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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
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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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Ratings: 398 | Reviews: 212
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
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +13.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
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
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.44/5  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!

Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of peck95
4.24/5  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

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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

Photo of PhxHorn
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of July2Nov
3.97/5  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.

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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
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