Sweet Child Of Vine | Fulton Beer

99 Reviews
Sweet Child Of VineSweet Child Of Vine

Brewed by:
Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

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

Added by hardy008 on 02-20-2010

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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

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Photo of Lostbeer35
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker hued Amber Color, not typical of an IPA...but welcomed. The darker hue is matched the a decently thick body and mouthfeel. The taste is a nice balance between the malt bill and Glacier/Simcoe hops used. The biscuit smell and initial taste are the two things that immediately jump out at me. Overall great balance of flavor, making me want another one.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can (courtesy of @Hop-Droppen-Roll) poured into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

Look - Rich amber in color. Fingerwidth head that settles into lacing; lacing that lingers.
Smell - Citrus, sweet biscuit
Taste - Sweetness cut by hoppy bitterness and biscuit finish. Hops seem to linger to end.
Feel - Creamy, slick and good carbonation.
Overall - Fan of the English IPA style. This one is a solid representation. Bully for Fulton!

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Photo of Kris450
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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 exonthebottle
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of sonata2008
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of irrevjim
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 ZAP
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of deepseacatfish
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
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 gatornation
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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Photo of CraigP83
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  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.

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