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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

410 Reviews
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Reviews: 410
Hads: 2,113
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 74
Gots: 457 | 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: 410 | Hads: 2,113
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright yellow with a thin layer of fine white bubbles coating the top of the beer. Decent head retention with some short-lived spotty lacing. Hoppy aroma, a combination of floral and mild citrus, more zesty than juicy. There was a little bit of a cereal grain smell too, but very mild and only noticeable once the beer had warmed. It was pleasantly bitter, not overpowering but balanced in this direction rather than towards malt sweetness. More of the same floral and citrus zest hop character, biscuity malt and a hint of herbal hops lingered in the finish. Refreshing. Light bodied with moderate carbonation composed of fine bubbles, a little dry. Quite good overall and it tasted really fresh and lively. (715 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +5%
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 (1,284 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (348 characters)

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

Snappy. Grassy! Light bodied but full flavored. Grainy malts up the middle. Mild, crisp bitterness keeps me sipping -reminds me of a lighter version of the hop profile they used for Prima Pils. Effervescent. Perfect, but dangerous summer beer. 5.2% doesn't seem like much. But, on a hot summer day? A cookout? I could drink these as if they were a 4%ish session beer, alll day, and end up feeling very poorly at the end of the day. Might be my new favorite summer beer. (469 characters)

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

Pretty good summertime beer! Served with a nice white, medium sized, foamy head that settled down to a light cover and lots of lace. Color was a clear amber yellow with some bubble trails. Aroma was grain, malt, fresh cut grass, and a little fresh hop. Flavor was very similar to nose. Body is good and so is carbonation. Was a little sharp on the tongue. Finish is medium long and like flavor. Session beer. (408 characters)

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

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly vigorous pour into the upright tulip results in an inch of marshmallow-like white foam atop a clear gold body; pretty good retention, but not as much lace as I'd like. Good looking Blonde.

S: Smells like a nice Pils without the lager yeast: clean, biscuity malt and moderate Noble hoppiness - very herbal, lightly earthy. Simple and good.

T: Much like the nose, I'm getting a pleasant balance of clean pilsner malt and fairly intense European hops. Quite noticeable bitterness on the finish - not quite enough to be astringent, but it's right on the borderline. Long, bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. I'm a fan.

M: Fairly light-bodied and exploding with creamy carbonation. Lively and refreshing, if a bit over the top with the effervescence.

O: I like it, but it seems overdone for the style: the combination of extra-light malt and fairly aggressive hops makes it refreshing, but potentially too intense for someone trying to use Blondes as a stepping stone to more flavorful styles. If you want interesting flavor, this is the place to be in this style; if you want something that's just hugely drinkable without being boring, I'd recommend Narragansett Summer.

Cheers! (1,225 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +5%
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). (550 characters)

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Uh, yellow fizzy beer, golden, white 1/2 head. Looks much like a pilsner.

Smell - Malts, wheat, some hops are there. Earthy, grassy, floral. Some lemon and spices mixed in.

Taste - Starts off bitter and maltish like a pale ale. Has floral hops that give it a sort of belgium flavor to it. Has a carmal flavor mixed in with the spices.

Mouthfeel - Mildly bitterness from the hops. Not much overload on the mouth or palette. Mouth recovers pretty quick.

Overall - Solid and easy to drink. About as good as any other blonde ale out there. Not as smooth as most, has some hops to it, but other then that, a great summer drinker. (665 characters)

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

I learned something new today. Read more than the front label when trying a beer. This might take longer to drink with Russian River or Stone... but then you won't be confused with your first drink.

I read ale, but with my first pull I got some pilsner flavor. That was from the funky german hops. This is another good example of a cross bred beer.

The characteristics of this beer are very good for a blond. The coloring and head are perfect. The head is very light. The bubbles are light, and the body is enjoyably thin. The flavors are decently complex for a blond. I can't tell the ABV, but I am guessing that the alcohol content makes this drinkable all day. I am just sorry that I only bought one small bottle to try. (725 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear-golden body with soft white head.

S - Pear and lemon notes.

T - Very clean and smooth with a nice tartness. Small hop notes at the finish.

M - Slides over the tongue and down the throat with ease, almost too much ease.

O - Very drinkable session beer. It's not meant to overwhelm the senses, and isn't for sitting down and sipping. This beer is meant for drinking quickly and often. I can feel the summer love. Prost! (439 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a thin off-white head. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoke in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall flavor is very smoky, but it isn't too heavy.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the smoky aroma and taste is not overpowering. (435 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 ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a firm two finger cap that recedes a little too quick. Some sporadic lacing shows the sip marks.

The aroma is of bitter German hops and lightly toasted biscuits. Crisp and earthy with a touch of lemon.

Crisp, earthy hops, a touch of lemon over a bed of lightly toasted biscuity malt. A bit of an herbal, ganja-like quality as well. This beer may well be my new lawnmower beer.

Light bodied, refreshing, crisp and dry in the finish. A mild bitterness builds a fine bed for any hophead.

Overall, this beer is exactly as advertised. According to the label, this beer was brewed to be consumed during a baseball game on a hot summer day. I have to admit, that sitting in the heat at the ballpark or while at home cutting the lawn, this beer is perfect. (823 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Victory Summer Love Ale is a super clear, pale yellow ale with an airy white head that has good retention and lacing. It has a very citrusy, orange aroma with a note of light grain. It smells a little sweet. It's medium-light bodied and very smooth with a crisp, dry finish. It's lightly bittered and quite flavorful. It tastes like light grain with a good amount of orange and grapefruit. The balance is perfect. It's incredibly quenching. This is everything a summer ale should be. (483 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden-yellow in color with absolutely brilliant clarity. Moderate white head with fine bubbles and decent retention.

Aroma-Very interesting hop aroma-Floral, earthy, but also a bit catty and piney. Also has some noble hop notes. Malt profile shows notes of grain and unsalted crackers, and is very clean. Intriguing for sure.

Flavor-Clean and crisp malt shows up first, with grainy, crackery flavors. Moderately strong hop flavors follow, first floral and noble, then catty, citric, and piney, and then again floral on the way out, with moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste is distinctly hoppy (floral and noble), with a slight hint of malt sweetness. On the whole, I find it rather enjoyable.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the tongue but is not astringent.

I think this is a pretty damn good summer seasonal-it reminds me a little bit of Victory's Prima Pils with some American hops tossed in. Yummy, thirst quenching, and easy drinking. I'll definitely be drinking this one again. (1,103 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best by date of 12/13/11? as i recall.
A: pale straw gold, clear. bone-white head dissipates to a ring of lace.
S: pale, biscuity, doughy malts and noble hops-lemony, grassy, earthy/spicy.
T: very refreshing. lighlty sweet bready malts are smoothly cleaned out by a smooth hop bitterness. finishes crisp and dry.
M: light bodied but not overly so, frothy. begs another sip in the hot weather.
O: really liked this but would have loved it with different hops-citra or amarillo possibly. (485 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 DrinkSlurm
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Nice inch thick white foamy head sits on a golden color. Really fantastic hop grassy crisp grain aroma. Nice crisp malty flavor with great floral and fruity notes. Its very well balanced and a super easy drinker. One of my go to summer session brews. Wish they would make a double version...
You really never find this much flavor in a blonde too often. (384 characters)

Photo of CMG-PSU
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Again... these summer brews are so good I'd drink them all year round! I do concede this particular brew is particularly good - outside -&- hot - very refreshing with a grapefruit finish. (187 characters)

Photo of lostinfla
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very pleasantly suprised with this one!

Bottle into a pint glass. Quickly dissappearing white head that left a nice lacey ring behind. Color was as advertised - blond and very clear with very small, tight carbonation bubbles.
The smell caught me right away - great pine / citrus aroma with just enough malt to make it great. Very fresh smelling !
Taste was smooth with just the right amount of bite that lingered for a few seconds but was not at all overwhelming. Light bodied and went down easy.
This one is exactly what the doctor ordered for summertime quaffing. Light, piney and easy to enjoy! (598 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Can’t find a bottle date, but since it’s nearly November this one might be past its prime.

A: I can see why this is a blonde! Very pale hazy straw color. Nice white head with big bubbles and lots of lacing.

S: Some grassiness and tropical fruit...apricot and mango. Some spiciness. Really a nice smelling beer.

T: Well if it’s past its prime then I can’t really tell. Everything from the aroma comes into play in the flavor, plus there’s a good amount of bready grain added.

M: It’s nicely refreshing and makes you want to take another sip. Finish is a tad dry which I think is part of what draws me into wanting to immediately take another drink. On the watery side with some nice scrubbing bubbles.

O: I had this on draft over the summer with some oysters and was surprised by how much I liked it. I’ll be picking this up again when the warm weather returns. (912 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color. White head with ok retention and some lace strings. Many many little rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet fresh grains and citrus in the background. Smells juicy but not nessecarily with fruitiness. Very simple yet well done. Clean, crisp and super fresh.

T: Matching the smell very well, the taste is packed with fresh grains, some citrus and also peppery spice.

M: Nice smooth, swirly feeling beer. Body is on the medium side. Texture is a weee bit resinsy-dry feeling.

O: A solid choice for an outside pleasant weather beer. (555 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow, clear body, and stark white head.

The smell is light fresh grass and floral hops, with a strong grain malt presence.

Nice and bright flavors. The scale tips slightly on the malt side. The malts are grainy and buttery. The hops are grassy.

Mouthfeel is extremely crisp and refreshing. It has a light body and really makes this a perfect hot weather beer.

This may have become my summer grass cutting beer this year. It's not something I'd pick if I'm sitting down to really get into a beer, but it's perfect for bbqs or working outside. (563 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a light gold with a small white head. Fairly good retention.

Smells like lemon and bready malts.

Taste is a lot bigger than I expected. Great lemon/citrus hop flavor with a touch of bread throughout. Finishes spicy and very crisp and clean. Almost more of a characteristic of a good German pils.

Mouthfeel is very light with high carbonation levels.

Overall a very refreshing crisp beer. I've heard good things about this and wasn't disappointed. One of the better summer beers I've had. Definitely more flavor than your average summer ale. (549 characters)

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.