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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,217 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1217
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010)
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claspada

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

Aroma begin with citrus, light earthiness and pine with complementary grainy, a little sweet and caramelized malts.

The tastes begin with out with a pilsner, grainy, pale malt sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering citric hop presence comes in. Some more toasty, bready and light candy malt sweetness emerges.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is farily dull, crisp and clean.

Overall this is a decent example of the style and one that is fine to consume on a warm summer afternoon. The flavor profile is not too outstanding and leaves me wanting a little more. There are much better sessionable ales out there that this one does not need to be in anyone's regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 16:28:42 | More by claspada
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear and straw in color, this beer is light in complexion, moderately carbonated, and is topped with a nice white head. The aroma is clean...grass and grain...not much fruit, but a moderate hop scent...peppery, but quiet. Crisp and a tad bitter. Not really sweet, but there is a flavor of malt. Medium in body...mor substantial than expected. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:34:27 | More by Suds
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UDbeernut

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: straw yellow, 1/2" head with poor retention. Thin lacing cap.

S: mellow sweetness, slight lemon

T: hop bitterness is more previlent than expected. Slight citrus and flower. Light sweetness cuts through the bitterness to a point.

M: light bodied, slightly sticky and drying

O: decent beer, the bitterness sets it apart from most blonds, feels like an apa made with pilsner malt.

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:00:50 | More by UDbeernut
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Jenkster4

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice blond color, with about three fingers worth of hear.

Nose: Got some floral hops along with some grainy earthiness, pretty nice smelling brew.

Taste: It's a pretty zesty one. I got some spice there, a tad bit of tart ( not much). Nice balance between the malts and hops.

Mouth: Nice for a summer beer. Easy drinking.

Overall: This is is a sure shot for a nice refreshing summer brew. It's balanced, light enough, and tasty. I'd get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 18:09:16 | More by Jenkster4
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 17:17:37 | More by jondeelee
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apants007

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

a: hmmm.... looks like a pabst.... what am i getting myself into?

s: mmm... ok getting better... floral, citrus... don't judge a book by it's cover!

t: honeysuckle and grapefruit... subtle sweet with a bitter aftertaste... almost a "sweet-tarts" chalky thing... but not too much to make it weird....

mf: the chalky aftertaste is kind of a bummer... i bet this would feel great after mowing the lawn, but at inside temperature its kinda making me pucker like a cat with a new brand of food...

not a bad beer at all... wouldn't go out of my way to get it again... wouldn't think less of someone if they brought it to a bbq... wouldn't bring it to a bbq...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:41:32 | More by apants007
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Hermanater

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft in a typical pint glass. Nice light golden appearance with a finger and a half of white, frothy head.

Typically I'm not expecting too much from a beer that is as light as this was but there was a good malty aroma with some floral overtones and it was a Victory product so I was eager to consume.

The taste was light yet full of malty goodness and just the right hoppy-ness. A perfect balance in my opinion. Very drinkable for both a light beer drinker and for those wanting something more. This is a beer that could convert your Miller and Bud friends into a craft drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 13:48:50 | More by Hermanater
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vkv822

Oregon

3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden yellow, foamy white head, light lacing.

Grassy, lightly citric notes. Light, crackery malt backing.

Medium body, foamy fizzy carbonation.

An easy drinking, well done summer blonde ale.
Just enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:37:15 | More by vkv822
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, spices, hops, malts,

taste: citrus, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice summertime beer. just an unusual flavor profile for the style. Glad I got to try it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 00:16:46 | More by THECPJ
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy golden with some haze. Foam disappears. Light malt smell. Light malty taste. Subtle buried hop. Mild bittering. Light carbonation. Blonde ale with some real body, not at all watery. Nice flavorful summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 01:49:18 | More by KTCamm
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lsummers

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear and clean straw yellow with a own finger bright white head.

Smells of some grassy malty hay notes with a touch of mustiness. There's some bready sweetness in there.

Taste starts off with an herbal peppery subtle hop note mixed with a clean caramelized brown sugar malty sweetness. Touch of burnt caramel on the end.

Mouthfeel is fairly high in carbonation which helps give this beer it's initial bite feeling on the tongue. Fairly light with a touch of viscosity to give it somewhat of a thicker character than soda.

Overall, this is an ok beer but a good poolside offering. I would have this again at a BBQ on a hot day but otherwise it doesn't have the best blend of flavors for my taste. Still it's above an average beer by far.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 05:43:53 | More by lsummers
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a light completely clear straw/light gold color, shy of a finger head, minor lacing.
S - Some grains and light malt, a little yeast.
T - Tastes like a pilsner, I dont really get any of the Simcoe hops in here at all, just a little minor bite from the german hops.
M - Light, refreshing for summer.
O - Eh, could do without, but its not awful.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:56:40 | More by Omnium
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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, purchased a single because I wanted to try another Summer beer. This one obviously was created by some marketing wiz, because the label was very nostalgic. Although when poured it wasn't anything special, I gave high marks...because of the bottle. Go ahead, cut me down. I drank from the bottle, just like how I drink Mezcal.

Smell: The smell of cheap beer. Maybe some floral. I don't know. Definitely not impressed.

Taste: Definitely a light summer ale. Very light. It is what it is. Not too flavorful. You could definitely drink these all day, especially when at a ball game. (again, kudos to the ad wizards)

Mouthfeel: Light, definitely night. Floral, mild bitterness at the end. Again, these could go down like water.

Overall: Very drinkable. It is what it is. This beer should be a few bucks more than Coors/Bud/Miller. The label alone would make the sale. But if you want a flavorful complex beer (which sometimes is not needed in the summer heat), then you should look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 18:40:26 | More by righthereisay
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Kuromaru

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance--Pours a totally clear, light golden, with very little head (maybe about 1/2 finger at best), leaving just a touch of lacing.

Smell--The hop presence is big and lasting. I didn't get anything very complicated here; just a little spice, a touch of citrus, swimming around in the hoppy nose.

Mouthfeel--Bubbly, effervescent, and light. Very good carbonation, though the feel is a bit watery. There is a distinctly dry finish.

Taste--Just like the nose, this beer retains the strong hop presence throughout. Again, nothing at all complicated; big hops up front with a touch of spice and a tad of yeast in the background.

Overall--This, to me, is something along the lines of a "light IPA." It's simple, refreshing, and just different enough to stand out from other summer offerings. Unfortunately, the big hoppiness is just a bit distracting for a refreshing, simple summer beer, at least for my taste. (I will qualify this by saying that I generally prefer malty beers over hoppy ones.) Very much worth trying, just not a home run.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 15:09:45 | More by Kuromaru
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babaracas

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with one finger of white foam, a few spots left on the glass after it settles to a thin ring. Smell: spicy, light citrus and evergreen, grape, pale malt in back. Taste: semi-sweet pale malt, white grape, light spiciness and lemon rind. It's fine, a little soapy though, refreshing, but not special. Best by Sept 2012.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:31:37 | More by babaracas
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WankelEngine

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: A very clear blonde gold color. There is a vibrantly white head of bubbles that fades fairly quickly into a thin cap. Lots of visible bubbles streaming upwards.

S: Light and grainy smell. Very mild notes of herbal or floral hops.

T: Light grain carries a bigger dose of herbal and pine hops than I had expected. The bitterness really lingers.

M: Thin and crisp, just a little bit watery. Fairly abundant sharp carbonation.

O: A light, crisp beer just a little too bitter to be truly refreshing. Lingering alcohol heat and pine in the aftertaste cut down on drinkability. Definitely a good choice with a few different beers, but wouldn't be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 20:34:21 | More by WankelEngine
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utopiajane

New York

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, pale straw yellow with a fine white head of soft foam that fell off rocky to a cap and ring. left lots of nice lace. Some yeast floating on top. Nose is honest and clean. Orange and lemon citrus, dank. malty grain and spice. A little pepper and floral. Slightly sweet pilsner scent. Really appetizing and continues to excite the nose as it warms with a musty quality and a little pine. Taste is light bread, malt forward and loses most of the fruit. It does give a quick but small hop bite, a little hay and earth. It finishes with pine and a little oily bitter; but not much, and wet not dry. There’s cracker in the aftertaste.

This beer had the best nose but in the drink it felt somewhat bland and muddled. It was very mild. Simple and not in a bad way. Light and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 14:12:47 | More by utopiajane
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden straw yellow color with less than a finger of a white soapy head. Body is moderately hazy with some very fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Cereal grain, grass, orange, hint of grapefruit.

Taste: Piney, grapefruit, crackery malt. Mild lingering bitterness in the finish. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with medium/high, somewhat rough carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Definitely a decent brew. Refreshing and well balanced, but there's not really a whole lot going on. It's worth a try, though I wouldn't go to any lengths to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 08:56:28 | More by Jonada
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to my brother's random buying habits, I was able to split this bottle with VDubb86 while watching us some Ghost Adventures. Right on. Anyway, it pours a clear amber-straw (emphasis on the latter) topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises mandarin orange, grapefruit, leek, caramel, and light lemon zest. The taste holds notes of lemon peel, wheat, flowers, and orange peel. Gotta say, my tongue was let down after what my 'strils had reported just moments prior. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice blonde, but the smell wrote a check the taste just could not cash. Still not all bad, just not great by any means.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 04:06:11 | More by TMoney2591
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Summer Love pours a typical bright strawery yellow color, with a smaller head, but nicer then most other blond ales. For a blond ale there is a stronger smell, it smells crisp and just a tad hoppy. It has a dry flavor, kinda of like a straw flavor, or a cheap wheat like flavors, the hops just peak a little bit, which is nice. Stronger flavor for a blonde ale, decent carbonation. Overall I found it alright, better then some other blonde ales with a stronger flavor, but I just didnt find this very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:02:30 | More by vette2006c5r
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 13:40:51 | More by tigg924
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted several weeks ago - reviewed from notes:

Pours hazy - almost cloudy - light golden with a white head that thins and stays. A respectable amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with a light herbal touch.

The taste is bready with a hint of sweetness. A bitter-ish herbal touch in the finish leaves it refreshingly dry.

It is appropriately light-bodied.

It's a decent blonde ale - I would say a bit better than average. It has a nice balance to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 15:04:04 | More by jwc215
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isualum12

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I have tried for a while to get my hands on this beer including at gabf. Of course they were ha ing keg problems when we went by there. Long story short got my hands on it in a trade.

Look very cloudy yellow golden color with NOhead at all. No really nothing. There is a lot of activity coming up on the glass with the carbonization
Smell light hops
Taste- hops with orange peel on the tongue with a little bitterness at the end.

Feel. Way to carbonization for me. It hurt inside My mouth. I won't finish this beer because of the feel.
Overall it lacked what I expected. Unfortantly victory has not lived up to it for me. But hey that just my take.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:59:00 | More by isualum12
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this brew on draft. Poured a bright yellow/golden color crisp with a foamy white head. Lots of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. Smells of strong lemon zest and fresh cut grass. The flavor has some hay, grass, and lemon flavor, a hint of some grains more like cereal. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. The drinkable nature for me was hindered by the flavor. I did not really fully enjoy the flavor of the brew. I am glad I got to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 23:24:50 | More by mtnbikerpa
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a transparent pale golden color. Vigorous bubbles dance in the glass. A big, fluffy, off-white cap forms and retains. The head really sticks around. Moderate lacing.

S-Pale malts and some fresh yet light hops. The hops are clean and floral. A tad sweet. A bit of soapiness too. Lemons too. Not bad.

T-The taste is quite crisp. It has two separate components. First, a decent punch of Pilsner-like hops hits the palate. Following the hops comes a soft, sweet finish.Still remains quite crisp however. A biscuity tone as well.

M-The feel is good but not the highlight of the beer. The carbonation is surprisingly mellow.

O/D-For a summer Blonde Ale, I will compare it to Ipswich Summer. I personally find Ipswich Summer to be the superior brew. I enjoy the hop flavors more in the Ipswich. I also think that the mouthfeel here is not as good as it could be. Summer brews need a good feel, and this one is adequate at best. Not bad, not very memorable, glad I only bought a single.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:57:19 | More by VelvetExtract
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.