Red Swingline - Trinity Brewing Company

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 68
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL gusher of a bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy and murky orange. Not much of a head. Thin collar.

Smell - Acidic. Very bretty. Hoppy too. Citrus and grapefruit. Musty.

Taste - Citrus hop, but gets tangy quickly. Lemony tang. Earthy brett is strong.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Bitter and mildly sour. Flavorful for its size.

Overall - Got tiresome after a while.

Photo of russpowell
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cheers to SteveO for this one. Had a few Trinity beers prior to moving from the springs, this my first since move here...

Bottle 772 12/12, batch TBB 1-6 opens with a little gush, no big thang...

Pours a hazed amber with a thumb of egg shell colored head. Never totally clears, pretty nice head retention & below average lacing

S: Much sourness, citric & grassy notes

T: Sourness, a touch of grassyness, lemons & pineapples, plus tartness up front, so getting the tangerine rind, but also pineapple in spades. Earthy lemony/citric tartness, a bit of oakyness & pineapple as this warms, choke cherry here as well. Finishes tart with grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of white grape & honeysuckle & puckery, oaky sourness

MF: Medium bodied with delicate carbonation, plus some warming sensation

So easy to drink, wow a whole lot of flavor packed into a quaffable 4.1 abv package. This the greatness I recall from Jason on stops prior to Trinity! Classic American Wild ale, no real major flaws here only minor detractors

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 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 metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy dark pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tangerine zest are present in the nose along with hints of funk from the brett. The funkiness becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of Chardonnay barrels, tangerines, and some sourness and funk from the brett.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easy and is very sessionable. It has an incredible amount of complexity for a beer that is only 4% abv.

Serving type: bottle

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 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 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 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 riored4v
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip. Hazy, golden colored body. Fluffy, two finger, white head. Slightly over-carbed since the foam in the bottle was growing out of the top.

Aroma was very hoppy. Citrusy and floral. Good amount of acidic tartness along with some underlying barnyard funk. Smelled really nice.

Taste had a good amount of hop flavor upfront. Tropical, citrusy and a bit floral. Mild maltyness. A bit orangey/peppery, assuming from coriander and tangerines. Light oak flavor. Mildly acidic and tart.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium/high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall this was very enjoyable. Could definitely tell it was an IPA underneath the tartness.

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 amnesia85
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label on this beer is funney, it has a picture of Milton from Office space and the infamous red stapler. The description on the side of the bottle is very informative. The bottle was chilled in the fridge, set out to bring up to cellar temp. poured into a CS glass. big thanks to my CO guy.

A: Honey, nectar, hazy, viscus. A white 2cm head forms of closely packed Co2 bubbles. When left to settle it completely dissipates to form a small ring around the glass. Easily sparked back up with a few swirls.

A: Sweet grapefruit juice, apples, oranges, and pears in no particular order. Very floral and hoppy.

T: From the first few pulls this beer is super tart with a refreshing blast of tangerine juice. As it warms it becomes less tart upfront and the juicer qualities really shine. The taste is of tangerine juice but does give depth to so much more fruit flavors as mentioned in the aroama.

M: nectar thick with a light level of carbonation. Super wet and clean.

O: This was my first experience with trinity brewing CO and man it set the bar High. Super refreshing beer. Awesome citrus qualities can be found in this unique pale ale. I really love the fact that it has a wild feel to it and the components really dazzle the taste buds. Im a big fan of Milton, so this beer made me laugh however I was quickly quieted the moment I took my first sip! I would love to get a case of this beer.

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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 11.10.13
Bottle # 264 12/12
Barrel # TRB 1-6

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fizzy light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Hoppy and lots of Brett.

T - Citrusy orange and tart lemon with a woody-Brett finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of citrus and hoppy backed up by the Brett.

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 Pray_For_Mojo
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

Aroma: Upon first whiff, you know this beer is sour - acid, funk and wood. This beer sells itself as an IPA..."IPA Primitif." I got no hop aroma whatsoever.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden - a slightly darker, less cloudy version of a hefe. The head thins out soon after pouring, leaving only a thin lace.

Mouthfeel: Much heavier than I expected. Following the initial "wow" of the flavor, the body stands out and demands to be taken notice.

Flavor: Great sourness, well rounded. It is sour indeed, but not in a sharp, piercing manner - again, well rounded. The Brett is readily detectable - more as the backup singer - with the standard funk, leather and wood. This "IPA" boasts 100 IBUs. I get none of the hop characteristics that one would imagine being so bitter. This beer reminds me of a more tasty Crooked Stave Surrette, though I prefer this beer.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It's pricey, but I'll be buying more. Of the sours I've tasted this year (many, living in Denver) this tops the list thus far.

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 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 interesting beer. Cheers Duane!

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 Beerzebub
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy dark golden color, with a smattering of white froth on top. Fresh and lively aroma; the Brett and hops smell great together; complex; citrusy, fruity. On the palate, delicious sweet and sour flavor, but really barely sweet at all, and going completely dry toward the finish. Nice clean tart acidity, some complex Bretty funk along the lines of dead leaves, and fresh citrusy/fruity/hoppy flavors. Very little bitterness, which is probably for the best given everything else going on. Good stuff!

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 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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, citrus fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some interesting flavors.

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.

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Red Swingline from Trinity Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.