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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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1,744 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,744
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 46
Gots: 201 | 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: 1,744 | Reviews: 366 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks the part, a clear and even brilliant bright gold. Bubbling activity never really ceases. A dense, fluffy and creamy pillow of pure white head grows about three fingers high before settling but never dying. Plenty of patching is left clinging to the glass as the beer recedes.
While this style doesn't lemd itself to hoppiness. that actually makes this beer the hoppiest blonde I've ever had. It's floral and grassy with no astringency or harshness to the bitterness, fresh and green and just raw enough without being too leafy. It drinks like a lager but with a lot more flavor than is typical. As boasted, there's also lots of balance; a dryish malts presence that leans crackery but with a bit of biscuit lends great support. It's got a grassiness that I can only describe as summery. This beer was perfectly crafted to scream summer. Do I think this is the best style? No. Do I think this is the best American Blonde ale I've ever had? Yes. It's difficult to imagine what more one can do with the style.
The above translates to the feel as well; this is an extremely light style that drives brewers to make a beer that's just thin. This one, though, is light without giving anything up. Crispness never fades off, and it remains very smooth all the way as well. Not perfect, but perhaps perfect for the style.

Brenden, May 23, 2012
Photo of let8it8grow
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

let8it8grow, May 23, 2012
Photo of burnstar
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear straw with a big persistent head. Smell is mild but has a nice citrus hop note which I really like. Taste is very well balanced. Moderate light malt sweetness. Herbal hops- again a slight citrus note, and clean sharp bitterness through the finish. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Sessionable. Really great for what it is. Somehow I did end up drinking this while watching a baseball game which I think is ideal. Very nice summer beer.

burnstar, May 23, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

beerman999999, May 23, 2012
Photo of chim
1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

chim, May 22, 2012
Photo of kjb32812
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

kjb32812, May 22, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

kaelingirl, May 21, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: yellow/orange colored body that yielded a soft white fizzy one finger head that died within twenty seconds. A very light spotty lacing was left with no rings. Fast rising carbonation was seen.

S: centered around the hops and grass. Some light citrus and caramel came out as the beer warmed.

T: exactly the same as the smell, nothing different.

M: light with a decent amount of carbonation felt and it almost came out a bit too harsh. There was a bitter finish. This was very drinkable.

O: I liked this, I would definitely get it again. Right there next to me while I'm grilling is where I'll find this one this summer.

BeerKangaroo, May 21, 2012
Photo of jculler82
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jculler82, May 21, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -46.2%

DonFrap, May 21, 2012
Photo of sweisel80
4/5  rDev +7.5%

sweisel80, May 21, 2012
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,744 ratings.