Reprise Centennial Red - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 237
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 12-21-2011

The Centennial hop is the centerpiece of our American Red Ale. Reprise pushes the limits of a single hop with an amazing bouquet and stunning bitterness all the way through. The citrus character provides an experience you will want to repeat. Reprise is crimson in color with aromas of citrus fruit and biscuit malt.
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Photo of Reneejane
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Just not that good. From a bottle brewed less than three months ago. Red color. Enormous beige head. Massively over carbonated. Malt is thin with inappropriate roasted flavors and nothing else. Hops are bitter, no essential oils no complexity. Not enough dry hop aroma. British scented yeast. There are a million and one reds I'd suggest instead. It isn't infected, oxidized or skunked, but I'm going to toss it, and cook with the remaining two bottles. (455 characters)

Photo of bnes09
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Orange-amber color. I had only poured about 3-4 ounces into my 12 ounce glass when the foam quickly rose to the brim of the glass. The head remained as bubble-bath, root beer float-like suds for several minutes after the pour, preventing me from consuming the beverage. Left dish detergent like lacing all over the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, roasted almonds, with pine and dish soap.

Malt flavor hints at wheat toast. Touch of brown sugar sweetness. Then the hops take over with an aggressive and pungent laundry detergent flavor. Finishes with a rough, off-balances bitterness that never really leaves.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Purchased this beer from the closeout section of my local liquor store at $3.99. No freshness date on the bottle. To be fair, it was probably several months expired. Nonetheless, it was not a pleasant experience and I would not revisit it if it were free. Time to go pour the remaining 18 ounces down the drain. (956 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.59/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

4 Hands Reprise Centennial Red Ale
22 oz. long-neck brown "bomber" bottle; no apparent freshness dating
$5.99 @ Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

4 Hands has let me down with the first beer I've tried from them. Looking at the bottle I noticed that the liquid level was way up in the neck of the bottle, about an inch below the cap. As it was cold and had not been jostled about I didn't think much of it though. Upon opening it the gushing began. I quickly got it into the kitchen sink where it spewed out quite a bit of it's contents. I was able to carefully pour a few ounces at a time, but for the most part it just foamed up. It was only after 10 minutes or more that I was able to get an almost full pint.

Holding it to the light I found it quite cloudy. I happened to have a Paulaner HefeWeizen sitting nearby and viewed them side-by-side. The 4Hands was by far more cloudy, meaning more yeast, which was later confirmed by the taste. That tenacious carbonation continued, and if I tilted the glass the stream of tiny bubbles racing forth resembled that of a Bavarian Hefe Weizen.

The flavor revealed a caramelish malt, a solid bitterness, and some piney-citrusy hops although their complexity was quite diminished by the solid presence of yeast.

Perhaps I just got a bad bottle. Perhaps it was the last one off of the line and a whole lot of yeast was carried over. In the past that might have been considered as OK, or perhaps even "charming" in the spirit of the microbrew movement, but it's not acceptable by today's standards. There's too much competition between small breweries, and only those that produce the best beers and practice the strictest quality assurance will thrive. If a brewery can't produce a bottle of beer that tastes as they've intended it to, then they probably should not bottle their beer. In the past I would have given them another try, but this time I'll put that money towards another brewery I haven't tried, or one that's tried and true. (1,983 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

While not horrible, this one was kind of disjointed. The color and appearance was odd, with a pale off red color and thin head. The flavors just don't mesh well, hop bitterness with no further complexity. Almost no malt backbone to offset this strange hop profile, and a very thin and watery mouth feel. In the end, it was drinkable, but not something I would go to again.

Will not seek out and purchase again. Would drink if free or available though. (454 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure how old this beer is, but hope it's relatively fresh.
The beer pours a rusty brown with a generous amount of sticky off-white head. The nose is mildly bitter without sweetness. The taste presents all bite and no bark, all penetration and no foreplay...it's just a super bitter mess with none of the redeeming hop characteristics I look for in a good red ale. The mouthfeel is equally terrible as no caramel sweetness precedes or follows the bitterness...it's just grapefruit rind all day. I did not enjoy this beer and think it could use a lot more sweetness. (568 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Grandmother, what big, red hop cones you have. Ahem, anyway, this stuff pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, pine resin, light grass, and a hint of vinyl coming from the creepy old hipster's room in the back of the place. The taste is basically a showcase of resin, occasionally allowing itself to be dipped in caramel for the sake of variety. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, not a bad Centennial-based red, though that vinyl bit in the smell and the very real one-note flavor character drag it down for me. (689 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention, slight hazeyness

S: Pineyness & breadyness

T: Pineyness, a touch of caramel, breadyness & grapefruit up front. Dryness, biscuitty malt, a hint of aspirin, more pine & breadyness, plus astringency once warm. Finishes with pine & grapefruit, plus woody hops, plus aspirin & biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, thins out as this warms; okay balance at best

Started out like gangbusters, but just fell apart after it warmed up. Drinkable, but not one I would buy again, too disjoinnted (604 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%

Got a sample of this from the store. Word has it that 4 Hands is going to all cans, so their bottles are being liquidated off shelves. I don't know how much truth there is to this, but whatever. It landed me a free sample. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a sweet looking, amber/rust color. Decent one finger head rises to the top but dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell - Certainly some malts and yeast, with a touch of hop citrus and grapefruit mixed in. Smells balanced, it is apparent it has hops but is not "well-hopped," so to speak. There is truth to their claim of only putting one kind of hop in there, most likely.

Taste - Malts and yeast are the first things to hit the palate. Caramel, breads, and a bit of sweetness characterize the flavor before the hops. The hops are present in the middle to the end, and while they can be detected, they are subdued and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, with a bit of bitterness from the single hop.

Overall - Mediocre. Its worth a try, I typically don't like amber/red ales, so I am biased, but at the same time this was so forgettable. It was not bad, it just was not good either. (1,211 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy reddish amber with a big fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney grapefruity centennial hops with some sweet nutty malts.

The flavor is nutty malts with some fruity bitterness but subdued hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite watery.

Overall, a decent hoppy red. (345 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ferguson Brewhouse.

A: Served a nice amber color with an off-white head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma is a mixture of grapefruit and pine with a bit of caramel in the background.

T: Taste follows the aroma with a citrus bite and a bit of caramel sweetness. The bitterness is present trough out with and unexpected dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body and nice carbonation.

O: Interesting beer with lots of character. Most amber beers are really laid back but this one wants attention. Check it out. (520 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber hued with a fingernail of beige head covering the majority of the top. The taste is a blend of dark bready malt and citrus like Centennial hops. The malt is in the forefront. The hops appear more in the fade. The body is lightly sticky. (254 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Stringer_Bell- thanks! Appearance is a somewhat murky dark red with a thin layer of head the leaves thin lines of lacing. The aroma has a deep earthiness with grapefruit, wood, tea leaves, and rye. The taste starts with a malty sweetness which quickly gives way to deep earthy hop tones. Notes of caramel, rye, grass, grapefruit, and pine wood come through on the flavor. The taste is progressively bitter as it passes the palate and have the most bitter tones at the end. Mouthfeel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this doesn't feature the brightness I would want with a centennial single hopped brew, this is a nice earthy and malt forward IPA. (690 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber color with off-white head. Pine, citrus, caramel malt, amd some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a piney malty note. (169 characters)

Photo of aratcliffe
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a nonic pint. Nice and biscuity, has a mildly bitter bite to it. Would be curious to see how it plays from the keg, Feels sessionable, albeit at 6%. Would likely seek out a 6, as this was a single buy. (224 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, semi-hazy rust color with a strong, sizeable head. The head is frothy and dense, retaining very well, even when it's a little above the glass. Lacing is tremendous.

S- Lots of semi-sweet caramel malt mixing with a moderate hop profile. I would call this a red IPA, or maybe an amber pale ale just from the scent. No smell is overpowering or too strong, just a solid malt and hop mix.

T- Starts with a dull, semisweet malt flavor profile. Mostly caramel malt, but not quite as sweet are most reds as far as caramel goes. Towards the middle of the drink there is a noticeable shift towards hop bitterness. The hops here aren't as bitter as they would be in a pale or IPA, but more of a musty, dull bitterness. Provides a good balance to the malts on the front end, but could be a little stronger.

M- Slick and on the thinner side of the body weight spectrum. Low to moderate level of carbonation, which was somewhat surprising. Easy to drink and sits light in the stomach.

Overall, this is your standard, everyday red ale. This is a beer that will keep the lights on and pay the bills everyday for a brewery. Nothing to blow you away, yet nothing to disappoint you. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Fine red clear beer with an off white head, mild lacing.

S - Honey sweet, floral notes, a bite of pine, with a smidge of lemon citrus.

T - Strong bitter bite up front, slight pine and lemon, malty sugar sweetness.

M - Serious hop crunch, strong dry on the close.

O - A bit more of a punch in the nose than I expected. Hop is front and center. So it is a good thing. (375 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This can is near the end of it's shelf life and so I'm expecting that some of the "brightness" of the aroma and flavors has faded. (But it has been refrigerated for most of its life and so should still be drinkable.)

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice, reasonably clear copper-red color with an ivory 3/4" head. The head recedes fairly soon to a thin layer of foam and a nice leggy 1/4" ring around the glass. Sipping leaves a nice pattern of lacing that includes patches and and speckles of foam some of which remain stuck to the glass while a few slide back down to the liquid.

The aroma is faint but clearly Centennial, with some pine resin showing along with a touch of citrus. There's also some nice caramel malt in here.

The flavors are basically what would be expected from the nose with the caramel malt backbone supporting the pine resin and a touch a citric hop character.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and there is light prickly carbonation. The finish begins in the mix of malt and bitterness with the malt fading faster, leaving the bitterness to disappear into dryness.

As I expected this beer is on its down slope from its "sweet spot" and normally I'd not have bought it. However, given that it is canned and has been kept cold most of its life I decided to gamble a bit. Based on experience with Centennial in other beers (e.g., Founders, etc.) I'm giving this beer scores that may be a bit higher than what this particular can deserves but making a note that the beer is worth a second try at a younger age with score revision if needed. (1,578 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Every time I see "hoppy amber" (as this was listed) or "imperial amber," I think I'm going to get some kind of attempt at a Nugget Nectar clone. Fortunately this was not that. Darker reddish-amber pour with a cap of foamy off-white head; moderate retention and lacing. Moderate hoppy aroma, citrusy, piney, floral, caramel malts. Crisp taste, pine and citrus hops balanced with caramel malts, hints of stone fruit and herbs, appropriately bitter in the finish. Medium body, and quite drinkable. (532 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this Red Ale on tap at the brewery in a pint glass. This ale poured a amber/orange color, produced a thick white head, excellent retention and it left an ample amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this ale consisted of malted grain, apple/pear melody and a nice dose of piney hops! Marvelous! Medium in body, this ale featured a base of malted grain, caramel, pepper, and a fruity melody of apple and pear. The foundation of this beer was supported by a piney hop finish that leaves your mouth dry wanting to take another swig. I nice take on this style that is a bit out of the box. Excellent session beer- Prost! (628 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of herbs, spices, citrus, hops, hint of sweet malt, and floral hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, citrus, sweet malt, herbs, and a hint of grass. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity. (432 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Mostly clear red body, with a bit of amber hue. Three-finger tan head that dissipates to a foamy cap and leave a bit of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is not overwhelming, but is a solid mix of citrus and pine hop notes, followed by some bready malt.

The flavor takes a bit of a left turn from the aroma, but not necessarily in a bad way, in the the pine resin dominates the hop flavor. Very little citrus. Also, the malt balances much more in the flavor, and although the biscuity malt is present, there is a just a hint of a darker/roasted flavor to malt. Overall, a very hop-forward offering.

Medium mouthfeel with the oily hop texture present. Very drinkable and a solid brew by 4 Hands. (730 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Royale

A - pours a reddish orange color with a nice head, akin to a puffy cloud with holes in it

S - nose is juicy grapefruit hops with grainy malts

T - taste opens up with citrus flavors upfront. These move on to a cereal and grain malt base but are overtaken by bitter grapefruit hops. The hops finish off this beer and leave a grapefruit rind bitterness on the tongue.

M - full and well carbonated

D - overall, this is a good, hoppy red ale. The flavors were very fresh and bright - solid effort put forth by 4 Hands with this one. (560 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an uber hazy copper orange color, moderate cap of off white froth, some sticky lacing. Bready, malty and light caramel from the get go, solid pine, grapefruit and herbal hops, kiss of rye like spice. Bready to begin, lightly sweet, hops provide solid bitterness, pine and grapefruit, some spicyness. Medium bodied, lightly chunky, slightly creamy, dry. Solid intro to the brewer in a style im picky about. (411 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very piney and floral. There was a touch of sweet breads.

T - Lots of bitter piney hoppiness. Sweet caramel, toffee and bread crust make a nice backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - 4 Hands makes great beer. Plain and simple. This is a really good red ale. Worth a try. (478 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear ruby red color with a decent white head and md lacing.

It had a nice citrus hoppy nose to it and, as expected, a nice caramel malt sweetness.

Great balance between the malt and hoppy bite. Citrus and pine.

Medium and smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

I found it to be a real solid hoppy red. (323 characters)

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Reprise Centennial Red from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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