Cinder Cone Red | Deschutes Brewery

very good
467 Ratings
Cinder Cone RedCinder Cone Red

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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bend brewpub on 11.9.11

A - Arrives a nice dark orangish-amber with a tint of red. Cream color head fades rather quickly to the edges.

S - Very malty and dark fruit. Red apples.

T - Smooth dark malts, a touch of fruit, carmel.

D - A touch bitter, but is very desirable here. Average carbonation and body.

O - A very nice and drinkable brew.

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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark amber with a nice one inch off white head and a good amount of lace. Nice retention on the head as well. Smell was deeply hopped, with a nice pine resin aroma and a hint of light grain. My first impression was a bit light in the carbonation, and a slight slickness or oilyness to it. Big hop profile was very nicely balanced against the malted grain back. Overall this was an easily sessionable and highly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/29/2010. Bottle thanks to scrizzz. Pours a clear mahogany with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light fruits, floral hops. Flavor is similar with plenty of rich caramel malt, toffee, toasted malt, and light bitter hops. Smooth and easy drinking. Overall, a pleasant amber.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The body is a nice amber color with a light tan head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose really brings through some good notes of light bread and caramel. There are some citrus and floral hops there as well. The taste is slightly hoppy with a bit of toast. Nice, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Good body and carbonation; this was a nice bottle and I'm glad I was able to pick one up.

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass, this is a muddy-amber colored beer with a slight, quickly disappearing head. Nice aroma, with focus on the malt: caramel, a hint of cocoa, with a dusting of hops. Bitterness comes through more on the taste, lightly grassy, though not a lot of hop flavor. The malt provides a dose of sweet caramel flavor. The finish is dry and bitter. Full bodied, but not heavy.

A good red ale. Fits the style well.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 cbarrett4
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cask at Deschutes Public House in Portland.

Pours with a good copper, amber hue. Decent head and lace, even for a cask pour.

Good aromas similar to an IPA, lots of fresh hops and spice. Good flavor and a nice balance. Nothing really outstanding here. Perhaps it loses a bit on the cask pour.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 2/13/10

Best by 4/8/10

Many thanks to jamdugan; I'm always thrilled to try a Deschutes beer

Very dark copper in color; there are highlights of both ruby & scorched crimson depending on how the light catches the glass. It poured nearly an inch of foam that thinned out to a narrow layer of bubbles after a few minutes leaving decent beginnings of lace. Thin retention & ok lacing throughout.

The aroma is pretty nice, though fairly subtle & restrained. Floral hop notes take up a reasonable amount of shelf space. A few hints of plum work their way in, too. There's a notable malt profile but it doesn't seem all that prominent, especially considering the style. Caramel is most obvious with undertones of bread dough.

The taste seems right in line with the nose & honestly, it's a little underwhelming. Floral hops are at the front with a few wisps of citrus strewn throughout. The hop flavors are good but not particularly bitter - a bit surprising with the bottle claiming Amarillo hops. I was hoping for a bit more kick. At least the malt profile also mirrors the nose & isn't too over-bearing with a good bit of caramel & some toasted bread.

Medium body that seems thin & almost watery around the edges. Carbonation leans more toward the lower end of moderate. The finish is fairly clean; just a subtle notion of bitterness makes its way to the end. Who knew?

This is an easy drinking, reasonably flavorful beer. Sure, it isn't the most bold or demanding but it thrives on solid subtleties. One thing going for it is a lack of perceivable bad qualities. I sure wouldn't mind one bit finding this on draft one day.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep tawny amber with a slight haze and two fingers of rocky tan head. It looks pretty appetizing to me.

Smell: very nice hop-centric aroma. Well balanced between peppery, herby and floral hop characteristics. Just the right amount of malt sweetness edges through; this is a pretty good smelling brew.

Taste: much less hoppy than the aroma, the flavor is one of slightly sweet malt with a hint of nuttiness and hops leaning more towards the floral characteristics. The aroma and taste complement each other quite well.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. I think it's quite good.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. In fact, I'm going to have to make it a point to get some more of this sometime down the road.

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hoppy red ale (55 IBUs) is another solid offering from Deschutes. Unfortunately, it's on its way out.

A lovely hop aroma delivers healthy portions of citrus to your nose. Then some caramel breaks through along with fruity berry aromas.

This dark red brew fluffs up a slightly off-white head upon pouring. There is a slight haze.

I expected more caramel sweetness from this medium bodied brew and was hoping it would battle for supremacy with the healthy dose of hops. However, it was not to be and instead the caramel and toasted malt flavors that were present were unable to compete with the hops.

Clean and semi-dry, a pleasant soft bitterness lingers for a bit.

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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by 4/8/2010. Very fresh. From a six pack purchased on sale for $7.59.

A-Pours a gorgeous medium amber. One and a half finger, off-white head with good retention and ample lacing. A beautiful appearing beer.

S-Aggressive hops and toasted caramel malts.

T-Hops are aggressive without being overpowering. Nice malt backbone in finish. Taste is delicately sweet and citrusy. This is delicious, especially for such a modest ABV.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced, yet complex.

D-Very nice for an amber ale. So smooth. Sessionable at 5.4% ABV.

My only regret is this is only brewed seasonally. I would glady drink this year round.
Another exemplary brew from my favorite brewery. Outstanding quality and value.

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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appears a strong amber-orange with a very light tan head, which has good retention. The smell is very lightly floral with notes of caramel malty-ness. The flavor is a great hoppy malty mix with some citrus and spice hints, but seems a bit weak. It has a medium body and a fair amount of carbonation, but again feels a bit weak. A very drinkable red, although I wish it had a bit more substance and flavor.

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