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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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244 Ratings
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Ratings: 244
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 MrHurmateeowish


4.45/5  rDev +18.4%

22oz bomber purchased at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a hazy amber-brown body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Hops are quite evident in the aroma with lemon, grapefruit, and pith showing. Tastes hoppy initially, with lemon, grapefruit, orange, and pith, then fades to a deep malty character, with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and nutty notes toward the finish. A bit of a sipper, but goes down more easily than expected. Balanced but on all at once - this beer is the best of hoppiness and maltiness at different times. Very good. One of the best, if not the best I have ever had from this brewery. Kudos, Long Trail!

01-06-2011 05:07:02 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of jmarvin4189


4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance - a very dark amber red color with a little off white head

Smell - a very sweet hoppy smell

Taste - an initial bitter taste with a sweet roasted malty aftertaste

mouthfeel - leaves my mouth watery and wanting some more

drinkability - very drinkable

01-04-2011 02:00:28 | More by jmarvin4189
Photo of ricknelson


4.24/5  rDev +12.8%

I think this is a beer that no matter what type of beer is your
favorite style, that you will enjoy this beer. It is by far the best that I have had from Long Trail. I bought it to a tasting at my brother's
bar and the regulars picked it as the best of the tasting that day.
Very drinkable, a great every day beer on the high end the chart.

01-04-2011 00:59:47 | More by ricknelson
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Happy 100 to the Long Trail!!

Pours out looking dark and red, rusty amber with good life. 1/4" high slightly off-white head with some lacy foam and slight lace. Nice color.

The aroma is of dense sweetness, light caramel scented malt, toffee perhaps. sweet floral hops and sweet citric like, Clementine's. Later, brown sugar, rollo's candy and a fruity heat scent at the end.

The first sip is bright and crispy as roastie barley, gentle caramel sweetness, subtle oak and smoke in the malt, nearly chocolate...maybe light choco. The malt has decent complexity but the hops are really where it's with this brew; Dry wheat and Rye, earthy and citric fruitiness comes from the green cones. Dry earth and sour, malty finish.

Go take a hike!

01-03-2011 22:24:42 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of PSUDREW


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

A: pours a really nice amber red color. bone colored head, some lacing that crawls down the glass
S: pretty earthy nose. rather floral hop presence, with some hints of pine. Clean nose.
T: a nice combo. There is a nice cirtusy hop presence, as well a nice finishing malt balance. they play really nice with each other, and it definitely balances. Nice Centennial flavor up front with a caramel malt end. this was very nice
M: Hearty flavor, solid but not overpowering body. Little but of a syrupy finish, but not in a bad way
D: high

01-03-2011 05:43:10 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of gford217


4/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz bottle from a generous VT trader.

Pours dark, hazy brownish amber with a thin soapy beige head that recedes to a cap with little lacing.

Aroma is hoppy up front with mostly floral hops, especially evergreen and pine. There is also the underlying sweet caramel malts from the amber base.

Taste also has a predominant prickly floral hop presence which is balanced by toasted caramel malts. Finish is nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied if you consider this an amber with a heavy hop bitterness.

I've enjoyed the others I've tried in his series and his is no exception as a heavily hop-forward amber.

01-02-2011 21:12:10 | More by gford217
Photo of Slatetank


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

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

01-02-2011 18:50:11 | More by Slatetank
Photo of smcolw


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

01-01-2011 03:35:41 | More by smcolw
Photo of gtn80


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

Appearance is a very nice, dark red with a big two finger cream colored head that dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing down the glass throughout, small head lingers.

Smell is nice, big piney hops, little bit grassy. Hops smell a bit soapy, bit of caramel malt in the nose.

Taste is very nice. Hops throughout, but with a nice balance. Malt doesn't really ever shine through, but provides a nice counterpoint to alot of hops. Hops are piney and grassy, not floral or citrus.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, carbonation is right on point, beer is full bodied.

Drinkability is great, beer is bitter enough to not be cloying, but not overpowering.

12-31-2010 01:03:07 | More by gtn80
Photo of dasenebler


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Bomber, bottled 10/29/10.

Very nice color on this one: clear, deep copper with a rosy character. Head is tight and small, but laces very well.

Nose is hoppy, and very piney and woody.

Flavor is quite bitter, malty and spicy. The malt character outshines the hop flavor in my opinion. There are some great toasty, nearly chocolatey notes, whereas the hop flavor is simply bitter, resinous and piney. Still a good beer though. Mouthfeel has fine, smooth bubbles and a resinous, medium weight.

For an eight percenter, this red ale drinks quite well. Great value bomber at four bucks as well. Though I've got to ask, where are the Centennial hops? False advertising, if you ask me.

12-29-2010 03:13:31 | More by dasenebler
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.4/5  rDev +17%

Long Trail Centennial Red is a dim red ale with a thick, creamy, khaki colored head that has outstanding retention and lacing. There's a huge, wooden, pine spice in the nose with perhaps a whiff of caramel. It smells great. It's full bodied and soft with a chewy finish. This beer has a big, bitter, resiny flavor. It's very spicy, with notes of pine, juniper and black pepper. It's serious business. It's cool to see an East Coast brewery take a very West Coast style and do a good job of it.

12-28-2010 20:25:46 | More by yesyouam
Photo of bernie879


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a pint glass, the ale had a reddish-brown color with not uch of a head.

Cherry infused hops came out first followed by slight dark chocolate notes. Minor woody characteristics and some floral apects were lso present.

Taste and mouthfell were characterstic of an average imperial red ale. A fuller body, decent crbonation. Good alance between soothness and bitterness. Hops came through a bit more earthy. Malts provided some sweetness. Slight banana picked up along with a sugarry taste.

Overall, this is about what I would have expected from an imperial red from long trail, nothing special but didin;t really let me down. Alcohol came out a bit as it warmed up and if anything begins to provide a slight harshness as I finished the beer. Worth trying but not a stand out imprial red.

12-28-2010 01:33:58 | More by bernie879
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a clear amber color with a small yet frothy off-white head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of grapefruit hops, some herbal and peppery and tropical fruit notes and a toasted caramel malt. Not a super hoppy smell but it is interesting.

The taste definitely sides with the malt. A sweet caramel malt with some candied cherries, honey, and some noticable alcohol. There is a light grapefruit and grassy hop presence that lurks around but never breaks through but does add a strong bitterness. There is also some pepper and an odd medicinal/herbal note.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. It starts off a bit slick and sticky but finishes with a fairly strong bitterness. The booz sticks out a bit.

A decent imperial red. I think they went a tad too big on the malt which produced a slick and sticy body and the abv is a bit harsh. Tone it down a notch and add more hop flavor and this would be a winner.

12-24-2010 03:29:43 | More by Gmann
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

12-23-2010 23:02:33 | More by donniecuffs
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.

12-23-2010 02:33:40 | More by ms11781
Photo of xnicknj


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Pours an auburn red with deep cherry hues and a light off white head. Fades to some thinner film with some spotty lacing around the glass.

Surprisingly small nose with hints of caramel malt, pine hops, and a touch of citric rind.

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.

Medium bodied, a little sticky, well carbonated. Drinks nicely, solid flavor, and a decent enough example of a hopped up red ale.

12-22-2010 04:30:30 | More by xnicknj
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

12-21-2010 07:57:02 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle stamped 111210-1009. It pours more amber-brown than red with a half-inch of silky, soft off-white, light tan head. There is a sweetness in the aroma that reminds me of caramel malts and berries. The body is about medium. Unlike the aroma, the taste'[s strong point is the hoppiness. SO you get a sweet aroma and a bitter hoppy taste. A nice package.

12-19-2010 20:18:17 | More by puboflyons
Photo of nkersten


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from bottle into Saison DuPont glass. Bright amber red color with an off white head that fades fast to a cap with good lacing and retention. Smell is sweet malts, rye, red candy, with some very earthy hops. Very bitter with some sweet flavors following, pale malt, spicy hops, not a ton of depth. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a medium carbonation. A drinkable beer but kind of one dimensional. I was actually hoping this was a single hop Centennial red, but after reading the label I learned it was actually for a 100 year anniversary - oh well. Overall not a bad beer, but I wouldnt go out of my way to get it.

12-16-2010 21:39:15 | More by nkersten
Photo of sbauer


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

22 oz

A: Ruby and dark amber.

S: Can really small the centennial hops. Tart fruit rubbing alcohol.

T: Tart cherries, sour raspberries, bright hop bitters, light coffee beans, tart finish.

M: Strong lacing, medium-light body, fresh.

D: Very flavorful and interesting. Not a session beer, but quite good.

12-16-2010 04:21:26 | More by sbauer
Photo of NCSUdo


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

22 oz bottle

A: Nice amber/red body under a good sized white head, creamy head. Great lace and retention. Good looking beer.

S: Very nice hop profile, pine, with a good malt backbone behind. Toasted notes, some caramel, hint of spiciness,

T: Another good blend of pine hops and malt. Toasted, hint of caramel, a rye like spice, decent bitter finish with a little bit of alcohol.

M/D: Medium body, smooth, carbonation is medium to high. Very good drinkability. Sold beer all the way through.

12-16-2010 02:09:39 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

12-14-2010 02:24:48 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

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.

12-14-2010 02:01:39 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -31.4%

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

12-13-2010 04:09:16 | More by Ego
Photo of ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

22 oz. bomber poured into a balloon glass. Good head on the pour with decent lacing that stuck around for a while.

Smells of roasted malt and some subtle brown sugar. You can definitely smell the hops too, which is always nice with a red.

Taste is malty, but dry and a little chalky. The hops are not in balance and after the first few sips they pretty much fade to the background if not fade away.

The chalkiness appears in the mouthfeel too but it's not too much of a distraction.

Overall this is a decent beer and it's easy to drink. I love visiting Long Trail and like their Eco Friendly corporate philosophy. I recently had a Lagunitas Lucky 13, and that is by far the superior imperial red, but this one is worth trying once. Cheers!

12-12-2010 02:47:29 | More by ElGallo
Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.