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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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1,840 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,840
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 46
Gots: 253 | 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 CHickman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear light yellow color that’s almost colorless with a huge 2 fluffy foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells like grains, floral hops, lemon zest, wheat or yeast (hard to tell), sweet malt, light caramel, a little husk and some grass or other earthy notes. Smells like a nice big backyard and was quite inviting and enjoyable, especially since I thought the nose would be dull.

Also shocked by the flavor, as this was much tastier than it looked; a blend of floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, grains, wheat, sweet malt, light caramel, husk, grass, tea leaf, earthy notes and mild spices which add up to an extremely refreshing beer that’s perfect for summer. Hops add nice flavor and bitterness, while the malt and grains bring the sweetness and balance to make this a session beer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and zesty with a lemon pucker, light carbonation, a light body and an herbal essence that tingles as it fades slightly bitter and on the dry side.

A real nice summer treat, this was perfect to throw back and enjoy. Very above average taste, and while not the most complex of beers it is a stand-out as far as summer beers. Forget the style, think beer to drink all day and night at a party which has much better flavor than a macro brew. I’ll definitely seek this out in the summer again.

Photo of jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden, perfectly clear. Head is big and bone white. Decent retention, with some lacing.
S- Smell is pale malt and noble hops. Very green smelling.
T- Same here, but the hops come through really big. Tastes very herbal and green. Just a hint of sweetness, but the noble hops are the biggest flavor, beginning, middle, and end.
M- Medium-light, smooth carbonation. Quite dry in the finish.
O- This seems like an ale version of Samuel Adams Noble Pils. It's pretty one dimensional on the noble hop flavors, but those are good flavors. A decent to good summer seasonal.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Arrives in a liter mug, clear, bright, dark yellow with a creamy white head. Awesome lace, fabulous retention.
Smell is hops, malt, some grapefruit. Hops is strongest but not overpowering.
Taste is in line with the smell. Hops first followed by malt and a touch of wood. The same grapefruit note from the hops is here as well as a floral presence. Balance is good.
Medium plus body with a solid, tangy effervescence. Smoother than expected, and pleasantly so.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great looking blonde ale, yellow-tan and perfectly clear with plenty of rising bubbles and a big white head that had some staying power and left some lacing too.

Aroma is strangely odd, almost skunky but more like an actual skunk than a skunked beer, weirdly animalistic and heavily earthy, with some wet-dog funk. Flavor is a bit more hoppy with floral notes up front, some citrus (lemon peel) and a quite notable malt backbone, especially for a blonde ale.

Body is weirdly almost like a berliner weiss. Reasonably high carbonation keeps it bubbly.

A truly oddball and weird one. Now this was picked up as a single, so I only had one to base a review on. I'll try to pick it up again, and if there's anything not right about this particular bottle, I'll re-review the beer. But it doesn't seem like there's any infection or reason to not review the beer. The store that sold it generally takes good care of their beer. So for the moment, there you have it.

Photo of random846
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a BBC pint glass.

A: Pale golden straw color with sterling clarity beneath a huge, frothy head of white foam which subsides to a thin bubbly coating, leaving behind a bit of lace.

S: Extremely grassy, spicy and floral with a citrusy twang, milled grain & slight metallic funk.

T: Bittersweet, clean and slightly creamy biscuit flavor up front with a potent, herbal, spicy and citrus flavor that leads out very dry with a metallic hop pull on the back of the throat before washing away clean and with residual bitterness.

M: Light bodied, clean, crisp and slightly creamy with a very dry and prickly finish.

O: If you're into light, authentic German style beers, this could be your go-to beer of the summer. The sessionable ABV and light, clean flavors make it inoffensive and enjoyable on many levels, for the summer that is. Victory even does light beer well, not shocking.

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a clear deep straw/light golden and offers a half inch of white foam. Touch of haze and a moderate retention follow.

Aroma of nuetral grain along with some lemon and coriander/pepper spice. Light hop notes compliment the lemon pepper delivery with lemony saaz emerging more with warming along with a touch of wheaty funk.

Taste is full enough and slightly grainy. Touch of spritz and grain on the finish. Full and spicy body and feel. Very neutral as for yeast influence but clever spicing/hop influence. Warming yields more lemon and pepper upon a nice pils base. Quite drinkable and not overdone with a clean finish.

Photo of mpalestino
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

I learned something new today. Read more than the front label when trying a beer. This might take longer to drink with Russian River or Stone... but then you won't be confused with your first drink.

I read ale, but with my first pull I got some pilsner flavor. That was from the funky german hops. This is another good example of a cross bred beer.

The characteristics of this beer are very good for a blond. The coloring and head are perfect. The head is very light. The bubbles are light, and the body is enjoyably thin. The flavors are decently complex for a blond. I can't tell the ABV, but I am guessing that the alcohol content makes this drinkable all day. I am just sorry that I only bought one small bottle to try.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 5/29/12

Enjoy by: Sept 16 2012

Pale, lightly hazed golden yellow. Steady stream of rising bubbles. The head hits just under three fingers before dropping to a finger's worth. Retention is thinner. Lace catches several sips down.

The aroma is very nice - notes of wet prairie grass, pollen, toasted grains and biscuit. Hints of lemongrass and a spot of yeast. The flavor is in the same vein, yet with the hops having a wash of moderate bitterness over the finish. Very grainy and grassy. The body is on the lighter side and the lively carbonation lends to a crisp feel. Flavor residuals taper off slowly.

Summer Love is tremendously flavorful in its simplicity. Easily in the top tier of the style. Recommended.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Oct 01 2012

A: Pours a pale golden color with 2 fingers worth of sticky head

S: Some earthy and spicy hops open up, along with pale malts and very light lemon

T: Follows the nose, mostly spicy hops and grassy hops with a nice malty balance and some lemon peel

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good, crisp summer beer that certainly drinks like a blonde but has plenty of flavor. Solid brew

Photo of hosehead83
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle intom a standard pint glass, Clear gold in color, with a moderate bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Bright citrussy hops
Taste-Biscuit malt, citrus zest, soft kiss of citrussy hops. Clean finishing and very refreshing. Nice flavor and character for a lighter bodied beer. Nicely aromatic and tasty, perfect for outdoor gatherings. What a summer brew should be. I want another!

Photo of Keith_R
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of JNForsyth
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of pkalix
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a little grassy, a little pilsner-y, a little bit of adjunct, but a decent brew and easy to drink. almost some kind of vegetal and fruit flavors in there too.... foamy white head, slightly sticking to the sides. do you ever wonder if 250 characters might be too many for some brews???

Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,840 ratings.