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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,557
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 47
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
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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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Smarty_Pints

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-30-2014 05:44:58 | More by Smarty_Pints
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chrishensley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

07-30-2013 21:25:27 | More by chrishensley
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Caveworm

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company, a strong seller at my local craft retailer. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.25 finger thick head, knockout lacing. Blondish amber body, how fitting.

Smells floral and citrusy

I taste floral,citrus notes with surefire hop bitterness. Also includes a general herbiness about it. Very clean finish here. This is great for my lower IBU tolerance as of this review.

As I mentioned above, a crisp and clean finish. Hop taste lingers for a very brief moment before going away.

A 3.5 overall for Summer Love, this will be a staple in my fridge these next few months. I will buy this brew again

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 02:32:51 | More by Caveworm
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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 -10.7%
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 -10.7%
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 -10.7%
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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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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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baldmasterflex

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is light straw; mostly clear. There is a large sticky white head.

The aroma has a nice dose of zesty European hops. I don't really get much malty notes in the aroma.

The taste is light in malt flavor with tons of grassy hops through and through. The finish is slightly vegetal, making for a seemingly dry finish.

This is light bodied, crisp and refreshing. This might not be a great "blonde" ale but I like it. It's got a nice refreshing hop flavor that is a nice addition to a light summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 04:14:01 | More by andrewinski1
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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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chefelf

New York

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It pours crystal clear with very little foam.

This beer was much lighter than I expected and a lot more bitter. Overall it was a very refreshing beer for a hot summer day. Not my favorite style but I appreciated it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:10:41 | More by chefelf
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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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isualum12

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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

South Dakota

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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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twistwrist

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll be honest, I'm not a natural summer-beer lover. I prefer the deeper, more complex flavors of autumn and winter brews. I lean toward higher-gravity beers, so that is yet another turnoff for me regarding summery types. That said, this beer was not bad for a 5.2%, Summer Ale. It doesn't taste quite as light as most beers of this season. There is a distinctively bitter aftertaste that causes me to be of the opinion that this beer is not as refreshing as a commonplace summer brew, but it is a damn good beer for a summer/autumn hybrid. ;)

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 22:18:18 | More by twistwrist
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utopiajane

New York

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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 -8%
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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Jonada

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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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WankelEngine

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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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babaracas

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
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