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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

1,218 Ratings
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Ratings: 1218
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:
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(Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010)
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Photo of drpimento


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good summertime beer! Served with a nice white, medium sized, foamy head that settled down to a light cover and lots of lace. Color was a clear amber yellow with some bubble trails. Aroma was grain, malt, fresh cut grass, and a little fresh hop. Flavor was very similar to nose. Body is good and so is carbonation. Was a little sharp on the tongue. Finish is medium long and like flavor. Session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 19:04:25 | More by drpimento
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- yellow and clear, white head quickly fades, non impressive

Smell- slight fruit notes, mild nose, wheat mild hops, not overwhelming nose

Taste- overall flavor is just really mostly just dominate by hop bitterness riding through the mid palate and the finish, very light in terms of malt and other flavors, non complex,

Mouthfeel-very overally light and rather crisp

Drinkability/overall- its easy to drink but overally simple i would say just really one dimensional, its just a very simple hoppy beer that lacked a malt backbone which i guess makes sense for the style but just certainly nothing that wows you, inoffensive but a pass for me

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 04:21:03 | More by Stunner97
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a nice white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.Lots of bubbles. Aroma is of tart fruit with a hint of piney hops.Nice, but a bit weak. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is a good balance of floral hops and malts.Light bitterness. Very nice Summer(or anytime) beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:17:51 | More by riversider76
Photo of TexIndy


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was some codes on the bottom of the bottle that I believe decipher into a May 15th bottling which makes sense as I got this the week it hit the market here. It was a palish yellow color with lots of carb bubbles. It had an average sized, fizzy head that settled into a good collar and covering film. Moderate quick sliding lace with a little sticking.

The aroma was pale malts, grainy, grassy and a little lemon rind. Strong on the Noble hops for a blonde. Taste follows the aroma with crisp hop bite alongside the pale malts. Just a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a good hoppy blonde that went down smooth on this 102 degree afternoon. Still prefer a good wit on a hot day but this wasn't bad. Avail here in TX. Rotation - glad I tried it but one is probably enough for me with maybe at least one tap try. [N;O]

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:32:14 | More by TexIndy
Photo of DrJay


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright yellow with a thin layer of fine white bubbles coating the top of the beer. Decent head retention with some short-lived spotty lacing. Hoppy aroma, a combination of floral and mild citrus, more zesty than juicy. There was a little bit of a cereal grain smell too, but very mild and only noticeable once the beer had warmed. It was pleasantly bitter, not overpowering but balanced in this direction rather than towards malt sweetness. More of the same floral and citrus zest hop character, biscuity malt and a hint of herbal hops lingered in the finish. Refreshing. Light bodied with moderate carbonation composed of fine bubbles, a little dry. Quite good overall and it tasted really fresh and lively.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 18:57:10 | More by DrJay
Photo of 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.


Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:00:50 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Vonerichs


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow, clear body, and stark white head.

The smell is light fresh grass and floral hops, with a strong grain malt presence.

Nice and bright flavors. The scale tips slightly on the malt side. The malts are grainy and buttery. The hops are grassy.

Mouthfeel is extremely crisp and refreshing. It has a light body and really makes this a perfect hot weather beer.

This may have become my summer grass cutting beer this year. It's not something I'd pick if I'm sitting down to really get into a beer, but it's perfect for bbqs or working outside.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:18:46 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of IronLover


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Light straw yellow in color with poerfect clarity. Poured with a dense, foamy white head that reduced to a thick wispy cap. Big floral hop aromas up front with buttery and biscuity malt aromas beneath. Medium bodied with refreshing, tangy carbonation. Intense fLoral hop flavors that slowly taper from beginning to end with a light biscuity malt aroma. Would have liked a bit more malt presence. Finishes very clean with just a hint of bitterness. A good refreshing summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 22:12:15 | More by IronLover
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No codes to be found on bottle. Neat label art.

Pours crystal-clear, lite-yellow. A very slightly off-white head patches the glass well. Smell is mild biscuit and mineral. A decent amount of noble bitterness at the top, dissolving into that mild malt base, including the mineral. Aftertaste is grassy and bitter, even a tad sour. An easy drinker. Tastes like a light beer, but that's alright for summer..

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:20:24 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of bubseymour


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:01:32 | More by bubseymour
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Victory Summer Love Ale is a super clear, pale yellow ale with an airy white head that has good retention and lacing. It has a very citrusy, orange aroma with a note of light grain. It smells a little sweet. It's medium-light bodied and very smooth with a crisp, dry finish. It's lightly bittered and quite flavorful. It tastes like light grain with a good amount of orange and grapefruit. The balance is perfect. It's incredibly quenching. This is everything a summer ale should be.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 14:04:19 | More by yesyouam
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
With a normal pour, this brew formed a massive foamy head. Yellow/gold in color with high clarity. Smell is somewhat nuetral and muted. A little bit of sweet malt scent. Flavor is much better than the nose. The palate is balanced nicely between sweet malts and citrus hops. There is also a noticeable twang that separates this ale from pilsners. Finishes crisp with a soft hop bitterness. Pretty nice summer ale here and is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 14:38:15 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Uh, yellow fizzy beer, golden, white 1/2 head. Looks much like a pilsner.

Smell - Malts, wheat, some hops are there. Earthy, grassy, floral. Some lemon and spices mixed in.

Taste - Starts off bitter and maltish like a pale ale. Has floral hops that give it a sort of belgium flavor to it. Has a carmal flavor mixed in with the spices.

Mouthfeel - Mildly bitterness from the hops. Not much overload on the mouth or palette. Mouth recovers pretty quick.

Overall - Solid and easy to drink. About as good as any other blonde ale out there. Not as smooth as most, has some hops to it, but other then that, a great summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 05:48:13 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of cbutova


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Uber pale straw yellow body with a creamy white head. Decent size and retention of the cap. Spotty, light lace around the glass.

S- Light citrus fruit and floral hops on top of a pale malt backbone. Also some grass and pine.

T- Pale cereal grain caramel malt backbone with a pretty nice hop presence above it. Hops are mostly floral and earthy but also lend citrus and pine hints.

MF- Light, highly carbonated body. A small bitterness finishes the ale off.

Not far from what one would expect from a summer ale. For a Blonde Ale it brings nice malt and hop flavor. As usual, most Victory beers are worth a try, especially for the low price.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:03:26 | More by cbutova
Photo of OldIronLungs


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH bowed pint glass a light gold with several fingers of smooth white head.

Nose has a hit of pine and citric hops with some earthiness.

A sip is crisp with medium to light body, medium carbonation. Light malts and a subtle spiciness. Nice finish - almost herbal - refreshing and clean.

Pretty tasty, sessionable. Not a bad summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 00:33:27 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of beergod1


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Huge citrus hops in the aroma with a bit of an herbal component. The taste is citrus and earthy hops with faint pale malty notes. light bitterness, and the bitterness lingers. Medium bodied. A little off balance, but good, and very interesting. Seems there is some yeasty character in there I can't describe.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:00:19 | More by beergod1
Photo of larryi86


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A very pale clear yellow with a two finger white head.

S- Nice mild crisp hop aroma, getting nice pine and earthy note, spices, sweet malts.

T- Close the smell, malts and hops are well balanced, nice hint of spices.

M- Smooth, light, refreshing, great for a hot summer day.

O- This is a great beer for summer. It is smooth, has a lot of flavor, and would be easy to drink a few in one sitting. I picked up a bottle because it was something I hadn't seem before from Victory and I will definitely be picking up more this summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 20:46:31 | More by larryi86
Photo of BeTheBall


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 20:29:54 | More by BeTheBall
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, peppery and pine like hops, kind of like Hop Devil. In the taste, starts pine and ends citrus. A lighter malt, almost notes of wheat. A hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. A nice hop profile in a summer beer. Dare I say, Hop Devil light?

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 16:04:34 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:45:42 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 19:08:01 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of justinjj1280


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up, and decided to crack it open during a Braves game on tv.

Pours a light golden with a head and lacing that does stick pretty nicely.

Upon first sniff, this smelled very hoppy, but the first taste was surprisingly sweet. On my second sip, I held it in my mouth a bit longer and got a pleasant bite of hops at the end. Very well balanced.

Pretty light body and a crisp mouthfeel.

There isn't a ton to say about this beer, but I believe they hit what they were aiming for here: a flavorful, but very accessible and refreshing beer to enjoy during a ballgame or other summertime activity. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 02:01:16 | More by justinjj1280
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:31:50 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory never lets the beer snobs down, and this is once again a nice showing.

Pours a bright golden yellow color with a nice amount of head for a lighter ale.

Smell is citrus zest, orange and tangy with some hops.

Taste is smooth, as a summer ale should be. A nice amount of hops as well.

Overall, a great summer brew. Up there with Sierra Nevada's Summerfest in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 23:53:50 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of DrDemento456


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pure clear yellow with a half inch of sticky head with excellent sticking lacing on the sides of my glass

S - Smells pretty sweet with malts and a bit of orange peel like hops in the back round. I do get a bit of grain as well which might be from aggressive wheat backbone.

T - First sip was pretty grain forward with a mix of sweet malts then hit with a grapefruit like hop ness which is pretty sweet. It does blend pretty well and the spiciness from the wheat (or rye) is pretty constant. Very good beer.

M - A bit heavy for a season ale but it does work

Overall my favorite summer session ale hands down is the headwaters but this is a pretty good one two. Would not be offended to have a six pack in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 19:59:06 | More by DrDemento456
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