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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

411 Reviews
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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,142
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 30.16%
Wants: 80
Gots: 489 | 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

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.
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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 2,142
Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of tubeyes
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
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]

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Photo of atr2605
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of mikeg67
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of beerleaguer22
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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?!?

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, not much carbonation, one finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Wheat, with some grass and citrus hops.

T-Starts with wheat ans spice balanced out with grass and citrus hops, slight bitterness.

M-Light to medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-A nice summer beer with a pleasant hop profile.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow, with a half inch of white that clings some to the glass. Smell citrus, grass, biscuit, and some clove. Taste is a little different than smell, some lemon bitterness and sweeter than I would have expected, definitely more hoppy than I expected, in a odd way. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and easy enough drinking. This is unique and strangely good.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is light straw; mostly clear. There is a large sticky white head.

The aroma has a nice dose of zesty European hops. I don't really get much malty notes in the aroma.

The taste is light in malt flavor with tons of grassy hops through and through. The finish is slightly vegetal, making for a seemingly dry finish.

This is light bodied, crisp and refreshing. This might not be a great "blonde" ale but I like it. It's got a nice refreshing hop flavor that is a nice addition to a light summer ale.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a nice billowy white head. The head has a moderate amount of lacing and leave a medium level of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a lighter bready nature with some lemon citrus and a light pine hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins almost entirely malt based. Flavors of bread and biscuit are on the tongue. Hop flavors then start working their way into the taste. It begins with some citrus and then some pine begins working its way into the flavor. The taste overall is more on the dry side and makes for some easy drinking slightly bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the lighter to medium side with the carbonation level being just slightly above average. Both make it very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall – A good session brew that is easy to drink while hanging out and sitting around with friends or just watching the game on TV.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice soft hop presence. Fresh and enjoyable. Firm pale malt backing.
Rather cloudy yellws with small white cap.
Nice creamy feel and more of a hop forward beer than most this style. Nonetheless, balanced nicely with a slightly bigger bitterness than typical leading to a long finish. Firm malt backing but also in the flavor.
This is a pretty bold beer for style. Bigger and richer than many and more flavorful than most.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/26/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden, good clarity, smallish head of white, laces up decently. Smell is earthy, mild malt. Taste is pleasant, nicely balanced bitterness and mild biscuit malt give it an almost crisp presence, very lightly lemony and citric. Wet and refreshing across the palate with a medium light but well crafted body. Moderate carbonation imparts the correct feel to the flavor profile. Certainly one of the best blonde ales I've had.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Leesville Tap Room.

A - copper gold with a thin white head that has no retention

S - piny, herbal hop notes

T - piny, herbal, spicy, citrusy hop character with some faint malts in the background

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer for a summer offering. It has a solid hop character and great drinkinability. I'll definitely try this out again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker and pils malts along with some floral hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has flavors of crackery pils malts, hints of lemon, and floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness and just a hint of pepper/spice in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, very enjoyable, and very sessionable. Nice and light and very enjoyable, goes down easy on a summer day (or evening).

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear blonde ale with a white head. Completely translucent, almost food coloring yellow clear water.

S: Earthy grass and a corn like presence on the nose. Slightly bitter.

T: Crisp and refreshing, but just not my style. Seemed to be a bittered corn beer to me , a blonde ale with minimal malt presence, some bittering, and a light side to it that seemed to be most of the point. Not a bad beer, just not my thing.

M: Watery like body, high carbonation levels.

O: It could be a good summer beer, I would rather have a nice ipa with more malt flavors in it however. Its light and has a decent noble hop presence kick, but just not much in the body or complexity side.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Listed here as a Blonde Ale, this beer seemed to be very Kolsch-like to me. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clear, but slightly hazy, straw yellow with 1/2 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left very light lacing.

The aroma had nice earthy grains and gentle hops, it smelled almost Pilsener like to me. The flavors had the same grains across the front and middle of the tongue and a nice tangy hop bite at the rear.

The body was light and good carbonation helped carry the flavors across. The beer was slightly sticky at the end however. Drinkability was very good, this could slip down your throat effortlessly all day long. Overall, a very good brew. I think the brewers hit their target for this beer dead-on. Worth trying.

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Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple from Dyan. Thanks.

Appearance: Pale clear gold topped by a finger of suds.

Smell: Pils malt up front, and a great pils malt aroma at that. Crackery, slightly creamy but largely crisp. Hops are spicy, floral, leafy, largely German in character.

Palate: A balanced mix of crackery, crisp pils malt and zesty, floral hops wrapped up in a light body. The hops take on a spicy, slightly soapy flavor toward the finish with firm bitterness. Quite refreshing. This doesn't taste far from a pils to me, though the more neutral yeast character really allows the pils malt to shine.

Overall: Quaffable, refreshing stuff. Best no-frills summer beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of garuda
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Fresh bottle
A - Clear gold, fluffy white head that has good retention and some lacing.

S/T - Hops are up front on this one. Pine, a little grapefruit, but as it warms, cat piss-soaked carpet starts to emerge and totally takes away from the rest of the drink.

M - Light body, crisp clean dry finish.

O - Ugh. Started out well, but barely drinkable by the end. Maybe I'm super sensitive to a hop variety they used in this, or just cat piss in general, because I'm surprised not many other reviewers have picked it out.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to have a summery beer today.

Pour is bright yellow with a thick foamy white head. nice carbonation.

The smell kind of reminds me of Narragansett Summer. I get a light, sweet base beer with a hint of bitter hop. Just a touch of lemon dry hop.

Very light up front. Its super light base malt, with a sharp herbal medicinal hop. Just a bit of lemon and lemon peel, just enough. Very balanced and light feeling, with the medicinal hop going through the finish. Doesnt finish as clean as I expected (which is the only problem I find with the beer).

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a golden straw, with an average sized head that fades quickly. The smell wonderfully balanced, reminding me of a fruit cocktail of pears, apples, and peaches. The taste leans toward citrus and floral hops, with a malty sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but this is to be expected from a light-bodied summer ale. Makes a great summertime beer; pairs great with a baseball game.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.