Cinder Cone Red - Deschutes Brewery
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4.23/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A deep brown copper red body, almost ruby deep. Very dark to see through, with minimal carbonation, and a little bit of floaties. Head is off yellow and three fingers tall, good retention and swiss cheese like bubbles hanging out in the top. A big giant solid cap on this, not going anywhere.
Great nose. Simple straight forward pine and thick spruce notes. Mild caramel sweetness, with lots of pine toasty notes. Comes off a bit woody, cedar, spruce, balsam, sawdust pine goodness.
Palate has a real spicy quality. Mid palate fills with some mild toffee, and pine and spiced hot hop quality. Clove and spruce heat on the finish, with a little bit of malt toast. Simple malt caramel sweetness a bit, but without a sugar rush and letting the airy hop come forward. Mouthfeel hits a solid simple malt thickness, and letting everything go straightforward through the gullet. No thickness, no wetness, staying pale ale to roots.
Overall it's a real unique red, and love it's simplicity. Good backbone of malt and simple and subtle aromatic hop aromas and flavors that linger on the finish to match.
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2014 01:20:20 | More by smakawhat
3.59/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 6/24/14. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler glass. It doesn't look like there are too many reviews of the 2014 rendition of this yet, although that may not matter if the recipe hasn't changed.
Appearance - Pours a rosy auburn red color with crimson highlights and just a slight bit of haze that diffuses the light as it passes through. Atop the body rests a one finger head of creamy tan microbubbles. Retention lasts for a couple minutes before settling as a generous film across the top of the liquid. Faint, sticky lacing rings the glass as I drink it down.
Smell - A decent amount of citrus and light fruit in the nose, with notes of orange zest, light grapefruit pith and hints of floral softness to cut the acidity and keep this one out of "red IPA" territory. Beneath the brighter hop notes, there is a considerable presence from caramel sweetness and bready malt.
Taste - The citrus and fruit are still here, but less overt, preferring instead to let the malt profile takeover with notes of sweet caramel and slightly toasted sugar and baking bread with just a touch of toasted crust. That said, there is still some pleasant citrus and a little bit of pine resin and grassiness to keep it from becoming boring.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a slightly sweet finish with just a hint of lingering bitterness.
Overall, a solid, but not particularly remarkable amber ale. While the style isn't my favorite, there are certainly renditions that I just love. This particular take is just decent, and with the plethora of great beers, I'm not likely to reach for it a second time.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2014 17:12:16 | More by LambicPentameter
3.88/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 23:04:03 | More by TheDoctor
Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.