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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 pdeepak
1.26/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this was probably the worst beer i've had in ages.

I had a bottle of it sitting around and needed something to try last night. I cracked it open, and immediately knew that I was not going to enjoy it.

The smell was quite simply bad and unappetizing, made me wish i had bit the bullet and had tried something better from my stock.

the first taste was awful and overwhelmingly boozy, none of the fruity character i had expected from it.

never again

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours much deeper than a red color. A very very dark auburn with a thin lace of off white head. Nose is pretty big with lots of dark malts herbal hops and overall boozey presence.

Just noticed bottled on date, beer is relatively fresh. A grape like sweetness up front with a spicy hop finish. Big chewy mouthfeel. Flavors are kind of all over the place and not making too much sense. Slightly cloying lingering grape finish as well. Not too pleasant. Hops balance this slightly but not enough. Some alcohol presence is noted on the finish as well.

Big thick mouthfeel with ill blended flavors. Not really sure what the intent was here. Its not undrinkable but its not good.

The beer comes together a bit better as it warms. The spicy hop finish starts to compliment the earthy fruit flavors a bit better but its still not spectacular.

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Photo of CHickman
2.21/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tasting notes from 3/12/11, on tap: pours blood red with sediment floating, and a small creamy tan head that faded on the quick side.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, funky yeast, cinnamon and a bit of skunkiness; not a great smell at all.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, funky yeast and a sour apple flavor; not very good tasting at all.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and watery, with light carbonation and a medium body. Low drinkability due to the very skunky taste, so I would not have again. Hopefully it was just a bad batch, because I tried to enjoy it and drank the whole beer, but just struggled to finish this. I'll give Long Trail a pass on this one.

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Photo of Ego
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

on bottle:

sitting stationary in the cellar now for 2 weeks, pours with a hyperactive head, on a slow sideways pour this still almost peaks 3 fingers. It's the asteroid craggy variety, lots of big soapy bubbles leaving behind a virtual schematic of lacing.glowing ruby red hue with lots of carbonation traveling through, the head really sticks around at the party... nice.

spicy maple syrup, smells like sharp euro hops.. like fuggles on crack, definite heavy malt sensation with some soft cocoa notes. the alcohol can be found if you sniff around enough.

taste etc...
ok.. ya got me. this threw me. I was expecting a bright red carbo-prickly suped up red. What have I here? not sure... the bitterness seems like burn in the back of my throat and gullet. This drinks flatter than it looks. It also leaves an uncomfortable syrup on the pallet. I am getting this as a brown gone bad with some hops thrown in... It finishes off with a chemical/astringent tinge that is extremely off putting.

This one disappoints. There are some really weird things going on in this beer. It would be like seeing Jason from Friday the 13th in space... oh wait, they did that, and that wasn't a good idea either... ya feel me ?

music: HumanMeshDance - TheSecretNumberTwelve

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Photo of ms11781
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date of 111210 stamped on neck of bottle. Poured from a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish/amber color with a decent size off-white head. A nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

Nose starts with a good dose of piny hops that are quickly followed by a malty sweetness. Not very strong but balanced.

Taste follows along with the nose but the hops are even more subdued. A bit of piny hops at the beginning and then a thick, sweet caramel maltiness that lingers a bit. The malt stands out a bit more than the hops and at times the caramel flavor is substantial.

This brew is a bit thick on the tongue. Not quite syrupy but feels like it wants to be. The caramel malt adds to the thicker feeling.

The thick body prevents having more than the bomber and is actually quite filling. Good for one, not more than that though.

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Photo of ToasterChef
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cellar temperature bottle (with a brewed on date of 10.29.10) was split between two pint glasses. It is a reddish copper beer. The bottle's label suggests you pour it slowly into a glass, which I did, so there isn't much head, just a thin coat of tan foam.Some carbonation is visible within the glass.

Caramel malts, toffee and some forest-like hops make up the aroma. It has a dusty, aged quality to it.

The flavor is a little strange. There's plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness and some bitter hops in the finish. There is a smokey flavor, but not like a smoked beer, more like some burnt, like overcooked sugar. I can't quite describe why, but I don't really like it.

It's a full bodied beer that leaves a thick, slick coat. Carbonation is average and can be felt.

This drinks well enough, but the flavor just isn't for me. Not a drainpour, but also not a beer I'll revisit.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber to whiskey orange color. Sheets of lacey netting strung about the glass. Foamy film retention.

Aroma is warm carpet fuzz hop resin and soft, floral pine hops. Orange curacao soaked cake malt underneath.

Taste is orange liquor, soft pine hops, and a wimpy bitter bump.
With nothing to stand out the mouthfeel is obnoxiously syrupy.

With a name like Centennial Red I was expecting a big ass hoppy red ale. This is a pissant. I've come to expect light, clean beers from Long Trail and this is so far removed from what they do well. My least favorite since Blackberry Wheat.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber ruby color with an inch of white head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine/grapefruit with a little bit of caramel backing it up.

Taste follows smell, with an astringent bitterness on the end that lingers.

Mouthfeel is full, but the beer seems flat.

Drinkability is not very good, it really falls flat with the aftertaste.

I had high hopes for this beer, as everything Longtrail is good, but this really let me down.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in trade from BennyL1 (Thanks Ben!). Poured out of a 1 pint 6 oz bottle. Marked 10/26/10.

A - Very nice deep ruby red pour. Rolled out with about a 2 inch stark white head. Head receded fairly quickly. Bit of lacing but not much.

S - Floral hops. Smells bitter and sour.

T - Citrusy and grapefruit are the first thing I notice. Just a little bit of bitterness but not bad. Has some of the piney flavor. Somewhere in the middle I get a bit of sweetness. Barely perciptable but adds to the flavor. Just a tiny bit of the ABV at the end.

M - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.

D - Well I did enjoy the bitterness but I think it could have been more balanced. This is a pretty drinkable brew even with the ABV. If this fits your taste you will have many.

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Photo of beastfromtheeast
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out with a fairly small off-white head, which didn't result in very much retention whatsoever. There is quite a bit of lacing, however. This ale is a very deep red, almost maroon.

Smell: Smell is not very powerful, but there are sweet malt notes, perhaps fruit and/or caramel. Additionally, there are some subtle earthy hops notes.

Taste: Caramel sweetness which is suddenly dominated by robust, bitter hops. I soon noticed a subtle grapefruit / citrus flavor, particularly in the finish. Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Does seem a bit sticky.

Drinkability: Not much complexity. One would expect a bit more sweetness, but it is rather unbalanced in taste as the hops easily dominate. This ale is not too aesthetically pleasing either - the only positives are the color and lacing. There simply isn't much to rave about here, though there isn't anything bad enough about it that makes it easy to dismiss.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle - 7.9% ABV

C: Dark brown with reddish/orange tones. Pours with about 1/2 inch of thick cream colored head, which leaves behind substantial lacing.

S: Sweet malty scent. Roasted nutty quality remensicent of a brown ale.

T: Starts off with a light sweetness, which forms into a smooth malty combination of texture and flavor. It ends with a light bitter finish which has a very nutty flavor in the back. Pretty complex combination of flavors and how they resonate on the tongue.

M: The beer has a good body with a very smooth texture. It's not watery at all. The carbonation is good, a little on the light side, but not in a bad way.

D: The beer is drinkable, but I'm not very fond of brown ales, so I can't rate this vey highly. I find that the nutty malty quality tends to dominate the brown ales and for that reason it doesn't appeal to me. The presence of hops is noticiable in the bitter qualities of the beer, but they don't really shine through in the scent, which is a major part of the overall experience.


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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark muddy red with a dense 2 finger head that lasts a while. No lacing.

S: Nice floral & citrus hop aroma with a caramel malt backbone. There's also an earthy quality to it followed by a smell of booze.

T: This one is sort of all over the place. Upfront flavor is a bit hoppy on the floral & earthy side. Then the flavor turns into a strong caramel malts. Don't know why, but I'm also getting a hint of some type of wood. It finishes bitter and hot from the high ABV.

M: Medium to full body, decent carboantion, smooth texture.

O: Not my favorite one of this style. I felt like the flavors were all over the place and unbalanced. Definitely had a hard time drinking this one and it's a sipper for me. I don't see myself getting this in the future.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date code: 111210

Pours a very deep ruby color with a nice frothy head that goes nowhere. Smells of sweet, candied malts, subtle spicy notes, spruce, citrusy, brown sugar. Taste is of more sweet malts (almost too sweet), and balanced by a bitter metallic hop bite...not too much going on. Astringent, dry finish. Not much carbonation. The taste if definitely a let down after the nice aroma. There isn't much depth to the flavor as one would expect. One bomber is more than enough....kinda wish it was a 12oz.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of aroma on the pine side, but the hops don't push through in flavor. Very big caramel and sweet malt. Syrupy red flavors don't establish themselves in the body, and it goes down smooth. A slight nod to that "cat pee" taste/smell we all seem to get from time to time -I've never bothered to find out what kind of compound brings out that for me. Not bad, but not great overall. I have enjoyed the trend in reds/ambers becoming hoppier, but it's not here.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I firmly believe that this imperial craze is not good for every style. Particularly the ones that aren't generally hoppy like a red ale. I know reds can be a hoppy beer, but unless you're going to make a red that is hoppy don't make it an imperial.

This one has a fantastic look. A great red hue with a wonderful light tan head. There is a lot of life in that head and plenty of markings on the glass with each pull. Next I'll talk about the mouthfeel because that is pretty much the only really good part about the beer. Nice medium/full body that doesn't leave much of an oily feel after the beer is gone.

Smell and the taste are too conflicting. Very malty red, but there are so much it's just like a bitter. The sweet is kind of ruined with the bitterness of the beer.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap after I switched over from an uninspiring pint of FA Back in Black.

Red color capped by a small off white foam head with ok retention. Lacing covers the glass. Nose is bland with light notes of biscuit and pine. Taste pretty much leaves me as uninspired as the previous pint. More sweet than I was expecting. Bitterness trys to cut in but is denied. The alchohol is well hidden. Medium bodied. blah.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a tulip, the beer was a dark cherry amber color with a thick tan head that receded quickly. A good amount of lacing.
Strong malt aroma, caramel. Sharp alcohol aroma.
Pretty malty. Caramel, some fruit. Alcohol still very noticeable.
This beer is 7.9% ABV, and was still very hot.
Definitely a beer to sip; 12oz probably would have been enough for me.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into my long trail ipa glass, and it does it decent justice providing with a solid, thick two finger head that takes some
time to go away. backlight shows a real nice deep red color that just looks tempting. smells faintly of pine and sugar, isnt really that strong. flavors of brown sugar, rasin, and a solid malt backbone make this a pretty enjoyable beer. the aftertaste really lingers with a dry malty coating on the tongue. overall im pretty satisfied with this offering from long trail, its nice to see them making strides beyond their usual lineup with the continuation of the brewmasters series.

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Photo of malloyca
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a limpid red-brown with a thin head. Aromas are roasted and sweet malts, not a very strong hop profile in this bottle. The taste is well-balanced between sweet malt, with some bitter roasted flavors that are complimented by some bitter hop flavors. This is medium bodied and smooth drinking, but not distinguished in any particular way.

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Photo of Buggies
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells sweet. Mostly caramel, and floral hops in the background. Slight fruit aromas too? Citrus maybe?

I don't like this one at all. Some folks below claim this to be balanced. Not so much. Starts off slightly sweet with a bit of fruitiness to it. After that, it straight up bitter. And the bitterness just lingers forever.

Overall, I don't like this one. It's just too bitter for the style I think. Perhaps if they backed off on the bitterness, some of the more subtle flavors would have a chance.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recently at the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ, into a pint glass it poured a cloudy chestnut-reddish hue, with one finger of off-white head, mild carbonation, and good retention and lacing. The nose revealed big amounts of pine dry-hoppiness, with a slight citrus hint as well. The taste began on an herbal note, then progressed to a caramel apple tone, and then finished on a very, very dry bitter citrus peel note. Hard to describe, but the flavor seemed a little jagged; e.g it didn't flow well. Medium-bodied, and a little spritzier than expected. Decent beer, but the disjointed aspect of the flavor didn't exactly have me rushing to session it.

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Photo of modernartblues
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from Notes

Poured Into a Duvel Tulip

A: aggressive pour yields a 1" creme colored head, which leaves nice lacing down the glass....color is deep, deep, dark red, darker than I would expect for the style

N: nice wiff of citrusy hops, touch of malty biscuitness, passable for the style, though not staggering in its appeal perfectly acceptable

T: good blend of malt biscuitness with the hops pocking through with a citrusy bitterness, the beer leans closer to the malt side than I would prefer and the sweetness can be a little much....this is probably truer to the style than the over hopped Imperial Reds I prefer, but this doesn't hold a candle to Harpoon's Imperial Red in my mind

M: adequate, but a little chewier than I would prefer considering the sweetness aspect of the beer

D: bomber went down fine, but probably would not purchase again

A little disappointed by this one. The Longtrail Brewmaster Series is usually pretty excellent. I was expecting a strong centennial hop blast because of the name and didn't quite get it.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flew back with me from NY...

A - nice amber red. very little soapy head.

s - very soft tones. nothing jumps out overtly

t/m - pretty straight forward, very smooth, malt forward...vague hop in the end. very drinkable. wood notes?

o - easy to drink but nothing much with the flavor side

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail : Centennial IPA (brewmasters series)

Pours a clear deep copper color. White head forms, has OK staying power and leaves some lace before disappearing. Smells of hop flowers, orange citrus, sweet malts

In the flavor, solid bitterness, pine, sap, earthy. Malt is sweet and sugary. Almost too sweet but kicks in a refreshing bitter note in the finish. Medium bodied, well carbonated. Overall, easy drinker, solid beer, affordable price.

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Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 010711 on bottle neck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Reddish-brown with 1-finger, off-white head with decent retention and random, scattered lace all over the glass.

S: Overall, the aroma is strong and not all that pleasant. Initially there is a strong sour nuttiness that dominates the aroma. There is some heavy cereal grain components that are slightly sweet, light a freshly opened bag of granola. The hoppiness is very light with mostly just tartness and not much else. The citrus quality is light and is overwhelmed by the nutty, grainy qualities.

T: The flavor is also very nutty and grainy -- this beer tastes like a berry-citrus granola bar. It's a very raw graininess, and it tastes like fresh wort or barley smells. There is some malty fruitiness that brings a berry quality. There is substantial tart sourness which is no that pleasant and speaks to ineffective hopping. Alcohol is masked well, but only because of the rawness of the nutty, grain character.

M: Very smooth and clean feel on the palate. The body is medium and the carbonation is firm but in the zone.

D: While a lot of the long Trail Brewmasters' Series are hits, this one doesn't measure up to the other offerings as the caramelly sweetness expected from this style is missing and there is way too much grain quality for a red ale. The hoppiness does not really mesh well with the malt character and results in a less-than-satisfying beer.

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