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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,217 Ratings
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Ratings: 1217
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010)
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a bright golden straw color. clear, with white 1/2" head that fades. aroma of light hops and lemon zest. taste has got more of a hop bite than most summer seasonals, yet it is still easy drinking. the citrus is there in the finish. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

overall, one of the better summer beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:32:37 | More by jmdrpi
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oline73

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head that fades quickly that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not a lot going on here. A crisp mildly sweet malt smell.

Taste: Nice and crisp. Bready malt up front with a nice mild bitterness in the finish. A nice summer drinking beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice beer to drink in the warm weather. Not a lot going on, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:28:34 | More by oline73
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack of this at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge over the weekend since I heard good things about this and this was one of the few summer beers available that I had yet to drink. This was really enjoyable for a Blonde and it was refreshing not only to have one of these during this hot weather, but to find something during the season that didn't feel watered down!

Nice gold hue to this with a head that lasted for quite a while to go along with it. The lacing and aroma weren't present but that's about all that this beer lacked. The mouthfeel and taste were one of the more amazing ones that I've had in any beer lately, as the straw that was felt up front slowly gave way to a slight wheat presence, followed by some banana and clove, and a finish of bright, grassy hops. Quite a few reviewers have said that this "tastes like summer" and amazingly, that's a good way to put it. The balance and carbonation are there but the latter isn't strong enough to detract from the flavor.

Even if this was a bit stronger in the alcohol department, I could have easily had another one in my sitting. This beer reminded me of sunny days and a fresh-cut lawn without the humidity and dehydration that ruins so many outdoor ventures in the Summer. If you're a fan lighter beers that don't taste light or a seasonal worthy of you're hard-earned money, you owe it to yourself to go out and get this. It is that good!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 14:49:38 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly clear yellow/gold with a bright-white head that leaves almost no lacing. Faint touches of carbonation pull through the beer, but it's not bursting with carbonation.

Smell: Apple, cereal grains, and something akin to wheat jump to the forefront. The hops are mild at best, and add a slight citrus touch to the back. It's pretty mellow overall. A little sweetness sneaks through, but it's a nice compliment to the cereal grains.

Taste: Incredibly delicate on the tongue. The finish is a nice crisp bread with some floral and citrus notes layered throughout. The other malts in the back provide a slight sweetness that prevent the beer from becoming one-dimensional bread flavor. As in the nose, a faint touch of apple sneaks through.

Mouthfeel: A little thin overall. The carbonation came through at a nice level, but the beer sat thin. A little dry on the front, but that's it.

Overall: A very solid summer beer when you're looking to break from the wheat/fruit thing. It's clean, crisp, and refreshing. Definitely another solid beer in the Victory lineup.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 05:22:28 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin white cap throughout. The nose brings a bit of light citrus hops and a slight floral character. Light grain is there as well. Flavor is slightly bready and grainy with some slight hop flavor. Body is light and crisp with good carbonation and a light bitterness to the finish. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:35:23 | More by Thorpe429
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:25:43 | More by Slatetank
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle,,liked the label

A- poured a clear yellow color with a white 1 finger head a decent amount of lacing on this one

S- is like a pils with noble floral hops then baked bread and sweet malts

T- very good its floral citrus hops 1st with sweet caramel malts a nice baked bread finish,trace of lemon

M- crisp and tasty with good carbonation,floral hops

O- a great summer brew that drinks like a pils nice crisp flavor highly drinkable and tasty..like a prima pils light to me

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:24:21 | More by gatornation
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JMad

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DRank this from an English pub glass...

The beer is a pale yellow with a thin white head. I really don't know how to describe this smell, it is very funky and fruity, I could smell peach and mango with a light citrus accent. The taste has a very different bitterness, it is lemony and funky with flavors of mango and a bready finish. The beer is light with good moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. This is a perfect summer beer for me, lots of interesting hop flavor and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 02:10:33 | More by JMad
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fsvan

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass on a hot, hot summer afternoon. Cool label, with summer things on it. Baseball, fishin', girl in bikini, etc.

A- Pale, straw yellow. Nice carbonation leading to white head that sits at half a finger or so.

S- Nice cracker-like malt. A tinge of hop bitterness. If someone told me this was a pils, from the smell and appearance of it, I wouldn't argue.

T- It has a pils like cracker quality in taste, but it isn't as pronounced as in a pils, or as in the nose. There's a light fruitiness on the finish that is very hard to nail down.

M- Nice and light. Easy drinking. Just how it should be.

O- I try to review beers by style, and this is a very nice, light, flavorful summer beer. As the bottle implies, this would be perfect for a summer pic nic, day at the beach or ball park, etc.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 20:00:30 | More by fsvan
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice light yellow color that produced a very nice 2-finger, foamy head that was decently retained. The aroma of the beer was a little weaker than expected, but still good...some citrus hops mixed together with a bready component. The taste of the beer is of the quality that one would expect from this brewery, a nice strong flavor that follows the nose well. A nice does of fruitiness and bready malts. The beer was crisp, clean and very enjoyable as I sat on my back porch in the 100 degree heat of Georgia in the summer. The beer did finish with a light bitterness and I did feel that the beer was perhaps a bit over-carbonated, but it did not really detract from the enjoyment of the beer. Overall, as stated before, another quality beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 15:25:11 | More by PhillyStyle
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9InchNails

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler into a pint glass that I got filled from Joe Canal's Liquor outlet.

Light straw body color with a very white foamy head. Slow moving sporadic bubbles.

Mostly citrus hops with a background of bread. Not bad smelling at all.

Wow! Very tasty! Citrus hops upfront, some pine, fruity sweetness pops in the middle with breadiness at the end. I detect a little bit of pepper, maybe? This is a quality tasty brew!

Light body, easy drinking, feels nice in the mouth. Medium to high carbonation but doesn't disrupt the feel.

What a refreshing brew! Very tasty! So easy to drink, I had to tell myself not to drink it all up in one sitting. Probably the best summer seasonal this year!

Serving type: growler

07-23-2011 03:12:13 | More by 9InchNails
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shand

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours fairly clear golden blonde color with a tiny cap. The aroma is bready hops, citrus, and hops. It never quite comes together properly, there's really no synergy on the nose. The taste is better, there's nice grassy and floral hops, some lemon, and bready malts. Very refreshing, with a nice hop kick. The mouthfeel is solid, it's well-carbonated and goes down easily. The drinkability is quite good, this one is really easy to drink. Overall, an enjoyable summer beer from Victory, it's delicious, easy-drinking, and has a nice hop kick to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:37:48 | More by shand
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 17:08:09 | More by MrMcGibblets
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cagocubs

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass

A: Pours a clear gold. Very little carbonation. Nice thick white foamy head that lingers and laces.

S: Real earthy. Grassy. Hops and some citrus. A little odd.

T: You get a kick of juicy subdued hops, citrus, and sweet finish. Bready aftertaste. Starts bitter with hops and ends bready/sweet.

M: Lighter body. Dry finish. Crisp.

O: I was expecting a little more out of Victory for this one. I'm a fan of this brewery, but I would seek other brews for a Blonde.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 03:40:39 | More by cagocubs
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farrago

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little less than a finger of clean white foam, mostly smaller to medium sized bubbles, above average retention for what head is there, in turn the lacing is wispy but lingers in thin lines across the glass sides. Bright golden colored liquid with loose bubbles percolating throughout, light metallic reflective sheen, no real hue change at the rims or glass bottom. The nose is full of pepper, rye, pumpernickel and then dried flowers, dried oranges, lemongrass and a forgiving overall herbal bite, hints of apricot or peach fruit, while there’s no clear malty sweet element it doesn’t seem one-sided. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has some serious churn to it and gives it more energy than creaminess. Lots of green matter, earth and twigs/bark while remaining quaffable and never bitter. Pepper and some cumin to coriander, the flowers and mixed white citrus too dry to soak in. Pear, peach, apricot fruit more skin and pit than juice. Unprocessed grains and wheat germ around. When it’s ice cold it is thirst slaking and has the scrubbing power to remind you it’s there with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:57:25 | More by farrago
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a surprising departure from the standard blue background Victory fare. Hot chicks, baseball and ice cream...what more could you ask for? Pours clear with a bubbly white head. Fades pretty slowly and leaves a nice collar.

Nose is juicy citric hoppiness with a lemony-ganja twist. Grains are light and...well...grainy. Some tropical aromas are there too, mangoes, papayas and pineapple even. Very good nose, and certainly one of the better blonde ale aromas, though if I would have guessed before looking here, it would have been APA.

Grainy and biscuit malts play second fiddle to the tantalizingly fresh spectrum of hop characteristics. Flows nicely from juicy flavoring hops to substantial bitterness at the end. Very refreshing, a summer blonde ale with personality and bite. Hops show some saaz-y-ness with a little warming and the beer is not totally unlike Prima. I would not get bored drinking a sixer of this at a BBQ or other summertime gathering. Victory has brought a few tasty new treats to Tx lately, and I thank ye for it!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 23:44:29 | More by twiggamortis420
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JNewbs

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold, clear, some lacing but not too much. Fairly standard though I expected a little haze.

S - Definitely had a little funk. Mild citrus, light hops and some grassy notes.

T - A little bit light in this department. I expected a strong flavor but just got a little bit of sweet fruitiness and some light hops.

M - Light body, but had a nice crisp finish. Lots of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 19:37:46 | More by JNewbs
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a transparent pale golden color. Vigorous bubbles dance in the glass. A big, fluffy, off-white cap forms and retains. The head really sticks around. Moderate lacing.

S-Pale malts and some fresh yet light hops. The hops are clean and floral. A tad sweet. A bit of soapiness too. Lemons too. Not bad.

T-The taste is quite crisp. It has two separate components. First, a decent punch of Pilsner-like hops hits the palate. Following the hops comes a soft, sweet finish.Still remains quite crisp however. A biscuity tone as well.

M-The feel is good but not the highlight of the beer. The carbonation is surprisingly mellow.

O/D-For a summer Blonde Ale, I will compare it to Ipswich Summer. I personally find Ipswich Summer to be the superior brew. I enjoy the hop flavors more in the Ipswich. I also think that the mouthfeel here is not as good as it could be. Summer brews need a good feel, and this one is adequate at best. Not bad, not very memorable, glad I only bought a single.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:57:19 | More by VelvetExtract
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Kuromaru

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance--Pours a totally clear, light golden, with very little head (maybe about 1/2 finger at best), leaving just a touch of lacing.

Smell--The hop presence is big and lasting. I didn't get anything very complicated here; just a little spice, a touch of citrus, swimming around in the hoppy nose.

Mouthfeel--Bubbly, effervescent, and light. Very good carbonation, though the feel is a bit watery. There is a distinctly dry finish.

Taste--Just like the nose, this beer retains the strong hop presence throughout. Again, nothing at all complicated; big hops up front with a touch of spice and a tad of yeast in the background.

Overall--This, to me, is something along the lines of a "light IPA." It's simple, refreshing, and just different enough to stand out from other summer offerings. Unfortunately, the big hoppiness is just a bit distracting for a refreshing, simple summer beer, at least for my taste. (I will qualify this by saying that I generally prefer malty beers over hoppy ones.) Very much worth trying, just not a home run.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 15:09:45 | More by Kuromaru
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cbo2122

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 19:31:35 | More by cbo2122
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nickfl

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves only a touch of lace.

S - Lots of spices, pepper, ginger, coriander, and lemon zest with some soft, beady malt in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some vanilla and perhaps a bit of wheat. Spices show up in the middle as pepper and ginger combine with the soft malt. It finishes with more grainy malt and moderate bitterness as well as a lingering coriander note in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - A pretty standard summer ale. The spice character is quite nice in the aroma but becomes dull and a bit stale tasting in the flavor profile. Still, there are some malt and hop characteristics to help make up for the shortcomings of the spice flavor and it is a reasonably drinkable beer, overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 06:01:54 | More by nickfl
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up a few days ago and drank a few, so I'd better try to get a review in while I still have some.

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden yellow color with a 1/4" head of creamy white bubbles that didn't have too many bubbles rising to push it up, so it fell to a pretty solid ring within about 45 seconds or so.

Aroma: I initially got quite a bit of sweetness with some mild grainy notes, but once the head fell, you could really pick out the hops. There is a healthy dose of American hops in the later additions of their boil as they are fresh on the nose. It has a very inviting aroma.

Taste: The flavor is more bitter than I was expecting from the aroma. The hops are also a big player up front, but they pretty much stick with you the whole time to make the finish balanced slightly toward the bitter as well. There is a little bit of grainy sweetness in there to give a bit of balance, but it doesn't come out in the flavor like it does in the aroma.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. The balance is a little hoppy in the flavor for my taste, but there are no fermentation flaws or anything...it is just a recipe thing. If you really dig hoppy beers, give this one a shot as it is pretty decent for a hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:44:04 | More by SkeeterHawk
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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, purchased a single because I wanted to try another Summer beer. This one obviously was created by some marketing wiz, because the label was very nostalgic. Although when poured it wasn't anything special, I gave high marks...because of the bottle. Go ahead, cut me down. I drank from the bottle, just like how I drink Mezcal.

Smell: The smell of cheap beer. Maybe some floral. I don't know. Definitely not impressed.

Taste: Definitely a light summer ale. Very light. It is what it is. Not too flavorful. You could definitely drink these all day, especially when at a ball game. (again, kudos to the ad wizards)

Mouthfeel: Light, definitely night. Floral, mild bitterness at the end. Again, these could go down like water.

Overall: Very drinkable. It is what it is. This beer should be a few bucks more than Coors/Bud/Miller. The label alone would make the sale. But if you want a flavorful complex beer (which sometimes is not needed in the summer heat), then you should look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 18:40:26 | More by righthereisay
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright medium gold with a fluffy white cap. Nose is bright and juicy, pleasant hops and some orange pulp, everything pleasantly restrained. Mouth is steadily and lightly bitter throughout, straightforward, through a fairly long finish. Light cereal grains and a touch of citrus. Light and pleasant, refreshing. Crisp and snappy, definitely has an edge like a pils but the nose is more pale ale.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2011 23:55:09 | More by JAXSON
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light gold with a substantial head, pretty representative of the style. Lacing forms throughout the tasting.
Smell: Grainy with an herbal, slightly spicy hop presence upon opening.
Taste: Grainy malts walk hand in hand with bittering hops. These hops have earthy, spicy attributes. A very mild alcohol warmth lingers long after the tasting. Finishes clean and somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium feel. Dryness upon finish.
Overall: Unique blonde ale- more hops than the typical blonde ale in my opinion. Not sure if this would serve as a optimal summer thirst-buster, but a good experience nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 02:33:20 | More by coalcracker
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.