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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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Reviews: 135
Hads: 256
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 11-10-2010

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
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Reviews: 135 | Hads: 256
Photo of Buggies
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells sweet. Mostly caramel, and floral hops in the background. Slight fruit aromas too? Citrus maybe?

I don't like this one at all. Some folks below claim this to be balanced. Not so much. Starts off slightly sweet with a bit of fruitiness to it. After that, it straight up bitter. And the bitterness just lingers forever.

Overall, I don't like this one. It's just too bitter for the style I think. Perhaps if they backed off on the bitterness, some of the more subtle flavors would have a chance.

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Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 010711 on bottle neck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.29.

A: Reddish-brown with 1-finger, off-white head with decent retention and random, scattered lace all over the glass.

S: Overall, the aroma is strong and not all that pleasant. Initially there is a strong sour nuttiness that dominates the aroma. There is some heavy cereal grain components that are slightly sweet, light a freshly opened bag of granola. The hoppiness is very light with mostly just tartness and not much else. The citrus quality is light and is overwhelmed by the nutty, grainy qualities.

T: The flavor is also very nutty and grainy -- this beer tastes like a berry-citrus granola bar. It's a very raw graininess, and it tastes like fresh wort or barley smells. There is some malty fruitiness that brings a berry quality. There is substantial tart sourness which is no that pleasant and speaks to ineffective hopping. Alcohol is masked well, but only because of the rawness of the nutty, grain character.

M: Very smooth and clean feel on the palate. The body is medium and the carbonation is firm but in the zone.

D: While a lot of the long Trail Brewmasters' Series are hits, this one doesn't measure up to the other offerings as the caramelly sweetness expected from this style is missing and there is way too much grain quality for a red ale. The hoppiness does not really mesh well with the malt character and results in a less-than-satisfying beer.

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

Appearance: Very clear amber red, decent white head that dissipates quick, leaves good lacing.

Smell: Hops were the first thing I smelled. Lots of floral and citrus hops. Also some caramel malts in there too.

Taste: Like the smell, my tastebuds get hit with hops immediately. Some more caramel malts, hints of citrus and nuts. Some sweetness in there to balance with the hoppy bitterness, but the hops are on the winning side here. Dry, bitter finish, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, I could go either way on drinking more than one.

Overall, good. I think they do a good job of an "Imperial Red Ale" assuming that they want a higher abv, hoppier version of a red ale. Very well brewed beer, would consider picking up again with a price of $5 a bomber, I think they hit the sweet spot of quality and price. Also considering other Long Trail Brewmaster Series brews.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle - 7.9% ABV

C: Dark brown with reddish/orange tones. Pours with about 1/2 inch of thick cream colored head, which leaves behind substantial lacing.

S: Sweet malty scent. Roasted nutty quality remensicent of a brown ale.

T: Starts off with a light sweetness, which forms into a smooth malty combination of texture and flavor. It ends with a light bitter finish which has a very nutty flavor in the back. Pretty complex combination of flavors and how they resonate on the tongue.

M: The beer has a good body with a very smooth texture. It's not watery at all. The carbonation is good, a little on the light side, but not in a bad way.

D: The beer is drinkable, but I'm not very fond of brown ales, so I can't rate this vey highly. I find that the nutty malty quality tends to dominate the brown ales and for that reason it doesn't appeal to me. The presence of hops is noticiable in the bitter qualities of the beer, but they don't really shine through in the scent, which is a major part of the overall experience.


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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Amber Ale. Nicely hopped and well balanced. Pours a clear dark amber color with a fairly small off white head. Head retention is average, lacing is ladderlike with complete rings covering the whole glass.

Smell is caramel malts with some floral and citrus hoppiness.

Taste is similar to aroma, sweet malts up front with some blancing bitterness in the middle and end. The balance is good...a somewhat malty beer that is not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is good - rich and crisp. Drinkability is good too for a 7.9% beer. Nicely balanced, goes down easy and tastes good. This is a winner. I have enjoyed several of the Long Trail beers.

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Photo of beastfromtheeast
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out with a fairly small off-white head, which didn't result in very much retention whatsoever. There is quite a bit of lacing, however. This ale is a very deep red, almost maroon.

Smell: Smell is not very powerful, but there are sweet malt notes, perhaps fruit and/or caramel. Additionally, there are some subtle earthy hops notes.

Taste: Caramel sweetness which is suddenly dominated by robust, bitter hops. I soon noticed a subtle grapefruit / citrus flavor, particularly in the finish. Unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Does seem a bit sticky.

Drinkability: Not much complexity. One would expect a bit more sweetness, but it is rather unbalanced in taste as the hops easily dominate. This ale is not too aesthetically pleasing either - the only positives are the color and lacing. There simply isn't much to rave about here, though there isn't anything bad enough about it that makes it easy to dismiss.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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%.

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear but dark mahogany color with a moderate light tan head and decent lacing. The aroma is quite unusual, suggesting pungent dark fruits, swampy malt and evergreen hop. Intriguing but a little scary perhaps. The flavor brings a more encouraging blend of malt vinegar and herbal hops with a peat idea over it. I can still pick up the swamp water qualities but this grows on you. It's medium bodied with a near resinous feel. Really improves as it warms and as your taste buds improve. Not bad and an interesting brew worth trying. Drinkable enough.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber ruby color with an inch of white head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine/grapefruit with a little bit of caramel backing it up.

Taste follows smell, with an astringent bitterness on the end that lingers.

Mouthfeel is full, but the beer seems flat.

Drinkability is not very good, it really falls flat with the aftertaste.

I had high hopes for this beer, as everything Longtrail is good, but this really let me down.

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

Pours a limpid red-brown with a thin head. Aromas are roasted and sweet malts, not a very strong hop profile in this bottle. The taste is well-balanced between sweet malt, with some bitter roasted flavors that are complimented by some bitter hop flavors. This is medium bodied and smooth drinking, but not distinguished in any particular way.

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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For whatever reason, when I bought this, I was thinking "Imperial Red" as in, like... Flanders Red. Then I remembered the Monstre Rouge that I wasn't too keen on, but figured I'd give it a shot. I brought it home, cracked it open, went to start this review, and then suddenly my head screwed back on and I realized it was a red as in, well... just a red! Now that I'm clear on what I'm drinking, I guess I can better review it:

A: Red is about right... a deep mahogany with some golden highlights. Head forms nicely, retains for several minutes, and recedes to a nice trim of collar.

S + T: Rather pleasing. Instead of being a big bouquet of hops, there's a warm malty balance in there. Somewhat earthy and the hops add a pleasing resin-like scent (and flavour) that I find quite enjoyable. Some nice citrus notes are apparent, along with some sweet, fruity esters that slip in, as well.

M + D: Alcohol is quite well hidden until the finish, when the slightly peppery aspects come through, along with a warming down the throat. To date, I've had pretty nice experiences with Long Trail, and this is no exception. No longer do I need to pick it up in New Jersey, and I am grateful for that.

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

looked highly viscous when i poured. less head than i would have expected from something advertised as heavy on the pacific hops. more or less red in color (perhaps a slight copper to it)

smells of heavenly centennial! but the low foam factor means aromas have to work too hard to reach my olfactory somethings. bright red sweetness

that centennial can be a funky, almost boozy-tasting hop. low on the citrus element, but pine sap compensates (albeit not too sticky).

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Photo of Naugros
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of bpalfrey10
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of infi
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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

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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.