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Sweet Child Of Vine | Fulton Beer

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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
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
553
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
14.8%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
128
For Trade:
0
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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 brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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 kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

C+

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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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Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour is sort of a dark amber color with a white head. Quite malty and sweet with minimal hop aroma. A hint of floral hops and maybe a touch of citrus peel. The flavor is similarly lacking in the hop department. Bread and toffee are the prominent flavors with a little caramel, too. Mild floral hop flavor and very little in the way of bitterness.

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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 smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Mill City Tavern, in Minneapolis airport into a shaker pint.

A thin one centimeter tan head presented, cask like bubbles in appearance. Body is a dull and opaque amber orange. Some nice white rising pinhead carbonation in places, crawls slowly.

Nose is very mellow soft malts and hop. Jammy marmalade and citrus, but subtle and subdued. Light brown sugar.

Taste is very full bodied. Good caramel and sweet malt sense,not sticky. Mouthfeel is nice and rich. Chewy. Hop angle plays on English bitter marmalade and sweet orange. Some herbal tea like action on the finish, pekoe orange. Lingering sweetness with a good bitter balance.

Overall a very memorable English IPA. Like this umami thick and rich sweetness and hop bitter.

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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 WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this a few places around Minneapolis. It's always reminded me bit of Brooklyn's East India Pale Ale, for the fruity and earthy pairing of hop flavors with a soft bitterness. Really, this is a more sessionable IPA. You can tell it has body and a little more alcohol than a pale ale, but it's not thick or overly bitter. I'd call it a tasty starter-IPA. Certainly worth a try for any beer lover.

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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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A - Darker, cloudy orange with a light yellow-tan head.

S - Sweet carmel and bready malt, Some orange as well.

T - A little orange and lemon, some subtle carmel malt.

D - Nice balance. Average carbonation and body.

O - Not as citrusy or hoppy, but I still enjoyed it.

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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 jmdrpi
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served fron the tap in a shaker pint.

Hazy dark amber in color. Thin cream colored head. Leaves nice rings of lacing. Suprisingly little aroma. Taste is well balanced. Starts a bit sweet and malty and finished bitter earthy hops. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Overall a nice beer, good restrained use of the hops.

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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 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 ccrida
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Gold Nugget, Sweet Child of Vine is copper with with a white sand head the leaves heavy lace in the big mug they served it in.

Smell is malty, a light sweetness, some biscuit, light herbal hops, perhaps some tobacco, a hint of spice. Served ice cold, it warmed up a bit but not as much as I'd preferred to have tasted it at.

Taste is leafy, herbal, some light toffee notes. The alcohol character is accentuated by the malt, but it's clean, if a bit sturdy. A little brown sugar, but bitter sweet on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is finely carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a fairly tasty British IPA, although so by the strength of the alcohol then the hop flavor, which could have been cranked up a tad, even if it was still the appropriate hop bill they used.

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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 xnicknj
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a slightly hazed cherry auburn color, very bright tones with a nice froth of white head resting on top. Retains well, leaving rings and patches of lacing on the glass.

Spicy and hoppy in the nose with pine and citrus. Softer notes of bready malts and caramel.

Bitter hops up front with citrus and pine. Grapefruit notes burn through with peel and pith. The malt backbone hides underneath with toasted notes and bread. Finishes bitter with lingering dryness.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A pretty solid IPA, although it could easily get lost in the crowd.

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