Sweet Child Of Vine | Fulton Beer

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Sweet Child Of VineSweet Child Of Vine

Brewed by:
Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States | website

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 Beerandraiderfan
1.34/5  rDev -62.5%
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 n2185
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper-honey color with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Sweet citrus notes on the nose with some caramel and candy sugar sweetness. The finish has notes of grapefruit and pine. It's all fairly muted, though--even with vigorous swirling, it was difficult to detect much aroma.

T: Again, sweet citrus at first followed by notes of grapefruit and pine. It has an earthy, lightly bitter finish. There are also some sweet candy sugar notes in there. Simple, but tasty.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer has an almost frothy body, but it works well to give it a nice cleanness. I really like the feel of this beer.

O: A pretty decent IPA overall. Unfortunately the subdued aroma really holds it back, but it's still quite tasty with a pleasant, lively body.

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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 JackieTH
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour was a nice dark copper with a half finger of foam that dissipated quickly but leaves decent lacing. Smell was, overall, very mild. Slight hints of citrus and malt and something metallic as well. Taste was a well balanced mildly citic hop and mild sweet malt interplay, mildly bitter, that finishes dry and clean with no lingering bitterness. Medium, well-crafted body with good level of carbonation let's one know this is a craft brew. Overall, nothing extraordinary here, but an easy drinking, mild IPA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 ZAP
4/5  rDev +12%
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 alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Great name, but where's the bottled on date?

Pours a rich, dark copper with amber maple syrup edges. Tight, gauzy, off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass. Okay retention. Generous amount of fruity malt mixes amicably with toasted grains and minty, piny hops.

Toasted malts and mineral-like bitterness up front. Orange marmalade and mild herbal hop flavors follow. Fruit and biscuit malt fill up the palate, while the hop flavors and bitterness hang out in the background. Becomes mintier and vegetal in the finish. Nicely balanced, with subtle hop bitterness, and a very nice malt profile. Medium bodied with a very creamy feel. Would be nice to have this on cask!

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Photo of Centennial
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass

A. Golden with amber hue, 2 finger head fades to just a small layer, very clear and without sediment

S. Very mild, trying to pull hops out of this but really am getting more of a granola sweet scent

T. Piney and Earthy flavors are present, but bready malts are prominent and while not overly sweet very noticeable. Slight off metallic aftertaste.

M. Refreshing, good carbonation level, finish is clean and crisp.

O. Average IPA, label reads "where do we go now?" and I say more hops, more hops, more hops.

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Photo of wrycon
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby copper in appearance. Dark, but not overly so. Not an incredible amount of nose - a lot of malt, some copper penny. Slightly tangy, slightly bitter to start. The roasted malt and hops co-mingle to no real remarkable effect. The beer's character lies in its 2nd half, where it melts into a semi-sweet velvet. The resiny hop notes shine and the whole package ends bitter, but full.

Like It? For the Most Part, Yeah

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -16%
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 MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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 iLovehops23
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 zeledonia
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first experience with this relatively new Twin Cities brewery. Love the beer's name, hoping I like the beer itself as much. Bottle has no date, but I know it's pretty fresh cause they just started bottling.

Pours a clear coppery amber. Half-finger of off-white head, dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing. Some carbonation visible, not much.

Smell is heavier on bready malts than anything else. I really don't pick up much hops in the nose at all - in fact, I have to work to find them. A hint of pine, which faded fairly quickly after the pour.

Taste is slightly odd for an IPA. Again, I don't get much of hops at all, except for a mild bitterness that comes on late. I could say it's balanced, but I think it would be more accurate to say that it's bland. Nothing specifically bad about it, but I don't have a whole lot of positives either.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied, a bit sticky. Carbonation on the low side.

I'm feeling underwhelmed by this beer. Maybe I had unreasonable expectations due to my anticipation about the brewery. But regardless, it's rather dull, with low hop presence and nothing really remarkable. Where's the flavor?

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Photo of jjanega08
1.93/5  rDev -45.9%
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 OleJohnnieAle
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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 GeezLynn
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Striking copper color, with great clarity. Head is smallish and short-lived.

S: Aroma is vibrant, but soft. Toasted brown malt is dominant to the light grassy hops. Not that it’s bad, but you typically get more hop aroma in a good pale ale (this is labeled IPA).

T: Flavor is much closer to style. There’s a tight citrus/grassy bitterness over toasty pale malt. Finish is very dry with a bitter follow through. Light and simply with a very clean, green hop character.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp snappy carbonation that brings out the lighter flavors in this beer.

Have tried this a few times and was not too impressed. I’ll now chalk that up to the other beers I may have had prior to drinking this. Aroma is bland, but flavor/mouthfeel are spot on for me. This beer could get lost in the crowd of bigger, bolder beers but definitely a nice beer to start the night out with or if you’re going to stick with one beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light bronzy gold hue, quite clear with a smallish densely foam capping of off-white foam. Keeps a slender collar and a few spots of lace.

Aroma is nearly missing entirely; I wiff, and wiff, and wiff, and there's not much there. A bit of clean cereal grain sweetness and a puff of hops.

Taste is simple yet ample enough for some good easy drinking; as I can see downing quite a few of these in the warmer months. Overall the taste level isn't very big though, but what is there is good enough for what it is, light, clean malt base of light grainy sweetness and a tiny toastyness twisted on top along with a bit of super dulled orangified bitterness of hops. Finish gathers a small swirl of dryish leafy hoppyness. Probably the best aspect of any noticteable character of this beer.

Body is light and clean just under a medium body, smooth with a decent tenderly sweet maltyness to its base as it finishes with a light hoppy complexity of dull citric bitterness and leafy dryness.

An OK brew that comes pretty close to the English style IPA with a bit of lacking character and complexity. It does have a nice simplicity about it that encourages itself to be a good session brew.

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Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer several times on-tap and was never very impressed with this beer. Not that bottles have hit the market, I needed to try it again in the comfort of my own home.

Pours a clear bronze color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin skim. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Mild hop aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and flowers. Not getting much from the malt except a touch of caramel. Not very aromatic for an IPA.

Hard to believe this is 69 IBUs in either bitterness or hop flavor. Tastes more like a solid APA. Hops are more citrus flavored than anything. Some sweetness from the malt but not much flavor. Clean flavors.

Medium body and nicely carbonated. Overall a good texture in an otherwise unremarkable beer.

My opinion has not changed about this beer. I know many people really love this but I find it a bit timid for an IPA, English or American. Well crafted as intended and the bottled product matches the draft exactly.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of Ungertaker
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
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 jsprain1
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep orange, head is small one finger, with a little bit of lacing clinging to the glass.
S- Smell is a nice hop punch. There is a bit of a pale malt, toffee presence with a decently strong pine and herbal hop aroma. More hoppy on the nose than most EIPA's.
T- And then the hops disappeared... It's lightly malty but there's not even a full enough malt presence. The hops more or less disappear for me. There is a light pineyness but that is about it.
M- Medium light body, medium-high carbonation. Dry finish.
O- For me this beer was a great nose, but it lacked substance pretty much everywhere else.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at King's Wine Bar in Minneapolis

Pours a ferrous, rusty orange, with 1+ finger of foamy head, which sticks to the glass as the beer volume goes down.

Smell Test: Paging Mr. Hops. Hey now! I was expecting some hop boquet here! Smell is pretty light, a little bready, malt, floral, but not much hop.

A stronger hop presence in terms of flavor, but still very balanced. Was expecting a bigger kick. Good slick consistency, nicely done on mouthfeel.

This is my first full Fulton beer.Recommended, definitely worth having, but not a great wow factor here.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a pint at Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was dark orange, close to copper. About an inch and a half of head with some film/lacing (see feel below).

Bitter smell, but not as hoppy as I would of thought. Some caramel or some similar smell. Couldn’t get the best nose as I wanted to. A bit bland.

Tasted nothing like an IPA - the hops just didn’t come through at all. Caramel flavor with some citrus in there. Couldn’t pinpoint the citrus flavor. Not sure why all the struggles here.

Average carbonation. Decent finish. I’ve never seen so much lacing on a beer. Luckily I like it.

Not a bad beer overall. I think I need to give this one another go. Just wasn’t getting it going here.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acadia.
Initially showed about 1/2 inch head, but it left unceremoniously, and was largely headless for most of the drink. Brownish and cloudy.
Reasonably clean hop aroma with firm balance of malt in background. Not particularly complex, but it did the job.
More of a balanced drink than many for style. Good hop flavors with a tamer bittering style overall. Full malt presence with a with an extract type quality in taste and feel. Rather big mouthfeel, but not so big to slow down drinking too much. Close to a sticky feel. Carbonated flatter (and nicely, I might add).
Nice solid drink overall. Worth giving it a go and probably a return.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bricks Pub in Blaine, Minnesota. This beer arrives a clear amber-orange color. The head is one inch of white foam that recedes slowly leaving rings of lacing along the sides of the glass until the beer is gone. The aroma is a mix of floral notes and grapefruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with a bit more grapefruit. Bitterness is rather moderate for an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I can't see myself drinking it often. The mix of floral and grapefruit in the beer really makes me want to drink an IPA that is completely floral.

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