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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Photo of Stunner97
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- amber red to brown in color, very thing lacing of tan head that quickly dissipated away

Smell- nice mix of hops and malt, more sweet nose then anything else,

Taste- mostly malty flavor up front and even slight enjoyable roastyness to it, hop bitterness is there on the back end but its not overwhelming in any means, i would say there is an overall nice balance to this beer if anything maybe slightly more to the malty then hoppy side,

Mouthfeel- low carbonation and very smooth and medium to heavy bodied in feel

Drinkability- pretty easy and smooth drinking, the balance is probably the strong point to me in this beer as there quite a strong both malt and hop presence in this beer, and easy drinker and for near 8 percent hard to really know it, overall a pretty enjoyable beer and great value to boot

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Photo of stonermouse
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

Pretty pour; sits an orangy-red, with a little cloudiness. Head pours thick, and quickly fizzles to a light dusting.

A lot going on in the aroma. There's a nice fruitiness coming through. A little orange and other indistinguishable citrus, along with some floral hops.

The taste reflects the smell, and is a bit of a surprise. This drinks more like a borderline DIPA, and there isn't much of a malt or red bite to it. The floral and piney hops overpower the citrus flavors for the most part. I was expecting something a little different because of the color, but the floral hops are really potent, clean, and quite nice. Surprises all around with this one.

My bottle reveals a thinner mouthfeel than seems to be the consensus. It is fairly sticky and has a nice aftertaste of the floral hops, but the mouthfeel is just a little too light for the big flavors. The quick-fizzling head doesn't help matters, either.

Drinkability is OK. One bomber is plenty. I recommend trying it, mostly because of the surprising flavors, but one should satisfy your curiosity.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber to whiskey orange color. Sheets of lacey netting strung about the glass. Foamy film retention.

Aroma is warm carpet fuzz hop resin and soft, floral pine hops. Orange curacao soaked cake malt underneath.

Taste is orange liquor, soft pine hops, and a wimpy bitter bump.
With nothing to stand out the mouthfeel is obnoxiously syrupy.

With a name like Centennial Red I was expecting a big ass hoppy red ale. This is a pissant. I've come to expect light, clean beers from Long Trail and this is so far removed from what they do well. My least favorite since Blackberry Wheat.

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Photo of begforme4484
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fine copper color. Has a 2 fingers width of heavy white head with very sticky lacing on the glass.

Slight piney hops are the majority here on the nose. A very slight offering of a malty sweetness.

Lots of hops running about in the flavor. It's primarily piney/earthy hops, but a bit of floral and citrus hints in there too. A nice sweet malt backing rounds out the beer very well.

CLean finish, medium to heavy body, slightly sticky.

Very enjoyable beer. It's psuedo IPAish, but not overwhelming. Not too much alcohol, which would have totally killed it.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into Newport Storm pint glass.

A- Copper with a sandy white head that has heavy sticky lacing.

S- Good piny hops with a bit of orange/tangerine and some malt sweetness.

T- Almost like an IPA- heavy hop bill. I'm loving it. Bitter and a bit earthy/peppery. Floral/citric hops as well. Great sweet malt notes flesh out the other flavors.

M- Pretty substantial body, great flavors, nice finish. Well done.

D- Moderate but very enjoyable, ABV is just under 8% and it was a wise decision to leave it there. Any more and it would be too much. I'm impressed at this one, and am glad to see more imperial reds make it to market.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a clear red color with a small white head. Nose is boozy and sweet an malty.

Taste is pretty rich and malty, it sweet and a bit bitter and a bit grainy. It's got a light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Good beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice amber/red color with a white two-finger head into my glass. Very nice presentation here!

Mildly-sweet malt and grassy hops greet the nose upfront. They dominate the nose as well with nothing much else left.

Taste is a rich mix of sweet malt and grassy hops that leave a decent amount of bitterness in the mouth.

Finishes a bit dry with lingering sweet malt/grassy hops. Very enjoyable.

Wow. I gotta say, this is one of my favorite LT offerings. It takes the best things about a red ale and amps them up. I can get behind this. Try it!

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at the brewery this afternoon for $5.99. Code 102910 0986 on the bottle. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Popping the cap releases a huge hiss of escaping carbo. A moderate pour into the center of the glass gives a big 3" of light tan foam that has a slight orange hue. The brew itself is a clear dark cherry red when held to a light. The head has great endurance and leaves thick rings and globs of creamy lace on the glass.

Smell leads with a big bite of generic bittering hop that has some pine and citrus rind exuding from underneath. As it warms the hop evens out a bit, which allows some cotton candy, berries, and a little alcohol spice to become known.

The taste has a strong bitter hop bite intertwined with peppery alcohol, followed by cherry taffy and a little caramel maltiness. The feel has some resiny slickness but is otherwise pretty light, goes down quick and smooth. The carbonation is perfect, in that it is entirely sufficient and not intrusive. It finishes dry on the tongue with some generic hop, pepper, and candy lingering in the back of the mouth.

This drinks very easily; it's a big beer but it avoids being heavy or filling. Gone before I knew it. At 7.9% it's on the small end of "Imperial", but I'm glad they didn't go any further with the ABV. It has a bit of peppery bite but it isn't offensive. It sits just barely on the right side of the line between "enough" and "too much".

A good brew, it is well crafted, especially considering that this style is so easily and often mediocre. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Shoulder dated 102910.

Pours a crystal clear bright brownish red with thick (yet small) tan colored head. Nose has lots of roasted red malts with some pine resin notes too. Hops scream at first but the malt comes through very prevalently as it opens up.

Palate is big and malt-driven with snappy hop bitterness on all sides. Roasted red malt comes through and there's some malt bitterness too.

This is a true Imperial Red Ale in every sense! Like reds? This is for you!

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