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

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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 466
Photo of TheBungyo
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inviting head, nice lacing, and luscious ruby body. Nose is full of sweet fruit and caramel. What more can you ask of an ale?
Taste is pine and grapefruit followed by syrupy citrus and sweet malt.
Mouth is just as creamy as any of us would hope.
A beer I would hope to have again and again!

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one very, VERY balanced red ale.
Sweet malts, sharp amirillo hops, light citrus...and nothing comes first or is all together...nothing overpowers.
Very drinkable....almost perfect for the style.
I prefer Red Rocket, but that's very hoppy...not really true to style I don't think.
This one really hits the mark.

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Photo of mghotbi
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear reddish copper with a creamy head. A tremendous amount of lacing all over the glass.

Nose predominantly hoppy and piney with a trace of grain alcohol. Crisp mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Taste is quite hoppy with long lingering piney, resinous bitterness. Minimal malt sweetness in this one. Alcohols quite prominent late, which is surprising for a relatively low ABV offering. Bitterness really overwhelms without an adequate counterbalancing malt profile.

I was a bit disappointed by this one, given Deschutes other offerings, which are often spectacular. A bit unbalanced - not my favorite amber ale.

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Photo of Crosling
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color. Wispy white topping of suspended particles clung together. Subtle nose of caramel malt and slightly lemony/citrusy Amarillo and spicy Tettnang. Taste begins by illustrating the caramel malts initially, then levels off and begins to develop a touch of roast on the finish. Meanwhile, the hops seem to be unusually mellow. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t like this at all. The malt flavor is very amateurish (and yes, I am aware that I am speaking of Deschutes here), almost like beginner homebrew and the Amarillo and Tettnang combination needs to either be amped up substancially or switched out for hops more powerful and more fitting for the style, like Centennial or Chinook.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright shiney red, w/ amber edges. Oily head is white and lacing is sliding. Mild carbonation, bit of a chill haze. pretty lifeless to this point.

Loved the combination of brown sugar, cinnamon, some malted sweetness and a significant hop twinge. Orange comes into play as well. Hops have a piney ressin feel to them, drying, but oh so complimentary.

I really liked this offering from Deschutes. This is a brewery I'm just starting to dabble with and I have nothing but praise.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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 bennetj17
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper in color, little head, good carbonation. Aroma of citursy hops, almost like grapefruit, and candy sweet malt are present. Hops may be a bit spicy also. Taste is a mix of nutty/caramel malt and tangy hops. Bitterness in the finish is mild to moderate. Citrus in the taste is not a pronounced as in the aroma. Mouthfeel is nice, but could use a bit more carbonation to liven it up. Medium bodied, decent smoothness. Drinkability is better than average, but not superb. This is a nice seasonal brew...

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Nice bottle with hops embossed on the shoulder. Best by date clearly marked, and a good description of the beer and name. Kudos on the informative and attractive packaging.

Appearance: Pours a darkish read color with a just off white head. Nice and thick, fades but leaves great lacing.

Smell: Aroma is mainly hops, with a bit of sweet malt in there too. Smells like a fairly hoppy ESB.

Taste: Nicely balanced, leaning slightly towards the hops. Good malt sweetness, with a bit of toffee flavors. Hops are floral, with just a bit of citrus.

Overall impression: Very drinkable and balanced beer, with enough complexity to keep it interesting. Nice brew!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date 05/06/05, Sampled January 2006
Pours with a frothy, two-finger thick full tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a brilliantly clear ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is characteristically hoppy with an American accent; I get notes of sweet ruby-red grapefruit, and an undercurrent of herbal pine. There is a touch of malt evident in the nose as well, it reminds me of freshly crushed soda crackers.

The taste is certainly hop dominated from the get go; a nice, though not overwhelming, astringent bitterness carries from start to finish. There is a light malty sweetness, which plays up the fruity citrus hop notes. The hops are also notably pine-like, even more so than the aroma; in fact the grapefruit notes and the pine notes are about in an even balance in the flavor of this beer. The end has a strangely dry finish. I say strangely because there is still a bit of sweet malt lingering on in my taste buds, yet my mouth is dry. It definitely makes you want another sip of this brew. Besides the sweet malt, there is also a biscuit/ soda cracker note here, perhaps even a slight toasted malt note as well.

This is actually quite a tasty, quaffable brew. I was not too sure what to expect from this beer, but it is nicely hoppy, yet still has some interesting underlying malt notes that bring a needed complexity to this brew.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 SwillinBrew
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a good solit red!

It pours a nice cloudy coppery orange color with a little head which really didnt leave any lace.

The brew had a malty aroma bordering the hops... i though i smelled some burnt popcorn in there. The taste was a nice balance leaning towards the roasted barley side... you can really tasted the roastiness of this brew and I swear i detected some grapefruit or citrus but not sure, good regardless. The mouthfeel was solid, I dont know how else to describe it. I'll be keeping some of this in the refrigerator.... if i can keep finding it.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane about six weeks ago. Best by date of 5/17/05. Oops.

Poured an orangey amber color, with a moderate off-white head. The head dropped rather quickly, but a slightly foamy surface endured. Moderate amount of lace.

Smell is sharply hoppy, almost piney. There is a sweet maltinss in the background, but the hops are considerably more notable.

The taste starts out very much like the smell. The hoppiness immediately grabs your attention like a bucket of cold water thrown in your face. However, the maltiness then kicks in, providing a not-inconsiderable backbone to the proceedings. If it were not for this malty backbone, this would taste like an IPA. Instead, it tastes like a very hoppy amber ale. I happen to like my ambers with a good hop bite to them.

This is a medium bodied ale. No surprises here.

This is a very tasty beer, as well as being possibly the hoppiest amber I've ever had - and I mean that as a compliment. I could have several of these in a siting with no problem. Another tasty beer from Bend.

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Photo of chrisms86
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Noxious26
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can honestly say that this is unlike any other beer I've ever tried. The smell and taste almost remind me of a fruity, citrusy wine.

Pours out a nice red-amber colour. A good example of the red ale style.

The smell immediately grabs you. The hoppy, grapefruit like aroma is both intriguing and unlike what you would expect from a beer.

The grapefruity quality continues into the taste with a nice sweet toffee character blending in. A malty-sweet citrus aftertaste finishes off this beer nicely. The mouthfeel is well balanced and even.

This is an interesting beer that is definitely worth a try, but I think it's drinkability suffers slightly because there is only so much grapefruit I'd want to have.

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Photo of KoG
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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 GClarkage
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cinder Cone delivers a slightly hazy, deep-copper body beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam that holds well and leaves thick rings of craggy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is somewhat restrained, revealing a basic caramelish malt and some restrained hop aroma; but the flavor is just dripping with bright and resinous, grassy/fruity/floral/piney/spicy hops! It's backed by a solid bitterness, and it finishes bone-dry with some lingering resinous hop character. Very well done! And best enjoyed closer to cellar temperatures than out of the refridgerator!

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a creamy off-white head that goes to a frothy cap that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts balanced with a nice raw and green hoppiness along with some tea-like notes.

The flavor is nutty caramel malts initially leading to a surprisingly big (for an amber) and raw and citrusy bitterness. The finish is bitter but also crisp. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall a surprisingly good amber, the best I've had to date. This would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of charlatan
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says "best by 04/08/05". Beer is dark amber in colour. Average sized head doesn't stick around for long and leaves little lacing on my glass.

Sweet malty aroma with a little yeast coming through.

Initial creamy flavour with hints of brown bread, raisins and rather stale digestive biscuits (English food!) and then the herbal hop kick which Deschutes seems to specialize in. This doesn't seem to depart much from what is seemingly the Deschutes stock recipe. The grand hops overpower the malt more than in many reds I have sampled. Frankly that suits me, but unfortunately it makes the beer a little heavy on the stomach, so not a session beer for me. Definitely a worthwhile six pack purchase though.

I'm not overly fond of the carbonation (many minscule bubbles still popping on my tongue long after the beer has departed).

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 4/28/05
Pours a dark reddish amber color, with a fluffy tan head.

piney aroma, with a fruity, malty background.

flavor is piney hops, a little spicy with just a touch of sweetness.
Spicy lip tingling finish.
Nice session beer for a cool winter night.

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Photo of dauss
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with hope leaves and vines that is at the base of the neck of the bottle. Freshness dated. Best buy 9/08/04. I'm 1 month and 17 days too late.

Appearance: Hazy yellow red, chill haze. Small off white head, poor retention.

Smell: a lot of hop aroma with a faint sweet maltiness.

Taste: Tons of hops in this beer. Slighty fruity and citrusy hoppiness, light to moderate bitterness through out the sip. The aftertaste is just hops bitterness, and gradually increases in strength with sprucy and piney tones.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation explodes into fine bubbles and giving a creamy mouth feel.

Drinkability & Notes: very hopped, mainly dominated by hops. Good malt balance, but is weak in the finish. Faint alcohol aroma is detected after the sip. Definitely one of the better red ales.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 elmocoso
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice coppery/ ruby red beverage. the slightest of beading. Head is not huge but has character - Off white, clingy and settled into a mallowy surface, finally resting in a thin veil with a few bulbous large bubbles breaking the monotony.
Smell is very satisfying. At first, i though it was all malt, but on second smell i see the hops are so coexistent that one does not notice them. They seem like two sides of one stone.
The taste is very good. More bitterness than sweetness, but with smell being predominantly sweet, it strikes a nice balance.
Mouth-feel is nice and full.
This is one of those beers that i wish was more available. it would make a great session beer.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deschutes is one of my favorite staple breweries but this selection was not for me. Pours a gorgeous amber/rust river red with a nice tan head that dissapates into the glass. Lacing is great, frothy foam will stick to the glass as you partake in this creation. The smell is very wildernessy/trees/pines, very earthy. Rear has hints of cherries and citrus. A nice spice kick is there as well. The taste is bitter, not the bitter I like (trust me I like bitter IPA's, just didn't do it. The forest pine hints are here in the taste, a little to earthy for my tastes. A dry tone just wasn't what I wanted. Alcohol is detected in the rear of the sip. A medium bodied dry ale that while many will love I'm sure, just wasn't what I was looking for on this particular day.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Cinder Cone Red from Deschutes Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 466 ratings.
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