Cinder Cone Red | Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available: January 2010 only in Oregon, Western Washington and Hawaii
IBUs: 55

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Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 473
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice hazy looking dark red color with a decent two finger white foamy head that must last for a good minute and a half. The head turns a bit lumpy on me with a slightly off-white color to it. There is some decent lacing. The smell had some nice bitter Northwest piney hops backed up by a nice crisp craker-like maltiness. The taste was mainly bitter but added a nice citrus to malty sweetness as it warmed. There’s a decent bitter to somewhat sweet citrusy aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation actually is somewhat smooth and for the most part is pretty good for the style and for me. Overall, this is a good American Amber/Red ale worthy of having again.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 10/15/15 on (nitro!) draft @ Fischman's.

See-through dark orange appearance.

Off-white nitro head; frothy lace.

Pine & orange citrus notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

A smooth mix of pine, cream & orange citrus flavors. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a cola/reddish colour with a good white head that disapates to a soapy layer. Aroma malty, grainey, sweet, slight citrus and pine. Taste toffee, caramel, not over powering hops but it is there piney and citrus.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a well put together red ale. Had it on a nitro pour. I enjoyed the balanced elements here and the overall profile. Caramelly malts and biscuit blend with the decent but slightly muted hop elements. The nitro piece helped this go down smoothly.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That type of red with lots of gleaming clarity to it, a full inch of head, off white, the lacing was uniform, the retention was tight. Aroma came off like a hoppy red ale.

The beer thankfully emphasized the hops and caramel more than the red malts of yesteryear. Some earthiness to it. Definitely a better direction than the standard red ales. No peat. or not much.

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a reddish but bright pale amber hue into the glass. There is a rocky off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind some solid rings of lace with each sip.

S — Smell is malty, rich, sweet, grainy, little bit of a hop balance, but not much. Focused on malt, grainy, crackery, lightly sweet.

T — Much like the nose there is a resounding sweetness of toasted malts and grains, balanced against a lightly bitter hop profile.

M — Medium-Full bodied, fairly light and thin though.

O — OK overall, not my favorite in the style, but if there were no other better options I'd still order it.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My fall quest for good red ales continued with a pint of this on draft. Unfortunately, it was bland. Then again, I had it after drinking a more flavorful competitor.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a dark straw body.
The aroma is sharp citrus and pine.
The taste has a nice moderate pine and citrus bitterness, then mellows to a mild sweet finish.
The texture is crisp.
It smells great and tastes good.

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Photo of ScottishStoutMan
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 1 finger head from 22 oz bottle, red/dark copper in colour. Pretty highly carbonated. Not much of a nose; a little bit of pine if anything, and maybe a hint of barley, malt, and caramel. Those aromas are not very prominent however.

On the taste, the hops and caramel are most prominent. Toffee comes through as well on the 3rd or 4th swig, Carbonation lingers on the tongue a lot longer than I expected, perhaps neutralising some of the other flavours.

Overall, it's a pleasant beer, but the carbonation makes it a bit heavier than your typical red ought to be. I only bought the bottle a week ago, and the sell-by date is about a week from the date I'm drinking it, so that likely has affected the carbonation and balance of flavours. I'd be interested in drinking this beer off the tap to get a better sense of what it's supposed to be like.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from Albertson’s. Pours deep amber with small but creamy head, lots of lacing. Hops come through in the aroma and stronger on the palate, almost IPA strength. Malt body balances well with hop attack. One of the best ambers I’ve tried.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We don't get this Deschutes beer in our neck of the woods.

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance : Large, towering, rocky 4 fingered popcorn color head, on top of a dirty and murky body - iced tea in color. Sediment floats in the body. Lace is left liberally as it leaves lasciviously. Really an epic appearance. Can't improve on it whatsoever.

Smell : Pine and dirt road. Much like the Oregon mountains. Faint roast malts behind that, some honey biscuit, and tropical notes.

Taste : By the smell I was expecting a hop bomb but this is pleasantly balanced. Toasted amber malts, pineapple core, caramel, minerals, with a slight bready finish rolled in pine oils.

Feel : Delightfully creamy, fills the mouth, wraps up the carbonation in a blanket, and ends semi-dry.

Overall : Another fantastic Deschutes beer. I can't say much bad about these guys, especially after visiting their Brewpub today. I intended to taste this and pour it since I've gotta fly out tomorrow and have too many beers to bring with me. I may end up finishing this one after all.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-10-10 in Lancaster, PA at the Fridge on nitro

A - Clear amber with a tan head and good kace.

S - Pine, honey, tangerine.

T - Fruity. Cherry, caramel, citrus, pine, mineral, toasted bread. Nicely bitter. Delicious.

M - Thick body and light carbonation. Milkshake thick. Thanks nitro.

O - Just a ton of rich malt and hop flavors. Really suits me. Lowish ABV too!

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish mahogany with a thick pillowy head that retreats fairly quickly, but never completely fades as it laces the glass. It's smell is dominated by the caramel sweetness, but the taste is much more balanced, shifting from smooth and sweet to a nice bready finish, with just a touch of bitterness that sort of cleanses the palate for another sip. It's creamy too, although it does so without feeling thick or heavy. Most brews wander into dessert beer territory with this kind of sensation, but not this one. Go ahead and ride this one all night.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a slightly hazed reddish amber color with a big billowy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a layer of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a toffee and bready aroma with some other smells of some sweet notes of a dark fruits (raisin and plum) and caramel along with a bit of a nutty aroma as well. Along with these smells comes some lighter hop notes of an earthy and herbal nature, giving an overall quite nice smell to the brew.

Taste – The taste begins very malty with tons of lightly toasted bready tastes. Along with these flavors comes a good deal of sweetness, being a mix of the toffee/caramel and some darker fruit notes. The hop are very light upfront, but as the taste moves forward more hop of a pine, earthy, and herbal nature come to the tongue. The roasted flavors seem to get a bit stronger as the taste moves on, all while some of the sweeter flavors lose a bit of ground. With the hop increasing in presence a bit more right at the end, one is left with a very malty and roasty but decently sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thick for its mere 5.3% abv. nature with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thicker body nicely accentuates the roasty and bready flavors rather well, accentuating these flavors rather nicely.

Overall- A rather robust red ale at a more moderate abv. This is a great fall style brew. Rather tasty and actually pretty balanced. While it is malty and somewhat sweet, it has a good balance of hop to make it very enjoyable.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 12/7/15

A clear reddish amber, lots of tiny bubbles everywhere feeding a thumbs width of dense tan foam that slowly falls leaving several partial rings

S cotton candy, herbal tea, nutty, lots of hard toffee, a little citrus, some brown sugar, smells pretty good

T more herbal notes then the nose, mild citric hops with a healthy malt backbone, earthy notes and a little dark bread

M medium bodied, fluffy from the bubbles, faint grit, just a mild bitter bite, herbal finish

O lots of flavor in something I could session, there's room for improvement but a solid beer from a solid brewery

worth a shot for sure, not the best brew I've had from these guys but well made and lots going on in a 5%er

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes is a brewery that, in my eyes, can do no wrong. Having said that, while I like Cinder Cone Red, it's not at all what I was expecting from an amber/red ale: not only is it darker (closer to brown than red), but taste-wise it's much hoppier than I expected. Indeed, for all the talk of the caramel malt on their website, the hoppiness is the star of the show here to my taste buds--floral, funky, perfumey and slightly citrusy greens. The smell is really the only place where the malt shines, and even then it's a bit muted. Excellent body, though, perfect carbonation. A bit heavy for session purposes, but delicious.

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Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a brownish color (dark amber if held to the light). The head is tall and white, while the aroma is of earthy hops. The taste is bitter, with some underlying toasted malt. Medium in mouthfeel. A hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance has a nice red amber hue supporting a healthy head leaving nice lace. Smell has a caramel aroma with a light roast and fruity hops. Taste has a hop bite to it balanced out with the malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good one, a toned-back, less hoppy and lighter version of Red Chair. The appearance is rather bubbly but with a quickly dissipating head, a hazy amber that leaves nice bubbles on lace. Not much to the smell itself but what I can gather is sweet and light pine. It is malt-forward but with a presence of pine in the hops. Also has a very characteristic Deschutes taste to the malt that I can't quite put my finger on, but that pervades a lot of their brews. Mouthfeel is chewy and wholesome and adds to a nice aftertaste of caramel in the front of the mouth with pine and herbs in the back.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another solid beer from a very reliable brewery - so far, I haven't met a Deschutes I didn't like. The pour leaves a big blast of foamy head that lingers. I didn't pick up anything amazing in the aroma, a bit of bread and caramel. The flavor is very malt forward, with far less hops than I anticipated. The malt and toffee sweetness blend very well. Overall, this is a very easy drinking beer - delightful, in fact!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks, smells, and tastes like your typical, solid, flagship red ale. A bit of a violent pour leads to a rather large head that retains very well and laces even better. The deep amber body of the beer translates in a very malty nose, with just a touch of balancing hops bitterness. The caramel malt in the scent is converted directly on to the palate for a solidly malty backbone of red ale flavor. Little to no hops bitterness balances the flavor of this beer, but that's ok because the semisweet, and just a touch peaty, malts are so delicious. This beer drinks very easily and smoothly on the whole.

Overall, I'm not sure what to say; this is your standard red ale from a very high quality brewery. Does this beer provide an instantly recognizable flavor or experience? No. But does this beer offer a solid flavor that is pretty delicious and easy to enjoy? Heck yes.

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Photo of hreb
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated best before 02/10/15 (I just bought it today, so shame on me for not checking the date, and shame on BevMo for their low turnover). Served in a pint glass, beer darkens from amber to red to brown, with big soda bubbles rising towards a healthy tan head. Aroma is pretty unimpressive. Flavor is very nice though, if not the malt bomb I was hoping for. Super well balanced, as much like a German ale as an American (micro) amber. I don't get as much roastiness as the label lead me to believe, rather, toasted barley balances off unmalted barley. Both are way mild, and in turn balance off the relatively mild hopping. This beer is true neutral: if you order an ale, without any qualifiers, this is what the barman should hand you. The beer's total score doesn't do it justice because the execution and balance of this brew really are world-class.

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Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a coppery red with three fingers of foamy tan head.

Smell - earthy and leafy hops, toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits, yeast.

Taste - Starts with a pleasant hit from the earthy and leafy hops followed by the sweetness from the toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits, and yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall - An enjoyable red from Deschutes. This one is just a true easy drinking red with a pleasant hop profile and nice supporting malt backbone.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to see an amber ale from this outfit make it northwards, and I anticipate a still rather hoppy affair (that's called foreshadowing, ladies and germs), from my experience with this brewery thus far.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky malformed lace around the glass as it very, very slowly abates, like it's on island time - I've been to Bend, and there are no islands in that particular bucolic river.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, toffee pudding, muddled, but still affable dark orchard fruit, a hint of earthy yeast, brown sugar, a subtle cherry cola otherness, and peppy leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is more bready, grainy caramel malt, a lessened biscuity toffee sweetness, gritty dark sugar, some plum and muted black cherry fruitiness, oversteeped tannic black tea, a weird chalky candy essence, and more leafy, piney, and ethereally citrusy hops.

The bubbles are quite low-key and unobtrusive in their plain Jane frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nascent airy creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes on the sweet side, the now pastry-adjacent caramel malt showing little interest in waning, as it needs all its strength to fend off the surprisingly not so prevalent hops - psych!

A decent enough amber ale, the malt the star of the show here, with the fruity hops aiding and abetting, and even providing a tangible offset. Easy enough to put back, I suppose, but not something I could see having more than one or two of, before my predilection for Deschutes' more hoppy and heady offerings beckoned me with their siren call.

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Photo of wasso67
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Interesting bomber, pours a brick-red, slightly hazy. Medium head with minimal head retention.

Aroma is of piney hops with just a hint of caramel in the background. Medium mouthfeel. First taste is citrus/pine, a little bitterness at the end with just a touch of caramel malt to keep it all in check.

Finishes slightly sweet but clean. Good beer!

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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 473 ratings