Red Swingline
Trinity Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #251
Ranked #2,129
4.2 | pDev: 8.1%
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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
Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 393 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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beergoot from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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snaotheus from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Gmann from New York

3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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zonker17 from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Bwell9 from New York

3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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wedge from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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JacksonCR1 from Rhode Island

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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braker649er from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a citrusy sour explosion that I personally enjoyed very much. It lived up to the hype. I didn't understand it as an IPA other than that it had plenty of citrus. The sour was awesome and not too puckering. Excellent!

Apr 24, 2016
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KensWorld from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from wax sealed bottle shipped to me from Oregon Few weeks back. Not much head that fades fast. Very carbonated like Champaign. Smell is out of this world. Way more complex aromas than an above average Saison. The taste profile is quite unique. First sour then citrus then bitter finally wine barrel warmth. As my taste buds adjust the taste melds into this warn thick juicy grapefruit lemony masterpiece. At 100ibu's I was expecting more hop bitterness. It's not there. With no date on bottle it's possible that it's past its prime, if so this is still a world class hybrid Saison. Oh and the Office Space graphics are among the funniest out there 4.50

Nov 21, 2015
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light Amber in color with a thin white head. Smell has aromas of citrus tangerines clementines, citrus and herbal hops. Flavors of tangerine plenty of citrus and tropical fresh dry hop flavors. One of the best dry hopped Sours I have had

Oct 25, 2015
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't love this one as much as other beers from Trinity. There beers are really unique, but I found this one to taste more like th typical citrusy sour. I still thought it was good, but certainly not mind blowing

Oct 09, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just off the heels of their 2015 Great American Beer Festival silver medal, the IPA that is a sour springs to life with a dry bitterness and a stern brettanomyces aura of funk and fauna.

TriNity's Red Swingline Primitif pours a burnish gold hue, having cast a faint veil of haze. Acetic aromas with a boost of horse hair and saddle leather drift swiftly above the turbulent champagne-like effervescence. Falling still like a still rose wine, the flavors wash the palate with a soft grain sweetness with toasted savory and light nutty nuances.

But the sweet show is short-lived as the malt dissolves fast on the tongue and ushers in the brash acidity that offers is white grape, dry cider, gooseberry, lime, lemon and acute vinegary sourness. As its apple cider vinegar flavor extends deeper, a balance of peppercorn, weathered oak, leather and sea brine gives a complex accompaniment to its bitterness of citrus rind and pine resins.

Light bodied and dry to its bone, the sour ale finishes with dried citrus and returning wafts of cellar-like musk. With the sprucy refreshment of juniper and gin working to its advantage, the beer adds on the refreshing acidity of light vinegar and cider, albeit moderately earthen and rustic.

Oct 06, 2015
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml Bottle
Red Wax/Capped

Pours a nice cloudy golden dark yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, slightly hoppy, with some citrus/spicy notes, and funk. The taste is funky, slightly malty, yeasty, slightly hoppy, with some nice citrus/spice notes. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew, but what's with the IPA on the label.

Sep 23, 2015
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle poured into a Teku glass
A: Hazy orange with a one-finger head that lingers on and on thanks to plenty of carbonation
S: Quite funky with some barnyard & vinegar but also citrus and tropical fruit notes
T: Sour, almost a bit much so (and I like sour), vinegar, Brett funk, tropical fruit and a bit of tangerine
M: Fairly light, endlessly sour and nice carbonation
O: Really nice, complex, just prepare yourself for the sour. One of the better sours I've had recently and quite sessionable

Sep 13, 2015
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cherche from Washington

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 average carbonation. Overall a great beer and definitely worth seeking out for Brett IPA lovers. Hope to see it again soon.

Aug 09, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear orange, with a small head, and just a little bit of lacing.

This smells pretty tart and sour, with sour lemon, orange, and lactic acid.

This is pretty delicious, but I wish the hoppiness came through a little more here, as the sour aspects are dominant. There's a very snappy and present tartness here, puckers the lips right up, with tart and sour lemon rind, sour grapefruit, and orange, with no bitterness at all. There's some definite white wine character as well, musty and sour.

This is light bodied, with a very tart mouthfeel. Despite that, it's still pretty drinkable.

A nice little sour here, very crushable, but I wish the hoppiness was a bit better defined here.

Aug 04, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Jul 26, 2015
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jun 21, 2015
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Beerzebub from California

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Jun 12, 2015
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metter98 from New York

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

May 09, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Apr 03, 2015
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Floydster from California

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Apr 02, 2015
Red Swingline from Trinity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 393 ratings