Cinder Cone Red | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
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

Added by Bierman9 on 10-07-2002

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Ratings: 472 |  Reviews: 227
Reviews by Copernicus:
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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Photo of marvin213
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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 WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Best by date of 06.25.14.
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 04.22.14.

A: See through dark red. Small head with an easy pour.

S: Sweet malt, spices, toffee.

T: Toffee dominates. Caramel and spices are there too. Slight grapefruit and pine on back end.

O: This was a very well balanced and complex amber. It was in the typical Deschutes style. It had the caramel that you would expect in an amber, but it also had a nice grapefruit/pine finish that added just enough hoppiness to make it interesting.

Rating: A-

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Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Gorgeous big foam in the tall Timmermans goblet. Color is a copper-tinted amber. Sudsy and mouthfilling.

Some pale malt to start, with a modest sweet zing. Then the bitter bite sets its teeth. It's like sucking on rubber bands and aspirin. Thin and harsh overall. So well made except for-- oops-- the flavor.

This has to be one of the most bitter Red Ales I've ever tried to drink. I just don't get this. It lacks the hoppy complexity of an IPA and goes straight to the bitterness receptor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Hallam's Wine in La Conner, Wash.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is a beautiful, dark orange in color and hazy. The head was an inch at least and showed good retention.

Smell – Wow! This is a hoppy one for sure. The hop profile is very complex. The pine leads the way here, followed by come light floral and sharp citrus. The malt base muscles it way up to the nose as well. This has a lovely and complex bouquet.

Taste – The sharp but not overpowering pine and citrus flavors give this one the traditional Red Ale profile. The creamy malt base, covered in a light caramel sauce, keeps right up with them though, producing a complex (I know I’m repeating myself) ale.

Mouthfeel – This one is very smooth and creamy. It’s medium-bodied with little carbonation.

Drinkability – Deschutes Brewery managed to take a lot of good flavors and bring them all together for a very fine brew.

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, dark amber beer with a very creamy white head with decent retention. Nice aroma of spicy, piney, slightly citric hop character with notes of freshly milled malts in the back. Flavor is full of crazy bubblegum! Raw, coarse, leafy, earthy hops follow with a smack of lemon rind bitterness. Mineral flavors, raw grain husky tannins. Quite dry, with an even malty / fruity sweetness and hints of roasted and toffee. Finish leaves the mouth dry with a residual coarse feel and some notes of nutty yeast.

A very flavorful brew, with a nice complex hop profile.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a creamy off-white head that goes to a frothy cap that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts balanced with a nice raw and green hoppiness along with some tea-like notes.

The flavor is nutty caramel malts initially leading to a surprisingly big (for an amber) and raw and citrusy bitterness. The finish is bitter but also crisp. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a surprisingly good amber, the best I've had to date. This would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date notched on the side of the label. Blurb about the beer in the neck label.

A- Close to a reddish brick color, faint chill haze fades though the head stays as it shows some amazing head retention and stickage on the glass.

S- Herbal and citric hop aroma, different from years past. Big juicy tangerine hop aroma ... very aromatic.

T&M- Big juicy hop character of Amarillo hops upfront, sweet citrus juice-like. Just enough smoothness and crispness to get by. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor meld well with the sizable hop presence. Middle to end is more of an herbal / aspirin flavor and bitterness. Finishes with a mild sweetness and a long lingering medicinal hop flavor.

D- Don't try fixing something if it is not broken. I preferred the "East Kent Goldings" version ... unfortunately this beer has been subjected to the Amarillo Hop craze. Regardless, this is still a great ale to be had and pretty damn drinkable to boot.

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Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy iced tea color with a beige head. The aroma is that of vegetables along with some caramel and bready malts. The flavor is leather, caramel, toffee and biscuit malts. I also get some iced tea flavors in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of BCborn
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thrasher
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Irish red ales are often dull, and the good ones are few and far between. This is a good one and its a real treat. Dark reddish amber with tons of poufy head that lasts and laces. Aroma of caramel malts, roasted barley, a light smokiness and just a trace of rainy-day mustiness that is very inviting. Big, big malts, much more than in your typical red ale, with large bursts of caramel and toffee plus some darker, coffeeish flavors. The hops (Amarillo and Tettnang according to the website) are what really tie this beer together. The balance is perfect. Light citrus and evergreen flavors together with substantial bitterness that is lightly puckering and not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is good, full and a little bit creamy. Just about the best red I've had with the possible exception of Rocky Bay Katie's Celtic.

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of takusan1000
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Substantial depth to the red hues that come out in the pour, yet, plenty of clarity despite being a darker red. Nice 1" head on it, good lacing, good retention. Aroma, like a spicier, hoppier red ale. Really brings out the caramel more than most reds, like a hybrid caramel ipa and red ale in the aroma.

Taste, delivers good hop notes. Mild citrus notes, average bitterness. Kind of a complex thing, leather, dark fruit notes even at times. Way more interesting than the average red ale out there. Maybe even a little toffee to this one.

More interesting than your average red, a decent beer in a great breweries portfolio. For whatever reason, I rarely see it anymore.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a dark amber color with a nice two finger whitish head that sticks around for a good while. Scents of roasted carmal malts on the nose. The taste has a nice hop bite up front that mellows into a carmel sweetness. Flavor does fall a little flat on the back end of the palate. Mouthfeel is a little high in carbonation.

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Photo of chrisms86
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin layer of head which disappears into only spotty bubbles. Color is a reddish brown, only slightly transparent.

Has a fruity tang flavor to it, I taste some apple and possibly rasberry. Finishes off slightly bitter but not enough so to kill off the sweet taste. A great red ale, highly recommended.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of samtrillo
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a reddish-purple-amber with a beautiful bout of ocean white head that soon dissipates.

Nose of piney hops and citrus and some carmel malt.

The taste is of bitter lemon, toasted and caramelized malt. The pine and citrus I got from the nose has dissipated as quickly as the head. This is more of a red ale than a red IPA. There's a mineral soapiness that I could do without.

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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 472 ratings