Sweet Child Of Vine | Fulton Beer

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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 16 oz glass at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. Cost was $6.00. Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving 2012. I'd had this before in bottled form.

A: Pours a khaki floater of nice cream and thickness. Retention is poor. I'm not impressed with the lack of head. Colour is a noncommital copper-tangerine. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral notes, grapefruit citrus fruit esters, clean pale malts, and nectar. A mild to average strength aroma.

T: Nectary malty sweetness, floral hops, and indistinct fruit. Clean and fruity, with diverse floral character. Nicely balanced and built. A bit simple, but pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nectary. A bit sticky. Crisp. Clean. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant. A nice beer on draught. Passable for an IPA, but not extraordinary. Not unique or special. I appreciate its balance.


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Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the brewery. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a cloudy amber color with a layer of fluffy off white head. The head fades and leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet with mild hops and malt. More malt here than I would have expected. Decent, but not overly interesting.

Taste: More hops here than there were in the smell. Citrus peel hops backed up by some sweet malt. I'm also getting some juicy citrus notes. The hop taste seems a bit muddles. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with foamy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Not an overly impressive IPA. I thought it was a bit weird. I don't think I need another one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a modest head; vague traces left behind

Smell: A bit fruity and a bit earthy

Taste: Toffee malt and earthy hops, up front, with a bit of a cakey character developing after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather insipid for an English IPA; would not order again

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of LXIXME
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a clear copper amber.

Aroma: a lot of orange citrus. Caramel a bready malts. Earthy and floral hops.

Taste: mimics the nose. More orange citrus and fruity flavors. This beer is fairly malty. Caramel and biscuity. Floral and earthy.

Mouthfeel: citrusy and bitter. Medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, this was a decent beer. Better than expexted, but it was a bit too malty for me. It is a very balanced ipa.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dougofthefuture. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a nice amber-copper color with a thin white head that very quickly recedes into a thin collar. The nose has some slight floral elements along with a lot of bread and some caramel. Very reminiscent of Dogfish 60. Flavor is similar with more of a malt emphasis. Even for an English IPA, this is really malt heavy. Very slight dryness to the finish. Brew itself is rather chewy. Decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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3.81/5  rDev +5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trying a bottle of Sweet Child Of Vine...like the name! This beer pours clear copper with rich white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is true to English Style IPA...more of a bitter hop with hints of malt. The taste is slightly sweet yet bitter. The malt base really works well with the hops. The mouthfeel is medium to light in body with decent cabonation. Overall it is not a bad beer....relatively easy drinking.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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