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Red Swingline - Trinity Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 62
Gots: 31 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 04-06-2013

A wild and sour session IPA. Brewed with three heavily fruity hops, coriander, and tangerine zest the profile is definitely American in focus. Aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels with souring Lactobacillus, funky Brettanomyces yeast, and dry-hopped in each individual barrel. This beer is a definite wow moment.
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Ratings: 253 | Reviews: 34
Photo of cosmicevan
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

these guys just hit our distro, so acquired locally, enjoyed from a beer hunter tasting glass.

a - brew pours a murky sienna tangerine orange, thin fizzy head home almost instantly.

s - nose is tart lacto and bretty plastic. tangerine is noticeable as well.

t/m/o - fairly mouth puckering sour. some hints of tangerine but mostly sour golden ale. thin bodied and a bit plasticy. kind of meh compared to what other american breweries do w the style. not bad but just kind of sour without much else going on. I love a good sour beer, but I feel like this needs more fruit or something to make it distinguishable. I had higher expectations for this one.

Photo of Floydster
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle

Appearance is golden orange with amber highlights, white and thin bubbly head, no retention, minor lacing at first

Smell is intense tangerine, brettanomyces, other citrus, white grapes, oak, tropical hops, and funk

Taste starts off with tangerine and ends with tangerine, sweet and not bitter, sour notes in aftertaste, residual dry oak and tannins in finish as well, gets slightly sweeter as it warms, a big punch of tangerine in every sip

Mouthfeel is prickly, refreshing, medium bodied with both sweet and tart qualities that make it very drinkable

Overall for a wild ale, it is very good, best use of tangerines I can remember having, if this was to be called an IPA, the review would have been a lot different as somebody buying this beer thinking it was a heavily hopped India Pale Ale would be frustrated

Photo of fischgrape
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just so disappointed. 100 IBUs? Really?! Not a bad sour, but sorely lacking in hops presence, malt weight and aromatic complexity.

Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/29/15 notes. Picked up a 12.7oz. bottle at Whole Foods last week, poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange-reddish color with one to two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Brett, tangerines, oranges, citrus, fruity malts, funk, oak, hay, and earthy notes. Tons of brett and funk, really nice. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall very good; tons of brett to it and some funk, very interesting. Not sour, but very flavorful. Would definitely get it again but not too often given the price point (~$12/bottle).

Photo of Jmamay22
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy straw colored yellow with a full foamy white head that refuses to dissipate. Scent is full of citrus and gives a strong impression of lemons. Slight damp horse scent, but fairly restrained funk.

The beer tastes similar with a strong minerally lemon flavor and a moderate level of acidity that isn't full on mouth puckering sourness. The bottle claims 100 IBUs, but I don't see how that is possible at all. I would have guessed somewhere in the 25-30 IBU range. The white wine characteristics come through in the finish. Low levels of impact by oak to the flavor aside from the wine like finish.

The mouthfeel is light with a high level of carbonation. Would be a very enjoyable and drinkable beer during the summer as it is light and refreshing. Doesn't have the depth of flavor as many of the world class wild ales.

Photo of NJBeer265
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge sweet tangerine flavor. Wine tannin sour finish. Perfectly balanced.

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not often one to give a rat's ass about a labels either way, but these guys have some pretty awesome stuff on their bottles.

Pours a rich gold with a touch of amber. Thin bubbly head that goes fast.

Huge funk hits the nose! Big fruity brett, oakey white wine, some dry orchard and tropical fruit notes.

Nicely sour (fairly mild), dry white wine, oakey tannins. Light tropical fruit ...seems like a combo of the brett and hops.

Nice stuff. Well made and not too crazy sour.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

March 1, 2015

750 ml bottle, tulip

A – Amber-orange in color, fairly hazy but still bright. About a half-inch of small white bubbles make up the foam stand, with low retention.

S – Lactic acid is very much up-front, the yogurt, creamy tartness characteristic of lactobacillus. Very, very mild acetic bite lingers in the background. Some orangey-lemony fruit, a bit of tropical fruit and spice. White wine sharpness/acidity comes in at the end. A lot going on here.

T – Orange citrus and some tropical fruit, some spicy notes, then lactic acid and very low Brett funk. Very tart, slightly puckering. Fairly high residual sweetness, very little hop bitterness to balance.

M – Medium-low carbonation and a medium, slightly thin body. Residual sweetness is moderate-high, bitterness is very low. The puckering tartness leads here.

O – Very promising on the nose, lots of complexity there, but seems plain by comparison in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is not fantastic. Good, but not great, wild ale.

Photo of LouZ
2.94/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Preface by saying this is not my style of beer, but trying to appreciate nonetheless. Poured into snifter from bottle; golden color, similar to a hefe in appearance. One finger head with short lifespan; no lacing. Smells of citrus fruit with a prominent note of grapefruit and lactic acid. Taste is sour, plain and simple - like a sour candy but minus the sweet finish. Just not my deal, but not the worst of the style I've tried.

Photo of Harvest06
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler, I know they don't sell this in growlers but my room mate has a hook up!

A: Dark orange, think white head with little to no lacing and very little carbonation.
S: Pleasant aromas of tart funky tangerine, orange and lemon mixed with hop sweet fruits of pineapple, peach, mango and lemon. Subtle earthy floral wood notes underneath it all. No noticeable malt aroma which is no surprise at 4.1% abv.
T: On the tip of the tough is sweet tropical hop fruits followed by a long middle of orange and tangerine citrus tartness with subtle floral wood undertones followed by a clean dry acidic sour finish. An outstanding balance of different characteristics.
M: low body with medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation on this taste but I recall medium carbonation when I've had this in the bottle.
O: A outstanding wild ale. Has complex character. Hard to believe they packed so much in at only 4.1% abv! Brings the best of a sour with the nice tropical notes of an IPA. This is the sour that converted me to sours. Living in Portland I've had "better" sours but not necessarily more pleasant sours. A winner on a hot summer day as a session sour/ipa yet still outstanding on a winter night like tonight.

Photo of cbutova
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Second 750ml consumed in the last 3 months. Same batch. Full notes taken during consumption last night.

A- Cider-like pour to a tulip with a hazy deep golden body. A foamy white head to just about one finger. After decent retention a fluffy ring deposits just a few patches of lacing.

S- Funky bugs and fruity hops coming in just beneath that. Slight barnyard straw, cherry and lactic lemon tartness countered by tangerine, apricot, orange and passion fruit. Wheaty rustic Weiss hint. More juicy here.

T- Wild aspects of the beer take the precedence but not by a ton, funky musty fruits. Lactic acid is the driving force of it all adding a moderate sourness that brings together notes of passion fruit, tangerine, clementine juice, lemon juice, apple, wheat bread crust, cheese and citrus zest in general. Less juicy and more tart pith flavors.

MF- Fairly light bodied with crisp high end carbonation. Not the most texture but a slightly frothy and puffy foamy overall. Finishes with a light to medium sourness.

The IPA part of the brew is lost a bit in the taste but you still appreciate stone fruits and citrus. With the lactic funk and sourness these hop notes fit in very nicely and I can't help but think of a citrus yogurt.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tart and funky tangerine with a sulfurus fart note....an interesting beer. Cheers Duane!

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was a murky, dull orange color. The small, light tan head left almost no lace.

The smell was barnyard-like. Brett! Wet concrete and later sour candy and leafy hops.

The taste did not reflect the aroma. Fruity, acidic sharpness. Puckering peachy and spicy hops flavors. Lactic bite, but also a creaminess. Deeply fruity and tart. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel was medium in viscosity and carbonation. I would seek this out again and again.

Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%

The beer somehow drinks way above its ABV, almost double. On both the aroma and the flavor, the beer is straight guava juice. As you drink it, it hits of guava sweetness, then more flavor, then onto the slight tart quality the fruit has. Everything is so guava about this beer. A medium malt body in the middle offers some sweetness and makes the beer seem bigger than it is.

A really interesting one.

Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/26/14 - Updated from a 4 'Had' score. Thanks to Cam for sharing this a second time.

A - Super hazy rusty fruit juice amber color. Head becomes a thin white ring after some time.

S - Smells like a sour lemon mango fruit smoothie. Earthy dankish hops and and some funk.

T - Pretty intense sourness, kind of shocking for the ABV. Nice hop presence with lots of tropical fruit, juicy lemony citrus, earthy funk. Big sour tropical dank.

M - Good foaminess, kinda chalky feel, big everything for 4.1%: feel, flavors, sourness. Would never guess this is 4.1%.

O - Sourness and earthy funk is big, but a good tropical weed hop presence as well, nice melding of wild and IPA.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of light citrus and clementine notes is quiet refreshing. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with some clementine notes which are very refreshing and light tangy and tart finish. Body is quite full with medium carbonation. I just took this out of the fridge without knowing exactly what I was about to drink but very good beer even though sour side is not that apparent.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 375-ml (12.7-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: BA’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received it on July 23, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 8, 2014
Misc.: Wax cap

Thanks Nick!

Poured an orange, slightly honey, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of gray (maybe khaki-white lacing). Some bubbles hanging onto the sides of the glass. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit zest, coriander, mango, peach, apricot, floral hops, tropical hops, sour tarts, Smarties and nectarine.

Taste was similar, but not quite as good as the nose. Still all those fruity flavors, notably pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, Smarties, sour tart, Sweet Tarts, coriander, Brett notes, nectarine, mango and other tropical notes.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, fruity, flavorful finish.

A pretty good sour/wild ale. Lots of flavors that I’m not used to. I’d love to have it again.

Photo of mhksuccess
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into stone RIS glass
color is golden orange
smell has a slight funk to it
taste is very similar slight funk and orange zest come thru
mouthfeel is nice what you expect in this style
overall is decent beer nice easy drinker to start off an afternoon

Photo of champ103
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed golden orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Tropical fruits up front. Big mango, pineapple, and peach. Followed quickly by an musky basement like funk. Fruity ester, bread and biscuit malts. A substantial acidic twang in the finish. Lots going on, and really well done.
T: Just a hint of that musky and basement like funk. Though not near the intensity of the nose. Instead, more tart and acidic fruits that mingles perfectly with the tropical like fruits from the hops. Some esters, some biscuit like malts. Like the nose, a ton going on here, and I love it.
M/D: A light body that has a great effervescent bite. Crisp and finishes very dry. Everything works perfect here, which makes it so easy to drink. The substantial tartness and dryness pulls t he checks in and makes me want to keep drinking.

A great low alcohol, fruity, and hoppy wild ale. Everything mingles perfectly and is a treat to drink. The kind of experiment that does not always pan out, but in this case was done with finesse. Well done.

Photo of PrimeLion
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to pint glass

A: terrific tangerine/golden look, turbid and bright

S: N/A due to stuffy nose, but no overwhelming waves

T: sour, calm, smooth between sips

M: silky and polished

O: I'm not much of a sour beer guy, but I would most definitely buy this again.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter.

dark murky yellow. smell of gin, tangerine, chardonnay. taste is similar , gin barrel and tangerine. wow. sour, tart... yesss. mouthfeel is terrific too, mild and so drinkable. carbonation on point

overall just awesome. very recommended

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is hazy orange with a filmy white head. Aromas of mango, funk, oranges, pineapples, assorted tropical fruit. The label reads IPA but this is clearly a wild ale. Juicy flavor with moderately low carbonation. Tangy with a mild bitterness that gracefully counteracts any possibility of the beer becoming cloying. A surprisingly delicious and creative brew.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to waltonc for this bottle!

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and clear wax.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: orangish yellow bodied beer with almost 2 fingers of head. Drops down to a thin cap and eventually a ring around the glass. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rotten hay and musty wet basement funkiness meets tangerines and citrus zest! Lemon and green apples; mildly tart nose. Earthiness, bready malt, fruity esters, and floral. Nose is slightly reminicent of the CS St Bretta series.

Taste: Mildy bitter citrus zest and fruitiness right away. Moderately funky. Its rotten and musty funk that is actually quite pleasant. Bready malts and more citrus, that is slightly sweeter this time when you taste the citrus. Green apples and lemons. Earthy, oaky, and fruity brett notes dominate the middle of the flavor profile. The back end of this beer is dank, juicy, and "green"; these qualities really start to show up more as this beer warms up a little bit. The finish is like orange juice meets funk. I will call it a funky Mimosa finish! Really complex stuff here.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with almost moderate carbonation. Soft slightly creamy carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish. Really really drankable.

Overall: Trinity really made a nice brew here. I liked this comsiderably more than Crooked Stave Batch 60, surprisingly enough. Its both wild and hoppy. Quite flavorful and complex. All that flavor squeezed into a minescule 4.1 abv beer. Nice work Trinity!

Photo of shadetree67
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Cloudy orange. Head dissipates quickly.

S. Sour Tangerine. Oak

T. Like the smell. Tangerine oak and some bitterness from the hops. Funky.

M. Puckering but not overbearing. Medium body and low to medium carbonation.

O. Pretty good level of sour and lots of flavor going on. Would drink this again

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy yet bright orange with some nice peachy colors. There is a nice ha;f inch medium dense head that has very little retention and quickly disappears down to a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma is interesting. strong hoppy tropical notes. Notes of peach and papaya with some good slight passion fruit notes and mango as well. Aroma has tons of notes of brett and woody funk. Musty! So musty. With slight citrus tartness in the nose this is a very interesting brew.

The flavor follows the interesting nose. Funky and musty. Heavy notes of brett. There are notes of wood and wet cardboard as well as some cornhusk notes. Notes of tropical fruit mixed in with the funk. Slight tartness in the flavor that is inviting but gets slightly offset by the funk and slight fruit juice sweetness as well as some citrus hop notes. This is an interesting brew with some good crisp carbonation that is also not as fluffy. The carbonation just helps to clean the palette.

Super funky brew that is nice and inviting. Brett notes are quite funky and go very well with the slight tart notes and the mild juicy hops.

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Red Swingline from Trinity Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.