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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,730
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 46
Gots: 198 | 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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Photo of Morey
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

APPEARANCE: Pours a pale lemon yellow color with a good 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Good clarity reveals a multitude of bubbles soaring up towards the top of the beer. Pretty decent retention, but the lacing is even better.

AROMA: Citrus, Toasted Grain, Lemongrass, and Dried Hay.

TASTE: Nice citrus bite up front followed by some grassy hop flavor. I’m getting some grainy flavors in there as well. Both the citrus and hops show up for a second go-round providing a refreshing lemony snap on the back-end. There’s some lingering bitterness on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Fairly light body with a moderate (and slightly fizzy) level of carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Without a doubt one of my favorite summer beers. Ultra-drinkable, yet full of flavor. At 5.2% it’s pretty session-friendly too. If I’m reviewing to style (which I am), I can’t imagine there being a much better Blonde Ale than this one right here. Victory has done for Blonde Ales what they did for Pilsners. Highly recommended!

Morey, May 30, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 5/29/12

Enjoy by: Sept 16 2012

Pale, lightly hazed golden yellow. Steady stream of rising bubbles. The head hits just under three fingers before dropping to a finger's worth. Retention is thinner. Lace catches several sips down.

The aroma is very nice - notes of wet prairie grass, pollen, toasted grains and biscuit. Hints of lemongrass and a spot of yeast. The flavor is in the same vein, yet with the hops having a wash of moderate bitterness over the finish. Very grainy and grassy. The body is on the lighter side and the lively carbonation lends to a crisp feel. Flavor residuals taper off slowly.

Summer Love is tremendously flavorful in its simplicity. Easily in the top tier of the style. Recommended.

Ryan011235, May 29, 2012
Photo of Shrews
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Served - bottle into a Pint Glass

Very minimal head, golden color

Citrus and grassy with plenty of bitterness in the scent.

Smooth, but crisp light malts. Taste crackers and grassy, spiced hops.

Slight carbonation and an overall very crisp feel in the mouth.

It's a decent beer for the summer. A little too bitter and grassy for my taste.

Shrews, May 29, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very crisp aroma of sweet pale malts with a nice hop presence for a blond ale. Bready cracker and wheat grains with some hints of citrus orange and lemon zest. Aroma is also fairly grassy. Nice hints of noble hops. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: A very nice crisp taste that is surprisingly strong with the hops for this style. Bready pale malts and grains with good hints of cracker and biscuit. Nice spicy hop kick from noble hops and a little bit of resin. Also a subtle hint of citrus orange and lemon. A very full and well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a nice tingly feel. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very impressive take on the lighter "Blonde" style. Very nice hop bite for a lighter beer. Like Prima Pils, Victory is great at taking lighter styles to another flavorful level.

MattyG85, May 29, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jeanphony, May 29, 2012
Photo of devilben02
3/5  rDev -19.4%

devilben02, May 28, 2012
Photo of Acforster2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Acforster2, May 28, 2012
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jminch, May 28, 2012
Photo of Foulkamania
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Foulkamania, May 28, 2012
Photo of brbrocc
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

brbrocc, May 28, 2012
Photo of larbush
4/5  rDev +7.5%

larbush, May 28, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

A buddy brought over a selection of Victory last night. I am assuming it’s from a recent Victory Variety pack, but I can’t be sure. After looking over the label several times I do NOT see a best by date on the bottle.

Good looking beer. Perfect 2 finger head that is sudsy and bright white. The beer is a very bright and crystal clear gold color. Just a bubble or two escape. Some sudsy lace clings in clumps.

Aroma is light, fresh, grassy. Surprisingly floral.

My first impression is that this is hoppier than I imagined and is very fresh. A very light cracker/bready malt flavor that’s just lighty toasted. Very subtle. The citrus/floral hops are center stage and steal the show. If this had a touch more bready character it would be awesome. Almost a SN Summerfest. Just not quite.

Light, crisp and refreshing. Yep, that works for an American Blonde and a beer designed for Summer consumption.
For what this is meant to be, this pretty much nails the style. Well done.

Reagan1984, May 26, 2012
Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

scott2269, May 25, 2012
Photo of KFrank729
4/5  rDev +7.5%

KFrank729, May 25, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +11%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light gold with thin white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Crackers, grass, apple and grapefruit. Somewhat spicy,

Taste: Nice barely sweet base of apple, grass, and crackers. The hops are fairly assertive for the light body, somewhat spicy and floral, with some grapefruit as well.

Feel: Light body with a moderately high level of carbonation, but surprisingly creamy. Very dry finish.

Overall: For a Blonde Ale, this really is a home run. Almost comes across as a blend of a Kolsch ad an IPA.

bsp77, May 25, 2012
Photo of pvsob
4/5  rDev +7.5%

pvsob, May 25, 2012
Photo of DRECTOR
4.5/5  rDev +21%

DRECTOR, May 25, 2012
Photo of joesc230
4/5  rDev +7.5%

joesc230, May 25, 2012
Photo of brettski
4/5  rDev +7.5%

brettski, May 25, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear golden straw with a thick pillow of fluffy white head. A bit of spotty lace.

Really a great aroma here. Nice grassy hops with a little bit of a cracker aroma in the background. Hints of lemon with a little bit of a floral edge to round it out. The flavor is clean and crisp with hints of sweet fruit and crackers with a grassy hop finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Leaves a nice bitter finish. Overall this one is very impressive. One of the better summer seasonals I've had. I'm sure to grab this multiple times.

Bendurgin, May 25, 2012
Photo of Profchaos20
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Profchaos20, May 25, 2012
Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +21%

wilfonzo, May 25, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Bottle, best by 01 Oct 2012. I missed out on this last year (and not for want of effort), and so, I made sure I got some this year.

A brilliantly clear golden yellow with a dense, fluffy, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous beer. The nose is excellent. Bright, snappy lemony hops, resiny and moderately floral. Incredibly fresh, the hop character is awesome. With a light biscuit and cracker aroma.

The palate opens crisp, snappy, dry and cracker-like with a wonderful hop resin oiliness that brings forth flavors of lemon, jasmine, grass and a touch of soap. The malt character is very light, with drying flavors of water crackers, and just a hint of sweetness. Wonderful hop flavor here. Drying and resiny on the finish, this beer is light in body with a moderate carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, this comes with highest recommendations.

DefenCorps, May 24, 2012
Photo of Fattsmagee
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Fattsmagee, May 24, 2012
Photo of jnikkel
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jnikkel, May 23, 2012
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,730 ratings.