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Red Swingline - Trinity Brewing Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 297
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 67
Gots: 38 | FT: 4
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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 russpowell
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
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 (1,018 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,197 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (267 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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 (833 characters)

Photo of amnesia85
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,398 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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. (512 characters)

Photo of cherche
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Amazing beer. Orange color, little to no head. Smell is tart but sweet. Taste is tart, sweet, and hoppy. Mouthfeel is light, slightly above carbonation. Overall a great beer and definitely worth seeking out for Brett IPA lovers. Hope to see it again soon. (264 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (510 characters)

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%

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. (402 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (1,526 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

who would have thought, a sour red ipa, where all three elements are in perfect balance and actually compliment eachother brilliantly. this is a special ale. it pours a hazy red color, cloudy with some suspended yeast and an inch or maybe two of white head, thick as whipping cream. I smell brett and maybe lacto, with a sturdy dose of American red malt, dry, but a little sweet too, and then of course the hops, which hold up exceptionally well considering that this is a sour beer, and those flavors usually trump hops in my experience. the flavor is indeed right on with the nose, and all three parts are working in unison. im shocked how well the citrusy hops hold up, and how well they go with the sour flavors, which are tart and drying, but not overly acidic or burning. the malt provides some body and maybe a little sweetness. im surprised how low the alcohol content is given the low abv and the seeming lack of much residual sugar. another pleasant surprise. effervescent carbonation reminiscent of a good saison, and a nice fruity then bitter hoppy finish. good tingle on the tongue, extraordinarily complex. overall a great beer, probably overpriced like all the trinity bottles, but a beer I am overjoyed to have gotten to try. I have a new found appreciation for style fusions thanks to this. brilliant execution of a damn good idea. (1,348 characters)

Photo of shadetree67
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (303 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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). (554 characters)

Photo of PrimeLion
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly funky, with barnyard notes of horse blanket contrasting sour lacto and floral and fruity hops. The funk and sour aspects dominate.

Flavor is immediately sour, with lemon and lactic character that is borderline puckering. Funk sets in mid palate, with notes of must and hay leading to chardonnay and eventually sweettarts in the finis which is moderately dry and a touch bitter.

Very complex brew. Hard to distinguish the hops from the brett and lacto character. (480 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (721 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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 (269 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (there are spaces on the label for bottle number and barrel number, but the spaces are blank....) into a tulip.

A-My bottle gushed lightly upon popping the cap. The pour, however, produced no issues. Instead, I got about a finger and change of dense, eggshell colored head. Retention was roughly a minute and no lacing was left behind. The brew was very murky and light-honey colored.

S-The smell is dominated by funky brett flavors, but you also know this is an IPA-derivative with hops in the mix. Very interesting.... I get juicy citrus flavors like orange and tangerine, as well as grapefruit. There is a bit of tart lemon curd, too. Slightly earthy and damp smelling.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. Musty, damp brett flavors combine with juicy, citrusy hop flavors. The hops also provide a vaguely tropical fruit mixture. The acidity is subtle, but it provides a nice, juicy tartness.

M-The feel was fairly wet with lower than expected carbonation levels. Medium heft.

O-This is a pretty unique brew. Flavor and complexity are impressive for the low ABV and I find it quite drinkable. The closest comparison would be the Crooked Stave Hop Savant line, but this brew feels less worked-over and drinks more easily than CS. If this brew weren't so spendy, i.e., around 18 bucks for a 750 ml, I would drink it a lot because it would pair well with so many types of food and the ABV is quite manageable. (1,443 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev -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. (482 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,161 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (666 characters)

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Red Swingline from Trinity Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.