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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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Cinder Cone RedCinder Cone Red

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very good

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 Dope
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 06/24/14 (whoops)

A: Pours a beautiful ruby red (duh). Tall, frothy and airy, light brown head. Great head retention, lots of fluffy tendrils of lacing too.

S: Pretty mild aroma. A little bit herbal with a little bit of caramel and bread.

T: Much more flavorful than the aroma gives away. Nice herbal and citrusy hops up front. Toffee in the middle with bread following it up in the finish. Mild bitterness wave in the finish, with a bit of a spicy, herbal and bready combination.

M: Medium bodied, lightly dry and bitter.

O: Nice traditional red with some extra hop complexity adding some really nice flavors. Mild bitterness, this is no IPA but it's still a not an insubstantial portion of the brew. Very tasty and well balanced. Nicely done.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle purchased for $6.25 plus deposit at the 8th Street Liquor Store in New Westminster.

A: Red-brown and clear. Not a huge amount of head. A film of bubbles after a few minutes.

S: Citrus, especially grapefruit, and caramel malt.

T: Yum. Citrus, pine, and malt.

F: Smooth.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber hue with a creamy one finger head and creamy clingy lacing as far as the eye can see subtle looking yet approachable,the smell is piney hops,fruit salad and a touch of roasted barley,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and the tastes are subtle but the hints of fruit salad,roasted barley and a soft pine bitterness are really sessionable while still holding my interest long enough to drink the whole bottle and overall a good example of a well balanced Red Ale cheers.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A deep brown copper red body, almost ruby deep. Very dark to see through, with minimal carbonation, and a little bit of floaties. Head is off yellow and three fingers tall, good retention and swiss cheese like bubbles hanging out in the top. A big giant solid cap on this, not going anywhere.

Great nose. Simple straight forward pine and thick spruce notes. Mild caramel sweetness, with lots of pine toasty notes. Comes off a bit woody, cedar, spruce, balsam, sawdust pine goodness.

Palate has a real spicy quality. Mid palate fills with some mild toffee, and pine and spiced hot hop quality. Clove and spruce heat on the finish, with a little bit of malt toast. Simple malt caramel sweetness a bit, but without a sugar rush and letting the airy hop come forward. Mouthfeel hits a solid simple malt thickness, and letting everything go straightforward through the gullet. No thickness, no wetness, staying pale ale to roots.

Overall it's a real unique red, and love it's simplicity. Good backbone of malt and simple and subtle aromatic hop aromas and flavors that linger on the finish to match.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 6/24/14. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler glass. It doesn't look like there are too many reviews of the 2014 rendition of this yet, although that may not matter if the recipe hasn't changed.

Appearance - Pours a rosy auburn red color with crimson highlights and just a slight bit of haze that diffuses the light as it passes through. Atop the body rests a one finger head of creamy tan microbubbles. Retention lasts for a couple minutes before settling as a generous film across the top of the liquid. Faint, sticky lacing rings the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - A decent amount of citrus and light fruit in the nose, with notes of orange zest, light grapefruit pith and hints of floral softness to cut the acidity and keep this one out of "red IPA" territory. Beneath the brighter hop notes, there is a considerable presence from caramel sweetness and bready malt.

Taste - The citrus and fruit are still here, but less overt, preferring instead to let the malt profile takeover with notes of sweet caramel and slightly toasted sugar and baking bread with just a touch of toasted crust. That said, there is still some pleasant citrus and a little bit of pine resin and grassiness to keep it from becoming boring.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a slightly sweet finish with just a hint of lingering bitterness.

Overall, a solid, but not particularly remarkable amber ale. While the style isn't my favorite, there are certainly renditions that I just love. This particular take is just decent, and with the plethora of great beers, I'm not likely to reach for it a second time.

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

Pours a clearish ruddy copper with two fingers of tan head that takes a while to settle. Good retention; lots of doily-like lacing.

At once citrusy and malty, slight fruity esters. Quite pronounced citrus hop aroma up front with grapefruit rind, earth, lemon zest, licorice, and a caramel malt underpinning that is pretty subtle. Very nice.

Pretty dry and hoppy. Bready, musty and piney hops all at once with a lingering hint of yeast underneath and some more lingering bready flavors.

Tight and dry with a slight aftertaste and lingering finish. Medium-bodied and drinkable.

Pretty nice Amber.
It pours beautifully and maintains a nice creamy head. The nose is quite complex and really showcases the malt and hop components of the ale. However, in taste it is a bit less rounded-out. It is fairly hoppy and the malt is more masked in the taste than the smell. The finish is predictably dry and hoppy.
Drinkable and not bad (although I don't know if that makes it great in my opinion).
Might have again; a cheap, relatively easy option if you just want a decent beer some night.

Just to be sure, regardless of my ratings I looked at the style guidelines and it seems to be a textbook example.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a sampler. I went semi-aggressive on the pour and backed off a bit as the froth arose to about 1.5 inches- creamy white and leaving rings of lace down the sides. The beer is a ruddy, pale amber color with fairly low carbonation and no haze.

Floral, citrus and spicy hops are very distinctive in the nose and on the tongue, but they don't quite overwhelm the underlying malt, which tastes biscuity with some caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit undertones. Still, I wish I could taste the malt just a bit more- though warming does bring out the malt qualities a bit more. A tinge of orange bitters lingers on the tongue and is most distinctive in the burps. A tingly, frothy mouthfeel coats the tastebuds.

Like alot of west coast offerings, I think the hops mask the malt and yeast characters a little too much, and there's not much there to distinguish this from a typical west coast pale ale, other than the color and maybe a little more body. Still, it's a worthy offering and was quite reasonably priced at 3-something for a bomber.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excited to see this beer distributed down in California.

22 oz bottle split with a house guest. Pours amber/rust with nice clarity, smooth pour nets a half finger high off-white head. Highlights of garnet and desert reds when held to the light. Decent head retention with flecks of lacing on the glass.

Caramel malt is not overly sweet, allows some bready grains to come through, nuances of red fruit and biscuits. Hops are floral and grassy, healthy amount of hops. Lacks the earthy or spicy aromas that I really enjoy in reds, still nice.

Balanced caramel malt with bread dough and there it is...a lovely soft spiciness from the malt that kicks up the light but floral and complementary grassy/juicy citrus hop profile. Malt takes over in the finish with a bit of pine to level things out.

Medium, drinkable body with good carbonation. Flavorful with an easy bitterness and alcohol is completely whisked away.

Balanced red, real nice placement between malt and hops I could stand it to be a bit more aggressive or bold. Ended up being a good choice for the company tonight do give it a try.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: its a dark ruby red color with loads of burnt caramel/amber/purple/light brown. large 3 finger pretty solid off white head

s: sweet caramel & toffee, strawberry, sweet citrus, light candi sugar, and a fairly faint hop (Columbus?). ends with some grains, and a slight aroma of wort

t: all malts baby. caramel & oats. theres a nice sweet roasted quality that sends the slightest bitterness down the back of your tongue to balance the sweetness. picking up a hint of berries, and just a faint taste of cardboard (not really in a bad way)

m: medium, on the fuller side. no carbonation in the mouth, but you can feel it in your belly

o: another solid one from Deschutes. its not great, but there is a nice harmony between sweet and bitter in this - with sweet winning out (as i like). only criticism is the cardboard-like finish

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review notes from 2010. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange brown amber. Half finger off-white medium head that slowly dissipates leaving light lacing. Nice aroma of sweet malt and herbal hops. Flavor is mild, caramel malt with slight toasted malts, light hops. A faint, pleasant mineral component that I have always felt was reminiscent of volcanic areas, like a cinder cone. Light bodied but decent carbonation. One of my favorite low ABV ales, I'll miss it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bend brewpub on 11.9.11

A - Arrives a nice dark orangish-amber with a tint of red. Cream color head fades rather quickly to the edges.

S - Very malty and dark fruit. Red apples.

T - Smooth dark malts, a touch of fruit, carmel.

D - A touch bitter, but is very desirable here. Average carbonation and body.

O - A very nice and drinkable brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/29/2010. Bottle thanks to scrizzz. Pours a clear mahogany with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light fruits, floral hops. Flavor is similar with plenty of rich caramel malt, toffee, toasted malt, and light bitter hops. Smooth and easy drinking. Overall, a pleasant amber.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass, this is a muddy-amber colored beer with a slight, quickly disappearing head. Nice aroma, with focus on the malt: caramel, a hint of cocoa, with a dusting of hops. Bitterness comes through more on the taste, lightly grassy, though not a lot of hop flavor. The malt provides a dose of sweet caramel flavor. The finish is dry and bitter. Full bodied, but not heavy.

A good red ale. Fits the style well.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cask at Deschutes Public House in Portland.

Pours with a good copper, amber hue. Decent head and lace, even for a cask pour.

Good aromas similar to an IPA, lots of fresh hops and spice. Good flavor and a nice balance. Nothing really outstanding here. Perhaps it loses a bit on the cask pour.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 2/13/10

Best by 4/8/10

Many thanks to jamdugan; I'm always thrilled to try a Deschutes beer

Very dark copper in color; there are highlights of both ruby & scorched crimson depending on how the light catches the glass. It poured nearly an inch of foam that thinned out to a narrow layer of bubbles after a few minutes leaving decent beginnings of lace. Thin retention & ok lacing throughout.

The aroma is pretty nice, though fairly subtle & restrained. Floral hop notes take up a reasonable amount of shelf space. A few hints of plum work their way in, too. There's a notable malt profile but it doesn't seem all that prominent, especially considering the style. Caramel is most obvious with undertones of bread dough.

The taste seems right in line with the nose & honestly, it's a little underwhelming. Floral hops are at the front with a few wisps of citrus strewn throughout. The hop flavors are good but not particularly bitter - a bit surprising with the bottle claiming Amarillo hops. I was hoping for a bit more kick. At least the malt profile also mirrors the nose & isn't too over-bearing with a good bit of caramel & some toasted bread.

Medium body that seems thin & almost watery around the edges. Carbonation leans more toward the lower end of moderate. The finish is fairly clean; just a subtle notion of bitterness makes its way to the end. Who knew?

This is an easy drinking, reasonably flavorful beer. Sure, it isn't the most bold or demanding but it thrives on solid subtleties. One thing going for it is a lack of perceivable bad qualities. I sure wouldn't mind one bit finding this on draft one day.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep tawny amber with a slight haze and two fingers of rocky tan head. It looks pretty appetizing to me.

Smell: very nice hop-centric aroma. Well balanced between peppery, herby and floral hop characteristics. Just the right amount of malt sweetness edges through; this is a pretty good smelling brew.

Taste: much less hoppy than the aroma, the flavor is one of slightly sweet malt with a hint of nuttiness and hops leaning more towards the floral characteristics. The aroma and taste complement each other quite well.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. I think it's quite good.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. In fact, I'm going to have to make it a point to get some more of this sometime down the road.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hoppy red ale (55 IBUs) is another solid offering from Deschutes. Unfortunately, it's on its way out.

A lovely hop aroma delivers healthy portions of citrus to your nose. Then some caramel breaks through along with fruity berry aromas.

This dark red brew fluffs up a slightly off-white head upon pouring. There is a slight haze.

I expected more caramel sweetness from this medium bodied brew and was hoping it would battle for supremacy with the healthy dose of hops. However, it was not to be and instead the caramel and toasted malt flavors that were present were unable to compete with the hops.

Clean and semi-dry, a pleasant soft bitterness lingers for a bit.

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Photo of velosuds
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by 4/8/2010. Very fresh. From a six pack purchased on sale for $7.59.

A-Pours a gorgeous medium amber. One and a half finger, off-white head with good retention and ample lacing. A beautiful appearing beer.

S-Aggressive hops and toasted caramel malts.

T-Hops are aggressive without being overpowering. Nice malt backbone in finish. Taste is delicately sweet and citrusy. This is delicious, especially for such a modest ABV.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced, yet complex.

D-Very nice for an amber ale. So smooth. Sessionable at 5.4% ABV.

My only regret is this is only brewed seasonally. I would glady drink this year round.
Another exemplary brew from my favorite brewery. Outstanding quality and value.

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