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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

367 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | 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 largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 bunnyhustle
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with thick off-white head. Great retention and lacing, this is a good looking beer. Smell is very appealing as well. I thought there was nice hop presence and as expected a malty, slightly caramel-ly, presence. Taste is good, but not as good as the smell. Sweet malt, hops really arent noticable. A slight bitterness on the back of the tounge, but overall, minimal. Leaves a somewhat oily feeling and although the carbonation is higher, it has a slightly medium mouthfeel. I have to say Reds/Ambers are not my favorite style but this is one of the best examples I've yet to have.

bunnyhustle, May 26, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a very dark hazy red with a thick and dense slightly off-white head. Flavorful malt taste with some sweet florals and a hint of hops. Minimal aroma but medium-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Nothing spectacular but a good session beer especially with food.

mithrascruor, May 26, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber, with a very small off white head which turns into a thin film quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smelled very malty, with a hint of caramel and spices.

Tasted much as it smelled. Not very complex but pleasing nonetheless. No trace of alcohol that I could detect.

Smooth mouthfeel with a thin to medium body. Not a lot of carbonation, wish there was a tad more.

This is a nice offering from Deschutes, but as with most of their beers I can't help but wish for a little more. This brew is another "It's not bad but it's missing something that keeps it from being really good" beer. I'll finish the rest of the 6 pack but probably won't be reaching for this one again.

JBogan, May 24, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at the Portland Public House in an imperial pint, Cinder Cone is a dark, hazy amber with small, tight off-white head.

Smell is light (served cold), grassy, herbal hops, bit of malt as it warms.

Taste is lightly toasted malt, caramel, some plasticy phenols and minty hop bite with a bitter finish. The one is too astringent for my taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body.

Drinkability is average for me, it was just too bitter and grainy. I like me ambers with a sweeter, richer malt backbone and more hop flavor and aroma.

ccrida, May 24, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown, clear body, some amber-orange highlights. Head is an ecru color, jumps up alright but recedes rather quickly. Good looking initial lace indicates high hopping, but it does seem to dribble away leaving some clear-ish stick.

Slightly peppery, sweet malt, toffee and caramel. Hops are earthy, herbal, with a hint of pine. Not much power, but an inviting aroma.

More of the same in the flavor; there is a nice hoppiness to Cinder Cone that neither spills over into another style nor leaves the boring, malt-driven red ale out to dry. There's also a certain amount of floral hopping that's pleasant as a counterpoint.

Plenty of balance, how about the mouthfeel? Not quite chewy, but for the hop bill it's quite full - right around medium for style. There are some chunky red ales, and a few dozers that aren't much more than carbonated water. Carbonation doesn't become bothersome, but provides an appropriate vehicle for the hops, while the candied caramel malt finish leaves little lingering bitterness.

Excellent American red ale, not quite top of the class but a hell of a good seasonal.

BretSikkink, May 19, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to desertbronze for this one!!

This beer poured a great copper color with a huge off white head. Lacing was present throughout. The smell was HOPS. Very floral and citrusy. The taste was VERY citrusy with a grapefruit taste present. Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot. Glad I have 5 more to drink.

Beerbuddha, May 17, 2008
Photo of pinballwhizard
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good american red ale, but not outstanding.

Not the best Deschutes I've ever had, but not too bad. I want to have it on tap to accurately rate it.

Yeast at the bottom of the bottle for those who are sensitive to such things. Pours smooth, but needs proper decanting.

pinballwhizard, May 12, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red into clear glass with nice foamy head and good lacing.

Smell is rich and herbal, resinous with piney scents.

Taste is sweet toasty malts with stong resinous citrus hops with a nice dry finish. I had a 2008 version and the hop character was excellent. Tasted very fresh.

Mouthfeel is relatively full, nicely bitter on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability is excellent but I don't know if it would be a session beer. Maybe on tap. Am looking forward to that experience.

Spikester, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright clear reddish brown. THe head is not white, but has the faintest yellowy pink to it.

A balance of floral, almost tropical hoppiness and a deep butterscotch/toffee malt. I used to consider this one malt-forward, but it's so well balanced. Upon trying it this year, I am getting more IPA qualities from it. The hops really aren't trying to poke through and assail, but they tip the balance a bit more this batch it seems.

Great bitter fruitiness is tucked in behind the solid malt body. Really nice full to medium mouthfeel, and at 5.4, I would call this a great session beer!

Drinkability is ofcouse excellent!

SurlyDuff, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber brew with a dense off white colored head. Limited carbonation.

Smell: Hop presence with sweet malt and caramel features.

Taste: An overall sweet profile with a decent hop presence to offset the malt. The finish provides a slight smokiness and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Good smoothness.

Drinkablity: A tasty brew that satisfies the craving for bitter and sweet elements in a beer.

SargeC, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of peck95
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance has a reddish hue but is fairly transparent with not much of a head and decent lacing
the smell is wonderful a nice pined hop scent with a strong caramel backing
the taste is very similar to smell the hops in this beer are very good may be the hoppiest amber ive had
the mouthfeel is a little thin and there is a small lack in carbonation
this is another great beer from deschutes but it is a seasonal brew only available in the spring

peck95, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a long time since I have had this one...

Pours a dark bright red color with a very nice off white head.

Aromas are malty, tea like, a bit sugary, with some pine like hops.

Nice clean and crisp feel and taste to this one. Very malt forward, but with some nice hop flavors as well. It's bready, spicy, and brewed sun tea like. Finish is kind of creamy, with a slight earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, carbonation is nice, but the body is just a touch too light for my tastes.

Drinkability is excellent. Not an earth shattering beer by any stretch, but very flavorful, and easy to drink. Would be a nice beer to session.

flexabull, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color, thick creamy head settles slowly. Smell is of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Taste is hoppier than i was expecting. A bit more balance would be nice but it's still not bad. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little creamy, slightly astringent on the finish, maybe a tad much carbonation. Fairly drinkable, with a nice dose of hops for the hop heads out there, and an abv low enough to tip a few back. Another quality Deschutes brew!

BigJTrucker, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up as a single at the Coop sometime last week for I'm guessing about $1.45.. poured into my new Sam Adams glass (the funky shaped one).

Head is foamy and long lasting.. tons of lacing.. brew is polished copper.

Aroma is hoppy but not a normal American Amber.. there is some floral hops mixed in well with the American citrus... a little toffee malt and some toasted notes.

Flavor is a fantastic mix of hops and malts... good spicy/floral and a small amount of citrus mix with caramel.. toffee and very light chocolate. Sorta sweet .. but still well within style guides. Pretty big mouthfeel for style.. but there is a ton of things that keep the palate lingering forever.

I know that I am enjoying this very fresh right now.. but wow.. it is way better than many of the other ambers that I have reviewed. Simply fantastic.

My only complaint is .. I would probably get bored after a few and want to change things up a bit.

JohnGalt1, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Floydster
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at Walnut Liquorette for two dollars

3 months after its best before date, but still hoppy

Poured into my Three Philosophers glass with a medium amber red color that had an orange tint, the head was about 1/2 inch and was white and soapy, not much retention or lacing

Smell had lots of toffee, some hoppiness, biscuit-like aromas, bread, grain, and caramel malt

Taste was suprisingly full of hops after a whole year, dry beginning with an even dryer finish, nice toffee flavor throughout, did not enjoy the somewhat sour finish that took place once the beer had warmed a little bit, very chewy, did not have much of a malt profile which is odd for an amber, would be better on a hot day rather than a cold winter night, nice hop character and bitterness overall

Body was pretty weak on this one and it was overly carbonated in my opinion, taste did not last long either

Could probably drink a six pack of this mainly because of the low alcohol percentage and the fact that it is not filling at all, faily smooth and goes down easy, more of a session/summer brew

Last of the four seasonal Deschutes beers and I needed to try, not bad but not outstanding, recommend trying one time but nothing that you need to go out and by a case of, not a bad amber ale overall

Floydster, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of PhxHorn
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in the bargain bin, a few months past it's best-by date, but not to worry. Pours a reddish orange color, not much head. Smells of malt, carmel, some hops, but nothing overwhelming. Tastes the same as it smells--a nice mild combination of malt, carmel, fruity hops, but doesn't overwhelm the taste buds. Just about on par with their excellent Mirror Pond; one you could drink several of. A nice brew.

PhxHorn, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark-brown with a brick light red. Nice legs on the lace.
S: Spruce with a buttery biscuit smell.
T&M: Full on malt with a pine tree taste. Sweet toffee aftertaste. Rich and robust mouthfeel.
D: I really like this company because they never disappoint and this one is proof. Perfect for overall drinking sessions.

July2Nov, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 40F from 12 oz amber bottle into a shaker pint.

Pours nicely with thin body, creating a generous fluffy off-white head that relaxes into a layer of fine bubbles. Brownish amber color, notably hazy.

Caramel aroma along with spicy hops.

Flavor is sweet, bitter, caramel. Good, balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin or undercarbonated. Either more body or more fizz would brighten it up.

Drinkability is great. Nice bitterness for a style that can suffer from too little.

BattleRoadBrewer, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed April 26, 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. A touch of caramelized malt amongst a flow of tangerine and persimmon floral hop quality. Reserved, yet fragrant. Pours a percolating deep amber, with brandy edges and a rocky soap of aged ivory. A touch of chill haze. Flavor is a middle ground, matching mediocre average malt character with a fresh bite of lime peel and resin. A few tannic raisins and a nip of creamy dig deeper, while Tettnang brighten a dusty backend. A touch of meatiness. Palate smacks out with some higher fruits, a touch fusely. A fairly standard red ale, with decent drinkability, a good bit of cleaniless, but not much mystique.

CharlesDarwin, Jul 21, 2007
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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Missed a bit on this one, best before 5/3/07.

Clear copper colored fluid. Topped with a large, rocky, ivory colored head. Decent lacing as I drank.

Smell was very malty and sweet. I picked up caramel, but it was toffee according to the bottle. Earthy.

Taste moved in a different direction. Touch of citrus, mainly at the finish. Bitter more than sweet, overall. Biscuity in the middle.

Light to medium body, seems thinner than it should be. Carbonation, while fine, was perceived as low to medium. Based on the head formed during the pour, I would have expected more. Rather dry.

OK, but not my favorite from this brewery. Easy to drink. Based on other reds, seems a touch too bitter for style.

, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Didn't particularly like this beer the first time I had it so I thought I'd try it again.

Pours an amber or light red color (duh) with a nice lacey head that remains for the entire glass. Was expecting the aroma to be more sweet and malty like an Octoberfest beer, but the citrusy hops really come through, with the biscuity malts sitting in the background. Definite fruity taste, like some orange bubble-yum that you've been chewing for a little while (in a good way). A lot like marmalade too. So while the smell is hoppy, the taste is decidedly sweet, though the hops do make a welcome appearance late and remain in the aftertaste. Solidly balanced, though I do wish it were a bit sweeter and maltier, because I think that would play well with the hops that they have in this brew.

I'm glad I gave this a second shot.

saintwarrick, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Rippeddisc
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, was lucky to have this one twice now.

A: red/amber color with a wonderful head that isnt willing to dissapear too quickly.

S: Warm, almost sweet hoppy smell. Similar to the Mirror pond...

T: Yummy. Very clean. Although I was hoping for something maybe a bit more complex and differentiated from the Pale. Finishes with some hop on the tounge.

M: Standard amber consistency. Not overly watery, but not a stout either. Does the trick

D: Indeed. Nothing overpowering any which way that would prevent this from being consumed in quantity. Now if I only lived in OR still.

Rippeddisc, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of jhammerly
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this one.

A hazy, tea colored body with an inch thick head. Sweet toffee aroma with touches of citrus. A toasted malt flavor balanced with the bitterness of grapefruit-like hops. A nice balance of the two. Aftertaste hangs around just a bit and fades away leaving you wanting more. Another great offering from Deschutes.

jhammerly, Apr 12, 2007
Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.