sphinx (11) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2004
This is my new favorite beer! Deschutes brewery just changed all of their labels, but the quality of the ale is as good as last year's beer.
It is beautiful dark red, with a rich malty after-taste. Yet it is light enough to enjoy more than one with dinner. Or lunch. I have only had it in bottles, but appriciated it so much that I went to the brewery to try Cinder Cone on tap, but they didn't have it in October (since it is a winter beer) but they may have it now. This is an awsome beer from an awesome brewery - I highly reccomend it. JonLaRue (59) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Poured from a large pint bottle. Beer opens with, roasty herbs paired with leather. Red amber in color tight lace up top. Strong hints of malt and hops paired perfectly. In the mouth it starts acidic and finishes clean. An awesome example of a red ale. mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Either this is better than last years or I just forgot how darned good this is. The color, aroma, flavor, hop bittnerness, everything is EXCELLENT. Buy it, you won’t be disappointed. jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Pours with a generous orange tinged creamy/rock quickly diminishing head. Color is penny copper orange with every so slightly foggy body. Aroma of sweet rich malts, flower/pine hops, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor of bitter hops,flower hops, sweet malt, and a hint of bubble gum. Body is perfect; a medium palate with just enough carbonation to keep the tongue happy. THE best amber I have ever tasted. wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 25, 2003
I had this on tap at the local brew festival--'03. The Cindercone was the talk of the show.
Red amber with a decent head--small, fine bubbles that left quantities of lace behind.
The taste is hard to describe--it's very different from almost anything I've had.
Rich malt body with complex sweetness, but a massive hop presence that just makes your taste buds tingle. It's a very bold beer, and not for everyone, but that said. This was my favorite domestic beer of 2003--It's impressive
beer4president (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2004
This beer is underated. A smooth red with great taste. Best on tap, but bottles taste great as well. Spendy but well worth the money. wvernon1981 (21) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Has a great red hue, nice hoppy flavor, light and crisp to the palate, excellent beer overall. troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2008
12 ounce bottle. Seasonal ale.
This is my favorite beer. It is not the best beer that I have ever had, but it is my favorite. The distinction lies in that it is consistent, I can drink it with pretty much any food I pair it with, and that I never tire of drinking it. Some of the best beers that I have had only work in particular settings or with particular types of foods. Not Cinder Cone Red. It pleases all of the time.
The pour delivers a rich garnet body with a long-lasting ivory head. The body is clear with carbonation that is light, lively, and ever present. The lacing is excellent and intricate.
The aroma is complex. Caramel is the primary malt aroma. Light citrus, and a flourish of pine, on occasion, represent the hops. The other aromas are raisin, plum, cherry, and red wine.
The flavor "pulls back" ever so slightly from the aroma to concentrate on four primary tastes: caramel, cherry, plum, and a faint red wine. The focus in the midst of complexity is what really makes this ale shine! Yet, it is also an easily accessible beer. The initial flavor is sweet, matures into a light bitterness, and finishes with a combination of sweet and bitter that lingers. It is lightly oily on the tongue. Every so often, a hint of pine sneaks in to tease.
Cinder Cone Red is an ale for all occasions. I can imagine it with potato chips or roast duck. It works well during a nice meal or refreshes after mowing the lawn. I think I need one right now! Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Mmmm, another example of why I love this brewery...
Awesome bottle with raised hops along the shoulder.
Pours a redish amber. Not much head, though.
The scent is a wonderful cross between hops and malt with a hint of...pine!
The taste is a well balanced hops/malt. The hops aren't Cascade, which suprised me knowing the brewery, they're Eask Kent Goldings and Tettnang. Great mouthfeel, just enough carbonation to cleanse the pallet but not so much for a mouthful of foam.
I could *easily* kill a six-pack of these. I hope there's some left as I will surely be buying more.
Reid (2558) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Had heard good things about this brew so I decided to at least try a "single" 12 ozer
Lovelly old fashioned raised pattern brown bottle. Label has a picture of a snowboarder..but thats the only bad thing about this beer Poured beer into glass..got a small head which quickly turned into a fine lace..the beer itself is a wonderful deep reddish brown
Wonderful smell of hops in ths just great.
Tastes good a litle bitter ..hoppy of course ..good.
Very drinkable..i will buy this again next year if it comes out again.
I really am blessed living up here in Gods Country ( Oregon) ..so many great breweries!