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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 473
Photo of Bubba83
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 -3.9%
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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Photo of Sweasty
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep crystal clear bronze. Off white head is short lived. It falls to a ring and leaves adequate lacing down the glass.

Smell: There's some candied orange peel. Touch of herbal /mint notes present as well. A solid sweet caramel malt rounds out the nose.

Taste: Initial burst of juicy citrus. Toasted caramel backbone. That's followed by more herbal hop notes. There's a sweetish caramel finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

This is one delicious beer. Rarely do hops taste this wonderfully juicy. The citrus melds well with the caramel notes. I would have no trouble making this a regular session brew. Another well crafted beer from the folks at Deschutes.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I the De-shoots guys, they make some pretty good stuff. I've been eyeballing this one for years in the spring. I'm not a huge red ale fan as they are usually too sweet for me. But this one is a bit different. An amber/ruby pour with a medium head. Looks like an average red, lacing lacks a bit. Some dry caramel, malt and pine in the nose. Picking up some toffee or something. Not butterscotch, can't nail it down.
Nice flavor. It's like a red with a bit more hops/pine in it. Nothing overwhelming, but enough to dry it out and leave a crispness towards the end. Makes it easier for me to drink. I like it.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy amber/red color with a large off-white. There is a large amount of sticky lacing.
Moderate aroma of caramel malts and a hint of roasted malt. A bit of citrusy hops.
Caramel malts and a bit of citrus flavor up front but not as sweet as I expected. Finishes with a roasted malt/earthy hop flavor. There is a bit of an aspirin like bitterness that I don't like.
Medium body with a relatively dry texture. Moderate-high carbonation.
The start and middle taste of this beer is excellent. Unfortunately, I don't like the finish that much. Reminds me of a Schwartzbier with a bit of aspirin.
NOTES: BBCSD-0906-Sean

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear copper/amber color. Poured a 1 finger beige head that dissipated to a skim. Thin lace in patches.

S: Caramel malt. Citrus and grapefruit hops.

T: Slightly sweet malts and citrus at the start. Biscuity malt and caramel in the middle. Sharply bitter in the finish to balance - nicely done.

M: Light body, but doesn't detract. Balanced carbonation.

D: Very sessionable. Good flavor, good balance, good finish.

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

Poured from bottle into Stella glass. Best by 7/23/2009 marked on bottle.

A: Reddish amber coloring, head quickly dissipated but lacing is very heavy and apparent. Good looking brew.

S: Grassy, hoppy notes coming from the nose. As it warmed I picked up some caramel tones and more the typical red scents that I would expect.

T & M: Mouthfeel a little on the thin side, some slightly watery textures but not too much so. Taste is a little thin up front with a nicely balanced hoppy finish. As I drink the beer and it warms citrus tones become more apparent in the finish.

D: Definitely drinkable, it has been a while since I've had a good red. This is right up there with the Red Seal Ale and I continue to be impressed with Deschutes.

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Photo of GJ40
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods on Westlake in Seattle, WA. Best by date is 6/30/09.

A - Copper in color with a slight haze and a moderate beige head. Nice lacing as the glass empties.

S - A mix of earthy malt and floral and fruity hops.

T - Starts with a very fruity and citrusy punch but then a biscuity malt with some caramel joins in the mix. The hop flavor still leads but there is some malt to prop it up.

M - The consistency is a bit thin but not inappropriate for the style. The carbonation is moderate and doesn't interfere with the experience.

D - A very drinkable and appealing session beer. I was sorry to see it go.

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

Pours a slightly hazed medium-copper color with a rich, creamy, light-tan head that leaves nice solid films of lacing. Aroma is smooth sweet citrus an pineapple hops balanced evenly with a solid caramel malt character. Flavor is identical to the aroma. Excellent balance and a dry, lightly bitter finish. Smooth and tasty. Pretty much a quintessential west coast amber.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a rusty, copper red that is lightly effervescent. A finger of white head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and foamy ring.

Smell: Invigorating grapefruit citrus hit my nose first. It reminds me of a strawberry lemonade laced with grapefruit. There is also a spicy hoppiness.

Taste: Bitter citrus hops dominate. Grapefruit and lemon. The bitterness subsides as it warms to reveal caramel and toffee malt tones.

Drinkability: I was expecting something a little maltier, but this is still a decent amber.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with some ruby highlights with an impressive thick soapy off-white head into a pint glass. Good retention leaves some nice lacing. Smells of floral hops, caramel, toasted malt, and citrus. Tastes of citrus hops like lemon and grapefruit up front followed by caramel and biscuits. Finishes with some herbal hop bitterness. Medium in body with pleasant carbonation. A bit thin in spots, but still creamy with a nice balance and a nice bitter punch. A really nice red ale, very easy to drink, quite sessionable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat clear medium copper color with a fat layer of dense, creamy beige foam. Retention is pretty good as is the lacing.

The definition of grapefruit smelling hops...ruby red grapefruit that is. Sweetly tropical hop aroma with a more substantial specialty malt base than the Mirror Pond APA.

I love Mirror Pond, but I'm a little disappointed that this just seems like a 1.5x version of it. Still a very tasty beer that I could drink plenty of. Hoppy, malty and filled with citric goodness.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle as an extra in a trade with Wagenvolks, thanks for beers!

An Amber body with about a finger of off-white head that looks like soap suds and has some pretty good retention. Leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

The aroma here has a touch of citrus, but most of the hops come through as a pretty strong floral aroma.

Up front is a bite of hoppy bitterness. The middle and finish is a fusion of some biscuity malt and floral hops. The combination is herbal, almost tasting like tea. I rather enjoy this, one of the better reds I've had.

Mouthfeel is light body with a pretty good amount of carbonation; just slightly oily.

Pretty drinkable, this is a beer I would buy if it were available in my area.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

I don't know how I managed to not review this beer before as I'm a huge Deschutes fan but anywho, here goes.

This pours(best by 07-23-09) a slightly hazy red/brown with a 1 finger head of foam that quickly shrinks to a fine but solid layer.

The smell is of caramel and roasted malts with a light presence of hops that grows the more whiffs I take.

The taste is nice and caramel malty followed by a good roasty character and a mild but very good tasting hop bitterness, mostly citrus, that intensifies when I swish the beer in my mouth.
This one isn't timid when it comes to flavour and I'm thankful for that. The more I sip, the more the hops shine through....typical of what Amarillo hops will do for you but the malt is *never* left behind so all is good.

Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation, it finishes lightly bitter.

Drinkability? Tasty and very easy drinking, this is yet another very drinkable brew from Deschutes. See some, buy some.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a very nice glowing copper color with a couple fingers of off-white head that dissipates into a lasting layer around the glass. The aroma has spicy, citrus notes from the hops and maybe just a touch of malt. Flavor have piney hops and sweet caramel malt with a pleasant bitterness that is light. It has a creamy medium body. This is an extremely sessionable ale.

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

12oz. bottle into a shaker pint on 5/17/09. Thanks to Hopderek for sharing!

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with reddish tints, very minimal carbonation and a thick, foamy beige head that left some nice lace around the glass.

S - Light to moderate floral and perfumy hop notes paired with sweet malts suggesting caramel, toffee and maple syrup.

T - Flavor blends floral and perfumy hop notes with a caramel malt base. A syrupy sweetness persists throughout. Some mild spicy, peppery notes soon emerge and segue into a bittersweet finish.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and soft mouthfeel that is a tad thin and watery overall. Finishes with a subtle bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty nice Red Ale with a decent hop character. I haven't had much experience with Deschutes, so I'm glad to have had the opportunity to sample Cinder Cone.

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

Clear, red/amber with a great head. Good retention, with decent lace. First smell was off putting, green apples and lavender. Flavour had a bunch of that green apple as well. After two sips that went away thankfully. Lots of citrus hops in the nose as well as some toffee. Flavour is much hoppier than I expected. Nice citrus and toffee. Great combo. Very balanced. Dry, bitter finish. Man I really wish wish I had couple more of these. Aside from the green apple/lavender weirdness, which I fully understand could have entirely been me and not the beer, I found this to be a truly enjoyable beer.

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

Poured a dark brick red from the bottle, with a good head. Much thicker than I expected. Wonderful head retention.

The nose is full of citrus and Amarillo hops. There is a firm malt presence, but the hops are so present.

Wonderfully complex hops permeate this brew and have to be the main feature. The malt is all caramel and toffee, which provides a nice contrast to the hops. Though, in the end, the hops win out with a lingering bitter hop flavor. This is a very even, very drinkable beer. I feel like the mouthfeel could lean towards being thicker.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This reddish brown beer pours out with a nice amount of lacing that reduces to wisps of lacing. The citrus and floral blends of the hops greets the nose and creates a great smelling caramel and rich floral patterns for the nose. The taste comes out with a full bodied citrus and caramel malt. The beer has a great balance of malts and hops for this red beer. Another great beer by Deschutes.

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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 ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out a deep, clear, brownish copper with short, foamy, cream-colored head. Looks quite malty/sticky. Fairly light retention, but looks to leave some mad lacing right off the bat. And it does.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, and pine. Change that to "lots of sweet malts". Almost smells like a doughnut shop.

Taste: Again, very malt-forward with a generous amount of spicy, piney, hops coming through in the back. A bit of alcohol in the back as well. I'm getting some candied apple caramel in the front and possibly some red currants. It's hard to say as neither flavor hangs around for too long. Hops are quite strong in this one; stronger than I thought initially anyway. Nice balance - hefty in both hops and malt.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and malty with some fun prickliness. Full in body. I like where the carbonation is at. Finishes a little drier than I'd like... maybe.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty, as are most of most of Deschutes' offerings. This is one of the best true reds I've had. Really like the extra hop kick. Would make a very nice session beer if it were a little lighter... but then it might lose some flavor. Tough call.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear copper-orange body and a bubbly white head that settles at a couple millimeters.
S: Great smell. Malts, slightly roasted malts. light caramel. A good standard for an amber ale.
T: The taste reflects the smell, though perhaps a bit less pronounced. A great blend of bitter hops with the sweetness of the malts. Keeps this sweetness from getting too cloying as I imagine it would be without the hop balance.
M: Light; a good summer beer.
D: Could be a good keg beer while still being interesting and enjoyable to drink.

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

A- Good red/burnt brown color. Good frothy head, good lacing.

S- Sweet grapefruity hop smell, with a good malt presence in the background.

T- The hops are sweet and bittering. The malts are great, with caramel and earthyness. This is a solid brew, and easy on the palate. The bitterness of the hops lasts a good time.

M- Easy medium feel in the mouth.

D- Great drinking beer. This is an excellent session brew. That is what I've liked about Deschutes, they make great solid brews.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The foam was a 2 finger depth, smooth, light wheat in color and very lacey. Color was a very beautiful amber with mahogany highlights. Smell was hoppy, fruity and carmel undertones. Taste was orange bitter at first with carmel and roasted barley undertones. Mouthfeel - feels of a medium-bodied beer. Drinkability - a very balanced beer with complex aromas and taste.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hooray for new Deschutes releases in Texas! 12oz bottle into a DFH off-centered pint glass.

Cinder Cone pour an immensely attractive, blood orange & garnet red body with pristine clarity. Sticky, sexy webs of lacing cling to the inside of the glass as the light tan head slowly recedes to a thick patch of bubbles. Very nice nose on this amber ale, with a West Coast hop body of mandarin orange and pine balanced perfectly by a luxurious amber malt profile that unfolds into notes of sweet bread, spice, raisin, papaya, pineapple, and wet tobacco leaves.

Nice flavor profile, with sweetened amber and caramel malts leading the way. Leafy hops and a hint of citrus unfold across the back of the palate, dropping a nice bitterness level that never overwhelms the more subtle malt layers. Juicy, crisp, flavorful body with a light mouthfeel that finishes smoothly right before the bitterness picks up--a tad on the watery side, but I'm nitpicking here. Deschutes has created the epitome of a flavorful, drinkable session beer with their Cinder Cone Red, and for that I applaud them.

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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 473 ratings