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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,766
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 47
Gots: 210 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010)
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Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale clear yellow, finger fluff, patchy lacing

S: malt, grassy, perhaps tad peppery

T: lemon grass, grain, mild bitter crisp finish

M: light body, solid carbonation, dry/crisp finish

O: Usually not a big fan of Blondes, but this is nice. Victory continues to impress me. Great throw in your cooler,
head to your favorite fishing hole/camp ground.
Could drink a 6 pack with ease.

YUM, WORTH TASTING!

BeerLover99, May 20, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head leaving minimal lace. Very good retention.

S: Lemonheads and orange candy, has a soda like smell at times. Solid bready malt.

T: Easy going bready malt, with a very Kolsch like flavour of golden raisins and yellow apple. Noticable grassy hop flavour, but nothing over the top. A delicate balance working here.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, smooth, a palate cleanser.

O: This is a very nice blonde ale. It has considerable Kolsch characteristics with a hoppy American twist. I wish they had this beer at the ballpark, I'd be happy.

Halcyondays, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of dcook11
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Gorgeous straw color with an ample two finger bright white head. Apple juice like body. Sea foam lacing. Some carbonation.

S- Fresh cut grass. Hops. a touch of skunk. Very much reminds me of Saison Du Pont. Excellent aroma.

T- Hops (pine forward). Faint grassyness. Honestly not much else. Based on the smell, I expected more complexity.

M- Relatively full bodied for a 5 percent.

O- Definitely worth seeking out.

dcook11, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle intom a standard pint glass, Clear gold in color, with a moderate bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Bright citrussy hops
Taste-Biscuit malt, citrus zest, soft kiss of citrussy hops. Clean finishing and very refreshing. Nice flavor and character for a lighter bodied beer. Nicely aromatic and tasty, perfect for outdoor gatherings. What a summer brew should be. I want another!

hosehead83, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy copper-amber color, finger of white head, dissipates quickly but leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Grassy and floral, with lemon zest and biscuit/cracker malts. Just a bit peppery. Not to jump on the advertising bandwagon, but definitely "summery."

T: Similar to smell, but a bit more citrusy. Loads of zest and grass. Nice balance between the biscuit and malts, with a lingering light bitterness. Eminently drinkable.

M: Light/medium body, with lively carbonation. Dry finish that accentuates the grassy, zesty flavors.

O: Really great beer. I rate to style on balance, but this one could hold its own against most of them. A twelve pack of this in cans would beat any session IPA that I've had, as far as summery considerations go. Highly recommended if you can find it.

AwYeh, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple from Dyan. Thanks.

Appearance: Pale clear gold topped by a finger of suds.

Smell: Pils malt up front, and a great pils malt aroma at that. Crackery, slightly creamy but largely crisp. Hops are spicy, floral, leafy, largely German in character.

Palate: A balanced mix of crackery, crisp pils malt and zesty, floral hops wrapped up in a light body. The hops take on a spicy, slightly soapy flavor toward the finish with firm bitterness. Quite refreshing. This doesn't taste far from a pils to me, though the more neutral yeast character really allows the pils malt to shine.

Overall: Quaffable, refreshing stuff. Best no-frills summer beer I've had in a while.

largadeer, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden -enjoyed with octopus87 chilled from a 1/2 pint.

The color is pale golden straw color with great clarity and thick snowy cap w/ ultra fine bead. The retention is good and laces sticks well. The aroma of this blonde is full of malt aroma yet has a slight musty yeast and pleasant herbal hop aroma which is mildly sweet. The aroma is well blended with subtle pilsner malt in the nose. The feel is semi-bitter with a mild resinous tinge and this has medium carbonation with a skosh of malt sweetness that balances the light spice with w/ gentle toasted grain and mild yeast smoothness.

The taste has a lemony hop flavor which seems to originate from noble hops as the flavor is familiar and herbal with some tinges of musty yeast and pils malt fills out the body with some light sweetness augmenting the taste with a gentle sweetness and a nice tea like hop dominates with herbal and slight grassy note. the lightly toasted tinges carry on with nice dry taste in the finish. This blonde really demonstrates that a low abv beer can have a good amount of flavor, the hop presence adds the counter balance to the malt with a refreshing quality and light acidity which makes this quaffable and has a refreshing quality perfect for summer because it doesn't makes you sweat from high alcohol and this fits the style well, another high quality brew from Victory!

Slatetank, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of ithacabaron
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw blonde with polished copper highlights. In the right light, there's a hint of green. A foamy, loosely packed head soon settles down into a halo of tights bubbles at the top of the glass. Good active carbonation in the glass too.

Aroma is remarkably unique; a marriage of noble and citrusy hops. Fresh cut grass, candied papaya, tangelo, and peach wave by on a breeze. Lovely.

Taste brings on notes of freshly-baked bread; yeasty, malty, and just slightly sour. The hops keep a wonderful balance, ensuring that what could be an overly sweet beer stays in check. Incredibly easygoing, refreshing, and simple.

Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit higher, but is fine and foamy as is. Would have liked to see it a bit tighter.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer for hot weather, providing refreshment and flavor at the same time. Sign me up for a sixer.

ithacabaron, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine. Poured into a standard shaker pint...

A: Pours a pale, straw gold with a touch of haze; a cotton-white, one-finger head forms on the top and fades leaving some specks and webs of lace.

S: Light bread crust; lemon / orange zest with some grassy notes in the hop profile.

T: Snappy, cracker malt; a pinch of pepper; lemon rind and some herby hops; its got a nice, lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; crisp and refreshing.

O: Very drinkable... perhaps my new favorite summer seasonal. Light and refreshing, yet tasty... mmm.

jpro, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear golden straw with a thick pillow of fluffy white head. A bit of spotty lace.

Really a great aroma here. Nice grassy hops with a little bit of a cracker aroma in the background. Hints of lemon with a little bit of a floral edge to round it out. The flavor is clean and crisp with hints of sweet fruit and crackers with a grassy hop finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Leaves a nice bitter finish. Overall this one is very impressive. One of the better summer seasonals I've had. I'm sure to grab this multiple times.

Bendurgin, May 25, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent, near-white head which leaves good ring lace after each sip. The liquid is light gold and is also crystal clear.

Creamy aroma of fresh milled malt with a superb floral hop bouquet. Slightly sweet and very attractive.

The taste is hoppier than I expected from the smell. The nearly untoasted malt does provide a base but it quickly disappears to a black pepper bitterness. Full bodied for the style but also with an elevated level of carbonation. The aftertaste starts off balanced but devolves to simply the aforementioned black pepper from the hop.

smcolw, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of HeyMarkRoss
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%

HeyMarkRoss, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Philly_Philbs
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%

Philly_Philbs, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of wingman14
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a nice tall head that sticks around and leaves lacing. The smell is hoppy upfront, but only some aspects of the hops like pine. The weird thing is you don't get much of that in the flavor, the pine is there but not as much as the smell would suggest. The flavor starts with the small pine then moves to a slight yeast/malt combo and finishes with a slight pine, but very refreshing taste. The mouthfeel is great, smooth and refreshing, great amount of flavor but not overpowering. Overall a great beer, nice for a hot summer night. Definitely worth checking out.

wingman14, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of goldendenizen
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another quality brew from Victory. Ive had their beers in Philly and bottles in SF. This particular style is straight forward: it's summer and summer calls for light style beer. Goes without saying that this is a session beer. Really enjoyable lager. I would purchase again.

goldendenizen, May 06, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very clear and light pale yellow color with lots of streaming carbonation, white frothy head left glass-coating lace.

S- Bug burst of citrusy hops and lemon-grass notes. It smells like Amarillo hops.

T- Big bright citrusy and grapefruit hops balanced with a really nice cracker malt backbone. Some pungent hop character on the finish, but it does not linger.

M- Super refreshing, dry, medium body, and smooth.

O- This is really nice hopped-up summer beer that is very refreshing.

Hoptometrist, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of elgiacomo
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Oct 12, 2011, bottled May 12, very fresh.

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head.

Aroma is noble hops, grassy, herbal, some bready malt. Good strength.

Flavor is nice lemon citrus, grassy and herbal hops, bread/cracker malt, mild bitterness, mild sweetness. Very drinkable, crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light/medium, good carbonation.

A tasty Blonde Ale with a good hop kick. Great beer for the warmer weather.

elgiacomo, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was something I wasn't too sure about. I really wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy it and I just figured I'd give it a shot since it was new and I had never had it before. The beer poured out like a typical pilsner or lager, it had a clear yellow color with a pretty good white head. The lacing wasn't the best here. The smell was a little grassy but had a good amount of hops to balance that out. The taste was great, it had a great amount of hops and it was just very simple. The mouthfeel was really refreshing. I must have drank this within a few minutes. I would buy this again if I was planning on drink several beers in a sitting. Overall it was very good.

Knapp85, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: thin head with nice lacing on a clear and bright straw colored body.

S: Very floral, nice bitterness with lemon tartness. Light grain and wheat notes.

T: again very floral with strong earthy and bitter hops. Malts and grain are weak but appreciated in the background. Mild citrus, mostly orange notes throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation with a fairly dry finish. Have to take points off here because if you are making a summer beer it needs to be more moist and refreshing.

Overall: I think American blondes are one of the more subjective styles of beer and this one is not only very good but also fairly different from others I have had. That being said it isn't the best summer beer out there fr refreshing character but it definitely has the flavor many summer brews lack.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vicotry Summer Love was commissioned by the Philadelphia Tourism Bureau (called With Love, Philadelphia XOXO) for Philly Beer Week 2010. Their hope was to create a beer with mass appeal. Draft only, though they bottled it once for Philly Beer Scene magazine.

I had a pint served at Frontier Saloon. Even though almost every beer served up in this place looks like the head is MIA, you cannot refuse Summer Love its rightful head. Simply amazing! This beer is a beautiful golden color that is as clear as can be. The thick, rich white head shows off the endless carbonation. Not to mention, it sticks all over the glass, something you don't see too often in pubs.

Even a smoke-filled saloon such as Frontier cannot mask the scent of floral, lemony hops wafting off of Summer Love. It smells like a toned down Hop Wallop. The beer is an accentuation of the All-American Citra hop.

With a smell like that, and Victory's line-up of bitter beers, I am expecting an IBU bomb! Surprise! There is no serious bitterness here. Yes, there is some hop flavor up front, but the large majority of this drink is smooth and even. A very well balanced beer!! Gentle bitterness in the finish compliments the malty middle of this beer. Tastes extra fresh.

The carbonation is quite lively, and creates a very refreshing libation. The mouthfeel is smooth and finishes dry. I find this to be quite sessionable. I could drink this all night and all the next morning....

Try this if you can find it in your local tavern.

MusicaleMike, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

bsp77, May 25, 2012
Photo of Dodo2step
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- AOH

A- pale straw yello in color that is crystal clear. Minimal head and ok lacing.

S- earthy malt aromas with ints of grass and wheat.

F- Lots of flavor in this blonde, dry hops with earthy tones and wheat bread like flavor.

M- crisp and dry. Feels like IPA almost.

D- love this brew...bought a sixer and would buy another.

Dodo2step, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Yellow; two-fingered head that's lingering. Nice carbonation.
S: Honey, light bread, a hint of lemon.
T: Lemon, grassy herbal notes up front with biscuit underneath.
M: Light, smooth and crisp.
O: I'll definitely be getting more- this is a fantastic summertime beer, tasty and well-made.

ONUMello, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 12 oz bottle and poured it into a pint glass.

When I poured it I noticed the lightness of the brew, it made me think of the Headwaters Pale Ale. The aroma was very nice and light, which I would expect in a summer beer. There was a spice and citrus feel to the brew. The head was a nice white color that looked good.

When I sipped it, I noticed a very light taste that went right along with the color of the beer. The whole drink was smooth and pleasant to have.

This is the type of beer that one could have at a pool party or at a BBQ. This is a beer that everyone can enjoy for the summer.

SwarthmoreBev1, May 30, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks very nice on the pour. And the nose is outstanding. The flavor hit me kind of sideways as I didn't expect it. But as time went on it either mellowed out, or I got used to it (and appreciated it more). Real nice floral hoppy character. Consistent, smooth, fresh. A very nice beer. I'm feeling the summer love on this one.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,766 ratings.