Sweet Child Of Vine - Fulton Beer

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 488
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 98 | 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 OleJohnnieAle
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich dark copper with half finger of bubbly head that disappated rather quick leaving great lacing as the beer goes down though.

S: Just as the name promises, a sweet hoppy aroma which I though was very plesant.

MF: Sdecent carbonation and well balanced

T: definally lives up to it's name with a sweet start to a bitter IPA. Not like many IPA's I have had in that it is more sweet than bitter and lacking that hoppy kick.

O: Nothing like I have tried in an IPA before but I really liked it. Great beer that I will be buying again, if you haven't tried, I would put it on your list.

Bottle poured into perfect pint glass (635 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
4.32/5  rDev +22%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of Kris450
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
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! (351 characters)

Photo of BDLbrewster
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an exceptionally dark amber with golden highlights and a medium sized puffy white head.

The smell is laden with piney hop oils, light, freshly cut grapefruit and lemon. No real alcohol presence in the nose.

This beer reminds me of Masala with the abundant fruity mango, grapefruit and mild pine. Surprisingly rich (in a good way) malty backbone screams Notice Me!! While the refreshing hop character blends extremes into a harmonious balance.

The mouthfeel is up to par, light-medium bodied with enough weight to keep it a little chewy. Carbonation is in line for the style.

Overall, knocked me off my bar stool. Watch out world, Fulton will bring the pain. Killer IPA by my standards, excitedly looking forward to future releases from the little guys. (763 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrives a handsome copper amber color with one centimeter of foam. The aroma is a mix of caramel malt and a dash of hops. This brew has a medium palate. The flavor is where this things gets interesting. The malty sweetness in the beginning is contradicted by floral hops at the end. The fine melding of the two brings complexity to this beer. The hops are kept in check and the beer is not overwhelming. This is a greatly balanced beer. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

I love the care put into this beer. The restraint to keep the hops at a level that is not over the top is commendable. Keep up the good work. (618 characters)

Photo of exonthebottle
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note this is an English IPA
I see a lot of new beers at Ed's but this is one of best of the summer so far. I never drank this before but I was instantly impressed by the flavor profile the mango and bitterness is great touch with the malt. I drank a few of these like others have said it can make you a bit of a bar fool. It certainly hits (340 characters)

Photo of mwagner1018
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Lucia's in Uptown on 8/22/10.

A- Nice deep copper color with really nice dark red hue, creamy full 2 fingers of slight off white head on top, clean consistent lacing down glass.

S- Aroma is that of nice clean citrus hops, fresh floral notes, light caramel malt.

T- Nice clean grapefruit bitterness up front, citrus presented as zesty lemon, clean and crisp with a nice balanced malty backbone, really nice depth. Definitely recognize the Simcoe and Glacier hops in there, works really well.

M- Good medium body, with good carbonation to deliver flavors, very palatable and refreshing.

D- I like the balance in this beer, nice malt backbone stands to support the nice clean bitterness presented by the American hops. Very drinkable at 6.4% nicely fits in the range of most English style IPA's which allows having a few, but has a great American take on it, with the hop varieties used. (912 characters)

Photo of Ungertaker
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Poured a copper color with a one-finger foamy white head that dissipates to a thin, bubbly layer leaving no lacing behind.

S- Pine and floral hops with subtle hints of grapefruit and orange.

T- Not much bitterness as the aroma led me to anticipate. Malty and floral with a faint presence of citrus.

M- Thicker than most IPAs I have had. The carbonation is somewhat present, but adds just enough to te beer.

O- This is not the greatest IPA ever made, but there is something about it that makes me want more. I prefer it on tap, but some of that preference may have come from having the sixer sit in my car for a while before getting home to enjoy it. If it is any different after having a colder one, I will edit my review accordingly. (781 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of sonata2008
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy with about 1.5 finger width of ivory foam. Dark amber in color.
S: Lots of hops. More spicy than floral.
T: Very tasty dried fruit flavor, perhaps apricot or peach. Hop flavor is more bitter spice than floral. Some biscuit at the end. Bitter hops finish.
MF: Medium body with medium carbonation.
D: Very pleasant beer. Enjoyed the cask a great deal. Would like to compare the cask to a regular tap to check out the differences. (443 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

And here I sit at Acadia Cafe, with a pint of Sweet Child to do a review....had a couple yesterday. Have had at least half a dozen over the past many months. I have never felt the urge to put electronic pen to electronic paper before, and don't necessarily feel it now, but I'm gonna do it, to have my opinion on record. Because some people demand it, apparently...

Lightly hazed, amber/bronze appearance, lean beige head, leaves lace.

Aroma is soft,herbal,floral....pleasing drizzle of hop character, nothing too bitter, at all. Very likeable.

Taste: Easy delivery of hops up, down and over the palate. Sweet malt backbone, a touch of caramel, and toffee....bit of bitter, touch of fruit, but not the usual suspects. This is definitely not an American IPA, as listed here, for it lacks the character of American hops, no citrus or pine, but plenty of earthy, herbal, other-fruity-ness, ...apples, pear, maybe...more in line with an English IPA.
Bitterness plays it light, folds into the malty flavor.
One thing this is, is tasty. There is flavor aplenty. It's not over the top, it's not a bombast of bitterness, it's an even-handed, mild, drinkable English-style IPA.
69 IBUs....that's about right. The hop smack is there, and best yet, you can drink it. Sometimes, that is very important.

I will continue to drink and enjoy this beer. Don't go into it, though, thinking it's something it isn't, as some do. (1,415 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice 1.5 finger head over a gorgeous amber body. Thick lacing is prevalent.

S- Nice malty backbone, resinous hops, notes of almost maple syrup backed by light pine. Earthy and balanced.

T- Starts out with a nice malty backbone, backed by some great earthy hops. Very clean transitioning into a nice long dry finish.

M- Nice light carbonation really blends nice with this silky body.

O- A very nice English IPA. Exactly what it should be, balanced with earthy hops showing through. (498 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was going to make mention this has more of an english IPA feel and I see that is how it is listed. Definitely fits. A toffee like maltiness is one of the key players here along with a much bigger Glacier hop impression than Simcoe...

Darker colored than most IPA's...Aroma is floral...soft....toffee impression is more evident on the taste and the hops give off a fruity (pears, apricots) flavor....

I have had this three times in the last three days in different settings and this is by far my best experience. I like the balance and the slightly different take to this. Just know going in this is not going to be a big west coast IPA. (638 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,503 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade today from maximum12--big thanks!

Clear, maroon elixir poured in SA glass. Tight one finger, white head retains until first few sips then settles and remains. Plenty of lacing.

The aroma is perfect for an English IPA: big biscuit malt, hops, fruit.

Initial mild hop bitterness gives way to malt backbone, some fruity esters round out the aftertaste.

Smooth, almost creamy with light carbonation.

This is a nice representation of the English style IPA. Though I prefer in your face hoppiness, this does justice to it's style. (559 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of deepseacatfish
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice IPA with a citrus nose, relatively light slightly creamy body and light amber color. Light head and moderate carbonation. Less hoppy than some other IPAs with a slightly rounder overall taste. Definitely plenty of citrus notes (orange particularly) but stronger malt presence than I initially expected.

Nicely balanced, but probably less hoppy than most IPA connoisseurs are looking for. (395 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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 (435 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left wispy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very herbal with some pine and roasty malt.

T - It tasted bready with some nice spice. A subtle piney hop bitterness.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and crackled on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a very dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good English IPA with a touch of American flair. Nice brew from Fulton. (456 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this ontap at the Fulton release party held at the Happy Gnome. I just now found my notes from that night. I cant remember the date, but I know it was late October/ early november and Darkness was ontap.

Poured into a pint sized pub glass from the tap. About an inch of off white bubbly froth forms up, receding to leave a good collar with a film thickness head.
Lace rings are left all the way down like growth rings on a tree.
Color is amber, transparent with a filtered look, it appears a bit darker then the American ipa with a definable English twist on appearance.

Aroma is not of the typical ipa either, very english like, floral hops, subdued candy flavors that are well hidden and only come around off a good swirl. Sweet bready malt and fresh grains, with a touch of caramel. Hops are subdued but still present, definatly not a hop forward bomb. Which increased the drinkability, allowing me to have several and keep my tastebuds all the while.

Mouthfeel is light with a moderate carbonated presence.
A solid beer, quite drinkable, lower bittering, sessionable andlocal...all the better. (1,108 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Great name, but where's the bottled on date?

Pours a rich, dark copper with amber maple syrup edges. Tight, gauzy, off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass. Okay retention. Generous amount of fruity malt mixes amicably with toasted grains and minty, piny hops.

Toasted malts and mineral-like bitterness up front. Orange marmalade and mild herbal hop flavors follow. Fruit and biscuit malt fill up the palate, while the hop flavors and bitterness hang out in the background. Becomes mintier and vegetal in the finish. Nicely balanced, with subtle hop bitterness, and a very nice malt profile. Medium bodied with a very creamy feel. Would be nice to have this on cask! (695 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Jester King pint.

A- pours golden with a 2 finger white head. Nice lacing coats half the glass.

S- toasted malts, floral and earthy hops.

T- spicy, caramel malts with nice earthy and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice and creamy. Very easy drinking.

O- very solid ipa. Reminds me of another ipa but I can't put my finger on it. (363 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (746 characters)

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