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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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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 Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.4%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

acurtis, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin head that quickly faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the collar and lacy patterns in the center. No carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, hops stand out in the taste and contribute a medium amount of bitterness. There are flavors of toasted malts with notes of caramel as well as hints of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well masked in the taste, although this is a beer that needs to be sipped given its strength and bitterness.

metter98, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dated from 10/29/10 at 0958, I like this clear born on date to take the mystery out of buying pre aged beer. Pours a brilliant deep mahogany amber hue, forms a thick light beige head with fine even lacing around the sides of my imperial pint glass. I'm actually digging the deep amber malt presence found in the nose, almost caramel/cereal grains/nuttiness at first. In the background the nose as a sourdough appeal to it as well with a hint of citric hops flashing through. Flavor going down is great, brings out citric hops amongst a big husky/caramel/nutty malt backbone with a tart semi dry finish works well to have some citrus toned American hops backing up this big ass red ale. Remains balanced throughout the experience, really a nice brew going on. Maybe a bit one dimensional with caramelly roasted malts and a citric tartness that works well but it's single note on a whole fret board playing over and over again. A well done note can entertain you but there's got to be more to it than just that, solid roasted malts citric hops kicking in smooth carbonation a bit cloying as it warms overall not a bad experience. Drinkability is a solid offering for an affordable price at 4.99 in Pittsburgh you have to give this Long Trail beer a try just for the price if not anything else. Happy I gave it a go enjoyable without ever overwhelming me.

WVbeergeek, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Slatetank, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy 1/2 finger head fades at med pace over crystal clear amber auburn red.

Nose is sweet caramel malts, reddish malts, fairly heavy malty and bit syrupy, Light earthy hops.

Starts with syrupy toasty malts, some earthy aged hops, light bitterness and bit of minerality, caramel sweet malts, light booze, finishes semi sweet and syrupy, light bitterness.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied syrupy, light booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad, little too sweet and syrupy, bit of minerals.

jlindros, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid crystal and biscuit malt scent; sweet with bread-like notes. It also has a piney hop nose that's quite bitter. The taste is decent. Again, it has a nice mix of pale and caramel malts. It's sweet, yet highly bitter as well with lots of hop flavor. It goes down slow and finishes warm with a mild alcohol burn. The high alcohol character takes away from the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty solid Imperial red ale. It has a complex malt bill as well as a bunch of hop character.

WesWes, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Brought this to a local tasting.

a - Pours a reddish mahogany color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An above average red ale. Lots of nice citrus and pine hops. Would have again.

mdfb79, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby, dark amber color. Clear. Ample head which recedes and leaves a large-bubbled blanket of lace. Rocky retention.

Smell: Mostly malty, slightly earthy. Light hop in the background.

Like an upside-down beer. I taste the hop up front but this gives way to a dry, astringent malt flavor. Good, rich body with a decent dollop of carbonation. The swallow brings back the peppery hop bitterness which lingers for a long time as an aftertaste.

smcolw, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 1/4" head that falls immediately.

Smell: very little aroma except for the caramel and hint of alcohol.

Taste: bready malt base with caramel, ripe dark fruits, hint of toasted nuts, moderate bitterness, and a mild alcohol warmth are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medim bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp almost smooth at the finish. Some dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: slow sipping ale that helps you enjoy a night in front of a fire on a cold night. One glass is enough in your session.

Gavage, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
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!

oriolesfan4, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

InspectorBob, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

dbrauneis, Dec 07, 2011
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere local.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear copper brew. Head recedes gradually, very leggy, with lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and boozy.

Taste is sweet to start, but quickly bitterness takes over which lasts through the close. Some fruitiness does try to make its presence known in the middle, but it loses the battle. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but intensity of bitterness hurts a bit, and drinkability is limited some by same. A bit too much Centennial, perhaps.

ppoitras, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark sherry-orange with a frothy khaki colored head that was sturdy at 1 finger with a well sticking lace of spongey coating. A whispy covering remains on top. Really liked the coloring here.

S: On the nose was a dry floral and pine hopping with dry toasted grains, providing a husky character but quiets down a bit in the glass fairly quickly.

T: Nice flowery and pine hopping with a sharp note of dry toasted grains. Strong flowery hops provide a moderate bitterness with a great malt base. Big, dry and bitter, especially on the finishing swallow where the hops show up in force with bittering grapefruit notes.

M: Strong flowery bitterness on the hold, pine and dry toasted grains smoother the tongue with a full consistency. The carbonation is bubbly but seems to turn washy on longer holds. Bittering dry aftertaste, sticky and syrupy feel.

D: The fairly big 7.9% abv and bittering character will limit this in numbers but will leave you amply satisified by the bomber.

beerthulhu, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Kelp, Apr 15, 2013
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.

DrJay, Dec 24, 2013
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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.