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.
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.
The aroma wafts caramel, toffee, toasted bread, earthy hops, and a hint of stewed vegetables.
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.
Its feel is soft and smooth with a body that’s just over medium and moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly with a slight astringency.
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.