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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,218 Ratings
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Ratings: 1218
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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plfahey

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 05:46:29 | More by plfahey
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Sunny golden hued with a tight white cap that sags quickly towards the liquid and leaves spotty lacework.
Grainy nose with toasted, flaky bread notes, and a flash of honeyed graham sweetness. Hops bring earthy herbs and lemon rinds.
It rushes through the mouth with a semi-sweet Frosted Flakes burst, then settles towards lightly toasty bread. Hops are modest, but add slaking peppery and lemongrass notes.
Light bodied with a uppity carbonation that settles out over time. Though that's not much of an issue as it's hard to do anything other than pound these back. Call it a lawnmower beer and I'd cut the grass more often. It's supremely refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 06:15:36 | More by cokes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review this is the #3 top American Blonde Ale on the beeradvocate best of lists. Purchased a 6 pack at D'vines in Washington DC, served in a DFH signature glass.

Beer is yellow and clear, soft white head of small and medium bubbles, steady moderate carbonation, some lacing, looks really nice.

Aroma is mildly grainy, a little sweet, a little hoppy, earthy, mild pine perhaps. Smells fine.

Beer is thin with a mild sweetness up front, pilsen type sweetness, I don't know what malts were used but they are present in the forward. It has a mild earthiness to it, not unpleasant but light overall, watery body with a back bitterness that isn't the best with the malt bill and a mild aftertaste of grain. It isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, just not my favorite.

This brings me close to one of the reviewing goals on beeradvocate. With the exception of kvas (KVAS!!!) I have reviewed a top 3 beer from 103/104 styles on beeradvocate. Hooray me.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 00:05:23 | More by drabmuh
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aficionado

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very little aroma, but it has a great refreshing flavor with tons of balance. More than you would expect given the translucent yellow body and low abv%. Just the right amount of sweet to balance the hops. Sweet German 2-row pils malt, grassy hops, lemon, dry apple, and crisp grain. High carbonation and light body. Highly drinkable. One of my favorite Summer beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 23:05:09 | More by aficionado
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide chimay glass; color is pale straw, gold; off white head that laces lightly.

Smell is a mix of grains and grassy, citrusy hops, nice scents; good mix of bitter and sweetness. Malt sweetness tends to smooth pilsner side with hop notes of citrus, lemon and grass.

Taste is a grainy malt sweetness front, with solid bitter hop finish; hope notes are similar to the scent with a touch of pine, but heavy on floral, grassy and citrus.

Mouthfeel is just a touch strong on the tongue from the solid bitterness, but it rounds out and finishes smooth.

Overall, a very nicely done summer brew, soild malt and hop flavors and scents.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:07:44 | More by mvanaskie13
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

For the style, this is very good. Pours a pale golden with excellent clarity and a decent head that sticks around as a cap. Some scant lacing. Light breadiness in the nose, a touch of lemony citrus, and some yeastiness. Pretty light. The taste is similar to the aroma, with some light breadiness, a touch of citrus, and some leafy bitterness as well. Smooth, a bit soft, and some light, late fruitiness on the finish. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:20:53 | More by Georgiabeer
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a very faintly clouded straw yellow, cap of fizzy white head gone quickly. Scent is clean and mild, notes of sweet malt, fresh dried grain, lemon, lightly floral and faintly herbal. Taste follows scent, clean and refreshing, faintly sweet and faintly lemony, touches of fresh grain, flowers and vague minty/herbal touch at the end. Lighter side of medium, moderately high carbonation. While neither bold nor standout in any one area, it is a great refreshing beer for the summer, if more widely available a case of this would be my regular tailgate/BBQ beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 15:02:59 | More by rfgetz
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prototypic

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer Love is light yellow or straw color. It’s very clear and looks light gold when held to light. A white head tops it, and rises to about a finger and a half in height. It recedes to a surface covering rather quickly, but leaves a moderate web of sticky lace behind.

The nose is good. It kicks off with grainy notes. They’re fairly prominent throughout. A whiff of sweet malt follows. Lemon is noted about midway through. Hops are more prominent than you might expect. They smell quite grassy and floral. There’s a bit of a spicy scent that I can’t quite put my finger on. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. It’s rather straight forward and simple, but it smells good.

The flavor is likewise good. It’s a little sweet and malty up front. Grainy, grassy, and earthy notes emerge and resonate throughout. In part, hops are responsible for some of those flavors. Noble hops are definitely in the mix. Their classic grassy, floral flavor is strong. They add a bit of a bitter kick, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s just enough to make things really buzz. Alcohol is buried. Finishes grassy, a little bitter, and dry.

Summer Love has a light-medium body. Carbonation is quite active, and is a little buzzy. It’s not quite smooth, but it does go down easily. I could gladly handle a few of these.

Victory Brewing seems to be heading in an interesting direction releasing beers such as Summer Love and Headwaters Pale Ale. Rather than going more extreme, they seem to be going for more mass market appeal with smaller, simpler, more drinkable beers. I’m good with that. Summer Love is good beer (as is Headwaters). Summer Love really is a nice, drinkable beer to kick back with this time of year. I’m enjoying it. Easy recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 03:05:15 | More by prototypic
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear, dark yellow color, with a finger of foam that fizzles away pretty quickly. There is a nice noble hop aroma in the nose.

First sip is... refreshing! There is a tiny bit of hop flavor that really imparts a nice flavor to this beer. Certainly hoppier than most Blonde Ales. Solid malt backbone, but this finishes refreshingly dry and crisp.

This is a very good Blonde ale. Some bonus points for being in a category that is filled with many sub-par beers. Hops may not quite be to style, but they certainly add a great element to this beer. Would get again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 04:15:20 | More by FickleBeast
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tgorgz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Into a standard pint glass.

A: Straw coloured, with loads of carbonation and thick head that stays well- characteristics of a standard blonde ale.

S: Straw, some floral notes with bits of citrus. I'm getting alot of lemon and, strange as this may sound, something that resembles Juicy Fruit Gum.

T: Initially sweet, with a bite from the alcohol, followed by bitter as it moves across the palate. Balanced throughout, however. Specifically, I'm getting some hay and citrus (lemon), followed by that Juicy-fruit aftertaste- which I'm not feeling as much.

M: Light, crisp, very refreshing. The carbonation pleasingly dances on the tongue, accentuating the bitterness and hay notes.

O: A very drinkable beer- I could definitely have a few of these at the ballpark and enjoy life. This is one I feel comfortable drinking more quickly, and something to be enjoyed for beer's sake.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 23:59:41 | More by tgorgz
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap.

Earthy floral hop aroma with hints of grass, straw, hay and pale malt. Subtle spice along with some crisp, light and citrus fruit.

Medium bodied with a good balance of floral, bitter hops, pale malt, spice and fruit notes. Crisp hop bite up front that provides some dry bitterness and compliments the earthy grass and straw notes. This is countered by the sweet malt and hints of apple, pear and lemon. Well balanced and easy to drink, especially during the warmer months. I was a little nervous by the initial appearance but this beer is pretty complex and flavorful. Pretty nice for this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 06:28:34 | More by corby112
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MrOH

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow with a single finger of thick white head. Pretty good retention. Nice slippery rings of lace.

Citrusy american hops, some grass, pungent. A bit of nondescript malt underneath.

Light citrus hops, clean malt flavor, crisp finish. Absolutely perfect for a summer beer.

Light bodied, good carbonation.

I wish this was as cheap as Bud, I'd drink it all G-D summer long. The best commercial lawnmower beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:17:00 | More by MrOH
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice golden color with a 1 finger bubbly head. Head faded to a 1/8", but clung to the sides very well and was constantly refreshed from a reasonable amount of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was hoppy with a tad of sweetness, maybe vanilla and bananas. Pleasant, not overpowering in any shape or form. Taste was fairly plain, not much flavor at all. Very faint touch of lactose type sweet upfront, but that quickly gave way to a hoppy bitterness. The bitter faded with time, but wasn't replaced with much of anything. Felt a little watery in the mouth, and the carbonation was a bit sharp and overpowering tickling the tongue. Overall was a bit on the mediocre side. Not what I would imagine a summer beer to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 22:08:05 | More by mountdew1
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Kshock

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright straw yellow with little to no head on it. slight lacing around the brim of the glass. looks like an avg blonde ale.

S- Nice malty sweetness with slightly earthy euro hops, smells really dry too. Almost has some fruity belgian yeast character.

T- Earthy dry bitterness. Has the taste of lager yeast, reminds me way more of a kolsch than a blond. Not really stoked on this beer.

M- This is where this beer almost saves itself by having a nice light mouthfeel, but thats to be expected from a light summer style.

O- Pass the Festina peche please

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 20:07:37 | More by Kshock
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Stunner97

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- yellow and clear, white head quickly fades, non impressive

Smell- slight fruit notes, mild nose, wheat mild hops, not overwhelming nose

Taste- overall flavor is just really mostly just dominate by hop bitterness riding through the mid palate and the finish, very light in terms of malt and other flavors, non complex,

Mouthfeel-very overally light and rather crisp

Drinkability/overall- its easy to drink but overally simple i would say just really one dimensional, its just a very simple hoppy beer that lacked a malt backbone which i guess makes sense for the style but just certainly nothing that wows you, inoffensive but a pass for me

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 04:21:03 | More by Stunner97
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riversider76

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a nice white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.Lots of bubbles. Aroma is of tart fruit with a hint of piney hops.Nice, but a bit weak. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is a good balance of floral hops and malts.Light bitterness. Very nice Summer(or anytime) beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:17:51 | More by riversider76
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TexIndy

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was some codes on the bottom of the bottle that I believe decipher into a May 15th bottling which makes sense as I got this the week it hit the market here. It was a palish yellow color with lots of carb bubbles. It had an average sized, fizzy head that settled into a good collar and covering film. Moderate quick sliding lace with a little sticking.

The aroma was pale malts, grainy, grassy and a little lemon rind. Strong on the Noble hops for a blonde. Taste follows the aroma with crisp hop bite alongside the pale malts. Just a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a good hoppy blonde that went down smooth on this 102 degree afternoon. Still prefer a good wit on a hot day but this wasn't bad. Avail here in TX. Rotation - glad I tried it but one is probably enough for me with maybe at least one tap try. [N;O]

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:32:14 | More by TexIndy
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 18:57:10 | More by DrJay
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UDbeernut

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: straw yellow, 1/2" head with poor retention. Thin lacing cap.

S: mellow sweetness, slight lemon

T: hop bitterness is more previlent than expected. Slight citrus and flower. Light sweetness cuts through the bitterness to a point.

M: light bodied, slightly sticky and drying

O: decent beer, the bitterness sets it apart from most blonds, feels like an apa made with pilsner malt.

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:00:50 | More by UDbeernut
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:18:46 | More by Vonerichs
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Light straw yellow in color with poerfect clarity. Poured with a dense, foamy white head that reduced to a thick wispy cap. Big floral hop aromas up front with buttery and biscuity malt aromas beneath. Medium bodied with refreshing, tangy carbonation. Intense fLoral hop flavors that slowly taper from beginning to end with a light biscuity malt aroma. Would have liked a bit more malt presence. Finishes very clean with just a hint of bitterness. A good refreshing summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 22:12:15 | More by IronLover
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No codes to be found on bottle. Neat label art.

Pours crystal-clear, lite-yellow. A very slightly off-white head patches the glass well. Smell is mild biscuit and mineral. A decent amount of noble bitterness at the top, dissolving into that mild malt base, including the mineral. Aftertaste is grassy and bitter, even a tad sour. An easy drinker. Tastes like a light beer, but that's alright for summer..

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:20:24 | More by sixerofelixir
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear pale yellow with 1 finger head. Very pilsner-like in appearance.

Smell - Straw and lemon notes. Very nice!

Taste - Very excellent and refreshing. Definitely steals alot of the flavor from the Prima Pils but the hop bite isn't as pronounced. Superb flavor and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - light and pilsner-like

Overall - I love this beer. Probably the first "summer ale" seasonal beer for summer that I really think is outstanding. Most others are blah, but this one is really well made in flavor, drinkability and great for warm weather consumption.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:01:32 | More by bubseymour
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yesyouam

New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 14:04:19 | More by yesyouam
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
With a normal pour, this brew formed a massive foamy head. Yellow/gold in color with high clarity. Smell is somewhat nuetral and muted. A little bit of sweet malt scent. Flavor is much better than the nose. The palate is balanced nicely between sweet malts and citrus hops. There is also a noticeable twang that separates this ale from pilsners. Finishes crisp with a soft hop bitterness. Pretty nice summer ale here and is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 14:38:15 | More by JunkYardJake
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
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