Sweet Child of Vine

Minnesota
United States
fulton beer sweet child of vine ipa
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Move over grapes. We’re celebrating the world’s most glorious vine. Generous quantities of CTZ 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. But don’t let all this talk of hops mislead you. The Sweet Child has a serious malt backbone to stand up to all those hops, creating a delightful balance that will keep you coming back for more. It’s an IPA, Fulton-style.

Profile

ABV: 
6.4%
IBUs: 
69
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A rich, sweet, caramel malt nose shares the aroma with a complex blend of earthy, citrusy and piney hop characteristics. There is also some light fruity esters evident. The beer is a light copper with great clarity and a solid, rocky, off-white head of small, white bubbles that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass throughout the drink. A very attractive beer.

The flavor mirrors the aroma quite well. A piney and earthy hop flavor is slightly stronger than the quite evident sweet caramel malt base of this brew with moderately low carbonation. Hop bitterness seems to be medium and appropriate for the style, but strangely it becomes rather assertive and somewhat harsh in the finish. A light fruitiness comes through in the middle and finish, as does a touch of alcohol warming and saltiness. There is a sweetness from the malt and the fermentation that also becomes stronger in the finish, competing with the high hop bitterness in a rather combative way.

Overall, this brew demonstrates a solid flavor complexity from both the malt and hop side of things, and is a solid example of an American IPA with tradtional English IPA elements.

Brewery Introduction

THE STORY BEHIND THE SUDS

When we founded Fulton in 2009, we were homebrewing out of a South Minneapolis garage and contract brewing at a small Wisconsin brewery. Our dream was to build a real Minneapolis brewery of our own in the next 5-10 years, and quit our day jobs along the way. We... Read More

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