Red Swingline | Trinity Brewing Company

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Red SwinglineRed Swingline

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Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of zonker17
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.

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Photo of wedge
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.

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Photo of JacksonCR1
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.

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Photo of braker649er
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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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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Photo of Fcolle2
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of cherche
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/29/15 notes. Picked up a 12.7oz. bottle at Whole Foods last week, poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange-reddish color with one to two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Brett, tangerines, oranges, citrus, fruity malts, funk, oak, hay, and earthy notes. Tons of brett and funk, really nice. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall very good; tons of brett to it and some funk, very interesting. Not sour, but very flavorful. Would definitely get it again but not too often given the price point (~$12/bottle).

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy straw colored yellow with a full foamy white head that refuses to dissipate. Scent is full of citrus and gives a strong impression of lemons. Slight damp horse scent, but fairly restrained funk.

The beer tastes similar with a strong minerally lemon flavor and a moderate level of acidity that isn't full on mouth puckering sourness. The bottle claims 100 IBUs, but I don't see how that is possible at all. I would have guessed somewhere in the 25-30 IBU range. The white wine characteristics come through in the finish. Low levels of impact by oak to the flavor aside from the wine like finish.

The mouthfeel is light with a high level of carbonation. Would be a very enjoyable and drinkable beer during the summer as it is light and refreshing. Doesn't have the depth of flavor as many of the world class wild ales.

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not often one to give a rat's ass about a labels either way, but these guys have some pretty awesome stuff on their bottles.

Pours a rich gold with a touch of amber. Thin bubbly head that goes fast.

Huge funk hits the nose! Big fruity brett, oakey white wine, some dry orchard and tropical fruit notes.

Nicely sour (fairly mild), dry white wine, oakey tannins. Light tropical fruit ...seems like a combo of the brett and hops.

Nice stuff. Well made and not too crazy sour.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

March 1, 2015

750 ml bottle, tulip

A – Amber-orange in color, fairly hazy but still bright. About a half-inch of small white bubbles make up the foam stand, with low retention.

S – Lactic acid is very much up-front, the yogurt, creamy tartness characteristic of lactobacillus. Very, very mild acetic bite lingers in the background. Some orangey-lemony fruit, a bit of tropical fruit and spice. White wine sharpness/acidity comes in at the end. A lot going on here.

T – Orange citrus and some tropical fruit, some spicy notes, then lactic acid and very low Brett funk. Very tart, slightly puckering. Fairly high residual sweetness, very little hop bitterness to balance.

M – Medium-low carbonation and a medium, slightly thin body. Residual sweetness is moderate-high, bitterness is very low. The puckering tartness leads here.

O – Very promising on the nose, lots of complexity there, but seems plain by comparison in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is not fantastic. Good, but not great, wild ale.

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Photo of LouZ
2.94/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Preface by saying this is not my style of beer, but trying to appreciate nonetheless. Poured into snifter from bottle; golden color, similar to a hefe in appearance. One finger head with short lifespan; no lacing. Smells of citrus fruit with a prominent note of grapefruit and lactic acid. Taste is sour, plain and simple - like a sour candy but minus the sweet finish. Just not my deal, but not the worst of the style I've tried.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler, I know they don't sell this in growlers but my room mate has a hook up!

A: Dark orange, think white head with little to no lacing and very little carbonation.
S: Pleasant aromas of tart funky tangerine, orange and lemon mixed with hop sweet fruits of pineapple, peach, mango and lemon. Subtle earthy floral wood notes underneath it all. No noticeable malt aroma which is no surprise at 4.1% abv.
T: On the tip of the tough is sweet tropical hop fruits followed by a long middle of orange and tangerine citrus tartness with subtle floral wood undertones followed by a clean dry acidic sour finish. An outstanding balance of different characteristics.
M: low body with medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation on this taste but I recall medium carbonation when I've had this in the bottle.
O: A outstanding wild ale. Has complex character. Hard to believe they packed so much in at only 4.1% abv! Brings the best of a sour with the nice tropical notes of an IPA. This is the sour that converted me to sours. Living in Portland I've had "better" sours but not necessarily more pleasant sours. A winner on a hot summer day as a session sour/ipa yet still outstanding on a winter night like tonight.

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Photo of cbutova
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Second 750ml consumed in the last 3 months. Same batch. Full notes taken during consumption last night.

A- Cider-like pour to a tulip with a hazy deep golden body. A foamy white head to just about one finger. After decent retention a fluffy ring deposits just a few patches of lacing.

S- Funky bugs and fruity hops coming in just beneath that. Slight barnyard straw, cherry and lactic lemon tartness countered by tangerine, apricot, orange and passion fruit. Wheaty rustic Weiss hint. More juicy here.

T- Wild aspects of the beer take the precedence but not by a ton, funky musty fruits. Lactic acid is the driving force of it all adding a moderate sourness that brings together notes of passion fruit, tangerine, clementine juice, lemon juice, apple, wheat bread crust, cheese and citrus zest in general. Less juicy and more tart pith flavors.

MF- Fairly light bodied with crisp high end carbonation. Not the most texture but a slightly frothy and puffy foamy overall. Finishes with a light to medium sourness.

The IPA part of the brew is lost a bit in the taste but you still appreciate stone fruits and citrus. With the lactic funk and sourness these hop notes fit in very nicely and I can't help but think of a citrus yogurt.

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Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was a murky, dull orange color. The small, light tan head left almost no lace.

The smell was barnyard-like. Brett! Wet concrete and later sour candy and leafy hops.

The taste did not reflect the aroma. Fruity, acidic sharpness. Puckering peachy and spicy hops flavors. Lactic bite, but also a creaminess. Deeply fruity and tart. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel was medium in viscosity and carbonation. I would seek this out again and again.

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