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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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215 Reviews

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Reviews: 215
Hads: 416
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 33
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (1,676 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,098 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (830 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,649 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of birdypowder
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of velosuds
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (779 characters)

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant red amber with orange highlights. Dense tanned head with decent retention. Dense sticky bubbly laces.

Toasty caramel with a grapefruit, lemon, spicy herbal hop nose. Could use a bit more punch.

Toasty bready caramel. Grapefruit and lemon peel with a spicy herbal, slightly grassy undertone. Pleasant, but not overpowering, bitterness that reinforces the hops with a resinous spicy herbal and bitter citrus aftertaste.

Slightly sticky and dry. Smooth and refreshing. Med-full body with slow moving light carbonation.

Great flavorful refreshing hoppy red. Too bad it's a seasonal and not year round, cause this is a good drinkable red that I would pursue more often. (678 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appears a strong amber-orange with a very light tan head, which has good retention. The smell is very lightly floral with notes of caramel malty-ness. The flavor is a great hoppy malty mix with some citrus and spice hints, but seems a bit weak. It has a medium body and a fair amount of carbonation, but again feels a bit weak. A very drinkable red, although I wish it had a bit more substance and flavor. (436 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,482 characters)

Photo of Fnord
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy red with a thin white head.

Smell - Flowery hops, caramel, pine, alcohol, and a bit of orange.

Taste - Everything from the smell, plus a crisp hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation.

Notes - I assumed this was a fall seasonal until I read the small print on the label just now. Hopefully it hasn't lost much in the three seasons since it was brewed. Anyway, this is the first cloudy red beer I've ever had. With a good flavorful balance of malts and hops, as of now this is my favorite of the Deschutes beers I've tried (admittedly not very many). (593 characters)

Photo of kindestcut
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Deschutes Cinder Cone Red Ale pours a dark red with a very vibrant three-finger off-white head. The aroma is hoppy with a distant sweetness.

The flavor is good, sweet with a hoppy finish. I would have preferred a little more sweetness to balance things out, not to say the beer is too hoppy. The flavor is just not as good as I had hoped.

All in all, this is a good beer, not the best Red Ale I've had but quite drinkable. (428 characters)

Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.