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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 48
Gots: 219 | 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:
Malt: imported 2 row German malts

Hops: whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops

ABV: 5.2%

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: 1,796 | Reviews: 366 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Dodo2step
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A- pale straw yello in color that is crystal clear. Minimal head and ok lacing.

S- earthy malt aromas with ints of grass and wheat.

F- Lots of flavor in this blonde, dry hops with earthy tones and wheat bread like flavor.

M- crisp and dry. Feels like IPA almost.

D- love this brew...bought a sixer and would buy another.

Dodo2step, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of reynolds2121
4/5  rDev +7.8%

reynolds2121, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ssimpson89, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +7.8%

brandon911, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of RDHerm
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

RDHerm, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of mbabble
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

mbabble, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Celtics76
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel blonde ales are one of the most boring styles out there, but I decided to give this a shot as it's a Victory brew, and I've enjoyed all of their beers so far.

I poured into my Harpoon IPA pint glass - head disappears quickly but a mild film of lace remains. Gold in color with some mild carbonation.

Well, this doesn't taste like other blonde ales I've had. There's actually quite a bit of flavor to it. Almost like a "Prima Pils" light. Sharp hoppy scent - pure hop taste with a bitter finish.

It's rare that I buy a 6 pack of anything these days - I prefer mix a sixes, I did so with this and don't regret it. However, one thing I need to say - if you are looking for a "traditional" summer ale (light, easy drinking), look elsewhere. This one is highly bitter and doesn't really fit into the summer ale spectrum.

Celtics76, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of PhotoMattT
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

PhotoMattT, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of rmartin11
4.75/5  rDev +28%

rmartin11, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JakeDebus, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: thin head with nice lacing on a clear and bright straw colored body.

S: Very floral, nice bitterness with lemon tartness. Light grain and wheat notes.

T: again very floral with strong earthy and bitter hops. Malts and grain are weak but appreciated in the background. Mild citrus, mostly orange notes throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation with a fairly dry finish. Have to take points off here because if you are making a summer beer it needs to be more moist and refreshing.

Overall: I think American blondes are one of the more subjective styles of beer and this one is not only very good but also fairly different from others I have had. That being said it isn't the best summer beer out there fr refreshing character but it definitely has the flavor many summer brews lack.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Larrydoherty
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Larrydoherty, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus,hints of earthiness

T-wheat malt, orange, citrus, earthiness, some bitter hop finish

F- light body with light to moderate carbonation, crisp

O- a solid summer beer with good flavor and easy drinkability

MDDMD, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

RMoeNay, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of ouits
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ouits, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +7.8%

bumchilly25, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Frostyglass
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Frostyglass, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of cwelder
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

cwelder, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

outsider, Jul 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

C2H5, Jul 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JimGlonke, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of tubeyes
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Light yellow, limited carbonation, clear, little head.
S- Sweet, soapy, floral
T- Sweet, soapy, astringent
M- Light then leaves slight aftertaste
O- Soaptastic but not too bad, had on tap in an American Shaker at OSDH in Denton.
[from note, drank 7/1/12]

tubeyes, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of zillo043068
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

zillo043068, Jul 24, 2012
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.