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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

411 Reviews
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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,142
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 30.16%
Wants: 80
Gots: 489 | 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:
Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010

Malt: imported 2 row German malts

Hops: whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops

ABV: 5.2%

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.
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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 2,142
Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear honey-golden with short cap of fuzzy off-white head with a skimpy bit of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Grassy and fruity citrus aroma, very nice fresh hops aroma with a little bit of lemon and floral character as well. Malt notes are small but not missing. No real yeast character as it should be.

T: A really crisp, clean beer, although the flavor is good through mid drink but misses on the bitterness (a little too bitter) and the hoppy finish (a little underhopped and really under dry-hopped) that the aromas promise. Maltiness is inobtrusive but supports the hops well with some crackery malt character.

M: Clean and crisp as the style should be with medium to medium-high carbonation and light body.

O: Not a beer I would order all that often, but at the right price point, I could see picking this up occasionally. I could see myself brewing a slightly hoppier version myself for sure, but there is no big flaw in this beer. Solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer Love is light yellow or straw color. It’s very clear and looks light gold when held to light. A white head tops it, and rises to about a finger and a half in height. It recedes to a surface covering rather quickly, but leaves a moderate web of sticky lace behind.

The nose is good. It kicks off with grainy notes. They’re fairly prominent throughout. A whiff of sweet malt follows. Lemon is noted about midway through. Hops are more prominent than you might expect. They smell quite grassy and floral. There’s a bit of a spicy scent that I can’t quite put my finger on. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. It’s rather straight forward and simple, but it smells good.

The flavor is likewise good. It’s a little sweet and malty up front. Grainy, grassy, and earthy notes emerge and resonate throughout. In part, hops are responsible for some of those flavors. Noble hops are definitely in the mix. Their classic grassy, floral flavor is strong. They add a bit of a bitter kick, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s just enough to make things really buzz. Alcohol is buried. Finishes grassy, a little bitter, and dry.

Summer Love has a light-medium body. Carbonation is quite active, and is a little buzzy. It’s not quite smooth, but it does go down easily. I could gladly handle a few of these.

Victory Brewing seems to be heading in an interesting direction releasing beers such as Summer Love and Headwaters Pale Ale. Rather than going more extreme, they seem to be going for more mass market appeal with smaller, simpler, more drinkable beers. I’m good with that. Summer Love is good beer (as is Headwaters). Summer Love really is a nice, drinkable beer to kick back with this time of year. I’m enjoying it. Easy recommendation.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip. Nice inch thick white foamy head sits on a golden color. Really fantastic hop grassy crisp grain aroma. Nice crisp malty flavor with great floral and fruity notes. Its very well balanced and a super easy drinker. One of my go to summer session brews. Wish they would make a double version...
You really never find this much flavor in a blonde too often.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale yellow with ample head. Nice lacing.

S: Slight hop aroma with a hint of citrus.

T: Lemon flavor up front. Fresh earthy hops. Touch of malting to make a really nice balance.

M: Light yet with some body - perfect for warm weather.

O: Nicely done and look forward to the yearly release.

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

Crystal clear straw color with a fat, pure-white head of frothy suds. Oily, grassy, herbal hop aroma. Cereal grain, zesty citrus juice, and peppercorn. Slick citrus oil flavor finishing with some fresh malt. Quite a bit hoppier all around than I expected. Crisp, grassy, and spicy over a nice cracker-like base. Medium-light and very drinkable. Fresh! Not exactly to style, but another well-crafted beer from Victory...

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Photo of Morey
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a pale lemon yellow color with a good 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Good clarity reveals a multitude of bubbles soaring up towards the top of the beer. Pretty decent retention, but the lacing is even better.

AROMA: Citrus, Toasted Grain, Lemongrass, and Dried Hay.

TASTE: Nice citrus bite up front followed by some grassy hop flavor. I’m getting some grainy flavors in there as well. Both the citrus and hops show up for a second go-round providing a refreshing lemony snap on the back-end. There’s some lingering bitterness on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Fairly light body with a moderate (and slightly fizzy) level of carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Without a doubt one of my favorite summer beers. Ultra-drinkable, yet full of flavor. At 5.2% it’s pretty session-friendly too. If I’m reviewing to style (which I am), I can’t imagine there being a much better Blonde Ale than this one right here. Victory has done for Blonde Ales what they did for Pilsners. Highly recommended!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy golden with some haze. Foam disappears. Light malt smell. Light malty taste. Subtle buried hop. Mild bittering. Light carbonation. Blonde ale with some real body, not at all watery. Nice flavorful summer beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. There was a very small white head on it that didn’t linger long. Nice aroma to this one. Floral, grassy, hint of lemon in the back ground. The taste is good. Slightly lighter body, just a faint whiff of bitterness and a slight dryness. Slight lemon flavor, with grassy a slight graininess. Very crisp and refreshing. An excellent summer choice!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice soft hop presence. Fresh and enjoyable. Firm pale malt backing.
Rather cloudy yellws with small white cap.
Nice creamy feel and more of a hop forward beer than most this style. Nonetheless, balanced nicely with a slightly bigger bitterness than typical leading to a long finish. Firm malt backing but also in the flavor.
This is a pretty bold beer for style. Bigger and richer than many and more flavorful than most.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light clear straw. White head is gone quick. Lots of cling hanging on.

S - First whiff cat pee. Malt and cat pee.

T - Nice solid malt front and the cat pee turns into a musky bitterness.

M - Thinner than I had hoped, good carb, balance is kinda crazy.

D - Easy drinker with low ABV. I like it.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2011-06-25 at the brewery and again on 2014-05-07 from a bottle in Columbia, PA.

A - Clear gold with a 1-finger head and light lacing.

S - Grass, mild citrus, some hop-floral and light dank. Pretty mild aroma.

T - Fruity, sweet grape, light-medium roasted grain, nice amount of sour tart and bitterness that lasts quite awhile. Not much residual sweetness.

M - Light body and heavy carbonation. Seemed like a non-sweet soda pop. Refreshing.

O - I had this side-by-side a couple of times with a Victory Headwaters and the first time, in 2011, I preferred this one because it was less malty. Tasting them again in 2014, I prefer the Headwaters because it is more malty. My tastes have been changing and I appreciate more residual sweetness than I used to. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable brew; leaning heavily towards the APA side.

Notes: On 2014-05-07 I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the Columbia Kettle Works Blonde (2014-05-03), which had a more full mouthfeel, a bit more residual sweetness and not quite as many IBUs as this Blonde. However, on 2014-05-31 after having both again, I think this is as good and have raised by rating accordingly.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very transparent light golden color with a pretty nice finger of white head, ok retention, nice lacing.

S - Smells mildly of malt sweetness, floral hops, lemon and spice.

T - Taste just like it smells but the hops are more apparent in the taste, slight malt backbone and just a touch of lemon. I'm not big on light/summer beers but for the style this is great!

M - Nearly medium bodied, nice coronation. Drinkability and taste!

O - Again, not crazy about this style but I can definitely see myself picking up some of these to share with those who arent hop heads. Really like this'n

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And, now for something completely delicious!

Perfect pour yielded one-and-a-half fingers of off-white head in the pint glass. Lovely goldenrod color with building carb. That head is fluffy with a few potholes on top. 4.0

Citrusy hops with lemon and grapefruit sharing the bill. Some grassiness that is appealing. Crackery pale malts with a nice presence and an interesting fresh-picked grape scent. Smells absolutely crisp and inviting. 4.5

Tingly hops are more herbal, but still boast some quaint citrus flavors of lemon and tangerine. Almost a pilsner-like malt with this one, clean and dry and with a little bitterness. Some top-notch European hop characters make for great summer brew balance. Grainy with a little sweetness, like a summer ale should be, but with a unique hop signature, like a quality beer should post up. 3.5

A bit sudsy. Body has a little bit more to it than expected. Pretty quaffable. 4.0

One of my favorite summer beers. Thank heavens there's a good American Blonde out there so that I don't have to pick some silly wheat beer. 4.0

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very crisp aroma of sweet pale malts with a nice hop presence for a blond ale. Bready cracker and wheat grains with some hints of citrus orange and lemon zest. Aroma is also fairly grassy. Nice hints of noble hops. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: A very nice crisp taste that is surprisingly strong with the hops for this style. Bready pale malts and grains with good hints of cracker and biscuit. Nice spicy hop kick from noble hops and a little bit of resin. Also a subtle hint of citrus orange and lemon. A very full and well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a nice tingly feel. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very impressive take on the lighter "Blonde" style. Very nice hop bite for a lighter beer. Like Prima Pils, Victory is great at taking lighter styles to another flavorful level.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is golden colored with pale yellow highlights. Three fingers of off white head make a fleeting appearance.

S - The first thing that I get is lemon zest. I also get some bready malt and some floral hops.

T - The taste mirrors the smell. I get lemon, some malt and some hops. I get a slight metallic aftertaste.

M - Thin to moderate

O - I am not a fan of Victory, but this is one of the better beers that I have had from them.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 120z bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with "Imported 2 row German malts, whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops" 5.2% ABV

Pours out to a slightly hazy very pale golden, forming a tall rocky white head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose on this bottle is slightly skunked, but I don't mind. No DMS. No diacetyl. One can still get a delicate crackery malt base and perfumy fresh green hops. Wonderful nose. Smells like a great German Pils. Mouthfeel is very soft with a very light, crisp and clean body. The taste is wonderful, and a recap of the aroma. Wonderfully balanced bitterness with great hop character and great delicate malt character.

This is a fantastic beer. Expertly crafted and brewed. I would call it a German Pils with the added pungency of Simcoe and Citra. Totally love it. I could drink a 6'er of this easy during a day at the beach or an outdoor barbecue with family and friends. Highly recommended.

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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Picked up a single in early June from Total Wine for $1.99. Enjoy By 9-9-2014.

Beer poured golden with an OK white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose has hints of citrus on top of the malt bill.

Taste was surprisingly hop forward. Floral and citrus are meld in nicely with the malt bill but linger in the after taste. Well done.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and refreshing.

Overall this is a really nice summer beer. Light and refreshing but a lot of flavor. Nicely done.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus,hints of earthiness

T-wheat malt, orange, citrus, earthiness, some bitter hop finish

F- light body with light to moderate carbonation, crisp

O- a solid summer beer with good flavor and easy drinkability

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine victory draft in my authentic victory growler. Had this in the bottle version and was eager to try on draft.

Pours with a nice honey straw color with an abundance of fluffy white head. It's thick like a shake and is never ending.
Very clear but not very well carbonated.

A nicely aromatic beer with plenty of hop pop of the floral type. Malts are pale and sweet.

Pleasent tasting of balanced goodness.
Hops are sutle in flavor sportingclean floral notes perhaps noble.
Malts are sweet pale and good with a grainy or ceral finish.

Decent mouthfeel with a slight puckering at finish. Semi dry and bitter.

Think APA if deciding to buy.
There's alot of average to ... blondes but this babay kicks the pants off anything to date.
Like a Ryan Howard slam outta here.

Musically I'd pair this beer with second chance by Peter Bjorn and John

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Photo of bubseymour
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear pale yellow with 1 finger head. Very pilsner-like in appearance.

Smell - Straw and lemon notes. Very nice!

Taste - Very excellent and refreshing. Definitely steals alot of the flavor from the Prima Pils but the hop bite isn't as pronounced. Superb flavor and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - light and pilsner-like

Overall - I love this beer. Probably the first "summer ale" seasonal beer for summer that I really think is outstanding. Most others are blah, but this one is really well made in flavor, drinkability and great for warm weather consumption.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is honey, malts and a little noble hops.

The flavor is grainy malts and grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK subdued hoppier blonde ale. Not too exciting.

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Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presently #4 in the American Blonde Ale category here on BA. Can you dig it?

A: Mildly hazy, straw color with a wistful white foam that formed on top of the brew and stayed somewhat.

S: Puffs of yeast and Victory's hop profile. It's almost like Helios without the farmhouse funk.

T: The reason this one is so good is the same reason that Prima Pils so good: It literally lays on the palate impeccable for a summer brew! Perfect balance between the sweet bread quality, the mild citrus notes, and the semi-dry finish.

M: Subtle, yet glorious bitter lingering. The lacing that was left on the glass just fell back into it.

O: I may get some heat for this, but I've decided to rate this beer to style, and since that is the case, I don't feel this one deserves any less than an A.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice golden hue. There’s a slight, crisp lemony aroma to this with a similar characteristic on the palate. Finishes with just a touch of biscuit and a pleasing crispness along with a graceful tartness that I found to be refreshing and enjoyable. This might be a new contender for summer beers. Clean, crisp, and so much better than the sort of stuff that passes for a summer beer these days. Can’t believe this is a blonde ale—it gives me hope for the style! Seriously, this puts the majority of blonde ales I’ve had to shame.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.