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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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398 Ratings

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 32
Gots: 30 | 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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Ratings: 398 | Reviews: 212
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a two finger off white head with good lacing and moderate retention. Beer is deep orange amber.

Smell- Amber malts and a creamy yeast aroma

Taste- Amber malts, a crisp tang and some earthiness and a some modest hops bringing up the rear.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, medium bodied
and smooth.

Drinkability- Smooth and tasty with just enough flavor to remain thoroughly interesting.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A big thank you to PDXHops for this one...

There are some beers that go above and beyond and exceed all expectaions, and this is definitely one of those beers. I have never really been a fan of ambers, but this one completely blew me away with all that it had to offer; from the aroma to the drinkability, i absolutely loved it. If I had easier access to this, it would be my new summer session beer. Spectacular!

Photo of PDXHops
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized snifter.

A finger's worth of pretty densely formed off-white head. Slightly hazy deep amber body. Good retention and lacing.

Even in the big snifter, and even after warming up/swirling, the aromas are fairly tame, but pleasant. Toasty grains, a bit of earthiness, a bit of sweetness, a bit of pine.

Interesting flavor profile. There is a touch of caramel sweetness, but the malt overall tastes very raw/toasty, like you scooped up some crystal malt and chompeed on the grains. I'm picking up hints of nutmeg and cloves. Nice earthiness and a bit of pine bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel's pretty good. Kind of a prickly sensation and a dryish finish. Body and carbonation are moderate. Feels more substantial than your standard amber ale.

Overall impression: Enjoyable version of a style I don't normally seek out.

Photo of marvin213
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying to get past my pro-stout/dipa biases and rate beer more relative to the style it represents--I know that's the idea, but I still find it difficult. This looks like a red/amber beer. I guess that's what it's supposed to look like so I'll go with a "good" appearance rating. The staying power of its thin, patchy layer of head makes me feel better (or, uh, "good") about this designation.

Okay, I find this sought-after objectivity might prove more difficult with the smell. I'm not sure what a red ale is supposed to smell like. I do smell malts and maybe a hint of caramel, but I just about have to stick my nose into the liquid (I know some of you morons do that every time) to smell anything. It's a pint glass serving, but I don't think I've violated beer ettiquete with the glassware. Since I smell somthing that's at least "not bad," I'll call it "better-than-average."

I'm very impressed with the taste and that makes me feel a lot better about where this review is headed. Still, I admit some reluctance to annoit this relatively plain red ale with "world-class" status. Steadfast to my original aim in this review, I'd say for a plain American amber/red ale, this choice is better than good. The barley and malt balance the two different hop styles, and the sweet caramel touch pleases my palate. This contributes to a better than good mouthfeel as well.

As I weave through the characteristics I'm judging here, I probably commit yet another rating feax pas by considering one in context of the others. I don't think the drinkability is as good as the taste or mouthfeel. Though I enjoy this beer, I don't want another one and I'm not really disappointed that I don't have another one. It's a good brew from a good brewery, and I'm glad I tried it. I'll just leave it at that.

Photo of omnigrits
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a straight pint glass reveals a slightly hazy deep amber colour with a rich white head that lasts throughout the pint and leaves good amounts of lace all the way down the glass.

Very fruity aroma - plenty of citrus and a hint of sweet cigar smoke. On the tongue it's a bit like eating a Terry's Chocolate Orange that's been beefed up with essence of hop, if such a flavouring can be had by a confectioner. Quite delicious. Mouthfeel and carbonation are good and the finish is both bitter and slightly sweet, and once again citrusy.

Very, very drinkable, and a pity that it's a seasonal instead of a year-rounder, but it just gives one something to look forward to after the Sierra Nevada ESB has finished.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a chill-hazed dark apricot hue. dark caramel and woody. A hefty light-caramel-colored head sticks around for a bit before leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

rich malt, caramel and vanilla, and then a good bit of hops. fresh, clean, and slightly spicy. solid and clean, nothing incredibly enticing but definitely smells solid.

heavy malt, crisp and spicy hops, and some nice caramel and maple sugar notes. Nice toasty and light roasted malt notes... the malt profile is decent, although there's a heavy dose of hops (not exactly unexpected) that comes close to overpowering the pleasant malts. Spicy, a bit citric, and a bit piney, the hops are definitely present and leave a strong, almost IPA-esque bitterness.

Mouth is a bit lacking... carbonation seems a touch low, yielding a semi-flatness, lack of creaminess, and overall lack of character. Not bad, but a bit more pop from the bubbles would have really helped this one out. some nice astringency and a nice clean lasting bitterness.

If you like malt and like hops, this one doesn't really dissapoint. but it doesn't really sparkle and shine like I want it to. The hops are just strong enough to start to drown out the malt, but not enough to make it really hoppy. This is one of those that, next to other ambers and reds, would probably do fairly nicely... but it just doesn't quite have enough character to make it memorable. Drinkable, yes. Memorable, not so much.

Photo of beertunes
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a rich deep red/light brown color with about an inch of slightly off-white head that quickly dissipated, leaving an above average amount of lacing.

A rich, solid malt aroma reaches the nose first, then the pleasing, slightly spicy hop scents arrive. The flavors are what the aromas said they were. A full malt flavor without being sweet balanced nicely with hop sharpness.

Great body, full and well rounded without being heavy. Near the top of the drinkability scale, having enough on hand will be chore, because if you buy 6 you'll wish you bought 24. If you buy a case, you'll wish you grabbed a keg. Another job well done from a great brewery.

Photo of Docer
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +4.9%
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 -0.5%
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%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -6.9%
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 +10.3%
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 +1.8%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.2%
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 +4.4%
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 -7.2%
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 -1%
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 +2.1%
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 -18.5%
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.

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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.