Red Swingline | Trinity Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
trinitybrew.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 04-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
373
Reviews:
47
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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61
Gots:
41
For Trade:
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Ratings: 373 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by spoony:
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of aquazr1
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of boogerisu
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Red Swingline from Trinity Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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