Red Swingline
Trinity Brewing Company

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Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #339
Ranked #3,605
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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Rated: 4.46 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 3.82 by caffeinelogic from New York

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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
Rated: 4.1 by Corkykab from New Jersey

Feb 13, 2019
Rated: 3.34 by Dicers from California

Dec 19, 2018
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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
Rated: 4.13 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

Feb 28, 2018
Rated: 4 by cp45 from New Jersey

Sep 02, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by chossboss from Oregon

Aug 04, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by jhavs from New York

Jul 17, 2017
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Rated: 4.5 by Soneast from Wisconsin

May 20, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Apr 24, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon

Apr 15, 2017
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Reviewed by Gmann from New York

3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Reviewed by zonker17 from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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
Rated: 4.15 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania

Feb 16, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by HeartofMiami from Florida

Jan 26, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by bcsbeer from Florida

Dec 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Bwell9 from New York

3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
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
Rated: 3.8 by emerge077 from Illinois

Nov 14, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by ArtZan from New Jersey

Oct 28, 2016
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Reviewed by wedge from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Rated: 4.41 by Vonerichs from Colorado

Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 3.49 by Brew33 from Ohio

Aug 24, 2016
Rated: 4 by Masters from Massachusetts

Aug 19, 2016
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Reviewed by JacksonCR1 from Rhode Island

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
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
Rated: 4 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts

Aug 09, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by chivermac from New York

Jul 28, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by notchucknorris from California

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Jul 04, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by JamFuel from Sweden

Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jun 27, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

May 30, 2016
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