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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series)Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series)

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136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 257
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 11-10-2010

Brewed to celebrate 100 years of the oldest hiking trail in North America, the Long Trail. This ale features a slightly sweet malt flavor delicately balanced by the use of centennial hops. This bigger beer goes down smooth, please indulge with moderation.

Our Imperial Red Ale has the traditional characteristics of a red ale with the addition of an ample amount of hops and a higher grain bill that yields more sugars during the brewing process; resulting in a higher ABV.

60 IBU
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Photo of Hoser77
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

XMas present, poured into New Belgium glass

A-Pours a very deep ruby red. Almost brown in appearance, with deep garnet highlights. Off-white head, quickly dissapates with persistant lacing. Clear, no haze.

S-Stone fruit, pine, and citrus dominate the glass. Very inviting and pleasant! Biscuit, toast, and caramel malt in the background. Very subtle roast notes.

T-Very complex. A beautiful blend of deep caramel malts, subtle chocolate and roast give way quickly to the pine and citrus hops that persist and linger on the palate. Stone fruit flavors and subtle warmth in the finish

M-Very dextrinous, silky, and chewy up front, but finishes suprisingly dry and crisp. Likely from the high-hopping rates. Well carbonated, creamy, not biting like some hoppy ales.

O-Red ales are one of my favorites and this is an exceptional example of the style. Not as "arrogant" and assertive as a Bastard, but as equally good. Very easy drinking and inviting. I will definitely seek this out again. Hops and malt are equally balanced. Long Trail should be very proud of this beer!

Serving type: 22oz. bottle

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice amber/red color with a white two-finger head into my glass. Very nice presentation here!

Mildly-sweet malt and grassy hops greet the nose upfront. They dominate the nose as well with nothing much else left.

Taste is a rich mix of sweet malt and grassy hops that leave a decent amount of bitterness in the mouth.

Finishes a bit dry with lingering sweet malt/grassy hops. Very enjoyable.

Wow. I gotta say, this is one of my favorite LT offerings. It takes the best things about a red ale and amps them up. I can get behind this. Try it!

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Photo of sailorastro
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall: If appearances can be deceiving, then scents can be as well. The bark of this beer is larger than its bite, though neither lack to impress. If the Queen of Hearts had a beer, this might be it.

Appearance: Solid ruby red color. Almost no head that leaves a fine lace.

Scent: Grapefruit; pine; hops; overripe berries

Taste: Large juicy flavor upfront, like a liquored-up Hawaiian punch, followed by the kick of the hops. Incredibly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and cool with a bitter finish after the tartness fades.

Sampled from a Duvel tulip glass.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a hazy amber-brown body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Hops are quite evident in the aroma with lemon, grapefruit, and pith showing. Tastes hoppy initially, with lemon, grapefruit, orange, and pith, then fades to a deep malty character, with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and nutty notes toward the finish. A bit of a sipper, but goes down more easily than expected. Balanced but on all at once - this beer is the best of hoppiness and maltiness at different times. Very good. One of the best, if not the best I have ever had from this brewery. Kudos, Long Trail!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail Centennial Red is a dim red ale with a thick, creamy, khaki colored head that has outstanding retention and lacing. There's a huge, wooden, pine spice in the nose with perhaps a whiff of caramel. It smells great. It's full bodied and soft with a chewy finish. This beer has a big, bitter, resiny flavor. It's very spicy, with notes of pine, juniper and black pepper. It's serious business. It's cool to see an East Coast brewery take a very West Coast style and do a good job of it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22oz bomber of this for $5.99.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Not much head to it, sweet aroma. Taste is medium bodied, huge caramel sweetness upfront, followed by the centennial hops and a great maltiness. Super tasty and smooth, the 8% abv is well hidden. Finishes clean... this is a fantastic beer, well balanced and very tasty!

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a very dark amber red color with a little off white head

Smell - a very sweet hoppy smell

Taste - an initial bitter taste with a sweet roasted malty aftertaste

mouthfeel - leaves my mouth watery and wanting some more

drinkability - very drinkable

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/26/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark red color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppy red ale that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this bottle on 12/29, consumed on 1/1/2011 -poured from the 22oz brown bottle chilled into my Duvel tulip allowed to warm gradually.

The color is deep crimson with fiery red hues when held to the light. the head is ecru w/ lace that clings like a glove to the sides of the tulip. The bead is very fine and carbonation is visible rising from the center upward. The appearance is almost blood red in the right light. A citrus peel aroma which is mostly orange with strong smell of biscuit-like malt. The accents of pine from the hops provide a complimentary scent w/ slight caramel aroma from the malt and a pleasant balance of aromas overall with the yeast very clean and low in the aroma. The feel is subtly sweet which gives way to moderately bitter centennial notes which are mildly acidic and slightly peppery w/ spiciness adding the dry overall feel and subtle toastiness of the malt. There is strong backbone from the malt which makes the beer seem less bitter w/ mild hoppy vegetal quality and fruity tang with a mild powdery element. The ale finishes on the dry side.

This beer tastes like I expected it to taste having had other single hop Centennial beers, that isn't a bad thing though. I enjoy the bitter citrus the hop provides with a slightly grapefruit tinge and mild pine flavor. There is a pretty flavorful biscuit taste w/ light vegetal and herbal hop quality w/ slightly grassy effect. The bitter but complimentary hops are there with the caramel elements from the malt adding depth. There is a slight pepper element with hints of chalky and astringent accents from the level of hop used. the hops seem more prominent as it warms with the taste lightly fruity and more grapefruit registers than orange rind as hinted at in the nose. The citrus bitterness is pleasing and there is a slight currant quality of fruity/spicy blend with almost bready toasted malt finish. the malt is somewhat overshadowed by the spice of the hops and mildly acidic qualities and there is a gentle alcohol element as it finishes. The Red is really enjoyable as Imperial Reds go, not in your face hops, but plenty of centennial flavor which is really complimentary of the malt which I found to have a nice level of toasted/biscuIit and I was able to sip on this while watching Inception on dvd by Michael Nolan and not get bored. - I find the citrus is not as juicy in Centennial as other C hops which means this is not an over the top citrus bomb, but I recommend this to those who like the style

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Photo of MadCat
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear amber red, decent white head that dissipates quick, leaves good lacing.

Smell: Hops were the first thing I smelled. Lots of floral and citrus hops. Also some caramel malts in there too.

Taste: Like the smell, my tastebuds get hit with hops immediately. Some more caramel malts, hints of citrus and nuts. Some sweetness in there to balance with the hoppy bitterness, but the hops are on the winning side here. Dry, bitter finish, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, I could go either way on drinking more than one.

Overall, good. I think they do a good job of an "Imperial Red Ale" assuming that they want a higher abv, hoppier version of a red ale. Very well brewed beer, would consider picking up again with a price of $5 a bomber, I think they hit the sweet spot of quality and price. Also considering other Long Trail Brewmaster Series brews.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at the brewery this afternoon for $5.99. Code 102910 0986 on the bottle. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Popping the cap releases a huge hiss of escaping carbo. A moderate pour into the center of the glass gives a big 3" of light tan foam that has a slight orange hue. The brew itself is a clear dark cherry red when held to a light. The head has great endurance and leaves thick rings and globs of creamy lace on the glass.

Smell leads with a big bite of generic bittering hop that has some pine and citrus rind exuding from underneath. As it warms the hop evens out a bit, which allows some cotton candy, berries, and a little alcohol spice to become known.

The taste has a strong bitter hop bite intertwined with peppery alcohol, followed by cherry taffy and a little caramel maltiness. The feel has some resiny slickness but is otherwise pretty light, goes down quick and smooth. The carbonation is perfect, in that it is entirely sufficient and not intrusive. It finishes dry on the tongue with some generic hop, pepper, and candy lingering in the back of the mouth.

This drinks very easily; it's a big beer but it avoids being heavy or filling. Gone before I knew it. At 7.9% it's on the small end of "Imperial", but I'm glad they didn't go any further with the ABV. It has a bit of peppery bite but it isn't offensive. It sits just barely on the right side of the line between "enough" and "too much".

A good brew, it is well crafted, especially considering that this style is so easily and often mediocre. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red hue with a nice head. Scents of cherry and bitter hoppiness on the nose. A wine like-sherry-ness i also present. Pretty nice taste to this one. Smooth on the front with some nice balancing bitterness on the end. Very American "strong" ale-ish. A bit thin on body but very easy to drink. Sweet raspberry flavor followed by a raspy bitterness. An overall good beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Shoulder dated 102910.

Pours a crystal clear bright brownish red with thick (yet small) tan colored head. Nose has lots of roasted red malts with some pine resin notes too. Hops scream at first but the malt comes through very prevalently as it opens up.

Palate is big and malt-driven with snappy hop bitterness on all sides. Roasted red malt comes through and there's some malt bitterness too.

This is a true Imperial Red Ale in every sense! Like reds? This is for you!

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Photo of ricknelson
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a beer that no matter what type of beer is your
favorite style, that you will enjoy this beer. It is by far the best that I have had from Long Trail. I bought it to a tasting at my brother's
bar and the regulars picked it as the best of the tasting that day.
Very drinkable, a great every day beer on the high end the chart.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled into snifter

A: modest head, little carbonation, clear dark ruddy red color
S: strong whiffs of hops--lovely and buoyant
T: outstanding flavor profile; very hoppy, very much like an IPA; bitter, rich, and complex
M: very silky, smooth

A very good beer; complaints by other reviewers of the bitterness should be taken into consideration, but that aspect made my taste buds happy.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a big bottle...

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice thick creamy head on top with decent carbonation, reddish amber color.

Smell is not overpowering, but of nicely caramely sweet malt, hint of citrus hops.

Taste is an upfront malt sweetness, notes of caramel and roasted flavors, very good. A slight hint of hop, on the citrusy side in the finish.

Mouthfeel is great, flavors hit tongue and cheek well with good carbonation.

Exceptionally drinkable, hard to believe its an 8% abv brew. Very well done.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mohagony, muddy color with minimal head and some faint lacing. Aroma is of caramel, burnt nuts, grass, some sweet syrup, and a hint of hops. Taste is dry, burnt tasting, hay/grass flavors with some some caramel and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is medium, some good carbonation. I dig this red ale.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: A dark copper reddish color with some nice head
Smell: Nice smell of caramel malt with slight cherry undertone.
Taste: Nice taste with caramel malt flavor. Finishes nice with a good balance. Slight cherry and dark fruit flavors. Finishes with some nice hop bitterness. A nice balance.
Pretty good. Would recommend a try.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- amber red to brown in color, very thing lacing of tan head that quickly dissipated away

Smell- nice mix of hops and malt, more sweet nose then anything else,

Taste- mostly malty flavor up front and even slight enjoyable roastyness to it, hop bitterness is there on the back end but its not overwhelming in any means, i would say there is an overall nice balance to this beer if anything maybe slightly more to the malty then hoppy side,

Mouthfeel- low carbonation and very smooth and medium to heavy bodied in feel

Drinkability- pretty easy and smooth drinking, the balance is probably the strong point to me in this beer as there quite a strong both malt and hop presence in this beer, and easy drinker and for near 8 percent hard to really know it, overall a pretty enjoyable beer and great value to boot

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Photo of orsulacp
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last night, very good overall. I even had a wine dinker get one and he really liked it. It came with a nice creamy tan head on top of a red/brown body. The smell had nice caramel notes with a bit of citrus and piney hops. The taste started caramel/malty sweet, but not too much and then a nice balanced piney bitterness. I like the full body and the well balanced taste makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish copper body with a nice thick and foamy white head. Big malt nose; slightly spicy hop fragrance. Warm, toasted grains with a peppery hop profile mid-sip through the finish; peppermint. heavy body; smooth with a fine carbonation.

A well-balanced, complex and very flavorful ale. All the sensory components meld together nicely. Malt sugars and hop bitterness dance well with each other, plus a fully-present but not over-powering alcohol burn adds an extra dimension to things.

Picked this up at the Market Basket in Claremont, NH a about four days ago. Too bad I tried this the night before flying back to Colorado, otherwise I would have picked up at least one more to enjoy before departing the region.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ruck in Troy.

Pours dark amber/mahogany.

Smells like caramel malts, with a hint of bitter hops and perhaps a quick bit of alcohol.

Tastes very smooth. Rich caramel malt flavor that's neither too sweet nor bitter, with some decent hops backing it up. I don't taste any alcohol. This is a very good amber ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit full but not overbearing. This is one of my favorite amber ales. It's the third beer I've had from Long Trail's Brewmaster series, and all have been above average.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into Newport Storm pint glass.

A- Copper with a sandy white head that has heavy sticky lacing.

S- Good piny hops with a bit of orange/tangerine and some malt sweetness.

T- Almost like an IPA- heavy hop bill. I'm loving it. Bitter and a bit earthy/peppery. Floral/citric hops as well. Great sweet malt notes flesh out the other flavors.

M- Pretty substantial body, great flavors, nice finish. Well done.

D- Moderate but very enjoyable, ABV is just under 8% and it was a wise decision to leave it there. Any more and it would be too much. I'm impressed at this one, and am glad to see more imperial reds make it to market.

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Photo of iBeer16
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: pours a dark amber color. Pours with roughly a 1.5 finger head of a light tan color. Leaves nice lacing when it clears.

S: Aroma is a nice combination of sweet malts and piney. Citrusy hops. Also I am detecting a possible cherry oak nose, but I could be wrong.

T: flavor brings out that cherry oaky flavor, but also resembles the nose, sweet malts and piney hops.

M: very refreshing brew, great flavor, carbonation, very light body. Finishes light but flavorful.

Overall, great brew! Very easy to drink, flavor combination is very good.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a stemless flute glass. The color glowed a deep maroon, medium brown. No real head was observed, but sheets of tannish, reddish lacing appeared around the glass as we sipped. No sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared medium. The aroma was thick of lactic sourness, barnyard grass, huge citric hops which were very bitter, of grapefruit and metallics. The malts were predominantly caramel, with a bready yeast, and a serious sea saltiness. Our first impression was that this was a boozy hop bomb. As we sipped, steely malts mixed with bittering earthen hops. Muddy mineral and raw honey sweetness cooled things down a bit. The middle moved forward with more earthy mineral, with a sweetness brought forward by alcohol, and floral hops. Peppery booze, caramel, and brown sugar finish things off with sweetness, and a seriousness. Bitter grassy hops, again, mix here for a balance and final bite. The aftertaste breathed of peppery booze, earthy hops, lemon rind sting, and a fresh malty bite. The body was medium, and the carbonation was higher end. The mouth is hit with a sour, puckering slickness and cool astringency. Eventually the mouth is left even and wet, with little drying. The beer is very warming to the belly. The abv is appropriate, and the swill drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how earthy, bitter, and hoppy it was. These notes mix nicely with the rich, metallic malts, adding a balancing sweetness. The nose on this guy was amazing, with a great deal of funk, moss, and musk from the yeast, with a beautiful balance from the hop varietals which take several faces throughout. Very nice for the style.

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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.