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

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

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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%

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 TheBrewo


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 22:52:37 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of tobelerone


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish copper colored beer with a small white head that sinks rather quickly; lacing is strong. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and fruity hops; pineapple, orange, and pine all present. Taste is well balanced between these elements; an appealingly sweet maltiness, with aspects of caramel, toasted bread, and brown sugar, and a significant dose of pineapple and resinous pine hop notes. Bitterness is fairly muted.

Body and carbonation are both medium, with an added smoothness on draft, pretty good mouthfeel. This isn’t an exceptional beer but it’s highly drinkable and tasty and should appeal to fans of the style looking for a slightly sweeter, less bitter rendition.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 15:59:08 | More by tobelerone
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 19:33:28 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of CHickman

New York

2.2/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 04:23:52 | More by CHickman
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap as part of a flight at cantebury ales in huntington. Showed up dark red with a darker core. Reasonable head and nice lacing for a flight. Malty smell and taste with a touch of brown sugar & syrup. Bitter dry after. Not my fav in the flight but not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 00:49:16 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber-ish color with a tannish head. In the aroma, small caramel presence and a small hop presence as well. In the taste, caramel, small mat presence and a small, balanced hop. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeeel, with a semi dry caramel malt in the aftertaste. Nice malt and hop balance. Easy to drink, and doesn't feel like 8%.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 18:22:45 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of musicforairports

New York

4.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 15:50:23 | More by musicforairports
Photo of bpalfrey10

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice ruby red color, good clarity. Solid, lasting head.
S: Slight hoppy-ness to the aroma, nothing powerful.
T: Big hop bitterness right away, and leaves a lasting bitterness. Not much in the way of malt to balance out the big hop hit. Though fairly high ABV, no alcohol hit.
M: Moderately carbonated.

Good solid hoppy beverage. I wish there was a little bit more in the way of a malt backbone to balance it out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 01:14:37 | More by bpalfrey10
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 17:49:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's, at Mike's recommendation. dark red with a whisp of head, and later white lace ring. A full mouthfeel with good bitterness and lightly toasted malts.A little roast. Somewhat sweet finish. A pint was very filling.Long Tail have picked it up a notch in last year.Had it again a year and a half later and it was bang on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 01:27:34 | More by Sammy
Photo of orsulacp


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 21:30:59 | More by orsulacp
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 23:02:33 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of DrJay


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown colour with a creamy, dark beige cap. Good head retention, plenty of lacing. Grapefruit aroma was apparent as soon as the cap was popped, followed by caramel, bread, a hint of pine and oranges, and slight alcohol. Bitterness was tempered by caramel sweetness up front, but finished strong. Citrusy notes and a spicy finish rounded out the flavour -- simple but effective. Medium plus bodied with creamy carbonation, alcohol warmth, and slight astringency. Nice balance overall and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 13:23:51 | More by DrJay
Photo of beergoot


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 22:42:10 | More by beergoot
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial pint glass a clear deep amber with a half finger light tannish colored head that settles pretty quickly.Piney hops really stand out in the nose along with some earthiness and mild roast,not much sweetness.Flavors are quite hoppy at the onset with pine resin to a lesser extent grapefruit notes,again it's quite dry for the style with a little alcohol and caramel detected.Not bad the finish is a little abrupt but this has a nice hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 19:22:42 | More by oberon
Photo of yespleez

New York

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Long Trail Centennial Red poured clear, dark red with a creamy white head. Mild lacing on the glass. There were slight citrus & pine notes. It was smooth and heavy, but not syrupy. The overall taste was malty and a little sweet, with a hint of bitterness. This is a distinctive and enjoyable pour, and another fine addition to the Long Trail Brewmaster series. Best suited for a goblet.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2013 01:43:49 | More by yespleez
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and piney hops with medium sweet malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by citrus and somewhat piney hops mix with some caramelized malt backbone with some residual sugar discernable. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nothing earth shattering but good strong imperial red.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 20:24:41 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 22:37:54 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of dheacck11


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a murky, swampy reddish brown. Scant white head with slightest bit of lace.

Nose is pretty sweet, with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and a rich maltiness.

Taste is similarly malty sweet. Again a bit of caramel, sweet malts, but finishing with a biting hop finish. Nice bitterness for balance at the end. Also some soft notes of scotch and oak mixed in there.

Mouth feel is medium thick, seems appropriately matched to the flavors

Nice red ale, nice robust flavors. Nothing really mind blowing here though. Good balance of malt and hop, and a good powerful beer overall, worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 00:14:54 | More by dheacck11
Photo of HattedClassic


3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a dark and obscure red with light head.

Heavy caramel malt smell with a hint of pine smelling hops.

Sweet caramel malt taste and hops taste. The hops has pine flavor that is also the aftertaste.

Biting carbonation and medium bodied.

An okay beer and an okay amber ale but I think the beer could have benefited from not being too hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:40:09 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours dark red with a short lived white head. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Piney hops, caramel, citrus fruit and cherry combine on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Well done brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 13:35:27 | More by mikeg67
Photo of ktblue22


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful deep mahogany brownish red, with a small lightly frothed head. Really interesting sharp smell on the pour - slightly sweet with just a small amount of dark chocolate. The taste is really bold with a good amount of body, I get some dark chocolate and then some slightly sour tanginess, almost citrusy, with a very tangy finish. Really interesting flavor in this beer, not sure I've ever had anything like it before. High attenuation taste however, which is why I give this beer a low score - also the tangy taste also slightly reminds me of red vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:24:41 | More by ktblue22
Photo of marlinsfan4


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 23:07:19 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of rlee1390


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby, two finger almost tan head with good lacing.

S-Malt, caramel, some hops but not much.

T-Starts with a blend of malt and caramel, continues with an earthy/dirt hop presence. Some bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied, smooth, not that much carbonation.

O-A nice Red Ale, the hops go well with the malt bill for a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 01:34:47 | More by rlee1390
Photo of CheezyBlaster


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 00:41:08 | More by CheezyBlaster
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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.