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

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

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

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

Added by SFLpunk on 11-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's, at Mike's recommendation. dark red with a whisp of head, and later white lace ring. A full mouthfeel with good bitterness and lightly toasted malts.A little roast. Somewhat sweet finish. A pint was very filling.Long Tail have picked it up a notch in last year.Had it again a year and a half later and it was bang on the style.

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Photo of pdeepak
1.26/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this was probably the worst beer i've had in ages.

I had a bottle of it sitting around and needed something to try last night. I cracked it open, and immediately knew that I was not going to enjoy it.

The smell was quite simply bad and unappetizing, made me wish i had bit the bullet and had tried something better from my stock.

the first taste was awful and overwhelmingly boozy, none of the fruity character i had expected from it.

never again

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Photo of modernartblues
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from Notes

Poured Into a Duvel Tulip

A: aggressive pour yields a 1" creme colored head, which leaves nice lacing down the glass....color is deep, deep, dark red, darker than I would expect for the style

N: nice wiff of citrusy hops, touch of malty biscuitness, passable for the style, though not staggering in its appeal perfectly acceptable

T: good blend of malt biscuitness with the hops pocking through with a citrusy bitterness, the beer leans closer to the malt side than I would prefer and the sweetness can be a little much....this is probably truer to the style than the over hopped Imperial Reds I prefer, but this doesn't hold a candle to Harpoon's Imperial Red in my mind

M: adequate, but a little chewier than I would prefer considering the sweetness aspect of the beer

D: bomber went down fine, but probably would not purchase again

A little disappointed by this one. The Longtrail Brewmaster Series is usually pretty excellent. I was expecting a strong centennial hop blast because of the name and didn't quite get it.

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Photo of scootny
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brownish red with a sizable head of a dark tan hue. Very clear. Smell is of sweet caramel and yeasty fruitiness. A toasted multigrain bread blends it all together as a hint of sweet alcohol hits my nostrils melted into piney hops. Taste is a continuation of the nose with a nice mellow grapefruit and pine hoppiness. A flavorful fruitiness flows throughout and moves from tropical mango to light bananas and maybe a bit of papaya in between. Light fusel alcohol is so well integrated that is seems like a light mint breeze instead of a hint. kind of longish dry finish leaves bread and toffee with hop oil dripping from the back of my mouth. Feel is lightly syruped with a smooth carbonation and a slightly chewey weight. Nice drinkablity with a quenching sensation.

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

22oz bottle at cellar temp split with a friend poured into a standard pint glass. bottled 11-24-10.

pours out a clear red color with some slight golden orange hues. a nice soapy white head, fairly decent retention and lots of sticky lace.

the aroma shows some floral, resiny, perfumey hops balanced by a bit of sweet caramel malt. a hint of alcohol heat present.

a nicely balanced taste. hoppy, but not overly so. floral, pine, and light citrus and light perfumey hops. sticky caramel malt and some alcohol with a bit of heat.

medium body with some decent lingering bitterness, but not really DIPA like. average feeling carbonation.

a decent drinker, but there are much better reds out there. not bad, but i just wouldnt buy it again. the centennial hops just did not excite my palate enough.

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Photo of Kendo
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/12/10. Consumed on 1/17/11.

A: Poured into a Spirit Haus pint glass. Body is dark amber/mahogany, turning bright ruby red when backlit. Small khaki-colored head on top. Leaves some rings of lace on the glass.

S: Heavy on the caramel malt and toffee. Touch of citrusy hops. Something spicy - almost rye-like - as it warms.

T: Caramel malt, and a hint of brown sugar up front. After a couple sips, the lingering grassy bitterness at the finish is more noted; early on it was all malt, all the time. Dry grassiness lingers on the palate. There's a certain incongruity in how the malts and hops come together - or rather, don't.

M: A little syrupy-slick in feel. Carbonation is on the lower end of things. Call it medium in heft.

D: OK. Given the relatively high ABV, this one belongs in the "Imperial Red" camp. But it's not nearly as flavorful or balanced as my favorites in that style. Needs more malty "oomph" underneath and perhaps a more citrusy hop (as opposed to the grassy one that I'm sensing). Not a bad beer by any stretch, just not a great beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant aromas of caramel malt, pine hops, and a touch of citrus as well. Not too overbearing in any dept.

The taste follows the nose with 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.

This brew is medium bodied, a little sticky and well carbonated. Overall this drinks nicely, has solid flavor, comes at a very reasonable price and is a decent enough example of a hopped up red ale. Not mind-blowing but still recommended.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin head that quickly faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the collar and lacy patterns in the center. No carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, hops stand out in the taste and contribute a medium amount of bitterness. There are flavors of toasted malts with notes of caramel as well as hints of caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well masked in the taste, although this is a beer that needs to be sipped given its strength and bitterness.

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Photo of ToasterChef
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cellar temperature bottle (with a brewed on date of 10.29.10) was split between two pint glasses. It is a reddish copper beer. The bottle's label suggests you pour it slowly into a glass, which I did, so there isn't much head, just a thin coat of tan foam.Some carbonation is visible within the glass.

Caramel malts, toffee and some forest-like hops make up the aroma. It has a dusty, aged quality to it.

The flavor is a little strange. There's plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness and some bitter hops in the finish. There is a smokey flavor, but not like a smoked beer, more like some burnt, like overcooked sugar. I can't quite describe why, but I don't really like it.

It's a full bodied beer that leaves a thick, slick coat. Carbonation is average and can be felt.

This drinks well enough, but the flavor just isn't for me. Not a drainpour, but also not a beer I'll revisit.

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Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep crimson color, clear and calm, with about one finger of beige head. Doesn't keep very well, with a bubby, thin lace, with a splash of stick here and there.

Smells of toasted and caramel malt with a hit of chocolate, plus some fruity and floral hops. The hops are rather muted and I'm not sure this smells all that different than many regular red ales out there (as opposed to imperial as this one is billed). It's not bad, just awfully reserved for an imperial red.

Taste packs a little bit more flavor and is quite smooth, but I still feel like this is restrained for an imperial red. It's more malty than hoppy, like the nose was, with a nice caramel and toasty malt base, a hint of chocolate like the nose. Hops have some light citrusy notes and a very modest bitterness. It's smooth,and that's a good thing, but I am left wanting more.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth, a medium body with a slightly drying finish.

Perhaps I have had so many other highly hopped imperial red ales that I have become biased in what I am looking for from a beer by that name, but this one just seems restrained to me. Why call it imperial if you are going to show restraint? The malt base is very nice, but give me more hops please. I know Long Trail can do it because the Brewmaster's DIPA was quite good. This is very average.

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Photo of SeussMD
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never had a bad beer from Vermont. Not once. (Catamount Porter, how I miss thee ... but I digress.) And Long Trail has been a favorite beer for decades. So I'm intrigued by this entry into the big bottle limited-edition space. Picked this up at my go-to package store in Connecticut's Farmington Valley. Let's taste.

Pour: Out of a 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass, about two-thirds of the way up. Ruby red, with an ample tan head that fizzes aggressively to about an inch or so. retreating to about a quarter-inch with plenty of lacing as we go. About as red as red beers get.

Smell: Citrus notes abound. Is that grapefruit? As it warms, I detect more caramel and malt. Mouthfeel starts slippery smooth, then a nice, dry burst of carbonation.

Taste: Interesting malt/hop, bitter/sweet balance, more to the sweet side. Hints of cinnamon, and my wife swears there's chocolate in there, too. I detect a nutty taste at the back end -- somewhere between almonds and all-natural peanut butter.

Drinkability: Better than average. Complex enough to keep my attention and interest the whole way through -- so I'd say the finish is a winner. Nice little kick at the end, but at 7.9 percent ABV the alcohol is not over the top and not detectable in the taste profile .... maybe I should have eaten more Triscuits.

Overall: Very nice. And I've still never had a bad beer from Vermont.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap last night, very good overall. I even had a wine dinker get one and he really liked it. It came with a nice creamy tan head on top of a red/brown body. The smell had nice caramel notes with a bit of citrus and piney hops. The taste started caramel/malty sweet, but not too much and then a nice balanced piney bitterness. I like the full body and the well balanced taste makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere local.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear copper brew. Head recedes gradually, very leggy, with lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and boozy.

Taste is sweet to start, but quickly bitterness takes over which lasts through the close. Some fruitiness does try to make its presence known in the middle, but it loses the battle. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but intensity of bitterness hurts a bit, and drinkability is limited some by same. A bit too much Centennial, perhaps.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a deep ruby, maroon color with two huge fingers of sticky foam. Lacing is substantial. Aroma is a blend of full of citrus and floral hops, along with some crystal malt sweetness.

First sip is... thick, viscous, full of malty swetness and punctuated by a strong, sharp bitterness. Plum malt sweetness This is a heavyweight of a beer - the bitter/sweet mixture smacks you right across the face. In many respects (mouthfeel, viscosity) it resembles a barleywine, in other ways it resembles a double IPA (bitterness). All said and done, I think it suffers a bit of an identity crisis... I'm not sure what to expect with this beer.

I'm not sure the Double Red style works 100% here. This is still a very nice beer - I just think it would be better if it chose malt or hops and fully embraced them rather than trying to showcase them both. Mouthfeel is fantastic, and the beer looks amazing, but the taste and drinkability could be better.

Part Old Ale, part IPA

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Brought this to a local tasting.

a - Pours a reddish mahogany color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine and caramel malts.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An above average red ale. Lots of nice citrus and pine hops. Would have again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of ricknelson
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of gtn80
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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