Trinity Red Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Trinity Red AleTrinity Red Ale

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by arizcards on 12-29-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 61
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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy copper with a lightly tan and long lasting head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was toasty and a bit grassy through the tall moussy head. As it warmed some corny DMS character began to emerge as well as a bit of chocolate.

The flavor was a bit light with some light corn, caramel, chocolate and a bit of grassy hop. The flavor was toasty and just a bit bready.

The finish was dry with a slight lasting impression of lightly grassy hops into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation. A very easy drinking beer, but not much in terms of complexity.

12 ounce bottle. $0.92 at TJ.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Thin off-white lace, very little head retention that wants to stick to the glass. Deep amber red hue glows with clarity.

S- Hint of caramel, roasted and toasted malt.

T&M- Mild caramel-like sweetness from the malt, roasted and toasted character runs a touch thin with a kiss of hops to add a balanced bitterness. The palate is merely grazed with an oily hop flavor in the semi-sweet finish.

D- This is your middle of the road very standard American Red Ale. No frills and easy to drink.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark warm brown body with a hint of red in the color, and a slow gentle carbonation that rises through the crystal clear body. The light off-white head quickly turns to a small mass of bubbles in the middle.

S- The smell of dry pale malt and some faint biscuit notes blend with a soft green hop finish.

T- This beer has a dry malt flavor with some lightly toasted malts coming though. The hops are soft but I detect a slight citrus note in them.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- This beer has soft flavors but they are clean fresh flavors that balance very nicely. A great session beer and a good balance to the flavors.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

While unremarkable, this beer is very drinkable.
Pours a nice reddish amber with a nice off white head that melts to thick lacing which stays the entire drink
Aroma is mostly malt but not sickly sweet...the smell is fresh and light.
Mouthfeel is bubbly yet a little noticable alcohol burn in the back of the throat.
The taste is sweet malt and carmel followed by a light hops bittering to balance it out and clean the pallette. There is a surprising smokey character to the taste...I guess from the toasted malts used. Not a lot, but definately there and unusual in a red. Not spectacular, but very drinkable with no sticky sweet aftertaste.
Very much sessionable.

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Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Mildly hazy amber color, good carbonation surging to the top, and some decent almost mocha-colored lacing paint-balling the sides of the glass.

Smell: A good richness of more toasted malt aromas, fruit, and some citrus from the hops.

Taste: Nice toasted malt flavors along with some fruit and hop backing at the finish. Good roasted and fruit flavors at the end also.

Mouthfeel: More medium-bodied with a good crispness to the body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I was surprised by this one. Easy-going and balanced and very sessionable.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - This one pours a slighty hazy dull brown hue. This is the unattractive color of malt vinegar or soy sauce, but it does look a bit more red in the light. The head is a small white cap, but it does stick around for a while and a lot of thick lace sticks to the glass.

S - Nice biscuity malts and leafy hops give this a really nice nose. I could definitely peg this as a red ale at first whiff. Very spot-n for the style.

T - Nice hoppage! Leafy and dank, and backed up by some really tight and firm biscuity malts. This is really, really hoppy for the style, and that's the way I like 'em! On second swig, this is almost nutty in a way.

M - Medium bodied, attenuated and tight, and highly carbonated with a very slightly dry finish.

D - This sort fo reminds me of a cross between a nutty brown ale and a highly hopped red like the so-ubiquitous-that-I'm-sick-of-hearing-about-it Fat Tire...or as half my friends mistakenly refer to it "Flat Tire." This is good old pub-eroony session brew at it's best.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of BeerCheese
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep amber color, almost brown with nice clarity and a smallish head. Hardly any detectable aroma - maybe a little hops. Good balanced taste with a nice subtle maltiness and hoppiness that blend well. May be a little alcohol warming on the finish. Medium carbonation and light/medium body. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of beveritt
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is red and black with Trinity in large, capital letter. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of light tan head. This settles to a thin coating of foam. Decent lacing as I dirnk this one. The beer itself is light mahogany in color with a lot of activity and a lot of suspended particulate matter. Not too appetizing looking. Some sediment (fortunately) remained in the bottle.

Smell: Somewhat nutty, sweet caramel malt upfront. Slight vegatal hop tones in the finish.

Taste: Very slight hint of coffee upfront, followed by a sweet yet mellow malt body. Dry finish, with a little bit of huskiness. Flavor fades fades, very little linger time.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Kind of what I expected, a decent enough beer, but nothing exceptional that will cause me to seek it out again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A got a single bottle of this at Trader's Joe's. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brownish/red color with a very small white head which goes away quickly. It smells like toasted malt and caramel, I can't smell any hops at all. The taste is a little more sweet than bitter, it tastes like caramel, toasted malt and nuts. There's also a slight bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and a little bit crisp. Drinkability is average. I think this is an OK beer, nothing great but it is drinkable and not bad for the price.

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Photo of matjack85
1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

deep orange red in color with a small head of white that sat effortlessly on the top of the glass. Falling back down to earth it left a little bit of lacing on the sides and the bottom of the glass, but again nothing that would really blow me away. Still though decent look overall. Light caramel coming off the glass is the first thing I notice, warming mixing in some light herbal notes, hints of grasses and sweet sugary esters.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: well-retained off white head over a deep amber-red beer with nice lacing

s: Earthy hops and a base of toasty red/amber malts. Moderate sweetness and well balanced. Pretty well hopped for a red, actually.

m: carbonation medium or just over and smooth, with a medium body...creamy, nice

t: Surprisingly good given the previous scores, and easily superior to Killian's. Good malt base, somewhat sweet with red and toasted grain flavors and a touch of tea. Moderate earthy hop flavor with a nice bitterness in the grainy finish.

d: easy, with plenty going on to keep things interesting...nothing exceptional but it seems to be by-the-book and is certainly enjoyable

single bottle from Trader Joe's Cary

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Photo of auxiliary
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark amberbrown color , small white head turned to a ring.

smell - Smells of biscuit and malts here.

taste - Toasted malts, dry malt, and some sweetness in the taste.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, not that bad for an irish red beer.

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Photo of Timmush
2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

one of the worst I have ever tasted.
It is like they burned the malt.
I am by no means an expert , but this was very very bad.
I bought this 6 pack from Trader Joes. It was inexpensive but boy did I pay a price. THis beer was almost undrinkable.
I suggest you try anything else

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Photo of MTNboy
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown caramel body that gets lighter as you look down to the bottom of your glass. Light tan and lace.

Smell: Plain but at the time crisp.

Taste: It has a strange but good roasted caramel malt meets hops flavor. A little beany

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: I liked it and thought it was a very versatile beer.

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flashback #83

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Photo of Cresant
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint. No date. The body was dark amber/red with an off-white head, which reached two fingers.

Smell was malty sweet and slightly spicy. Faint roast.

Taste was cola-nut sweet. Bitter understated finish. The flavor was better than expected.

Mouthfeel was not as rich as expected, a bit hollow. Zippy carbonation. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Zorro
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear red brown beer with a white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong butterscotch smell. Smell is similar to Fat Tire Ale.

Taste is dry and fairly neutral with a solid bitterness to the flavor. Lacking complexity and strength. It is in my opinion under flavored.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. Kind of a bland beer here, I keep looking for flavor that is not there.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red brown with a thin watery looking head.

There's some cooked veggie and burnt wort aroma in here, not to appealing at first. Toasty and woody too.

Taste is sweet malt, sugary wort and malt extract. Kinda reminds me of a homebrew, though it is clear and crisp. Bready biscuit and the green hop bite is barely enough to poke out from the malt. Some toasty and burnt wood and some dry bitter tea leaves.

Sweet finish and chewy aftertaste make this one not too appealing. Bleh. Skip this one folks.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull brown color with red highlights and no head to speak of. Nose is interesting, with heavy caramel combined with fragrant floral hops in unusual strength for an Irish red.

The taste also features nice balance, with a mellow bitterness in the finish that helps this brew stand out among Irish reds. A bit too much carbonation in the mouthfeel, and a little thinner in the body than I'd like but still a worthwhile, sessionable Irish red. More good, cheap beer available only at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of KoG
2.08/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Doesn't look red at all... just copper color with decent head and lacing.

Smells a bit musty with some grain undertones. Not very great, but oh well.

Wow! This tastes like a feed store in a bottle. Wet hay is predominate(ok, well maybe not hay but some kind of grain) and just tasted weird. Slight hops come in at the end and save it from a 1.

Hrmmm... lager feel... no body at all.

I would not recomend drinking this unless you enjoy eating out of a trough.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice enough looking brew, dark amber in colour with a nice sized frothy/creamy off-white head. Slightly toasty malt aroma with a slight spiciness in the background. Weird taste to this one, its not as malty as the aroma would suggest and is actually very "fruity" and sweet in taste. OK mouthfeel , semi-dry finish. Not bad beer but really othing to recommend it either

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Photo of eberkman
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a tawny port-like dark ruby with a thin, sticky head that reduces to a film in about 2 minutes. Smell is mostly malty with some ever-so-slight hint of hops. Taste is a soft caramel maltiness most of the way through with a lingering, slightly bitter finish, which is the only way to know the hops are there. Actually, the finish oddly invokes the flavor of the skins from roasted peanuts. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and it could use a little more carbonation. Overall it's fairly drinkable in its inoffensiveness, but there's nothing special or memorable abut it either. Really only incrementally better -- if at all better -- than a slightly upmarket macrobrew.

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Trinity Red Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 66 ratings