Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 47
Gots: 232 | 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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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a two finger head. Nice lace painted the glass too.

Smell: floral hops and some grassy tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: grass, light lemon zest, some earthiness, and a floral bitterness that seemed to enhance the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste was surprisingly long for the style.

Drinkability: this was a superb beer that was very easy to drink. Several could be has in a session without getting bored. Really nice beer worth seeking out.

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker and pils malts along with some floral hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has flavors of crackery pils malts, hints of lemon, and floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness and just a hint of pepper/spice in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, very enjoyable, and very sessionable. Nice and light and very enjoyable, goes down easy on a summer day (or evening).

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's the summer and while I may not be in love, I do not feel like drinking big beers.

From the bottle: " All of this talk about peanuts and Cracker Jacks can really make you thirsty. Especially in a town like Philadelphia where we flock to the ballpark like birds coming home from winter vacation. There's no better place to sip a Victory Summer Love, our refreshing ale brewed in Downingtown, just outside of Philadelphia, than in the warm summer sun, waiting to catch a glimpse of greatness (or a foul ball). Whether you're reading this label behind home plate or under a shady tree by the river, we hope that these pale malts and German hops help connect you to the magic that is Summer Love. With Love, [undersigned] The Brewmasters of Victory Bill, Ron & Philadelphia XOXO [heart]".

Even with a relatively gentle pour, I still wound up with two-plus fingers of dense, bone-white head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy lemon-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrus hoppiness and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were quite evident on the tongue. In fact, perhaps more than I would have preferred. If it is to be a summer blonde, I prefer a little more subtlety and yet recently I have been feeling more and more like Victory's beers are over the top, especially regarding their use of hops. And that from a hophead! I do not know whether it is on their end or mine, but as a consumer, I am not as pleased as in the past. The finish was quite dry and somewhat refreshing, but I just felt like it needed to be better offset with the malts that they mentioned. That, or tone down the hops ... Wait, did I really just type that?!?

Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap.

Earthy floral hop aroma with hints of grass, straw, hay and pale malt. Subtle spice along with some crisp, light and citrus fruit.

Medium bodied with a good balance of floral, bitter hops, pale malt, spice and fruit notes. Crisp hop bite up front that provides some dry bitterness and compliments the earthy grass and straw notes. This is countered by the sweet malt and hints of apple, pear and lemon. Well balanced and easy to drink, especially during the warmer months. I was a little nervous by the initial appearance but this beer is pretty complex and flavorful. Pretty nice for this time of year.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, herbal, floral, lemon zest, grass, light pine, and slight bread. Very nice aromas with a great hop profile and good strength; fairly dank as well. Taste of grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest, herbal, floral, pine, grass, and bready malts. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, floral, pine, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Great blend of hops flavor with good balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really great and well hopped blonde ale. Great balance and hop flavor profile; extremely crisp and very easy to drink. I will be getting this again, great summer beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, without freshness info.

Pour is clear, dull golden amber. Loose, eggshell white head, Leaves some minor spots of lacing.

Light spice of peppery hops on the nose.

Pleasantly light, crisp and hopped up blond.
Quite dry, bready malts, more pepper infused hops. Quite enjoyabe, as the label says "at the ball park or under a shade tree"

A lot of flavor and character in a lighter bodied beer. Fine summer drinking.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a very pale straw colour, you could almost indeed call it blonde. Head is firm and frothy, largely consisting of large bubbles of white. Minimal lacing, but with the very light body (appropriate), that's not unexpected. Looks decent.

Nose is crisp and hoppy, with an emphasis on the crushed green end of the spectrum, much like a pilsener in this regard. Hiding in there are slight fruit characters, but again they're sharp—lemon and a bit of grapefruit, perhaps. This mingles with a very pilsener-y grain character giving a touch of citrus and some savoury basis. Nice.

Taste is smooth and clean, with a very lagery tone to it. Crisp pilsener malt, green hops and a cleansing but mild bitterness to add brightness and crispness to the palate. It's bright, refreshing and exceptionally drinkable.

Extremely refreshing. You know, if someone said that Victory has stuck a different label on their Prima Pils, and called it an Ale I'd believe it. That's no bad thing, given that that's a great beer, but it also does feel a little like this beer is unnecessary as a result.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style, this is very good. Pours a pale golden with excellent clarity and a decent head that sticks around as a cap. Some scant lacing. Light breadiness in the nose, a touch of lemony citrus, and some yeastiness. Pretty light. The taste is similar to the aroma, with some light breadiness, a touch of citrus, and some leafy bitterness as well. Smooth, a bit soft, and some light, late fruitiness on the finish. Not bad.

Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An ale brewed with pilsner malts. Nice. I opened this up and instantly thought it was a pilsner, but it's an ale. I will review it as a pilsner anyway.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Good retention leaving some thick lace. A lot of active carbonation. Color is a clear straw yellow:

Aroma: German hops. Grassy and floral. Pilsner malts. Bready. Clean aroma.

Taste: Much like the nose. Crisp and clean. A lot of German hops. Grassy and floral. Citrusy. Bready, pale malts. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and a touch of bitterness. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a floral flavor.

Overall, a really nice 'pilsner.' Enjoyable and easy to drink. A nice amount of hops show. Well done.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is crystal clear and light yellow in color, with an inch of fluffy white head that leaves ample lacing on the pint glass. An outstanding appearance. The aroma is of grain and earthy hops. The flavor offers grain and a pilsner like taste. The finish brings some nice hop bitterness. I am really enjoying this beer. Just got done mowing the lawn and popped this, and it has greatly exceeded my expectations. Overall, a really solid brew. I wish I had a few more in the fridge. I would buy a sixer of this.

Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a tumbler.

A: A little dark for a blonde ale, this is more amber than not. Despite the darker hues, the ale is translucent. A thin white head comes along.

S: Malty, the nose is very grainy with a mild citrus in tow. The maltiness stands out, adding depth.

T: Grainy, darker biscuit flavors are the primary flavor. Citrus is a soft add-on, a flavor element but not the star of the show. Very drinkable.

M: A good way to start the day, mild with a nice malty/citrusy blast.

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing : Summer Love

LOOK: Appears a bright gold in color, hazy, with a decent sized white head and plenty of lacing.

SMELL: Aroma is full of grassy, citrusy, herbal hops.

TASTE: Flavor follows the nose with a nice herbal hop character. Lemon, grass, mild citrus and a bready pale malt backing. Light and refreshing, and very hop forward.

FEEL/OVERALL: Good overall feel, well carbonated. Easy to drink and something I would definately have again. A perfect summer beverage.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz undated but recently purchased bottle.

A hazy yellow straw with a average white head that has OK duration but leaves more than average lacing.

Mild aroma, and not particularly attractive. Earthy, fruity (mainly citrus), overly floral, with some off notes.

T - has more and much better flavor than anticipated. More hop contribution than usual for style, with some malt background, a lemony tint, and a bit of yeasty fruitiness.

M - Thin, semi-watery. Good carbonation.

O - a mix of good and bad. Rather striking contrast between aroma and taste.

Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Leesville Tap Room.

A - copper gold with a thin white head that has no retention

S - piny, herbal hop notes

T - piny, herbal, spicy, citrusy hop character with some faint malts in the background

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer for a summer offering. It has a solid hop character and great drinkinability. I'll definitely try this out again.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a light golden color with a modest bubbly head to it. Good head retention and great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice hoppiness to it right off the bat. I get a floral, juicy, slightly citrusy flavor. A little bit of a light, grainy, malty flavor to it as well. The hoppiness was nice for the style.

The taste also has a very bright and floral hoppiness to it throughout the flavor. I get more of a juicy, tropical fruit flavor to the hops up front, while a little bit of a bitter, grapefruit like flavor comes out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer and one of the best I've had of the style. The hoppiness was very nice in it, especially for the lower abv. I was definitely impressed with this beer relative to it's style and abv.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront herbal hop and a bready malt.

The taste consisted of a full herbal hop spice, biscuity grain and touch of caramel at the finish.

The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

Overall a very easy to drink APA with an excellent use of hops.

Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the 2011 release, poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow body with a fluffy and rocky white head. Lacing is pretty poor but I wasn't really expecting much while the retention ring is really nice.

S: Grassy hops, wheat, hay and some spice notes are most dominant. This is leading me to believe I will see some bitterness on the palate, not something I truly expected for a Blonde Ale, but hey...

T: Faint piney hops (not really bitter or overpowering, thank goodness), more spice, wheat and some apricot elements. Very ripe citrus fruit notes but the underlying is a very earthy/grassy malt base. This finishes rather chalky and dry, too bad.

M: REALLY carbonated, bubbly and prickly - easily fixable. Lighter side of medium-bodied but I wouldn't call it overly thin, it's not bad, reminds me of a AAL.

I think my 6-pack purchase is justified here. I had no clue what to expect going into this beer but I've come to trust Victory puts out quality beers. And it's really nice to see them bottling different ones - a very light, crisp and fairly typical profile for a Blonde Ale. Not bad, not their best.

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,824 ratings.