Red Swingline
Trinity Brewing Company

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Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #378
Ranked #3,541
4.18 | pDev: 8.13%
Dec 17, 2021
Apr 06, 2013
Red SwinglineRed Swingline
Notes: 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.

pH 3.6
100 IBU
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4.46 by Dmbphoenix from New York on Dec 17, 2021
3.82 by caffeinelogic from New York on Apr 16, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Presents with a bubble show above the hazy amber liquid, building into a one finger head; retention is acceptable though it drops to a film, leaving a few spots

Smell: Acetic green apple aromatics with tangerine pith, juniper, white wine grape, coriander and a funky character

Taste: Acetic tangerine pith forward with a funky barnyard aspect building; the juniper and green apple sourness builds significantly, through the finish, along with the coriander and a vinous, white wine character

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A "primitive" IPA (wild ale) creation, it is interesting but not overly enjoyable to my palate as I am not a fan of most hoppy sours

Jun 30, 2019
4.1 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Feb 13, 2019
3.34 by Dicers from Colorado on Dec 19, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Murky, brownish-orange body; lasting, one-finger thick head. Funky brett aroma; citrus and sour notes; lemony. Lemon and orange juice flavor infused with a heavy dose of grapefruit; dull sourness. Medium body; prickly on the palate; tart.

Labeled as a wild and sour session IPA, this may not be for everyone, but for those seeking such a thing, this is some fine stuff. In short, it comes across as a slightly tart and sour glass mix of orange and grapefruit juice. It is not too wild, certainly has little IPA quality to it, but delivers a fine sour ale experience.

Apr 16, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

A: First impression was wow, nearly a 1/4 inch layering of yeast lining the bottom of the bottle. A yeast wranglers dream. A good swirl towards the end pour releases a thick and yeasty slurry into my vessel. A thick, pulpy orange juice density and coloring adds vibrant to the appearance. Large visible particulate matter float about in suspension with a wax white head with a small bubbly covering. I really love the juicy pulp orange juice haziness.

S: Big wiff of sour peaches and apricot bursts upon the uncapping. Sour grapefruit and a twang of citrus is tart and twangy. A beautiful yeasty funkiness, some barn like scents, wet wood, musky hay and damp grains.

T: Tart tangerines and lemon sourness for flavor. Good puckering power. Fruity apricots and peaches are wet, juicy, and funky. The finish has tropical notes of grapefruit, sour pineapple, and sour citrus with a sharp and defined nature and highlighting.

M: Creamy base malts, swirl this around the tongue a bit for some smooth and lush layering. Nice bite from the sour and acidic nature with a medium body, soft feel, and a lazy carbonation. Tart, twangy sour fruit after feel.

O: Overall I love my hops and tropical fruit ipa bombs. This neatly ties everything into one nice sour package, a low abv%, bursting with more hops and flavor then most doubles. At 4.1% this will change your mind about session style abv beers. Love the thick and juicy o.j. haze, creamy soft body and lush wet aroma of sour fruitiness. Love at first sight, very drinkable, sour tropical flavor.
- "but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire..."

Mar 30, 2018
4.13 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Mar 02, 2018
3.75 by krome from Illinois on Feb 28, 2018
4 by cp45 from New Jersey on Sep 02, 2017
4.25 by paulish from New York on Aug 14, 2017
4 by chossboss from Oregon on Aug 04, 2017
4.16 by jhavs from New York on Jul 17, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

375ml waxed/capped bottle served in a snifter. Given to me by @mr-jj. Poured only about half out, so any particulate should still be in the bottle. If there's a date on the bottle, I don't see it right now.

Pours pretty clear, nice amber, with a smallish head and medium-low carbonation. Smell is mostly tart, maybe apricot.

Taste is an interesting blend of tart and bitter. Very strong flavors overall. Tangerine zest comes in clearly. Hoppy bitterness is definitely there.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, quite tasty beer.

May 21, 2017
4.5 by Soneast from Wisconsin on May 20, 2017
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Apr 24, 2017
4.09 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon on Apr 15, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by zac16125 from South Carolina

RED swingline IPA Primitif
12.7 oz bottle into a Teku

Pour is somehwhat hazy, dark straw yellow, small bright white head, dissipates quickly with little lacing. Aroma is amazing, super super citrusy, aided by tart characters. Some juniper and pine notes to balance. Fantastic nose. Taste is citrus, huge citrus, somewhat tart, a bit of funk. Piney, floral notes. I don't know if I've ever had a beer that was able to accentuate hoppy notes by adding wild yeast as well as this beer; really impressive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent carbonation, drinkability is good. I knew literally nothing about this beer prior to popping to top, and I have to say I was blown away. Exceptional offering.

4/4.75/ 4.5/ 4.5/4.5

Mar 12, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Gmann from New York

Pours a muddy golden color, like a mixture of apple juice and apple cider. There is a small grayish head that quickly goes away.

The aroma is tart and oaky. Some fruit notes, perhaps apricot. The aroma is bright and inviting.

The taste is quite oaky and lemony. Very tart, not quite sour. Definite fruit notes, apricot and peach. There is an earthy bitterness but not much else from the hops.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation. Tart throughout the palate.

A clean tart beer with subtle fruitiness. Not much of an IPA.

Mar 05, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by zonker17 from Texas

Gentle pour produces clears golden color and minimal head, no lacing. Citrus nose with little funkiness and grapefruit rind. Taste comes in sour and the hope bring in the citrusy notes, key lime. I've had this one sitting for a while, so time did it well. Great beer.

Feb 26, 2017
4.15 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania on Feb 16, 2017
4.1 by HeartofMiami from Florida on Jan 26, 2017
3.94 by bcsbeer from Florida on Dec 24, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Bwell9 from New York

Sour beers are not my favorite, but I find myself drawn to the flavor. Looks golden and transparent (a light haze). Smells crisp and tart like champagne. Tastes and feels like a dry champagne or white wine. A bubbly feel. I can understand why there is some mystic around the beer... Just not my style

Dec 07, 2016
3.8 by emerge077 from Illinois on Nov 14, 2016
3.25 by ArtZan from New Jersey on Oct 28, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by wedge from North Carolina

Cloudy orange with a head that quickly fizzles to nothing. Sharp woody spice mellows out to reveal juicy tangerine and lime over an earthy barnyard hay funk. Sour, fruity flavor...pulpy ruby red grapefruit, lemon, Chardonnay, tangerine, pineapple. Funk is softer than in the aroma, damp hay and flowers hiding behind the bright fruity acidity. Medium-light, soft and frothy, finishing with a puckering dryness on the gums. Tasty stuff...not sure I'd want more than 10 oz, but the juicy fruitiness is delicious.

Sep 12, 2016
4.41 by Vonerichs from Colorado on Aug 29, 2016
3.49 by Brew33 from Ohio on Aug 24, 2016
4 by Masters from Massachusetts on Aug 19, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JacksonCR1 from Rhode Island

Has an orange pour with medium head that has some retention. Nice lacing that lasts. The aroma is somewhat sour and citrusy--lemon and perhaps passion fruit? The taste follows the aroma--a bit sour, almost vinegary, with fruity undertones.

Aug 10, 2016
4 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts on Aug 09, 2016
3.5 by chivermac from New York on Jul 28, 2016
4.21 by notchucknorris from California on Jul 24, 2016
4.01 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Jul 04, 2016
3.96 by JamFuel from Sweden on Jul 03, 2016
4.24 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jun 27, 2016
4.31 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Jun 11, 2016
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jun 05, 2016
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on May 30, 2016
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