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 velosuds
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of Tucquan
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-10-10 in Lancaster, PA at the Fridge on nitro

A - Clear amber with a tan head and good kace.

S - Pine, honey, tangerine.

T - Fruity. Cherry, caramel, citrus, pine, mineral, toasted bread. Nicely bitter. Delicious.

M - Thick body and light carbonation. Milkshake thick. Thanks nitro.

O - Just a ton of rich malt and hop flavors. Really suits me. Lowish ABV too!

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Photo of hoplover82
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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 GClarkage
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/23/05- Had on tap at the Englander in Dublin, CA

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass. $2.50 pint special that day for Cinder Cone.

Appearance- A dark cherry pour with a small head. Average lacing to be found.

Smell- Kinda sugary sweet with a hop and malt presence combined.

Taste- It's amazing how smell rolls over into taste. A nice soft sweetness with a good amount of hops thrown in your face at first and then a strong dose of malt tossed in. Very very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Lighter carbonated than expected. A bit creamy and sweet on the swallow.

Drinkability- If they had this on tap locally this would be a go to beer. Guess I'll have to track it down in the 6er.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful dark shade of cinnamon/red with a smidge of gold; it's very cloudy but you can see your fingers on the other side of the glass. Head formation and lacing are excellent while retention is moderate.

Damn does this smell good! It's a pretty "earthy" smelling brew with hints of cinnamon/pine, citrus, and assorted spices. Overall it's a pretty intense aroma - it really teases the nostrils.

The cinnamon/pine aromas seem to be most heavily manifest in the palate. Spices compliment the brew's flavor nicely. I can't really taste the citrus, but the caramel described on the label is very noticable. Just like the smell, it tastes quite "earthy" overall; it's very "full." The spices are also present in the aftertaste; they make me want another sip.

You can really feel the spices "burn" the tongue (slightly - and in a good way). This brew is moderately heavy. It does seem to dry out the mouth a little bit, but that doesn't seem to stop me from wanting more.

It goes down pretty smoothly and has a heavy finish; by this I mean that you can almost "feel" the flavor as the beer travels from your mouth to the bottom of your esophagus. You wouldn't want to pound this beer since you'd really miss out on experiencing the flavor to its fullest. I can already picture myself drinking it in the middle of the woods on a mountainside.

This is an EXCELLENT beer; it looks, smells, and tastes amazing. If you really like "earthy" things, then you should really try this beer. Hell - even if you don't you still have to give this brew a shot. Since these reviews are all relative and may even vary from trial to trial, I can't call this beer perfect. However it's about as damn close as you can get without actually doing so.

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Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great product from the Deschutes brewery! Appearance is deep orange in color. Poured a nice head that maintained fairly well. Detecting a smell of citrusy/piney hops and roasted barley. The taste is wonderfully complex combination of caramel malts leading to a nice dry hopped finish with a hint of toffee in between. This has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is an extremely drinkable beer, one of the best red ales I have had!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12oz brown bottle similar to the one pictured and poured into my Deschutes Black Butte Porter pint glass. This amber ale had a clear russet color with sizeable amounts of carbonation stoking the modestly sized, rocky off-white head. Decent lacing streaked the glass walls.
Cinder Cone Red had a pleasing nose to it; sweetly malty with a substantial floral hoppiness and a touch of caramel. The taste provided a sturdy sweet grainy malt backbone up front. This served as a springboard from which an equally aggressive citrusy hops taste came across mid-palate. The hops morphed into a more pine-infused, slightly resinous taste through the long finish, cut a bit by a light caramel flavor. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.
Again, Deschutes crafts another excellent beer. I'm not a terribly big fan of amber ales but this one is quite good. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We don't get this Deschutes beer in our neck of the woods.

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance : Large, towering, rocky 4 fingered popcorn color head, on top of a dirty and murky body - iced tea in color. Sediment floats in the body. Lace is left liberally as it leaves lasciviously. Really an epic appearance. Can't improve on it whatsoever.

Smell : Pine and dirt road. Much like the Oregon mountains. Faint roast malts behind that, some honey biscuit, and tropical notes.

Taste : By the smell I was expecting a hop bomb but this is pleasantly balanced. Toasted amber malts, pineapple core, caramel, minerals, with a slight bready finish rolled in pine oils.

Feel : Delightfully creamy, fills the mouth, wraps up the carbonation in a blanket, and ends semi-dry.

Overall : Another fantastic Deschutes beer. I can't say much bad about these guys, especially after visiting their Brewpub today. I intended to taste this and pour it since I've gotta fly out tomorrow and have too many beers to bring with me. I may end up finishing this one after all.

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Photo of corey0212
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a couple of these from koopa!

Pours a reddish/brownish iced-tea color, nice foamy sand-colored head fades into a bubbly film on top of the beer, good lacing. Big huge caramel aroma wafts out of the glass, a faint citrusy/tangerine hop presence lingers in the back, but this is a malt-heavy beer, based on the nose. Lots of rich caramel malt flavor, some piney flavors on the back end. Medium-bodied, very fine carbonation, and really smooth overall. Drinkability is fantastic here, you could have this with all kinds of food, and definitely have a few.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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 pjwilson
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

huh, i didn't even know this was seasonal. gets that's why i haven't seen it all year. i remember i didn't care for it last time, but this is a new recipe so ok.

appearance: gersh that's a pretty one. perfect amber color with a nice head and lacing

smell: a bit weak here, light smell of nice malts.

taste: strange tasting beer for sure. It's good though. The one flavor that keeps coming to mind is bubblegum. This tastes like bubblegum. The hops and malts create a synergy of sorts and become one. tasty stuff, way different than most reds. ok this lives up to hype as this a mighty fine red. amarillio is a great hop if done right.

mouthfeel: it's got that great in the middle mouthfeel. this isn't a beer than lingers in the mouth though. It's in and done, but not watery.

drinkablilty: this stuff drinks fast, man. This beer is a good all around drinker. 2 or 3 at a time is enough.

guess i'm gonna need to get more soon as this is the last of the six pack. Deschutes does it again.

edit: having one on May 14th, a month past the best by date. some of the sharpness is gone, but it is still very good. it's maltier at this point. One of my favorite beers at this point.

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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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Photo of beerceller99
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle pours a reddish colored fluid. Decent two finger, off white head. Has a slight sweet caramel smell. Taste is a sweet malt flavor followed by a zesty, floral hop kick to finish.

Very refreshing and easy to drink. The full body of this brew holds the flavors nicely.

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Photo of peck95
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance has a reddish hue but is fairly transparent with not much of a head and decent lacing
the smell is wonderful a nice pined hop scent with a strong caramel backing
the taste is very similar to smell the hops in this beer are very good may be the hoppiest amber ive had
the mouthfeel is a little thin and there is a small lack in carbonation
this is another great beer from deschutes but it is a seasonal brew only available in the spring

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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 Smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A deep brown copper red body, almost ruby deep. Very dark to see through, with minimal carbonation, and a little bit of floaties. Head is off yellow and three fingers tall, good retention and swiss cheese like bubbles hanging out in the top. A big giant solid cap on this, not going anywhere.

Great nose. Simple straight forward pine and thick spruce notes. Mild caramel sweetness, with lots of pine toasty notes. Comes off a bit woody, cedar, spruce, balsam, sawdust pine goodness.

Palate has a real spicy quality. Mid palate fills with some mild toffee, and pine and spiced hot hop quality. Clove and spruce heat on the finish, with a little bit of malt toast. Simple malt caramel sweetness a bit, but without a sugar rush and letting the airy hop come forward. Mouthfeel hits a solid simple malt thickness, and letting everything go straightforward through the gullet. No thickness, no wetness, staying pale ale to roots.

Overall it's a real unique red, and love it's simplicity. Good backbone of malt and simple and subtle aromatic hop aromas and flavors that linger on the finish to match.

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Photo of KoG
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red liquid adorned with a slightly offwhite head that stays and sticks nicely.

Smells piney and citric with a good malt backbone that balances nicely.

Taste is nicely balanced with a good amount of citric hop character that mixes well with the sweet malt profile. A very tasty Red ale.

Goes down very nicely and very drinkable. Too bad I can't seem to find it here as this one's from Ashland.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich red amber color, nice foamy head, big herbal and citrus hops aroma with a caramel malt background.

Taste is really smooth and well balanced. Caramel sweetness and roasted malt flavors with a great big hoppy finish. Overall mouthfeel was a bit weaker than I expected but I did notice some hop oils. This is a very nice and easy drinking beer. Very hoppy for an amber which in my book is a plus.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber snagged across the border in Montana poured into a tulip. Reddish caramel colored like weak tea, with a tall rocky peak of meringue-like resilient light beige head. Foam for miles. Aroma is equal parts caramel malts and citrus/tropical hops. There is much going on in this here red ale, bold hopping like many of the best American reds but an assertive rich toffee sweetness underneath, with hints of molasses, puffed wheat, and a cola-like brown spice. Hops go from tropical pineapple and guava to orange rind, baby aspirin, tree sap, and fresh grass with nary a bum note. Excellent Amarillo showcase. Reminds one of Rogue's best red ales but sweeter with a slightly greater depth of character, not to mention less piney (this features more of a tannic black tea vibe). Sturdy body, with a smooth and slick mouthfeel and a red IPA style hop-centric finish. The end is where the bitterness truly makes its presence known. Well-balanced, tangy, fruity, and redolent with brown sugar sweetness, yet dries the palate before all is said and done. One of my favorite Deschutes offerings to date.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours red with a fluffy 2 fingers+ tan head. Excellent head retention & good lacing

Smell: Big fruitiness, some brown sugar note

Taste: Fruitty malt, slight grainyness & citric hop bite on the tounge. Dry & piney hopped finish

MF: Great balance, smooth, perfect carbonation

Easy drinking and a very nice take on the style. Another winner from my favorite oregon (hell pretty much anywhere) brewery!

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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 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 Barnoloid
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a well put together red ale. Had it on a nitro pour. I enjoyed the balanced elements here and the overall profile. Caramelly malts and biscuit blend with the decent but slightly muted hop elements. The nitro piece helped this go down smoothly.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to flexabull for another beer in the UGLY BIF.

Pours a dark amber color with a good frothy head and leaves some decent patchy lacing.

Smell is strong in malt, slight caramel presence.

Taste hits first with the malt and then transitions nicely into a citrusy hop profile, not overly hoppy but just enough to lend some bitterness, rather creamy for a red ale with a good crispness.

Certainly one of the better amber ales I've had and easily sessionable in the spring (if I lived on the west coast).

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