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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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383 Ratings

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 30
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-07-2002

Available: January 2010 only in Oregon, Western Washington and Hawaii
Alc. by Vol.: 5.4%
IBUs: 55
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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
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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
3.98/5  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 +2.6%
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
4.08/5  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
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of chileman13
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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
4.43/5  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 +2.6%
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 +5.1%
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
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +5.9%
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.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of JBogan
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of pinballwhizard
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Spikester
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.