Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,015
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 68
Gots: 383 | 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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Photo of Mikerea1671
4.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excellent summer seasonal, great taste and smell

Photo of ZorroZ
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pale gold
Smell: piney, citrusy hops nose, but not overwhelming.
Taste: The taste matches the nose- refreshing flavours and nicely hoppy, but not overly so
Mouthfeel: light enough to be refreshing, but nowhere near light enough to be bland.

Overall: Victory Summer Love may approach the Platonic Ideal of a summer beer.

Photo of dewbon
4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Love this stuff , the aroma of flowery hops , just the right bite, light carbonation, lovely beer tast. I'm hooked !!! I could drink this till the cows come home. A quality session beer that will not bankrupt you. You will not tire of the taste of this lovely brew.

Photo of ufellc
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit, citrus smell and flavors. Nice backside sweetness and not bitterness. Good mouthfeel and appropriate. Mild bitterness

Photo of MrOH
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow with a single finger of thick white head. Pretty good retention. Nice slippery rings of lace.

Citrusy american hops, some grass, pungent. A bit of nondescript malt underneath.

Light citrus hops, clean malt flavor, crisp finish. Absolutely perfect for a summer beer.

Light bodied, good carbonation.

I wish this was as cheap as Bud, I'd drink it all G-D summer long. The best commercial lawnmower beer I've ever had.

Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 120z bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with "Imported 2 row German malts, whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops" 5.2% ABV

Pours out to a slightly hazy very pale golden, forming a tall rocky white head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose on this bottle is slightly skunked, but I don't mind. No DMS. No diacetyl. One can still get a delicate crackery malt base and perfumy fresh green hops. Wonderful nose. Smells like a great German Pils. Mouthfeel is very soft with a very light, crisp and clean body. The taste is wonderful, and a recap of the aroma. Wonderfully balanced bitterness with great hop character and great delicate malt character.

This is a fantastic beer. Expertly crafted and brewed. I would call it a German Pils with the added pungency of Simcoe and Citra. Totally love it. I could drink a 6'er of this easy during a day at the beach or an outdoor barbecue with family and friends. Highly recommended.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely spectacular. Only thing keeping it from 5's across the board is that its too hoppy for the style (to my understanding).

Pale golden color with ample fizzz white head and with considerable lacing. Nose is pungent and full of grassy aromas. Very crisp and earthy. Flavor is much the same with a faint citrus profile. Malt is thin but present and slightly straw like. Very very refreshing and the most enjoyable Blonde I have ever had.

Photo of undeadozzy
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer from the local beer store, never even heard of this beer before I bought it, and I usually keep up on this stuff! Now, I can't have a proper summer without this unique and refreshing beer in my life!

A - Pours a golden yellow with some deep bronze hues and a very nice foamy head on top that left lots of lacing on my pint glass. Lots of carbonation, but nothing overkill, it all goes great together.

S - Incredibly unique scent. Smells, well, like summer. Picking up some scents of peanuts and some salty buttery popcorn maybe, almost a cracker jack-y kinda scent. Don't forget the citrus, some pine, that relaxing grassy scent and of course THE HOPS! Oh boy, those noble hops smell great with the other scents. Wish they'd make a candle out of this smell so I could have it in my house.

T - Very deep and complex. Sharp bite from the hops and citrus, some buttery saltiness from what honestly tastes like peanuts and popcorn, and that nice refreshing almost IPA-like finish. Great beer for a hot summer day.

M - Nothing too impressive here, feels like a typical beer. Some frothiness, a little bit of velvety smoothness, but other than that it feels like a standard beer.

O - Victory's done it again! I've yet to have a bad beer from Victory, and this one keeps that streak going! Perfect for a hot summer day, it really does taste like they've bottled summer itself up into a bottle, and I don't feel as though I can officially have a "good" summer any longer until I grab a case of this to drink. Great beer!

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 thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It smells pretty floral and a bit like grapefruit for a summer beer and has sweet grainy smells that I'm used to getting in good European beers. The taste is surprisingly really smooth and actually pretty sweet graininess up front and in the middle and then all of a sudden the bitterness of the hops evolves on the back of your tongue more and more as you drink it. The hops also give off a grapefruit almost lemon like flavor with a sharp fruity bitterness.

its not too bitter and like I said perfectly balanced with the delicious sweet grain malts. It's like their Headwaters Pale Ale but this is a bit sweeter, grainier and has a slightly different hop taste but not too different of one. At first I thought this beer would be boring or uneventful since its just a standard blonde ale but the hop flavors bitterness and that wonderful sweetness really round the beer out into a fantastic sessionable summer beer.

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

Bottle, best by 01 Oct 2012. I missed out on this last year (and not for want of effort), and so, I made sure I got some this year.

A brilliantly clear golden yellow with a dense, fluffy, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous beer. The nose is excellent. Bright, snappy lemony hops, resiny and moderately floral. Incredibly fresh, the hop character is awesome. With a light biscuit and cracker aroma.

The palate opens crisp, snappy, dry and cracker-like with a wonderful hop resin oiliness that brings forth flavors of lemon, jasmine, grass and a touch of soap. The malt character is very light, with drying flavors of water crackers, and just a hint of sweetness. Wonderful hop flavor here. Drying and resiny on the finish, this beer is light in body with a moderate carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, this comes with highest recommendations.

Photo of asuburbanman
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good session beer for summer. It's not overly hoppy or overly fruity. Right balance of what I look for during summer

Photo of Nfl1991
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good beer. Pours a light golden color in a glass, with good visible carbonation. A good head, although it disappears in a matter of minutes. A bitter taste at first, but finishes with a good balance of malt, hops, and a hint of wheat and lemon rinds. Not the best out of Victory Brews, but definitely one of my favorite summer ales. Great for its class. Given that I prefer beers with a strong hop presence, I give it a 9/10.

Photo of Finn
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale gold with a frothy, clean white head. Aroma is crisp citrus, grass, grains. Refreshing. A taste reveals a clean, crisp body of pilsner malts, giving way into a firm, but not heavy,bitterness. Nicely defined hop flavors,though not overwhelming. The light/medium body contributes to the refreshing characteristics, and the finish is fairly dry, with a a touch of lingering bitterness.

Overall, a fantastic, flavorful, and refined, refreshing blonde ale. An example of what the often overlooked style can really be.

Photo of Therealfootball
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, slightly hoppy. Great summer brew, as the name suggests. Slightly cloudy look. Ver solid beer.

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 plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront herbal hop and a bready malt.

The taste consisted of a full herbal hop spice, biscuity grain and touch of caramel at the finish.

The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

Overall a very easy to drink APA with an excellent use of hops.

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

A light, white frothy head crowned the hazy golden brew, and a fruit smell wafted from the glass. I was impressed with the complexity of this 5.2%-ABV ale -- the lemon flavor mixed very well with the hoppy taste which yielded an extremely quaffable beer. The first sip and each subsequent taste was a delight. I love tasting the hops in a beer, and the mixture of hops and lemony-fruity-goodness in this particular libation was extremely satisfying.

Photo of clh323
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really simple, I like this beer. It's pour, it's smell and it's taste. It is to me what a American summer ale should taste like. Nice job Victory. Hard to find here in northeast Ohio so I bought all they had which was basically a case. Ordering me some more though. Have others to try though but will gladly nurse these.

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice golden hue. There’s a slight, crisp lemony aroma to this with a similar characteristic on the palate. Finishes with just a touch of biscuit and a pleasing crispness along with a graceful tartness that I found to be refreshing and enjoyable. This might be a new contender for summer beers. Clean, crisp, and so much better than the sort of stuff that passes for a summer beer these days. Can’t believe this is a blonde ale—it gives me hope for the style! Seriously, this puts the majority of blonde ales I’ve had to shame.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice slightly darker than yellow with a fizzy white heading that sticks around for a while.

Smell is very earthy with a nice subtle grassy aroma with a touch of spice.

Taste has gotten me by surprise a very smooth,crisp cracker like maltiness in the beginning which is quickly taken over by the grassy,piney like hoppiness.

Mouth is crisp,clean and goes down extremely smooth. Leaves a heavy linger in the mouth of those unmistakable green hops.

Very light and very tasty. This one caught me by surprise and I highly recommend if you find it.

Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a two finger head. Nice lace painted the glass too.

Smell: floral hops and some grassy tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: grass, light lemon zest, some earthiness, and a floral bitterness that seemed to enhance the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste was surprisingly long for the style.

Drinkability: this was a superb beer that was very easy to drink. Several could be has in a session without getting bored. Really nice beer worth seeking out.

Photo of BeTheBall
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very pale color, similar to a pilsner in looks, very clear with nice lively head about one finger. Smelled herbal. Rosemary? Taste was also slightly herbal, but I think I also tasted some Rye in the mix. Very intriguing, and very delicious. Mouthfeel was nice, cleansing in a way. This one is very easy to drink and has great flavors, mild, but ever present. Will be looking for more.

Photo of bubseymour
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear pale yellow with 1 finger head. Very pilsner-like in appearance.

Smell - Straw and lemon notes. Very nice!

Taste - Very excellent and refreshing. Definitely steals alot of the flavor from the Prima Pils but the hop bite isn't as pronounced. Superb flavor and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - light and pilsner-like

Overall - I love this beer. Probably the first "summer ale" seasonal beer for summer that I really think is outstanding. Most others are blah, but this one is really well made in flavor, drinkability and great for warm weather consumption.

Photo of diamondc
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale & golden, sticky lacing, a fingers worth of foam 'til the last gulp.

S: Earthy, lemon-y, grassy, and dirty.

T: Lot of lemon, spicy, dry aftertaste. Lite Prima Pils, almost. Light biscuit-y malts, but the hops were the highlight here. Wonderful.

M: Very refreshing on a hot day here. Hoppier than most American Blonde ales, though.

O: Worthy of multiple purchases, very quaffable and flat out great.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
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