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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

411 Reviews
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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,118
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 74
Gots: 465 | 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

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.
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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 2,118
Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. There was a very small white head on it that didn’t linger long. Nice aroma to this one. Floral, grassy, hint of lemon in the back ground. The taste is good. Slightly lighter body, just a faint whiff of bitterness and a slight dryness. Slight lemon flavor, with grassy a slight graininess. Very crisp and refreshing. An excellent summer choice! (412 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label is full om summer icons. No date.

Appearance: clear golden, nice head and good lacing.

Smell: very grainy, light citrus and hops.

Taste: medium bodied with bready grain flavor. Citrus and hop flavors round things out.

Overall impression: very drinkable, lots of flavor without being overwhelming. Great lighter option. (358 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale & golden, sticky lacing, a fingers worth of foam 'til the last gulp.

S: Earthy, lemon-y, grassy, and dirty.

T: Lot of lemon, spicy, dry aftertaste. Lite Prima Pils, almost. Light biscuit-y malts, but the hops were the highlight here. Wonderful.

M: Very refreshing on a hot day here. Hoppier than most American Blonde ales, though.

O: Worthy of multiple purchases, very quaffable and flat out great. (413 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a very pale straw colour, you could almost indeed call it blonde. Head is firm and frothy, largely consisting of large bubbles of white. Minimal lacing, but with the very light body (appropriate), that's not unexpected. Looks decent.

Nose is crisp and hoppy, with an emphasis on the crushed green end of the spectrum, much like a pilsener in this regard. Hiding in there are slight fruit characters, but again they're sharp—lemon and a bit of grapefruit, perhaps. This mingles with a very pilsener-y grain character giving a touch of citrus and some savoury basis. Nice.

Taste is smooth and clean, with a very lagery tone to it. Crisp pilsener malt, green hops and a cleansing but mild bitterness to add brightness and crispness to the palate. It's bright, refreshing and exceptionally drinkable.

Extremely refreshing. You know, if someone said that Victory has stuck a different label on their Prima Pils, and called it an Ale I'd believe it. That's no bad thing, given that that's a great beer, but it also does feel a little like this beer is unnecessary as a result. (1,137 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a tumbler.

A: A little dark for a blonde ale, this is more amber than not. Despite the darker hues, the ale is translucent. A thin white head comes along.

S: Malty, the nose is very grainy with a mild citrus in tow. The maltiness stands out, adding depth.

T: Grainy, darker biscuit flavors are the primary flavor. Citrus is a soft add-on, a flavor element but not the star of the show. Very drinkable.

M: A good way to start the day, mild with a nice malty/citrusy blast. (485 characters)

Photo of JustinMann
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light, white frothy head crowned the hazy golden brew, and a fruit smell wafted from the glass. I was impressed with the complexity of this 5.2%-ABV ale -- the lemon flavor mixed very well with the hoppy taste which yielded an extremely quaffable beer. The first sip and each subsequent taste was a delight. I love tasting the hops in a beer, and the mixture of hops and lemony-fruity-goodness in this particular libation was extremely satisfying. (449 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 10/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold, with a tight bright-white head of foam. This stays thick and foamy, drenching the sides of the glass with a rich coating of sudsy lace. The aroma smells fresh, grassy, and citric, with a dash of light spiciness, and sweet doughy sugars that sits underneath. This is pleasant enough.

The taste is citrusy (I’m getting a lot of lemon flavor coming out here on cask); with an overall leafy feeling bitterness that drives this. Malts have a bit of a neutral sweet graininess to them underneath the hops but that citric snap has the most strength here, finishing this dry and spicy with a touch of lingering rind. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a VERY mellow feeling crisp creaminess to this that prickles the tongue just enough but is overall extremely slick on the palate.

I’m always up for trying different beers on cask here at Victory, as you never know how some are going to translate, and this was no different. While it may have lost some of its crispness in translation, it definitely opened up the hop profile a bit more, with extra citrus flavors and a touch more aggressiveness shining through here. I can’t really say if I liked this more than my experiences with the draft or bottled versions of this but I’m glad that I gave it a shot, as it ended up being flavorful and easy drinking enough to keep me happy on this visit. (1,487 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in my beerfridge for quit a while now and after an oatmeal stout i wanted to try this one. This is a very surprising beer!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks ok, nice yellow (a bit cloudy) fluid and a nice two finger head. Little carbonation.

Smell is wonderfull. Hoppy and crisp together. Very drinkable beer with no complcations at all. Wish i had a few more of these beers in my fridge! (415 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is honey, malts and a little noble hops.

The flavor is grainy malts and grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK subdued hoppier blonde ale. Not too exciting. (348 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would have called this a Kölsch, but it's an intriguing and flavorful light beer in any case. Quite hoppy for its light frame. A brambly, sharp, and somewhat acidic taste that is very refreshing. Quite perfumey flavor that carries through to the really powerful nose. Big biscuit flavor, but sharpened up by the hops rather than mellowed by malt, which is doesn't show much of. Light golden, lots of creamy carbonation, which is a plus for me in this style.

Missed this one in Philadelphia last June so was happy to see it show up in six-packs in San Diego at the Super Junior beer museum. One of my favorite lighter beers I've tried this summer. (650 characters)

Photo of witster18
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blondes are tough to review because there is so little to most of them, but while I think many of you might think this is harsh, there just isn't much here to set this apart.

Pours light gold... looks like a coors light...
Whispy head does not last. Taste grainey, sweet, some lemon notes and some alcohol backbone. THis may be the shortest review in history.

I have two stoudt's gold's in the fridge, thankfully...

I love Victory beers, and drinkin at the ballpark... but I'm not sure this is much better than any average adjunct lager... give me an old style at wrigley for a third the price... (599 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted several weeks ago - reviewed from notes:

Pours hazy - almost cloudy - light golden with a white head that thins and stays. A respectable amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with a light herbal touch.

The taste is bready with a hint of sweetness. A bitter-ish herbal touch in the finish leaves it refreshingly dry.

It is appropriately light-bodied.

It's a decent blonde ale - I would say a bit better than average. It has a nice balance to it. (463 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly - served from firkin

Pours a bubbly, clear golden color with a huge, fluffy head. Slowly dissolves, leaving curtains and patches of lacing, nice retention too.

Scents of lemon peel and grassy hops. Some faint spice and straw with biscuit-like malt.

Touch of floral hops up front before a nice dosing of lemon peel. Zesty and refreshing, some grassy tones. Thinner malt backbone with some biscuit and bready tones. Finishes dry and a little bitter.

Lighter medium body, milder carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Crazy drinkable, decent flavor, and one of the better blonde ales I've had recently. (643 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a clear straw yellow with a typical white head - not inspiring, but never judge a book by its cover! Strong aroma is malty with a yeasty undertone and hints of citrus and hops. Sunny flavor has a malty core and a strong, slightly sour citrus note, as well as hints of hops and apple. Average-bodied texture has a nice tingle to it. Great for summer, or saying goodbye to the bloomin' hot weather. (420 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw/light golden color. Big, fluffy white head (a couple fingers) has good retention. There's a tiny bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Mild aroma of grasses and hops.

Taste: Light, grassy malts nicely balanced against mild hop flavors. There's a bit of lemon at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. A bit more substantive than I would've imagined. Just the right amount of carbonation. Somewhat crisp.

Drinkability: A very (too?) drinkable summertime ale. Moderate ABV.

Very pleasant blonde ale; not a style I'd normally get, but I really appreciate the hops here: not overly strong, but plenty to taste. (683 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pale crystal clear yellow. Average white head that fades to a film retaining on top.
Aroma is grassy, floral hops. Apricot and light fruity aromas.
taste is a lot bigger and hoppier than I expected. Yum. Lemony with a hint of some German-style malts to make this kind of resemble and pilsener.
Grainy and lively carbonation. Finish is crisp and refreshing. Great hop character. This is a great summer beer. I'll have to stock up on some of this next year. (463 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, golden yellow with a fluffy white head that laced well. Light aroma, floral, organic and hoppy. Light taste, grassy, floral, lemon zest, refreshingly hoppy and flavorful without being strong at all. Light-bodied and drinkable. (302 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
1.87/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Beer Store in Southampton. This stuff looks like a pilsner, smells like cat piss, tastes like a mass produced BMC product. I had to power through this one. God is this gross. I'm not quite sure where this went wrong, or if this is just the epitome of a beer that's just "not my type'l but there's no love lost here. (333 characters)

Photo of Dan3279
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Review from notes)

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a nice straw colored body that had a thick white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was on the mild side with a bit of bread and sweet notes. The taste was good with a bit of citrus and bread notes. It was a medium bodied beer that was a bit heavy on the carbonation side. This is a great summer beer that is crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day.

medium body, heavy on the carbonated side, crisp and refreshing
Great summer beer (510 characters)

Photo of GreenGrowler
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could this be the greatest summer beer? Quite possibly in my opinion. It seems as though it is dry hopped, I could be wrong but it has a nice cloudy look which is usually apparent in dry hopped beers. It is crisp, refreshing, a bit lemony. The thing with summer beers is a lot of time you lose the hops and just get the wheat. This is not a wheat beer but a summer ale. And it has a nice mellow hoppiness which is surprising. It must be the noble hops, I'm not sure but I could just stick my head mouth under the tap, open up and say ahhh! Especially on a hot humid summer night. If you ever see it, try it, you won't be disappointed! (634 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer Love really puts the blonde in blonde ale. This beer is a straw yellow color that looks more like a light lager than even a blonde ale. The head is not quite white and very frothy. The staying power and lacing are both superb.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of cereal malt and floral hops. The hops are very flowery with a slight herbalness and there is a bit of grainy character in the aroma as well.

The flavor mimics the aroma quite well with the same mix of cereal and slightly grainy malt character married with a pleasantly floral hop mélange. This brew also has a slight lemony twinge that fits well. This beer does not have a lot going on flavor wise, but that brings us to…

The body is light with a spot on amount of carbonation that makes this a bright and refreshing drink. It finishes quite dry with a nice hop character lingering after I swallow.

This beer is obscene in its drinkability. I can see what victory was gunning for with this brew and I think they really hit the nail on the head. More flavorful than many blonde ales I have had and quite refreshing. Still, even on a hot summer day I think I could go for something with a bit more kick. I don’t see myself picking this up over Prima Pils or another quality pilsner or APA. (1,261 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, some grassy notes, and a citrus zest aroma. Taste is of sweet malt, grasses, and a bitter citrus zest. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good blonde ale with a nice hop presence. A good Summer beer from Victory. (499 characters)

Photo of jsulko
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Mostly clear light gold color. Small white head that does not last.

Slight lemon zest aroma with a little of a earthy tone.

Taste is slightly lemon with a slight hops background. A smooth beer with little aftertaste.

A decent summer brew. Not something I would seek out again but did enjoy what I had. (338 characters)

Photo of skibumma70
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great summer ale. Strong citrus (grapefruit/lemon zest) and grassy flavor work for this refreshing blonde ale. I had a few of these on a very hot 90 degree day mowing my lawn, and it was one of the most refreshing beers I have ever had on a hot day. The mouthfeel was smooth, refreshing, and easy to drink. Carbonation was lively, but just right for this style. Overall, just a great summer ale. Highly recommended, and you will love the dog days of summer with Summer Love from Victory. (497 characters)

Photo of dennarb
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a beer that goes better with a good burger. Despite the silly name this is a remarkably well wrought beer. The pour is a bright yellow with a little cloudiness revealing the unfiltered yeast. The head is white and becomes lacy in a few minutes. The aroma is a pretty subtle combination of lemony and herbal notes. But the taste is where this beer excels. The fine hops that are so prominent in Victory's Hop Devil are beautifully rounded off with malt and bread and a little lemon combination that is really satisfying and refreshing. The only problem with this blonde ale is that you have a hard time not having another as soon as your glass is empty. (667 characters)

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