Reprise Centennial Red | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Reprise Centennial RedReprise Centennial Red

Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Centennial hop is the centerpiece of our American Red Ale. Reprise pushes the limits of a single hop with an amazing bouquet and stunning bitterness all the way through. The citrus character provides an experience you will want to repeat. Reprise is crimson in color with aromas of citrus fruit and biscuit malt.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Centennial Red for 4 Hands is solid. It poured a clear rich amber with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent was slightly bitter. The taste was evenly balanced with sweet biscuit and bitter citrus hop. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I liked it.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Despite zero agitation. this beer came gushing out, resulting in an amber color with a 1 1/2 inch head and a small mess on my carpet. Smell is balanced hops and malts. Taste is hops up front, malts kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's odd with 4 Hands BC - we get distribution here in PA, but it is scattered to the point that I CAN find some in PHL, some in LNC & still others were returnees with me from CHI. I dig the graphics on the CANs & I am anxious to CANduct a horizontal tasting/review of their CANned beers. When it is over, if you know of a CAN of theirs that I missed, let me know.

From the CAN: "Food Pairings [:] Sharp Cheddar - Grilled Beef"; "Red Ale Brewed with Centennial Hops".

Upon Crack!ing the CAN open, I began to get some slow foaming up through the vent. I let it go for a little while, but when it seemed unabating, I did a small Glug to allow it room to settle. Even a gentle Glug brought forth a finger of foamy, tawny head with good retention. The sticky lacing that was left in its wake was amazing to look at. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was a resinous, sticky mélange of honey, pine tar, grapefruit, breadiness and a fresh-picked earthiness. My mouth began to water uncontrollably. Mouthfeel was medium to full, probably due to the immense amount of carbonation. Taste was slightly spicy in terms of its bitterness, but also kind of minty, underlain by a light citrusiness. It really mirrored the nose in that there was a lot of flavor jammed into it. Finish was dry, spicy, lightly minty. Not only could I drink this on a regular basis, but now my curiosity is really piqued as to drinking it with sharp Cheddar cheese. What a beer!

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Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a burnished copper color with a large-bubbled white head. MtheMthe aroma is a Mia of earthy hops and a little grain. Some subtle fruit underneath. Hoppy and moderate bitterness. Medium in body. Solid yet typical Amber ale.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a can glass

A- pours a deep amber color with a two-finger thick off-white head that has good retention and lacing

S- biscuit malt, black pepper, earthy hops & caramel

T- toasted biscuit malt base, earthy and herbal hops, peppery spice & a malty finish

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- straight up amber ale, nothing special but good drinkability

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber color with off-white head. Pine, citrus, caramel malt, amd some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a piney malty note.

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Photo of drtth
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This can is near the end of it's shelf life and so I'm expecting that some of the "brightness" of the aroma and flavors has faded. (But it has been refrigerated for most of its life and so should still be drinkable.)

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice, reasonably clear copper-red color with an ivory 3/4" head. The head recedes fairly soon to a thin layer of foam and a nice leggy 1/4" ring around the glass. Sipping leaves a nice pattern of lacing that includes patches and and speckles of foam some of which remain stuck to the glass while a few slide back down to the liquid.

The aroma is faint but clearly Centennial, with some pine resin showing along with a touch of citrus. There's also some nice caramel malt in here.

The flavors are basically what would be expected from the nose with the caramel malt backbone supporting the pine resin and a touch a citric hop character.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and there is light prickly carbonation. The finish begins in the mix of malt and bitterness with the malt fading faster, leaving the bitterness to disappear into dryness.

As I expected this beer is on its down slope from its "sweet spot" and normally I'd not have bought it. However, given that it is canned and has been kept cold most of its life I decided to gamble a bit. Based on experience with Centennial in other beers (e.g., Founders, etc.) I'm giving this beer scores that may be a bit higher than what this particular can deserves but making a note that the beer is worth a second try at a younger age with score revision if needed.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber hued with a fingernail of beige head covering the majority of the top. The taste is a blend of dark bready malt and citrus like Centennial hops. The malt is in the forefront. The hops appear more in the fade. The body is lightly sticky.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Fine red clear beer with an off white head, mild lacing.

S - Honey sweet, floral notes, a bite of pine, with a smidge of lemon citrus.

T - Strong bitter bite up front, slight pine and lemon, malty sugar sweetness.

M - Serious hop crunch, strong dry on the close.

O - A bit more of a punch in the nose than I expected. Hop is front and center. So it is a good thing.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, no apparent freshness date
A - fluffy ivory head holds excellent retention atop a red-copper colored ale
S - big aroma with spicy, floral, piny, citric hops, bready malt, caramel
T - juicy grapefruit, pine, caramel, toasted grain, bread crust, spicy Centennial hops
M - thinner side of medium for body, modest carbonation
O - I knew I would like this one. I love bitter, red IPA's, plus with this one brewed with Centennial hops, it's just an added bonus for me! I'll probably buy this from time to time. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Grandmother, what big, red hop cones you have. Ahem, anyway, this stuff pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, pine resin, light grass, and a hint of vinyl coming from the creepy old hipster's room in the back of the place. The taste is basically a showcase of resin, occasionally allowing itself to be dipped in caramel for the sake of variety. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, not a bad Centennial-based red, though that vinyl bit in the smell and the very real one-note flavor character drag it down for me.

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a nonic pint. Nice and biscuity, has a mildly bitter bite to it. Would be curious to see how it plays from the keg, Feels sessionable, albeit at 6%. Would likely seek out a 6, as this was a single buy.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%

Got a sample of this from the store. Word has it that 4 Hands is going to all cans, so their bottles are being liquidated off shelves. I don't know how much truth there is to this, but whatever. It landed me a free sample. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a sweet looking, amber/rust color. Decent one finger head rises to the top but dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell - Certainly some malts and yeast, with a touch of hop citrus and grapefruit mixed in. Smells balanced, it is apparent it has hops but is not "well-hopped," so to speak. There is truth to their claim of only putting one kind of hop in there, most likely.

Taste - Malts and yeast are the first things to hit the palate. Caramel, breads, and a bit of sweetness characterize the flavor before the hops. The hops are present in the middle to the end, and while they can be detected, they are subdued and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, with a bit of bitterness from the single hop.

Overall - Mediocre. Its worth a try, I typically don't like amber/red ales, so I am biased, but at the same time this was so forgettable. It was not bad, it just was not good either.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While not horrible, this one was kind of disjointed. The color and appearance was odd, with a pale off red color and thin head. The flavors just don't mesh well, hop bitterness with no further complexity. Almost no malt backbone to offset this strange hop profile, and a very thin and watery mouth feel. In the end, it was drinkable, but not something I would go to again.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Reneejane
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Just not that good. From a bottle brewed less than three months ago. Red color. Enormous beige head. Massively over carbonated. Malt is thin with inappropriate roasted flavors and nothing else. Hops are bitter, no essential oils no complexity. Not enough dry hop aroma. British scented yeast. There are a million and one reds I'd suggest instead. It isn't infected, oxidized or skunked, but I'm going to toss it, and cook with the remaining two bottles.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a quarter finger light amber foam.

Toasted malt, caramel, earthy hops.

Earthy hop bitterness, slight citrus note, caramel, biscuity.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, dry.

Overall, a rather boring beer.

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Photo of bnes09
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Orange-amber color. I had only poured about 3-4 ounces into my 12 ounce glass when the foam quickly rose to the brim of the glass. The head remained as bubble-bath, root beer float-like suds for several minutes after the pour, preventing me from consuming the beverage. Left dish detergent like lacing all over the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, roasted almonds, with pine and dish soap.

Malt flavor hints at wheat toast. Touch of brown sugar sweetness. Then the hops take over with an aggressive and pungent laundry detergent flavor. Finishes with a rough, off-balances bitterness that never really leaves.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Purchased this beer from the closeout section of my local liquor store at $3.99. No freshness date on the bottle. To be fair, it was probably several months expired. Nonetheless, it was not a pleasant experience and I would not revisit it if it were free. Time to go pour the remaining 18 ounces down the drain.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

4 Hands Reprise Centennial Red Ale
22 oz. long-neck brown "bomber" bottle; no apparent freshness dating
$5.99 @ Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

4 Hands has let me down with the first beer I've tried from them. Looking at the bottle I noticed that the liquid level was way up in the neck of the bottle, about an inch below the cap. As it was cold and had not been jostled about I didn't think much of it though. Upon opening it the gushing began. I quickly got it into the kitchen sink where it spewed out quite a bit of it's contents. I was able to carefully pour a few ounces at a time, but for the most part it just foamed up. It was only after 10 minutes or more that I was able to get an almost full pint.

Holding it to the light I found it quite cloudy. I happened to have a Paulaner HefeWeizen sitting nearby and viewed them side-by-side. The 4Hands was by far more cloudy, meaning more yeast, which was later confirmed by the taste. That tenacious carbonation continued, and if I tilted the glass the stream of tiny bubbles racing forth resembled that of a Bavarian Hefe Weizen.

The flavor revealed a caramelish malt, a solid bitterness, and some piney-citrusy hops although their complexity was quite diminished by the solid presence of yeast.

Perhaps I just got a bad bottle. Perhaps it was the last one off of the line and a whole lot of yeast was carried over. In the past that might have been considered as OK, or perhaps even "charming" in the spirit of the microbrew movement, but it's not acceptable by today's standards. There's too much competition between small breweries, and only those that produce the best beers and practice the strictest quality assurance will thrive. If a brewery can't produce a bottle of beer that tastes as they've intended it to, then they probably should not bottle their beer. In the past I would have given them another try, but this time I'll put that money towards another brewery I haven't tried, or one that's tried and true.

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Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention, slight hazeyness

S: Pineyness & breadyness

T: Pineyness, a touch of caramel, breadyness & grapefruit up front. Dryness, biscuitty malt, a hint of aspirin, more pine & breadyness, plus astringency once warm. Finishes with pine & grapefruit, plus woody hops, plus aspirin & biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, thins out as this warms; okay balance at best

Started out like gangbusters, but just fell apart after it warmed up. Drinkable, but not one I would buy again, too disjoinnted

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Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy reddish amber with a big fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney grapefruity centennial hops with some sweet nutty malts.

The flavor is nutty malts with some fruity bitterness but subdued hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite watery.

Overall, a decent hoppy red.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, semi-hazy rust color with a strong, sizeable head. The head is frothy and dense, retaining very well, even when it's a little above the glass. Lacing is tremendous.

S- Lots of semi-sweet caramel malt mixing with a moderate hop profile. I would call this a red IPA, or maybe an amber pale ale just from the scent. No smell is overpowering or too strong, just a solid malt and hop mix.

T- Starts with a dull, semisweet malt flavor profile. Mostly caramel malt, but not quite as sweet are most reds as far as caramel goes. Towards the middle of the drink there is a noticeable shift towards hop bitterness. The hops here aren't as bitter as they would be in a pale or IPA, but more of a musty, dull bitterness. Provides a good balance to the malts on the front end, but could be a little stronger.

M- Slick and on the thinner side of the body weight spectrum. Low to moderate level of carbonation, which was somewhat surprising. Easy to drink and sits light in the stomach.

Overall, this is your standard, everyday red ale. This is a beer that will keep the lights on and pay the bills everyday for a brewery. Nothing to blow you away, yet nothing to disappoint you.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of herbs, spices, citrus, hops, hint of sweet malt, and floral hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, citrus, sweet malt, herbs, and a hint of grass. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Stringer_Bell- thanks! Appearance is a somewhat murky dark red with a thin layer of head the leaves thin lines of lacing. The aroma has a deep earthiness with grapefruit, wood, tea leaves, and rye. The taste starts with a malty sweetness which quickly gives way to deep earthy hop tones. Notes of caramel, rye, grass, grapefruit, and pine wood come through on the flavor. The taste is progressively bitter as it passes the palate and have the most bitter tones at the end. Mouthfeel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this doesn't feature the brightness I would want with a centennial single hopped brew, this is a nice earthy and malt forward IPA.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure how old this beer is, but hope it's relatively fresh.
The beer pours a rusty brown with a generous amount of sticky off-white head. The nose is mildly bitter without sweetness. The taste presents all bite and no bark, all penetration and no's just a super bitter mess with none of the redeeming hop characteristics I look for in a good red ale. The mouthfeel is equally terrible as no caramel sweetness precedes or follows the's just grapefruit rind all day. I did not enjoy this beer and think it could use a lot more sweetness.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Mostly clear red body, with a bit of amber hue. Three-finger tan head that dissipates to a foamy cap and leave a bit of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is not overwhelming, but is a solid mix of citrus and pine hop notes, followed by some bready malt.

The flavor takes a bit of a left turn from the aroma, but not necessarily in a bad way, in the the pine resin dominates the hop flavor. Very little citrus. Also, the malt balances much more in the flavor, and although the biscuity malt is present, there is a just a hint of a darker/roasted flavor to malt. Overall, a very hop-forward offering.

Medium mouthfeel with the oily hop texture present. Very drinkable and a solid brew by 4 Hands.

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