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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

248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
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 Naugros
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany with a 1/4" off-white head, leaving behind rows of lacing. The immediate response to the smell was all grapefruit, insinuating Pacific Northwest hops of some variety. There is a backstop of malts that give off a multi-grain bread and some sweetness to interact with the bitterness.

The hops do transfer into the taste with the grapefruit, but a pine resin also becomes a main player. The malt profile is different on the tongue, giving off even more graininess and a lessened sweetness as the pithy hops take control. The back of the throat is where the alcohol is hiding, simulating an older ale, like an English old ale or American barleywine.

This is one of the most bitter reds I've ever had and despite the strength of flavor and high ABV I find myself wanting more, even after draining the bomber and the fact that the hops engaged my gag reflex with their aggressive bitterness.

Naugros, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A- A fizzy, dark cherry reddish brown with a thin bubbly white lace on the top.

S- Strong hops and bold citrus, with some mild malt flavors.

T- Sweet chocolate, caramel malts, with tasty bittery hops. a good balance of both.

M- Mild bodied, not overwhelming on any level.

D- Nice drinkability, tasty and 7.9% that you do not even realize is there. I liked this alot, but if the flavors were a tad more enhanced i would have liked it alot more.

gabedivision, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have tried this both in bottles and on draft and I find it much more lively and interesting on draft, but it is a good beer.

Pours deep brownish red with a lively off-white head. The aroma is firm and toasty with a healthy earthy hop smell. The flavor is toasty, malty, a little hint of roast, some smokey cherry, and a piny and earthy hop character in the back end, with a piny hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and slick, but finishes a bit dry.

On draft, I found the mouthfeel more satisfying, with a prickle of carbonation and a little more zip to it.

Seanibus, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
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.

musicforairports, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice reddish color a little hazy, with a decent head. the smell is the best part of this beer, its hops all the way.the flavor is pretty close to the smell, but the hops were a little muted, the bitterness and some of the flavor was there, but could have been stronger. the mouthfeel was good, light and well carbed. overall this is a good drinkable beer.

rowingbrewer, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of bpalfrey10
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.

bpalfrey10, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of infi
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, shared with BA brun.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Fairly dark/burnt amber color with a small off-white colored head with nice wisps of soapy laced coatings. Smell is full of a lightly-toasted and aromatically sweet malt - at a potent level too. Very thin hop resin aromas unfortunately, from the initial pour to a few minutes in the glass. A bit disappointing. Some pine needle-like earthiness was found however.

Taste carries a huge caramel malt backbone: slight sweetness and bready flavors overall. Small amount of pine hop bitterness again, notably more so on the finish than everything else. Biggest notable flavor aspect of the beer was this unusual sort of nutty flavor at the finish. Presumably, I'm guessing it's from the toasted malted barley.

Mouthfeel was medium and creamy; had a nice fluffy sort of feel to it overall. Drinkability was nice and easy. Not too big on the flavors, but generally just clean and crisp straight through.

infi, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mvanaskie13, Jan 28, 2011
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 johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark shade of garnet with a stingy off white head that makes up for its size with its staying power. Smells of sweet fruity malts with hints of chocolate, caramel and burnt sugar. Little hop presence in the nose. Taste is malty sweet, less of the burnt sugars and more of the sweet dark fruit. Sharp bitterness midway, finishes with a caramel sweetness mixed with a bit of alcohol and acridic bitterness. Smooth and rough on the mouthfeel. Really this one starts quite smooth on the palette then finishes alcohol hot almost resinous. Medium body and carb level. There are centennial hops in here I can taste the hop bite, but I wish there were more in the aroma department. I also shouldn't taste this much alcohol from a 7.9% brew. Decent Imperial red, could use a bit of time to mellow, but nice beer for the price.

johnnnniee, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear mahogany/red with a two-finger off-white head. Decent retention, spotty lacing.

S: Earthy pine hops with floral and slight citrus hints. Smells like there's a decent amount of bitterness to it. Slight alcohol, raisin-like esters. Bready malt base with suggestions of caramel.

T: Sharp citric bitterness up front. Grapefruit and maybe even a bit of lemon. There's also a distinctly rose-like floral quality to it, and a touch of pine. Esters call green raisins to mind. Malt base has a bit of complexity. Bready overall, but with hints what tastes like a bit of earthy, spicy rye. Herbal black licorice some roasted malts bringing the obligatory coffee and chocolate tastes. Finishes a bit smokey, with some sweet malt tastes and slight floral/citric hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy.

D: Good.

Notes: An interesting beer. Much more complex than the nose suggests.

ryan1788a5, Jan 27, 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 BigPlay1824
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a new belgium snifter

A: pours a very nice deep amber color that is mostly transparent, pours with a slight amount of head that entirely dissipates

S: nice scent similar to most reds with a nice sweetness but also a slight depth

T: interesting, starts off like a red but finishes like a porter, starts sweet and ends with a deep maltiness, slight smokiness

D/M: drinks like a red ale, finishes like a porter, very slight carbonation tingle, goes down smooth, doesn't sit heavy, nice overall

BigPlay1824, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Harpoon tulip. Very small head- same with second pour, but still some small carbonation bubbles. More dark amber than red

Smells of roasted malts,hops and sweetness.

Tastes as it smells- sweet malts then some hop bitterness with some alcohol at the end. It has a lot of flavor, but does not seem balanced.

Feels like a strong ale

OK to drink but not something I will hurry and try again. I would not turn it down, but was hoping for better.

mendonjoebeer, Jan 21, 2011
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 pdeepak
1.27/5  rDev -66.2%
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

pdeepak, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

modernartblues, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brownish red with a sizable head of a dark tan hue. Very clear. Smell is of sweet caramel and yeasty fruitiness. A toasted multigrain bread blends it all together as a hint of sweet alcohol hits my nostrils melted into piney hops. Taste is a continuation of the nose with a nice mellow grapefruit and pine hoppiness. A flavorful fruitiness flows throughout and moves from tropical mango to light bananas and maybe a bit of papaya in between. Light fusel alcohol is so well integrated that is seems like a light mint breeze instead of a hint. kind of longish dry finish leaves bread and toffee with hop oil dripping from the back of my mouth. Feel is lightly syruped with a smooth carbonation and a slightly chewey weight. Nice drinkablity with a quenching sensation.

scootny, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at cellar temp split with a friend poured into a standard pint glass. bottled 11-24-10.

pours out a clear red color with some slight golden orange hues. a nice soapy white head, fairly decent retention and lots of sticky lace.

the aroma shows some floral, resiny, perfumey hops balanced by a bit of sweet caramel malt. a hint of alcohol heat present.

a nicely balanced taste. hoppy, but not overly so. floral, pine, and light citrus and light perfumey hops. sticky caramel malt and some alcohol with a bit of heat.

medium body with some decent lingering bitterness, but not really DIPA like. average feeling carbonation.

a decent drinker, but there are much better reds out there. not bad, but i just wouldnt buy it again. the centennial hops just did not excite my palate enough.

dogfishandi, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/12/10. Consumed on 1/17/11.

A: Poured into a Spirit Haus pint glass. Body is dark amber/mahogany, turning bright ruby red when backlit. Small khaki-colored head on top. Leaves some rings of lace on the glass.

S: Heavy on the caramel malt and toffee. Touch of citrusy hops. Something spicy - almost rye-like - as it warms.

T: Caramel malt, and a hint of brown sugar up front. After a couple sips, the lingering grassy bitterness at the finish is more noted; early on it was all malt, all the time. Dry grassiness lingers on the palate. There's a certain incongruity in how the malts and hops come together - or rather, don't.

M: A little syrupy-slick in feel. Carbonation is on the lower end of things. Call it medium in heft.

D: OK. Given the relatively high ABV, this one belongs in the "Imperial Red" camp. But it's not nearly as flavorful or balanced as my favorites in that style. Needs more malty "oomph" underneath and perhaps a more citrusy hop (as opposed to the grassy one that I'm sensing). Not a bad beer by any stretch, just not a great beer.

Kendo, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant aromas of caramel malt, pine hops, and a touch of citrus as well. Not too overbearing in any dept.

The taste follows the nose with plenty of piny and citrus hops right up front. A well balanced, almost thick malt backbone handles the hop pressure with caramel and bready notes. A slight effect of earthiness is also present. Finishes hoppy and dry with a nice dose of piny resin and a hint of alcohol.

This brew is medium bodied, a little sticky and well carbonated. Overall this drinks nicely, has solid flavor, comes at a very reasonable price and is a decent enough example of a hopped up red ale. Not mind-blowing but still recommended.

claspada, Jan 17, 2011
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 ToasterChef
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

ToasterChef, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep crimson color, clear and calm, with about one finger of beige head. Doesn't keep very well, with a bubby, thin lace, with a splash of stick here and there.

Smells of toasted and caramel malt with a hit of chocolate, plus some fruity and floral hops. The hops are rather muted and I'm not sure this smells all that different than many regular red ales out there (as opposed to imperial as this one is billed). It's not bad, just awfully reserved for an imperial red.

Taste packs a little bit more flavor and is quite smooth, but I still feel like this is restrained for an imperial red. It's more malty than hoppy, like the nose was, with a nice caramel and toasty malt base, a hint of chocolate like the nose. Hops have some light citrusy notes and a very modest bitterness. It's smooth,and that's a good thing, but I am left wanting more.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth, a medium body with a slightly drying finish.

Perhaps I have had so many other highly hopped imperial red ales that I have become biased in what I am looking for from a beer by that name, but this one just seems restrained to me. Why call it imperial if you are going to show restraint? The malt base is very nice, but give me more hops please. I know Long Trail can do it because the Brewmaster's DIPA was quite good. This is very average.

number1bum, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of SeussMD
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never had a bad beer from Vermont. Not once. (Catamount Porter, how I miss thee ... but I digress.) And Long Trail has been a favorite beer for decades. So I'm intrigued by this entry into the big bottle limited-edition space. Picked this up at my go-to package store in Connecticut's Farmington Valley. Let's taste.

Pour: Out of a 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass, about two-thirds of the way up. Ruby red, with an ample tan head that fizzes aggressively to about an inch or so. retreating to about a quarter-inch with plenty of lacing as we go. About as red as red beers get.

Smell: Citrus notes abound. Is that grapefruit? As it warms, I detect more caramel and malt. Mouthfeel starts slippery smooth, then a nice, dry burst of carbonation.

Taste: Interesting malt/hop, bitter/sweet balance, more to the sweet side. Hints of cinnamon, and my wife swears there's chocolate in there, too. I detect a nutty taste at the back end -- somewhere between almonds and all-natural peanut butter.

Drinkability: Better than average. Complex enough to keep my attention and interest the whole way through -- so I'd say the finish is a winner. Nice little kick at the end, but at 7.9 percent ABV the alcohol is not over the top and not detectable in the taste profile .... maybe I should have eaten more Triscuits.

Overall: Very nice. And I've still never had a bad beer from Vermont.

SeussMD, Jan 14, 2011
Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.