Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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86
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Reviews: 401
Hads: 2,072
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 71
Gots: 425 | 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:
Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010

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.
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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to enjoy a few of these beers while on the beach in the Outer Banks. Surprised to see it as a blonde ale, tasted pretty hoppy and struck me as a pale ale.. regardless, it's a delicious, refreshing beer that's well balanced and crisp with a great finish. Would definitely recommend and makes for a nice, light summer beer. (334 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw blonde with polished copper highlights. In the right light, there's a hint of green. A foamy, loosely packed head soon settles down into a halo of tights bubbles at the top of the glass. Good active carbonation in the glass too.

Aroma is remarkably unique; a marriage of noble and citrusy hops. Fresh cut grass, candied papaya, tangelo, and peach wave by on a breeze. Lovely.

Taste brings on notes of freshly-baked bread; yeasty, malty, and just slightly sour. The hops keep a wonderful balance, ensuring that what could be an overly sweet beer stays in check. Incredibly easygoing, refreshing, and simple.

Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit higher, but is fine and foamy as is. Would have liked to see it a bit tighter.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer for hot weather, providing refreshment and flavor at the same time. Sign me up for a sixer. (864 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks very nice on the pour. And the nose is outstanding. The flavor hit me kind of sideways as I didn't expect it. But as time went on it either mellowed out, or I got used to it (and appreciated it more). Real nice floral hoppy character. Consistent, smooth, fresh. A very nice beer. I'm feeling the summer love on this one. (336 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a light golden color with a 1 inch cramy, bright white head.

S: Aroma starts off with some citrus hops and has a good blend of lemon peel, grassy notes and clove.

T: Taste is a lot like the smell starting with some citrus, but a little more sweet than bitter. Flavor follows through with grassy notes, lemon, clove and a bit of nutmeg. Slight yeast feel on the finish, very nice flavor.

M: This brew has a sweet taste with a little bite, slight creamy texture from the residual head and well balanced with the earthy ingredients added.

O: Very enjoyable summer beer. I haven't had a lot of Victory beers, but each one had impressed me. This one is no different and is a "gotta have one, gotta have six" beer. (731 characters)

Photo of pt_
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a review as much as a comment - this was my go-to beer last summer but have been unable to find it in 2012. It is what a summer ale shopuld be... light but hoppy. Refreshing but not too filling. I miss it. In the meantime I will be cooling down with new holland white hatter. Although completly different styles they are very similar. (338 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The hottest days of the year are gone, but this beer is still in season to me. Cheers.

The Best By date is only a month away from now (“Enjoy by: Sep 18 2012”), so it’s not perfectly fresh – fresh enough, though, for Victory’s standards, which I trust.

A: Pale golden-yellow with only a touch of bubbly head; there’s hardly any bubbles there at all. Only a slight, white layer of creamy fizz stands now, and with only a few strings of lace. Average macro-brew presentation, but with a bit more retention.

S: Soft citrus, orange zest, and basil-like herbal aromas over a widespread scent of toasted wheat bread. Smells like a pilsner, with all of its husky graininess and diminished hop presence.

T: Hop-forward, bread-based, and pleasantly simple, this beer has nearly everything I want in this style. A salty, lemony, Noble hop-style taste stands tall from beginning to end, dropping only to let the grains have a moment – crackers, light toffee, and a hint of yeasty biscuit dough. More lemon on the back end, finishing with a clean aftertaste of semi-dry grasses.

M: Pretty watered-down in the feel, as there’s not a lot of fizzy carbonation; what little bubbliness is there could be considered soft above all else. I guess you could characterize it as refreshing on a hot day (and that’s the point, anyway).

O: If you ever wanted a beer that is simply straight, no-frills, German-style drinkability, this one’s for you. It’s not going to win any medals or satisfy a palate that’s looking for complexity, but it does do exactly what it advertises: drink smooth and tasty on a hot summer day. (1,624 characters)

Photo of paulhargus
2.03/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yikes. I am not a big fan of hoppy, bitter beers, so take this for what it's worth. This is in the top 5 of the worst brews I've ever had.

A: Pale, light yellow in appearance with decent head to begin with, which quickly fades. Some retention left on sides of glass.

S: As rough as this beer tasted, the smell was no better. Lemon zest and citrusy. Not to be mean, but it reminded me of sweaty gym socks.

T: As stated before, I have never been a fan of summer/hoppy brews, so I didn't expect much going in. This was overwhelmingly bitter and citrusy.

O: Just not my glass of beer. It seems to have a great cult following, so if you're in to these types of beers, you may like it. Unfortunately, I did not. (709 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a clear deep straw/light golden and offers a half inch of white foam. Touch of haze and a moderate retention follow.

Aroma of nuetral grain along with some lemon and coriander/pepper spice. Light hop notes compliment the lemon pepper delivery with lemony saaz emerging more with warming along with a touch of wheaty funk.

Taste is full enough and slightly grainy. Touch of spritz and grain on the finish. Full and spicy body and feel. Very neutral as for yeast influence but clever spicing/hop influence. Warming yields more lemon and pepper upon a nice pils base. Quite drinkable and not overdone with a clean finish. (673 characters)

Photo of Ben4881
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pale, champange yellow, somewhat bubbly, but just the slightest of haziness. A thin egg white head that disspates very quickly, which is misleading because the lacing is spectacular. <4.5>

S - Grapefruit, piny, and sweet. Hops are pleasantly present. <4.5>

T - Acute bitterness first hits the pallet, which briefly gives way to a pale malt flavor before a piny moderate bitterness takes over with a subtle alochol flavor behind it. The finish is dry and sticky. Hops are the main attraction, but I would expect no less from Victory. <3.5>

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. <5>

O - Love the hopcentricity of this summer creation. The lingering bitterness makes it a quaffable sipper, while the body makes it possible to take a few down. It might be a better fit as a summer pale ale, but again, expect no less from Victory. <4> (882 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a slow flow of small carbonation bubbles present throughout and a thin ring of film around the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, slight buttery sweetness, and a light hopping. Flavors are a bit more hopped, with a slightly bitter forward flavor followed by a solid, smooth toasted grain backbone. The buttery notes catch the tail end leading into the bitter and spiced hoppy aftertaste. The finish is crisp, clean, and slightly dry. Very easy to drink, very refreshing, and slightly hoppier than most brews in this style...tasty beer. (637 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass.

A. Clear, very clear golden yellow colour, Plenty of white foam at first but it vanishes pretty quickly and leaves a ring of bubbles around the glass.

S. Grain, some malty sweetness, a little bubblegum even, but muted once the head's gone.

T. For a blonde ale this has more going on that I would have expected. There's some sweetness in the taste but also much more hop character than I'm used to for the style, which is a plus I think. A nice bitterness around the edges of the tongue and a citrusy, grapefruit finish.

M. Light, refreshing, nice carbonation without being too prickly.

O. A really nice summer beer and one that I'd seek out again. (688 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a regular glass.

A: Pours a medium straw color with amazing clarity. Lots of effervescent carbonation trails rise upward in this. The head is a three finger white color with impressive retention and a light texture. Intermittent but thick lacing is left on the glass.

S: This has a similar aroma to Prima Pils - strong grassy hops, some lemon zest, and backing pils malts. But there's also an unmistakable fruitiness to it that reminds me it's not a lager.

T: First sips are strong with initial lemongrass. The malt backbone here is too subtle, but the hops do a good job of not overpowering things. The finish is almost too neutrally dry at first - but the hops do a solid job of accumulating on the palate without become. The lightest hint of fruit esters pop up right after the mid-taste, giving it another subtle layer of flavor. Refreshing and easy to drink, just like a blonde ale should be.

M: What a light, spritzy beer. The texture and carbonation are nearly perfect, with just enough finishing dryness keeping it nice and drinkable.

O: Pretty damn good. This is the kind of beer that knows what it is, and knows what it isn't...drink it on a hot summer day (cough) without a care in the world, and it'll treat you like a champ. (1,268 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear light yellow color that’s almost colorless with a huge 2 fluffy foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells like grains, floral hops, lemon zest, wheat or yeast (hard to tell), sweet malt, light caramel, a little husk and some grass or other earthy notes. Smells like a nice big backyard and was quite inviting and enjoyable, especially since I thought the nose would be dull.

Also shocked by the flavor, as this was much tastier than it looked; a blend of floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, grains, wheat, sweet malt, light caramel, husk, grass, tea leaf, earthy notes and mild spices which add up to an extremely refreshing beer that’s perfect for summer. Hops add nice flavor and bitterness, while the malt and grains bring the sweetness and balance to make this a session beer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and zesty with a lemon pucker, light carbonation, a light body and an herbal essence that tingles as it fades slightly bitter and on the dry side.

A real nice summer treat, this was perfect to throw back and enjoy. Very above average taste, and while not the most complex of beers it is a stand-out as far as summer beers. Forget the style, think beer to drink all day and night at a party which has much better flavor than a macro brew. I’ll definitely seek this out in the summer again. (1,399 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- AOH

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. (332 characters)

Photo of Celtics76
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 (281 characters)

Photo of tubeyes
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
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] (257 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours slightly hazy straw color with a sudsy white head with nice retention
S-wheat, lemon, hint of spice
T-wheat malt is met with a spicy pine hop bitterness with lemon in the finish
M-light bodied
O-nice light bodied very drinkable summer beer. Perfect for a hot summer day (277 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a long lasting white head. Aroma is of orange, citrusy hops and pale malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Citrusy hops, ripe fruit and biscuit malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long on a hoppy side. Excellent summer brew. (269 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: hazy and yellow with golden highlights. A nice creamy white head dissipated leaving intricate lacing on the glass.

The aroma was a fresh whiff of sweet malts and mild bittersweet fruit.

The flavor has a pleasant punch of citrus and tangerine with a gentle lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

The body is somewhat light and the mouthfeel is zesty and rather thin which is rather typical for this refreshing style of ale. The flavor on the palate is slightly astringent by short-lived.

I could not think of a better ale to have on a warm summer evening. While the ale is not complex, it has a solid flavor profile and remains thirst quenching from start to finish. (717 characters)

Photo of beerleaguer22
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A light straw color that leaves a nice head.

S- Not overpowering at all. Light aroma of citrus and herbal hops.

T- Starts out sweet and citrusy. Faint herbal taste. Not a very hoppy beer, but it comes in at the end. Easy drinking.

O- A good smooth beer that I'd recommend. Tasty, but isn't overwhelming at all. Definitely fitting for the summer. (354 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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?!? (1,673 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,051 characters)

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.