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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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1,737 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,737
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 46
Gots: 202 | 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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Ratings: 1,737 | Reviews: 366 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nice, clean, golden ale immediately invites with a rich head of fine white foam and spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma? Crisp and delightful, with plenty of fresh citrus hops and even a trace of fruit.

I get more of the hoppiness in the taste, but this one isn't bitter or harsh at all. There seems to be hints of citrus and even apricot in there. A delicious and palate-pleasing summer brew with tons of nuance and flavor, all the while remaining light and drinkable. Winner!

secondtooth, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

AnitaBrewski, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

FLBeerGuy, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of GTB
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

GTB, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of bcsbeer
3/5  rDev -19.4%

bcsbeer, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

paulish, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of mpalestino
4/5  rDev +7.5%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of farrago
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little less than a finger of clean white foam, mostly smaller to medium sized bubbles, above average retention for what head is there, in turn the lacing is wispy but lingers in thin lines across the glass sides. Bright golden colored liquid with loose bubbles percolating throughout, light metallic reflective sheen, no real hue change at the rims or glass bottom. The nose is full of pepper, rye, pumpernickel and then dried flowers, dried oranges, lemongrass and a forgiving overall herbal bite, hints of apricot or peach fruit, while there’s no clear malty sweet element it doesn’t seem one-sided. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has some serious churn to it and gives it more energy than creaminess. Lots of green matter, earth and twigs/bark while remaining quaffable and never bitter. Pepper and some cumin to coriander, the flowers and mixed white citrus too dry to soak in. Pear, peach, apricot fruit more skin and pit than juice. Unprocessed grains and wheat germ around. When it’s ice cold it is thirst slaking and has the scrubbing power to remind you it’s there with each sip.

farrago, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

leprechaunandfatman, May 12, 2013
Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Danobold, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a summer seasonal with a plesantly hoppy finish and no wheat!

Pours a clear straw yellow with decent head and carbonation. Creamy but light mouthfeel is appropriate for a Blonde. The nice but expected bready aroma is followed by an unexpectedly pleasant taste. A refreshing, light citrus flavour with a lingering bitter finish. Love the hops!

Enjoyed my first pint on draught in PA tonight and will seek out again whenever possible..

hopsolutely, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of pkalix
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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???

pkalix, May 24, 2014
Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

rderedin, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of September 26, 2013 printed on the bottle, so I'm a little late on this one, but that worries me not. Picked this up as part of a mixed six pack before it was too late. And since the first snow of the year was today, I figured this one was appropriate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a light lemon colored body with two fingers of fluffy creamy bone white froth for a head. Some very fine light sediment twirling around the glass. Some bubbles lazily floating topside. Some nice head retention. Looks pretty good, no real lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is very nice. Lemongrass, some zest, citrus, grassy, herbal leafiness, some dirty earthiness, and a nice bit of musty yeast. Smells very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp yeast, bready malt, lemon zest, grassy, earthy, leafy, and herbal. Crisp and refreshing with mild hop bitterness.

M - Feel is crisp, light, mildly bitter, and refreshing. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful, easy-drinking summer beer. I definitely will look forward to picking more of this up next year. This would go great with some summer heat and some summer barbeque.

Victory Summer Love ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

kvgomps, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Brabander
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in my beerfridge for quit a while now and after an oatmeal stout i wanted to try this one. This is a very surprising beer!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks ok, nice yellow (a bit cloudy) fluid and a nice two finger head. Little carbonation.

Smell is wonderfull. Hoppy and crisp together. Very drinkable beer with no complcations at all. Wish i had a few more of these beers in my fridge!

Brabander, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of garuda
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Fresh bottle
A - Clear gold, fluffy white head that has good retention and some lacing.

S/T - Hops are up front on this one. Pine, a little grapefruit, but as it warms, cat piss-soaked carpet starts to emerge and totally takes away from the rest of the drink.

M - Light body, crisp clean dry finish.

O - Ugh. Started out well, but barely drinkable by the end. Maybe I'm super sensitive to a hop variety they used in this, or just cat piss in general, because I'm surprised not many other reviewers have picked it out.

garuda, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up a few days ago and drank a few, so I'd better try to get a review in while I still have some.

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden yellow color with a 1/4" head of creamy white bubbles that didn't have too many bubbles rising to push it up, so it fell to a pretty solid ring within about 45 seconds or so.

Aroma: I initially got quite a bit of sweetness with some mild grainy notes, but once the head fell, you could really pick out the hops. There is a healthy dose of American hops in the later additions of their boil as they are fresh on the nose. It has a very inviting aroma.

Taste: The flavor is more bitter than I was expecting from the aroma. The hops are also a big player up front, but they pretty much stick with you the whole time to make the finish balanced slightly toward the bitter as well. There is a little bit of grainy sweetness in there to give a bit of balance, but it doesn't come out in the flavor like it does in the aroma.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. The balance is a little hoppy in the flavor for my taste, but there are no fermentation flaws or anything...it is just a recipe thing. If you really dig hoppy beers, give this one a shot as it is pretty decent for a hoppy beer.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

BeerOps, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, what's going on here. This is way too good for ths style. Maybe we should call it American American Blonde Ale. Like other things American, it has a lot going on.

The taste and aftertaste in particular are more robust and complex than expected. It reall works nicely.

Today was Victory day - trying a number of Victory's that I had not previously recorded on BA, and the three I had all were better than expected. Well done.

schoolboy, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Gww1864, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of ckollias
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy pale yellow hue with a white, frothy, 1-finger head that the leaves a great trial down the glass and dissipates quickly into a wispy lace.

S: Spicy crisp hop aroma.

T: Very crisp and slightly bitter. Create floral hoppy profile – almost like a mild ipa.

M:. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This brew was a pleasant surprise but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because Victory has a good beer. This brew was light and refreshing.

ckollias, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice slightly darker than yellow with a fizzy white heading that sticks around for a while.

Smell is very earthy with a nice subtle grassy aroma with a touch of spice.

Taste has gotten me by surprise a very smooth,crisp cracker like maltiness in the beginning which is quickly taken over by the grassy,piney like hoppiness.

Mouth is crisp,clean and goes down extremely smooth. Leaves a heavy linger in the mouth of those unmistakable green hops.

Very light and very tasty. This one caught me by surprise and I highly recommend if you find it.

TheFightfan1, Aug 14, 2010
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,737 ratings.