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: 414 | Ratings: 2,168
Photo of Jacobob10
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Straw yellow color with good clarity and a tall white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Grassy and citrusy hop aroma. Sweet malts come out a bit in the flavor. Heavily carbonated which gives it a spritzy quality. Light and drinkable. A good summertime quencher, but not much more than that.

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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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Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a mix of grassy and bitter hops. The flavor is very beery and grassy, along with a malt backbone and a long and bitter finish. Most beers that are in this style aren’t as intense as this, as this leaves them in the dust in that department.

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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 ctylinebeer
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

L - golden amber color with large-bubble foam dome. Bubbles trickling up the glass

S - Citrusy hops aroma with malts just coming through

T - Citrus grapefruit up front, malt in the middle, with a bitter finish

F - Carbonation buzz during and after the sip. Bit of a slow-sipper

O - Not quite familiar with blonde ales, but from my tasting it is a bit like a maltier pale ale. I do like the bitter-hop finish at the end because...hops. Very good Philly summer beer.

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Photo of classixIII
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold, big foamy head. Citrus, floral, some yeast overall refreshing smell. I prefer a little less hops in the blonde ale, but I could drink more.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden color with a good head of foam and decent lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, floral hops, a hint of citrus.

Taste: Malt, floral hops, lemon zest, and some grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Basically a well-hopped lager. It’s tough to find Victory out here on the left coast, so naturally I had to snap it up. I miss their V12s and pale ales.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

Clear golden color, lager-like look. 1F bright white head, heavy web lacing.

Some mild floral hop aroma with an aroma of cheap fruit perfume.

Raw vegetable and strong mineral taste. German malts are there.

Some bitterness. It worsens as it warms and has an unpleasant finish.

It reminded me why I hadn't taken one of these in years. My bad.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date. Threshold glass. Graded as a Blonde Ale

Appearance: Pours a pretty bright gold, with steady carbonation and one finger of white head. Very, very nice lacing. Retains a skim of white foam.

Aroma: Initially, something funky; yeasty. A mild funky/resiny hop note, very vague sour fruit note, maybe peach. As it warms the piney/resiny character increases, and the peach turns to apricot and strengthens, with a bit of mango.

Taste: A very hoppy blonde. dry, hoppy arrival. Resinous mid-palate with a vague peach/apricot note floating around in the background. Big bittering, piney finish. Very clean for an ale, and atypically hoppy. Definitely retains its ale character, no mistaking this for a lager. The taste is not appropriate for the style, but I like it better this way.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of lightweight. Solid, but not excessive carbonation. Not slick.

Overall: This isn't really a blonde ale, it's a golden colored, over-hopped pale ale. But you know what, it's perfect. I will definitely seek this out again as a summertime beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold with no head. Aroma is estery with sweet orange and lemon. Flavor is more light citrus but with some fairly substantial biscuity malt.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden and pale yellow with good clarity and a thin white head that reduced down quickly. Moderate hop aroma, yeast, grass, and some lemon rind. Has a nice crisp mouthfeel and drinks light bodied. Good balance of hops and malt characteristics and finishes juicy on the palate. A nice summer session ale.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a clear straw color with a small white head, some of which lasts as a collar. There is also some light lacing. Good carbonation.

The smell is malty with floral hops mixed in. There appear to be some light peppery hops as well. The smell is crisp and clean, very lager like.

The taste follow the nose with strong malts and light hops mixed together; no particular taste stands out. I guess you could say it is well blended. There is a soapy, anti-stringent finish and yet there is also a crisp, clean lager like element.

Overall there is a lot going on here and I can't figure out exactly what it is. This is a very drinkable hot day, at the beach beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: straw yellow hue with a touch of haze and a good effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam that didn't stick around terribly long. Decent for the style.

Smell: grainy and slightly floral; it almost seems like there's some light spicing here, maybe? It's quite refreshing.

Taste: much like the aroma with a slightly grainy and quite floral flavor. It works for me in this style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and surprising creaminess, especially for the style. Actually, it's quite amazing. Love it!

Overall: a highly drinkable and refreshing summer ale. Recommended.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, golden-greenish color with a big ole head and lots of lacing. Smells bready, tastes of hops, lemon rind, black pepper. Too bitter for my taste, thanks.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Biscuity, with a hint of fruity, grassy, and floral hops. Looks brilliant in the glass, billowing head with a clear gold body. Dry finish, overall a solid example of the style and very fitting for the season.

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Photo of JeffKowalek
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- solid look. Would look again.
S-lemon. Not as strong as pine-sol.
T-fruity, semi bitter. Grapefruit taste with a hint of lemon.
F- feels like a beer. A bit too frothy.

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Photo of Jojosaute
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a golden yellow. Bright color. 1 finger head.
S- I sorta get where people say it smells of hay but I smell a sour spoiled sent. Like a sour fairy smell. I have only smelled sweet hay.
T- a little tang. A little wheat beer flavor to me minus the clove and orange taste.
M- nothing to really get excited about here.
O- not for me. But don't want to skewer it here. I'm sure plenty of people could get into it. I don't like the taste.

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Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brilliantly clear like apple juice, same color. Snow white head, nice lacing. Lovely aroma like spearmint, fresh hay. Taste is slightly spicy likea hybrid of German and West Coast Hops. Original, Summery, delicious.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's an okay summer brew. I was expecting something more from Victory. Certainly not worth the $12 you'd pay for a sixer of this here in South Philly.

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Photo of jancona
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful light straw color and abundant lacing. Smell is floral hops and lemon candy. Taste follows with a very dry, bitter finish. Good session beer!

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Photo of hopsputin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: its a clear straw yellow color, with a thin 1/4 bright white head

s: straw, crackery sweet malt, a light strawberry, slight juicy toffee

t: its crisp right as it hits the tongue. taste is pale crackery malts, caramel, lemongrass, a nice (yet faint) grainy/earthy/grassy flavor. on the back is a very mellow teabag-like bitterness, with a floral hop note

m: its on the heavier side of light. medium carbonation

o: its a crisp, light, and non-offensive beer. its the kind of beer that a seasoned beer drinker, or a craft-rookie could like. as the name suggests, it definitely works for a summer afternoon. its a grainy, sweet, and light beer. easy to drink, and easy to put a few back

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

RB

12oz from Brewers Haven.. Clear straw golden, wispy white head... Grainy pale malt and light grassy hops. Sorta sweet finish... No flaws really, but just nothing I will ever seek out again.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.75

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Photo of Drinkup27
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was more hoppy then expected but hey, it's by Victory. Not an overbearing hoppy bitterness that has left me not liking hop beers. This is tolerable for those that are not hop lovers! A great summer beer. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of almostjay
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Such an underrated beer. There is a reason why session IPAs never measure up. It's because "session" and "IPA" are two diametrically opposed concepts. What bugs me though is the fact that beers like this can fly under the radar while people continue chasing a completely unnecessary dragon.

This isn't an IPA, but it's got a nice hop bite, both noble (at the front) and American (at the finish), a feat which I find amazing. It's got a solid aroma, and great flavor all packed into a 5.2% package. This beer is absolutely perfect for summer consumption. Literally all I need in my fridge when the temp starts to rise.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -14%

I had this about a week ago and likely won't have it again. I'm a big fan of other Victory offerings, but I prefer their other hoppier styles. That's not surprising since I don't usually favor blonde ales.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
85 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.