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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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371 Ratings

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 28
Gots: 23 | 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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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.

, Jun 25, 2007
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.

saintwarrick, Apr 25, 2007
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.

Rippeddisc, Apr 19, 2007
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.

jhammerly, Apr 12, 2007
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.

BlindPig, Mar 23, 2007
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.

isaac, Mar 19, 2007
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.

Gatch, Mar 17, 2007
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. Smells...like a red. I know that's not useful...it 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.

kdoc8, Mar 13, 2007
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.

Imstillthegman, Mar 02, 2007
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.

kgotcher, Feb 23, 2007
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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.

unklesyd, Feb 22, 2007
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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.

ArrogantB, Feb 16, 2007
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.

Matthew, Feb 11, 2007
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.

benito, Jan 20, 2007
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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.

tonistruth, Aug 06, 2006
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.

Wasatch, Jul 02, 2006
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.

Sammy, Jun 16, 2006
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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.


clickpush, Jun 09, 2006
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is red with a pretty much white head.

The aroma is Slightly resiny with milk and bread dough.

Surprisingly flavorful for the lightness of the body. Flavors of toffee & coffee, lightly sweet then bitter then dry. I like it just fine but don't have much more to say about it. It is very drinkable.

xymyl, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of loren01
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from bottle into mason drinking jar a red color with good head, and good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is pretty hoppy, different type of hop aroma than I'm used to.
T: Hoppy, bitter, dry at the end.
M: Good amount of carbonation, dry finish
D: Very good beer, not my favorite from Deschutes but very drinkable.

loren01, May 29, 2006
Photo of bodybyadam
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one probably didn't receive due justice because of the medium served. Tried this at Hops On Equinox 06 and served in a 6oz pilsner sampler.
Red Amber in color and 1/4" head.

Nose- of a mild hoppiness.

Taste- almost pine nutty, similar to, yes pine nuts but probably just the hops. The later taste of burnt wood, almost charred.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

Yes I would recommend this as a casual drinker on a nice summer afternoon.

Elbows Up,

bodybyadam, May 22, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours red with a fluffy 2 fingers+ tan head. Excellent head retention & good lacing

Smell: Big fruitiness, some brown sugar note

Taste: Fruitty malt, slight grainyness & citric hop bite on the tounge. Dry & piney hopped finish

MF: Great balance, smooth, perfect carbonation

Easy drinking and a very nice take on the style. Another winner from my favorite oregon (hell pretty much anywhere) brewery!

russpowell, Apr 28, 2006
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest apricot with a healthy cherry blush and a ripe orange rind where beer meets glass; a gorgeous color. The head is no less spectacular. Pastel orange-tinted ecru, bubbly, humped in the center, sticky as all get out... this is one fine looking cap. There's not much more than a respectable amount of abstract patterned lace, but no matter, this here beer is a looker of the first order.

What do you think a red ale released by a top-notch brewery would smell like if brewed with Amarillo and Tettanang hops? Like this, that's what. The nose is everything that I'd hoped it would be. Perfect balance between light toffee-caramel on the one hand and citric, tropical, ever-so-slightly floral hops on the other. Well done Deschutes, well done.

Three for three. There's no way--after seeing the hop bill and smelling this sucker--that the flavor was going to be anything other than well-hopped red ale heaven. Again, the balance is exquisite (keeping in mind that I'm an unrepentant hophead). The sweet, candied caramel malt foundation provides just enough flavor to keep the beer squarely within the boundaries of the style.

Cinder Cone enters the stratosphere, however, on the strength of its hops; both in terms of amount (generous) and type (especially Amarillo). The hop bill was an inspired choice and gives the beer a pink grapefruit-bitter orange citrusiness that contains just enough Tettnang spiciness to keep one's palate off-balance and probing. Damn tasty stuff.

The body is medium-full for the style; no surprise given the boat load of ingredients. I can't recall a Deschutes beer whose mouthfeel disappointed. There's very little noticeable carbonation; just the ticket for those of us who appreciate what those bubbles do, but don't want to be reminded of their presence with each sip. The mouthfeel isn't quite up to the high standards of the other attributes, but it's a near thing.

Does anyone else think that the name of this brewery sounds like a sneeze? Deschutes!! Gesundheit. Cinder Cone Red is the real deal and is one of the best of style that I've had this year. I might even extend that to say within the past year. It's a crime that it's a seasonal offering and even more of a crime that I can't grab a sixer whenever the mood strikes me. Which would be often.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge craggy khaki thick covering head over a slightly hazy amber hue containing a few tiny suspended particles. Nice lacing!

Scents of crisp hops sparkle over a candy apple malty base. Aromatic floral nose with a twinge of coppery metallic notes.

First swigs: Snappy hops front with an orange and Tang citrus note that blends well into a red apple malt. Well done style of a red. Sizzle hop crispness.

Dry finish. Full bodied with an ample amount of ingredients that shines through. Desert dry aftertaste with a linger of red grape juice and orange. Eventually, this gets to be a tongue coating sugar soda-esque brew.

Last swigs: Hops really shine in this one. Thanks to GD for the bottle aquired via trade.

blitheringidiot, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of Cinder Cone to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a red copper color, and is clear. A rich foamy off-white head forms, which is extremely resilient and sticky. The head produces heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is fairly strong and fruity. Aroma of apricots or peaches is present.

The taste is robust, complex and a little unusual. There is a malt flavor, along with caramel (the label says toffee) and then a couple of distinct bitter flavors. The flavors are wonderfully well balanced between the malt flavors, fruit and hops.

Mouth feel is very smooth. The beer is full-bodied but light, crisp and mildly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, with appealing aromas and flavors. The flavors are very well balanced. I wouldn’t mind having several of these in a session. I would certainly drink Cinder Cone again.

NOTE: Deschutes brews a summer seasonal called Twilight that I like a lot. Cinder Cone is a little sweeter more robust version of that.

RJLarse, Apr 16, 2006
Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.