste begins very malty with tons of lightly toasted bready tastes. Along with these flavors comes a good deal of sweetness, being a mix of the toffee/caramel and some darker fruit notes. The hop are very light upfront, but as the taste moves forward more hop of a pine, earthy, and herbal nature come to the tongue. The roasted flavors seem to get a bit stronger as the taste moves on, all while some of the sweeter flavors lose a bit of ground. With the hop increasing in presence a bit more right at the end, one is left with a very malty and roasty but decently sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick for its mere 5.3% abv. nature with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body nicely accentuates the roasty and bready flavors rather well, accentuating these flavors rather nicely.

Overall- A rather robust red ale at a more moderate abv. This is a great fall style brew. Rather tasty and actually pretty balanced. While it is malty and somewhat sweet, it has a good balance of hop to make it very enjoyable.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 12/7/15

A clear reddish amber, lots of tiny bubbles everywhere feeding a thumbs width of dense tan foam that slowly falls leaving several partial rings

S cotton candy, herbal tea, nutty, lots of hard toffee, a little citrus, some brown sugar, smells pretty good

T more herbal notes then the nose, mild citric hops with a healthy malt backbone, earthy notes and a little dark bread

M medium bodied, fluffy from the bubbles, faint grit, just a mild bitter bite, herbal finish

O lots of flavor in something I could session, there's room for improvement but a solid beer from a solid brewery

worth a shot for sure, not the best brew I've had from these guys but well made and lots going on in a 5%er

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes is a brewery that, in my eyes, can do no wrong. Having said that, while I like Cinder Cone Red, it's not at all what I was expecting from an amber/red ale: not only is it darker (closer to brown than red), but taste-wise it's much hoppier than I expected. Indeed, for all the talk of the caramel malt on their website, the hoppiness is the star of the show here to my taste buds--floral, funky, perfumey and slightly citrusy greens. The smell is really the only place where the malt shines, and even then it's a bit muted. Excellent body, though, perfect carbonation. A bit heavy for session purposes, but delicious.

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Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a brownish color (dark amber if held to the light). The head is tall and white, while the aroma is of earthy hops. The taste is bitter, with some underlying toasted malt. Medium in mouthfeel. A hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of hreb
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of wasso67
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
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 +7.4%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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-

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Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.