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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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1,499 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 48
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-04-2011 22:49:05 | More by barnzy78
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-13-2014 00:21:10 | More by Haybeerman
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +7%

12-14-2011 23:07:43 | More by ROGUE16
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny golden hued with a tight white cap that sags quickly towards the liquid and leaves spotty lacework.
Grainy nose with toasted, flaky bread notes, and a flash of honeyed graham sweetness. Hops bring earthy herbs and lemon rinds.
It rushes through the mouth with a semi-sweet Frosted Flakes burst, then settles towards lightly toasty bread. Hops are modest, but add slaking peppery and lemongrass notes.
Light bodied with a uppity carbonation that settles out over time. Though that's not much of an issue as it's hard to do anything other than pound these back. Call it a lawnmower beer and I'd cut the grass more often. It's supremely refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 06:15:36 | More by cokes
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 27, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow to golden with a short-lived fizzy white head that becomes nothing in short order.

The aroma has a breaded malt character mostly with the grassy and slightly floral hops coming up from behind. But there is also something that reminds me of river water.

Light to medium body.

The grassy and slightly floral hops are more forward in the flavor with a toasted malt character right off the bat. Lingering finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 20:16:47 | More by puboflyons
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly vigorous pour into the upright tulip results in an inch of marshmallow-like white foam atop a clear gold body; pretty good retention, but not as much lace as I'd like. Good looking Blonde.

S: Smells like a nice Pils without the lager yeast: clean, biscuity malt and moderate Noble hoppiness - very herbal, lightly earthy. Simple and good.

T: Much like the nose, I'm getting a pleasant balance of clean pilsner malt and fairly intense European hops. Quite noticeable bitterness on the finish - not quite enough to be astringent, but it's right on the borderline. Long, bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. I'm a fan.

M: Fairly light-bodied and exploding with creamy carbonation. Lively and refreshing, if a bit over the top with the effervescence.

O: I like it, but it seems overdone for the style: the combination of extra-light malt and fairly aggressive hops makes it refreshing, but potentially too intense for someone trying to use Blondes as a stepping stone to more flavorful styles. If you want interesting flavor, this is the place to be in this style; if you want something that's just hugely drinkable without being boring, I'd recommend Narragansett Summer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:27:27 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good summertime beer! Served with a nice white, medium sized, foamy head that settled down to a light cover and lots of lace. Color was a clear amber yellow with some bubble trails. Aroma was grain, malt, fresh cut grass, and a little fresh hop. Flavor was very similar to nose. Body is good and so is carbonation. Was a little sharp on the tongue. Finish is medium long and like flavor. Session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 19:04:25 | More by drpimento
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Brenden

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks the part, a clear and even brilliant bright gold. Bubbling activity never really ceases. A dense, fluffy and creamy pillow of pure white head grows about three fingers high before settling but never dying. Plenty of patching is left clinging to the glass as the beer recedes.
While this style doesn't lemd itself to hoppiness. that actually makes this beer the hoppiest blonde I've ever had. It's floral and grassy with no astringency or harshness to the bitterness, fresh and green and just raw enough without being too leafy. It drinks like a lager but with a lot more flavor than is typical. As boasted, there's also lots of balance; a dryish malts presence that leans crackery but with a bit of biscuit lends great support. It's got a grassiness that I can only describe as summery. This beer was perfectly crafted to scream summer. Do I think this is the best style? No. Do I think this is the best American Blonde ale I've ever had? Yes. It's difficult to imagine what more one can do with the style.
The above translates to the feel as well; this is an extremely light style that drives brewers to make a beer that's just thin. This one, though, is light without giving anything up. Crispness never fades off, and it remains very smooth all the way as well. Not perfect, but perhaps perfect for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 19:37:25 | More by Brenden
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FosterJM

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

07-13-2013 12:00:02 | More by pathman
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Lare453

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-22-2013 12:45:13 | More by Lare453
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very faintly clouded straw yellow, cap of fizzy white head gone quickly. Scent is clean and mild, notes of sweet malt, fresh dried grain, lemon, lightly floral and faintly herbal. Taste follows scent, clean and refreshing, faintly sweet and faintly lemony, touches of fresh grain, flowers and vague minty/herbal touch at the end. Lighter side of medium, moderately high carbonation. While neither bold nor standout in any one area, it is a great refreshing beer for the summer, if more widely available a case of this would be my regular tailgate/BBQ beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 15:02:59 | More by rfgetz
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy blonde color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of bready malt, and mild spicy hops. The taste has some nice light bready, toasty malt notes, with only a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice blonde ale that I could drink again if in the mood for something light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 23:47:20 | More by KarlHungus
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 21:57:38 | More by Reagan1984
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-14-2012 04:37:50 | More by enelson
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

07-06-2014 23:17:05 | More by jophish17
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-27-2014 21:29:46 | More by Boone757
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thins to a light layer leaving just a few spots of lacing.

S - grass and citrus blend, you can tell this beer is fresh and hoppy.

T - the balance is perfect as the sweetness of malt is met with the bitterness of hops finishing a bit dry and tart.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp, refreshing feel.

O - a very good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:27:20 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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BGsWo22

New York

1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

03-20-2013 23:54:48 | More by BGsWo22
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a firm two finger cap that recedes a little too quick. Some sporadic lacing shows the sip marks.

The aroma is of bitter German hops and lightly toasted biscuits. Crisp and earthy with a touch of lemon.

Crisp, earthy hops, a touch of lemon over a bed of lightly toasted biscuity malt. A bit of an herbal, ganja-like quality as well. This beer may well be my new lawnmower beer.

Light bodied, refreshing, crisp and dry in the finish. A mild bitterness builds a fine bed for any hophead.

Overall, this beer is exactly as advertised. According to the label, this beer was brewed to be consumed during a baseball game on a hot summer day. I have to admit, that sitting in the heat at the ballpark or while at home cutting the lawn, this beer is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 22:23:06 | More by ColForbinBC
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear and straw in color, this beer is light in complexion, moderately carbonated, and is topped with a nice white head. The aroma is clean...grass and grain...not much fruit, but a moderate hop scent...peppery, but quiet. Crisp and a tad bitter. Not really sweet, but there is a flavor of malt. Medium in body...mor substantial than expected. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:34:27 | More by Suds
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

06-18-2013 00:36:40 | More by AngusOg
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

06-01-2014 15:56:50 | More by KevinGordon
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

10-26-2013 19:22:26 | More by IPAchris
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.