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Sweet Child Of Vine - Fulton Beer

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: hardy008 on 02-20-2010)
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -10%

10-01-2012 01:59:49 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-08-2013 22:59:09 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dougofthefuture. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a nice amber-copper color with a thin white head that very quickly recedes into a thin collar. The nose has some slight floral elements along with a lot of bread and some caramel. Very reminiscent of Dogfish 60. Flavor is similar with more of a malt emphasis. Even for an English IPA, this is really malt heavy. Very slight dryness to the finish. Brew itself is rather chewy. Decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 01:44:18 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a modest head; vague traces left behind

Smell: A bit fruity and a bit earthy

Taste: Toffee malt and earthy hops, up front, with a bit of a cakey character developing after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather insipid for an English IPA; would not order again

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:01:03 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-18-2011 00:34:38 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour is sort of a dark amber color with a white head. Quite malty and sweet with minimal hop aroma. A hint of floral hops and maybe a touch of citrus peel. The flavor is similarly lacking in the hop department. Bread and toffee are the prominent flavors with a little caramel, too. Mild floral hop flavor and very little in the way of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 21:53:39 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-09-2013 00:06:12 | More by acurtis
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-13-2014 02:41:44 | More by kylehay2004
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:43:04 | More by zeff80
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 05:57:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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oline73

Maryland

3.05/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 21:21:59 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-11-2014 23:22:42 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

C+

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 19:18:21 | More by kojevergas
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-28-2013 01:45:03 | More by XmnwildX12
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 15:02:14 | More by tempest
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-12-2014 08:47:06 | More by zestar
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-08-2014 03:46:52 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a clear copper amber.

Aroma: a lot of orange citrus. Caramel a bready malts. Earthy and floral hops.

Taste: mimics the nose. More orange citrus and fruity flavors. This beer is fairly malty. Caramel and biscuity. Floral and earthy.

Mouthfeel: citrusy and bitter. Medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, this was a decent beer. Better than expexted, but it was a bit too malty for me. It is a very balanced ipa.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 06:19:53 | More by mothman
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-08-2013 07:35:00 | More by BillRoth
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 19:00:24 | More by smakawhat
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.3/5  rDev -64%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 20:39:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a slightly hazed cherry auburn color, very bright tones with a nice froth of white head resting on top. Retains well, leaving rings and patches of lacing on the glass.

Spicy and hoppy in the nose with pine and citrus. Softer notes of bready malts and caramel.

Bitter hops up front with citrus and pine. Grapefruit notes burn through with peel and pith. The malt backbone hides underneath with toasted notes and bread. Finishes bitter with lingering dryness.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A pretty solid IPA, although it could easily get lost in the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 05:49:31 | More by xnicknj
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ccrida

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Gold Nugget, Sweet Child of Vine is copper with with a white sand head the leaves heavy lace in the big mug they served it in.

Smell is malty, a light sweetness, some biscuit, light herbal hops, perhaps some tobacco, a hint of spice. Served ice cold, it warmed up a bit but not as much as I'd preferred to have tasted it at.

Taste is leafy, herbal, some light toffee notes. The alcohol character is accentuated by the malt, but it's clean, if a bit sturdy. A little brown sugar, but bitter sweet on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is finely carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a fairly tasty British IPA, although so by the strength of the alcohol then the hop flavor, which could have been cranked up a tad, even if it was still the appropriate hop bill they used.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 01:47:11 | More by ccrida
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A - Darker, cloudy orange with a light yellow-tan head.

S - Sweet carmel and bready malt, Some orange as well.

T - A little orange and lemon, some subtle carmel malt.

D - Nice balance. Average carbonation and body.

O - Not as citrusy or hoppy, but I still enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:16:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light bronzy gold hue, quite clear with a smallish densely foam capping of off-white foam. Keeps a slender collar and a few spots of lace.

Aroma is nearly missing entirely; I wiff, and wiff, and wiff, and there's not much there. A bit of clean cereal grain sweetness and a puff of hops.

Taste is simple yet ample enough for some good easy drinking; as I can see downing quite a few of these in the warmer months. Overall the taste level isn't very big though, but what is there is good enough for what it is, light, clean malt base of light grainy sweetness and a tiny toastyness twisted on top along with a bit of super dulled orangified bitterness of hops. Finish gathers a small swirl of dryish leafy hoppyness. Probably the best aspect of any noticteable character of this beer.

Body is light and clean just under a medium body, smooth with a decent tenderly sweet maltyness to its base as it finishes with a light hoppy complexity of dull citric bitterness and leafy dryness.

An OK brew that comes pretty close to the English style IPA with a bit of lacking character and complexity. It does have a nice simplicity about it that encourages itself to be a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 02:09:30 | More by tavernjef
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Sweet Child Of Vine from Fulton Beer
82 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.