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 yesyouam
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail Centennial Red is a dim red ale with a thick, creamy, khaki colored head that has outstanding retention and lacing. There's a huge, wooden, pine spice in the nose with perhaps a whiff of caramel. It smells great. It's full bodied and soft with a chewy finish. This beer has a big, bitter, resiny flavor. It's very spicy, with notes of pine, juniper and black pepper. It's serious business. It's cool to see an East Coast brewery take a very West Coast style and do a good job of it.

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Photo of bernie879
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, the ale had a reddish-brown color with not uch of a head.

Cherry infused hops came out first followed by slight dark chocolate notes. Minor woody characteristics and some floral apects were lso present.

Taste and mouthfell were characterstic of an average imperial red ale. A fuller body, decent crbonation. Good alance between soothness and bitterness. Hops came through a bit more earthy. Malts provided some sweetness. Slight banana picked up along with a sugarry taste.

Overall, this is about what I would have expected from an imperial red from long trail, nothing special but didin;t really let me down. Alcohol came out a bit as it warmed up and if anything begins to provide a slight harshness as I finished the beer. Worth trying but not a stand out imprial red.

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Photo of Gmann
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a small yet frothy off-white head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of grapefruit hops, some herbal and peppery and tropical fruit notes and a toasted caramel malt. Not a super hoppy smell but it is interesting.

The taste definitely sides with the malt. A sweet caramel malt with some candied cherries, honey, and some noticable alcohol. There is a light grapefruit and grassy hop presence that lurks around but never breaks through but does add a strong bitterness. There is also some pepper and an odd medicinal/herbal note.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. It starts off a bit slick and sticky but finishes with a fairly strong bitterness. The booz sticks out a bit.

A decent imperial red. I think they went a tad too big on the malt which produced a slick and sticy body and the abv is a bit harsh. Tone it down a notch and add more hop flavor and this would be a winner.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recently at the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ, into a pint glass it poured a cloudy chestnut-reddish hue, with one finger of off-white head, mild carbonation, and good retention and lacing. The nose revealed big amounts of pine dry-hoppiness, with a slight citrus hint as well. The taste began on an herbal note, then progressed to a caramel apple tone, and then finished on a very, very dry bitter citrus peel note. Hard to describe, but the flavor seemed a little jagged; e.g it didn't flow well. Medium-bodied, and a little spritzier than expected. Decent beer, but the disjointed aspect of the flavor didn't exactly have me rushing to session it.

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Photo of ms11781
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date of 111210 stamped on neck of bottle. Poured from a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish/amber color with a decent size off-white head. A nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

Nose starts with a good dose of piny hops that are quickly followed by a malty sweetness. Not very strong but balanced.

Taste follows along with the nose but the hops are even more subdued. A bit of piny hops at the beginning and then a thick, sweet caramel maltiness that lingers a bit. The malt stands out a bit more than the hops and at times the caramel flavor is substantial.

This brew is a bit thick on the tongue. Not quite syrupy but feels like it wants to be. The caramel malt adds to the thicker feeling.

The thick body prevents having more than the bomber and is actually quite filling. Good for one, not more than that though.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Pours an auburn red with deep cherry hues and a light off white head. Fades to some thinner film with some spotty lacing around the glass.

Surprisingly small nose with hints of caramel malt, pine hops, and a touch of citric rind.

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.

Medium bodied, a little sticky, well carbonated. Drinks nicely, solid flavor, and a decent enough example of a hopped up red ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dated from 10/29/10 at 0958, I like this clear born on date to take the mystery out of buying pre aged beer. Pours a brilliant deep mahogany amber hue, forms a thick light beige head with fine even lacing around the sides of my imperial pint glass. I'm actually digging the deep amber malt presence found in the nose, almost caramel/cereal grains/nuttiness at first. In the background the nose as a sourdough appeal to it as well with a hint of citric hops flashing through. Flavor going down is great, brings out citric hops amongst a big husky/caramel/nutty malt backbone with a tart semi dry finish works well to have some citrus toned American hops backing up this big ass red ale. Remains balanced throughout the experience, really a nice brew going on. Maybe a bit one dimensional with caramelly roasted malts and a citric tartness that works well but it's single note on a whole fret board playing over and over again. A well done note can entertain you but there's got to be more to it than just that, solid roasted malts citric hops kicking in smooth carbonation a bit cloying as it warms overall not a bad experience. Drinkability is a solid offering for an affordable price at 4.99 in Pittsburgh you have to give this Long Trail beer a try just for the price if not anything else. Happy I gave it a go enjoyable without ever overwhelming me.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle stamped 111210-1009. It pours more amber-brown than red with a half-inch of silky, soft off-white, light tan head. There is a sweetness in the aroma that reminds me of caramel malts and berries. The body is about medium. Unlike the aroma, the taste'[s strong point is the hoppiness. SO you get a sweet aroma and a bitter hoppy taste. A nice package.

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Photo of nkersten
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Saison DuPont glass. Bright amber red color with an off white head that fades fast to a cap with good lacing and retention. Smell is sweet malts, rye, red candy, with some very earthy hops. Very bitter with some sweet flavors following, pale malt, spicy hops, not a ton of depth. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a medium carbonation. A drinkable beer but kind of one dimensional. I was actually hoping this was a single hop Centennial red, but after reading the label I learned it was actually for a 100 year anniversary - oh well. Overall not a bad beer, but I wouldnt go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of sbauer
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.06/5  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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Ego
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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 ?

music: HumanMeshDance - TheSecretNumberTwelve

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Photo of ElGallo
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

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Photo of Gavage
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Centennial Red (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 259 ratings