Cinder Cone Red | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
467 Ratings
Cinder Cone RedCinder Cone Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
467
Reviews:
227
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 467 |  Reviews: 227
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1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of npendres
2.18/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown glass bomber purchased earlier tonight and served cold into a tulip at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as a red ale per the label Cost was $3.99 USD. Expectations are high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide head. Retention is nice - about 3-4 minutes. White colour. Decent creaminess, thickness, and fullness. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Deep amber-red. Translucent. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good looking red ale. Not unique or special, but absolutely appealing.

AROMA: Caramel, toasted amber malts, some breadiness, and some floral hop character. Cream. A very pleasant inviting aroma of moderate strength.

No alcohol, off-notes or yeast character is detectable.

TASTE: Underwhelming. Predictably, amber malts dominate. There's a floral hop profile that fails to showcase the amarillo mentioned on the label. Has some caramel and toastiness, but ill enough to satisfy the conventions of the style.

Balanced? Not really. It takes a sharp left turn into red apple skin territory for no real reason, and the malt backbone is inadequate. More toastiness is needed. Average depth, duration and intensity of flavour.

I do like it for what it is, but there's no real subtlety, intricacy/complexity, or nuance to speak of. It doesn't even meet the conventions of the style, and obviously fails to exceed them. Meh.

TEXTURE: Smooth, lightly dry, a biteen cidery, crisp like fruit skin, overcarbonated, and annoyingly thin. Lacks sufficient body. Has an off barleywine-esque feel on the palate. Gushed. There's some creaminess. Needs to be more assertive overall.

Not oily, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

A severely problematic texture which actively undermines the taste. Needs serious work. Deschutes did this?

OVERALL: Drinkable, sure, and passable at $3.99 a bottle. But it's far from a good red ale and I definitely wouldn't get it again - even though it features my favourite hop (amarillo). Hides its ABV nicely, but the quality just isn't there. I'm a bit surprised Deschutes released this.

C

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Photo of Crosling
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color. Wispy white topping of suspended particles clung together. Subtle nose of caramel malt and slightly lemony/citrusy Amarillo and spicy Tettnang. Taste begins by illustrating the caramel malts initially, then levels off and begins to develop a touch of roast on the finish. Meanwhile, the hops seem to be unusually mellow. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t like this at all. The malt flavor is very amateurish (and yes, I am aware that I am speaking of Deschutes here), almost like beginner homebrew and the Amarillo and Tettnang combination needs to either be amped up substancially or switched out for hops more powerful and more fitting for the style, like Centennial or Chinook.

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Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of ScottishStoutMan
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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 neckbeered
3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of mghotbi
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear reddish copper with a creamy head. A tremendous amount of lacing all over the glass.

Nose predominantly hoppy and piney with a trace of grain alcohol. Crisp mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Taste is quite hoppy with long lingering piney, resinous bitterness. Minimal malt sweetness in this one. Alcohols quite prominent late, which is surprising for a relatively low ABV offering. Bitterness really overwhelms without an adequate counterbalancing malt profile.

I was a bit disappointed by this one, given Deschutes other offerings, which are often spectacular. A bit unbalanced - not my favorite amber ale.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deschutes is one of my favorite staple breweries but this selection was not for me. Pours a gorgeous amber/rust river red with a nice tan head that dissapates into the glass. Lacing is great, frothy foam will stick to the glass as you partake in this creation. The smell is very wildernessy/trees/pines, very earthy. Rear has hints of cherries and citrus. A nice spice kick is there as well. The taste is bitter, not the bitter I like (trust me I like bitter IPA's, just didn't do it. The forest pine hints are here in the taste, a little to earthy for my tastes. A dry tone just wasn't what I wanted. Alcohol is detected in the rear of the sip. A medium bodied dry ale that while many will love I'm sure, just wasn't what I was looking for on this particular day.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one probably didn't receive due justice because of the medium served. Tried this at Hops On Equinox 06 and served in a 6oz pilsner sampler.
Red Amber in color and 1/4" head.

Nose- of a mild hoppiness.

Taste- almost pine nutty, similar to, yes pine nuts but probably just the hops. The later taste of burnt wood, almost charred.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light.

Yes I would recommend this as a casual drinker on a nice summer afternoon.

Elbows Up,
Adam

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Photo of ccrida
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at the Portland Public House in an imperial pint, Cinder Cone is a dark, hazy amber with small, tight off-white head.

Smell is light (served cold), grassy, herbal hops, bit of malt as it warms.

Taste is lightly toasted malt, caramel, some plasticy phenols and minty hop bite with a bitter finish. The one is too astringent for my taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body.

Drinkability is average for me, it was just too bitter and grainy. I like me ambers with a sweeter, richer malt backbone and more hop flavor and aroma.

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Photo of benito
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I stopped by the Deschutes booth at the recent Big Beers festival in Vail, the brewery rep mentioned that their upcoming seasonal--Cinder Cone Red--just didn't sell very well. I realized that I had never had it and figured I would do my part to give their sales a boost.

This beer is amber to light brown in color with a small head that dissipates and lingers as a thin layer above the brew. It's citrusy smell is its best attribute--the bouquet has a nice mix of fruit and bread. Unfortunately, the rest of this beer is ho-hum. It shows a gentle and well-balanced malt-hop mix in the flavor that is so restrained that it almost comes across as flavorless; the juicy bite at the end is quite welcome. At least it's not offensive.

Deschutes makes many better beers than this one, and there are plenty of other, better ambers on the market. Maybe this one doesn't jump off the shelves for a reason.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy the Deschutes beers so I thought I would give this one a try. The orange color and creamy head look good so far. I can’t smell much but my sense of smell has been shot for a couple weeks so, whatever. The taste reminds me of a more subdued Hop Trip. I loved the Hop Trip but this one seems like a watered down version but then again, what do I know? Very sessionable due to the low alcohol and easy-going taste. Not bad, but I prefer the Hop Trip.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While it poured an amber with red hues with little foam and very little lace, the smell was of hops and malts. The taste was of malts and hop's with a hint of a citrus nature. Although a bitter dry finish, it was a nice red ale. But, a little like "Mirror Pond Ale", but not as bitter.

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Photo of rye726
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a nice redish brown and holds a middling beige head. The nose is fairly basic of mild malts and some fruity hops. The taste is light but well balanced. It is definately malt dominant. Average body goes down fine. A good, but over priced, session beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
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 RandyFlameThrower
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jesse1258828
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%

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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 467 ratings.
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