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Trinity’s new IPAs are must-tries


Over the last few years we’ve seen black IPAs, brown IPAs, red IPAs, white IPAs, and, well, you name it. But, Colorado Spring’s Trinity Brewing is driving the IPA evolution into completely new territory with the release of a new limited line of IPAs to celebrate its 6th anniversary.

You may already be familiar with its Red Swingline IPA Primitif, a sessionable, funky-and-tart IPA that made our “Top 25 Beers of 2013” list. This year, they’re expanding on that notion, taking the idea and riffing on it with five new versions. Here’s how Trinity founder Jason Yester explains the experiment:

“Noticing that there is a large amount of confusion among brewers/writers/beer lovers alike with the definitions of ‘wild beers,’ ‘sour beers,’ and ‘brett beers,’ we wanted to shed some light on each of these individual styles by creating beers which highlight distinct differences between these very different styles through both deconstruction and creativity.”

The beers will launch in scheduled releases starting July 25, and continue through the following five Fridays leading up to the anniversary celebration (customers are limited to 6 bottles each). Here’s what to expect:

Red Swingline IPA Primitif
A 4.1%-ABV IPA brewed with Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces, as well as coriander and tangerine zest, and aged in French oak Chardonnay barrels. This is the base idea for the following beers.

Swing Se Pilser, Sour IPA
Like Red Swingline, but without Brettanomyces.

Easy Swinger, Wild IPA
Just like Red Swingline, but without Lactobacillus.

Session Swing, American Session IPA
This one is fermented in stainless steel tanks, and is free of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus.

Passion Swing, American Fruited IPA
Basically, take Session Swing, but age it on passion fruit.

Double Swing, DIPA Primitif
A bigger version of Red Swingline, this imperial version clocks in at 8.2%-ABV and 150 IBUs.


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at

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