Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 47
Gots: 232 | 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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well executed Summer session ale, with enough flavor to keep one interested yet not bogged down with body. Light golden pale malts with a bright white head form thick down the sides of my glass. It has some German hops coming through in the nose with herbal mild citrus and a touch of earthy hops going on, pale semi sweet malts with a bit of slightly Belgian like spice accents, I'm guessing from the type of yeast used? Tried many new beers over the weekend at the Penn Brewfest but this is one of the new beers I've seen in Pittsburgh at retail outlets that got me ready for Summer. It's an odd mix flavor wise traditional German hop profile with some Belgian spicy yeast notes. Overall interesting but it doesn't go down as easy as you would think based on the description I've had about two bottles and I think I will definitely spread out the remaining four. Headwaters Pale begs to be drank in number this one, is solid but not as sessionable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/26/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves only a touch of lace.

S - Lots of spices, pepper, ginger, coriander, and lemon zest with some soft, beady malt in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some vanilla and perhaps a bit of wheat. Spices show up in the middle as pepper and ginger combine with the soft malt. It finishes with more grainy malt and moderate bitterness as well as a lingering coriander note in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - A pretty standard summer ale. The spice character is quite nice in the aroma but becomes dull and a bit stale tasting in the flavor profile. Still, there are some malt and hop characteristics to help make up for the shortcomings of the spice flavor and it is a reasonably drinkable beer, overall.

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 10/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold, with a tight bright-white head of foam. This stays thick and foamy, drenching the sides of the glass with a rich coating of sudsy lace. The aroma smells fresh, grassy, and citric, with a dash of light spiciness, and sweet doughy sugars that sits underneath. This is pleasant enough.

The taste is citrusy (I’m getting a lot of lemon flavor coming out here on cask); with an overall leafy feeling bitterness that drives this. Malts have a bit of a neutral sweet graininess to them underneath the hops but that citric snap has the most strength here, finishing this dry and spicy with a touch of lingering rind. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a VERY mellow feeling crisp creaminess to this that prickles the tongue just enough but is overall extremely slick on the palate.

I’m always up for trying different beers on cask here at Victory, as you never know how some are going to translate, and this was no different. While it may have lost some of its crispness in translation, it definitely opened up the hop profile a bit more, with extra citrus flavors and a touch more aggressiveness shining through here. I can’t really say if I liked this more than my experiences with the draft or bottled versions of this but I’m glad that I gave it a shot, as it ended up being flavorful and easy drinking enough to keep me happy on this visit.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks very nice on the pour. And the nose is outstanding. The flavor hit me kind of sideways as I didn't expect it. But as time went on it either mellowed out, or I got used to it (and appreciated it more). Real nice floral hoppy character. Consistent, smooth, fresh. A very nice beer. I'm feeling the summer love on this one.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While it's not quite summer anymore, it is 75 out and sunny and feels like it still is, so since the weather is giving me some summer love, I might as well drink the same.

Pours a light white fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, a little lacing slowly falling down the sides of the glass, over mostly clear straw golden yellow colored beer.

Nose is nice, some light malts, a little cracked straw, hint aromatic malt, and nice hops, noble hops, little grassy and hint fruity, just a touch tropical fruit too.

Taste starts with some bitter hops actually, a nice light spicy slightly earthy bitterness that ramps as it goes, and brings a light grassy flavor, little orange rind as well, and hint of tropical fruit. Malts add a nice backbone, blond malts for sure, with a light straw flavor pilsner malt like. Finish is big hops, fairly bitter, slight orange rind citrus and a bit more grassy hops lingering, a long bitter finish, quite bitter actually, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good. I was not expecting that hop kick, but it's a nice addition. As much as I like the hops, I personally would have liked a bit less hop in this and more malt forward, or at least more late addition hops and less bitterness. Otherwise a nice tasty beer.

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden -enjoyed with octopus87 chilled from a 1/2 pint.

The color is pale golden straw color with great clarity and thick snowy cap w/ ultra fine bead. The retention is good and laces sticks well. The aroma of this blonde is full of malt aroma yet has a slight musty yeast and pleasant herbal hop aroma which is mildly sweet. The aroma is well blended with subtle pilsner malt in the nose. The feel is semi-bitter with a mild resinous tinge and this has medium carbonation with a skosh of malt sweetness that balances the light spice with w/ gentle toasted grain and mild yeast smoothness.

The taste has a lemony hop flavor which seems to originate from noble hops as the flavor is familiar and herbal with some tinges of musty yeast and pils malt fills out the body with some light sweetness augmenting the taste with a gentle sweetness and a nice tea like hop dominates with herbal and slight grassy note. the lightly toasted tinges carry on with nice dry taste in the finish. This blonde really demonstrates that a low abv beer can have a good amount of flavor, the hop presence adds the counter balance to the malt with a refreshing quality and light acidity which makes this quaffable and has a refreshing quality perfect for summer because it doesn't makes you sweat from high alcohol and this fits the style well, another high quality brew from Victory!

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head that fades quickly that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not a lot going on here. A crisp mildly sweet malt smell.

Taste: Nice and crisp. Bready malt up front with a nice mild bitterness in the finish. A nice summer drinking beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice beer to drink in the warm weather. Not a lot going on, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review this is the #3 top American Blonde Ale on the beeradvocate best of lists. Purchased a 6 pack at D'vines in Washington DC, served in a DFH signature glass.

Beer is yellow and clear, soft white head of small and medium bubbles, steady moderate carbonation, some lacing, looks really nice.

Aroma is mildly grainy, a little sweet, a little hoppy, earthy, mild pine perhaps. Smells fine.

Beer is thin with a mild sweetness up front, pilsen type sweetness, I don't know what malts were used but they are present in the forward. It has a mild earthiness to it, not unpleasant but light overall, watery body with a back bitterness that isn't the best with the malt bill and a mild aftertaste of grain. It isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, just not my favorite.

This brings me close to one of the reviewing goals on beeradvocate. With the exception of kvas (KVAS!!!) I have reviewed a top 3 beer from 103/104 styles on beeradvocate. Hooray me.

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would have called this a Kölsch, but it's an intriguing and flavorful light beer in any case. Quite hoppy for its light frame. A brambly, sharp, and somewhat acidic taste that is very refreshing. Quite perfumey flavor that carries through to the really powerful nose. Big biscuit flavor, but sharpened up by the hops rather than mellowed by malt, which is doesn't show much of. Light golden, lots of creamy carbonation, which is a plus for me in this style.

Missed this one in Philadelphia last June so was happy to see it show up in six-packs in San Diego at the Super Junior beer museum. One of my favorite lighter beers I've tried this summer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, golden yellow with a fluffy white head that laced well. Light aroma, floral, organic and hoppy. Light taste, grassy, floral, lemon zest, refreshingly hoppy and flavorful without being strong at all. Light-bodied and drinkable.

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/01/12 notes, Had in LBI, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pour a of hazy yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, bready malts, grains, and some wheat. Citrus is light, but nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, grains, wheat, floral hops, and some earthy notes. Some honey as well. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is very smooth.

o - Overall a pretty nice blonde ale that is smooth and easy to drink. Lots of citrus to it, especially in the taste. Would definitely have it again sometime; a good summer beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent, near-white head which leaves good ring lace after each sip. The liquid is light gold and is also crystal clear.

Creamy aroma of fresh milled malt with a superb floral hop bouquet. Slightly sweet and very attractive.

The taste is hoppier than I expected from the smell. The nearly untoasted malt does provide a base but it quickly disappears to a black pepper bitterness. Full bodied for the style but also with an elevated level of carbonation. The aftertaste starts off balanced but devolves to simply the aforementioned black pepper from the hop.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to enjoy a few of these beers while on the beach in the Outer Banks. Surprised to see it as a blonde ale, tasted pretty hoppy and struck me as a pale ale.. regardless, it's a delicious, refreshing beer that's well balanced and crisp with a great finish. Would definitely recommend and makes for a nice, light summer beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard blue branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've really enjoyed some beers from this brewery in the past. No ABV listed on the label as far as I can tell.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2-25 finger beige colour head of decent cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3-4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear transparent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing at all. Standard fare for a blonde.

Sm: Grainy pale malts. Floral hops. Light nuts. Grassy. Dank. Lemongrass. Caramlts are dominant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Grainy malts are dominant. A twinge of lemongrass. Floral hops. Grassy malts. Pale malts. A bit of biscuit malt, perhaps. Malted barley. Clean barley. A hint of straw/hay. Simply built. Balance is there, but the simplicity of the beer makes this unimpressive. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A simple blonde with little to impress. Approachable and pleasant, but unimpressive.

Mf: Smooth. Wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick for its lack of diverse and/or deep flavour. Decent presence on the palate. Not soft. Suits the flavour profile decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable but unimpressive. It's just too generic overall. I'd bring a sixer of this to a barbecue, but otherwise I doubt I'd get it again - even if it is well priced. Very drinkable - just not exceptional. There are better beers in this style at an equal or better price point. Hides its modest ABV as well as could be expected. Another decent but not exemplary beer from Victory.

High C+

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head leaving minimal lace. Very good retention.

S: Lemonheads and orange candy, has a soda like smell at times. Solid bready malt.

T: Easy going bready malt, with a very Kolsch like flavour of golden raisins and yellow apple. Noticable grassy hop flavour, but nothing over the top. A delicate balance working here.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, smooth, a palate cleanser.

O: This is a very nice blonde ale. It has considerable Kolsch characteristics with a hoppy American twist. I wish they had this beer at the ballpark, I'd be happy.

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,824 ratings.