Sweet Child Of Vine - Fulton Beer
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1.51/5 rDev -58.2%
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.
03-27-2013 18:43:40 | More by ThreeFloyds
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-27-2013 19:32:29 | More by nickapalooza86
Sweet Child Of Vine from Fulton Beer
82 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.