Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 29
Gots: 26 | 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:
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 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
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of jhammerly
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of BlindPig
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- About a 1/4" off white head on a clear orangish red body.
S- Big spices, light caramel malt, grassy and pine hops, and light toasted malts.
T-Nice blend of hops and caramel malts. The light toasted flavor comes through nicely. Medium bitterness from some piney hops with a few citrus flavors to give it a better balance on the hop side.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. Easy drinking beer. Nothing to go crazy over but it is good.

Photo of isaac
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. to pint glass.

pours a gorgeous apricot color (in the light, that is. in a darker room, it's much more of a bland and dull copper) with a small, fine-bubbled head of off-white whispiness. sparkling lace is quite pretty down the glass. the nose is not as big as i remember it to be - in fact, it is a quite soft-spoken blend of toffee, chocolate, orange-rind, aromatic spices, and slight alcohol. as this warms up to slightly below room-temperature, the taste begins to shine - very well balanced (one sip i want to say "malty!" the next i want to say "hoppy!" then i realize that it's both). again, like the smell, it is a melange of sweet candied caramel malts and potent hops, exhibiting both PNW and European characteristics. the body is medium with a pleasantly medium-to-low level of carbonation and a clean, dry finish - especially on the cheeks. very well done and strikingly drinkable.

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

A - Red-Copper in color w/ a fluffy white head which fades rather slowly.
S - Faint hops w/ light fruits & mild malt.
T - The hops aren't too strong, but let you know they're present. Roasted malt comes through at the end. Fairly bitter for a Red Ale and also very pale. Seems to be more of the Pale Ale style b/c it isn't as fruity or heavily malty as expected. Much better flavor as it warms.
M - Bitter, which isn't bad. The hops linger around but the somewhat spicy malt contributes to the bitterness.
D - Enjoyable, especially during warmer months, which is strange b/c this is a Winter seasonal. The bitterness and carbonation create a crisp feel without being undesirable. I think this would be a good summer beer when served cold, but as it warms, the flavors and carbonation mellow out to create a great Winter brew. Deschutes does it again.

Photo of kdoc8
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a deep red-golden color and starts with a thick white bubbly head, which fades quickly. Very little lacing present. a red. I know that's not has a very faint scent of hops but not much else in terms of smell. Kind of a bland taste, not much hops or malt detected at all. It has a bit of a yeasty-bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle courtesy of AlohaC. Thanks.

Pours a brownish amber color (slight chill haze) with an off white head. Some good lacing remains as I drink my way towards the bottom.

Good bit of hops in the aroma. Herbal citrus hops mixes with caramel and brown sugar. The smell has me intrigued.

The taste is quite good. Hops aren't as strong as the aroma had me believing they may be, but the are very noticeable. Starts off with a caramel sweetness and it's a tad roasty before the bitterness kicks in.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Light carbonation. Solid choice if you're wanting an amber ale.

Photo of kgotcher
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich red amber color, nice foamy head, big herbal and citrus hops aroma with a caramel malt background.

Taste is really smooth and well balanced. Caramel sweetness and roasted malt flavors with a great big hoppy finish. Overall mouthfeel was a bit weaker than I expected but I did notice some hop oils. This is a very nice and easy drinking beer. Very hoppy for an amber which in my book is a plus.

Photo of unklesyd
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to say I'm surprised in looking at the ratings I'm assigning this brew, but I've been floored by this year's release. It is easily the best red/amber I've ever had. I didn't really expect it to be so, as I've had it in years past and enjoyed it, but never been really wowed.

The brew is pretty standard to look at. Clear, clean deep brownish amber with a very creamy, merangue, off-dirty-white head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Nice crystal/cascade hybrid hop aroma with some roast-toasted caramel in the nose.

Amazing complexity of balance. Bitter, nicely hoppy, slightly roasty, a bit of ashen earthiness, toasted medium-dark crystal malt sweetness.

Medium bodied and full flavored without being cloying.

This is the first beer in many moons that I've gone back for back-to-back rather than reach for something different. For me, that says a lot.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy the Deschutes beers so I thought I would give this one a try. The orange color and creamy head look good so far. I can’t smell much but my sense of smell has been shot for a couple weeks so, whatever. The taste reminds me of a more subdued Hop Trip. I loved the Hop Trip but this one seems like a watered down version but then again, what do I know? Very sessionable due to the low alcohol and easy-going taste. Not bad, but I prefer the Hop Trip.

Photo of Matthew
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear deep reddish rust/copper color with a nice big soapy white head, lots of lacing and great retention.
The nose is a pretty balanced consistancy of slight citric hop character and a grainy and sort of sweet maltiness. The citrusy hop shows up a bit more as the beer warms but still is faint.
Malty sweet body, slight caramel flavor rides over the palate and leaves nice earthy hop notes as it goes down. Bitterness from the hop profile is minimal, and the hop flavor is very complimenting to the maltiness. This is smooth and well balanced beer. Slightly dry in the finish.
Medium bodied with low to medium levels of carbonation.
Very easy to drink, the level of balance in this beers really allows the flavors it contains to compliment and make for a beer that goes down easy.

Photo of benito
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I stopped by the Deschutes booth at the recent Big Beers festival in Vail, the brewery rep mentioned that their upcoming seasonal--Cinder Cone Red--just didn't sell very well. I realized that I had never had it and figured I would do my part to give their sales a boost.

This beer is amber to light brown in color with a small head that dissipates and lingers as a thin layer above the brew. It's citrusy smell is its best attribute--the bouquet has a nice mix of fruit and bread. Unfortunately, the rest of this beer is ho-hum. It shows a gentle and well-balanced malt-hop mix in the flavor that is so restrained that it almost comes across as flavorless; the juicy bite at the end is quite welcome. At least it's not offensive.

Deschutes makes many better beers than this one, and there are plenty of other, better ambers on the market. Maybe this one doesn't jump off the shelves for a reason.

Photo of tonistruth
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured copper w/ red hues. A beige two finger head has good retent, settles to a tiny ring of foam that always sits like a crown on the brew.

S- good mix of malt and hop aromas. Pine and citrus for the hops, toasted and caramel for the malts.

T- Taste becomes increasingly better as the beer warms. Piney, bitter hop flavor, along with some toasted, caramel, and toffee malt flavors.

M- Finish rather dry, but smooth and nicely carbonated throughout.

D- Good amber/red here. I doubt a session beer for most, unless you let it warm a little (takes some bite out of the hops). Nice balance of flavors and aromas.

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, small head, not much lacing at all.

S - Scents of malts, slight toffee, and rasberry.

T - The taste is sweet malty and a little tangy, nice clean finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. A very nice amber from Deschutes. Also another surprise for me.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noticeable hoppiness in nose and in fruity bitter finish taste. Nicely malted, nice looking red colour. Expiry date was a month ago, which means Liquid Solutions shipped at the cutoff date. Still as fresh tastings as reds I have had at brewpubs. A bit aggressive carbonation.

Had on-tap a half-year later at Port Carlsbad Pizza Port and noticed malty then bitter finish, good lace.

Photo of clickpush
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour: 12 oz bottle to wide mouth glass. Comes out with a half finger of tan head over a very bright red beer. Head leaves excellent lacings behind and a big fluffy necklace around the glass.

Nose: The smell of this beer is so strong that from four feet away I'm getting whiffs of attractive piney hops. Up close I can pick out some sweet diacetyl notes that give it a buttery feel. The alcohol is also noticeable way in the back of the nose.

Mouth: Strong carbonation all the way from the beginning to the end, but not so strong that it hurts your mouth. The flavor is much hoppier that I'd anticipated from the nose, so while it threw me off a little it was definitely a nice surprise. There’s lots of pine and herbal flavors, at some points almost minty, with a slight warm breath of alcohol to finish it off. The finish is strengthened by a whopping dry bitterness that hangs around for ever, making me want to drink several more bottles of this beer.


Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.