Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series)
Long Trail Brewing Co.

Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series)Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series)
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American Amber / Red Ale
3.78 | pDev: 11.9%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series)Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series)
Notes: 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: 136 | Ratings: 259
Photo of jimboothdesigns
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep red/copper color and light creamy head (nice retention). Smell a bit like strawberry sweetness with a hint of sour milk. Nice level of carbonation. Also, a nice mild bitterness from start to finish.

EDIT: Now that I am enjoying this and its warming up, I am getting some chocolate notes.

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Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown colour with a creamy, dark beige cap. Good head retention, plenty of lacing. Grapefruit aroma was apparent as soon as the cap was popped, followed by caramel, bread, a hint of pine and oranges, and slight alcohol. Bitterness was tempered by caramel sweetness up front, but finished strong. Citrusy notes and a spicy finish rounded out the flavour -- simple but effective. Medium plus bodied with creamy carbonation, alcohol warmth, and slight astringency. Nice balance overall and quite tasty.

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Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish copper body with a nice thick and foamy white head. Big malt nose; slightly spicy hop fragrance. Warm, toasted grains with a peppery hop profile mid-sip through the finish; peppermint. heavy body; smooth with a fine carbonation.

A well-balanced, complex and very flavorful ale. All the sensory components meld together nicely. Malt sugars and hop bitterness dance well with each other, plus a fully-present but not over-powering alcohol burn adds an extra dimension to things.

Picked this up at the Market Basket in Claremont, NH a about four days ago. Too bad I tried this the night before flying back to Colorado, otherwise I would have picked up at least one more to enjoy before departing the region.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial pint glass a clear deep amber with a half finger light tannish colored head that settles pretty quickly.Piney hops really stand out in the nose along with some earthiness and mild roast,not much sweetness.Flavors are quite hoppy at the onset with pine resin to a lesser extent grapefruit notes,again it's quite dry for the style with a little alcohol and caramel detected.Not bad the finish is a little abrupt but this has a nice hop profile.

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Photo of yespleez
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Long Trail Centennial Red poured clear, dark red with a creamy white head. Mild lacing on the glass. There were slight citrus & pine notes. It was smooth and heavy, but not syrupy. The overall taste was malty and a little sweet, with a hint of bitterness. This is a distinctive and enjoyable pour, and another fine addition to the Long Trail Brewmaster series. Best suited for a goblet.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and piney hops with medium sweet malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by citrus and somewhat piney hops mix with some caramelized malt backbone with some residual sugar discernable. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nothing earth shattering but good strong imperial red.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail : Centennial IPA (brewmasters series)

Pours a clear deep copper color. White head forms, has OK staying power and leaves some lace before disappearing. Smells of hop flowers, orange citrus, sweet malts

In the flavor, solid bitterness, pine, sap, earthy. Malt is sweet and sugary. Almost too sweet but kicks in a refreshing bitter note in the finish. Medium bodied, well carbonated. Overall, easy drinker, solid beer, affordable price.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a murky, swampy reddish brown. Scant white head with slightest bit of lace.

Nose is pretty sweet, with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and a rich maltiness.

Taste is similarly malty sweet. Again a bit of caramel, sweet malts, but finishing with a biting hop finish. Nice bitterness for balance at the end. Also some soft notes of scotch and oak mixed in there.

Mouth feel is medium thick, seems appropriately matched to the flavors

Nice red ale, nice robust flavors. Nothing really mind blowing here though. Good balance of malt and hop, and a good powerful beer overall, worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a dark and obscure red with light head.

Heavy caramel malt smell with a hint of pine smelling hops.

Sweet caramel malt taste and hops taste. The hops has pine flavor that is also the aftertaste.

Biting carbonation and medium bodied.

An okay beer and an okay amber ale but I think the beer could have benefited from not being too hoppy.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours dark red with a short lived white head. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Piney hops, caramel, citrus fruit and cherry combine on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Well done brew.

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Photo of ktblue22
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful deep mahogany brownish red, with a small lightly frothed head. Really interesting sharp smell on the pour - slightly sweet with just a small amount of dark chocolate. The taste is really bold with a good amount of body, I get some dark chocolate and then some slightly sour tanginess, almost citrusy, with a very tangy finish. Really interesting flavor in this beer, not sure I've ever had anything like it before. High attenuation taste however, which is why I give this beer a low score - also the tangy taste also slightly reminds me of red vinegar.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22oz bomber of this for $5.99.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Not much head to it, sweet aroma. Taste is medium bodied, huge caramel sweetness upfront, followed by the centennial hops and a great maltiness. Super tasty and smooth, the 8% abv is well hidden. Finishes clean... this is a fantastic beer, well balanced and very tasty!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby, two finger almost tan head with good lacing.

S-Malt, caramel, some hops but not much.

T-Starts with a blend of malt and caramel, continues with an earthy/dirt hop presence. Some bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied, smooth, not that much carbonation.

O-A nice Red Ale, the hops go well with the malt bill for a decent beer.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of aroma on the pine side, but the hops don't push through in flavor. Very big caramel and sweet malt. Syrupy red flavors don't establish themselves in the body, and it goes down smooth. A slight nod to that "cat pee" taste/smell we all seem to get from time to time -I've never bothered to find out what kind of compound brings out that for me. Not bad, but not great overall. I have enjoyed the trend in reds/ambers becoming hoppier, but it's not here.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a stemless flute glass. The color glowed a deep maroon, medium brown. No real head was observed, but sheets of tannish, reddish lacing appeared around the glass as we sipped. No sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared medium. The aroma was thick of lactic sourness, barnyard grass, huge citric hops which were very bitter, of grapefruit and metallics. The malts were predominantly caramel, with a bready yeast, and a serious sea saltiness. Our first impression was that this was a boozy hop bomb. As we sipped, steely malts mixed with bittering earthen hops. Muddy mineral and raw honey sweetness cooled things down a bit. The middle moved forward with more earthy mineral, with a sweetness brought forward by alcohol, and floral hops. Peppery booze, caramel, and brown sugar finish things off with sweetness, and a seriousness. Bitter grassy hops, again, mix here for a balance and final bite. The aftertaste breathed of peppery booze, earthy hops, lemon rind sting, and a fresh malty bite. The body was medium, and the carbonation was higher end. The mouth is hit with a sour, puckering slickness and cool astringency. Eventually the mouth is left even and wet, with little drying. The beer is very warming to the belly. The abv is appropriate, and the swill drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how earthy, bitter, and hoppy it was. These notes mix nicely with the rich, metallic malts, adding a balancing sweetness. The nose on this guy was amazing, with a great deal of funk, moss, and musk from the yeast, with a beautiful balance from the hop varietals which take several faces throughout. Very nice for the style.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A transparent dark amber, an off-white to light orange head is thin... maybe an 1/8" of an inch off the body.

Smell: Bland, I pick up light malts brief scent of hops.

Taste: Bitter caramel, it does have an off-sweet feel to it. I like the malts but it lacks complexity.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not hard to drink at all.

Overall: not a bad beer, but not in the category of greatness. It is well finished and makes you feel that you wish you had kettle corn popcorn while you were drinking this. Lightly sweet and easy to drink. Salud!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cardinal/crimson red, finger head, great lacing

S: big caramel/toffee, malt, clean pine aroma

T: mango/peach, sweet malt, caramel, big malt,
fresh pine, nice slow bitter finish

M: med body, mild oily/sticky mouth

O: Amazing beer for the $$$. Enjoy this
brewery and would recommend.


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Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish copper colored beer with a small white head that sinks rather quickly; lacing is strong. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and fruity hops; pineapple, orange, and pine all present. Taste is well balanced between these elements; an appealingly sweet maltiness, with aspects of caramel, toasted bread, and brown sugar, and a significant dose of pineapple and resinous pine hop notes. Bitterness is fairly muted.

Body and carbonation are both medium, with an added smoothness on draft, pretty good mouthfeel. This isn’t an exceptional beer but it’s highly drinkable and tasty and should appeal to fans of the style looking for a slightly sweeter, less bitter rendition.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very little head sits over a hazy dark amber brew. A few webs of lacing line the glass.

S - Pine and grapefruit pith with a faint malty backbone. Nothing extraordinary - but nice.

T - A bit of pine hops and nuts, there is faint biscuity flavor, but also a mild coffee - like the water used to rinse a coffee pot. Aftertaste is of a very nutty earthy finish while faint pine lingers.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, refreshing.

D - A decent brew all around. Though it never wowed me, I did enjoy it thoroughly.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a half inch linen head of moderate life. The body in masstone looks a clear burnt umber brown but when held to the light you see a deep maroon. It smells nicely of piney hops. The taste mirrors that smell and adds some citrus zest and a moderate sweetness. There's a fairly long finish showcasing the hops. Basically this is a red IPA. Nice.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: A dark copper reddish color with some nice head
Smell: Nice smell of caramel malt with slight cherry undertone.
Taste: Nice taste with caramel malt flavor. Finishes nice with a good balance. Slight cherry and dark fruit flavors. Finishes with some nice hop bitterness. A nice balance.
Pretty good. Would recommend a try.

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Photo of Kranders
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lot dark then I was expecting. It's a deep red in color, but hard to tell through a glass. Very pleasant and sweet aroma, but nothing really jumps to the forefront. Great refreshing taste, a good bit of malt with some nice hop balance, again, nothing truly stands out. It finishes strong and crisp. Despite very little that I'd call 'noteworthy', it does stand out for its well rounded greatness.

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Photo of sailorastro
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall: If appearances can be deceiving, then scents can be as well. The bark of this beer is larger than its bite, though neither lack to impress. If the Queen of Hearts had a beer, this might be it.

Appearance: Solid ruby red color. Almost no head that leaves a fine lace.

Scent: Grapefruit; pine; hops; overripe berries

Taste: Large juicy flavor upfront, like a liquored-up Hawaiian punch, followed by the kick of the hops. Incredibly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and cool with a bitter finish after the tartness fades.

Sampled from a Duvel tulip glass.

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Photo of iBeer16
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: pours a dark amber color. Pours with roughly a 1.5 finger head of a light tan color. Leaves nice lacing when it clears.

S: Aroma is a nice combination of sweet malts and piney. Citrusy hops. Also I am detecting a possible cherry oak nose, but I could be wrong.

T: flavor brings out that cherry oaky flavor, but also resembles the nose, sweet malts and piney hops.

M: very refreshing brew, great flavor, carbonation, very light body. Finishes light but flavorful.

Overall, great brew! Very easy to drink, flavor combination is very good.

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours much deeper than a red color. A very very dark auburn with a thin lace of off white head. Nose is pretty big with lots of dark malts herbal hops and overall boozey presence.

Just noticed bottled on date, beer is relatively fresh. A grape like sweetness up front with a spicy hop finish. Big chewy mouthfeel. Flavors are kind of all over the place and not making too much sense. Slightly cloying lingering grape finish as well. Not too pleasant. Hops balance this slightly but not enough. Some alcohol presence is noted on the finish as well.

Big thick mouthfeel with ill blended flavors. Not really sure what the intent was here. Its not undrinkable but its not good.

The beer comes together a bit better as it warms. The spicy hop finish starts to compliment the earthy fruit flavors a bit better but its still not spectacular.

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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 259 ratings