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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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1,545 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,545
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 47
Gots: 125 | 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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ckollias

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:28:28 | More by ckollias
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 01:09:43 | More by TheFightfan1
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Danny1217

Florida

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright, pale, golden color with a white foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smell is very hop forward. Floral, spicy, citrusy hops. Not much else in the aroma.
Very clean tasting with a nice hop bitterness and flavor backing it up. No malt backbone, but that's to be expected from a blonde ale. Very crisp and refreshing. Definitely a good beer for the hot summer in Miami.

One of the better summer seasonals I have tasted, as I find most of them to be very bland. This one is almost like an IPA with a somewhat lower alcohol and less malt to make it into a more refreshing, thirst-quenching beer. I prefer it to the many bland American wheat ales coming out in summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 04:09:49 | More by Danny1217
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schoolboy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 01:12:24 | More by schoolboy
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 20:32:59 | More by Brabander
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-17-2014 03:06:17 | More by AnitaBrewski
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babaracas

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with one finger of white foam, a few spots left on the glass after it settles to a thin ring. Smell: spicy, light citrus and evergreen, grape, pale malt in back. Taste: semi-sweet pale malt, white grape, light spiciness and lemon rind. It's fine, a little soapy though, refreshing, but not special. Best by Sept 2012.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:31:37 | More by babaracas
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rangerred

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium yellow with a chunky creamy head. Amazing head retention and lacing.

Smells absolutely fabulous. Tons of citrus and flowers. Grape, bubblegum, along with some grass and pine. This really might be one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

Nice floral and citrus up front on the taste along with a little bit of light bread. High bitterness takes hold almost immediately and lasts through the finish. Finishes quite clean and dry.

Overall, what an excellent beer! The aroma is just out of this world. My one complaint would be the bitterness feels a little too much for the style but it is a mild complaint. Unfortunately I can't buy this in my area but I am definitely stocking up on my next trip out of town.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 19:19:04 | More by rangerred
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-30-2012 19:24:30 | More by jklecko2
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vkv822

Oregon

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden yellow, foamy white head, light lacing.

Grassy, lightly citric notes. Light, crackery malt backing.

Medium body, foamy fizzy carbonation.

An easy drinking, well done summer blonde ale.
Just enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:37:15 | More by vkv822
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-02-2013 00:12:43 | More by BigTrubble
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-22-2013 05:54:50 | More by JTomczak
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Dull golden with a slight chill haze. Fluffy white head retains better than expected. It settles after a bit, but holds at a quarter inch. Foamy patches of lacing cling stubbornly to the glass.

S: Delicately hoppy nose divulges aromas of green grass, pithy white grapefruit, crushed mango, and spicy herb. Malts bring a soft biscuit and dough scent. Very clean. A nice nose. Kind of fun, but not overstated.

T: Hoppy up front. Grassy, a bit oily, herbal and spicy. Light touch of white grapefruit pith. Lots of hop flavor, but the bitterness is tame enough. Soft grainy malt base. Very clean. Grainy finish with lingering spicy hops.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy texture is cut by mildly enamel-grating hop oils and a crisp bite of carbonation.

O: This is a little darling of a beer. It strikes the perfect balance between flavor and simple drinkability. It's just a fun and easy beer to drink, and that's exactly what you want in a summer seasonal. One of the better blondes I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 14:43:52 | More by ryan1788a5
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TexIndy

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was some codes on the bottom of the bottle that I believe decipher into a May 15th bottling which makes sense as I got this the week it hit the market here. It was a palish yellow color with lots of carb bubbles. It had an average sized, fizzy head that settled into a good collar and covering film. Moderate quick sliding lace with a little sticking.

The aroma was pale malts, grainy, grassy and a little lemon rind. Strong on the Noble hops for a blonde. Taste follows the aroma with crisp hop bite alongside the pale malts. Just a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a good hoppy blonde that went down smooth on this 102 degree afternoon. Still prefer a good wit on a hot day but this wasn't bad. Avail here in TX. Rotation - glad I tried it but one is probably enough for me with maybe at least one tap try. [N;O]

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:32:14 | More by TexIndy
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-08-2012 00:03:27 | More by Gww1864
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:30:50 | More by mfnmbvp
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-15-2013 00:55:05 | More by ryanpj
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-24-2013 23:49:33 | More by mc4z
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-24-2014 13:56:38 | More by Lehighace06
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-17-2013 18:07:48 | More by Jason1337
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Summer Love pours a typical bright strawery yellow color, with a smaller head, but nicer then most other blond ales. For a blond ale there is a stronger smell, it smells crisp and just a tad hoppy. It has a dry flavor, kinda of like a straw flavor, or a cheap wheat like flavors, the hops just peak a little bit, which is nice. Stronger flavor for a blonde ale, decent carbonation. Overall I found it alright, better then some other blonde ales with a stronger flavor, but I just didnt find this very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:02:30 | More by vette2006c5r
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-28-2013 19:49:19 | More by Arsenal0328
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +34%

07-14-2012 16:02:26 | More by CEDAMA
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rderedin

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-18-2013 21:41:57 | More by rderedin
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(strangely, no best by date on label - poured into an Innis & Gunn stemmed fluted goblet)

A: clear-filtered sunshine yellow liquid with an open-structured, spongy white foam that lasts for a couple minutes after the initial pour... after the foam died a bit, the remaining pour brings a hilly crest above the glass, pillowy in form

S: soapy-flowery German hops come to the fore - I wanna say similar in character to their Hop Wallop - zesty, almost saffron spiciness in there as well (the Simcoe?)... background of lemon peel, and perhaps a faint pilsner malt deep down... the Citra may only provide a delicate, spruce-y highlight

T: zippy-hoppy up front, a touch of honeyish malt, and then it just drops off dry with that perfumy, soapy-floral element wafting on the palate... with subsequent sips, the spicy, piney, soft bitterness of the hops take over... the malt stays a bit back coming across with a mild, dry shortbread flavor... sort of a lemon meringue real late in the aftertaste

M: this drinks like a mix between a German and Czech pils - somewhat sharp-drop dryness mixed with a chalky-soft, fluffy, and fuller malt body... the hops seem to project a menthol cooling sensation

O: I feel like I've had this beer before - Victory tweaked some older recipe to create this... they do well with their German ingredients, adding a touch of this US hop and that... I could see drinking 2-3 of these at a BBQ this summer

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 02:11:55 | More by Bouleboubier
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.