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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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1,776 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 48
Gots: 211 | 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: 1,776 | Reviews: 366 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SoulfulRover, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

tedho21, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of jmcgahran1
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

jmcgahran1, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting at Krugels Georgetown Deli

A - clear golden straw color, bubbles rising gently in taster cup

S - hoppy, but not in an in-your-face ipa kinda way (which I happen to love) but still rather nice

T - follows the scent uniformly, extremely drinkable if you love hoppy session beers

M - thin-ish, but in a good way that you'd expect from this style

O - This is a great lawn mowing beer. Extremely sessionable. Well done Victory!

RyanGoodman, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

tenacioustomato, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of RoyAlan
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

RoyAlan, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-yellow hue with a fluffy white head that settles quickly, leaving behind just a thin film on the surface. Lacing is quite nice, and glides down the surface of the glass. The nose has some fruity elements, along with cracker and toast, followed by grassy hop character and a citric tinge. Flavor profile is very similar. Starts cracker-like up front, with some honey notes, followed by some fruity undertones on the mid-palate, finishing quite dry, with floral, grassy notes.

This beer is light, but has a ton of flavor and a very clean mouthfeel. Summer Love is a perfect name to describe this beer. Incredibly easy to drink, and very thirst-quenching. Another fine effort by Bill and Ron. While we have Victory in Minnesota, why have I not seen this until a recent trip across the border into Wisconsin?

WYVYRN527, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of jmarklan
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw golden color with a quickly dissipating white head. Lacing is decent.

S: Grassy, a bit of straw, lemon rind? Hops are very prevalent.

T: Tastes like it smells. Hops are spicy and slightly earthy. Light cracker/ biscuit malt, a touch of honey sweetness. Exceptionally well balanced.

M: Light bodied, clean and super drinkable with moderate carbonation adding crispness.

Overall: Reminiscent of their prima pills, which is by no means a bad thing. Another winner from victory, perfect for the season.

jmarklan, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of colforbin73
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an outstanding summer pale ale. i would love to see this on the shelf everyday, in 12 packs and cans of course would be apropos.

pours a refined pale yellow, clear with a decent carbonation. the thin white head sticks around a little.

the overall effect for me is a Pils/Pale cross breed -- "american blond" doesn't really cut it for me, as the yeast is really low profile... the aroma is very mellow and grassy, leading us to the lovely dry crisp brew we get. apple crisp... slightly sour, hint of caramel, and the dry from what must be a cool blend of malts with a dose of pils.... maybe even a little wheat malt thrown in.

the hops are pils mellow like saaz or something that just buzzes perfectly.

highly sessionable, give me more summer love please!

colforbin73, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JLapadura, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light straw. Clear. Frankly, kind of like lookin at a macro brew.
Smell: Grapefruit up front. Pretty simple profile.
Taste: again, prominent grapefruit, with little else.
Overall: not impressed. Pretty quaffable but even after a run in a ga. 95 degree, high humidity (perfect time to find out session drink ability), not too impressive.

cindyjeffsmith, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of jniagar1
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-like, yellowy body with a thick, fluffy white head. Beer is clear with decent retention along the sides.

Aroma: Citrus and a grassy smell.

Taste: Big on citrus to start off with a nice lemony after taste. It is also has a pleasant grassy, grainy taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Goes down real easy, lightly carbonated with a light body.

Overall: A fantastic summer beer just as the name suggests. I will be sipping this one from now until late August.

jniagar1, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

bconsidine, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

CoreyW, May 31, 2012
Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

shockrocker65, May 31, 2012
Photo of Finn
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale gold with a frothy, clean white head. Aroma is crisp citrus, grass, grains. Refreshing. A taste reveals a clean, crisp body of pilsner malts, giving way into a firm, but not heavy,bitterness. Nicely defined hop flavors,though not overwhelming. The light/medium body contributes to the refreshing characteristics, and the finish is fairly dry, with a a touch of lingering bitterness.

Overall, a fantastic, flavorful, and refined, refreshing blonde ale. An example of what the often overlooked style can really be.

Finn, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

stephsperdute, May 31, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, for my #BOTG 46 I decided to take a few steps back from the bigger stouts and barleywines I seem to have been drinking lately, to something a little more appropriate for this Texas heat! It's hot here in Houston (95+ right now), and all that appeals to me is a nice, cold refreshing beer right now. So, here goes "Summer Love".

Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a clean, crisp yellow transparent color. Nice fluffy head fills the glass, leaves some lacing around the glass. Nice looking summer beer! Smell- herbal, floral hops. Almost a rosey aroma. Really nice. There is a grassy quality to it too. Taste- clean, crisp, hoppy, with a tiny bit of malt sweetness on the end. This is just so clean, crisp, refreshing. So incredibly drinkable- it has some german pilsner qualities to it, but also some really nice hop presence that you might find in a pale ale. This is just a perfect summer beer, I will be buying it all summer for sure. Well done!

lnashsig, May 31, 2012
Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of Rayedwardsjr
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Rayedwardsjr, May 30, 2012
Photo of Morey
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 30, 2012
Photo of Shrews
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served - bottle into a Pint Glass

Appearance
Very minimal head, golden color

Smell
Citrus and grassy with plenty of bitterness in the scent.

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

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

Overall
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 +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.