Cinder Cone Red
Deschutes Brewery

Cinder Cone RedCinder Cone Red
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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #35
Ranked #12,151
3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Cinder Cone RedCinder Cone Red
Notes: Available: January 2010 only in Oregon, Western Washington and Hawaii
IBUs: 55
Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 473
Photo of BretSikkink
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown, clear body, some amber-orange highlights. Head is an ecru color, jumps up alright but recedes rather quickly. Good looking initial lace indicates high hopping, but it does seem to dribble away leaving some clear-ish stick.

Slightly peppery, sweet malt, toffee and caramel. Hops are earthy, herbal, with a hint of pine. Not much power, but an inviting aroma.

More of the same in the flavor; there is a nice hoppiness to Cinder Cone that neither spills over into another style nor leaves the boring, malt-driven red ale out to dry. There's also a certain amount of floral hopping that's pleasant as a counterpoint.

Plenty of balance, how about the mouthfeel? Not quite chewy, but for the hop bill it's quite full - right around medium for style. There are some chunky red ales, and a few dozers that aren't much more than carbonated water. Carbonation doesn't become bothersome, but provides an appropriate vehicle for the hops, while the candied caramel malt finish leaves little lingering bitterness.

Excellent American red ale, not quite top of the class but a hell of a good seasonal.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a cola/reddish colour with a good white head that disapates to a soapy layer. Aroma malty, grainey, sweet, slight citrus and pine. Taste toffee, caramel, not over powering hops but it is there piney and citrus.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange brown with a tan head. Heavy on the hops on the nose. Sweet, citrus-y, and a slight touch of smoke. Also smells like chewed bubble gum. Flavor is heavy with hops, but lacking in elegance. Probably pushed just a bit too far I'd say. You get a slight punch in the mouth from the expected hop influence, but it isn't rounded out at all. Feel is decent. Nice level of carbonation, but there is so much put into this one, that it makes it heavy and thick on the tongue. Drinkable, sure. It's a pretty good brew (that is actually better when it is not cold), but I won't be going for it again next year unless there is a recipe change.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cinder Cone Red poured a nice amber with a good 2 finger foam head. It had pancake batter head with sticky lacing.

The aroma was citrusy and smelled of a centenial hop addition. The taste is malty with a good hop bitterness on the finish. In the mouth it creamy and crisp. Overall an awesome refreshing ale and one of the better amber's around.

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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the very first “Deschutes” beer I had several years ago, they have been a favorite brewery, and one that produces a fine line of beers that fit all occasions, and thanks to “Liquid Solutions”, I once again have a source as mine dried up a couple of years ago.

The pour a crystal clear deep mahogany color, the head extravagant in size, spumous in texture, beige in color and the lace a thick glutinous sheet to meld with the glass. Wonderful floral aromas at the front, malt sweet underneath, citrus crisp and fresh, what a treat for the senses, with the beginning loaded with malt, ambrosial and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is purposeful in its spicy hop bite, the carbonation moderate, and the aftertaste hop bitter and quite dry. Meant for the “Hop Heads”, as the hops dominate this beer and that suits me just fine.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of souvenirs
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle purchased for $6.25 plus deposit at the 8th Street Liquor Store in New Westminster.

A: Red-brown and clear. Not a huge amount of head. A film of bubbles after a few minutes.

S: Citrus, especially grapefruit, and caramel malt.

T: Yum. Citrus, pine, and malt.

F: Smooth.

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Photo of wasso67
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Interesting bomber, pours a brick-red, slightly hazy. Medium head with minimal head retention.

Aroma is of piney hops with just a hint of caramel in the background. Medium mouthfeel. First taste is citrus/pine, a little bitterness at the end with just a touch of caramel malt to keep it all in check.

Finishes slightly sweet but clean. Good beer!

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Photo of MiScusi
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that just arrived down into stores in So Cal. Best by date of 7/16/09.

A- dark clear brown with the slightest red tint. Eggshell white medium dense head with medium retention. Good lacing.

S- classic Deschutes signature character. Overall it's just lightly malty.. bready caramelly faint nose. Don't pick up any of the Amarillo or Tettnang hops.

T- Pretty simple malt profile on the palate. Get the flavor of some slightly more toasted/caramel malts not a whole lot in the finish. A tad watery, finishing with some bready malt. Nothing huge here in the flavor but it is a light, tasty combination that will be reflected in the drinkability. It's also a really clean beer in terms of its flavor and also really clean on the palate, no lingering

M- A bit on the thin side, not a huge fault but maybe just thinner than I expected.

D- Man this beer went down fast, tasted good, and was super clean. I could drink LOTS of this beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark but clear auburn with an off-white head that leaves a ton of lace as it descends. Very autumnal in appearance.

Smell: A mix of earthy and citrus hops (chinook?) with toffee malts.

Taste/mouthfeel: Caramel and a hint of butterscotch meets juicy citrus-like hops that become more earthy and resiny in the finish. This stuff has a lot of flavor for such a light-bodied beer - definitely ideal for long sessions. It reminds me a ton of Stone's Arrogant Bastard, just a whole lot lighter in body and flavor.

Drinkability: Very drinkable stuff, I could easily have a few in one session.

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Photo of Trappissed
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 sinistersteve
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a pleasent surprise. This is one great tasting beer. It doesn't overwhelm the consumer with hops or malt, but a rather nice balance between the two. It's semi-traslucent, amber red color is very inviting. Deschutes has never been an 'outstanding' brewer to me, but this is definately one of my favorites brews from them.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkling red/amber with a big dense creamy head. Good retention and lace. Aromas of fresh citrusy hops, some fruit and earthy sweet malt.
Citrusy zingy hops dominate the flavor. The grainy malt and caramel sweetness arrive a bit later. Finishes dry with a strangly fruity aftertaste.
Medium bodied with a full creamy mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 beertunes
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a rich deep red/light brown color with about an inch of slightly off-white head that quickly dissipated, leaving an above average amount of lacing.

A rich, solid malt aroma reaches the nose first, then the pleasing, slightly spicy hop scents arrive. The flavors are what the aromas said they were. A full malt flavor without being sweet balanced nicely with hop sharpness.

Great body, full and well rounded without being heavy. Near the top of the drinkability scale, having enough on hand will be chore, because if you buy 6 you'll wish you bought 24. If you buy a case, you'll wish you grabbed a keg. Another job well done from a great brewery.

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date notched on the side of the label. Blurb about the beer in the neck label.

A- Close to a reddish brick color, faint chill haze fades though the head stays as it shows some amazing head retention and stickage on the glass.

S- Herbal and citric hop aroma, different from years past. Big juicy tangerine hop aroma ... very aromatic.

T&M- Big juicy hop character of Amarillo hops upfront, sweet citrus juice-like. Just enough smoothness and crispness to get by. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor meld well with the sizable hop presence. Middle to end is more of an herbal / aspirin flavor and bitterness. Finishes with a mild sweetness and a long lingering medicinal hop flavor.

D- Don't try fixing something if it is not broken. I preferred the "East Kent Goldings" version ... unfortunately this beer has been subjected to the Amarillo Hop craze. Regardless, this is still a great ale to be had and pretty damn drinkable to boot.

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Photo of chrisms86
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin layer of head which disappears into only spotty bubbles. Color is a reddish brown, only slightly transparent.

Has a fruity tang flavor to it, I taste some apple and possibly rasberry. Finishes off slightly bitter but not enough so to kill off the sweet taste. A great red ale, highly recommended.

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Photo of xymyl
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is red with a pretty much white head.

The aroma is Slightly resiny with milk and bread dough.

Surprisingly flavorful for the lightness of the body. Flavors of toffee & coffee, lightly sweet then bitter then dry. I like it just fine but don't have much more to say about it. It is very drinkable.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish mahogany with a thick pillowy head that retreats fairly quickly, but never completely fades as it laces the glass. It's smell is dominated by the caramel sweetness, but the taste is much more balanced, shifting from smooth and sweet to a nice bready finish, with just a touch of bitterness that sort of cleanses the palate for another sip. It's creamy too, although it does so without feeling thick or heavy. Most brews wander into dessert beer territory with this kind of sensation, but not this one. Go ahead and ride this one all night.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper brown. Nice rocky off white head is accompanied by a pleasant pine hop aroma.

A good balance of malt and hops-though I prefer more hops-the beer is a an excellent example of what a well balanced beer tastes like.
Carbonation is low and mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkabilty is good-nice beer to have a few watching a ball game.

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Photo of isaac
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. to pint glass.

pours a gorgeous apricot color (in the light, that is. in a darker room, it's much more of a bland and dull copper) with a small, fine-bubbled head of off-white whispiness. sparkling lace is quite pretty down the glass. the nose is not as big as i remember it to be - in fact, it is a quite soft-spoken blend of toffee, chocolate, orange-rind, aromatic spices, and slight alcohol. as this warms up to slightly below room-temperature, the taste begins to shine - very well balanced (one sip i want to say "malty!" the next i want to say "hoppy!" then i realize that it's both). again, like the smell, it is a melange of sweet candied caramel malts and potent hops, exhibiting both PNW and European characteristics. the body is medium with a pleasantly medium-to-low level of carbonation and a clean, dry finish - especially on the cheeks. very well done and strikingly drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm finding that I really like every Deschute's beer I try. This offering poured a deep maroon with a small tan head. Fruity malts, along with fresh, lively hops were detectable. Taste: started with intense fruity malts, followed nicely and matched perfectly by a dose of spicy hops. This is a very hoppy amber, with an almost creamy mouthfeel! Finish is appetizingly bitter with hints of alcohol.

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Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a coppery red with three fingers of foamy tan head.

Smell - earthy and leafy hops, toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits, yeast.

Taste - Starts with a pleasant hit from the earthy and leafy hops followed by the sweetness from the toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits, and yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall - An enjoyable red from Deschutes. This one is just a true easy drinking red with a pleasant hop profile and nice supporting malt backbone.

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