Sweet Child Of Vine | Fulton Beer

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574 Ratings
Sweet Child Of VineSweet Child Of Vine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States
fultonbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
574
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.34/5  rDev -62.6%
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.

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Photo of DexterWinslow
1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

This is an appallingly bad beer.

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Photo of ThreeFloyds
1.57/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.64/5  rDev -54.2%
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 The_Gluepig
1.78/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the airport. In two words, bland and meh.

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Photo of jjanega08
1.93/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

No freshness dating on the bottle but this has only been bottled for a week now.

A= Pours a nice deep amber color with a small non existant head on it that falls to a ring around the glass. Nothing too interesting. I've had it on tap before and it at least looked better.

S= The smell has a sort of green smell to it. It smells like a brewery when you walk into it actually or the bubbling of a homebrew. Hops and grainy malt. A somewhat subtle nose on it as far as IPAs go however.

T= The taste is again sort of odd for an IPA. Definitally on the maltier side of an IPA. The hops are pretty small and I feel like a raw grain character is more dominate than the hops.

M= Too high on the carbonation and the taste doesn't linger like most good IPAs.

O= I've had this on tap and it was much much better. I was at a beer dabbler event so I didn't bother to take notes or write reviews on it. This however is a much different beer. The flavor is muted and the hops don't dominate like most IPAs. This is more of a strong pale ale or something. Really not an IPA and really different than I remember it being on tap.

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Photo of Schlais
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of p-wagz
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of Revenant
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of dheldman
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of beachscrat
2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into imperial pint. Foam falls fast with a little cling.

Molasses and butterscotch dominate aroma, very little hops in the nose.

Toffee, caramel and burnt sugars with a firm bitter back bone.

I liked this one better on tap, much more balanced.

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Photo of BigCityBW
2.49/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Smells like an IPA. Too malty to be one. I won't bash many beers. Easy name to remember & avoid.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of match1112
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

received this as an extra and always excited to try new beers. however i would of guessed this to be more an english mild bitter than an english ipa. a dark copper body with next to no head or lacing. the smell is very sweet with mostly caramel and bready malts, cant pick out any hops. taste is just as swet as the nose making this a malt bomb. mouthfeel is thin with a little spice like a mild bitter beer. if you like sweet beers this is easy drinkin, if not stay away. and dont expect much for hops in this one.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of MAbeerNE1
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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Sweet Child Of Vine from Fulton Beer
3.58 out of 5 based on 574 ratings.
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