Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 65
Gots: 399 | 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

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.
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Ratings: 2,026 | Reviews: 421
Photo of AwYeh
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy copper-amber color, finger of white head, dissipates quickly but leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Grassy and floral, with lemon zest and biscuit/cracker malts. Just a bit peppery. Not to jump on the advertising bandwagon, but definitely "summery."

T: Similar to smell, but a bit more citrusy. Loads of zest and grass. Nice balance between the biscuit and malts, with a lingering light bitterness. Eminently drinkable.

M: Light/medium body, with lively carbonation. Dry finish that accentuates the grassy, zesty flavors.

O: Really great beer. I rate to style on balance, but this one could hold its own against most of them. A twelve pack of this in cans would beat any session IPA that I've had, as far as summery considerations go. Highly recommended if you can find it.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: yellow/orange colored body that yielded a soft white fizzy one finger head that died within twenty seconds. A very light spotty lacing was left with no rings. Fast rising carbonation was seen.

S: centered around the hops and grass. Some light citrus and caramel came out as the beer warmed.

T: exactly the same as the smell, nothing different.

M: light with a decent amount of carbonation felt and it almost came out a bit too harsh. There was a bitter finish. This was very drinkable.

O: I liked this, I would definitely get it again. Right there next to me while I'm grilling is where I'll find this one this summer.

Photo of jkrich
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: hazy and yellow with golden highlights. A nice creamy white head dissipated leaving intricate lacing on the glass.

The aroma was a fresh whiff of sweet malts and mild bittersweet fruit.

The flavor has a pleasant punch of citrus and tangerine with a gentle lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

The body is somewhat light and the mouthfeel is zesty and rather thin which is rather typical for this refreshing style of ale. The flavor on the palate is slightly astringent by short-lived.

I could not think of a better ale to have on a warm summer evening. While the ale is not complex, it has a solid flavor profile and remains thirst quenching from start to finish.

Photo of nukem5
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass with nice thick foamy head, which dissipates rather quick leaving behind some nice lace, color is a golden hue with nice clarity.

S: Aroma is of Hop ,Hop, Hop!<smiles>! Light Mild maltiness in back mostly fruity/piney notes.

T: First sip gives way to nice hop burst on tongue with fruity /piney hop characteristics much the same as the aroma but stronger ...more present.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full very nice almost a chewy feel to it.

O: Overall a great beer and like it a lot will enjoy this sixer and perhaps more before summer is over.

Photo of Stunner97
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- yellow and clear, white head quickly fades, non impressive

Smell- slight fruit notes, mild nose, wheat mild hops, not overwhelming nose

Taste- overall flavor is just really mostly just dominate by hop bitterness riding through the mid palate and the finish, very light in terms of malt and other flavors, non complex,

Mouthfeel-very overally light and rather crisp

Drinkability/overall- its easy to drink but overally simple i would say just really one dimensional, its just a very simple hoppy beer that lacked a malt backbone which i guess makes sense for the style but just certainly nothing that wows you, inoffensive but a pass for me

Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of wingman14
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a nice tall head that sticks around and leaves lacing. The smell is hoppy upfront, but only some aspects of the hops like pine. The weird thing is you don't get much of that in the flavor, the pine is there but not as much as the smell would suggest. The flavor starts with the small pine then moves to a slight yeast/malt combo and finishes with a slight pine, but very refreshing taste. The mouthfeel is great, smooth and refreshing, great amount of flavor but not overpowering. Overall a great beer, nice for a hot summer night. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of gr0g
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in color, topped with two fingers of foam. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is hop forward, and there are undoubted American hops at work (checking the hop bill... Yep: Citra and Simcoe, plus Tettnang). Primarily citric character of grapefruit rind, a little bit of tangerine. Bready malt aroma.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of another Victory brew: Headwaters Pale Ale. Citric and grassy hop flavors upfront followed by crisp, light malt. APA-like bitterness levels. Light body with brisk but soft carbonation.

Hopheads should give this a look. Much more hop-forward than the usual summer seasonal blonde ale, which tend to be somewhat bland.

Photo of lsummers
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear and clean straw yellow with a own finger bright white head.

Smells of some grassy malty hay notes with a touch of mustiness. There's some bready sweetness in there.

Taste starts off with an herbal peppery subtle hop note mixed with a clean caramelized brown sugar malty sweetness. Touch of burnt caramel on the end.

Mouthfeel is fairly high in carbonation which helps give this beer it's initial bite feeling on the tongue. Fairly light with a touch of viscosity to give it somewhat of a thicker character than soda.

Overall, this is an ok beer but a good poolside offering. I would have this again at a BBQ on a hot day but otherwise it doesn't have the best blend of flavors for my taste. Still it's above an average beer by far.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: straw yellow, 1/2" head with poor retention. Thin lacing cap.

S: mellow sweetness, slight lemon

T: hop bitterness is more previlent than expected. Slight citrus and flower. Light sweetness cuts through the bitterness to a point.

M: light bodied, slightly sticky and drying

O: decent beer, the bitterness sets it apart from most blonds, feels like an apa made with pilsner malt.

Cheers!!

Photo of chodinheaven
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Axic10
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery after the Saison du Buff Brewmasters' Lunch. Served in a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a thin layer of head on top.

Smell: Nose is slightly spicy with a distinct grassy aroma. Very clean smelling.

Taste: Malty, grass/hay taste and a slight yeast flavor comes through on this.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: This was a very enjoyable beer that helped almost cleanse my palate after the three course lunch with three different styles of beer. It was a refreshing on a day that was too hot for me (high 80's). I can see myself drinking this at cookouts through the summer. Nothing spectacular, but not bad at all.

Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

Photo of patpbr
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Straw yellow to light gold in color without much head.
S - A little sweet with citrus and floral scents
T - Grains, citrus and some herbal flavors are all present. This is malty but has some nice hops in the mix. The floral character is a nice addition.
M - Light to Medium body and easy to drink, just a bit of hop bitterness.
O - A good summer beer. If I come across one at a ball game I would order one.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a nice fluffy white head.

The smell is of sweet malt and fresh grain. The freshness of the ingredients stand out in the nose.

The sweet malt up front leads to citrus and peaches with the citrus flowing to the finish and pine ending the show.

The feel is light without being boring. Good body with good carbonation.

Overall, another good brew from Victory. Refreshing with good flavor.

Photo of mnrider
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Brown Bottle. Enjoy By on Bottle.

A: Pours a clear bright gold. Medium creamy white head. Small to zero retention,
with little lacing.

S: Floral hops. Spices. Wheat. Grains. Tea. Honey.

T/M: Hops. Bitter and spicy. Malts are grainy. Light citrus, orange and grapefruit.
Starts sweet then turns bitter with hops and spices. Has a cream feel at first but
the spices and hops soon take over making the feel more dry and bitter.

O: This Blonde Ale is leaning towards an IPA. Needs a lighter body if it wants to be
considered more than an average summer ale. It's still easy enough to drink on
those hot summer days. Taste is good.

Cheers!

Photo of plfahey
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden-yellow in color with absolutely brilliant clarity. Moderate white head with fine bubbles and decent retention.

Aroma-Very interesting hop aroma-Floral, earthy, but also a bit catty and piney. Also has some noble hop notes. Malt profile shows notes of grain and unsalted crackers, and is very clean. Intriguing for sure.

Flavor-Clean and crisp malt shows up first, with grainy, crackery flavors. Moderately strong hop flavors follow, first floral and noble, then catty, citric, and piney, and then again floral on the way out, with moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste is distinctly hoppy (floral and noble), with a slight hint of malt sweetness. On the whole, I find it rather enjoyable.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the tongue but is not astringent.

I think this is a pretty damn good summer seasonal-it reminds me a little bit of Victory's Prima Pils with some American hops tossed in. Yummy, thirst quenching, and easy drinking. I'll definitely be drinking this one again.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely spectacular. Only thing keeping it from 5's across the board is that its too hoppy for the style (to my understanding).

Pale golden color with ample fizzz white head and with considerable lacing. Nose is pungent and full of grassy aromas. Very crisp and earthy. Flavor is much the same with a faint citrus profile. Malt is thin but present and slightly straw like. Very very refreshing and the most enjoyable Blonde I have ever had.

Photo of almostjay
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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

A: Pale straw with just a hint of richness to the hue. Bright and clear with a few small brisk bubbles rising to join the white head of modest size. Settles pretty quick to a skim but leave fairly plentiful lacing.

S: Bready / biscuity fresh milled grain with a touch of sweetness. Hops come through herbal but pretty light and clean. I get some else too, sort of yeasty & metallic that. I can’t really place it and don’t much care for it.

T: Much hoppier. Herbal & grassy – vaguely tea-like (but not astringent). Through the middle there is some spice and a faint touch of mint. At the backend there is an earthy undertone. Malts are biscuity and crackery, soflty grainy – more pale than pils – with just a hint of sweetness. Enough going on to pique the interest with out distracting. There are hints of golden fruits hiding at the edges and a soft lemon in the finish. A nice mix of Kolsch, Blonde, and Pils aspects.

M: A tad under medium body with enough CO2 to make it nicely crisp. Opens smooth and ends with a firm herbal drying. Refreshing.

D: No gimmicks, just well done and supremely drinkable summer time beer – or anytime beer. Other than the slight off-note in the nose, I really like it.

Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a bright, clear golden yellow with exceedingly bright white head. Nice head retention with some moderate lacing.

Smell is hoppier than expected for a blonde ale. Grassy hops, biscuity malt and a touch of lemony citrus aroma. Real clean and refreshing smelling beer.

Taste is also quite clean and refreshing. Some mild piney hops and some grapefruit notes as well. Finish is dry and crisp. Nice tasting beer top to bottom.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Carbonation is moderate and adds a some playful fizz to each sip.

Overall, a really nice summer offering from Victory. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Will be adding Summer Love to my summer beer rotation.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of chickenflea
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Summer Love brewed by Victory Brewing Company with an ABV 0f 5.2. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. This is an an filtered brew. To me it looks like an wheat brew. The smell is sweet and crisp. I'm picking up citrus and grains. This brew has a nice smell to it. The taste is bitter. There is a lot of hops to this brew. That is what the bitterness is coming from. After half way down it gets better. The taste is ok and I'm leaving it at that. Mouthfeel is nice and clean with a bitterness of hops. Summer Love does have some smoothness to it. overall I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5. Not the best I've had but not the worst I've had.

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,026 ratings.