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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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243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 11-10-2010)
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MattNeskie


5/5  rDev +33%

02-20-2013 06:10:26 | More by MattNeskie
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JmBrkr

Vermont

5/5  rDev +33%

01-23-2012 03:12:31 | More by JmBrkr
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Newbiebeer

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +33%

08-09-2012 21:40:46 | More by Newbiebeer
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Hoser77

Nebraska

4.55/5  rDev +21%

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

12-26-2011 02:38:53 | More by Hoser77
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virinow

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

06-09-2012 18:41:47 | More by virinow
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Icemann383

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

07-07-2014 01:46:14 | More by Icemann383
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danmc50

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

03-11-2012 01:57:31 | More by danmc50
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Brad007

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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!

11-12-2010 22:11:46 | More by Brad007
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

09-02-2013 02:28:00 | More by CampusCrew
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mfigueroa713

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

08-21-2013 01:03:03 | More by mfigueroa713
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

04-30-2012 00:36:39 | More by jrfehon33
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

01-17-2012 02:27:54 | More by sailorastro
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MrHurmateeowish

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%

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!

01-06-2011 05:07:02 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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yesyouam

New York

4.4/5  rDev +17%

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.

12-28-2010 20:25:46 | More by yesyouam
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

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!

07-14-2012 23:07:19 | More by oriolesfan4
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jmarvin4189

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

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

01-04-2011 02:00:28 | More by jmarvin4189
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

01-27-2011 17:49:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

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

01-02-2011 18:50:11 | More by Slatetank
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

03-15-2011 01:07:56 | More by MadCat
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

01-28-2011 01:26:44 | More by mvanaskie13
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

07-07-2011 23:15:22 | More by bigdeuce
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

04-18-2011 20:44:31 | More by Arithmeticus
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

11-11-2010 00:41:44 | More by BeerNinja007
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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!

11-10-2010 02:07:56 | More by SFLpunk
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markasparov

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-16-2012 13:57:02 | More by markasparov
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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.