Red Swingline - Trinity Brewing Company

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 69
Gots: 34 | 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 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.

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 spoony
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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 denver10
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold with a reddish hue and a white head. Aroma smells like some fresh juicy ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, a touch floral and a nice dose of funk. Flavor happily followed suit. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, worth the hype. Fantastic beer and right there with Crooked Stave's Hop Savant and New Belgium's Le Terroir when it comes to hoppy wild ales.

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 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 StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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 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.

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Red Swingline from Trinity Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.