Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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86
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Reviews: 403
Hads: 2,078
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 71
Gots: 429 | 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: 403 | Hads: 2,078
Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brilliantly clear like apple juice, same color. Snow white head, nice lacing. Lovely aroma like spearmint, fresh hay. Taste is slightly spicy likea hybrid of German and West Coast Hops. Original, Summery, delicious. (216 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint a clear light golden with a sticky 1/2 finger bone white head.Citric and herbal hops dominate the nose along with a toasted malt base,really liked the big play on the hops.Flavors of citrusy hops provide the main flavor component along with light herbalness,a dryer toasty malt base holds true to the finish.This is a great summer beer,a great hop profile and very drinkable,well done Victory. (456 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of cbo2122
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer lives up to it's summertime name. Opposed to other beer that like to bog down their summer brews with honey and fruit this beer is crisp and refreshing, something you come to expect and want in an American Blonde. It looks smells and feels like summer. The tastes is nicely complemented by all of these, especially the carbonation. It tastes fresh with the right amount of hoppy tones. Just a classic summertime beer for the old open drink repeat ritual. (464 characters)

Photo of pt_
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a review as much as a comment - this was my go-to beer last summer but have been unable to find it in 2012. It is what a summer ale shopuld be... light but hoppy. Refreshing but not too filling. I miss it. In the meantime I will be cooling down with new holland white hatter. Although completly different styles they are very similar. (338 characters)

Photo of mdr4669
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Crisp yellow body with about 1 finger of thick frothy head that leaves thick lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: Zesty lemon, and fresh cut grass, with some mild grains.

Taste: Really starts with a kick of lemon tartness, I don't really get as much freshness in the taste as I did in the smell, but it's still crisp and refreshing.

MF: Light and fresh, very crisp, clean and easy to drink, a favorable summer flavor, that imho beats the heck out of most.

OA: One of the better summer style ales I've had in a while, It's a good brew and I am sure it will find it's place in my cooler again. (599 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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? (825 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a decent white head. Some spotty lace.

I disagree with how this is categorized -- I think this is Kolsch. I'm getting the grapevine in the nose, faint as it is. Nice light malt, some green leaf, some mineral.

Light malt, with some grain and husk bitterness. Good balance for this one. Not too bitter, and nothing overbearing with sweetness or fruit. No boiled malt either. The grain, a touch of hops with some green bitterness and a pleasant malt/light bitter finish. My new summer beer.

Lighter bodied, but still something there. Good carbonation.

Wonderful summer brew, one of the better attempts out there. I'm a bit reluctant to give this a higher overall grade as I just bought a single. I'd want to see how this rolls after 2-3. Very worthy. (774 characters)

Photo of adkirkish
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow and clear, wispy stark white head, slight persistance.

A: pale malts, clean herbal hop aroma, no esthers, no offs.

F: slight (sweet) blonde malt but then clean herbal hops round out the taste. Balance is toward the hops. Finish is slight hop bitterness, but clean and refreshing.

M: light med body and mouthfeel, medium high carbonation. No alcohol warmth.

O: this is a great clean and fresh summer beer. Not heavy on the palate, but with a good dose of hop bitterne ss, with a steady malt backing. Pairs perfectly with a cheesesteak? You betcha!! Cheers to the boys up in PA. (598 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale clear yellow, finger fluff, patchy lacing

S: malt, grassy, perhaps tad peppery

T: lemon grass, grain, mild bitter crisp finish

M: light body, solid carbonation, dry/crisp finish

O: Usually not a big fan of Blondes, but this is nice. Victory continues to impress me. Great throw in your cooler,
head to your favorite fishing hole/camp ground.
Could drink a 6 pack with ease.

YUM, WORTH TASTING! (408 characters)

Photo of Drinkup27
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was more hoppy then expected but hey, it's by Victory. Not an overbearing hoppy bitterness that has left me not liking hop beers. This is tolerable for those that are not hop lovers! A great summer beer. Light and refreshing. (225 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent, near-white head which leaves good ring lace after each sip. The liquid is light gold and is also crystal clear.

Creamy aroma of fresh milled malt with a superb floral hop bouquet. Slightly sweet and very attractive.

The taste is hoppier than I expected from the smell. The nearly untoasted malt does provide a base but it quickly disappears to a black pepper bitterness. Full bodied for the style but also with an elevated level of carbonation. The aftertaste starts off balanced but devolves to simply the aforementioned black pepper from the hop. (558 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy copper-amber color, finger of white head, dissipates quickly but leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Grassy and floral, with lemon zest and biscuit/cracker malts. Just a bit peppery. Not to jump on the advertising bandwagon, but definitely "summery."

T: Similar to smell, but a bit more citrusy. Loads of zest and grass. Nice balance between the biscuit and malts, with a lingering light bitterness. Eminently drinkable.

M: Light/medium body, with lively carbonation. Dry finish that accentuates the grassy, zesty flavors.

O: Really great beer. I rate to style on balance, but this one could hold its own against most of them. A twelve pack of this in cans would beat any session IPA that I've had, as far as summery considerations go. Highly recommended if you can find it. (778 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden -enjoyed with octopus87 chilled from a 1/2 pint.

The color is pale golden straw color with great clarity and thick snowy cap w/ ultra fine bead. The retention is good and laces sticks well. The aroma of this blonde is full of malt aroma yet has a slight musty yeast and pleasant herbal hop aroma which is mildly sweet. The aroma is well blended with subtle pilsner malt in the nose. The feel is semi-bitter with a mild resinous tinge and this has medium carbonation with a skosh of malt sweetness that balances the light spice with w/ gentle toasted grain and mild yeast smoothness.

The taste has a lemony hop flavor which seems to originate from noble hops as the flavor is familiar and herbal with some tinges of musty yeast and pils malt fills out the body with some light sweetness augmenting the taste with a gentle sweetness and a nice tea like hop dominates with herbal and slight grassy note. the lightly toasted tinges carry on with nice dry taste in the finish. This blonde really demonstrates that a low abv beer can have a good amount of flavor, the hop presence adds the counter balance to the malt with a refreshing quality and light acidity which makes this quaffable and has a refreshing quality perfect for summer because it doesn't makes you sweat from high alcohol and this fits the style well, another high quality brew from Victory! (1,417 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine. Poured into a standard shaker pint...

A: Pours a pale, straw gold with a touch of haze; a cotton-white, one-finger head forms on the top and fades leaving some specks and webs of lace.

S: Light bread crust; lemon / orange zest with some grassy notes in the hop profile.

T: Snappy, cracker malt; a pinch of pepper; lemon rind and some herby hops; its got a nice, lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; crisp and refreshing.

O: Very drinkable... perhaps my new favorite summer seasonal. Light and refreshing, yet tasty... mmm. (582 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head leaving minimal lace. Very good retention.

S: Lemonheads and orange candy, has a soda like smell at times. Solid bready malt.

T: Easy going bready malt, with a very Kolsch like flavour of golden raisins and yellow apple. Noticable grassy hop flavour, but nothing over the top. A delicate balance working here.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, smooth, a palate cleanser.

O: This is a very nice blonde ale. It has considerable Kolsch characteristics with a hoppy American twist. I wish they had this beer at the ballpark, I'd be happy. (583 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a nice tall head that sticks around and leaves lacing. The smell is hoppy upfront, but only some aspects of the hops like pine. The weird thing is you don't get much of that in the flavor, the pine is there but not as much as the smell would suggest. The flavor starts with the small pine then moves to a slight yeast/malt combo and finishes with a slight pine, but very refreshing taste. The mouthfeel is great, smooth and refreshing, great amount of flavor but not overpowering. Overall a great beer, nice for a hot summer night. Definitely worth checking out. (589 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle intom a standard pint glass, Clear gold in color, with a moderate bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Bright citrussy hops
Taste-Biscuit malt, citrus zest, soft kiss of citrussy hops. Clean finishing and very refreshing. Nice flavor and character for a lighter bodied beer. Nicely aromatic and tasty, perfect for outdoor gatherings. What a summer brew should be. I want another! (402 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vicotry Summer Love was commissioned by the Philadelphia Tourism Bureau (called With Love, Philadelphia XOXO) for Philly Beer Week 2010. Their hope was to create a beer with mass appeal. Draft only, though they bottled it once for Philly Beer Scene magazine.

I had a pint served at Frontier Saloon. Even though almost every beer served up in this place looks like the head is MIA, you cannot refuse Summer Love its rightful head. Simply amazing! This beer is a beautiful golden color that is as clear as can be. The thick, rich white head shows off the endless carbonation. Not to mention, it sticks all over the glass, something you don't see too often in pubs.

Even a smoke-filled saloon such as Frontier cannot mask the scent of floral, lemony hops wafting off of Summer Love. It smells like a toned down Hop Wallop. The beer is an accentuation of the All-American Citra hop.

With a smell like that, and Victory's line-up of bitter beers, I am expecting an IBU bomb! Surprise! There is no serious bitterness here. Yes, there is some hop flavor up front, but the large majority of this drink is smooth and even. A very well balanced beer!! Gentle bitterness in the finish compliments the malty middle of this beer. Tastes extra fresh.

The carbonation is quite lively, and creates a very refreshing libation. The mouthfeel is smooth and finishes dry. I find this to be quite sessionable. I could drink this all night and all the next morning....

Try this if you can find it in your local tavern. (1,501 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very clear and light pale yellow color with lots of streaming carbonation, white frothy head left glass-coating lace.

S- Bug burst of citrusy hops and lemon-grass notes. It smells like Amarillo hops.

T- Big bright citrusy and grapefruit hops balanced with a really nice cracker malt backbone. Some pungent hop character on the finish, but it does not linger.

M- Super refreshing, dry, medium body, and smooth.

O- This is really nice hopped-up summer beer that is very refreshing. (532 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks very nice on the pour. And the nose is outstanding. The flavor hit me kind of sideways as I didn't expect it. But as time went on it either mellowed out, or I got used to it (and appreciated it more). Real nice floral hoppy character. Consistent, smooth, fresh. A very nice beer. I'm feeling the summer love on this one. (336 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw blonde with polished copper highlights. In the right light, there's a hint of green. A foamy, loosely packed head soon settles down into a halo of tights bubbles at the top of the glass. Good active carbonation in the glass too.

Aroma is remarkably unique; a marriage of noble and citrusy hops. Fresh cut grass, candied papaya, tangelo, and peach wave by on a breeze. Lovely.

Taste brings on notes of freshly-baked bread; yeasty, malty, and just slightly sour. The hops keep a wonderful balance, ensuring that what could be an overly sweet beer stays in check. Incredibly easygoing, refreshing, and simple.

Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit higher, but is fine and foamy as is. Would have liked to see it a bit tighter.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer for hot weather, providing refreshment and flavor at the same time. Sign me up for a sixer. (864 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (676 characters)

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.