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

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

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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 sbauer
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Ego
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 ?

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Photo of ElGallo
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of JRed
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red in body topped by large, persistent white head. The aroma is strong: hops, grass, lemon, background citrus. Tastes of slight caramel, booze, slight spice, earth, hop bitterness, roast and booze finish the drink. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A spicy, boozy character. This beer might be too boozy for its own good. Harsh, acrid flavors float in and out of this beer during the experience.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man did I get a good deal on this! Was able to put it in a mix and match sixer for 10.99 so after tax I got this bomber for 1.95!

A - Pours well a deep read hue with an inch of head that sticks around for a bit.

S - Mostly piney hops which was surprising but I did get some toasted malt and caramel malt.

T - Starts off piney and bitter that rounds to a moderate roasted malt with a slight caramel backbone that finishes bitter and piney. OK I guess but no Lucky 13.

M - Seems decent enough with a medium body.

D - If I could get the bomber again for 2 bucks it would be worth it but their really are better red ales out their that have less of a pine and more of a malt profile that I seem to like more. Worth the price I paid.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into my long trail ipa glass, and it does it decent justice providing with a solid, thick two finger head that takes some
time to go away. backlight shows a real nice deep red color that just looks tempting. smells faintly of pine and sugar, isnt really that strong. flavors of brown sugar, rasin, and a solid malt backbone make this a pretty enjoyable beer. the aftertaste really lingers with a dry malty coating on the tongue. overall im pretty satisfied with this offering from long trail, its nice to see them making strides beyond their usual lineup with the continuation of the brewmasters series.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with froth that fades to clingy film with trailing rings. Big skunky blossom nose with whiffs of booze and jam. Chocolate and blackberry tart malts, blood orange juice and resin hops with a bit of grapefruit pith, and a chocolate malt hit at the end. Rough fusel finish and bitter linger. Medium, chewy, clingy, salty.

Not sure what they were trying to do here. Too much chocolate malt and IBUs over hop flavor, which is odd for a beer named Centennial Red.

So many much better reds out there.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was excited to see this as I had not even heard of its release.
Bomber poured into a tulip with a massive white head. Bright red hue that is crystal clear.

Smell of caramel, pine, and a light citrus mixed with amber malts. Taste of a great Imperial red ale. Lots of pine, a well masked 7.9% abv; good malt profile in amber and pale malts. Finishes slightly dry and slightly cloying which is the only place where this could use some improvement. Mild carbonation and a medium to light body.

The only other imperial red I have had is Big Hoppy Monster which was very good and slightly more hopped than this. If you enjoy imperial reds, this is definitely worth a try and is a nice addition to the Brewmaster series.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a cloudy medium brown and auburn color. Very little head. Some lacing. Smell is sweet. Pine hops, floral, and some caramel aromas. Flavor is a lot of piney hops up front with some caramel sweetness to it. A bit floral and earthy. Pretty good Imperial Red with lots of piney hops to it. Worth picking up again.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very reasonable $4.49 bomber at Oak Tree.

An inviting dark red amber color, some haze, topped by four fingers of white rocky froth. Plenty of stretchy white lacing.

Big bready aroma. Unlying base of caramel. Earthy and herbal.

Huge semi-sweet malt caramel foundation slathers the tongue. Quickly balanced then slighty tilted toward earthy hops. Bit of bready finish.

Smooth medium-plus mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable with well hidden alcohol.

As Imperial Reds go, its no Nugget Nectar or Big Hoppy Monster, but definitely worthy of a try.

Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Clownshoes pint glass.

A - Poured a clear amber red colour with a fizzy quarter inch head that quickly faded until all that was left was an offwhite halo.

S - Solid sweet, roasty malt aromas. There is a very light hop aroma on the back.

T - Primarily malts with this one. The sweet, earthy malts are the dominant flavour here with your typical hop bitterness on the end. The aftertaste is almost entirely floral, bitter hops.

M - Low carbonation results in a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth, not nearly as syrupy as others made it seem.

D - Overall, this is a pretty tasty imperial amber. Easy and smooth drinking with a nice strong malt presense though the alcohol is present as the ale warms.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz dark brown bottle. Brewed on date stamped on bottle
It pours a dusky teak amber color with an off-white, fast-fizzling head, along with loads of sticky lace.
A brisk breath of resinous hop aroma is released upon opening and after a sturdy pour. Woody malt and horse stable smells follow. Light citrusy and rummy perfume smells linger, then fade.
This brew is all about the potent Imperial Red flavors. The resiny hops and sweet malts are on equal footing. White grapefruit-like citrusy tang and a bit of a metallic bite are quite upfront. A thin honey sweetness rides a Triple Sec-like alcoholic fuminess.
This is a very good representation of the Imperial Red (although there doesn't appear to be an official style) style.
I would enjoy creamy cheeses, a hearty game stew, milk chocolate, ice cream or creme brulee and wild berries with this one.

Photo of Stunner97
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- amber red to brown in color, very thing lacing of tan head that quickly dissipated away

Smell- nice mix of hops and malt, more sweet nose then anything else,

Taste- mostly malty flavor up front and even slight enjoyable roastyness to it, hop bitterness is there on the back end but its not overwhelming in any means, i would say there is an overall nice balance to this beer if anything maybe slightly more to the malty then hoppy side,

Mouthfeel- low carbonation and very smooth and medium to heavy bodied in feel

Drinkability- pretty easy and smooth drinking, the balance is probably the strong point to me in this beer as there quite a strong both malt and hop presence in this beer, and easy drinker and for near 8 percent hard to really know it, overall a pretty enjoyable beer and great value to boot

Photo of stonermouse
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

Pretty pour; sits an orangy-red, with a little cloudiness. Head pours thick, and quickly fizzles to a light dusting.

A lot going on in the aroma. There's a nice fruitiness coming through. A little orange and other indistinguishable citrus, along with some floral hops.

The taste reflects the smell, and is a bit of a surprise. This drinks more like a borderline DIPA, and there isn't much of a malt or red bite to it. The floral and piney hops overpower the citrus flavors for the most part. I was expecting something a little different because of the color, but the floral hops are really potent, clean, and quite nice. Surprises all around with this one.

My bottle reveals a thinner mouthfeel than seems to be the consensus. It is fairly sticky and has a nice aftertaste of the floral hops, but the mouthfeel is just a little too light for the big flavors. The quick-fizzling head doesn't help matters, either.

Drinkability is OK. One bomber is plenty. I recommend trying it, mostly because of the surprising flavors, but one should satisfy your curiosity.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of begforme4484
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fine copper color. Has a 2 fingers width of heavy white head with very sticky lacing on the glass.

Slight piney hops are the majority here on the nose. A very slight offering of a malty sweetness.

Lots of hops running about in the flavor. It's primarily piney/earthy hops, but a bit of floral and citrus hints in there too. A nice sweet malt backing rounds out the beer very well.

CLean finish, medium to heavy body, slightly sticky.

Very enjoyable beer. It's psuedo IPAish, but not overwhelming. Not too much alcohol, which would have totally killed it.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into Newport Storm pint glass.

A- Copper with a sandy white head that has heavy sticky lacing.

S- Good piny hops with a bit of orange/tangerine and some malt sweetness.

T- Almost like an IPA- heavy hop bill. I'm loving it. Bitter and a bit earthy/peppery. Floral/citric hops as well. Great sweet malt notes flesh out the other flavors.

M- Pretty substantial body, great flavors, nice finish. Well done.

D- Moderate but very enjoyable, ABV is just under 8% and it was a wise decision to leave it there. Any more and it would be too much. I'm impressed at this one, and am glad to see more imperial reds make it to market.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a clear red color with a small white head. Nose is boozy and sweet an malty.

Taste is pretty rich and malty, it sweet and a bit bitter and a bit grainy. It's got a light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Good beer.

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice amber/red color with a white two-finger head into my glass. Very nice presentation here!

Mildly-sweet malt and grassy hops greet the nose upfront. They dominate the nose as well with nothing much else left.

Taste is a rich mix of sweet malt and grassy hops that leave a decent amount of bitterness in the mouth.

Finishes a bit dry with lingering sweet malt/grassy hops. Very enjoyable.

Wow. I gotta say, this is one of my favorite LT offerings. It takes the best things about a red ale and amps them up. I can get behind this. Try it!

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at the brewery this afternoon for $5.99. Code 102910 0986 on the bottle. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Popping the cap releases a huge hiss of escaping carbo. A moderate pour into the center of the glass gives a big 3" of light tan foam that has a slight orange hue. The brew itself is a clear dark cherry red when held to a light. The head has great endurance and leaves thick rings and globs of creamy lace on the glass.

Smell leads with a big bite of generic bittering hop that has some pine and citrus rind exuding from underneath. As it warms the hop evens out a bit, which allows some cotton candy, berries, and a little alcohol spice to become known.

The taste has a strong bitter hop bite intertwined with peppery alcohol, followed by cherry taffy and a little caramel maltiness. The feel has some resiny slickness but is otherwise pretty light, goes down quick and smooth. The carbonation is perfect, in that it is entirely sufficient and not intrusive. It finishes dry on the tongue with some generic hop, pepper, and candy lingering in the back of the mouth.

This drinks very easily; it's a big beer but it avoids being heavy or filling. Gone before I knew it. At 7.9% it's on the small end of "Imperial", but I'm glad they didn't go any further with the ABV. It has a bit of peppery bite but it isn't offensive. It sits just barely on the right side of the line between "enough" and "too much".

A good brew, it is well crafted, especially considering that this style is so easily and often mediocre. Highly recommended.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Shoulder dated 102910.

Pours a crystal clear bright brownish red with thick (yet small) tan colored head. Nose has lots of roasted red malts with some pine resin notes too. Hops scream at first but the malt comes through very prevalently as it opens up.

Palate is big and malt-driven with snappy hop bitterness on all sides. Roasted red malt comes through and there's some malt bitterness too.

This is a true Imperial Red Ale in every sense! Like reds? This is for you!

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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.