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 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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Photo of sonata2008
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 WYVYRN527
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass.

A: pours a dark amber with a thin off-white head that settles very quickly. The beer is crystal clear and there is little lacing.

S: Very floral hop aroma up front, with some fruity undertones. There is some caramel-like malt notes in the backround.

T: Flavors are much like the smell, only more intense. Malty flavors of biscuit and caramel are more up front, with a mouthfull of floral, fruity hops.

M: This beer is just a bit thin for the style. The viscosity is low, and the finish does not last as long as I would expect.

D: This offering, although light and mild, is still pretty easy to drink. It's a decent brew, but not one for the extreme hopheads.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an exceptionally dark amber with golden highlights and a medium sized puffy white head.

The smell is laden with piney hop oils, light, freshly cut grapefruit and lemon. No real alcohol presence in the nose.

This beer reminds me of Masala with the abundant fruity mango, grapefruit and mild pine. Surprisingly rich (in a good way) malty backbone screams Notice Me!! While the refreshing hop character blends extremes into a harmonious balance.

The mouthfeel is up to par, light-medium bodied with enough weight to keep it a little chewy. Carbonation is in line for the style.

Overall, knocked me off my bar stool. Watch out world, Fulton will bring the pain. Killer IPA by my standards, excitedly looking forward to future releases from the little guys.

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Photo of herman77
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Williams last night. On their beer menu it just said Fulton IPA, so I'm assuming its Sweet Child of Vine since its the only beer they have on tap right now.

A: Darker amber with about a half inch off bubbly off-white head. Seems to be pretty translucent, maybe a tad hazy. Left great lacing all the way down the glass, you could see each ring left from the previous gulp.

S: Citrus and grapefruit hops with a little pine mixed in. Some sweet malt as well. Not much on the nose though.

T: Follows close to the smell, but again, it seems kind of muted. Very well balanced. This would be awesome if the flavors were more pronounced. Finishes with a slight bitter/dry finish, nice and crisp though.

M/D: Medium to lighter body, carbonation seems a touch on the high side. Good drinkability though due to the balance in the taste and the crisp finish. The muted hop flavors increase the drinkability for me as well.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the St. Anthony Village Pub in Minneapolis into a tall tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber with a nice white foamy head that left a little lacing as it receded to a nice white cap.

Smell: Some subtle floral hops with a nice sweet malt behind it. Very inviting aroma.

Taste: A really well balanced flavor for an IPA. Some nice floral and citrus hops and bitterness up front, followed by very smooth and slightly sweet caramel malts. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkablity: Oh yes, very easy to drink and great flavor. Easily a session beer. Will definitely order this one again, or pick some up at the store as a summer refresher.

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Photo of Buebie
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this ontap at the Fulton release party held at the Happy Gnome. I just now found my notes from that night. I cant remember the date, but I know it was late October/ early november and Darkness was ontap.

Poured into a pint sized pub glass from the tap. About an inch of off white bubbly froth forms up, receding to leave a good collar with a film thickness head.
Lace rings are left all the way down like growth rings on a tree.
Color is amber, transparent with a filtered look, it appears a bit darker then the American ipa with a definable English twist on appearance.

Aroma is not of the typical ipa either, very english like, floral hops, subdued candy flavors that are well hidden and only come around off a good swirl. Sweet bready malt and fresh grains, with a touch of caramel. Hops are subdued but still present, definatly not a hop forward bomb. Which increased the drinkability, allowing me to have several and keep my tastebuds all the while.

Mouthfeel is light with a moderate carbonated presence.
A solid beer, quite drinkable, lower bittering, sessionable andlocal...all the better.

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Photo of jera1350
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap back in Nov./Dec. at the Happy Gnome.

Copper color with one finger head. Nice citrus hop scent with some sweet malt. Pretty balanced taste of citrus hops with a solid malt backbone. Feel is fine. Almost medium bodied, mostly smooth. A bit of prickly carbonation. Easy drinking IPA. Nothing crazy or outstanding, just a solid and easy going IPA. I would welcome this again.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber pour with a small slightly off-white head that laces the entire way down the glass. Aroma is nice with a good bouquet of floral and citrus notes.
Taste is hops, again floral and citrus, without a huge malt backbone, but a touch of sweetness is detectable. This one is the closest thing and MN brewery has ever made to a west coast IPA, and I do like it.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for me, but this is a pretty easy drinking IPA, and another good brew from a Minnesota brewery.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, this gets added. I was about to throw away my notes because I never thought this would be added to the database.

I had this after the homecoming game against Michigan State on Halloween. I remember this because the guys from Fulton were handing out t-shirts for "costumes."

Served in a plastic cup, as always is the case on game days. Hazy murky amber color with a one finger off-white light tan head. Decent retention, and leaves some decent lacing.

The nose isn't nearly as hoppy as I thought it would be. For a beer named Sweet Child of Vine, I expected dank, floral and citrus hop aromas to dominate, but they are actually very light and subtle. I get a sweet malt backbone that stands out more than anything.

Taste is much of the same, light floral hops, with a stronger caramel malt backbone. I was expecting something hoppier, but to be honest this is hopped like a Pale Ale, certainly not an IPA. Subtle and not what I was looking for.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, but smooth and creamy. Drinkability is pretty good, partly because the mouthfeel kicks it up a notch.

Overall, kind of disapointed with this out of Fulton. I was looking for a really citrus and floral hopped IPA, and I didn't get it. I still have high hopes for the brewery, because their other offerings look tasty. I think this just needs to be tweaked just a little but, but then again I'm not the brewer.

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Photo of hardy008
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dark amber with a small head and no lacing. Smells of grapefruit and pine. Not much malt detectable, although it is there. The taste is grapefruit and some pine. I believe Simcoe and Glacier hops are used.

The flavors and aroma are a little to subtle for me. The hops and malt backbone are somewhat muted. I could really tell how muted they were when I had a Furious after I finished the Sweet Child of Vine.

Medium mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation. Nice bitter finish. Not bad, but not the best I have had either. I wish the flavors and aroma were bolder.

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Sweet Child Of Vine from Fulton Beer
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 598 ratings