Sweet Child Of Vine - Fulton Beer

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of wrycon
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.34/5  rDev -63%
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.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the St. Anthony Village Pub in Minneapolis into a tall tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber with a nice white foamy head that left a little lacing as it receded to a nice white cap.

Smell: Some subtle floral hops with a nice sweet malt behind it. Very inviting aroma.

Taste: A really well balanced flavor for an IPA. Some nice floral and citrus hops and bitterness up front, followed by very smooth and slightly sweet caramel malts. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkablity: Oh yes, very easy to drink and great flavor. Easily a session beer. Will definitely order this one again, or pick some up at the store as a summer refresher.

Photo of augustgarage
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cheeky Monkey; served in a shaker pint.

Slightly hazy ECE/SAE amber body with a thin ivory cap. Average retention, vague lacing.

Honey and citrus in the nose along with weak pale malt notes.

Mild passion-fruit, caramel, wildflowers and alfalfa on the palate. Mild bitterness with a touch of perfume. Sticky, rock-candy-like finish.

Decent carbonation, brisk, light, yet somewhat oily.

Weak "flat" flavor profile doesn't do justice to either style this tries to incorporate. No real off notes, but the brewer has produced a bland product in an attempt at something sessionable.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this a few places around Minneapolis. It's always reminded me bit of Brooklyn's East India Pale Ale, for the fruity and earthy pairing of hop flavors with a soft bitterness. Really, this is a more sessionable IPA. You can tell it has body and a little more alcohol than a pale ale, but it's not thick or overly bitter. I'd call it a tasty starter-IPA. Certainly worth a try for any beer lover.

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer several times on-tap and was never very impressed with this beer. Not that bottles have hit the market, I needed to try it again in the comfort of my own home.

Pours a clear bronze color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin skim. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Mild hop aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and flowers. Not getting much from the malt except a touch of caramel. Not very aromatic for an IPA.

Hard to believe this is 69 IBUs in either bitterness or hop flavor. Tastes more like a solid APA. Hops are more citrus flavored than anything. Some sweetness from the malt but not much flavor. Clean flavors.

Medium body and nicely carbonated. Overall a good texture in an otherwise unremarkable beer.

My opinion has not changed about this beer. I know many people really love this but I find it a bit timid for an IPA, English or American. Well crafted as intended and the bottled product matches the draft exactly.

Photo of kbeck001
4.56/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You won't regret giving this beer a try!

Photo of n2185
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper-honey color with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Sweet citrus notes on the nose with some caramel and candy sugar sweetness. The finish has notes of grapefruit and pine. It's all fairly muted, though--even with vigorous swirling, it was difficult to detect much aroma.

T: Again, sweet citrus at first followed by notes of grapefruit and pine. It has an earthy, lightly bitter finish. There are also some sweet candy sugar notes in there. Simple, but tasty.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer has an almost frothy body, but it works well to give it a nice cleanness. I really like the feel of this beer.

O: A pretty decent IPA overall. Unfortunately the subdued aroma really holds it back, but it's still quite tasty with a pleasant, lively body.

Photo of fourstringer
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Mill City Tavern, in Minneapolis airport into a shaker pint.

A thin one centimeter tan head presented, cask like bubbles in appearance. Body is a dull and opaque amber orange. Some nice white rising pinhead carbonation in places, crawls slowly.

Nose is very mellow soft malts and hop. Jammy marmalade and citrus, but subtle and subdued. Light brown sugar.

Taste is very full bodied. Good caramel and sweet malt sense,not sticky. Mouthfeel is nice and rich. Chewy. Hop angle plays on English bitter marmalade and sweet orange. Some herbal tea like action on the finish, pekoe orange. Lingering sweetness with a good bitter balance.

Overall a very memorable English IPA. Like this umami thick and rich sweetness and hop bitter.

Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the brewery. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a cloudy amber color with a layer of fluffy off white head. The head fades and leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet with mild hops and malt. More malt here than I would have expected. Decent, but not overly interesting.

Taste: More hops here than there were in the smell. Citrus peel hops backed up by some sweet malt. I'm also getting some juicy citrus notes. The hop taste seems a bit muddles. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with foamy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Not an overly impressive IPA. I thought it was a bit weird. I don't think I need another one.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in uptown at Williams, and I will lead off by saying this is one of the most sessionable IPA's I've had the fortune of enjoying.

I do enjoy a super hoppy beer -- my recent experience with Surly Wet reaffirms my faith in the hop gods -- but Fulton shines in that it doesn't destroy your taste buds after 3 sips, like some IPA's do.

The glacial hops blend well with the malt, but still remain at the forefront of both smell and taste. It tastes a lot like an ESB might if you juiced up the bitterness a notch, clearly letter the imbiber know that hops is in charge. I love balanced beers, as they provide me the best drinking experience.

Photo of lurpy1
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at King's Wine Bar in Minneapolis

Pours a ferrous, rusty orange, with 1+ finger of foamy head, which sticks to the glass as the beer volume goes down.

Smell Test: Paging Mr. Hops. Hey now! I was expecting some hop boquet here! Smell is pretty light, a little bready, malt, floral, but not much hop.

A stronger hop presence in terms of flavor, but still very balanced. Was expecting a bigger kick. Good slick consistency, nicely done on mouthfeel.

This is my first full Fulton beer.Recommended, definitely worth having, but not a great wow factor here.

Photo of DexterWinslow
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

This is an appallingly bad beer.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Striking copper color, with great clarity. Head is smallish and short-lived.

S: Aroma is vibrant, but soft. Toasted brown malt is dominant to the light grassy hops. Not that it’s bad, but you typically get more hop aroma in a good pale ale (this is labeled IPA).

T: Flavor is much closer to style. There’s a tight citrus/grassy bitterness over toasty pale malt. Finish is very dry with a bitter follow through. Light and simply with a very clean, green hop character.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp snappy carbonation that brings out the lighter flavors in this beer.

Have tried this a few times and was not too impressed. I’ll now chalk that up to the other beers I may have had prior to drinking this. Aroma is bland, but flavor/mouthfeel are spot on for me. This beer could get lost in the crowd of bigger, bolder beers but definitely a nice beer to start the night out with or if you’re going to stick with one beer.

Photo of beachscrat
2.26/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into imperial pint. Foam falls fast with a little cling.

Molasses and butterscotch dominate aroma, very little hops in the nose.

Toffee, caramel and burnt sugars with a firm bitter back bone.

I liked this one better on tap, much more balanced.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ busters

A- is a copper/amber pour with an off white head a nice collar with good lacing

S- is floral hops some citrus peel ,caramel and baked bread

T- is a floral bouquet of hops with a citrus/grapefruit mixed with sweet caramel malts and a sweet bread finish

M- is medium carbonated however a little thin

O- a great session ipa with a nice floral hop taste ,nicely drinkable a nice representation that i will order again

Photo of ThreeFloyds
1.57/5  rDev -56.6%
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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Sweet Child Of Vine from Fulton Beer
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