1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Summer LoveSummer Love

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

1,513 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,513
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 48
Gots: 118 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,513 | Reviews: 354 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Shnanign
Shnanign

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-06-2012 23:40:44 | More by Shnanign
Photo of mscott1975
mscott1975

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-06-2012 19:51:45 | More by mscott1975
Photo of Thirsty2383
Thirsty2383

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-06-2012 18:55:18 | More by Thirsty2383
Photo of jondeelee
jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love opens with a malty nose that bears strong notes of wet wheat, sourdough bread, floury baguette, and hay. Added to these is a strong lemon-scented hop aroma, tinged with small touches of grapefruit rind and pine. Some apricot fruit esters lay just beneath the surface. As a whole, the nose is decent, and the aromas present in good strength, but I find the lemon-and-bread combination to be slightly overpowering and off-balance, somewhat like lemon-scented Pledge sprayed in the air of an active bakery. This is not to say the aromas are off-putting, but they don’t quite seem to mesh together here.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the same lemon-and-bread combination noted above, though the hops here are tinged with a more bitter shot of pine, grapefruit rind, and dandelion stem. The malts bring floury baguette and toast crust, with peppery touches and hints of apricot. There’s also a strong wheat stalk presence here, like hay straw held in the mouth, which lends the beer a bitter and dried-stem taste. The aftertaste is a bitter lemon rind and dandelion stem hop blast, with some breads remaining, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I can appreciate the lightness of this beer, since it is meant to be summer fare, and while the flavors are present in good strength, the beer as a whole doesn’t seem to mesh well. There’s simply too many lemon and dried hay flavors in here, and they get in the way of everything else. The extra-bitter aftertaste is also strange, drying out the mouth and leaving the drinker wanting another sip to refresh the palate. I’d imagine this beer would be great with a good barbecued burger or a hot dog, but as a stand-alone beverage it doesn’t quite balance out.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 17:17:37 | More by jondeelee
Photo of 1p5v
1p5v

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

06-06-2012 04:40:42 | More by 1p5v
Photo of PeteRiz
PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-06-2012 01:05:21 | More by PeteRiz
Photo of socon67
socon67

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours straw yellow with a soapy white foam on top. decent lacing on the glass. Small bubbles of carbonation move to the top.

S - Some scent of fresh hops. Also a mild citrus flavor.

T - Very refreshing flavor from a beer that is great for the warm months. Subdued hop profile, and a mild citrus tartness in the finish.

M - Awesomely sesionable. Does not feel watery despite the relaxed flavors. Easily a beer you can sit back and watch the tide roll in with.

O - A solid seasonal from Victory. Perfect beach beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 15:05:08 | More by socon67
Photo of roastTHEmost
roastTHEmost

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

06-04-2012 20:38:26 | More by roastTHEmost
Photo of bluerabbit
bluerabbit

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-04-2012 19:58:02 | More by bluerabbit
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7%

06-04-2012 13:57:31 | More by nmann08
Photo of ShemRahBoo
ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

06-04-2012 05:18:25 | More by ShemRahBoo
Photo of ChrisM361
ChrisM361

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06-04-2012 01:42:16 | More by ChrisM361
Photo of SoulfulRover
SoulfulRover

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-03-2012 21:37:10 | More by SoulfulRover
Photo of tedho21
tedho21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

06-03-2012 17:46:24 | More by tedho21
Photo of jmcgahran1
jmcgahran1

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

06-03-2012 03:29:44 | More by jmcgahran1
Photo of RyanGoodman
RyanGoodman

Bolivia

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting at Krugels Georgetown Deli

A - clear golden straw color, bubbles rising gently in taster cup

S - hoppy, but not in an in-your-face ipa kinda way (which I happen to love) but still rather nice

T - follows the scent uniformly, extremely drinkable if you love hoppy session beers

M - thin-ish, but in a good way that you'd expect from this style

O - This is a great lawn mowing beer. Extremely sessionable. Well done Victory!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:46:13 | More by RyanGoodman
Photo of Zakk
Zakk

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-02-2012 23:59:21 | More by Zakk
Photo of tenacioustomato
tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-01-2012 21:56:19 | More by tenacioustomato
Photo of RoyAlan
RoyAlan

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

06-01-2012 17:03:05 | More by RoyAlan
Photo of WYVYRN527
WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-yellow hue with a fluffy white head that settles quickly, leaving behind just a thin film on the surface. Lacing is quite nice, and glides down the surface of the glass. The nose has some fruity elements, along with cracker and toast, followed by grassy hop character and a citric tinge. Flavor profile is very similar. Starts cracker-like up front, with some honey notes, followed by some fruity undertones on the mid-palate, finishing quite dry, with floral, grassy notes.

This beer is light, but has a ton of flavor and a very clean mouthfeel. Summer Love is a perfect name to describe this beer. Incredibly easy to drink, and very thirst-quenching. Another fine effort by Bill and Ron. While we have Victory in Minnesota, why have I not seen this until a recent trip across the border into Wisconsin?

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 04:22:25 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of jmarklan
jmarklan

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw golden color with a quickly dissipating white head. Lacing is decent.

S: Grassy, a bit of straw, lemon rind? Hops are very prevalent.

T: Tastes like it smells. Hops are spicy and slightly earthy. Light cracker/ biscuit malt, a touch of honey sweetness. Exceptionally well balanced.

M: Light bodied, clean and super drinkable with moderate carbonation adding crispness.

Overall: Reminiscent of their prima pills, which is by no means a bad thing. Another winner from victory, perfect for the season.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 04:07:48 | More by jmarklan
Photo of colforbin73
colforbin73

California

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an outstanding summer pale ale. i would love to see this on the shelf everyday, in 12 packs and cans of course would be apropos.

pours a refined pale yellow, clear with a decent carbonation. the thin white head sticks around a little.

the overall effect for me is a Pils/Pale cross breed -- "american blond" doesn't really cut it for me, as the yeast is really low profile... the aroma is very mellow and grassy, leading us to the lovely dry crisp brew we get. apple crisp... slightly sour, hint of caramel, and the dry from what must be a cool blend of malts with a dose of pils.... maybe even a little wheat malt thrown in.

the hops are pils mellow like saaz or something that just buzzes perfectly.

highly sessionable, give me more summer love please!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 04:04:07 | More by colforbin73
Photo of JLapadura
JLapadura

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-01-2012 01:33:49 | More by JLapadura
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light straw. Clear. Frankly, kind of like lookin at a macro brew.
Smell: Grapefruit up front. Pretty simple profile.
Taste: again, prominent grapefruit, with little else.
Overall: not impressed. Pretty quaffable but even after a run in a ga. 95 degree, high humidity (perfect time to find out session drink ability), not too impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:01:08 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of jniagar1
jniagar1

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-like, yellowy body with a thick, fluffy white head. Beer is clear with decent retention along the sides.

Aroma: Citrus and a grassy smell.

Taste: Big on citrus to start off with a nice lemony after taste. It is also has a pleasant grassy, grainy taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Goes down real easy, lightly carbonated with a light body.

Overall: A fantastic summer beer just as the name suggests. I will be sipping this one from now until late August.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 19:08:37 | More by jniagar1
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,513 ratings.