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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 bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of burnstar
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, best before 10/11/12.

Pours a crystal clear golden blonde with a tight, white and frothy head. Average retention, with some lacing.

The aroma is hoppy and clean. Grassy and redolent of Noble-type hops.

Flavor is light, clean and well-balanced, with a surprisingly solid bitterness. Cracker-like malty notes pair well with lightly floral and citrusy hops. Reminds me of a German Kölsch, but one I'd actually want to drink a lot of! Highly drinkable with a light, smooth mouthfeel and a dry, bitter finish.

I think I've found one of my new favorite beers for the summer. Well done Victory.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear hay color with great bubbling, a nice head, good foamage, and lace. This beer looks inviting and awesome!

Smells SUPER crisp and grassy. Lots of German and Czech hops I assume. Crisp, mild malt aroma of water crackers. Smells like a great lawnmower ale.

Palate is sharp and astringent upfront, and slowly fades through to teh finish. Super grassy and citric peel hops. Smooth, light toasty cracker malts. I would think this is a pilsner from the look, smell and taste of it. Either way, this is a hoppy, astrungent, lawnmower, baseball game in the garage beer.

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Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wow, that is a gorgeous hue. Honey gold and about as clear as I've ever seen a beer in my life. No joke. In my Delirium Tremens glass I was able to magnify the label on the bottle and read it as if it was huge print. Beautiful. The head is a little disappointing though. A vigorous pour left only about one finger or less of head. It's white with great lacing but the retention is fantastic.

S: Well you get two things. A big grassy, slightly dank hop aroma which is awesome. The malts come off as lightly caramel and mostly bready with some light grain aromas. The hops really take the forefront and smell really leafy. Some light citrus.

T: It definitely smells different than it tastes, which isn't a bad thing at all. Rereading the American Blonde Ale category I see that it fits nicely. There is a huge malt presence, mostly biscuity with some of that light grain. There's enough of a hop presence to balance out though. Much more citrus comes out here but some of that more leafy flavor exists too. The finish is just lightly bitter.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation. Maybe medium to light

O: Wow, this is a refreshing and tasty beer! This is perfectly suited for a hot ballgame. It does remind me of some of the Kolsch's that I've had but definitely an American one

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Photo of denver10
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy whitish yellow with a white head. A bready, piney, and citric aroma. Flavor followed suit. Starts off doughy bread, a thick wall bitterness quickly comes in, that flows into some pine and citric fruit. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent and enjoyable brew. One of those beers that works well with the warm weather as its got some bright flavors to it, though it isn'tjuicy and refreshing like I have come to expect from a summer seasonal. That uniqueness though is a point in this beers favor.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And, now for something completely delicious!

Perfect pour yielded one-and-a-half fingers of off-white head in the pint glass. Lovely goldenrod color with building carb. That head is fluffy with a few potholes on top. 4.0

Citrusy hops with lemon and grapefruit sharing the bill. Some grassiness that is appealing. Crackery pale malts with a nice presence and an interesting fresh-picked grape scent. Smells absolutely crisp and inviting. 4.5

Tingly hops are more herbal, but still boast some quaint citrus flavors of lemon and tangerine. Almost a pilsner-like malt with this one, clean and dry and with a little bitterness. Some top-notch European hop characters make for great summer brew balance. Grainy with a little sweetness, like a summer ale should be, but with a unique hop signature, like a quality beer should post up. 3.5

A bit sudsy. Body has a little bit more to it than expected. Pretty quaffable. 4.0

One of my favorite summer beers. Thank heavens there's a good American Blonde out there so that I don't have to pick some silly wheat beer. 4.0

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Photo of rangerred
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium yellow with a chunky creamy head. Amazing head retention and lacing.

Smells absolutely fabulous. Tons of citrus and flowers. Grape, bubblegum, along with some grass and pine. This really might be one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

Nice floral and citrus up front on the taste along with a little bit of light bread. High bitterness takes hold almost immediately and lasts through the finish. Finishes quite clean and dry.

Overall, what an excellent beer! The aroma is just out of this world. My one complaint would be the bitterness feels a little too much for the style but it is a mild complaint. Unfortunately I can't buy this in my area but I am definitely stocking up on my next trip out of town.

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Photo of babaracas
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with one finger of white foam, a few spots left on the glass after it settles to a thin ring. Smell: spicy, light citrus and evergreen, grape, pale malt in back. Taste: semi-sweet pale malt, white grape, light spiciness and lemon rind. It's fine, a little soapy though, refreshing, but not special. Best by Sept 2012.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer from the local beer store, never even heard of this beer before I bought it, and I usually keep up on this stuff! Now, I can't have a proper summer without this unique and refreshing beer in my life!

A - Pours a golden yellow with some deep bronze hues and a very nice foamy head on top that left lots of lacing on my pint glass. Lots of carbonation, but nothing overkill, it all goes great together.

S - Incredibly unique scent. Smells, well, like summer. Picking up some scents of peanuts and some salty buttery popcorn maybe, almost a cracker jack-y kinda scent. Don't forget the citrus, some pine, that relaxing grassy scent and of course THE HOPS! Oh boy, those noble hops smell great with the other scents. Wish they'd make a candle out of this smell so I could have it in my house.

T - Very deep and complex. Sharp bite from the hops and citrus, some buttery saltiness from what honestly tastes like peanuts and popcorn, and that nice refreshing almost IPA-like finish. Great beer for a hot summer day.

M - Nothing too impressive here, feels like a typical beer. Some frothiness, a little bit of velvety smoothness, but other than that it feels like a standard beer.

O - Victory's done it again! I've yet to have a bad beer from Victory, and this one keeps that streak going! Perfect for a hot summer day, it really does taste like they've bottled summer itself up into a bottle, and I don't feel as though I can officially have a "good" summer any longer until I grab a case of this to drink. Great beer!

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Photo of goldendenizen
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another quality brew from Victory. Ive had their beers in Philly and bottles in SF. This particular style is straight forward: it's summer and summer calls for light style beer. Goes without saying that this is a session beer. Really enjoyable lager. I would purchase again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very german or czech pils style summer brew. pours clear honey colored with a one inch white head and very large bubbles slowly rising to the surface. smells like german malts and bittering hops. refreshing aroma. flavor is a little bready from the malts, perhaps making this not the most appropriate style of beer for the season, but its on the lighter side of the malt spectrum and doesnt weigh it down too much. crisp hops at the end, some floral yeast in the background. feel is good, medium carbonation and a medium body, not filling, but not that light either. overall not a bad beer, but certainly not my favorite new summer offering this season.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. See-thru straw body with a modest white head that does manage to leave a surprising amount of lace.

Surprisingly potent nose on this stuff, full of grass and grains, herbs and spice. Big noble hop character here, and big flavor profile in general. Crisp and clean grainy finish, but with an impressive 1-2 punch of Noble (grassy) and American (citrus). A great combination of quenching and flavorful, Summer Love is a standard setter in a generally weak style. Get some of this.

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

Had this on-tap at paradise by the slice.
It had a nice golden straw color body with a nice 2"white head that lay down quickly. The smell was very citrus (lemon and lime). The taste is the same as the smell lemon tasting with a hint of lime and a little bit of malt but just a little bit. The mouth feel is great and overall a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of Clowerweb
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. No date on the bottle, but seeing how it's a summer seasonal and it's now late January, I'm going to assume that it is close to, if not past, it's freshness date.

A: Pale straw yellow, cloudy, almost looks like a cloudy macro adjunct at first glance. 1 finger of solid white head dissipates rather quickly, not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is skunky and citrusy. The citrus almost smells like maybe lemon or lime. Not off to a great start so far...

T: Tastes a lot like it smells, but it actually has some depth and interesting twisty turns. Starts off with skunk akin to Heineken or Corona, not to an unpleasant level, but skunky nonetheless. Mid palate is lemony, not lemonade lemony, but a hoppy lemony bitter/sour. It actually tastes pretty good, it seems a bit awkward at first, but it works well. Finishes dry, almost to a fault, with bitter hops and a sour citrus lemon and possibly orange peel aftertaste, but it's not pucker up sour/bitter. It tastes pretty nice, actually. It wouldn't sound like a good combination to me if I read this, but I'm not disappointed at all, it's pleasantly surprising.

M: It's a light bodied beer, but on the heavier side of light, not watery, I'd call it near medium (but still not quite medium). It's a little higher carbonation, probably a notch or two above medium carb, definitely has a higher amplitude of tongue tickle. Leaves the mouth very dry, bordering on unpleasantly dry.

O: I wouldn't seek this beer out, but that's of course subjective. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but it's still a very drinkable beer and will probably surprise you in some aspects. The flavor has lots of interesting twists and turns, and it definitely works well, but it's still not my thing. It's good for the style, and since I'm attempting to rate objectively, it still gets a decent score in my book.

Personal re-buy level: meh. Falls in the good beer category, but not in my personal great beer category. I like a lot of this brewery's beers (a lot), but doubt I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of dcook11
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Gorgeous straw color with an ample two finger bright white head. Apple juice like body. Sea foam lacing. Some carbonation.

S- Fresh cut grass. Hops. a touch of skunk. Very much reminds me of Saison Du Pont. Excellent aroma.

T- Hops (pine forward). Faint grassyness. Honestly not much else. Based on the smell, I expected more complexity.

M- Relatively full bodied for a 5 percent.

O- Definitely worth seeking out.

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

12oz. poured into Pint Glass

A-Really pale yellow/ almost piss colored. little head that leaves quickly, not much lacing

S-grassy, citrusy aroma, pretty subtle aroma. maybe a little lemony

T/M-pretty smooth on the tongue, not too strong. a bitter taste that i did not anticipate. not offensive in the least bit. a tangyness that feels bready at the end.

O-not too shabby, considering its November

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Photo of treque
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A; a completely traslucent beer, the head is white, small and dissipates quickly, there is a few carb, the beer is yellow in color

s: nice hops aroma, floral, citrusy and some pinus

T: refreshing, a little bit dry at the end, medium body, good bitterness

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Photo of isualum12
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I have tried for a while to get my hands on this beer including at gabf. Of course they were ha ing keg problems when we went by there. Long story short got my hands on it in a trade.

Look very cloudy yellow golden color with NOhead at all. No really nothing. There is a lot of activity coming up on the glass with the carbonization
Smell light hops
Taste- hops with orange peel on the tongue with a little bitterness at the end.

Feel. Way to carbonization for me. It hurt inside My mouth. I won't finish this beer because of the feel.
Overall it lacked what I expected. Unfortantly victory has not lived up to it for me. But hey that just my take.

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Photo of osusullins
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with white head that doesn't last long.

Not much on the nose. Some spice and floral hops, but all very subtle.

Taste is not overly impressive. A nice blonde ale. Light bodied with some floral hop bitterness. Finishes dry.

Doesn't linger.

Overall a nice blonde. Not my favorite style to begin with, but overall this is a solid representation.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy pale yellow hue with a white, frothy, 1-finger head that the leaves a great trial down the glass and dissipates quickly into a wispy lace.

S: Spicy crisp hop aroma.

T: Very crisp and slightly bitter. Create floral hoppy profile – almost like a mild ipa.

M:. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This brew was a pleasant surprise but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because Victory has a good beer. This brew was light and refreshing.

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