Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 67
Gots: 401 | 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: 2,027 | Reviews: 422
Photo of Star80
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice golden blonde color, with a frothy, white lacy head. Smells like some floral tropical fruits, some herbal hops, and vaguely sweet malts. Just from the smell it could be a DIPA, but it tastes different. I am getting some nice bitter orange zest, some puckering lemon and spicey, herbal hops with a touch of bitter aspirin too but not in an off putting way. Wow! This is a very bold flavorful beer for such a low abv brew. Malts are slightly sweet and give balance to all the hops, almost like a wheat beer in its crispness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated which is great for a hot Fourth of July Day. You know I was looking for ever elusive Gumballhead and decided to grab another six-pack of these and these have more than fit the bill for a refreshing, crisp, bold and hoppy low abv summer beer.

Photo of GreenGrowler
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could this be the greatest summer beer? Quite possibly in my opinion. It seems as though it is dry hopped, I could be wrong but it has a nice cloudy look which is usually apparent in dry hopped beers. It is crisp, refreshing, a bit lemony. The thing with summer beers is a lot of time you lose the hops and just get the wheat. This is not a wheat beer but a summer ale. And it has a nice mellow hoppiness which is surprising. It must be the noble hops, I'm not sure but I could just stick my head mouth under the tap, open up and say ahhh! Especially on a hot humid summer night. If you ever see it, try it, you won't be disappointed!

Photo of josefnewsong
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't have time for a full fledged review but I feel this beer is underrated and needs someone to represent. This along with Sierra Nevada Summerfest has become my go-to summer beer. Clear and refreshing but still full of flavor. If you're looking for some details maybe I'll come back later and give a proper review. I don't often pick up cases but I'm contemplating...

Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from the growler (Oliver's, $10.99) into a pint glass. Body is clear, light golden yellow with a fluffy, 1-finger white head. Good lace down the glass.

S: Florally hops and a bit of grassy-ness. Some basic grains too.

T: Cereal grains up front. Hint of fruitiness, but not much - just enough to remind you that this is an ale, not a lager. Finishes with a bit of grassy hops and a touch of lemon or lemon zest. A basic earthiness is there as well. Good long lingering aftertaste, mainly of grass but with a touch of lemon.

M: Light in heft. Fairly crisp finish after a slight slickness.

D: Flavorful yet light in body makes this one a quaffer. Nice beer, real flavorful for a light style. Reminds me at times of a pilsner, at other times it's more like a Helles Lager, but a touch of sweetness says "ale." All in all, it goes down real easy, without packing a big punch, ABV-wise.

Photo of jwhancher
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case at my local distributor. This beer pours a clear light gold with excellent carbonation and small white head. Smells of floral and faint citrus hops. A little lemon character is in there. Tastes crisp, light and refreshing with a kiss of bitterness at the end. Kind of has a Granny Smith apple taste to it (which I really dig). An awesome session beer. Takes a couple of beers to get accustomed to, but in no time I found myself flying through these. I think I just found my new go-to beer for the summer! Another great job by Victory.

Photo of mtoniatt
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I believe this beer is an excellent choice for those who enjoy some hoppiness in their beer, but are interested in a thirst quencher - crisp and refreshing. This is an excellent beer to enjoy on a warm summer night or kicking back at the beach!! I am not a huge fan of the color. The aroma is soothing and it had a nice lacing along the glass. I am sorry this is not offered through bottles!!

Photo of micromaniac129
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine victory draft in my authentic victory growler. Had this in the bottle version and was eager to try on draft.

Pours with a nice honey straw color with an abundance of fluffy white head. It's thick like a shake and is never ending.
Very clear but not very well carbonated.

A nicely aromatic beer with plenty of hop pop of the floral type. Malts are pale and sweet.

Pleasent tasting of balanced goodness.
Hops are sutle in flavor sportingclean floral notes perhaps noble.
Malts are sweet pale and good with a grainy or ceral finish.

Decent mouthfeel with a slight puckering at finish. Semi dry and bitter.

Think APA if deciding to buy.
There's alot of average to ... blondes but this babay kicks the pants off anything to date.
Like a Ryan Howard slam outta here.

Musically I'd pair this beer with second chance by Peter Bjorn and John

Photo of bum732
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Bright citrus, lemon peel, tangerine, slightly resiny.

L: Creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Solid lacing, golden yellow.

T: Hoppy, resiny up front with a clean, semi-sweet malt backbone. Medium resiny bitterness with a slight grainy maltiness, very light. Grapefruit peel dryness in the finish, with a fairly long finish on the palate.

M: Medium light body, fairly crisp. Medium carbonation.

Just delicious, light bodied, but quite hoppy brew. Love the hops in this, very bright and clean. Perfect for the summer.

Photo of crag
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If Victory was to make a "lawnmower" beer this would be it. Total thirst quencher. A high degree of drink-ability. Perfect for a hot mid summer cool down. Yes, it's an ale but compared to Victory's other offerings thus beer is muted which will make it appealing to the lager crowds and dare I say even the mainstream Budweiser swilling types.

Photo of skibumma70
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great summer ale. Strong citrus (grapefruit/lemon zest) and grassy flavor work for this refreshing blonde ale. I had a few of these on a very hot 90 degree day mowing my lawn, and it was one of the most refreshing beers I have ever had on a hot day. The mouthfeel was smooth, refreshing, and easy to drink. Carbonation was lively, but just right for this style. Overall, just a great summer ale. Highly recommended, and you will love the dog days of summer with Summer Love from Victory.

Photo of jbsg02
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good Blonde Ale! It's really a Pilsner but fermented with an ale yeast and has a little more ester profile to show from it. Pours like a Pilsner, and has a medium hop aroma. Another great beer from Victory, I haven't tried anything from them I didn't like!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thins to a light layer leaving just a few spots of lacing.

S - grass and citrus blend, you can tell this beer is fresh and hoppy.

T - the balance is perfect as the sweetness of malt is met with the bitterness of hops finishing a bit dry and tart.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp, refreshing feel.

O - a very good summer beer.

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 colforbin73
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an outstanding summer pale ale. i would love to see this on the shelf everyday, in 12 packs and cans of course would be apropos.

pours a refined pale yellow, clear with a decent carbonation. the thin white head sticks around a little.

the overall effect for me is a Pils/Pale cross breed -- "american blond" doesn't really cut it for me, as the yeast is really low profile... the aroma is very mellow and grassy, leading us to the lovely dry crisp brew we get. apple crisp... slightly sour, hint of caramel, and the dry from what must be a cool blend of malts with a dose of pils.... maybe even a little wheat malt thrown in.

the hops are pils mellow like saaz or something that just buzzes perfectly.

highly sessionable, give me more summer love please!

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

APPEARANCE: Pours a pale lemon yellow color with a good 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Good clarity reveals a multitude of bubbles soaring up towards the top of the beer. Pretty decent retention, but the lacing is even better.

AROMA: Citrus, Toasted Grain, Lemongrass, and Dried Hay.

TASTE: Nice citrus bite up front followed by some grassy hop flavor. I’m getting some grainy flavors in there as well. Both the citrus and hops show up for a second go-round providing a refreshing lemony snap on the back-end. There’s some lingering bitterness on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Fairly light body with a moderate (and slightly fizzy) level of carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Without a doubt one of my favorite summer beers. Ultra-drinkable, yet full of flavor. At 5.2% it’s pretty session-friendly too. If I’m reviewing to style (which I am), I can’t imagine there being a much better Blonde Ale than this one right here. Victory has done for Blonde Ales what they did for Pilsners. Highly recommended!

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

Presently #4 in the American Blonde Ale category here on BA. Can you dig it?

A: Mildly hazy, straw color with a wistful white foam that formed on top of the brew and stayed somewhat.

S: Puffs of yeast and Victory's hop profile. It's almost like Helios without the farmhouse funk.

T: The reason this one is so good is the same reason that Prima Pils so good: It literally lays on the palate impeccable for a summer brew! Perfect balance between the sweet bread quality, the mild citrus notes, and the semi-dry finish.

M: Subtle, yet glorious bitter lingering. The lacing that was left on the glass just fell back into it.

O: I may get some heat for this, but I've decided to rate this beer to style, and since that is the case, I don't feel this one deserves any less than an A.

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

Pours clear straw with a big persistent head. Smell is mild but has a nice citrus hop note which I really like. Taste is very well balanced. Moderate light malt sweetness. Herbal hops- again a slight citrus note, and clean sharp bitterness through the finish. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Sessionable. Really great for what it is. Somehow I did end up drinking this while watching a baseball game which I think is ideal. Very nice summer beer.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 5/29/12

Enjoy by: Sept 16 2012

Pale, lightly hazed golden yellow. Steady stream of rising bubbles. The head hits just under three fingers before dropping to a finger's worth. Retention is thinner. Lace catches several sips down.

The aroma is very nice - notes of wet prairie grass, pollen, toasted grains and biscuit. Hints of lemongrass and a spot of yeast. The flavor is in the same vein, yet with the hops having a wash of moderate bitterness over the finish. Very grainy and grassy. The body is on the lighter side and the lively carbonation lends to a crisp feel. Flavor residuals taper off slowly.

Summer Love is tremendously flavorful in its simplicity. Easily in the top tier of the style. Recommended.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear, dark yellow color, with a finger of foam that fizzles away pretty quickly. There is a nice noble hop aroma in the nose.

First sip is... refreshing! There is a tiny bit of hop flavor that really imparts a nice flavor to this beer. Certainly hoppier than most Blonde Ales. Solid malt backbone, but this finishes refreshingly dry and crisp.

This is a very good Blonde ale. Some bonus points for being in a category that is filled with many sub-par beers. Hops may not quite be to style, but they certainly add a great element to this beer. Would get again.

Photo of dennarb
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a beer that goes better with a good burger. Despite the silly name this is a remarkably well wrought beer. The pour is a bright yellow with a little cloudiness revealing the unfiltered yeast. The head is white and becomes lacy in a few minutes. The aroma is a pretty subtle combination of lemony and herbal notes. But the taste is where this beer excels. The fine hops that are so prominent in Victory's Hop Devil are beautifully rounded off with malt and bread and a little lemon combination that is really satisfying and refreshing. The only problem with this blonde ale is that you have a hard time not having another as soon as your glass is empty.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden with lots of carbonation and a fluffy white head. Smells fruity with pears and green apple, a bit of sweetness. Taste follows suit with a refreshing lemon peel twist. A great summer ale with no skunky lingering aftertaste, which is usually my complaint with similar brews like Sam Adam's. Top tier for the style. I'd sip this all summer long. So drinkable and just incredible pleasant.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack of this at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge over the weekend since I heard good things about this and this was one of the few summer beers available that I had yet to drink. This was really enjoyable for a Blonde and it was refreshing not only to have one of these during this hot weather, but to find something during the season that didn't feel watered down!

Nice gold hue to this with a head that lasted for quite a while to go along with it. The lacing and aroma weren't present but that's about all that this beer lacked. The mouthfeel and taste were one of the more amazing ones that I've had in any beer lately, as the straw that was felt up front slowly gave way to a slight wheat presence, followed by some banana and clove, and a finish of bright, grassy hops. Quite a few reviewers have said that this "tastes like summer" and amazingly, that's a good way to put it. The balance and carbonation are there but the latter isn't strong enough to detract from the flavor.

Even if this was a bit stronger in the alcohol department, I could have easily had another one in my sitting. This beer reminded me of sunny days and a fresh-cut lawn without the humidity and dehydration that ruins so many outdoor ventures in the Summer. If you're a fan lighter beers that don't taste light or a seasonal worthy of you're hard-earned money, you owe it to yourself to go out and get this. It is that good!

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop forward blonde ale
nice earthy and floral smell
Balanced
Great summer session beer!

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a light golden color with a 1 inch cramy, bright white head.

S: Aroma starts off with some citrus hops and has a good blend of lemon peel, grassy notes and clove.

T: Taste is a lot like the smell starting with some citrus, but a little more sweet than bitter. Flavor follows through with grassy notes, lemon, clove and a bit of nutmeg. Slight yeast feel on the finish, very nice flavor.

M: This brew has a sweet taste with a little bite, slight creamy texture from the residual head and well balanced with the earthy ingredients added.

O: Very enjoyable summer beer. I haven't had a lot of Victory beers, but each one had impressed me. This one is no different and is a "gotta have one, gotta have six" beer.

Photo of GameFreac
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this over the years but never tried it. Got sick of IPAs and stouts so I saw it at a bar and tried it.

Appearance: Pours a yellow filtered lager-ish color. Looks like the perfect refreshing summer beer.

Smell: Smells of sweet malts, grains, and a floral flowery scent.

Taste - Taste is really good. Mirrors the nose - really sweet tasting and floral. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: LIght mouthfeel.

Overall: Really good beer. Surprised with this one. I think this is my first blonde. My favorite summer beer and one of my favorite beers.

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,027 ratings.