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Sweet Child Of Vine - Fulton Beer

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Sweet Child Of VineSweet Child Of Vine

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88 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 517
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 35.65%
Wants: 13
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby copper in appearance. Dark, but not overly so. Not an incredible amount of nose - a lot of malt, some copper penny. Slightly tangy, slightly bitter to start. The roasted malt and hops co-mingle to no real remarkable effect. The beer's character lies in its 2nd half, where it melts into a semi-sweet velvet. The resiny hop notes shine and the whole package ends bitter, but full.

Like It? For the Most Part, Yeah

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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date to be found.

A - Pours a nice clear orange/copper with maybe one finger of off-white head. Not much lacing.

S - Biscuit malts, a bit of pine, pear and faint tropical fruit.

T - A bit of hops bite up front. It is somewhat subdued, but noticeable. Not sure how old the bottle is. Hops are nicely balanced by the biscuit malts. Finish is bitter with some pine.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a pleasant dry bitterness on the finish.

O - A decent IPA. Not a palate killer by any stretch, which works well for it, but there is a nice hop presence.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from brewery.

A hybrid English / American IPA. Tiny bubbled off-white lacing, great clarity shows off the tawny hue. Herbal piney hop nose with big aroma of caramel, rustic bread, yeast, and more orangey hop. Sooth and creamy, lush semi-chewy body. Ample bitterness, a perfect amount to balance out the malt and let me taste buds know it is an IPA. Packed with hop flavor and fresh grain in the finish.

Very enjoyable, a hell of a lot more interesting than the usual modern IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed back in November 2009 but there was no listing for the brewery then, so I have held onto the review. Just remembered that I needed to enter it.

Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber with moderate off-white head and nice lacing lines.

Smell: Nice hop aroma of pine and juicy grapefruit and citrus, countered by toasted malts.

Taste: Very well balanced for an IPA. Nice hop taste of pine and grapefruit balanced by caramel and toasted malts. Ends slightly bitter, but only slighty - more spicy than bitter.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, medium body with very dry finish (especially considering it is only somewhat bitter).

Drinkability: Very well balanced and easy to drink IPA. Great flavor overall but could use a little more bitterness so I need to dock it a little. Just a touch too balanced for my IPA tastes.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 pat61
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
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 MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid four finger white foamy head with good retention and a fair amount of sticky lacing.

Smell: Some citrus and earthy pine hops with hints of grapefruit, orange, and some pine resin. Hops are noticeable but pretty subtle for a IPA. Decent background of bready caramel malts. Aroma is subdued but well balanced.

Taste: Hops are a little stronger in the taste. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and lots of orange. Hints of earthy pine resin. Solid malt backing with bready and mildly sweet caramel malts. Bitterness is pretty subdued which is expected with a English IPA. Pretty good balance.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A good take on a English IPA. Pretty well balanced with just enough hop flavor to keep it from becoming bland.

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1.34/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Came out pretty dark, a mix of brown and amber, decent 1" head on it. Wasn't really giving away how rough it would be. But then there was the first whiff. Whoa. Like the sawdust used when someone puked in elementary school with a spoiled butter glaze added to it. Nothing in the way of hops, made me think this was either/and infected with diacetyl already, but then I thought maybe it was like 99% glacier and 1% simcoe or who knows, it was a disturbing aroma for any beer, much less an ipa, the sweetest of all smelling beers.

Taste, just awful. No hops, nothing was discernable but a terrible mouthfeel unlike any appropriate beer, massive off flavor envelopes the entire drinking experience. I was only able to stomach about 2oz of this. It was awful. Judging from the taste of the beer, the other awful beers I've had in my lifetime, specifically infected ones, something went bad here. Puree a manilla folder, a little sawdust, vinegar, vegetable oil based margerine, and an unidentified beer, and that's what I got here.

Was really excited to try this beer, got it as an extra in a trade, but damn, this is Kennebunkport-esque in terms of bad for an ipa. The thing is, I've had numerous K-port ipas, and they're just bad, this beer, was infected, so hopefully I'll have another opportunity to have one of these under proper conditions.

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