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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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391 Ratings

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 32
Gots: 30 | 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 Docer
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single 12oz. bottle to try.. poured into a tumbler.. 45 deg. angle.. not big on huge pours and heads.

- Great clear red amber color.. creamy head and lacing all about.. sticks around.

- Nice caramel malt, smells light and refreshing.. bit of a bitter/sour hop... tad tiny bit citrus and pine.

- Smooth caramel.. roasted flavor.. bitter/sour hop presence but not overwhelming.. very balanced and creamy.. not bad!

- Not dry, bit of a sour aftertaste.. not chewy.. just a very good light red creamy seasonal session.

- Very drinkable, and goes down easy.. bit bubbly, but overall a smooth sessional... could fish with this and a twilight..

Photo of colts9016
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A dark amber red with a copper hue. There is a quarter inch white ring around the glass with some creaminess. There is some effervescence in the glass, and some bubbles on the bottom of the glass. The clarity is slightly hazy, but mostly clear.

Nose: A nice malt aroma with some sweetness. There is some caramel aroma with some fruity esters. There are also hints of floral and grass.

Taste: A nice malt flavor with caramel flavor. There is some fruity esters leaning toward grapefruit and some floral taste:

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly dry. The body of the beer is medium with a dry acidic finish. This beer is wonderful and well rounded. A nice amber ale. This is one of the better ones that I have tried.

Photo of SickBrew
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours quite handsomely leaving a deep red, turbid body body capped with a fine white head, about a finger high. As the beer recedes some nice lacy rings are left behind. Nose is of caramel and malts with a mildly hopy background. Taste is clean, crisp and well balanced although slightly skewed towards the bitter end, which is all good for me. Caramel and malts flavors are excellent and work great together. This beer finishes exceedingly dry and altogether great. My faith in amber/reds has been renewed!


Photo of corey0212
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a couple of these from koopa!

Pours a reddish/brownish iced-tea color, nice foamy sand-colored head fades into a bubbly film on top of the beer, good lacing. Big huge caramel aroma wafts out of the glass, a faint citrusy/tangerine hop presence lingers in the back, but this is a malt-heavy beer, based on the nose. Lots of rich caramel malt flavor, some piney flavors on the back end. Medium-bodied, very fine carbonation, and really smooth overall. Drinkability is fantastic here, you could have this with all kinds of food, and definitely have a few.

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a small, bubbly white head. Light, malty and floral aroma with toffee. Hoppy and citrus taste blends well with the malt backbone. Hoppy bite in the end. A very clean, crisp beer that doesn't rely on being overhopped to have flavor. Really well done.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap in a LV beer bar the liquid is a clear dark red with ok carbonation. The head is small, off white and fade leaving little lace.

The smell is thick caramel malt and a sting of earthy and citrus hops.

The taste is good nice big malt and the hop finish is a west coast delight. Pine, and grapefruit are very nice yet smooth and not over done. Quite a nice brew.

The mouthfeel is ok good body but the carbonation could be a bit better, could be due to the taps.

The drinkability is nice, a fine brew for the red ale hop head.

Prosit, MK

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. slightly opaque dark reddish amber. white head, great retention and a lot of good lacing.

S: huge crystal malt aroma, with some hints of amarillo hops and light tetts. some citrus obviously.

T: great tasting amber. great malts and a solid hop note makes this great. light citrus tones with some earthy hues as well.

M: very well-balanced. good carbonation. nice and crisp.

D: very drinkable red/amber ale. I really enjoyed this brew, nothing over the top, but very tasty.

Photo of Overlord
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red amber. Inch or two of white foam head.

Smells slightly piney and slightly earthy. Not much going on with the aroma.

Taste is more robust, with some spices, a bit of earthy/chalkiness, pine, and maybe a bit of citrus. Kind of a weird blend, actually. Not a very IPA-ish red ale, but neither is particularly malty/grapefruit-y. Bit thin, but very drinkable.

Photo of diabecktic
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful dark shade of cinnamon/red with a smidge of gold; it's very cloudy but you can see your fingers on the other side of the glass. Head formation and lacing are excellent while retention is moderate.

Damn does this smell good! It's a pretty "earthy" smelling brew with hints of cinnamon/pine, citrus, and assorted spices. Overall it's a pretty intense aroma - it really teases the nostrils.

The cinnamon/pine aromas seem to be most heavily manifest in the palate. Spices compliment the brew's flavor nicely. I can't really taste the citrus, but the caramel described on the label is very noticable. Just like the smell, it tastes quite "earthy" overall; it's very "full." The spices are also present in the aftertaste; they make me want another sip.

You can really feel the spices "burn" the tongue (slightly - and in a good way). This brew is moderately heavy. It does seem to dry out the mouth a little bit, but that doesn't seem to stop me from wanting more.

It goes down pretty smoothly and has a heavy finish; by this I mean that you can almost "feel" the flavor as the beer travels from your mouth to the bottom of your esophagus. You wouldn't want to pound this beer since you'd really miss out on experiencing the flavor to its fullest. I can already picture myself drinking it in the middle of the woods on a mountainside.

This is an EXCELLENT beer; it looks, smells, and tastes amazing. If you really like "earthy" things, then you should really try this beer. Hell - even if you don't you still have to give this brew a shot. Since these reviews are all relative and may even vary from trial to trial, I can't call this beer perfect. However it's about as damn close as you can get without actually doing so.

Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice extra from BrewerB

A: Pours a beautiful dark reddish orange hue. The head was nice and thick and showed good retention. No real lace noted.

S: Nice hoppy aromas. The hop profile is somewhat complex. Lots of piney notes with hints of flowers and green grass. Touches of citry poke thru as well. When it comes to hops this one has them all. There is a nice malty sweetness as well though that comes thru to even things out a bit.

T: Nice blast of pine hops up front which yields to nice sweet malt. Citrus come thru in the middle and it finishes sort of grassy and green.

M: Medium in body, smooth, and creamy.

D: Good, drinkable, and sessionable. Yum!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy orange body, white head, good retention and lacing.

s: citrus hops.

t: toasted malt, biscuity, piney, sweet citrus hops.

m: medium body.

d: A nice hoppy red ale. Well balanced. If you are going to drink an amber ale, this is a good one to reach for.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to flexabull for another beer in the UGLY BIF.

Pours a dark amber color with a good frothy head and leaves some decent patchy lacing.

Smell is strong in malt, slight caramel presence.

Taste hits first with the malt and then transitions nicely into a citrusy hop profile, not overly hoppy but just enough to lend some bitterness, rather creamy for a red ale with a good crispness.

Certainly one of the better amber ales I've had and easily sessionable in the spring (if I lived on the west coast).

Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into the Sam Adams glass. It's a slightly hazy orangey brown with good head and respectable lacing for a beer of this strength.

Aroma is very pleasant citrusy hop aroma that is more-than-expected from this style but in a good way.

The taste is well-balanced between hoppy and malty. It also seems to have a slight roasty flavor. A nice carmel toffee sweetness helps to contrast the bitterness one tastes on the finish.

I really enjoy this as a spring seasonal. It does a great job of bringing a beer drinker out of the porter/stout/winter warmer slump into the brighter hoppier summer beers that we all enjoy. Of course, I vary my styles so much throughout the year... but you know what I mean.

An added note: I brought this to a concert in the park and shared a sixer with a bunch of friends of varying beer appreciation. Everyone enjoyed it.

Photo of Donnie2112
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks as is described, red a bit of head some light lacing

smells like toasty, roasted malt. A certain yummy nuttiness to it

tastes like the name would suggest as well, very piney hop character to it. the malt is more subdued on the tongue then the nose

moderately carbonated, light bodied and nice astringence

rather smooth and very drinkable but nothing all that special.

Photo of cjgator3
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Beautiful pour, pours a dark copper colored amber with an extremely sticky off-white head that possesses excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and a nice dose of American citrus hops. The taste is sweet toasted malts and hops in the finish. Overall, Cinder Cone Red is a really good American Red. Another excellent beer from Deschutes that is highly recommended.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of rye726
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chileman13
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- amber coloer with abt 1" of white head
A- light malt with citrus hops
T-balanced malt and hops flavor, wish I could tell more about the different hops.
M- light good carbonation, good mouthfeel
D- great I want a good beer drinkability.
It is very acceptable, yet I long for a little more.

Photo of DIM
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a somewhat cloudy golden amber color. It poured with a big, sticky white head.

s: Sweet simple syrup malts and some of citric hops.

t: This leans a bit to the malty side. The hops are citric, but not quite assertive enough.

m: Well carbonated, nice sticky texture.

d: I can't help but compare this to Troeg's Hopback Amber. Cinder Cone comes up a bit short.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've drank a fair amount of these, it's time to finally get around to a review.

You can pour this one pretty aggressively, medium-low carbonation will keep it from overflowing, but fill the rest of your pint glass with fluffy beige suds. Color is a pleasing rich amber. A little bit of lacing.

Lots of hops on the nose. Way more going on that most amber ales. Very aromatic: citrus, flower nectar, a little bit earth/grass. Plus, I'm getting a little bit of honey-biscuit malts. As the beer warms, hop aromas fade and malts take over more.

Taste is excellent for a mainline amber, in my opinion. Full disclosure: I love hops; and that is what set this beer apart from the crowd. They definitely show up with some citrus, but also have floral and grassy notes, and bring a sturdy bitterness wallop at the end. The hops bookends are met in the middle with lots of sweet malts. Again biscuits with honey and some butterscotch are flavors I notice. Pretty well balanced, especially with a little warming up.

Mouthfeel might not quite keep up with the intense flavors going on. Finish is actually fairly short, punctuated by distinct hop/citrus rind bitterness. Low carbonation keeps this beer smooth, but maybe keeps it from being as lively as it could be.

My wife even likes this beer and she's not a hophead by any stretch. It's affordable, and gives a really high flavor per dollar bang for the buck ratio. Highly recommended as a break from the run of the mill amber. It's going out of season right now. Deschutes, make this a year-round brew!

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks Chris! Best by 21st June; poured into my RR pint glass

A: Pours mildly hazy ruddy red with a thin off-white head that recedes slowly

S: Citrus hops up front, reminiscent of the Inversion IPA in hop aroma. A mild caramel malt backbone.

T: A very pleasant hop bite up front with orange and tangerines with more fruit, almost like a papaya/banana mix. A mild malt presence with some caramel and hint of figs. Fairly light in body but has substance

M: Well carbonated and pleasant feel

D: I'd drink it again!

Photo of bradybeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper brown. Nice rocky off white head is accompanied by a pleasant pine hop aroma.

A good balance of malt and hops-though I prefer more hops-the beer is a an excellent example of what a well balanced beer tastes like.
Carbonation is low and mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkabilty is good-nice beer to have a few watching a ball game.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slight hazy orange with white head.

Nose is on he malty sweet side. Hops are minimal, but come through with some apple & grapefruit prickle.

Palate is malt focused too, but hops quickly take over. Caramel starts it out but then a light orange hopy flavor comes along, with some pine, and the finish is caramel-pine like.

Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.