Sweet Child Of Vine
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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #109
Ranked #39,580
3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States
Sweet Child Of VineSweet Child Of Vine
Notes: 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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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 623
Photo of defunksta
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark bronze color, that is mildly clear. Even a tall, off-white head that lingers. SRM of 14. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of tropics. Earthy, sweet melon. Some floral component. But slightly earthy, sweet, watermelon, canteloupe, pineapple, and mango that have been sitting in the sun. Very earthy. It's not as dank as some of the Mosaic American IPAs. Some caramel and toffee. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong floral bitterness upfront. Then comes a pithy and ripe tropical flavors as described above. More ripe melon, pineapple, mango. Finishes with an almost toasted and bready malt profile that somewhat attenuates the hop bitterness. Finishes dry, yet clean. Sort of reminds me of a Surly Furious with the strong hops and roasty malt profile. As the beer warms the toasty caramel and toffee malt profile really comes through as the hops dissolve into the background. (4.00)

Feel: Lighter bodied than expected. Pretty crisp, but very smooth. Good carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter. Definitely an IPA. (3.75)

Compared with Surly's Furious: Very similar in appearance: This one has more subdued hop notes and less bitter. More nectarine and peach with some smooth malts in the finish. It's more fruity and airy, but only slightly and that's not saying much compared to Furious. Overall, it's much smoother, clean, and less bitter.

Overall: Nice tropical and floral flavors. Less malt and body than I expected for an English, so it has more hops and Americanized in that sense. Still, English flavors throughout. Really showcases the English hops well. (Final Rating: 3.91)

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Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice deep golden hue with half inch white head that fairly quickly recedes to a thin skim.
S: Some mild grapefruit, stronger pine, and fairly strong cracker malt.
T: Mildly tart grapefruit, pine, and dry cracker malt.
M: Light body. Slightly oily feel. A touch of bitterness and some mildly smooth sweetness. The dry cracker malt lingers more into the finish.
D: I remember liking this when it came out. Now, it settles into the "pretty good" category. I usually have about one or two of these per summer...nice summer session beer.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a tulip.

Pours just a touch lighter than amber. Hazy. A nice two-fingered head that lies between foamy and creamy. Excellent retention and lacing. A very nice-looking beer.

Earthy and floral hops are the first aroma, with caramel malt sweetness in the background. Classic aromas, but a bit muted.

Like the nose, the flavor is solid and straight for the style but a bit laid back. Well-balanced between malt presence and earthy hops. The American influence is there with just a bit of orange and white grapefruit.

The brew is just short of medium bodied and has a nice drinkable finish, but could use just a bit more carbonation.

Overall a solid take on a style that is decidedly different from its American cousin. The flavors and aromas are very representative, but a little muted and muddled.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite tasty English IPA. Would definitely buy it in the Fall, buy doesn't fit my Spring/ Summer flavor profile preferences. I personally think its rating is too low. The melt profile isn't overly sweet, though the hops are more earthy (plenty of Simcoe) than modern tropical varieties.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 4, 2018... OCCASION: no school tomorrow due to Dad's impending hernial surgery, so I I will prepare with a big hop promise... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick.... pours a rich amber brown with a steady stream of narrowly hidden bubbles that build a soapy, sudsy white blanket, complete with a thick webbing of lace that frames the nonick nicely--a handsome start... a thick haze of tea that blunts any citrus and go straight for the thick, dark, dank hops of a NE IPA... apple mash, fig leaf, and hearty malts make for a strong insinuation, even at 6.4%... its 69 IBUs is hardly detectable in its mouthfeel... a buzz exists in the teeth, while the strength is palpable, if not chewable... the oak, earthy assertive flavor due the glacier hops... this beer is oversized for its weight, with crushable ends and murky means... this is a beer that is sweet, almost like honey, with lilac and flowery accents peaking its flavor...the malts are also accountable, with a lightly baked feel... happy I picked this up at Wegman's, and a solid NE IPA approximation...

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Photo of fitzy84
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at City Works in Minneapolis. The beer has a clear dark brown appearance with thick lacing. To me, the aromas appeared to be apricot and grapefruit but the taste dimension was more like sweet cherries. Very silky texture for the mouthfeel. Overall, not bad; really good flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some tropical fruits. Taste is of bready malts, a bit of mango, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red tinged orange with lots of fine sediment in suspension, one finger of off-white foam, spray of lace on the glass. Smell: vaguely fruity, pine, earth, floral, with caramel and bready notes. Taste: pine, citrus, peach, honey bread, a little toffee and more pine. Barely medium bodied, semi-sticky and hop dominated finish. English? Maaaaybe. There used to be plenty of east coast Simcoe(R) IPAs in this vein.
Canned 2018-01-23.

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Photo of TBDave
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 16 oz single at Total Wine for $3.50. This is a well balanced IPA with a very pleasant bitter taste. It was really enjoyable and I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy and grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts and finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness and hints of pears towards the finish.
M: It feels very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops, but the hops still seem to be stronger compared to other English IPAs.

Serving type: can

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Happy New Cut a Single in Minneapolis, MN Beer Sunday (Week 668)!

As usual, I have a planned theme for today. Here in PA, we get distro from seemingly everywhere & it is tough to keep up with all of the newest releases. It is even more spectacular that they are coming to us in CANs for the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). Let the fun CANtinue! 

From the CAN: "Northern India Pale Ale"; "Balanced, complex, and approachable: Where do we go now?"

An English IPA? Frilz? I sent the brewery a missive for CANification. I recently read some jagov vilifying other users for not rating to style, especially as it comes to AMLs. Okay, I am going to bear that in mind in CANducting this review. Cheers, pal!

I Crack!ed it open, but I have become skittish today in terms of my Glug. Some of their beers have caught me by surprise, so I am going with a nice, gentle Glug, especially since I had resolved to do this at the beginning of the year. The payoff was spectacular! Not only did it form a one-finger cap of foamy, tawny head with good retention, leaving behind nice lacing, but the color ... Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. I have to go to work tomorrow, so this will be my last for the day. Nose was very malt-forward, but earthy rather than sweet. Maybe the style is correct. I liked the way that the hops seemed to be giving it a rye-like spiciness, at least on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium, but the low carbonation made it slick & silky on the tongue. The taste was earthy, definitely not as bitter as an AIPA might be, so once more, I am thinking that its style may be correctly listed. It had a breadiness as well as a general earthiness, kind of like fresh dough beginning to rise, but the hops gave it a nice earthy spiciness that added to its flavor, enhancing, rather than overwhelming it. Finish was dry, but not gasping or bitter. Instead, it was like freshly baked bread with a light spiciness. I could see myself drinking this more often, especially with pizza. YMMV.

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Photo of stakem
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pounder can appears clear copper with offwhite head.

Aroma is herbal and weedy with some sulfur, minerals/carbonics and grass with a touch of vegetal matter.

Taste has caramel malt grain, herbal hops, vegetal matter, grassy bitterness and fruity pulp finish.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Its ok

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is honey colored with a thick cream colored head that leaves thick sheets of lacing.

Aroma is honey, cedar, light pepper.

Tastes woody, spicy, slightly sweet with rich malts and honey, spicy woody dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall, malty thick honey bomb with low bitterness. Pretty easy to drink yet thick.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-deep amber can pour with a thin, tan foam film. The aroma is minimal, slightly caramel. The flavor is pleasantly fresh pine hop over a deep malt base. The hop bitterness is minimal and is most detectable in the back of the mouth. This is easy to drink.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing that stands out here for me. Some earthy notes and some caramel malt, a very mild touch of citrus zest on the finish. It's an IPA because the label says so. Give me more hops...give me something that stands out.

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Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight sweet malt, earthy malt, slight tea, mustiness, hint of alcohol, hint of dark citrus, hint of candi sugar, and grass. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, earthy malt, slight tea, mustiness, hint of alcohol, hint of dark citrus, hint of candi sugar, and grass. Overall, I have had numerous Minnesota IPA's lately and this one is unique. The complexity and the musty/grass flavors and aromas were interesting.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ehhhhhhhh. Poured from can to tulip. Amber color, a few fingers of foam that dissolves to nothing. Have no idea what to say. It's okay. Not terrible, but nothing that stands out. Some earthy notes and some caramel malt, a touch of grapefruit zest on the finish.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I drank two of these straight from the bottle last weekend, so I wasn't able to see the color. Hands down, this is my favorite beer labeled as an IPA, probably because I'm not big into hoppy beers, and this one is lighter on the hops than most. The taste is very refreshing without being too citrusy.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some of Fulton's other brews are great, but I was fairly underwhelmed with this offering. Not much in the way of hop character in comparison to some of their other stuff. Everything about this one was just mediocre, so I'm not going to go in depth. Okay at best for me.

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

from a bottle to a beer tulip (also on draft at Slippery's, Wabasha MN but reviewing the bottle
look; rusty amber caramel golden, 1" head with good retention, lacing and leaves a cover
smell; simcoe prevails but pepper and other spices, sugary caramel roasted malt, burnt pizza crust,
taste; the hops and spice lead off, caramel malt joins and stays to almost the finish, which is again a nice little kick of pine/grapefruit
feel; balanced carbonation, smooth and bitter
overall; I really liked this treatment of the hops and sweet bready malts, a big boy session ipa

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oak bottle on July 29, 2016. Look is slightly hazy amber with an off-white head and lingering lacing. Smell is herb, pine, citrus and yeast with caramel and bread malt aromas. Taste is a reflection of the nose with the addition of orange and grain flavors. Feel is medium in body that is bitter but smooth and creamy in the finish.

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Photo of matcris
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: A darker amber. A little murky. Poured just a tiny bit of rapidly dissipating khaki head. Very small amount of carbonation. Definitely unfiltered, lots of floaties. Minor spotty lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Very mild pine, citrus and floral. Some sweet caramel malt.
TASTE: You get kind of non-descript bitterness mid palate that lasts, some maltiness, and just a very small amount of citrus pith.
FEEL: Average carbonation, just enough. Medium thin body. A little slick and then dry on the finish.
OVERALL: This is just to non descript in every way to stand out in the IPA lineup of the world. If mild taste, mild bitterness are your thing, then try it. Not horrible or OFF, just not much here to talk about.

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Photo of drpimento
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Aroma isn't bad; appearance is pretty good Taste at first, while seeming more like a PA versus an IPA and fairly balanced, then in the finish lost that with an almost burning bitterness that was unpleasant though thankfully not too long lasting.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.64/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Real dark, almost brown color to this one, looking all burton ale and shit. Makes a solid one inch head.

Compromised aroma, burton yeast, soggy wood, butterscotch. No hops discernable.

Taste was stale butterscotch, gritty something. Was one of those super rare drain pours for me. Really awful sad to say.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent ipa, I knocked down 6 of these suckers at the company holiday party. A little thin and watery which allows the hops to come through, maybe just a hint of metallic flavor. But between this and the macros I had to chose from I went with the Fulton over and over again

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