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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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337 Ratings

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 27
Gots: 14 | 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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date notched on the side of the label. Blurb about the beer in the neck label.

A- Close to a reddish brick color, faint chill haze fades though the head stays as it shows some amazing head retention and stickage on the glass.

S- Herbal and citric hop aroma, different from years past. Big juicy tangerine hop aroma ... very aromatic.

T&M- Big juicy hop character of Amarillo hops upfront, sweet citrus juice-like. Just enough smoothness and crispness to get by. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor meld well with the sizable hop presence. Middle to end is more of an herbal / aspirin flavor and bitterness. Finishes with a mild sweetness and a long lingering medicinal hop flavor.

D- Don't try fixing something if it is not broken. I preferred the "East Kent Goldings" version ... unfortunately this beer has been subjected to the Amarillo Hop craze. Regardless, this is still a great ale to be had and pretty damn drinkable to boot.

Jason, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of SwillinBrew
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Wow, what a good solit red!

It pours a nice cloudy coppery orange color with a little head which really didnt leave any lace.

The brew had a malty aroma bordering the hops... i though i smelled some burnt popcorn in there. The taste was a nice balance leaning towards the roasted barley side... you can really tasted the roastiness of this brew and I swear i detected some grapefruit or citrus but not sure, good regardless. The mouthfeel was solid, I dont know how else to describe it. I'll be keeping some of this in the refrigerator.... if i can keep finding it.

SwillinBrew, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane about six weeks ago. Best by date of 5/17/05. Oops.

Poured an orangey amber color, with a moderate off-white head. The head dropped rather quickly, but a slightly foamy surface endured. Moderate amount of lace.

Smell is sharply hoppy, almost piney. There is a sweet maltinss in the background, but the hops are considerably more notable.

The taste starts out very much like the smell. The hoppiness immediately grabs your attention like a bucket of cold water thrown in your face. However, the maltiness then kicks in, providing a not-inconsiderable backbone to the proceedings. If it were not for this malty backbone, this would taste like an IPA. Instead, it tastes like a very hoppy amber ale. I happen to like my ambers with a good hop bite to them.

This is a medium bodied ale. No surprises here.

This is a very tasty beer, as well as being possibly the hoppiest amber I've ever had - and I mean that as a compliment. I could have several of these in a siting with no problem. Another tasty beer from Bend.

woemad, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of chrisms86
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours with a thin layer of head which disappears into only spotty bubbles. Color is a reddish brown, only slightly transparent.

Has a fruity tang flavor to it, I taste some apple and possibly rasberry. Finishes off slightly bitter but not enough so to kill off the sweet taste. A great red ale, highly recommended.

chrisms86, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

I can honestly say that this is unlike any other beer I've ever tried. The smell and taste almost remind me of a fruity, citrusy wine.

Pours out a nice red-amber colour. A good example of the red ale style.

The smell immediately grabs you. The hoppy, grapefruit like aroma is both intriguing and unlike what you would expect from a beer.

The grapefruity quality continues into the taste with a nice sweet toffee character blending in. A malty-sweet citrus aftertaste finishes off this beer nicely. The mouthfeel is well balanced and even.

This is an interesting beer that is definitely worth a try, but I think it's drinkability suffers slightly because there is only so much grapefruit I'd want to have.

Noxious26, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of KoG
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Deep red liquid adorned with a slightly offwhite head that stays and sticks nicely.

Smells piney and citric with a good malt backbone that balances nicely.

Taste is nicely balanced with a good amount of citric hop character that mixes well with the sweet malt profile. A very tasty Red ale.

Goes down very nicely and very drinkable. Too bad I can't seem to find it here as this one's from Ashland.

KoG, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

5/23/05- Had on tap at the Englander in Dublin, CA

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass. $2.50 pint special that day for Cinder Cone.

Appearance- A dark cherry pour with a small head. Average lacing to be found.

Smell- Kinda sugary sweet with a hop and malt presence combined.

Taste- It's amazing how smell rolls over into taste. A nice soft sweetness with a good amount of hops thrown in your face at first and then a strong dose of malt tossed in. Very very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Lighter carbonated than expected. A bit creamy and sweet on the swallow.

Drinkability- If they had this on tap locally this would be a go to beer. Guess I'll have to track it down in the 6er.

GClarkage, May 25, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Cinder Cone delivers a slightly hazy, deep-copper body beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds well and leaves thick rings of craggy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is somewhat restrained, revealing a basic caramelish malt and some restrained hop aroma; but the flavor is just dripping with bright and resinous, grassy/fruity/floral/piney/spicy hops! It's backed by a solid bitterness, and it finishes bone-dry with some lingering resinous hop character. Very well done! And best enjoyed closer to cellar temperatures than out of the refridgerator!

NeroFiddled, May 12, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a creamy off-white head that goes to a frothy cap that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts balanced with a nice raw and green hoppiness along with some tea-like notes.

The flavor is nutty caramel malts initially leading to a surprisingly big (for an amber) and raw and citrusy bitterness. The finish is bitter but also crisp. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a surprisingly good amber, the best I've had to date. This would make an excellent session beer.

Beaver13, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of charlatan
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle says "best by 04/08/05". Beer is dark amber in colour. Average sized head doesn't stick around for long and leaves little lacing on my glass.

Sweet malty aroma with a little yeast coming through.

Initial creamy flavour with hints of brown bread, raisins and rather stale digestive biscuits (English food!) and then the herbal hop kick which Deschutes seems to specialize in. This doesn't seem to depart much from what is seemingly the Deschutes stock recipe. The grand hops overpower the malt more than in many reds I have sampled. Frankly that suits me, but unfortunately it makes the beer a little heavy on the stomach, so not a session beer for me. Definitely a worthwhile six pack purchase though.

I'm not overly fond of the carbonation (many minscule bubbles still popping on my tongue long after the beer has departed).

charlatan, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz bottle, best by 4/28/05
Pours a dark reddish amber color, with a fluffy tan head.

piney aroma, with a fruity, malty background.

flavor is piney hops, a little spicy with just a touch of sweetness.
Spicy lip tingling finish.
Nice session beer for a cool winter night.

Padron4KM, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of dauss
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz brown bottle with hope leaves and vines that is at the base of the neck of the bottle. Freshness dated. Best buy 9/08/04. I'm 1 month and 17 days too late.

Appearance: Hazy yellow red, chill haze. Small off white head, poor retention.

Smell: a lot of hop aroma with a faint sweet maltiness.

Taste: Tons of hops in this beer. Slighty fruity and citrusy hoppiness, light to moderate bitterness through out the sip. The aftertaste is just hops bitterness, and gradually increases in strength with sprucy and piney tones.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation explodes into fine bubbles and giving a creamy mouth feel.

Drinkability & Notes: very hopped, mainly dominated by hops. Good malt balance, but is weak in the finish. Faint alcohol aroma is detected after the sip. Definitely one of the better red ales.

dauss, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
4.25/5  rDev +9%

12 oz. bottle pours a reddish colored fluid. Decent two finger, off white head. Has a slight sweet caramel smell. Taste is a sweet malt flavor followed by a zesty, floral hop kick to finish.

Very refreshing and easy to drink. The full body of this brew holds the flavors nicely.

beerceller99, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of elmocoso
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%

A nice coppery/ ruby red beverage. the slightest of beading. Head is not huge but has character - Off white, clingy and settled into a mallowy surface, finally resting in a thin veil with a few bulbous large bubbles breaking the monotony.
Smell is very satisfying. At first, i though it was all malt, but on second smell i see the hops are so coexistent that one does not notice them. They seem like two sides of one stone.
The taste is very good. More bitterness than sweetness, but with smell being predominantly sweet, it strikes a nice balance.
Mouth-feel is nice and full.
This is one of those beers that i wish was more available. it would make a great session beer.

elmocoso, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%

Deschutes is one of my favorite staple breweries but this selection was not for me. Pours a gorgeous amber/rust river red with a nice tan head that dissapates into the glass. Lacing is great, frothy foam will stick to the glass as you partake in this creation. The smell is very wildernessy/trees/pines, very earthy. Rear has hints of cherries and citrus. A nice spice kick is there as well. The taste is bitter, not the bitter I like (trust me I like bitter IPA's, just didn't do it. The forest pine hints are here in the taste, a little to earthy for my tastes. A dry tone just wasn't what I wanted. Alcohol is detected in the rear of the sip. A medium bodied dry ale that while many will love I'm sure, just wasn't what I was looking for on this particular day.

beertaster13, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +11%

Presented in a 12oz brown bottle similar to the one pictured and poured into my Deschutes Black Butte Porter pint glass. This amber ale had a clear russet color with sizeable amounts of carbonation stoking the modestly sized, rocky off-white head. Decent lacing streaked the glass walls.
Cinder Cone Red had a pleasing nose to it; sweetly malty with a substantial floral hoppiness and a touch of caramel. The taste provided a sturdy sweet grainy malt backbone up front. This served as a springboard from which an equally aggressive citrusy hops taste came across mid-palate. The hops morphed into a more pine-infused, slightly resinous taste through the long finish, cut a bit by a light caramel flavor. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.
Again, Deschutes crafts another excellent beer. I'm not a terribly big fan of amber ales but this one is quite good. Well worth seeking out.

Boilermaker88, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of BrewMan82
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours dark amber with a bit of red. Nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is strong floral hoppiness dominating with some sweet fruity malt playing backup. Taste: The floral hop bitterness hits first and carries through all the way to the aftertase, which is dry and slightly bitter. The hop flavor is spicy and citric. The malt is present, and has a worty aroma and taste with a hint of tinny metallic overtone - not a bad thing. Had a bit of lacing. This beer is very much hop centered - that's why I loved it! An excellent, robust brew.

BrewMan82, May 27, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a sparkling red/amber with a big dense creamy head. Good retention and lace. Aromas of fresh citrusy hops, some fruit and earthy sweet malt.
Citrusy zingy hops dominate the flavor. The grainy malt and caramel sweetness arrive a bit later. Finishes dry with a strangly fruity aftertaste.
Medium bodied with a full creamy mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and refreshing.

rkhaze, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +11%

Another great product from the Deschutes brewery! Appearance is deep orange in color. Poured a nice head that maintained fairly well. Detecting a smell of citrusy/piney hops and roasted barley. The taste is wonderfully complex combination of caramel malts leading to a nice dry hopped finish with a hint of toffee in between. This has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is an extremely drinkable beer, one of the best red ales I have had!

arizcards, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%

Cinder Cone Red was served from a 12 oz. bottle sporting the new style Deschutes label. In a pint glass, the beer was a deep orange-ruby hue, and was topped by a nice sticky white head that left fine lacing. The nose was attractive, with roasty malt overtones and a lively floral hop bouquet that tickled the nose. Tasting revealed a rich but nicely dry roasted malt profile that presented a zippy citric transition into a bouncy limey bitter finish. The body was enjoyably firm and full. All of this was very tasty and finely tuned, resulting in a satisfying and highly enjoyable drink. A excellent session brew that is large on flavor...one of my favorite Deschutes.

HiroProtagonist, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of zacharius
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a dark ruby color with a nice big white head. Smell is fruitty esters and hops. Taste is carmely sweet with big fruit esters and hop taste, good hop/malt balance. Reasonably carbonated with a nice creamy body. Excellent drinkability, especially for the alcohol content. Head lasts through the whole glass another good beer from Deschutes.

zacharius, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Slightly hazy, dark amber beer with a very creamy white head with decent retention. Nice aroma of spicy, piney, slightly citric hop character with notes of freshly milled malts in the back. Flavor is full of crazy bubblegum! Raw, coarse, leafy, earthy hops follow with a smack of lemon rind bitterness. Mineral flavors, raw grain husky tannins. Quite dry, with an even malty / fruity sweetness and hints of roasted and toffee. Finish leaves the mouth dry with a residual coarse feel and some notes of nutty yeast.

A very flavorful brew, with a nice complex hop profile.

Todd, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance – The body is a beautiful, dark orange in color and hazy. The head was an inch at least and showed good retention.

Smell – Wow! This is a hoppy one for sure. The hop profile is very complex. The pine leads the way here, followed by come light floral and sharp citrus. The malt base muscles it way up to the nose as well. This has a lovely and complex bouquet.

Taste – The sharp but not overpowering pine and citrus flavors give this one the traditional Red Ale profile. The creamy malt base, covered in a light caramel sauce, keeps right up with them though, producing a complex (I know I’m repeating myself) ale.

Mouthfeel – This one is very smooth and creamy. It’s medium-bodied with little carbonation.

Drinkability – Deschutes Brewery managed to take a lot of good flavors and bring them all together for a very fine brew.

RoyalT, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of Thrasher
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%

Irish red ales are often dull, and the good ones are few and far between. This is a good one and its a real treat. Dark reddish amber with tons of poufy head that lasts and laces. Aroma of caramel malts, roasted barley, a light smokiness and just a trace of rainy-day mustiness that is very inviting. Big, big malts, much more than in your typical red ale, with large bursts of caramel and toffee plus some darker, coffeeish flavors. The hops (Amarillo and Tettnang according to the website) are what really tie this beer together. The balance is perfect. Light citrus and evergreen flavors together with substantial bitterness that is lightly puckering and not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is good, full and a little bit creamy. Just about the best red I've had with the possible exception of Rocky Bay Katie's Celtic.

Thrasher, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of jtfest
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Reddish-amber in color with a small off-white head, it has an unusual but pleasing burnt oak aroma. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but the taste was full and hoppy. The slightly bitter aftertaste lowers the drinkability score, but overall an interesting brew. I’d recommend it for the experience, but it’s not a brew I’d drink a lot of.

jtfest, Jan 14, 2004
Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.