Red Swingline | Trinity Brewing Company

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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 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 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 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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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 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of light citrus and clementine notes is quiet refreshing. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with some clementine notes which are very refreshing and light tangy and tart finish. Body is quite full with medium carbonation. I just took this out of the fridge without knowing exactly what I was about to drink but very good beer even though sour side is not that apparent.

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

12.7 oz. 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 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 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 Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/26/14 - Updated from a 4 'Had' score. Thanks to Cam for sharing this a second time.

A - Super hazy rusty fruit juice amber color. Head becomes a thin white ring after some time.

S - Smells like a sour lemon mango fruit smoothie. Earthy dankish hops and and some funk.

T - Pretty intense sourness, kind of shocking for the ABV. Nice hop presence with lots of tropical fruit, juicy lemony citrus, earthy funk. Big sour tropical dank.

M - Good foaminess, kinda chalky feel, big everything for 4.1%: feel, flavors, sourness. Would never guess this is 4.1%.

O - Sourness and earthy funk is big, but a good tropical weed hop presence as well, nice melding of wild and IPA.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, citrus fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some interesting flavors.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 375-ml (12.7-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: BA’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received it on July 23, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 8, 2014
Misc.: Wax cap

Thanks Nick!

Poured an orange, slightly honey, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of gray (maybe khaki-white lacing). Some bubbles hanging onto the sides of the glass. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit zest, coriander, mango, peach, apricot, floral hops, tropical hops, sour tarts, Smarties and nectarine.

Taste was similar, but not quite as good as the nose. Still all those fruity flavors, notably pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, Smarties, sour tart, Sweet Tarts, coriander, Brett notes, nectarine, mango and other tropical notes.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, fruity, flavorful finish.

A pretty good sour/wild ale. Lots of flavors that I’m not used to. I’d love to have it again.

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Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip. Hazy, golden colored body. Fluffy, two finger, white head. Slightly over-carbed since the foam in the bottle was growing out of the top.

Aroma was very hoppy. Citrusy and floral. Good amount of acidic tartness along with some underlying barnyard funk. Smelled really nice.

Taste had a good amount of hop flavor upfront. Tropical, citrusy and a bit floral. Mild maltyness. A bit orangey/peppery, assuming from coriander and tangerines. Light oak flavor. Mildly acidic and tart.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium/high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall this was very enjoyable. Could definitely tell it was an IPA underneath the tartness.

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Photo of denver10
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold with a reddish hue and a white head. Aroma smells like some fresh juicy ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, a touch floral and a nice dose of funk. Flavor happily followed suit. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, worth the hype. Fantastic beer and right there with Crooked Stave's Hop Savant and New Belgium's Le Terroir when it comes to hoppy wild ales.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy yet bright orange with some nice peachy colors. There is a nice ha;f inch medium dense head that has very little retention and quickly disappears down to a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma is interesting. strong hoppy tropical notes. Notes of peach and papaya with some good slight passion fruit notes and mango as well. Aroma has tons of notes of brett and woody funk. Musty! So musty. With slight citrus tartness in the nose this is a very interesting brew.

The flavor follows the interesting nose. Funky and musty. Heavy notes of brett. There are notes of wood and wet cardboard as well as some cornhusk notes. Notes of tropical fruit mixed in with the funk. Slight tartness in the flavor that is inviting but gets slightly offset by the funk and slight fruit juice sweetness as well as some citrus hop notes. This is an interesting brew with some good crisp carbonation that is also not as fluffy. The carbonation just helps to clean the palette.

Super funky brew that is nice and inviting. Brett notes are quite funky and go very well with the slight tart notes and the mild juicy hops.

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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 spoony
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 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 mhksuccess
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into stone RIS glass
color is golden orange
smell has a slight funk to it
taste is very similar slight funk and orange zest come thru
mouthfeel is nice what you expect in this style
overall is decent beer nice easy drinker to start off an afternoon

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 11.10.13
Bottle # 264 12/12
Barrel # TRB 1-6

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fizzy light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Hoppy and lots of Brett.

T - Citrusy orange and tart lemon with a woody-Brett finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of citrus and hoppy backed up by the Brett.

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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 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 PrimeLion
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to pint glass

A: terrific tangerine/golden look, turbid and bright

S: N/A due to stuffy nose, but no overwhelming waves

T: sour, calm, smooth between sips

M: silky and polished

O: I'm not much of a sour beer guy, but I would most definitely buy this again.

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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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