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 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 Tripel_Threat
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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 +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 BeerGuy8315
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +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 Hopheadjeffery
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -19.3%
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 -22.9%
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 -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 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 Wer34truh
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A incredibly drinkable IPA, with mild malts and a noticeable, yet digestible IPA flavor. I very much enjoyed this, and will most likely drink this as a session IPA, for evenings when I still want to get a bit of a buzz.

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Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from brewery.

A hybrid English / American IPA. Tiny bubbled off-white lacing, great clarity shows off the tawny hue. Herbal piney hop nose with big aroma of caramel, rustic bread, yeast, and more orangey hop. Sooth and creamy, lush semi-chewy body. Ample bitterness, a perfect amount to balance out the malt and let me taste buds know it is an IPA. Packed with hop flavor and fresh grain in the finish.

Very enjoyable, a hell of a lot more interesting than the usual modern IPA.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed amber with a fluffy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with an earthy/herbal spice and hint of citrus.

The taste is of sweet caramel with slight mettalic notes. It has a general (fruity/floral) spicy bitterness in the finish.

The body is rather thin, but holds together well enough to give a lasting finish.

A more "balanced" IPA. Alcohol relatively well-hidden. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Beer-vortex
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

After lame smoke it pours a murky but very pretty copper orange with a 1 finger head that slowly dissipates. A whole bunch of floaties are in this beer, but it looks good.

Smells of citrus and malt, not overwhelmingly so. Taste is citrus, but not too strong. Seems to be heavier on the malt than citrus. Some sweetness is in the beer as well, which works. IBUs are 69, so this is a lighter IPA; almost a pale ale. There is some hoppiness, however.

The 6.8% ABV is hidden nicely. Good carbonation. Excellent lacing. This is a good beer. It doesn’t set my hair on fire but it’s a good beer. The disappointment here is the lack of hops for an IPA. It probably should be classified as a pale ale.

Bottle did have a date.

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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 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 aobrehm
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good clarity, deep golden to amber color. Thick mousse white head that is well-retained.
Aroma is biscuity malt forward. Some resiny hop.
Decidedly bitter, but flavor is more malt- than hop-centric. Hop flavor profile is fairly neutral, while malt is bready and biscuity.
Somewhat thin with a dry, bitter finish.
A fairly one-dimensional IPA. Drinkable, but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

for how exciting the process seems to be on this one, and how excited they are about the ingredients, the beer is pretty average. perhaps that means its not amazing brewing, but maybe it also means the recipe just isnt all that interesting. maybe some combination of both, as this ipa lacks in a really generous hop punch, and seems overbalanced to the point of being almost boring. there is enough bitterness to balance the richer malt middle, but i get no real yeast profile like an english ipa should have, and i just dont get the hop flavor i need to cut through and make this drinkable and refreshing. it tastes fine, there are no real off flavors, but the proportions just dont seem right. i know i can be overly critical of english ipa sometimes, and maybe i am doing that here again, but a beer with this provocative of a name needs to have more hop flavor in it, in my humble opinion. the carbonation is good, but it still feels weighty with all the grain. average overall. just too malty to even be considered an ipa in my opinion.

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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 Taybeh
3.65/5  rDev +2%

On tap into a shaker pint

A: dark bronze, a little hazy, thin head
S: faint hoppiness, some caramel malt
T: some sweetness and resin right from the start, and that's when it is at its strongest. From there, it's fine, but nothing special: some apricot and orange notes of very modest mellow hops balanced by mellow biscuity and caramel malts.
M: medium carbonation, sticky.

Overall: like this one on tap better than from the bottle. More of an English IPA than an American because of its round mellow feel, but the hops don't entirely fit. Even so, it paired well with my spicy Asian dish.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Light brown in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of white foam covers the majority of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. The hop aroma is faint at best. There's little aroma. There's a faint hop flavor present but it is fairly balanced with the malt presence. The body is moderately carbonated and slightly sticky.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at O'Donovan's in Minneapolis before going to the Tigers/Twins game. I think a pint (though it looked like a tall glass) was $6.

I hadn't ever heard of Fulton, being from Michigan, but I know Minnesota as a whole brews some pretty good beer. Deschute's Fresh Squeezed was on-tap, but I had already gotten a six-pack earlier. Moving on!

The most I can say about this beer is that... I liked it more than any English IPA I've had in the past, though that doesn't likely make this a good example of that particular style. The malt profile that's in English IPAs generally is there, but SCOV seems quite a bit more hopped than other English IPAs I've had. Personally, I LIKE that, since I don't generally care all that much for this style, but others may not. Nice floral and herbal hop characters with the amount of malt you'd expect from the style.

A nice beer from a brewery I hadn't heard of before, and it went well with my sammich.

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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 StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Local, Minneapolis.

Dark amber with off white film.
Resin and apricot on the nose.
Toast, chocolate, butterscotch, and burnt orange hops with some lean bitterness.
Medium, chewy, round.

Some odd notes, but a steady IPA overall. Departs from the usual IPA profile, but I’m not sure how purposeful that is - why the all the dark crystal malts? Not very English either. Mostly sessionable, if curious.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours light amber in color with a tan head.

Aroma is nothing exceptional, nothing pops out, just a general hippy aroma.

Bitter and piney, not much of an aftertaste. Maybe a little too sweet which keeps the hops from really coming through. Too much caramel malt.

Somewhat sticky, medium to light body, not as well carbonated as it could be.

An okay beer. There are so many IPAs that you have to be great just to make it on the top 100 lost. This beer is ok, not great.

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Sweet Child Of Vine from Fulton Beer
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