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Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery

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308 Ratings

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 24
Gots: 4 | 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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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - not sure what a cinder cone is but this is red. nice white head that diminishes to a ring around the beer. little bit of sticky lacing.

S - a good mix of citrusy hops and carmel / toffee malt.

M - A enjoy a hoppy red ale. It's a roll of the dice whether a red is going to focus on the malt or focus on the hops. This does an incredible job of doing both but leaving a good amount of hops! Clean citrus flavor meshes well with carmel and toffee notes.

M - This beer is a little to thin for me. Almost comes across watery. Maybe a prickly carbonation would help?

D - a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:24:52 | More by xhcadamx
Photo of tobyandgina


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head was average, frothy, off-white and lasting. About an inch. Good lacing. The body was slightly cloudy and copper in color.

The aroma had an average hint of caramel malts with some grains and a touch of nuts(peanut). A good, average amount of hops. There was also a little honey and vanilla.

There was medium body with a creamy texture and some soft carbonation.

Cinder Cone's flavor had average duration with some moderate sweetness and light bitterness.

This Spring-time red ale is great this time of year and is high in the drinkability department.


Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 20:07:46 | More by tobyandgina
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cinder Cone Red poured a nice amber with a good 2 finger foam head. It had pancake batter head with sticky lacing.

The aroma was citrusy and smelled of a centenial hop addition. The taste is malty with a good hop bitterness on the finish. In the mouth it creamy and crisp. Overall an awesome refreshing ale and one of the better amber's around.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 01:02:42 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of MiScusi


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that just arrived down into stores in So Cal. Best by date of 7/16/09.

A- dark clear brown with the slightest red tint. Eggshell white medium dense head with medium retention. Good lacing.

S- classic Deschutes signature character. Overall it's just lightly malty.. bready caramelly faint nose. Don't pick up any of the Amarillo or Tettnang hops.

T- Pretty simple malt profile on the palate. Get the flavor of some slightly more toasted/caramel malts not a whole lot in the finish. A tad watery, finishing with some bready malt. Nothing huge here in the flavor but it is a light, tasty combination that will be reflected in the drinkability. It's also a really clean beer in terms of its flavor and also really clean on the palate, no lingering

M- A bit on the thin side, not a huge fault but maybe just thinner than I expected.

D- Man this beer went down fast, tasted good, and was super clean. I could drink LOTS of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 03:51:37 | More by MiScusi
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to Wetpaperbag. I had actually never heard of this brew, but I am getting more and more excited about Red Ales. Served up in my DFH shaped pint.

A: Pours a really nice red brown, lives up to the name of the style. Held to the light you get some really nice red and yellows coming out. The pour got me a good finger of off white head. The head has decent retention, slowly falling to nice and decently thick collar. Spotty lacing sits on the glass. Pretty good carbonation activity going on here. Overall, good looking.

S: Smell is actually pretty tame. Getting hops and malt but its all pretty subdued. The hops are nice and bringing on some pine resin. The malts are caramel and somewhat sweet. There is a wierd earthiness coming out, but I can't put my finger on what it is exactly. Can't tell if this is good or bad. Its ok in this department.

T: Taste brings it a bit more than the nose. Getting some really nice pine coming out here. I mean it smells like a pine cone. Nice resin presence. The malts are caramel and biscuity. The earthiness is probably coming out in the form of some nice barley presence. Has a really nice balance. The hops have bite, the malt cuts it a bit, and the barley brings a nice earthiness that makes this a really nice balanced brew.

M: Medium bodied brew that is a bit on the lighter side. This brew does have a slick and sticky feel. The brew is a bit prickly on the throat from the carbonation presence. ABV is light and there is just enough to let you know its there, but it doesn't take anything away from the feel. Aftertaste is all piney hops.

D: Yet again, a great drinking brew from Deschutes. Smooth and easy drinking with no crazy wieght or alcohol to slow this down. Sits nice and light. Easily a brew you could drink a sixer of without realizing. The flavors are nice and balanced and bring a nice complexity to it. I was shocked the nose didn't come out more, but it absolutely shines in all other categories. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 03:40:00 | More by everetends
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a two finger off white head with good lacing and moderate retention. Beer is deep orange amber.

Smell- Amber malts and a creamy yeast aroma

Taste- Amber malts, a crisp tang and some earthiness and a some modest hops bringing up the rear.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, medium bodied
and smooth.

Drinkability- Smooth and tasty with just enough flavor to remain thoroughly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 07:29:43 | More by olmatty
Photo of BitterPachyderm


4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A big thank you to PDXHops for this one...

There are some beers that go above and beyond and exceed all expectaions, and this is definitely one of those beers. I have never really been a fan of ambers, but this one completely blew me away with all that it had to offer; from the aroma to the drinkability, i absolutely loved it. If I had easier access to this, it would be my new summer session beer. Spectacular!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 12:59:57 | More by BitterPachyderm
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized snifter.

A finger's worth of pretty densely formed off-white head. Slightly hazy deep amber body. Good retention and lacing.

Even in the big snifter, and even after warming up/swirling, the aromas are fairly tame, but pleasant. Toasty grains, a bit of earthiness, a bit of sweetness, a bit of pine.

Interesting flavor profile. There is a touch of caramel sweetness, but the malt overall tastes very raw/toasty, like you scooped up some crystal malt and chompeed on the grains. I'm picking up hints of nutmeg and cloves. Nice earthiness and a bit of pine bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel's pretty good. Kind of a prickly sensation and a dryish finish. Body and carbonation are moderate. Feels more substantial than your standard amber ale.

Overall impression: Enjoyable version of a style I don't normally seek out.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 16:55:21 | More by PDXHops
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying to get past my pro-stout/dipa biases and rate beer more relative to the style it represents--I know that's the idea, but I still find it difficult. This looks like a red/amber beer. I guess that's what it's supposed to look like so I'll go with a "good" appearance rating. The staying power of its thin, patchy layer of head makes me feel better (or, uh, "good") about this designation.

Okay, I find this sought-after objectivity might prove more difficult with the smell. I'm not sure what a red ale is supposed to smell like. I do smell malts and maybe a hint of caramel, but I just about have to stick my nose into the liquid (I know some of you morons do that every time) to smell anything. It's a pint glass serving, but I don't think I've violated beer ettiquete with the glassware. Since I smell somthing that's at least "not bad," I'll call it "better-than-average."

I'm very impressed with the taste and that makes me feel a lot better about where this review is headed. Still, I admit some reluctance to annoit this relatively plain red ale with "world-class" status. Steadfast to my original aim in this review, I'd say for a plain American amber/red ale, this choice is better than good. The barley and malt balance the two different hop styles, and the sweet caramel touch pleases my palate. This contributes to a better than good mouthfeel as well.

As I weave through the characteristics I'm judging here, I probably commit yet another rating feax pas by considering one in context of the others. I don't think the drinkability is as good as the taste or mouthfeel. Though I enjoy this beer, I don't want another one and I'm not really disappointed that I don't have another one. It's a good brew from a good brewery, and I'm glad I tried it. I'll just leave it at that.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 22:19:56 | More by marvin213
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a straight pint glass reveals a slightly hazy deep amber colour with a rich white head that lasts throughout the pint and leaves good amounts of lace all the way down the glass.

Very fruity aroma - plenty of citrus and a hint of sweet cigar smoke. On the tongue it's a bit like eating a Terry's Chocolate Orange that's been beefed up with essence of hop, if such a flavouring can be had by a confectioner. Quite delicious. Mouthfeel and carbonation are good and the finish is both bitter and slightly sweet, and once again citrusy.

Very, very drinkable, and a pity that it's a seasonal instead of a year-rounder, but it just gives one something to look forward to after the Sierra Nevada ESB has finished.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 02:50:23 | More by omnigrits
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a chill-hazed dark apricot hue. dark caramel and woody. A hefty light-caramel-colored head sticks around for a bit before leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

rich malt, caramel and vanilla, and then a good bit of hops. fresh, clean, and slightly spicy. solid and clean, nothing incredibly enticing but definitely smells solid.

heavy malt, crisp and spicy hops, and some nice caramel and maple sugar notes. Nice toasty and light roasted malt notes... the malt profile is decent, although there's a heavy dose of hops (not exactly unexpected) that comes close to overpowering the pleasant malts. Spicy, a bit citric, and a bit piney, the hops are definitely present and leave a strong, almost IPA-esque bitterness.

Mouth is a bit lacking... carbonation seems a touch low, yielding a semi-flatness, lack of creaminess, and overall lack of character. Not bad, but a bit more pop from the bubbles would have really helped this one out. some nice astringency and a nice clean lasting bitterness.

If you like malt and like hops, this one doesn't really dissapoint. but it doesn't really sparkle and shine like I want it to. The hops are just strong enough to start to drown out the malt, but not enough to make it really hoppy. This is one of those that, next to other ambers and reds, would probably do fairly nicely... but it just doesn't quite have enough character to make it memorable. Drinkable, yes. Memorable, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 07:37:26 | More by djeucalyptus
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a rich deep red/light brown color with about an inch of slightly off-white head that quickly dissipated, leaving an above average amount of lacing.

A rich, solid malt aroma reaches the nose first, then the pleasing, slightly spicy hop scents arrive. The flavors are what the aromas said they were. A full malt flavor without being sweet balanced nicely with hop sharpness.

Great body, full and well rounded without being heavy. Near the top of the drinkability scale, having enough on hand will be chore, because if you buy 6 you'll wish you bought 24. If you buy a case, you'll wish you grabbed a keg. Another job well done from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 22:04:16 | More by beertunes
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a single 12oz. bottle to try.. poured into a tumbler.. 45 deg. angle.. not big on huge pours and heads.

- Great clear red amber color.. creamy head and lacing all about.. sticks around.

- Nice caramel malt, smells light and refreshing.. bit of a bitter/sour hop... tad tiny bit citrus and pine.

- Smooth caramel.. roasted flavor.. bitter/sour hop presence but not overwhelming.. very balanced and creamy.. not bad!

- Not dry, bit of a sour aftertaste.. not chewy.. just a very good light red creamy seasonal session.

- Very drinkable, and goes down easy.. bit bubbly, but overall a smooth sessional... could fish with this and a twilight..

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:49:56 | More by Docer
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A dark amber red with a copper hue. There is a quarter inch white ring around the glass with some creaminess. There is some effervescence in the glass, and some bubbles on the bottom of the glass. The clarity is slightly hazy, but mostly clear.

Nose: A nice malt aroma with some sweetness. There is some caramel aroma with some fruity esters. There are also hints of floral and grass.

Taste: A nice malt flavor with caramel flavor. There is some fruity esters leaning toward grapefruit and some floral taste:

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly dry. The body of the beer is medium with a dry acidic finish. This beer is wonderful and well rounded. A nice amber ale. This is one of the better ones that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 23:57:27 | More by colts9016
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours quite handsomely leaving a deep red, turbid body body capped with a fine white head, about a finger high. As the beer recedes some nice lacy rings are left behind. Nose is of caramel and malts with a mildly hopy background. Taste is clean, crisp and well balanced although slightly skewed towards the bitter end, which is all good for me. Caramel and malts flavors are excellent and work great together. This beer finishes exceedingly dry and altogether great. My faith in amber/reds has been renewed!


Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 03:17:07 | More by SickBrew
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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a couple of these from koopa!

Pours a reddish/brownish iced-tea color, nice foamy sand-colored head fades into a bubbly film on top of the beer, good lacing. Big huge caramel aroma wafts out of the glass, a faint citrusy/tangerine hop presence lingers in the back, but this is a malt-heavy beer, based on the nose. Lots of rich caramel malt flavor, some piney flavors on the back end. Medium-bodied, very fine carbonation, and really smooth overall. Drinkability is fantastic here, you could have this with all kinds of food, and definitely have a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:04:49 | More by corey0212
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a small, bubbly white head. Light, malty and floral aroma with toffee. Hoppy and citrus taste blends well with the malt backbone. Hoppy bite in the end. A very clean, crisp beer that doesn't rely on being overhopped to have flavor. Really well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 23:11:10 | More by magictrokini
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy amber in color with a large 2" head that lasted quite a while. Super thick lacing developed during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness is easy to detect through the nose.

Taste: big caramel taste here with black plums and an overall fruity sweetness. Very mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a real session ale that can be quaffed all day long. Nice solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2008 23:05:39 | More by Gavage
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap in a LV beer bar the liquid is a clear dark red with ok carbonation. The head is small, off white and fade leaving little lace.

The smell is thick caramel malt and a sting of earthy and citrus hops.

The taste is good nice big malt and the hop finish is a west coast delight. Pine, and grapefruit are very nice yet smooth and not over done. Quite a nice brew.

The mouthfeel is ok good body but the carbonation could be a bit better, could be due to the taps.

The drinkability is nice, a fine brew for the red ale hop head.

Prosit, MK

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 06:17:11 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. slightly opaque dark reddish amber. white head, great retention and a lot of good lacing.

S: huge crystal malt aroma, with some hints of amarillo hops and light tetts. some citrus obviously.

T: great tasting amber. great malts and a solid hop note makes this great. light citrus tones with some earthy hues as well.

M: very well-balanced. good carbonation. nice and crisp.

D: very drinkable red/amber ale. I really enjoyed this brew, nothing over the top, but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 16:47:15 | More by paulthebeerguru
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red amber. Inch or two of white foam head.

Smells slightly piney and slightly earthy. Not much going on with the aroma.

Taste is more robust, with some spices, a bit of earthy/chalkiness, pine, and maybe a bit of citrus. Kind of a weird blend, actually. Not a very IPA-ish red ale, but neither is particularly malty/grapefruit-y. Bit thin, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 08:13:21 | More by Overlord
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful dark shade of cinnamon/red with a smidge of gold; it's very cloudy but you can see your fingers on the other side of the glass. Head formation and lacing are excellent while retention is moderate.

Damn does this smell good! It's a pretty "earthy" smelling brew with hints of cinnamon/pine, citrus, and assorted spices. Overall it's a pretty intense aroma - it really teases the nostrils.

The cinnamon/pine aromas seem to be most heavily manifest in the palate. Spices compliment the brew's flavor nicely. I can't really taste the citrus, but the caramel described on the label is very noticable. Just like the smell, it tastes quite "earthy" overall; it's very "full." The spices are also present in the aftertaste; they make me want another sip.

You can really feel the spices "burn" the tongue (slightly - and in a good way). This brew is moderately heavy. It does seem to dry out the mouth a little bit, but that doesn't seem to stop me from wanting more.

It goes down pretty smoothly and has a heavy finish; by this I mean that you can almost "feel" the flavor as the beer travels from your mouth to the bottom of your esophagus. You wouldn't want to pound this beer since you'd really miss out on experiencing the flavor to its fullest. I can already picture myself drinking it in the middle of the woods on a mountainside.

This is an EXCELLENT beer; it looks, smells, and tastes amazing. If you really like "earthy" things, then you should really try this beer. Hell - even if you don't you still have to give this brew a shot. Since these reviews are all relative and may even vary from trial to trial, I can't call this beer perfect. However it's about as damn close as you can get without actually doing so.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 06:24:18 | More by diabecktic
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice extra from BrewerB

A: Pours a beautiful dark reddish orange hue. The head was nice and thick and showed good retention. No real lace noted.

S: Nice hoppy aromas. The hop profile is somewhat complex. Lots of piney notes with hints of flowers and green grass. Touches of citry poke thru as well. When it comes to hops this one has them all. There is a nice malty sweetness as well though that comes thru to even things out a bit.

T: Nice blast of pine hops up front which yields to nice sweet malt. Citrus come thru in the middle and it finishes sort of grassy and green.

M: Medium in body, smooth, and creamy.

D: Good, drinkable, and sessionable. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 20:32:06 | More by tpd975
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy orange body, white head, good retention and lacing.

s: citrus hops.

t: toasted malt, biscuity, piney, sweet citrus hops.

m: medium body.

d: A nice hoppy red ale. Well balanced. If you are going to drink an amber ale, this is a good one to reach for.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:35:32 | More by BradLikesBrew
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to flexabull for another beer in the UGLY BIF.

Pours a dark amber color with a good frothy head and leaves some decent patchy lacing.

Smell is strong in malt, slight caramel presence.

Taste hits first with the malt and then transitions nicely into a citrusy hop profile, not overly hoppy but just enough to lend some bitterness, rather creamy for a red ale with a good crispness.

Certainly one of the better amber ales I've had and easily sessionable in the spring (if I lived on the west coast).

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:25:36 | More by deltatauhobbit
Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.