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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

1,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 1219
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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Photo of tgorgz


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Into a standard pint glass.

A: Straw coloured, with loads of carbonation and thick head that stays well- characteristics of a standard blonde ale.

S: Straw, some floral notes with bits of citrus. I'm getting alot of lemon and, strange as this may sound, something that resembles Juicy Fruit Gum.

T: Initially sweet, with a bite from the alcohol, followed by bitter as it moves across the palate. Balanced throughout, however. Specifically, I'm getting some hay and citrus (lemon), followed by that Juicy-fruit aftertaste- which I'm not feeling as much.

M: Light, crisp, very refreshing. The carbonation pleasingly dances on the tongue, accentuating the bitterness and hay notes.

O: A very drinkable beer- I could definitely have a few of these at the ballpark and enjoy life. This is one I feel comfortable drinking more quickly, and something to be enjoyed for beer's sake.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 23:59:41 | More by tgorgz
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a nice billowy white head. The head has a moderate amount of lacing and leave a medium level of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a lighter bready nature with some lemon citrus and a light pine hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins almost entirely malt based. Flavors of bread and biscuit are on the tongue. Hop flavors then start working their way into the taste. It begins with some citrus and then some pine begins working its way into the flavor. The taste overall is more on the dry side and makes for some easy drinking slightly bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the lighter to medium side with the carbonation level being just slightly above average. Both make it very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall – A good session brew that is easy to drink while hanging out and sitting around with friends or just watching the game on TV.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:38:19 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of HalfFull


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a clear deep straw/light golden and offers a half inch of white foam. Touch of haze and a moderate retention follow.

Aroma of nuetral grain along with some lemon and coriander/pepper spice. Light hop notes compliment the lemon pepper delivery with lemony saaz emerging more with warming along with a touch of wheaty funk.

Taste is full enough and slightly grainy. Touch of spritz and grain on the finish. Full and spicy body and feel. Very neutral as for yeast influence but clever spicing/hop influence. Warming yields more lemon and pepper upon a nice pils base. Quite drinkable and not overdone with a clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 05:03:22 | More by HalfFull
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 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 magnj

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Light straw body has a bit of haze with a small but persistent head that leaves a bit of lacing on the way down.

S - Clean mild nose is vaguely herbal and floral and gets a bit malty and bready as it warms up.

T - Herbal with some lemon up front, turns to a clean and slightly bitter body. Ends a bit grainy and subtly fruity. A challenging beer, tasty but subtle.

M/D - Medium body may be a little low on carbonation. Nice beer, but I wish it ended a bit drier/crisper.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:36:23 | More by magnj
Photo of Clowerweb


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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. No date on the bottle, but seeing how it's a summer seasonal and it's now late January, I'm going to assume that it is close to, if not past, it's freshness date.

A: Pale straw yellow, cloudy, almost looks like a cloudy macro adjunct at first glance. 1 finger of solid white head dissipates rather quickly, not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is skunky and citrusy. The citrus almost smells like maybe lemon or lime. Not off to a great start so far...

T: Tastes a lot like it smells, but it actually has some depth and interesting twisty turns. Starts off with skunk akin to Heineken or Corona, not to an unpleasant level, but skunky nonetheless. Mid palate is lemony, not lemonade lemony, but a hoppy lemony bitter/sour. It actually tastes pretty good, it seems a bit awkward at first, but it works well. Finishes dry, almost to a fault, with bitter hops and a sour citrus lemon and possibly orange peel aftertaste, but it's not pucker up sour/bitter. It tastes pretty nice, actually. It wouldn't sound like a good combination to me if I read this, but I'm not disappointed at all, it's pleasantly surprising.

M: It's a light bodied beer, but on the heavier side of light, not watery, I'd call it near medium (but still not quite medium). It's a little higher carbonation, probably a notch or two above medium carb, definitely has a higher amplitude of tongue tickle. Leaves the mouth very dry, bordering on unpleasantly dry.

O: I wouldn't seek this beer out, but that's of course subjective. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but it's still a very drinkable beer and will probably surprise you in some aspects. The flavor has lots of interesting twists and turns, and it definitely works well, but it's still not my thing. It's good for the style, and since I'm attempting to rate objectively, it still gets a decent score in my book.

Personal re-buy level: meh. Falls in the good beer category, but not in my personal great beer category. I like a lot of this brewery's beers (a lot), but doubt I'd buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:57:24 | More by Clowerweb
Photo of Celtics76

Rhode Island

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

I feel blonde ales are one of the most boring styles out there, but I decided to give this a shot as it's a Victory brew, and I've enjoyed all of their beers so far.

I poured into my Harpoon IPA pint glass - head disappears quickly but a mild film of lace remains. Gold in color with some mild carbonation.

Well, this doesn't taste like other blonde ales I've had. There's actually quite a bit of flavor to it. Almost like a "Prima Pils" light. Sharp hoppy scent - pure hop taste with a bitter finish.

It's rare that I buy a 6 pack of anything these days - I prefer mix a sixes, I did so with this and don't regret it. However, one thing I need to say - if you are looking for a "traditional" summer ale (light, easy drinking), look elsewhere. This one is highly bitter and doesn't really fit into the summer ale spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 22:16:15 | More by Celtics76
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a slow flow of small carbonation bubbles present throughout and a thin ring of film around the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, slight buttery sweetness, and a light hopping. Flavors are a bit more hopped, with a slightly bitter forward flavor followed by a solid, smooth toasted grain backbone. The buttery notes catch the tail end leading into the bitter and spiced hoppy aftertaste. The finish is crisp, clean, and slightly dry. Very easy to drink, very refreshing, and slightly hoppier than most brews in this style...tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:47:30 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear golden yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This smells refreshing. Clean neutral maltiness. Hoppy for what it is, offering mainly floral and citrus notes. Not much else to say.

3.75 T: Tastes as refreshing as it smells. Clean neutral malts, light citrus hoppiness and a bit more floral, and a mild to moderate bitterness.

3.75 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just enough thickness in here. Light creaminess.

3.75 D: Supremely drinkable. Perfect lawnmower beer or anytime beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 23:10:40 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery after the Saison du Buff Brewmasters' Lunch. Served in a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a thin layer of head on top.

Smell: Nose is slightly spicy with a distinct grassy aroma. Very clean smelling.

Taste: Malty, grass/hay taste and a slight yeast flavor comes through on this.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: This was a very enjoyable beer that helped almost cleanse my palate after the three course lunch with three different styles of beer. It was a refreshing on a day that was too hot for me (high 80's). I can see myself drinking this at cookouts through the summer. Nothing spectacular, but not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 03:57:23 | More by Axic10
Photo of WanderingFool


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a small white head on top. Very little lacing and steady streams of bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is light biscuit with notes of lemon.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is smooth, slightly syrupy with mild carbonation. The flavor is well balanced between grainy pale malt, biscuit and lemon citrus. It finishes mildly bitter with light floral notes.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking beer. It doesn't fill you up and is refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:49:43 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of zoso1967


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer Love really puts the blonde in blonde ale. This beer is a straw yellow color that looks more like a light lager than even a blonde ale. The head is not quite white and very frothy. The staying power and lacing are both superb.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of cereal malt and floral hops. The hops are very flowery with a slight herbalness and there is a bit of grainy character in the aroma as well.

The flavor mimics the aroma quite well with the same mix of cereal and slightly grainy malt character married with a pleasantly floral hop mélange. This brew also has a slight lemony twinge that fits well. This beer does not have a lot going on flavor wise, but that brings us to…

The body is light with a spot on amount of carbonation that makes this a bright and refreshing drink. It finishes quite dry with a nice hop character lingering after I swallow.

This beer is obscene in its drinkability. I can see what victory was gunning for with this brew and I think they really hit the nail on the head. More flavorful than many blonde ales I have had and quite refreshing. Still, even on a hot summer day I think I could go for something with a bit more kick. I don’t see myself picking this up over Prima Pils or another quality pilsner or APA.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 11:42:00 | More by zoso1967
Photo of treque


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A; a completely traslucent beer, the head is white, small and dissipates quickly, there is a few carb, the beer is yellow in color

s: nice hops aroma, floral, citrusy and some pinus

T: refreshing, a little bit dry at the end, medium body, good bitterness

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:38:52 | More by treque
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 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 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 mvanaskie13


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

Poured into a wide chimay glass; color is pale straw, gold; off white head that laces lightly.

Smell is a mix of grains and grassy, citrusy hops, nice scents; good mix of bitter and sweetness. Malt sweetness tends to smooth pilsner side with hop notes of citrus, lemon and grass.

Taste is a grainy malt sweetness front, with solid bitter hop finish; hope notes are similar to the scent with a touch of pine, but heavy on floral, grassy and citrus.

Mouthfeel is just a touch strong on the tongue from the solid bitterness, but it rounds out and finishes smooth.

Overall, a very nicely done summer brew, soild malt and hop flavors and scents.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:07:44 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of FosterJM


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

708th Review on BA
Bottle to pint
12 oz

No date

App- Very clear light yellow with a two finger head that fades to a pitri dish like top. Clumps of foam all over. Nice wall of cling down the sides.

Smell- At 1st it was a bit of an APA. Then comes the lager yeast a bit grainular and a little spice.

Taste- Much more like an APA with a nice hop base and a touch of lemon. Quite refreshing and a bigger than I thought a blonde could be. A well balanced little beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A nice lemon bitter.

Drink- Tasty, balanced and a little hops bitter. It was a nice cold refreshing beer. I might go back for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 17:20:37 | More by FosterJM
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

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

On tap served in pint glass at their brewery

A - Clear, pale with 1 finger white head with good retention and good lacing, nice bubbly head.

S - Lemon, herbal and peppery notes with light yeast aroma.

T - Follows nose, solid wheat backbone, a touch of yeast and alcohol, pretty light beer.

M - Light body, moderate-high carbonation, effervescent, crisp.

O - Nice summer beer, but lacks a lot of meat on the bones much like many beers in this style. Refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 00:05:53 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of beerleaguer22


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

A- A light straw color that leaves a nice head.

S- Not overpowering at all. Light aroma of citrus and herbal hops.

T- Starts out sweet and citrusy. Faint herbal taste. Not a very hoppy beer, but it comes in at the end. Easy drinking.

O- A good smooth beer that I'd recommend. Tasty, but isn't overwhelming at all. Definitely fitting for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:38:52 | More by beerleaguer22
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a modest head that leaves just a few dots behind

Smell: Slightly grainy with a hint of citrusy hops

Taste: A hint of bread up front with a developing grainy aspect; in the middle, a hint of citrus balances the malt flavors; surprisingly peppery on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: For a Blonde, this is a tasty beer and would be a treat on a hot Summer day

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 18:37:33 | More by brentk56
Photo of raznug


3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw color and is topped with 1” of angel white colored head that clings to the glass and leaves lacing part of the way down the glass.
Smell Summer Love has a nice blend of malt and hops that I can smell tastefully in the aroma.
Taste: The taste is not quite as good as the aroma but the blend of malt and hops is well down just seems a little water down.
Mouthfeel: This is light bodied beer that when served the proper temp can make for a nice tasty pint while relaxing on your porch after mowing your lawn on a hot Ohio day.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 14:37:23 | More by raznug
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 Cyberkedi


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a clear straw yellow with a typical white head - not inspiring, but never judge a book by its cover! Strong aroma is malty with a yeasty undertone and hints of citrus and hops. Sunny flavor has a malty core and a strong, slightly sour citrus note, as well as hints of hops and apple. Average-bodied texture has a nice tingle to it. Great for summer, or saying goodbye to the bloomin' hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 02:07:40 | More by Cyberkedi
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
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