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Cinder Cone Red | Deschutes Brewery

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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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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 466
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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Photo of flagmantho
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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Photo of birdypowder
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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Photo of velosuds
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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Photo of vkv822
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber, with 2 big frothy fingers of off-white head. Retains at just about a full finger, in what is basically a frothy dollop that coats the sides of the glass with dense sticky lacing. The aroma is just loaded with Amarillo hops, giving the nose a dry smelling spicy, citric, and piney edge. Luckily the hops don't totally control here, with a very roasty backing of toasted caramel malts giving this so great evenness.

That great balance doesn't quite carry over to the taste, with the silky sweetness of the caramel malts appearing a bit thin at times. There is a burnt roastiness that is present though, which helps gives the hops something else to bounce off of. Speaking of the hops, they are still quite aggressive here (impressive considering that this was a spring release), laying down a generous helping of spicy and resinous bitterness. There's a splash of green citrus in the backend of this but the finish is mostly lingering hops, with an intense dryness that really sticks around long after the swallow. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very mellow and smooth body. Almost too much, as it gets just a touch light in spots. Luckily, there is just enough beef to the body to keep this firm in the mouth.

Tasty little West Coast Amber Ale here from Deschutes, as the Amarillo hops really set this a bit apart from others in the style, with the pine and dryness really getting laid on thick. Solid stuff.

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Photo of Fnord
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy red with a thin white head.

Smell - Flowery hops, caramel, pine, alcohol, and a bit of orange.

Taste - Everything from the smell, plus a crisp hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation.

Notes - I assumed this was a fall seasonal until I read the small print on the label just now. Hopefully it hasn't lost much in the three seasons since it was brewed. Anyway, this is the first cloudy red beer I've ever had. With a good flavorful balance of malts and hops, as of now this is my favorite of the Deschutes beers I've tried (admittedly not very many).

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Photo of kindestcut
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Deschutes Cinder Cone Red Ale pours a dark red with a very vibrant three-finger off-white head. The aroma is hoppy with a distant sweetness.

The flavor is good, sweet with a hoppy finish. I would have preferred a little more sweetness to balance things out, not to say the beer is too hoppy. The flavor is just not as good as I had hoped.

All in all, this is a good beer, not the best Red Ale I've had but quite drinkable.

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Photo of riored4v
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/9/09

Poured into a pint glass. 1 1/2 finger, off-white head. Slightly hazy with a burnt copper body.

Smell was caramely, slightly citrusym malty backed with hints of roasted malts.

Taste had a good amount of piney, citrusy and almost orange-like hops. Nice lingering/finishing bitterness. Mellow, malty backbone with some nice roasted maltiness.

Mouthfeel was slightly sticky. Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability was good. Balanced but leaning more towards the bitter side.

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

Had this one back when it was first released, but somehow forgot to type up my review.

A: The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with plenty of red tint. The head is about a finger and a half and white, subsides quickly and leaves spots of lacing.

S: There is tons of caramel and caramel sweetness, along with some mild sweet citrus. There is not any real hop aroma to speak of, maybe a bit of floral hops.

T: Much like the nose, this beer is extremely sweet. The primary flavors are sweet caramel maltiness and some toffee notes. There are are some mild citrus flavors, but nothing too pronounced.

M: The beer features moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D: While the sweetness of this beer is not my cup of tea, it is still quite drinkable and is another good offering from Deschutes.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy deep orange color with a medium deep ivory creamy head that had good retention and leaves in it's trails fine lacing.

S-The aroma is strong with floral and spicy hops upfront mixed with sweet orange peel then as the head fades to a think colar on top of the beer the aroma turns to a slightly burned carmel (which is not a bad thing). After a swirl of my sniffer, I get a hint of nutty caramelness.

T-The flavor is much of the same with hops up front and a nice punch of hop bitterness with some caramel in the back. There is a spicy twang I don't get very often. I think it's from the Tettnanger hops. I like the characteristic they bring to this beer. I don't get to experience those hops very often in American craft beers.

M-This beer has a big body, given the abv. Very nicely balanced and creamy. Very creamy and smooth carbonation. It's pretty dry though. I guess in a hoppy red, it should be a little dry... hmmm...

D-I think this beer can be very sessionable indeed.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Town & Country Liquor, on to the beer:

Slghtly murky orange amber color in my pint glass, the head sticks well together on top and is thick. Great retention. Some hop oils and hop leaves in the aroma, thin maltiness. The taste is an improvement over the aroma...at least you can taste the maltiness. Toasted and fruity at the begining. Some tea-like hops fasten the beer up together. Not an overpowering flavor. Light-medium body, no pesky carbonation, and easy to session.

An easy going ale from Deschutes. This might be a good one to introduce to a newbie.

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

A nice, hoppy red from Deschutes. This beer pours a bright amber red with a strong head and relatively good lacing. The aroma is nice and hoppy with a healthy dose of malty sweetness. It's a basic citrus/pine/floral hop aroma, but it's very well done. The flavor is a bit less hoppy than Rogue's red, but it's still enjoyable. I like my reds hopped to the gills, so the nicely dry malt backbone isn't really winning me over quite as much as it probably does for some. Still, it's a nice red ale. I prefer it cold because some astringency seems to kick up for me as the beer warms.

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

I believe this is a summer seasonal. I poured it into a chalice, who knows why. I broke my last pint glass awhile ago.

Appearance: A bright amber with reddish tones. A half-inch head quickly recedes into a faint clouding on the surface of the beer. Uneven lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: No off notes, just not a lot of smell here; perhaps a faint grassy smell.

Taste: Nice hops in the front, but the flavors die away fairly quickly. I detect the bitter orange, which is nice. It could linger a bit longer to my taste. Nothing dominates, so I would say it's well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fairly standard for a red ale, I think. Refreshing.

Drinkability: It's a lighter red ale. I tend to like them a bit more aggressive in hops and malt. The lightness would make it easy to have a couple, though.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Trappissed
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice take on an Amber/Red. Initially malty and sweet/fruity. Orange is the main flavor here for me. A nice kick of hops and a touch of bitterness on the backend. A unique tasting beer that I would probably invest in a 6-pack next time as I just sampled 1 12 oz. in the single bottles section.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single 12oz bottle today from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor. For some reason I thought I had already reviewed this one.

Pours a caramel color with some red hues when held to the light. A massive two inches of foam adorns the top of this beer with excellent retention and thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

At first sniff I pick up notes of caramel, toast, sweet citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and lemons. A light touch of chocolate scent in the background. Fruity esters from the yeast remind me of the flesh of raisins, dates, and a bit of plum. Some flowery and slightly earthy notes also can be detected.

The taste is similar to the aroma, starts off with some caramel, toffee, chocolate, and toast upfront. In the middle are a variety of fruits that I also detected in the nose: raisins, plums, and dates. In the finish are the hops with a citrus flavor of sweet lemons, flowers, a touch earthy, and orange. The second sip has a lot of Amarillo flavor, lemony, citrus and flowery. The finish is semi-dry, clean, and refreshing. Low bitterness in the finish but enough to keep this one balanced and linger on the tongue for a bit.

Moderate carbonation, very easy on the palate. Drinkability is high as well.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a good Amber from a brewery that I always love Deschutes.

The appearance was beautiful, had a great red-wood color. It reminded me exactly of melted red wood trees. It had an off white head that came to a two finger head. Pretty pretty good.

The smell was of the Deschutes normal hop variety mixed with a caramel sweetness.

The taste was great and drinkable. You could taste a great mellow malt-ness that brought a nice balance to the citrus Deschutes hops that they always use. The one thing I also loved about this was that it was incredibly drinkable, really really nice. Probably one of the most sessionable Ambers I have ever had. Very nice.


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Photo of champ103
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish color. A one finger head forms with good retention. Some nice sticky lace is left down the glass.
S: Citrus, piney, and floral hops. Some bread and biscuit malts to balance everything out.
T: Again, very balanced with fruity and floral hops. A caramel malt sweetness. A light bread and biscuit toasted flavor.
M/D: A medium body and well carbonated. This is very easy and smooth to drink. I can quaff several of these in a sitting.

Another subtle, enjoyable, and drinkable beer by Deschutes. You can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
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 Bubba83
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at 45 degrees. Pours a deep tawny amber with blood red tones. Slightly off white 2 finger widths head is pillowy yet smooth, not overly sticky. The head sticks around in the form of a small ring, and the lacing is splotchy.

The smell is of really nice bready malts, as well as caramel and some grapefruit and orange rind. If the smell was a little stronger it would surely receive higher marks.

Mmm, tasty stuff, much like the smell. Starts off with a bunch of caramel and random fruits like pineapple. Fades into grapefruit and ends with the orange rind. For a red, it's got a decisively fruity flavor to it.

Awesome feel, not too carbonated, which can be a problem of mine with other red ales. Slightly chewy, but still slick and light feeling.

Pretty easy to drink as well, alcohol isn't present at any point. Really well crafted all around beer. Deschutes never seems to disappoint even for their "normal" seasonals and year round beers.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - light brown w/ off white head that fades quickly. nothing special in the appearance part

S - lots of caramel malts some sweetness that reminds me of honey. also some subtle floral hops that are pretty hidden(at least until the beer warms a bit)

T - apple esters, light biscuit yeast and a tangy/spicy hop bite to seal the deal.
lots of flavor for this seasonal brew.

MF - smooth and slick and not overly carbonated but enough to lighten up the medium sized body and make it even more drinkable

D - very balanced, easy to go down, and a bunch of flavor, excellent spring session beer.

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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
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