Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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86
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403 Reviews
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Reviews: 403
Hads: 2,080
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 71
Gots: 430 | 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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Photo of cpl78
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One review said "grassy", there is no grass in this beer! But either way. I was able to enjoy this beer out of a bottle poured into a pint glass while sitting down to a nice cheese pizza. Nice clean yellow color with a small hop content. I got a hint of bananna, I could be wrong, but I may be right? Enjoyed the lite bodied mouthfeel to the beer. Not "wheat" heavy like some summer style beers. Nice & easy drinking summer ale. Thank you Victory. (447 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok - this is the summer of Blonde love for me...
Consumed 7/1
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, light golden/deep straw yellow color with a two finger of foamy, white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves intermitent rings of wispy lacing.

S: Nose is nose is grainy, grassy and piney with a some fruity notes.

T: Taste starts starts slight grassy that builds to stronger grassy notes with a mild mango taste. Some slight caramel malts come through that really bring out the fruit notes. Finish is a hay, earthy hop profile with a good dose of grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slickly, oily rich feel.

O: Goes down very easily, very tasty, somewhat filling, low kick, nice representation of style. Blondes are starting to make presence in the northeast which I welcome - far too little attention has been given to this style. This is totally one that I'd drink of this style on the regular! (952 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a summer seasonal with a plesantly hoppy finish and no wheat!

Pours a clear straw yellow with decent head and carbonation. Creamy but light mouthfeel is appropriate for a Blonde. The nice but expected bready aroma is followed by an unexpectedly pleasant taste. A refreshing, light citrus flavour with a lingering bitter finish. Love the hops!

Enjoyed my first pint on draught in PA tonight and will seek out again whenever possible.. (445 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 CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw yellow with a medium, pure white head that quickly gives way to only a faint lacing.

Aromas are a bit wheat-like with a pine, resiny hop kick. In addition, there are some malt aromas similar to a lager and straw as well.

The flavor is crisp and features similar straw and grass notes, a bit piney, and also featuring noble hops.

Light in body with a crisp finish and medium carbonation.

This is a nice example of the style with just enough character to keep it in the style but not at all lacking. (522 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 srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light clear straw. White head is gone quick. Lots of cling hanging on.

S - First whiff cat pee. Malt and cat pee.

T - Nice solid malt front and the cat pee turns into a musky bitterness.

M - Thinner than I had hoped, good carb, balance is kinda crazy.

D - Easy drinker with low ABV. I like it. (301 characters)

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright golden yellow color slightly darker than a Pils. There is a 1/4” head that recedes relatively soon but leaves a ring and speckles of lacing. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing for the first half of the beer and the ring persists longer.

Smell: The aromas include some light malt, some floral and earthiness from the hops. The earthy aroma is also seems to contain a touch of lemon zest.

Taste: The flavors are quite nice here in that the initial impression is of a sweet malt that soon gives way to a growing hop presence that includes some floral notes, some light traces of earthiness and pepper and a touch of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is fairly long and emphasizes the hops but the light “kick” from the hops is soft and pleasant and dry at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I initially wasn’t expecting much from this beer but was quite pleased at how much I enjoyed it. It was both something nice to drink on its own, and I’ll be happy to do so again, and it was a pleasure to pair with food. My overall impression is that this is a winner. While it may not be world class it is quite good, quite enjoyable, and I’ll be having it again. Definitely a beer for a summer party and to enjoy with a light meal. (1,501 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, spices, hops, malts,

taste: citrus, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice summertime beer. just an unusual flavor profile for the style. Glad I got to try it.

Cheers,
The CPJ (302 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 cokes
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of aficionado
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,749 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine victory draft in my authentic victory growler. Had this in the bottle version and was eager to try on draft.

Pours with a nice honey straw color with an abundance of fluffy white head. It's thick like a shake and is never ending.
Very clear but not very well carbonated.

A nicely aromatic beer with plenty of hop pop of the floral type. Malts are pale and sweet.

Pleasent tasting of balanced goodness.
Hops are sutle in flavor sportingclean floral notes perhaps noble.
Malts are sweet pale and good with a grainy or ceral finish.

Decent mouthfeel with a slight puckering at finish. Semi dry and bitter.

Think APA if deciding to buy.
There's alot of average to ... blondes but this babay kicks the pants off anything to date.
Like a Ryan Howard slam outta here.

Musically I'd pair this beer with second chance by Peter Bjorn and John (851 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of tgorgz
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with decent head.

Nose is subdued with some straw and slight citrus.

Taste is right away refreshing. Quite refreshing. Easy to drink and light on the palate. This goes over well and gives a nice overall feel. Medium bodied and has a nice hop bite. Good amounts of citrus hops add to the compexity.

Very drinkable to say the least. Really pushes the American Blonde Ale category and bridges on the gap of APA in general. It is quite easy to put back a few of these. Summer love indeed. (508 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (737 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 MrOH
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (731 characters)

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