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Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by Soonami on 07-11-2010

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Reviews: 419 | Ratings: 2,190
Photo of Wiffler27
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours gold with a solid head (in my half liter glass from Denmark, which is a Carlsberg pilsner flute)

smell is clean and bland, nothing bad but nothing great.

taste is good, has a clean floral flavor. easy to drink and a good summer beer.

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Photo of CMG-PSU
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Again... these summer brews are so good I'd drink them all year round! I do concede this particular brew is particularly good - outside -&- hot - very refreshing with a grapefruit finish.

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Photo of lostinfla
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very pleasantly suprised with this one!

Bottle into a pint glass. Quickly dissappearing white head that left a nice lacey ring behind. Color was as advertised - blond and very clear with very small, tight carbonation bubbles.
The smell caught me right away - great pine / citrus aroma with just enough malt to make it great. Very fresh smelling !
Taste was smooth with just the right amount of bite that lingered for a few seconds but was not at all overwhelming. Light bodied and went down easy.
This one is exactly what the doctor ordered for summertime quaffing. Light, piney and easy to enjoy!

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Can’t find a bottle date, but since it’s nearly November this one might be past its prime.

A: I can see why this is a blonde! Very pale hazy straw color. Nice white head with big bubbles and lots of lacing.

S: Some grassiness and tropical fruit...apricot and mango. Some spiciness. Really a nice smelling beer.

T: Well if it’s past its prime then I can’t really tell. Everything from the aroma comes into play in the flavor, plus there’s a good amount of bready grain added.

M: It’s nicely refreshing and makes you want to take another sip. Finish is a tad dry which I think is part of what draws me into wanting to immediately take another drink. On the watery side with some nice scrubbing bubbles.

O: I had this on draft over the summer with some oysters and was surprised by how much I liked it. I’ll be picking this up again when the warm weather returns.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color. White head with ok retention and some lace strings. Many many little rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet fresh grains and citrus in the background. Smells juicy but not nessecarily with fruitiness. Very simple yet well done. Clean, crisp and super fresh.

T: Matching the smell very well, the taste is packed with fresh grains, some citrus and also peppery spice.

M: Nice smooth, swirly feeling beer. Body is on the medium side. Texture is a weee bit resinsy-dry feeling.

O: A solid choice for an outside pleasant weather beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a light gold with a small white head. Fairly good retention.

Smells like lemon and bready malts.

Taste is a lot bigger than I expected. Great lemon/citrus hop flavor with a touch of bread throughout. Finishes spicy and very crisp and clean. Almost more of a characteristic of a good German pils.

Mouthfeel is very light with high carbonation levels.

Overall a very refreshing crisp beer. I've heard good things about this and wasn't disappointed. One of the better summer beers I've had. Definitely more flavor than your average summer ale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin white cap throughout. The nose brings a bit of light citrus hops and a slight floral character. Light grain is there as well. Flavor is slightly bready and grainy with some slight hop flavor. Body is light and crisp with good carbonation and a light bitterness to the finish. Well done.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(strangely, no best by date on label - poured into an Innis & Gunn stemmed fluted goblet)

A: clear-filtered sunshine yellow liquid with an open-structured, spongy white foam that lasts for a couple minutes after the initial pour... after the foam died a bit, the remaining pour brings a hilly crest above the glass, pillowy in form

S: soapy-flowery German hops come to the fore - I wanna say similar in character to their Hop Wallop - zesty, almost saffron spiciness in there as well (the Simcoe?)... background of lemon peel, and perhaps a faint pilsner malt deep down... the Citra may only provide a delicate, spruce-y highlight

T: zippy-hoppy up front, a touch of honeyish malt, and then it just drops off dry with that perfumy, soapy-floral element wafting on the palate... with subsequent sips, the spicy, piney, soft bitterness of the hops take over... the malt stays a bit back coming across with a mild, dry shortbread flavor... sort of a lemon meringue real late in the aftertaste

M: this drinks like a mix between a German and Czech pils - somewhat sharp-drop dryness mixed with a chalky-soft, fluffy, and fuller malt body... the hops seem to project a menthol cooling sensation

O: I feel like I've had this beer before - Victory tweaked some older recipe to create this... they do well with their German ingredients, adding a touch of this US hop and that... I could see drinking 2-3 of these at a BBQ this summer

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Photo of chickenflea
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, won in beer tasting at ABC. Fresh, malty aroma. Flavors are crisp, clean and bright, with a breezy freshness. Surprised at how flavorful this beer is. Where most Golden Ales are listless, flawed, too chewy or with distracting side notes, this one is very drinkable. Nice hoppy flavor mid-taste. Light-to-medium body. Average carbonation. Clean finish. I really look forward to each sip. Solid work. I had not been a big fan of victory til now, but I think more of them after this offering.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale and crystal clear yellow with a big and fluffy white head on top. It dissapates somewhat rapidly, but leaves some nice lacing. Malty and hoppy on the nose, more on the citrus hop side. Also a small barley malt note in the back.

As far as summer ales go, this one is really well done. Its meant to be easy to drink, a thirst quencher, and a really well-balanced beer. It achieves all of these with ease. It starts with a nice clean taste of barley, wheat and maybe corn, followed by a healthy hit of some bitter pine or citrus hops. Definitely some grapefruit in there, hiding in the bitterness. The beer goes down so easily that its perfect for a hot summer day. Its one of those simple beers that beer snobs like us can sit there and analyze and pick out the complexities, and still enjoy the heck out of it. This is another really good beer from Victory. They do some pretty awesome stuff with hops.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pour is a deeper gold than expected, smells of minerals and hops, taste has a strong carbonation, not overbearing but strong, length is solid malt to hops with a good finish but i cannot pinpoint the finish from a flavor standpoint, there is something there, feel is full and satisfying, overall enjoyable. a solid beer would consider some more

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Dull golden with a slight chill haze. Fluffy white head retains better than expected. It settles after a bit, but holds at a quarter inch. Foamy patches of lacing cling stubbornly to the glass.

S: Delicately hoppy nose divulges aromas of green grass, pithy white grapefruit, crushed mango, and spicy herb. Malts bring a soft biscuit and dough scent. Very clean. A nice nose. Kind of fun, but not overstated.

T: Hoppy up front. Grassy, a bit oily, herbal and spicy. Light touch of white grapefruit pith. Lots of hop flavor, but the bitterness is tame enough. Soft grainy malt base. Very clean. Grainy finish with lingering spicy hops.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy texture is cut by mildly enamel-grating hop oils and a crisp bite of carbonation.

O: This is a little darling of a beer. It strikes the perfect balance between flavor and simple drinkability. It's just a fun and easy beer to drink, and that's exactly what you want in a summer seasonal. One of the better blondes I've had in a while.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a summer seasonal with a plesantly hoppy finish and no wheat!

Pours a clear straw yellow with decent head and carbonation. Creamy but light mouthfeel is appropriate for a Blonde. The nice but expected bready aroma is followed by an unexpectedly pleasant taste. A refreshing, light citrus flavour with a lingering bitter finish. Love the hops!

Enjoyed my first pint on draught in PA tonight and will seek out again whenever possible..

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler into a pint glass that I got filled from Joe Canal's Liquor outlet.

Light straw body color with a very white foamy head. Slow moving sporadic bubbles.

Mostly citrus hops with a background of bread. Not bad smelling at all.

Wow! Very tasty! Citrus hops upfront, some pine, fruity sweetness pops in the middle with breadiness at the end. I detect a little bit of pepper, maybe? This is a quality tasty brew!

Light body, easy drinking, feels nice in the mouth. Medium to high carbonation but doesn't disrupt the feel.

What a refreshing brew! Very tasty! So easy to drink, I had to tell myself not to drink it all up in one sitting. Probably the best summer seasonal this year!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A buddy brought over a selection of Victory last night. I am assuming it’s from a recent Victory Variety pack, but I can’t be sure. After looking over the label several times I do NOT see a best by date on the bottle.

Good looking beer. Perfect 2 finger head that is sudsy and bright white. The beer is a very bright and crystal clear gold color. Just a bubble or two escape. Some sudsy lace clings in clumps.

Aroma is light, fresh, grassy. Surprisingly floral.

My first impression is that this is hoppier than I imagined and is very fresh. A very light cracker/bready malt flavor that’s just lighty toasted. Very subtle. The citrus/floral hops are center stage and steal the show. If this had a touch more bready character it would be awesome. Almost a SN Summerfest. Just not quite.

Light, crisp and refreshing. Yep, that works for an American Blonde and a beer designed for Summer consumption.
For what this is meant to be, this pretty much nails the style. Well done.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pale, champange yellow, somewhat bubbly, but just the slightest of haziness. A thin egg white head that disspates very quickly, which is misleading because the lacing is spectacular. <4.5>

S - Grapefruit, piny, and sweet. Hops are pleasantly present. <4.5>

T - Acute bitterness first hits the pallet, which briefly gives way to a pale malt flavor before a piny moderate bitterness takes over with a subtle alochol flavor behind it. The finish is dry and sticky. Hops are the main attraction, but I would expect no less from Victory. <3.5>

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. <5>

O - Love the hopcentricity of this summer creation. The lingering bitterness makes it a quaffable sipper, while the body makes it possible to take a few down. It might be a better fit as a summer pale ale, but again, expect no less from Victory. <4>

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Photo of nimrod979
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pale crystal clear yellow. Average white head that fades to a film retaining on top.
Aroma is grassy, floral hops. Apricot and light fruity aromas.
taste is a lot bigger and hoppier than I expected. Yum. Lemony with a hint of some German-style malts to make this kind of resemble and pilsener.
Grainy and lively carbonation. Finish is crisp and refreshing. Great hop character. This is a great summer beer. I'll have to stock up on some of this next year.

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Photo of stevensd19
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Phillies game at "The Bank" on a beautiful 90 degree day a few weeks back. Really tasty stuff, perfect for summer weather, watching the game. Just enough hoppiness to satisfy but not overwhelm... Liked it so got some bottles later that were very good, just not the same as the ball park draft experience!

Try it, you'll like it. Hey, it's from Victory, great stuff.

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Photo of rangerred
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium yellow with a chunky creamy head. Amazing head retention and lacing.

Smells absolutely fabulous. Tons of citrus and flowers. Grape, bubblegum, along with some grass and pine. This really might be one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

Nice floral and citrus up front on the taste along with a little bit of light bread. High bitterness takes hold almost immediately and lasts through the finish. Finishes quite clean and dry.

Overall, what an excellent beer! The aroma is just out of this world. My one complaint would be the bitterness feels a little too much for the style but it is a mild complaint. Unfortunately I can't buy this in my area but I am definitely stocking up on my next trip out of town.

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Photo of goldendenizen
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another quality brew from Victory. Ive had their beers in Philly and bottles in SF. This particular style is straight forward: it's summer and summer calls for light style beer. Goes without saying that this is a session beer. Really enjoyable lager. I would purchase again.

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Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 12 oz bottle and poured it into a pint glass.

When I poured it I noticed the lightness of the brew, it made me think of the Headwaters Pale Ale. The aroma was very nice and light, which I would expect in a summer beer. There was a spice and citrus feel to the brew. The head was a nice white color that looked good.

When I sipped it, I noticed a very light taste that went right along with the color of the beer. The whole drink was smooth and pleasant to have.

This is the type of beer that one could have at a pool party or at a BBQ. This is a beer that everyone can enjoy for the summer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- AOH

A- pale straw yello in color that is crystal clear. Minimal head and ok lacing.

S- earthy malt aromas with ints of grass and wheat.

F- Lots of flavor in this blonde, dry hops with earthy tones and wheat bread like flavor.

M- crisp and dry. Feels like IPA almost.

D- love this brew...bought a sixer and would buy another.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice sessionable summer ale. I was recently given a six back from a friend from Philly and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer.

It's not a crazy flavor profile that will make you ponder each ingredient, but it's by no means one note, either. Plenty of nuance from the grass and citrus. Incredibly drinkable, and exactly what I want for some pool-side or beach drinking this summer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold, with a sliver of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, perfumy & floral hops, pear

T: Follows the nose, a little dryness as well. Honey malt, floral hops and a little grassiness as this warms. Finishes crisp, dry & fruity

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable old-school golden ale, refreshing, a nice beer to start a session with to be sure

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
85 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.