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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

370 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/24/14.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Texasfan549, Oct 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

GRG1313, May 10, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

mikesgroove, May 23, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark but clear auburn with an off-white head that leaves a ton of lace as it descends. Very autumnal in appearance.

Smell: A mix of earthy and citrus hops (chinook?) with toffee malts.

Taste/mouthfeel: Caramel and a hint of butterscotch meets juicy citrus-like hops that become more earthy and resiny in the finish. This stuff has a lot of flavor for such a light-bodied beer - definitely ideal for long sessions. It reminds me a ton of Stone's Arrogant Bastard, just a whole lot lighter in body and flavor.

Drinkability: Very drinkable stuff, I could easily have a few in one session.

largadeer, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

NeroFiddled, May 12, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Kegatron, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange brown with a tan head. Heavy on the hops on the nose. Sweet, citrus-y, and a slight touch of smoke. Also smells like chewed bubble gum. Flavor is heavy with hops, but lacking in elegance. Probably pushed just a bit too far I'd say. You get a slight punch in the mouth from the expected hop influence, but it isn't rounded out at all. Feel is decent. Nice level of carbonation, but there is so much put into this one, that it makes it heavy and thick on the tongue. Drinkable, sure. It's a pretty good brew (that is actually better when it is not cold), but I won't be going for it again next year unless there is a recipe change.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours red with a fluffy 2 fingers+ tan head. Excellent head retention & good lacing

Smell: Big fruitiness, some brown sugar note

Taste: Fruitty malt, slight grainyness & citric hop bite on the tounge. Dry & piney hopped finish

MF: Great balance, smooth, perfect carbonation

Easy drinking and a very nice take on the style. Another winner from my favorite oregon (hell pretty much anywhere) brewery!

russpowell, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, reddish countenace, with a perfunctory head atop.
Aroma: nice, wafting it's particular scent from first crack of the cap, spicy, fruity, deep, rustic, warm, hoppy, and inviting. This is how any good "red ale" should greet you.
Nice hoppiness at first, soon to fade back into the background, while lush, delicious maltiness permeates the rest of this ale's meeting on the palate.
Medium body, with a long, spicy, delicately fruity finish. A wel-consumed ale, but just enough flavor to stick it in the mind.
That's what I'm talking about! A sustained sweetness that never cloys is the prominent flavor factor, and overall balance is exacted here, making for an excellent, easily quaffed, very tasty ale.
Thanks to Gromit for the bottle!

feloniousmonk, Jul 21, 2003
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3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

mactrail, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date 05/06/05, Sampled January 2006
Pours with a frothy, two-finger thick full tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a brilliantly clear ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is characteristically hoppy with an American accent; I get notes of sweet ruby-red grapefruit, and an undercurrent of herbal pine. There is a touch of malt evident in the nose as well, it reminds me of freshly crushed soda crackers.

The taste is certainly hop dominated from the get go; a nice, though not overwhelming, astringent bitterness carries from start to finish. There is a light malty sweetness, which plays up the fruity citrus hop notes. The hops are also notably pine-like, even more so than the aroma; in fact the grapefruit notes and the pine notes are about in an even balance in the flavor of this beer. The end has a strangely dry finish. I say strangely because there is still a bit of sweet malt lingering on in my taste buds, yet my mouth is dry. It definitely makes you want another sip of this brew. Besides the sweet malt, there is also a biscuit/ soda cracker note here, perhaps even a slight toasted malt note as well.

This is actually quite a tasty, quaffable brew. I was not too sure what to expect from this beer, but it is nicely hoppy, yet still has some interesting underlying malt notes that bring a needed complexity to this brew.

Gueuzedude, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/23/05- Had on tap at the Englander in Dublin, CA

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass. $2.50 pint special that day for Cinder Cone.

Appearance- A dark cherry pour with a small head. Average lacing to be found.

Smell- Kinda sugary sweet with a hop and malt presence combined.

Taste- It's amazing how smell rolls over into taste. A nice soft sweetness with a good amount of hops thrown in your face at first and then a strong dose of malt tossed in. Very very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Lighter carbonated than expected. A bit creamy and sweet on the swallow.

Drinkability- If they had this on tap locally this would be a go to beer. Guess I'll have to track it down in the 6er.

GClarkage, May 25, 2005
Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep red, with a full off-white head with good retention, mild lacing, looks good in a pint glass.

S: Caramel, sugar, American hops.

T: Taste is full on caramel malt, with a bit of toasted character. On the hoppy side, but well balanced, medium pine, pine really dominates the hop character.

M: Rather light carbonation, quality, smooth and soft.

D: A really good red ale, one of the best in America in a style that's not one of my big faves. Will buy this seasonal every year.

Halcyondays, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy amber in color with a large 2" head that lasted quite a while. Super thick lacing developed during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness is easy to detect through the nose.

Taste: big caramel taste here with black plums and an overall fruity sweetness. Very mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a real session ale that can be quaffed all day long. Nice solid beer.

Gavage, Sep 18, 2008
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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.