Sweet Child of Vine

English IPA Fulton Beer

3.5

Sweet Child of Vine, an English-style IPA brewed by Fulton Beer

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Sweet Child of Vine is an English-style IPA brewed by Fulton Beer, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a can.

Appearance

The ale pours a mostly cloudy deep copper—nearly amber, in fact—and is topped by a thick off-white cap of rocky foam that shows fine retention. Following the reduction, patches of lace clutch the sides and a thin ring of bubbles rounds the glass. Ample bits of fine sediment are visibly afloat.

Aroma

The aroma wafts caramel, toffee, toasted bread, earthy hops, and a hint of stewed vegetables.

Flavor

Malty biscuit and toasted bread lead the palate with a mild mix of piney and floral hops. The finish is spiked with orange citrus, grassy hops, and bottoms out with caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is soft and smooth with a body that’s just over medium and moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly with a slight astringency.

Overall

Its appearance is lovely. There was a slight vegetal character to the aroma that was off-putting. The IBU count is a bit high for the style but a hefty malt backbone keeps its bitterness mostly in check. Feels a bit thick but its dryness makes it pretty easy to tilt back. Sweet Child of Vine is a beer that you’re not sure if you care for it at first but its taste really grows on you as keep drinking.

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About the English IPA

The English IPA dates back to the 18th century as a hoppy beer that was exported to India. Hops act as a natural preservative and kept the beer fresh for its long voyage. The style began to dominate the market and by the 1830s was given the name “India Pale Ale”. But by the 20th century, the style had almost disappeared entirely until the modern craft beer era reinvigorated interest. Its color ranges from gold to amber but most examples of the English IPA are pale. Its feel is smooth with a medium-light to medium body and moderate to moderately-high carbonation. Its alcohol strength is moderate. Its aroma and palate are typically hoppy and can be floral, peppery, or citrus-orange. Malt can consist of biscuit and toast or sweet with toffee and caramel. Some fruitiness may be present. Comparatively, the English IPA has a greater hops presence than the English Pale and Bitters but its balance leans malty when compared to the American IPA.