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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 56
Gots: 278 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010

Composition
Malt: imported 2 row German malts

Hops: whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops

ABV: 5.2%

Flavor
With the sublime, earthy familiarity of noble European hops backed up by fresh, clean German malts, Summer Love Ale ends with a surprising burst of lemony refreshment from fistfuls of American whole flower hops. Love Summer, now.
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Ratings: 1,861 | Reviews: 370
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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint a clear light golden with a sticky 1/2 finger bone white head.Citric and herbal hops dominate the nose along with a toasted malt base,really liked the big play on the hops.Flavors of citrusy hops provide the main flavor component along with light herbalness,a dryer toasty malt base holds true to the finish.This is a great summer beer,a great hop profile and very drinkable,well done Victory.

Photo of Beaver13
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is honey, malts and a little noble hops.

The flavor is grainy malts and grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK subdued hoppier blonde ale. Not too exciting.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, without freshness info.

Pour is clear, dull golden amber. Loose, eggshell white head, Leaves some minor spots of lacing.

Light spice of peppery hops on the nose.

Pleasantly light, crisp and hopped up blond.
Quite dry, bready malts, more pepper infused hops. Quite enjoyabe, as the label says "at the ball park or under a shade tree"

A lot of flavor and character in a lighter bodied beer. Fine summer drinking.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, light yellow in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: piney and citrus hops

Taste: piney hops with some grassiness

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, bitter, but not overly so with light sweetness in the back

Overall: Very drinkable, bitter beer that I see as a good lawnmower beer. I could have a couple or just as well pass. Decent, not great

Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light gold with thin white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Crackers, grass, apple and grapefruit. Somewhat spicy,

Taste: Nice barely sweet base of apple, grass, and crackers. The hops are fairly assertive for the light body, somewhat spicy and floral, with some grapefruit as well.

Feel: Light body with a moderately high level of carbonation, but surprisingly creamy. Very dry finish.

Overall: For a Blonde Ale, this really is a home run. Almost comes across as a blend of a Kolsch ad an IPA.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Can’t find a bottle date, but since it’s nearly November this one might be past its prime.

A: I can see why this is a blonde! Very pale hazy straw color. Nice white head with big bubbles and lots of lacing.

S: Some grassiness and tropical fruit...apricot and mango. Some spiciness. Really a nice smelling beer.

T: Well if it’s past its prime then I can’t really tell. Everything from the aroma comes into play in the flavor, plus there’s a good amount of bready grain added.

M: It’s nicely refreshing and makes you want to take another sip. Finish is a tad dry which I think is part of what draws me into wanting to immediately take another drink. On the watery side with some nice scrubbing bubbles.

O: I had this on draft over the summer with some oysters and was surprised by how much I liked it. I’ll be picking this up again when the warm weather returns.

Photo of jondeelee
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love opens with a malty nose that bears strong notes of wet wheat, sourdough bread, floury baguette, and hay. Added to these is a strong lemon-scented hop aroma, tinged with small touches of grapefruit rind and pine. Some apricot fruit esters lay just beneath the surface. As a whole, the nose is decent, and the aromas present in good strength, but I find the lemon-and-bread combination to be slightly overpowering and off-balance, somewhat like lemon-scented Pledge sprayed in the air of an active bakery. This is not to say the aromas are off-putting, but they don’t quite seem to mesh together here.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the same lemon-and-bread combination noted above, though the hops here are tinged with a more bitter shot of pine, grapefruit rind, and dandelion stem. The malts bring floury baguette and toast crust, with peppery touches and hints of apricot. There’s also a strong wheat stalk presence here, like hay straw held in the mouth, which lends the beer a bitter and dried-stem taste. The aftertaste is a bitter lemon rind and dandelion stem hop blast, with some breads remaining, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I can appreciate the lightness of this beer, since it is meant to be summer fare, and while the flavors are present in good strength, the beer as a whole doesn’t seem to mesh well. There’s simply too many lemon and dried hay flavors in here, and they get in the way of everything else. The extra-bitter aftertaste is also strange, drying out the mouth and leaving the drinker wanting another sip to refresh the palate. I’d imagine this beer would be great with a good barbecued burger or a hot dog, but as a stand-alone beverage it doesn’t quite balance out.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very crisp aroma of sweet pale malts with a nice hop presence for a blond ale. Bready cracker and wheat grains with some hints of citrus orange and lemon zest. Aroma is also fairly grassy. Nice hints of noble hops. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: A very nice crisp taste that is surprisingly strong with the hops for this style. Bready pale malts and grains with good hints of cracker and biscuit. Nice spicy hop kick from noble hops and a little bit of resin. Also a subtle hint of citrus orange and lemon. A very full and well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a nice tingly feel. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very impressive take on the lighter "Blonde" style. Very nice hop bite for a lighter beer. Like Prima Pils, Victory is great at taking lighter styles to another flavorful level.

Photo of Mantooth
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour at the wonderful Duckworth's, Park Road in Charlotte, NC...

Pours a lovely golden color with sticky white lacing. Super light brew - and dry as a bone. At 5.2% this is a great little session ale, easy enough for everyone and complex enough that I found it entertaining. Very nice summer brew - if you're going to be out on a boat, at the beach, wherever - this wouldn't be a bad choice. Give it a shot - nice beer.

Photo of pcrochunis
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Flavor of the Season INDEED. This american Blonde Ale is quite refreshening after an afternoon of grueling lawn mowing. Its golden amber color signifies the refreshment of youth, like that of a child's first alcoholic beverage. But the burliness of the hops reminds you that this beer is not for a child but for a man of great wisdom. With a minute hint of citrus, heaping amount of hops, and arouma that is suited for the gods, one would be a fool not to consume.

Photo of Soonami
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A special beer brewed in collaboration with Philadelphia "With Love" tourism board, is a pale ale made with german pale malt, and locally sourced water (duh). Summer Love was very pale in color almost blonde and had a nice tuft of foam on top. In appearance it could have passed for a pilsner, which is to say too pale for a pale ale. The smell is dominated mostly by grassy hops with a little tinge of lemon--there is a bit of sulfur in the aroma as the beer warms and a bit of cooked veggie. The taste was very nice and clean with light malt flavors, crisp hops and slightly citric finish. The beer was lighter in body than I would have liked, but was easy to drink and refreshing

Photo of williamjbauer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in pint glass at their brewery

A - Clear, pale with 1 finger white head with good retention and good lacing, nice bubbly head.

S - Lemon, herbal and peppery notes with light yeast aroma.

T - Follows nose, solid wheat backbone, a touch of yeast and alcohol, pretty light beer.

M - Light body, moderate-high carbonation, effervescent, crisp.

O - Nice summer beer, but lacks a lot of meat on the bones much like many beers in this style. Refreshing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well executed Summer session ale, with enough flavor to keep one interested yet not bogged down with body. Light golden pale malts with a bright white head form thick down the sides of my glass. It has some German hops coming through in the nose with herbal mild citrus and a touch of earthy hops going on, pale semi sweet malts with a bit of slightly Belgian like spice accents, I'm guessing from the type of yeast used? Tried many new beers over the weekend at the Penn Brewfest but this is one of the new beers I've seen in Pittsburgh at retail outlets that got me ready for Summer. It's an odd mix flavor wise traditional German hop profile with some Belgian spicy yeast notes. Overall interesting but it doesn't go down as easy as you would think based on the description I've had about two bottles and I think I will definitely spread out the remaining four. Headwaters Pale begs to be drank in number this one, is solid but not as sessionable.

Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz undated but recently purchased bottle.

A hazy yellow straw with a average white head that has OK duration but leaves more than average lacing.

Mild aroma, and not particularly attractive. Earthy, fruity (mainly citrus), overly floral, with some off notes.

T - has more and much better flavor than anticipated. More hop contribution than usual for style, with some malt background, a lemony tint, and a bit of yeasty fruitiness.

M - Thin, semi-watery. Good carbonation.

O - a mix of good and bad. Rather striking contrast between aroma and taste.

Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks the part, a clear and even brilliant bright gold. Bubbling activity never really ceases. A dense, fluffy and creamy pillow of pure white head grows about three fingers high before settling but never dying. Plenty of patching is left clinging to the glass as the beer recedes.
While this style doesn't lemd itself to hoppiness. that actually makes this beer the hoppiest blonde I've ever had. It's floral and grassy with no astringency or harshness to the bitterness, fresh and green and just raw enough without being too leafy. It drinks like a lager but with a lot more flavor than is typical. As boasted, there's also lots of balance; a dryish malts presence that leans crackery but with a bit of biscuit lends great support. It's got a grassiness that I can only describe as summery. This beer was perfectly crafted to scream summer. Do I think this is the best style? No. Do I think this is the best American Blonde ale I've ever had? Yes. It's difficult to imagine what more one can do with the style.
The above translates to the feel as well; this is an extremely light style that drives brewers to make a beer that's just thin. This one, though, is light without giving anything up. Crispness never fades off, and it remains very smooth all the way as well. Not perfect, but perhaps perfect for the style.

Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, for my #BOTG 46 I decided to take a few steps back from the bigger stouts and barleywines I seem to have been drinking lately, to something a little more appropriate for this Texas heat! It's hot here in Houston (95+ right now), and all that appeals to me is a nice, cold refreshing beer right now. So, here goes "Summer Love".

Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a clean, crisp yellow transparent color. Nice fluffy head fills the glass, leaves some lacing around the glass. Nice looking summer beer! Smell- herbal, floral hops. Almost a rosey aroma. Really nice. There is a grassy quality to it too. Taste- clean, crisp, hoppy, with a tiny bit of malt sweetness on the end. This is just so clean, crisp, refreshing. So incredibly drinkable- it has some german pilsner qualities to it, but also some really nice hop presence that you might find in a pale ale. This is just a perfect summer beer, I will be buying it all summer for sure. Well done!

Photo of dacrza1
2.57/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: August 1, 2014... GLASSWARE: pint... OCCASION: finding a new favorite show in Drunk History at State College...APPEARANCE: pale, almost wan, weak yellow car body; pillowy white, single-finger head that thins rather quickly... AROMA: sharp banana; damp yeasts with some funk--a wet blanket? noticeably light malt scents--not very alluring ... PALATE: medium-bodied; oily and palpably gritty; smooths out over the course of the glass draining; refreshing overall ... TASTE: light, spritzy lemon; a bit doughy for an ale; the funk in the aroma bleeds into the taste--odd dish detergent lingers... OVERALL: an oddly spotty offering from Victory--sharp and slightly abrasive with the overall experience rounding out the profile with some acceptance, but a mix of scents and tastes that do not seem to coexist peacefully... light enough to fit the season, but not large enough to occupy attention or demand a revisit....

Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color. White head with ok retention and some lace strings. Many many little rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet fresh grains and citrus in the background. Smells juicy but not nessecarily with fruitiness. Very simple yet well done. Clean, crisp and super fresh.

T: Matching the smell very well, the taste is packed with fresh grains, some citrus and also peppery spice.

M: Nice smooth, swirly feeling beer. Body is on the medium side. Texture is a weee bit resinsy-dry feeling.

O: A solid choice for an outside pleasant weather beer.

Photo of cokes
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny golden hued with a tight white cap that sags quickly towards the liquid and leaves spotty lacework.
Grainy nose with toasted, flaky bread notes, and a flash of honeyed graham sweetness. Hops bring earthy herbs and lemon rinds.
It rushes through the mouth with a semi-sweet Frosted Flakes burst, then settles towards lightly toasty bread. Hops are modest, but add slaking peppery and lemongrass notes.
Light bodied with a uppity carbonation that settles out over time. Though that's not much of an issue as it's hard to do anything other than pound these back. Call it a lawnmower beer and I'd cut the grass more often. It's supremely refreshing.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premiere. Good hoppiness with a lighter mouthfeel. Seessionable alcohol. Golden with lots of white lace, a little head retention. Faintly hoppy aroma. Small tasty package, good drinkability. Carbonation right there.Something to beat the heat.

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Leesville Tap Room.

A - copper gold with a thin white head that has no retention

S - piny, herbal hop notes

T - piny, herbal, spicy, citrusy hop character with some faint malts in the background

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer for a summer offering. It has a solid hop character and great drinkinability. I'll definitely try this out again.

Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nice, clean, golden ale immediately invites with a rich head of fine white foam and spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma? Crisp and delightful, with plenty of fresh citrus hops and even a trace of fruit.

I get more of the hoppiness in the taste, but this one isn't bitter or harsh at all. There seems to be hints of citrus and even apricot in there. A delicious and palate-pleasing summer brew with tons of nuance and flavor, all the while remaining light and drinkable. Winner!

Photo of socon67
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours straw yellow with a soapy white foam on top. decent lacing on the glass. Small bubbles of carbonation move to the top.

S - Some scent of fresh hops. Also a mild citrus flavor.

T - Very refreshing flavor from a beer that is great for the warm months. Subdued hop profile, and a mild citrus tartness in the finish.

M - Awesomely sesionable. Does not feel watery despite the relaxed flavors. Easily a beer you can sit back and watch the tide roll in with.

O - A solid seasonal from Victory. Perfect beach beer.

Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer Love is light yellow or straw color. It’s very clear and looks light gold when held to light. A white head tops it, and rises to about a finger and a half in height. It recedes to a surface covering rather quickly, but leaves a moderate web of sticky lace behind.

The nose is good. It kicks off with grainy notes. They’re fairly prominent throughout. A whiff of sweet malt follows. Lemon is noted about midway through. Hops are more prominent than you might expect. They smell quite grassy and floral. There’s a bit of a spicy scent that I can’t quite put my finger on. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. It’s rather straight forward and simple, but it smells good.

The flavor is likewise good. It’s a little sweet and malty up front. Grainy, grassy, and earthy notes emerge and resonate throughout. In part, hops are responsible for some of those flavors. Noble hops are definitely in the mix. Their classic grassy, floral flavor is strong. They add a bit of a bitter kick, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s just enough to make things really buzz. Alcohol is buried. Finishes grassy, a little bitter, and dry.

Summer Love has a light-medium body. Carbonation is quite active, and is a little buzzy. It’s not quite smooth, but it does go down easily. I could gladly handle a few of these.

Victory Brewing seems to be heading in an interesting direction releasing beers such as Summer Love and Headwaters Pale Ale. Rather than going more extreme, they seem to be going for more mass market appeal with smaller, simpler, more drinkable beers. I’m good with that. Summer Love is good beer (as is Headwaters). Summer Love really is a nice, drinkable beer to kick back with this time of year. I’m enjoying it. Easy recommendation.

Photo of plfahey
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden-yellow in color with absolutely brilliant clarity. Moderate white head with fine bubbles and decent retention.

Aroma-Very interesting hop aroma-Floral, earthy, but also a bit catty and piney. Also has some noble hop notes. Malt profile shows notes of grain and unsalted crackers, and is very clean. Intriguing for sure.

Flavor-Clean and crisp malt shows up first, with grainy, crackery flavors. Moderately strong hop flavors follow, first floral and noble, then catty, citric, and piney, and then again floral on the way out, with moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste is distinctly hoppy (floral and noble), with a slight hint of malt sweetness. On the whole, I find it rather enjoyable.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the tongue but is not astringent.

I think this is a pretty damn good summer seasonal-it reminds me a little bit of Victory's Prima Pils with some American hops tossed in. Yummy, thirst quenching, and easy drinking. I'll definitely be drinking this one again.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.