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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
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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Photo of pdeepak
1.27/5  rDev -66.2%

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

pdeepak, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -46.8%

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.

jtierney89, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -46.8%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CHickman
2.2/5  rDev -41.5%

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.

CHickman, May 14, 2011
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

TheBigBoy, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Ego
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%

on bottle:
102910
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eyes...
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.

nose...
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.

verdict?
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

Ego, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

ToasterChef, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of ms11781
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

ms11781, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

donkeyrunner, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of 11millsown113
3/5  rDev -20.2%

11millsown113, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of hockenbeer
3/5  rDev -20.2%

hockenbeer, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Focusf111
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Focusf111, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of jlindsey
3/5  rDev -20.2%

jlindsey, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of bs870621345
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

bs870621345, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Rekrule, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -20.2%

TheRuss9585, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of GallowsThief
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

GallowsThief, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of beastfromtheeast
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

beastfromtheeast, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

OVERALL GRADE: C/C+

negroobserver, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

BrewCrew2010, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

Doomcifer, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Treb0R
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Mikexw
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of jski
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

jski, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

GeoffreyM, Mar 28, 2012
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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.