Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery
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3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a clearish ruddy copper with two fingers of tan head that takes a while to settle. Good retention; lots of doily-like lacing.
At once citrusy and malty, slight fruity esters. Quite pronounced citrus hop aroma up front with grapefruit rind, earth, lemon zest, licorice, and a caramel malt underpinning that is pretty subtle. Very nice.
Pretty dry and hoppy. Bready, musty and piney hops all at once with a lingering hint of yeast underneath and some more lingering bready flavors.
Tight and dry with a slight aftertaste and lingering finish. Medium-bodied and drinkable.
Pretty nice Amber.
It pours beautifully and maintains a nice creamy head. The nose is quite complex and really showcases the malt and hop components of the ale. However, in taste it is a bit less rounded-out. It is fairly hoppy and the malt is more masked in the taste than the smell. The finish is predictably dry and hoppy.
Drinkable and not bad (although I don't know if that makes it great in my opinion).
Might have again; a cheap, relatively easy option if you just want a decent beer some night.
Just to be sure, regardless of my ratings I looked at the style guidelines and it seems to be a textbook example.
05-06-2014 23:04:03 | More by TheDoctor
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
Poured from a bomber into a sampler. I went semi-aggressive on the pour and backed off a bit as the froth arose to about 1.5 inches- creamy white and leaving rings of lace down the sides. The beer is a ruddy, pale amber color with fairly low carbonation and no haze.
Floral, citrus and spicy hops are very distinctive in the nose and on the tongue, but they don't quite overwhelm the underlying malt, which tastes biscuity with some caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit undertones. Still, I wish I could taste the malt just a bit more- though warming does bring out the malt qualities a bit more. A tinge of orange bitters lingers on the tongue and is most distinctive in the burps. A tingly, frothy mouthfeel coats the tastebuds.
Like alot of west coast offerings, I think the hops mask the malt and yeast characters a little too much, and there's not much there to distinguish this from a typical west coast pale ale, other than the color and maybe a little more body. Still, it's a worthy offering and was quite reasonably priced at 3-something for a bomber.
04-21-2014 03:56:41 | More by archyquaffer
3.33/5 rDev -14.8%
TheSixthRing pretty much nailed it, this is the 4th Red ale I have tried and it is not near as good as the first three so it just didn't fire on all cylinders. If there is a better choice why buy this one? That being said it is still a good beer and since we are short on those in Texas I would advise the Brewery to ship it all there and they will sell every last drop they can produce.
04-18-2014 00:52:18 | More by ssteakley
Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.