Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 403
Hads: 2,082
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 71
Gots: 432 | 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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Photo of 9InchNails
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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! (702 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of josefnewsong
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't have time for a full fledged review but I feel this beer is underrated and needs someone to represent. This along with Sierra Nevada Summerfest has become my go-to summer beer. Clear and refreshing but still full of flavor. If you're looking for some details maybe I'll come back later and give a proper review. I don't often pick up cases but I'm contemplating... (372 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Could not find a bottled-on date.

Aroma: Smells silimar to a pilsner. Green grassy, herbal hops, combined w/ sweet, light golden graham cereal grains.

Appearance: Clear, golden body, sparkling w/ effervesence. Bright white 2 finger collar of foam settles to one. Excellent lacing.

Flavor: Bright citrus and grassy hop notes. Bitterness is somewhat subdued compared to a pilsner. Very light cereal grain. Clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation combines with a light body, even for the style.

Overall: Very highly-drinkable. Enough hop flavor to keep the beer from being boring, and the body of the beer almost teeters on the brink of being watery. If Victory was shooting for a summer gateway and/or high-end lawnmower beer, they hit the target straight-on. (812 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear-golden body with soft white head.

S - Pear and lemon notes.

T - Very clean and smooth with a nice tartness. Small hop notes at the finish.

M - Slides over the tongue and down the throat with ease, almost too much ease.

O - Very drinkable session beer. It's not meant to overwhelm the senses, and isn't for sitting down and sipping. This beer is meant for drinking quickly and often. I can feel the summer love. Prost! (439 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale & golden, sticky lacing, a fingers worth of foam 'til the last gulp.

S: Earthy, lemon-y, grassy, and dirty.

T: Lot of lemon, spicy, dry aftertaste. Lite Prima Pils, almost. Light biscuit-y malts, but the hops were the highlight here. Wonderful.

M: Very refreshing on a hot day here. Hoppier than most American Blonde ales, though.

O: Worthy of multiple purchases, very quaffable and flat out great. (413 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vicotry Summer Love was commissioned by the Philadelphia Tourism Bureau (called With Love, Philadelphia XOXO) for Philly Beer Week 2010. Their hope was to create a beer with mass appeal. Draft only, though they bottled it once for Philly Beer Scene magazine.

I had a pint served at Frontier Saloon. Even though almost every beer served up in this place looks like the head is MIA, you cannot refuse Summer Love its rightful head. Simply amazing! This beer is a beautiful golden color that is as clear as can be. The thick, rich white head shows off the endless carbonation. Not to mention, it sticks all over the glass, something you don't see too often in pubs.

Even a smoke-filled saloon such as Frontier cannot mask the scent of floral, lemony hops wafting off of Summer Love. It smells like a toned down Hop Wallop. The beer is an accentuation of the All-American Citra hop.

With a smell like that, and Victory's line-up of bitter beers, I am expecting an IBU bomb! Surprise! There is no serious bitterness here. Yes, there is some hop flavor up front, but the large majority of this drink is smooth and even. A very well balanced beer!! Gentle bitterness in the finish compliments the malty middle of this beer. Tastes extra fresh.

The carbonation is quite lively, and creates a very refreshing libation. The mouthfeel is smooth and finishes dry. I find this to be quite sessionable. I could drink this all night and all the next morning....

Try this if you can find it in your local tavern. (1,501 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this brew on draft. Poured a bright yellow/golden color crisp with a foamy white head. Lots of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. Smells of strong lemon zest and fresh cut grass. The flavor has some hay, grass, and lemon flavor, a hint of some grains more like cereal. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. The drinkable nature for me was hindered by the flavor. I did not really fully enjoy the flavor of the brew. I am glad I got to try it. (441 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass

A: Pours a clear gold. Very little carbonation. Nice thick white foamy head that lingers and laces.

S: Real earthy. Grassy. Hops and some citrus. A little odd.

T: You get a kick of juicy subdued hops, citrus, and sweet finish. Bready aftertaste. Starts bitter with hops and ends bready/sweet.

M: Lighter body. Dry finish. Crisp.

O: I was expecting a little more out of Victory for this one. I'm a fan of this brewery, but I would seek other brews for a Blonde. (495 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Claddaghs

Appearance: pale golden straw color with a one finger white head

Smell: funky malt, lemon zest, grassy

Taste: funky malts upfront with a lemony hop finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with a bitter finish

Overall: Nothing to write home about. I found this to be quite funky with the hops not even able to mask it. I typically enjoy everything Victory does, but this is an exception. I'm gonna pretend I never had this offering. I'll stick to blonde women instead (480 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (696 characters)

Photo of Dan3279
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Review from notes)

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a nice straw colored body that had a thick white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was on the mild side with a bit of bread and sweet notes. The taste was good with a bit of citrus and bread notes. It was a medium bodied beer that was a bit heavy on the carbonation side. This is a great summer beer that is crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day.

medium body, heavy on the carbonated side, crisp and refreshing
Great summer beer (510 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, for my #BOTG 46 I decided to take a few steps back from the bigger stouts and barleywines I seem to have been drinking lately, to something a little more appropriate for this Texas heat! It's hot here in Houston (95+ right now), and all that appeals to me is a nice, cold refreshing beer right now. So, here goes "Summer Love".

Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a clean, crisp yellow transparent color. Nice fluffy head fills the glass, leaves some lacing around the glass. Nice looking summer beer! Smell- herbal, floral hops. Almost a rosey aroma. Really nice. There is a grassy quality to it too. Taste- clean, crisp, hoppy, with a tiny bit of malt sweetness on the end. This is just so clean, crisp, refreshing. So incredibly drinkable- it has some german pilsner qualities to it, but also some really nice hop presence that you might find in a pale ale. This is just a perfect summer beer, I will be buying it all summer for sure. Well done! (969 characters)

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Clear, bright golden pour with a good finger's worth of bright, white head. Retention is good and eventually settles to a thin skim across the top, leaving a loose lace.

S - Aroma is, well...summery. There's a clean citrus aroma, mostly orange with bits of tropical fruits and a bit of lemon.

T&M - This brew carries an appropriate crispness to it. Flavor turns to a bit more of a lemony presence, with a citrus zing in the finish. Toasted malts seem to be in perfect balance with the hops, and provide a slightly more then light body.

O - Easy drinking, lighter alcohol level, and a fine beer for a hot summer day. Reminds me a bit of Southern Tier's Hop Sun...although I haven't had one of those this year yet. (766 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: A very clear blonde gold color. There is a vibrantly white head of bubbles that fades fairly quickly into a thin cap. Lots of visible bubbles streaming upwards.

S: Light and grainy smell. Very mild notes of herbal or floral hops.

T: Light grain carries a bigger dose of herbal and pine hops than I had expected. The bitterness really lingers.

M: Thin and crisp, just a little bit watery. Fairly abundant sharp carbonation.

O: A light, crisp beer just a little too bitter to be truly refreshing. Lingering alcohol heat and pine in the aftertaste cut down on drinkability. Definitely a good choice with a few different beers, but wouldn't be a good session beer. (712 characters)

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (173 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It smells pretty floral and a bit like grapefruit for a summer beer and has sweet grainy smells that I'm used to getting in good European beers. The taste is surprisingly really smooth and actually pretty sweet graininess up front and in the middle and then all of a sudden the bitterness of the hops evolves on the back of your tongue more and more as you drink it. The hops also give off a grapefruit almost lemon like flavor with a sharp fruity bitterness.

its not too bitter and like I said perfectly balanced with the delicious sweet grain malts. It's like their Headwaters Pale Ale but this is a bit sweeter, grainier and has a slightly different hop taste but not too different of one. At first I thought this beer would be boring or uneventful since its just a standard blonde ale but the hop flavors bitterness and that wonderful sweetness really round the beer out into a fantastic sessionable summer beer. (918 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Soft white head atop a pale yellow body. I was hoping for a little more color.

S: Not too aromatic. Citrusy sweet hops are evident but not strong. Some faints grains.

T: This one really comes alive in the flavor department. There's a wonderful lemon/orange citrus component that I'm guessing is from the hops but is so flavorful it makes me wonder if it's something they added. Slightly bitter which leads to a dry, zesty finish. Dusty grains round out a very nuanced flavor profile.

A great beer for those dog days. (522 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pale crystal clear yellow. Average white head that fades to a film retaining on top.
Aroma is grassy, floral hops. Apricot and light fruity aromas.
taste is a lot bigger and hoppier than I expected. Yum. Lemony with a hint of some German-style malts to make this kind of resemble and pilsener.
Grainy and lively carbonation. Finish is crisp and refreshing. Great hop character. This is a great summer beer. I'll have to stock up on some of this next year. (463 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wow, that is a gorgeous hue. Honey gold and about as clear as I've ever seen a beer in my life. No joke. In my Delirium Tremens glass I was able to magnify the label on the bottle and read it as if it was huge print. Beautiful. The head is a little disappointing though. A vigorous pour left only about one finger or less of head. It's white with great lacing but the retention is fantastic.

S: Well you get two things. A big grassy, slightly dank hop aroma which is awesome. The malts come off as lightly caramel and mostly bready with some light grain aromas. The hops really take the forefront and smell really leafy. Some light citrus.

T: It definitely smells different than it tastes, which isn't a bad thing at all. Rereading the American Blonde Ale category I see that it fits nicely. There is a huge malt presence, mostly biscuity with some of that light grain. There's enough of a hop presence to balance out though. Much more citrus comes out here but some of that more leafy flavor exists too. The finish is just lightly bitter.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation. Maybe medium to light

O: Wow, this is a refreshing and tasty beer! This is perfectly suited for a hot ballgame. It does remind me of some of the Kolsch's that I've had but definitely an American one (1,284 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a lovely wheat yellow crowned with a full one finer white head or snowy white. Lots and lots and lots of carbonation.

S: There’s some dry hay, fresh cut grass and then a nice aroma of hops pours in. Apple skins, grape, and a touch of lemon, too.

T: Lightly hoppy up front with some light pine notes that segue into apples, a touch of pear and lemon, and then ending a dry grassy note.

M: Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Nice and refreshing.

O: This may actually be the best lawnmower beer. Light, refreshing, and with a good hop dosage to give it some zest. (593 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 12 OCT 2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden blonde with a thin white head and decent carbonation.

Smell: Fruity tropical hop aroma complemented by sweet pale malt aroma. Slightly muted grassy aroma possibly from Tettnanger hops.

Taste: Thin hop flavor. Grassy, a little bitter, and overall muted. Some sweetness from the pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied despite the lighter flavor profile.

Overall: I liked the composition of the Hop Ticket Session IPA better than Summer Love. This tastes a little thin to me. (581 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
With a normal pour, this brew formed a massive foamy head. Yellow/gold in color with high clarity. Smell is somewhat nuetral and muted. A little bit of sweet malt scent. Flavor is much better than the nose. The palate is balanced nicely between sweet malts and citrus hops. There is also a noticeable twang that separates this ale from pilsners. Finishes crisp with a soft hop bitterness. Pretty nice summer ale here and is certainly worth a try. (473 characters)

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.