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Sweet Child Of Vine - Fulton Beer

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 510
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 36.03%
Wants: 13
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
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Fulton Beer visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hardy008 on 02-20-2010

Generous quantities of Simcoe and Glacier hops are added throughout the boil. Then, late in fermentation, we infuse the Sweet Child with another dose of Glaciers, imparting a bouquet of hop aroma that veritably bursts forth upon serving.

6.4% ABV
69 IBUs
15.8 Plato
12.5 SRM
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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 510
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed amber with a fluffy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with an earthy/herbal spice and hint of citrus.

The taste is of sweet caramel with slight mettalic notes. It has a general (fruity/floral) spicy bitterness in the finish.

The body is rather thin, but holds together well enough to give a lasting finish.

A more "balanced" IPA. Alcohol relatively well-hidden. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Beer-vortex
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

After lame smoke it pours a murky but very pretty copper orange with a 1 finger head that slowly dissipates. A whole bunch of floaties are in this beer, but it looks good.

Smells of citrus and malt, not overwhelmingly so. Taste is citrus, but not too strong. Seems to be heavier on the malt than citrus. Some sweetness is in the beer as well, which works. IBUs are 69, so this is a lighter IPA; almost a pale ale. There is some hoppiness, however.

The 6.8% ABV is hidden nicely. Good carbonation. Excellent lacing. This is a good beer. It doesn’t set my hair on fire but it’s a good beer. The disappointment here is the lack of hops for an IPA. It probably should be classified as a pale ale.

Bottle did have a date.

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Photo of Lostbeer35
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker hued Amber Color, not typical of an IPA...but welcomed. The darker hue is matched the a decently thick body and mouthfeel. The taste is a nice balance between the malt bill and Glacier/Simcoe hops used. The biscuit smell and initial taste are the two things that immediately jump out at me. Overall great balance of flavor, making me want another one.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can (courtesy of @Hop-Droppen-Roll) poured into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

Look - Rich amber in color. Fingerwidth head that settles into lacing; lacing that lingers.
Smell - Citrus, sweet biscuit
Taste - Sweetness cut by hoppy bitterness and biscuit finish. Hops seem to linger to end.
Feel - Creamy, slick and good carbonation.
Overall - Fan of the English IPA style. This one is a solid representation. Bully for Fulton!

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Photo of aobrehm
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good clarity, deep golden to amber color. Thick mousse white head that is well-retained.
Aroma is biscuity malt forward. Some resiny hop.
Decidedly bitter, but flavor is more malt- than hop-centric. Hop flavor profile is fairly neutral, while malt is bready and biscuity.
Somewhat thin with a dry, bitter finish.
A fairly one-dimensional IPA. Drinkable, but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

for how exciting the process seems to be on this one, and how excited they are about the ingredients, the beer is pretty average. perhaps that means its not amazing brewing, but maybe it also means the recipe just isnt all that interesting. maybe some combination of both, as this ipa lacks in a really generous hop punch, and seems overbalanced to the point of being almost boring. there is enough bitterness to balance the richer malt middle, but i get no real yeast profile like an english ipa should have, and i just dont get the hop flavor i need to cut through and make this drinkable and refreshing. it tastes fine, there are no real off flavors, but the proportions just dont seem right. i know i can be overly critical of english ipa sometimes, and maybe i am doing that here again, but a beer with this provocative of a name needs to have more hop flavor in it, in my humble opinion. the carbonation is good, but it still feels weighty with all the grain. average overall.

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Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish amber with a slight haze, 1” white foam collar.
S: Floral citrus nose.
T: Fruity light malts with citrus rind bitterness. Hop driven.
F: medium high carbonation, medium body
O: Fairly common in the Twin Cities – easy to order and easy to drink.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.65/5  rDev +2%

On tap into a shaker pint

A: dark bronze, a little hazy, thin head
S: faint hoppiness, some caramel malt
T: some sweetness and resin right from the start, and that's when it is at its strongest. From there, it's fine, but nothing special: some apricot and orange notes of very modest mellow hops balanced by mellow biscuity and caramel malts.
M: medium carbonation, sticky.

Overall: like this one on tap better than from the bottle. More of an English IPA than an American because of its round mellow feel, but the hops don't entirely fit. Even so, it paired well with my spicy Asian dish.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Light brown in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of white foam covers the majority of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. The hop aroma is faint at best. There's little aroma. There's a faint hop flavor present but it is fairly balanced with the malt presence. The body is moderately carbonated and slightly sticky.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at O'Donovan's in Minneapolis before going to the Tigers/Twins game. I think a pint (though it looked like a tall glass) was $6.

I hadn't ever heard of Fulton, being from Michigan, but I know Minnesota as a whole brews some pretty good beer. Deschute's Fresh Squeezed was on-tap, but I had already gotten a six-pack earlier. Moving on!

The most I can say about this beer is that... I liked it more than any English IPA I've had in the past, though that doesn't likely make this a good example of that particular style. The malt profile that's in English IPAs generally is there, but SCOV seems quite a bit more hopped than other English IPAs I've had. Personally, I LIKE that, since I don't generally care all that much for this style, but others may not. Nice floral and herbal hop characters with the amount of malt you'd expect from the style.

A nice beer from a brewery I hadn't heard of before, and it went well with my sammich.

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Photo of Kris450
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite IPA! Appearance was darker than expected and did not have the brash bitterness that often comes with the choice of a pale ale. The hops were delightfully balanced and gave a fresh punch at the front of my mouth and finished well. It paired exceedingly well with a medium salsa and the spice of South American cuisine. A prime drink indeed!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Local, Minneapolis.

Dark amber with off white film.
Resin and apricot on the nose.
Toast, chocolate, butterscotch, and burnt orange hops with some lean bitterness.
Medium, chewy, round.

Some odd notes, but a steady IPA overall. Departs from the usual IPA profile, but I’m not sure how purposeful that is - why the all the dark crystal malts? Not very English either. Mostly sessionable, if curious.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours light amber in color with a tan head.

Aroma is nothing exceptional, nothing pops out, just a general hippy aroma.

Bitter and piney, not much of an aftertaste. Maybe a little too sweet which keeps the hops from really coming through. Too much caramel malt.

Somewhat sticky, medium to light body, not as well carbonated as it could be.

An okay beer. There are so many IPAs that you have to be great just to make it on the top 100 lost. This beer is ok, not great.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served fron the tap in a shaker pint.

Hazy dark amber in color. Thin cream colored head. Leaves nice rings of lacing. Suprisingly little aroma. Taste is well balanced. Starts a bit sweet and malty and finished bitter earthy hops. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Overall a nice beer, good restrained use of the hops.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Child of Vine pours a cloudy golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a mellow smokey and sweet aroma. The taste has a mellow sweetness, with a mellow smokey flavor, and just the tiniest bit of hops; has a BBQ sauce like flavor. Easy drinking, a little light in overall flavor. Overall its not bad, unique smokey like flavors, but light.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One more for the Twin Cities airport beer tour. Poured from a bottle into a silly Sam Adams perfect pint tulip by the bartender. Bottle disposed of in a flash. Oh well. Sweet Child of Vine - cool name. Makes it sound more like a wine, but I suppose hops grow on a vine as well. The label makes much ado of the amount of hops in this brew, so looking forward to this...

A: Medium golden with amber tine. Off white head of about 1.5 fingers. Impressive lacing. 1/4 finger of head at 2 minutes. Good looking brew.

S: Piney hop. Malt. Suprisingly sweet nose. Overall somewhat subdued. Not a lot of individual characteristics jumping out at me. Contaminated a bit by the bar glassware.

T: Suprisingly malty and sweet to start with a slow build to a moderate-to-light hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish. I am a bit underwhelmed with the hop character and presence. Fairly round and indistinct, in a manner similar to the smell. More malt than I prefer. Light pine. A bit of acidity/tartness in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Bit prickly. Medium to light body. Eh.

O: For all the label/description fanfare regarding the hopping of this beer, not much of it came across in the scents and flavors. Looks good, but not much of a drinker. Bubbles in excess. Probably won't be going out of my way to revisit.

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Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this one on tap at the Crooked Pint, this is a pretty decent beer bar near the Metrodome or whatever they call that thing now… Served in a Imperial Pint style but not sized pint, the beer is a chill hazed dark bronze. It has good lacing and is a looker.

Nose of resin, and caramel malts. Fresh and inviting.

The taste tracks the smell but not as intense. Not a coastal IPA by any means as the malts are very evident. Pretty balanced with pine notes.

Mouth is slick and slightly coating.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fulton Sweet Child of Vine
A – 4.00 – Great looking beer but nothing crazy. Nice copper color. No head/lacing.
S – 3.5 – A sweet caramel malt smell without much hops. It's good but not what I'd expect for an IPA. It almost smells like an old ale – Bell's Third Coast comes to mind.
T – 3.5 – First sip, a lot of caramel, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, hearty bread. Where's the hops? I don't know. Maybe some bitterness in the background but it's barely there.
M – 4.0 – Medium mouth feel. Alc covered, aftertaste light – sweet, caramel, vanilla, etc.
O – 3.75 – It's a good beer, and I would rate it higher if they didn't call it an IPA. It's more like an old ale or even a red/amber ale. Good beer though.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12pz bottle with no date into pint glass

dark Caramel color, small tan head that lasts. smell is earthy - "English hops". taste is sweet candied malts, and earthy bitter hops. fungal tasting. feel is a little over carbonated, but ok otherwise.

overall it's definitely an English tasting ipa, medicinally bitter but not unenjoyable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trying a bottle of Sweet Child Of Vine...like the name! This beer pours clear copper with rich white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is true to English Style IPA...more of a bitter hop with hints of malt. The taste is slightly sweet yet bitter. The malt base really works well with the hops. The mouthfeel is medium to light in body with decent cabonation. Overall it is not a bad beer....relatively easy drinking.

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Photo of brodericksloth
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good lawnmower beer. Not overly hopped. Sweet smooth non offensive. 6.4% abv hidden and non filling. Good food beer: Asian, pizza. Not an outstanding brew but very drinkable. I've run out of things to say about this beer but must keep reviewing to save this to my memory banks.

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Photo of ThreeFloyds
1.57/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Dark brown, cloudy, minimal/no head. Had on tap in Minneapolis at multiple locations over last two weeks (March '13).

Heavy malt, very lightly hopped for an IPA. As others have said, a more "balanced" IPA, with malt foregrounded and a hint of hops more suited to a lighter style of beer. Easy drinker, more like a session beer than an IPA despite the high alcohol content.

Notable cloudy with yeasty "off" taste. Noticed at different locations (I stopped ordering SC after my second bad one in March, but tried a friend's at a third location and it too tasted wonky). Had an off, belgian-y flavor of wild yeast or other production mishap. I originally attributed it to dirty glassware or "stale beer in the lines", but three bad experiences proved this false.

Sweet Child has varied widely in consistency since its inception — sometimes not tasting like the same beer from month to month.

While I prefer some of the other local Minnesota IPAs to (normal) Sweet Child — notably Surly Furious and Town Hall Masala Mama — I would add Fulton to the mix occasionally when I wanted a maltier, less hoppy IPA. But widely distributing a beer this far off the mark is seriously not cool — Fulton has lost me as a customer.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single from a local shop, 3522 on the neck, which would put it in the middle of December of 2012 for bottling.... A little over two months old, should be just fine.

Pours a copper color, pretty clear, half finger of a light cream head.

A lot of mango type sweetness coming through in the scent, also some caramel in there to. Smell is pretty pungents, but those two smells is really all I can make out.

Well I can say this is the most balanced IPA I have ever had, neither the hops or the malt really jump out. Tastes like a APA not a IPA... Citrus and pine notes, slightly floral with a nice malt backing, finishes remarkebly clean with no after taste that I can detect what so ever.

Mouthfeel is almost a little syrupy, with average carbonation... Doesnt drink like your average IPA in any fashion other then smell....

While this is a good beer, I certainly would not reach for it for my hop fix. If I wanted more of a big APA I would grab it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 16 oz glass at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. Cost was $6.00. Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving 2012. I'd had this before in bottled form.

A: Pours a khaki floater of nice cream and thickness. Retention is poor. I'm not impressed with the lack of head. Colour is a noncommital copper-tangerine. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral notes, grapefruit citrus fruit esters, clean pale malts, and nectar. A mild to average strength aroma.

T: Nectary malty sweetness, floral hops, and indistinct fruit. Clean and fruity, with diverse floral character. Nicely balanced and built. A bit simple, but pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nectary. A bit sticky. Crisp. Clean. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant. A nice beer on draught. Passable for an IPA, but not extraordinary. Not unique or special. I appreciate its balance.


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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being my first trip to Fulton, there was no way that I could go home without a growler of the IPA--so I did. It it would be hard to pass up a beer so cleverly called Sweet Child of Vine. Just a cool name when so many IPA variations have been exhausted.

Second pour builds a thick, creamy head the color of a dirty snowdrift over an amber marmalade ale. I've always thought that this is more of a workhorse IPA--not that pretty in the glass, but gets the job done. Assertive, grassy hops in the nose that's a punch in the face of Simcoe and Glacier (according to Fulton) and a smooth caramel maltiness following up behind to console my bruised taste buds. Taste follow the nose into a grassy bite that leaves no mistake that this is an IPA. Sweet, full bodied IPA that's almost chewy.

On the level, this is not my favorite IPA; however, I can see how it could be someone's favorite IPA. My draft on site was the best I've tasted of Sweet Child, a notch better than samples elsewhere and this growler. Well brewed and packing a punch, Sweet Child is definitely an ode to the hop vine.

Some advice. Drink this one slow and sip hard at the peak. Distracted by other endeavors while sipping the second glass, the warmth opens up the beer more than a bit. The harshness in the nose and taste mellows, and the sweetness grows in complexity with an underlying taste somewhere between burnt brown sugar and black strap molasses. With heavy lace on a beer clean glass, this IPA is growing on me by the pint.

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Sweet Child Of Vine from Fulton Beer
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.