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: 472
Photo of TheBungyo
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inviting head, nice lacing, and luscious ruby body. Nose is full of sweet fruit and caramel. What more can you ask of an ale?
Taste is pine and grapefruit followed by syrupy citrus and sweet malt.
Mouth is just as creamy as any of us would hope.
A beer I would hope to have again and again!

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Photo of alpinist
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A medium bodied amber ale, Cinder Cone Red has a rich malt flavor and red color derived from four kinds of caramel malt with a hint of dark roasted barley. East Kent Goldings and Tettnang hops balance the toffee sweetness, creating a refreshing full hop flavor, according to their website. Sounds good to me. Cinder Cone Red is exceptional......!

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Photo of TexIndy
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 7/23/09 on side of front label. It was a rich amber color with some carb streams and great lacing. It had a thick beige head that slowly settled to a foam.

The aroma was amazing. Tons of floral and citric hops on a nice solid sweet malt base. Found myself sniffing this one over and over again. The was exceptional as well. Had great balance. The sweet malt perfectly complimented the hop bite. Could enjoy the hops bite in the middle and then it toned down with a malt finish that set you up for the next drink. Perfect.

Overall, an amazing beer and another outstanding effort from Deschutes. Highly, highly recommend. It's a summer seasonal otherwise it would be in the yearly reg rotation. As is, I'll drink my fill during the summer and then count the days till it's re-released.


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Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of Cinder Cone to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a red copper color, and is clear. A rich foamy off-white head forms, which is extremely resilient and sticky. The head produces heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is fairly strong and fruity. Aroma of apricots or peaches is present.

The taste is robust, complex and a little unusual. There is a malt flavor, along with caramel (the label says toffee) and then a couple of distinct bitter flavors. The flavors are wonderfully well balanced between the malt flavors, fruit and hops.

Mouth feel is very smooth. The beer is full-bodied but light, crisp and mildly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, with appealing aromas and flavors. The flavors are very well balanced. I wouldn’t mind having several of these in a session. I would certainly drink Cinder Cone again.

NOTE: Deschutes brews a summer seasonal called Twilight that I like a lot. Cinder Cone is a little sweeter more robust version of that.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to say I'm surprised in looking at the ratings I'm assigning this brew, but I've been floored by this year's release. It is easily the best red/amber I've ever had. I didn't really expect it to be so, as I've had it in years past and enjoyed it, but never been really wowed.

The brew is pretty standard to look at. Clear, clean deep brownish amber with a very creamy, merangue, off-dirty-white head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Nice crystal/cascade hybrid hop aroma with some roast-toasted caramel in the nose.

Amazing complexity of balance. Bitter, nicely hoppy, slightly roasty, a bit of ashen earthiness, toasted medium-dark crystal malt sweetness.

Medium bodied and full flavored without being cloying.

This is the first beer in many moons that I've gone back for back-to-back rather than reach for something different. For me, that says a lot.

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Photo of clickpush
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour: 12 oz bottle to wide mouth glass. Comes out with a half finger of tan head over a very bright red beer. Head leaves excellent lacings behind and a big fluffy necklace around the glass.

Nose: The smell of this beer is so strong that from four feet away I'm getting whiffs of attractive piney hops. Up close I can pick out some sweet diacetyl notes that give it a buttery feel. The alcohol is also noticeable way in the back of the nose.

Mouth: Strong carbonation all the way from the beginning to the end, but not so strong that it hurts your mouth. The flavor is much hoppier that I'd anticipated from the nose, so while it threw me off a little it was definitely a nice surprise. There’s lots of pine and herbal flavors, at some points almost minty, with a slight warm breath of alcohol to finish it off. The finish is strengthened by a whopping dry bitterness that hangs around for ever, making me want to drink several more bottles of this beer.


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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cinder Cone Red was served from a 12 oz. bottle sporting the new style Deschutes label. In a pint glass, the beer was a deep orange-ruby hue, and was topped by a nice sticky white head that left fine lacing. The nose was attractive, with roasty malt overtones and a lively floral hop bouquet that tickled the nose. Tasting revealed a rich but nicely dry roasted malt profile that presented a zippy citric transition into a bouncy limey bitter finish. The body was enjoyably firm and full. All of this was very tasty and finely tuned, resulting in a satisfying and highly enjoyable drink. A excellent session brew that is large on of my favorite Deschutes.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one very, VERY balanced red ale.
Sweet malts, sharp amirillo hops, light citrus...and nothing comes first or is all together...nothing overpowers.
Very drinkable....almost perfect for the style.
I prefer Red Rocket, but that's very hoppy...not really true to style I don't think.
This one really hits the mark.

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Photo of elmocoso
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice coppery/ ruby red beverage. the slightest of beading. Head is not huge but has character - Off white, clingy and settled into a mallowy surface, finally resting in a thin veil with a few bulbous large bubbles breaking the monotony.
Smell is very satisfying. At first, i though it was all malt, but on second smell i see the hops are so coexistent that one does not notice them. They seem like two sides of one stone.
The taste is very good. More bitterness than sweetness, but with smell being predominantly sweet, it strikes a nice balance.
Mouth-feel is nice and full.
This is one of those beers that i wish was more available. it would make a great session beer.

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Photo of Spikester
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red into clear glass with nice foamy head and good lacing.

Smell is rich and herbal, resinous with piney scents.

Taste is sweet toasty malts with stong resinous citrus hops with a nice dry finish. I had a 2008 version and the hop character was excellent. Tasted very fresh.

Mouthfeel is relatively full, nicely bitter on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability is excellent but I don't know if it would be a session beer. Maybe on tap. Am looking forward to that experience.

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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 DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Well balanced, delicious. The malt is right on the money and not too cloying like some others. The tettnang / amarillo hop combo is fantastic with aroma and flavours of flowers and mandarin oranges.

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

Appearance: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy, rich orange-brown body with a solid two fingers of off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and floral hops over a sweet caramel malt base. This smells great.

Taste: Lots of hops right off the bat. They're citrusy, juicy, a little spicy, and decently bitter for the style. The Amarillo and Tettnang combination is just brilliant here. Underneath, plenty of lightly-roasted caramel malt in the backbone. This is certainly a well-hopped Red, but it's still well-balanced. The aftertaste is nicely bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little fuller than medium and the carbonation is nice and smooth. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Tasty with a mild alcohol content, this makes for a brilliant session brew.

Verdict: Cinder Cone Red is a real hit. I'm loving the combination of hops here, and the rest of the beer isn't too shabby either. It seems odd to me that a beer this tasty and sessionable is a seasonal, it seems like the kind of beer that would fly off the shelves year-round.

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

Had heard good things about this brew so I decided to at least try a "single" 12 ozer
Lovelly old fashioned raised pattern brown bottle. Label has a picture of a snowboarder..but thats the only bad thing about this beer Poured beer into a small head which quickly turned into a fine lace..the beer itself is a wonderful deep reddish brown
Wonderful smell of hops in ths just great.
Tastes good a litle bitter ..hoppy of course ..good.
Very drinkable..i will buy this again next year if it comes out again.
I really am blessed living up here in Gods Country ( Oregon) many great breweries!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest apricot with a healthy cherry blush and a ripe orange rind where beer meets glass; a gorgeous color. The head is no less spectacular. Pastel orange-tinted ecru, bubbly, humped in the center, sticky as all get out... this is one fine looking cap. There's not much more than a respectable amount of abstract patterned lace, but no matter, this here beer is a looker of the first order.

What do you think a red ale released by a top-notch brewery would smell like if brewed with Amarillo and Tettanang hops? Like this, that's what. The nose is everything that I'd hoped it would be. Perfect balance between light toffee-caramel on the one hand and citric, tropical, ever-so-slightly floral hops on the other. Well done Deschutes, well done.

Three for three. There's no way--after seeing the hop bill and smelling this sucker--that the flavor was going to be anything other than well-hopped red ale heaven. Again, the balance is exquisite (keeping in mind that I'm an unrepentant hophead). The sweet, candied caramel malt foundation provides just enough flavor to keep the beer squarely within the boundaries of the style.

Cinder Cone enters the stratosphere, however, on the strength of its hops; both in terms of amount (generous) and type (especially Amarillo). The hop bill was an inspired choice and gives the beer a pink grapefruit-bitter orange citrusiness that contains just enough Tettnang spiciness to keep one's palate off-balance and probing. Damn tasty stuff.

The body is medium-full for the style; no surprise given the boat load of ingredients. I can't recall a Deschutes beer whose mouthfeel disappointed. There's very little noticeable carbonation; just the ticket for those of us who appreciate what those bubbles do, but don't want to be reminded of their presence with each sip. The mouthfeel isn't quite up to the high standards of the other attributes, but it's a near thing.

Does anyone else think that the name of this brewery sounds like a sneeze? Deschutes!! Gesundheit. Cinder Cone Red is the real deal and is one of the best of style that I've had this year. I might even extend that to say within the past year. It's a crime that it's a seasonal offering and even more of a crime that I can't grab a sixer whenever the mood strikes me. Which would be often.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright clear reddish brown. THe head is not white, but has the faintest yellowy pink to it.

A balance of floral, almost tropical hoppiness and a deep butterscotch/toffee malt. I used to consider this one malt-forward, but it's so well balanced. Upon trying it this year, I am getting more IPA qualities from it. The hops really aren't trying to poke through and assail, but they tip the balance a bit more this batch it seems.

Great bitter fruitiness is tucked in behind the solid malt body. Really nice full to medium mouthfeel, and at 5.4, I would call this a great session beer!

Drinkability is ofcouse excellent!

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've drank a fair amount of these, it's time to finally get around to a review.

You can pour this one pretty aggressively, medium-low carbonation will keep it from overflowing, but fill the rest of your pint glass with fluffy beige suds. Color is a pleasing rich amber. A little bit of lacing.

Lots of hops on the nose. Way more going on that most amber ales. Very aromatic: citrus, flower nectar, a little bit earth/grass. Plus, I'm getting a little bit of honey-biscuit malts. As the beer warms, hop aromas fade and malts take over more.

Taste is excellent for a mainline amber, in my opinion. Full disclosure: I love hops; and that is what set this beer apart from the crowd. They definitely show up with some citrus, but also have floral and grassy notes, and bring a sturdy bitterness wallop at the end. The hops bookends are met in the middle with lots of sweet malts. Again biscuits with honey and some butterscotch are flavors I notice. Pretty well balanced, especially with a little warming up.

Mouthfeel might not quite keep up with the intense flavors going on. Finish is actually fairly short, punctuated by distinct hop/citrus rind bitterness. Low carbonation keeps this beer smooth, but maybe keeps it from being as lively as it could be.

My wife even likes this beer and she's not a hophead by any stretch. It's affordable, and gives a really high flavor per dollar bang for the buck ratio. Highly recommended as a break from the run of the mill amber. It's going out of season right now. Deschutes, make this a year-round brew!

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Photo of BrewMan82
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a bit of red. Nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is strong floral hoppiness dominating with some sweet fruity malt playing backup. Taste: The floral hop bitterness hits first and carries through all the way to the aftertase, which is dry and slightly bitter. The hop flavor is spicy and citric. The malt is present, and has a worty aroma and taste with a hint of tinny metallic overtone - not a bad thing. Had a bit of lacing. This beer is very much hop centered - that's why I loved it! An excellent, robust brew.

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Photo of Mark
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been lucky in the last couple of amber / red ales I have tried. This offering from Deschutes poured a rich dark amber with a thick tan off white head that lasted all the way to the bottom. Lacing was scattered but good. Nice earthy malty aroma with subtle hop aroma. Very creamy mouthfeel and smooth malty caramel taste backed up by a hop bite that was perfect. A very smooth brew and utterly drinkable. A great discovery.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can honestly say that this is unlike any other beer I've ever tried. The smell and taste almost remind me of a fruity, citrusy wine.

Pours out a nice red-amber colour. A good example of the red ale style.

The smell immediately grabs you. The hoppy, grapefruit like aroma is both intriguing and unlike what you would expect from a beer.

The grapefruity quality continues into the taste with a nice sweet toffee character blending in. A malty-sweet citrus aftertaste finishes off this beer nicely. The mouthfeel is well balanced and even.

This is an interesting beer that is definitely worth a try, but I think it's drinkability suffers slightly because there is only so much grapefruit I'd want to have.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz picked up as a single at the Coop sometime last week for I'm guessing about $1.45.. poured into my new Sam Adams glass (the funky shaped one).

Head is foamy and long lasting.. tons of lacing.. brew is polished copper.

Aroma is hoppy but not a normal American Amber.. there is some floral hops mixed in well with the American citrus... a little toffee malt and some toasted notes.

Flavor is a fantastic mix of hops and malts... good spicy/floral and a small amount of citrus mix with caramel.. toffee and very light chocolate. Sorta sweet .. but still well within style guides. Pretty big mouthfeel for style.. but there is a ton of things that keep the palate lingering forever.

I know that I am enjoying this very fresh right now.. but wow.. it is way better than many of the other ambers that I have reviewed. Simply fantastic.

My only complaint is .. I would probably get bored after a few and want to change things up a bit.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant red amber with orange highlights. Dense tanned head with decent retention. Dense sticky bubbly laces.

Toasty caramel with a grapefruit, lemon, spicy herbal hop nose. Could use a bit more punch.

Toasty bready caramel. Grapefruit and lemon peel with a spicy herbal, slightly grassy undertone. Pleasant, but not overpowering, bitterness that reinforces the hops with a resinous spicy herbal and bitter citrus aftertaste.

Slightly sticky and dry. Smooth and refreshing. Med-full body with slow moving light carbonation.

Great flavorful refreshing hoppy red. Too bad it's a seasonal and not year round, cause this is a good drinkable red that I would pursue more often.

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