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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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 259
Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Very dark red pour, like a cherry wood brown finished. Foam fizzles out, leaving a light layer atop. Caramel smell, toffee too. Sweet malt taste with a bitter hop through the entire drink. Oily pine finish & residuals. Sweet and hop balances out together nicely - neither is too dominant. Really good red ale.

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Photo of Hoser77
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

XMas present, poured into New Belgium glass

A-Pours a very deep ruby red. Almost brown in appearance, with deep garnet highlights. Off-white head, quickly dissapates with persistant lacing. Clear, no haze.

S-Stone fruit, pine, and citrus dominate the glass. Very inviting and pleasant! Biscuit, toast, and caramel malt in the background. Very subtle roast notes.

T-Very complex. A beautiful blend of deep caramel malts, subtle chocolate and roast give way quickly to the pine and citrus hops that persist and linger on the palate. Stone fruit flavors and subtle warmth in the finish

M-Very dextrinous, silky, and chewy up front, but finishes suprisingly dry and crisp. Likely from the high-hopping rates. Well carbonated, creamy, not biting like some hoppy ales.

O-Red ales are one of my favorites and this is an exceptional example of the style. Not as "arrogant" and assertive as a Bastard, but as equally good. Very easy drinking and inviting. I will definitely seek this out again. Hops and malt are equally balanced. Long Trail should be very proud of this beer!

Serving type: 22oz. bottle

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap after I switched over from an uninspiring pint of FA Back in Black.

Red color capped by a small off white foam head with ok retention. Lacing covers the glass. Nose is bland with light notes of biscuit and pine. Taste pretty much leaves me as uninspired as the previous pint. More sweet than I was expecting. Bitterness trys to cut in but is denied. The alchohol is well hidden. Medium bodied. blah.

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

A - Pours a dark ruby red color with a creamy layer that dies down to an even lacing.

S - Roasted malt and light pine dominate the nose, the overall aroma is biscuity and a little earthy.

T - Roasted caramel malt, biscuits, and pine bitterness all mesh together for an even blend across the entire sip, that is, until the end, there's also a slight earthiness to the grain. At the end, the pine bitterness gathers some momentum and builds after the sip to coat the mouth with moderate amounts of bitter pine. On the way down, the alcohol warms the back of the throat as well.

M - Heavy medium body, fairly smooth on the tongue with light pricklies.

O - This is a solid red ale. This particular bottle was bottled about two weeks ago which is why I snatched some up, worth a try if you like red ales. Nice hoppy character for a red.

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Photo of berliner07
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one lying around for a while. I think it aged nicely. The malts really meshed in well with the Centennial hops. The pine is there, but its a good balance. Probably would have been more nose if it was fresh. Worth a repeat, especially for the price.

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

Flew back with me from NY...

A - nice amber red. very little soapy head.

s - very soft tones. nothing jumps out overtly

t/m - pretty straight forward, very smooth, malt forward...vague hop in the end. very drinkable. wood notes?

o - easy to drink but nothing much with the flavor side

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

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid crystal and biscuit malt scent; sweet with bread-like notes. It also has a piney hop nose that's quite bitter. The taste is decent. Again, it has a nice mix of pale and caramel malts. It's sweet, yet highly bitter as well with lots of hop flavor. It goes down slow and finishes warm with a mild alcohol burn. The high alcohol character takes away from the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty solid Imperial red ale. It has a complex malt bill as well as a bunch of hop character.

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

Centennial Red begins with a surprisingly hoppy nose, full of citrusy grapefruits and hints of pine. A look at Long Trail's website reveals that Centennial, Nugget, and Chinook hops went into the mix. On the malt side (Two-Row, Caramel, Roasted Barley, and Chocolate), the nose has a lovely, sugary background that is part dark (chocolate, hints of toasted wheat bread) and light (Grape Nuts cereal, baking wheat bread).

On the tongue, the first flavors are sugars, with good fruit flavors (apricot, berry), which move quickly into a toasted grain base that is reminiscent of raw wheat and wheat bread. Slight hints of darker grains and toasted pecans pop out, joined by a good amount of grapefruit bitterness from the hops (55 IBUs). The sugars last well into the mouthful, but do die out near the end, revealing more of the chocolate malt base and grain flavors. The aftertaste is largely hops, with a good subtext of toasted grains, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a creamy, dry medium, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is a well-balanced beer that strikes a nice medium between sweet and hoppy, providing excellent sugar and fruit flavors, as well as grain and citrus notes, and so has something for everyone. The hops do overtake the aftertaste with slightly too much fervor, but the beer nicely hides the 7.9% ABV, and the main part of the mouthful is delicious.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich dark ruby color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet super rich caramel malts and bit of dark fruit and hops. There is also some booze noticeable.

T - Starts off with lots of rich sweet malt flavor with some bitterness. Through the middle, the flavor mellow out a bit and some hop flavor and sweet fruits come through. The finish is a mix of sweet malts and hop flavor with a bit of booze flavor lingering.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth with a resiny and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The beer starts off a bit sharp but mellow nicely as it finishes. The booze flavor is a bit more present than expected, but not really in a bad way.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red hue with a nice head. Scents of cherry and bitter hoppiness on the nose. A wine like-sherry-ness i also present. Pretty nice taste to this one. Smooth on the front with some nice balancing bitterness on the end. Very American "strong" ale-ish. A bit thin on body but very easy to drink. Sweet raspberry flavor followed by a raspy bitterness. An overall good beer.

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Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to DmanGTR for this bottle!

A: It pours a murky brown, in the glass it is a murky brown with red throughout. Nice tan head.

S: Starts sweet with an almost glaze like smell that drifts into toffee, and earthy aroma with a hint of tobacco is next, followed by pine. The finish is caramel, and reveals a little roasted character from the grains.

T: The hops strike first, earthy piney and herbal. Followed by a sweetness in the form of caramel, and roasted grain.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is a little high, but not distractingly so.

O: Overall a damn fine beer. It hides it's abv well, and is damn tasty in it's subtle complexities.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial Pint glass.

A - This is a beautiful ale with a Mahogany color and a tan head of about one finger. The head stuck around a good long while as well.

S - The smell is of pine, carmel, apricots, roasted malt, and booze.

T - I like the taste of this American Red, though it is not typical of the style. It starts off with a sweet carmel taste, dries out as it goes down, and then finishes with an abundant hop presence.

M - Medium bodied, sweet and malty, but balanced well by the dryness of the hop finish. Clean taste thereafter. good level of carbonation.

O - Overall I liked this ale, even though it is not faithful to its origins. It had a pleasant degree of sweetness, dryness, and bitterness. Al in all a satisfying drink.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle acquired at my local store.

A: A deep red with orange edges, looks like a beautiful color for a hardwood floor. Slightly hazy.

S: Hops and more hops, with some caramel and a sweet sherry-like tinge at the end.

T: Hops out front, with a sharp bitterness that fades into the sweetness of the residual malt and alcohol. Both are nicely in proportion for a beer of this size.

M: Carbonation is moderate to low, and the beer isn't overly thick.

I'm happy I bought this bottle, and would be happy to find it again. I was a bit worried it would be a one note song, but it's well balanced and interesting.

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Photo of CHickman
2.21/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tasting notes from 3/12/11, on tap: pours blood red with sediment floating, and a small creamy tan head that faded on the quick side.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, funky yeast, cinnamon and a bit of skunkiness; not a great smell at all.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, funky yeast and a sour apple flavor; not very good tasting at all.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and watery, with light carbonation and a medium body. Low drinkability due to the very skunky taste, so I would not have again. Hopefully it was just a bad batch, because I tried to enjoy it and drank the whole beer, but just struggled to finish this. I'll give Long Trail a pass on this one.

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Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date 12/10

A - The beer poured with a deeper shade of copper body...the head was off white in color and stood about two fingers tall...decent retention which the beer held a wispy cap...decent lacing

S - First whiff brought some bright citrus hops...following sniffs lead to sweet malt and piney bitterness

T - The citrus hops lead off the taste as well but they are short lived...the sweet and roasted malts come in and take over...there is a quick blast of caramel from the sweet malts...that leads into a nice roasted chocolate flavor...the finish brings more roastedness and bitterness from some coffee and piney hops

M - Medium bodied...smooth...balanced...nice bitter finish

O - I let this one warm up before serving myself the second glass...the chocolate and coffee really came out as the beer warmed...the forefront citrus hops faded but the piney hops at the end got a little stronger...for me, this was a nicely balanced Imperial Red...Long Trail does a nice job with their Brewmaster Series

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mohagony, muddy color with minimal head and some faint lacing. Aroma is of caramel, burnt nuts, grass, some sweet syrup, and a hint of hops. Taste is dry, burnt tasting, hay/grass flavors with some some caramel and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is medium, some good carbonation. I dig this red ale.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I firmly believe that this imperial craze is not good for every style. Particularly the ones that aren't generally hoppy like a red ale. I know reds can be a hoppy beer, but unless you're going to make a red that is hoppy don't make it an imperial.

This one has a fantastic look. A great red hue with a wonderful light tan head. There is a lot of life in that head and plenty of markings on the glass with each pull. Next I'll talk about the mouthfeel because that is pretty much the only really good part about the beer. Nice medium/full body that doesn't leave much of an oily feel after the beer is gone.

Smell and the taste are too conflicting. Very malty red, but there are so much it's just like a bitter. The sweet is kind of ruined with the bitterness of the beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second beer of the night at the Johnstown Tulune"s Southside Saloon was the Long Trail Centennial Imperial Red. The color was a classic amber/red with thin white head that laced...ok. There was a floral hint in the nose of this beer...but nothing spectacular. The taste was very very smooth....given the higher ABV. I was hoping for a dry hopped Imperial Red....unfortunately no....it is basically a fuller bodied Red ale....think Killians on roids. The beer does come off the pallete clean. The mouthfeel is tough to give props due to the heavier ABV...but due to the smoothness...I would try a SESSION!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled into snifter

A: modest head, little carbonation, clear dark ruddy red color
S: strong whiffs of hops--lovely and buoyant
T: outstanding flavor profile; very hoppy, very much like an IPA; bitter, rich, and complex
M: very silky, smooth

A very good beer; complaints by other reviewers of the bitterness should be taken into consideration, but that aspect made my taste buds happy.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark muddy red with a dense 2 finger head that lasts a while. No lacing.

S: Nice floral & citrus hop aroma with a caramel malt backbone. There's also an earthy quality to it followed by a smell of booze.

T: This one is sort of all over the place. Upfront flavor is a bit hoppy on the floral & earthy side. Then the flavor turns into a strong caramel malts. Don't know why, but I'm also getting a hint of some type of wood. It finishes bitter and hot from the high ABV.

M: Medium to full body, decent carboantion, smooth texture.

O: Not my favorite one of this style. I felt like the flavors were all over the place and unbalanced. Definitely had a hard time drinking this one and it's a sipper for me. I don't see myself getting this in the future.

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

Beer is a nice dark amber with a thin, cream-colored head. Not too much aroma. Some malt and perhaps a hint of licorice. Taste is ok. Not bad, but nothing amazing. Malty with a solid hop bitterness. Nothing too interesting or subtle, but not bad. Mouthfeel is fine. It's not as carbonated as I would expect. It almost reminds me of a stout in some ways. Overall, a decent beer, but not really remarkable.

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

Pours out a dark red color with some slightly copper colored head. Some booze present in the aroma initially but also a lot of sweet caramel malts. Fruity as well from the combination of yeast and malts. Some dry and borderline earthy hops. Somewhat slight citrus but I think any hop aroma is masked by the strong malt bill. Very sweet and dark fruity off the bat but becomes citrus/earth bitter for the finish. Drys out nicely and leaves a strong dry finish. Not thick but heavy from the malt body most likely a high OG. Drinks easier than expected.

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

Fluffy 1/2 finger head fades at med pace over crystal clear amber auburn red.

Nose is sweet caramel malts, reddish malts, fairly heavy malty and bit syrupy, Light earthy hops.

Starts with syrupy toasty malts, some earthy aged hops, light bitterness and bit of minerality, caramel sweet malts, light booze, finishes semi sweet and syrupy, light bitterness.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied syrupy, light booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad, little too sweet and syrupy, bit of minerals.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap as part of a flight at cantebury ales in huntington. Showed up dark red with a darker core. Reasonable head and nice lacing for a flight. Malty smell and taste with a touch of brown sugar & syrup. Bitter dry after. Not my fav in the flight but not bad.

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

Centennial red poured a beautiful red color with a one finger white head. The nose smelled like light caramel and floral hops. The taste was crisp and clean with a subtle and nice sweetness up front and a clean floral hop finish. The beer was smooth and crisp without a sticky or off aftertaste. This was an excellent red that I would recommend hunting down!

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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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