Sweet Child Of Vine | Fulton Beer

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Sweet Child Of VineSweet Child Of Vine

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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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Photo of Yulles
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -9.1%
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 -11.6%
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 -46.8%
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 +24%
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 +5.5%
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 -10.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -6.1%
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 +12.7%
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 -5.2%
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 -4.7%
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 -19%
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 -3%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Aster Cafe, Minneapolis, MN, into a pint glass

Pours a darkish mahogany color that manages to have some translucency to it. 1.5 fingers of eggshell colored head rise up, though lacing is minimal (the fault of the dishwashers most likely). Solid stuff.

The hop profile is confusing. It tastes American, mostly. But it wants to be English. Bursts of grapefruit not unlike that of fresh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale mix with grassy, herbal European hop notes. But they don't mix well. The malts taste like a mixed bag, too. I think that there is some Maris Otter in the malt bill, but there needs to be more. It's a nicely flavored English beer, but I don't think that the use of American hops are doing that much positive for the beer.

It's got a decent body to it, and it should given the English-style malt bill. The carbonation is also solid. Overall, this is a solid beer. I keep using that word because that's all this beer is. It isn't good, exactly, not in the strict sense of the word. It is above average, with no real flaws apart from an imbalance towards the American hop flavors.

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Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 gatornation
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ busters

A- is a copper/amber pour with an off white head a nice collar with good lacing

S- is floral hops some citrus peel ,caramel and baked bread

T- is a floral bouquet of hops with a citrus/grapefruit mixed with sweet caramel malts and a sweet bread finish

M- is medium carbonated however a little thin

O- a great session ipa with a nice floral hop taste ,nicely drinkable a nice representation that i will order again

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in uptown at Williams, and I will lead off by saying this is one of the most sessionable IPA's I've had the fortune of enjoying.

I do enjoy a super hoppy beer -- my recent experience with Surly Wet reaffirms my faith in the hop gods -- but Fulton shines in that it doesn't destroy your taste buds after 3 sips, like some IPA's do.

The glacial hops blend well with the malt, but still remain at the forefront of both smell and taste. It tastes a lot like an ESB might if you juiced up the bitterness a notch, clearly letter the imbiber know that hops is in charge. I love balanced beers, as they provide me the best drinking experience.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Lucia's in Uptown on 8/22/10.

A- Nice deep copper color with really nice dark red hue, creamy full 2 fingers of slight off white head on top, clean consistent lacing down glass.

S- Aroma is that of nice clean citrus hops, fresh floral notes, light caramel malt.

T- Nice clean grapefruit bitterness up front, citrus presented as zesty lemon, clean and crisp with a nice balanced malty backbone, really nice depth. Definitely recognize the Simcoe and Glacier hops in there, works really well.

M- Good medium body, with good carbonation to deliver flavors, very palatable and refreshing.

D- I like the balance in this beer, nice malt backbone stands to support the nice clean bitterness presented by the American hops. Very drinkable at 6.4% nicely fits in the range of most English style IPA's which allows having a few, but has a great American take on it, with the hop varieties used.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrives a handsome copper amber color with one centimeter of foam. The aroma is a mix of caramel malt and a dash of hops. This brew has a medium palate. The flavor is where this things gets interesting. The malty sweetness in the beginning is contradicted by floral hops at the end. The fine melding of the two brings complexity to this beer. The hops are kept in check and the beer is not overwhelming. This is a greatly balanced beer. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

I love the care put into this beer. The restraint to keep the hops at a level that is not over the top is commendable. Keep up the good work.

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note this is an English IPA
I see a lot of new beers at Ed's but this is one of best of the summer so far. I never drank this before but I was instantly impressed by the flavor profile the mango and bitterness is great touch with the malt. I drank a few of these like others have said it can make you a bit of a bar fool. It certainly hits

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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 bsp77
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed back in November 2009 but there was no listing for the brewery then, so I have held onto the review. Just remembered that I needed to enter it.

Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber with moderate off-white head and nice lacing lines.

Smell: Nice hop aroma of pine and grapefruit and citrus, countered by toasted malts.

Taste: Very well balanced for an IPA. Nice hop taste of earth, floral notes, pine and grapefruit balanced by caramel and toasted malts. Ends slightly bitter - more spicy than bitter.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, medium body with very dry finish (especially considering it is only somewhat bitter).

Drinkability: Very well balanced and easy to drink IPA. Great flavor overall but could use a little more personality. Just a touch too balanced (English) for my IPA tastes.

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