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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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1,552 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,552
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 47
Gots: 128 | 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: 1,552 | Reviews: 354 | Display Reviews Only:
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-18-2012 22:19:45 | More by wertschy
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-18-2012 18:25:58 | More by SickNukes
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-18-2012 14:37:05 | More by baybum
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Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-17-2012 23:10:42 | More by Blaze5445
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tony223366

California

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

A: Wow, that is a gorgeous hue. Honey gold and about as clear as I've ever seen a beer in my life. No joke. In my Delirium Tremens glass I was able to magnify the label on the bottle and read it as if it was huge print. Beautiful. The head is a little disappointing though. A vigorous pour left only about one finger or less of head. It's white with great lacing but the retention is fantastic.

S: Well you get two things. A big grassy, slightly dank hop aroma which is awesome. The malts come off as lightly caramel and mostly bready with some light grain aromas. The hops really take the forefront and smell really leafy. Some light citrus.

T: It definitely smells different than it tastes, which isn't a bad thing at all. Rereading the American Blonde Ale category I see that it fits nicely. There is a huge malt presence, mostly biscuity with some of that light grain. There's enough of a hop presence to balance out though. Much more citrus comes out here but some of that more leafy flavor exists too. The finish is just lightly bitter.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation. Maybe medium to light

O: Wow, this is a refreshing and tasty beer! This is perfectly suited for a hot ballgame. It does remind me of some of the Kolsch's that I've had but definitely an American one

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 04:50:58 | More by tony223366
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NoProblem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-16-2012 02:11:36 | More by NoProblem
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-15-2012 23:56:11 | More by pearljam118
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-15-2012 01:52:53 | More by ZacharyJ
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Lang44

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-14-2012 22:22:44 | More by Lang44
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denver10

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy whitish yellow with a white head. A bready, piney, and citric aroma. Flavor followed suit. Starts off doughy bread, a thick wall bitterness quickly comes in, that flows into some pine and citric fruit. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent and enjoyable brew. One of those beers that works well with the warm weather as its got some bright flavors to it, though it isn'tjuicy and refreshing like I have come to expect from a summer seasonal. That uniqueness though is a point in this beers favor.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 23:38:44 | More by denver10
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jmalko

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-13-2012 22:58:14 | More by jmalko
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-12-2012 05:21:17 | More by mikeburd1128
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And, now for something completely delicious!

Perfect pour yielded one-and-a-half fingers of off-white head in the pint glass. Lovely goldenrod color with building carb. That head is fluffy with a few potholes on top. 4.0

Citrusy hops with lemon and grapefruit sharing the bill. Some grassiness that is appealing. Crackery pale malts with a nice presence and an interesting fresh-picked grape scent. Smells absolutely crisp and inviting. 4.5

Tingly hops are more herbal, but still boast some quaint citrus flavors of lemon and tangerine. Almost a pilsner-like malt with this one, clean and dry and with a little bitterness. Some top-notch European hop characters make for great summer brew balance. Grainy with a little sweetness, like a summer ale should be, but with a unique hop signature, like a quality beer should post up. 3.5

A bit sudsy. Body has a little bit more to it than expected. Pretty quaffable. 4.0

One of my favorite summer beers. Thank heavens there's a good American Blonde out there so that I don't have to pick some silly wheat beer. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 05:15:17 | More by thecheapies
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-12-2012 02:52:03 | More by fiedler84
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BigPapiBrewingCo

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-12-2012 01:16:16 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-12-2012 00:01:14 | More by bonez05404
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KimbarkBrewCrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-11-2012 22:24:28 | More by KimbarkBrewCrew
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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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agirginis

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-11-2012 11:28:13 | More by agirginis
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bdbd

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-10-2012 04:08:27 | More by bdbd
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-10-2012 01:59:37 | More by HarmonMW
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InsuranceGuy

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-09-2012 20:26:12 | More by InsuranceGuy
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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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undeadozzy

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer from the local beer store, never even heard of this beer before I bought it, and I usually keep up on this stuff! Now, I can't have a proper summer without this unique and refreshing beer in my life!

A - Pours a golden yellow with some deep bronze hues and a very nice foamy head on top that left lots of lacing on my pint glass. Lots of carbonation, but nothing overkill, it all goes great together.

S - Incredibly unique scent. Smells, well, like summer. Picking up some scents of peanuts and some salty buttery popcorn maybe, almost a cracker jack-y kinda scent. Don't forget the citrus, some pine, that relaxing grassy scent and of course THE HOPS! Oh boy, those noble hops smell great with the other scents. Wish they'd make a candle out of this smell so I could have it in my house.

T - Very deep and complex. Sharp bite from the hops and citrus, some buttery saltiness from what honestly tastes like peanuts and popcorn, and that nice refreshing almost IPA-like finish. Great beer for a hot summer day.

M - Nothing too impressive here, feels like a typical beer. Some frothiness, a little bit of velvety smoothness, but other than that it feels like a standard beer.

O - Victory's done it again! I've yet to have a bad beer from Victory, and this one keeps that streak going! Perfect for a hot summer day, it really does taste like they've bottled summer itself up into a bottle, and I don't feel as though I can officially have a "good" summer any longer until I grab a case of this to drink. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 17:10:58 | More by undeadozzy
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Shakerman

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-08-2012 00:20:24 | More by Shakerman
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,552 ratings.