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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,214 Ratings
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Ratings: 1214
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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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

1.83/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Beer Store in Southampton. This stuff looks like a pilsner, smells like cat piss, tastes like a mass produced BMC product. I had to power through this one. God is this gross. I'm not quite sure where this went wrong, or if this is just the epitome of a beer that's just "not my type'l but there's no love lost here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 04:29:19 | More by Retail1LO
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paulhargus

Pennsylvania

2.03/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yikes. I am not a big fan of hoppy, bitter beers, so take this for what it's worth. This is in the top 5 of the worst brews I've ever had.

A: Pale, light yellow in appearance with decent head to begin with, which quickly fades. Some retention left on sides of glass.

S: As rough as this beer tasted, the smell was no better. Lemon zest and citrusy. Not to be mean, but it reminded me of sweaty gym socks.

T: As stated before, I have never been a fan of summer/hoppy brews, so I didn't expect much going in. This was overwhelmingly bitter and citrusy.

O: Just not my glass of beer. It seems to have a great cult following, so if you're in to these types of beers, you may like it. Unfortunately, I did not.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 22:53:34 | More by paulhargus
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is honey, malts and a little noble hops.

The flavor is grainy malts and grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK subdued hoppier blonde ale. Not too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:59:00 | More by Beaver13
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Fresh bottle
A - Clear gold, fluffy white head that has good retention and some lacing.

S/T - Hops are up front on this one. Pine, a little grapefruit, but as it warms, cat piss-soaked carpet starts to emerge and totally takes away from the rest of the drink.

M - Light body, crisp clean dry finish.

O - Ugh. Started out well, but barely drinkable by the end. Maybe I'm super sensitive to a hop variety they used in this, or just cat piss in general, because I'm surprised not many other reviewers have picked it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 13:05:49 | More by garuda
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Vashtar

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

HOPS
The appearance is... Sadly, I drank it from a bottle.

The aroma is pleasant, but I couldn't detect anything special.

The taste was very hoppy. It was overpowering.

The mouthfeel was flat and thin after 8 sips

Overall, this beer was way too bitter for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:50:26 | More by Vashtar
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tubeyes

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Light yellow, limited carbonation, clear, little head.
S- Sweet, soapy, floral
T- Sweet, soapy, astringent
M- Light then leaves slight aftertaste
O- Soaptastic but not too bad, had on tap in an American Shaker at OSDH in Denton.
[from note, drank 7/1/12]

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 00:49:14 | More by tubeyes
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mooseisloose

Florida

2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Part of a pick your own sixer from the market. It is still summer just barely, so lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a very earthy dandelion like hoppiness. Pouring into my SAPP this brew is a bright yellow with a big bubble white creamy top head. On the taste the hoppiness prevails up front, not bitter but very bright and sharp with a thin maltiness behind it that doesn't diminish the sharpness of the hops. A different hop belt very yerba like and sweet yet strong. Not really my kind of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 17:32:39 | More by mooseisloose
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Wadsey

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summer Love

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear straw/gold with a small white head that has little retention. Vibrant effervescence. 

S: Bready malts, a whiff of sulfur, lemony zest. Light spiciness, too. 

T: Relatively sweet on the front end with a toasty malt kick. Off note of paper joins hay and grass at mid palate. Sulfur shows up, too. Light bitterness tidies up mess and dares you to take another drink. 

M: Light body and medium carbonation. 

O: The more I drink the less I love Summer Love. I understand that the style calls for a malt-forward approach, but the paper and hay indicate something is amiss. 

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:01:21 | More by Wadsey
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Agold

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours with about a half inch of white fluffy head, which dissipates leaving some spotty lacing on the side of the glass. It is a clear brilliant golden beer. Very nice looking. There is something weird happening in the nose. Something making me think I maybe got a bad bottle. there is a little bit of an odd maybe rubberband aroma masking some grainyness and a bit of herby hops. Kind of offputting, and making me not look forward to taking that first sip. After that aroma smacked me in the face, the flavor is surprisingly not that bad. Has a lot of herbey hops and nice grainy malt character. There is a very mild mirroring of that problem from the aroma, but it is not very present. The mouthfeel isn't overly light, which makes me suspect that this is not an infection, but it is a little bit astringent. Light medium body with ok carbonation. I really don't know what to make of this beer. It didn't make me want to get another, but I would like to see if this was a bad bottle or if this is really what this beer is like.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:09:08 | More by Agold
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olimpia84

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this on tap served on a pint glass. Appearance was pale yellow and somewhat translucent; you could tell a bit of haziness through the body of the beer. Very small head that surprisingly remained for a while, excellent decorative lacing.

It was hard to judge the smell on this beer because it was very faint but from what I could gather you could tell some garden and minty aromas. Taste was also very herbal and minty, a bit medicinal as well with some metallic taste mixed into it. Decent carbonation. Overall, a decent beer to freshen up a little during hot days but lacking some tones and variety in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 05:41:54 | More by olimpia84
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witster18

Tennessee

2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blondes are tough to review because there is so little to most of them, but while I think many of you might think this is harsh, there just isn't much here to set this apart.

Pours light gold... looks like a coors light...
Whispy head does not last. Taste grainey, sweet, some lemon notes and some alcohol backbone. THis may be the shortest review in history.

I have two stoudt's gold's in the fridge, thankfully...

I love Victory beers, and drinkin at the ballpark... but I'm not sure this is much better than any average adjunct lager... give me an old style at wrigley for a third the price...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 20:54:39 | More by witster18
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Kshock

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright straw yellow with little to no head on it. slight lacing around the brim of the glass. looks like an avg blonde ale.

S- Nice malty sweetness with slightly earthy euro hops, smells really dry too. Almost has some fruity belgian yeast character.

T- Earthy dry bitterness. Has the taste of lager yeast, reminds me way more of a kolsch than a blond. Not really stoked on this beer.

M- This is where this beer almost saves itself by having a nice light mouthfeel, but thats to be expected from a light summer style.

O- Pass the Festina peche please

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 20:07:37 | More by Kshock
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Ahoyhoyindeed

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Normally an advocate of all that is Victory, this beer was unimpressive. Not bad, just unimpressive. A slightly cloudy amber ale that smells and tastes just like any other ale. Unlike most summer seasonals that lean on the sweet side or at least citrusy, this ale does very little to stray from a basic ale. In fact, I'd imagine in a taste test it would not taste all that much different from Victory Lager, one of their staples. All in all not bad at all, in fact pretty good, but as a seasonal it is lacking in being something special.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 18:33:16 | More by Ahoyhoyindeed
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Preismj

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: copper/yellow. looks light, a touch hazy. Very fluffy cream head that sticks around, leaves little lacing.

s: pleasant aroma of citrus and pine hops. touch sweet from a dark fruit of some kind. The aroma is light on these two items...it then shifts to a scent of wet leather and funky water.

t: a bit malty without the sweet. barley and oats perhaps. get occasional hits of hoppiness and touches of fruit, but all the flavors here are fleeting and come and go. waves of floral, gumminess and orange/tropical fruit are there at times. They are good, just out of synch with each other and a touch off balance. Very average pale ale here.

m: thin. good carbonation, though. average of a pale ale, again.

o: with a name like summer love I was expecting a good session beer find for the summer. I thought this will be filled with all of my favorite things. Rather, I get a very average ale with lackluster pop on the palette and no real need to venture into Ohio beer stores on a quest to locate. It is not bad, by any mean...just very average. Not the brew I'd Love to have all Summer...I can think of several pales I'd take instead in a heartbeat. Very average here.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 13:30:34 | More by Preismj
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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
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet cereal with light floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by light floral notes with some refreshing cereal with a subtle hoppy finish. There were some light unrefined grain notes that were also perceptible as the beer warmed up which I wasn’t too fond of. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as great as I was expecting based on previous ratings.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 15:53:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice golden color with a 1 finger bubbly head. Head faded to a 1/8", but clung to the sides very well and was constantly refreshed from a reasonable amount of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was hoppy with a tad of sweetness, maybe vanilla and bananas. Pleasant, not overpowering in any shape or form. Taste was fairly plain, not much flavor at all. Very faint touch of lactose type sweet upfront, but that quickly gave way to a hoppy bitterness. The bitter faded with time, but wasn't replaced with much of anything. Felt a little watery in the mouth, and the carbonation was a bit sharp and overpowering tickling the tongue. Overall was a bit on the mediocre side. Not what I would imagine a summer beer to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 22:08:05 | More by mountdew1
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Shrews


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served - bottle into a Pint Glass

Appearance
Very minimal head, golden color

Smell
Citrus and grassy with plenty of bitterness in the scent.

Taste
Smooth, but crisp light malts. Taste crackers and grassy, spiced hops.

Mouthfeel
Slight carbonation and an overall very crisp feel in the mouth.

Overall
It's a decent beer for the summer. A little too bitter and grassy for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 21:02:46 | More by Shrews
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard blue branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've really enjoyed some beers from this brewery in the past. No ABV listed on the label as far as I can tell.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2-25 finger beige colour head of decent cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3-4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear transparent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing at all. Standard fare for a blonde.

Sm: Grainy pale malts. Floral hops. Light nuts. Grassy. Dank. Lemongrass. Caramlts are dominant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Grainy malts are dominant. A twinge of lemongrass. Floral hops. Grassy malts. Pale malts. A bit of biscuit malt, perhaps. Malted barley. Clean barley. A hint of straw/hay. Simply built. Balance is there, but the simplicity of the beer makes this unimpressive. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A simple blonde with little to impress. Approachable and pleasant, but unimpressive.

Mf: Smooth. Wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick for its lack of diverse and/or deep flavour. Decent presence on the palate. Not soft. Suits the flavour profile decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable but unimpressive. It's just too generic overall. I'd bring a sixer of this to a barbecue, but otherwise I doubt I'd get it again - even if it is well priced. Very drinkable - just not exceptional. There are better beers in this style at an equal or better price point. Hides its modest ABV as well as could be expected. Another decent but not exemplary beer from Victory.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 03:42:10 | More by kojevergas
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow, with a half inch of white that clings some to the glass. Smell citrus, grass, biscuit, and some clove. Taste is a little different than smell, some lemon bitterness and sweeter than I would have expected, definitely more hoppy than I expected, in a odd way. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and easy enough drinking. This is unique and strangely good.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:52:32 | More by SawDog505
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A special beer brewed in collaboration with Philadelphia "With Love" tourism board, is a pale ale made with german pale malt, and locally sourced water (duh). Summer Love was very pale in color almost blonde and had a nice tuft of foam on top. In appearance it could have passed for a pilsner, which is to say too pale for a pale ale. The smell is dominated mostly by grassy hops with a little tinge of lemon--there is a bit of sulfur in the aroma as the beer warms and a bit of cooked veggie. The taste was very nice and clean with light malt flavors, crisp hops and slightly citric finish. The beer was lighter in body than I would have liked, but was easy to drink and refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 02:59:45 | More by Soonami
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz undated but recently purchased bottle.

A hazy yellow straw with a average white head that has OK duration but leaves more than average lacing.

Mild aroma, and not particularly attractive. Earthy, fruity (mainly citrus), overly floral, with some off notes.

T - has more and much better flavor than anticipated. More hop contribution than usual for style, with some malt background, a lemony tint, and a bit of yeasty fruitiness.

M - Thin, semi-watery. Good carbonation.

O - a mix of good and bad. Rather striking contrast between aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 01:30:24 | More by chinchill
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light straw. Clear. Frankly, kind of like lookin at a macro brew.
Smell: Grapefruit up front. Pretty simple profile.
Taste: again, prominent grapefruit, with little else.
Overall: not impressed. Pretty quaffable but even after a run in a ga. 95 degree, high humidity (perfect time to find out session drink ability), not too impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:01:08 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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baldmasterflex

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Sam's in West Chester. Really suprised to see this in bottles, i thought it was a small volume, keg only seasonal. $12.50 for a six pack, which i would expect to spend on something with a double preceding the style name.

The beer pours a super-thin pale yellow with a very small white head. Lacing is plentyful, though not sticky. Head stays patchy in the center of the glass.

The smell is good, immediately reminded me of their hop wallop. Very sharp and grapefruity.

Taste was a light and buttery "hop wallop" light. Citrus and grapefruit, with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is super light, dry and crisp wich makes drinking it addictive.

Overall, its good and very drinkable. More citrus than sweet, which i love. But im not completely sold, id like it to have more body and punch. A decent beer, and i appreciate Victory's recent push to start bottling and distributing a wider range of styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:48:36 | More by baldmasterflex
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear blonde ale with a white head. Completely translucent, almost food coloring yellow clear water.

S: Earthy grass and a corn like presence on the nose. Slightly bitter.

T: Crisp and refreshing, but just not my style. Seemed to be a bittered corn beer to me , a blonde ale with minimal malt presence, some bittering, and a light side to it that seemed to be most of the point. Not a bad beer, just not my thing.

M: Watery like body, high carbonation levels.

O: It could be a good summer beer, I would rather have a nice ipa with more malt flavors in it however. Its light and has a decent noble hop presence kick, but just not much in the body or complexity side.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 15:19:48 | More by alpinebryant
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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.