Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 403
Hads: 2,082
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 71
Gots: 433 | 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 Bone53
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Claddaghs

Appearance: pale golden straw color with a one finger white head

Smell: funky malt, lemon zest, grassy

Taste: funky malts upfront with a lemony hop finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with a bitter finish

Overall: Nothing to write home about. I found this to be quite funky with the hops not even able to mask it. I typically enjoy everything Victory does, but this is an exception. I'm gonna pretend I never had this offering. I'll stick to blonde women instead (480 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a crystal clear golden straw color with a thin layer of head that dissipated rapidly. The nose is lightly malty and the maltiness is also lightly present in the flavor profile. This offering is light-bodied. The finish has a semi-dry bitterness from the hops which appears to grow more hoppy as one moves down the glass. (334 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date, but I assume from this year) served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow. Thin persistent white head, with sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Light lemon with some hints of fresh cut tropical fruit....maybe papaya.

Taste: Mildly tart crisp lemon up front, cracker-like malt in the middle, earthy noble hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, not sticky on the teeth, smooth and just a bit thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: The tart crispness with the very German style finish makes me think of a beer that is part pilsner, part US citrusy hops. The overall effect is something that is very refreshing and tasty, and something that pairs well with a lot of different flavors. Went very well with a burger and roasted vegetables (beets and potatoes). I'll have to seek this one out again - very drinkable and I wouldn't mind having a larger glass of it. (923 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 12 OCT 2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden blonde with a thin white head and decent carbonation.

Smell: Fruity tropical hop aroma complemented by sweet pale malt aroma. Slightly muted grassy aroma possibly from Tettnanger hops.

Taste: Thin hop flavor. Grassy, a little bitter, and overall muted. Some sweetness from the pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied despite the lighter flavor profile.

Overall: I liked the composition of the Hop Ticket Session IPA better than Summer Love. This tastes a little thin to me. (581 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 27, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow to golden with a short-lived fizzy white head that becomes nothing in short order.

The aroma has a breaded malt character mostly with the grassy and slightly floral hops coming up from behind. But there is also something that reminds me of river water.

Light to medium body.

The grassy and slightly floral hops are more forward in the flavor with a toasted malt character right off the bat. Lingering finish. (490 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 twistwrist
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll be honest, I'm not a natural summer-beer lover. I prefer the deeper, more complex flavors of autumn and winter brews. I lean toward higher-gravity beers, so that is yet another turnoff for me regarding summery types. That said, this beer was not bad for a 5.2%, Summer Ale. It doesn't taste quite as light as most beers of this season. There is a distinctively bitter aftertaste that causes me to be of the opinion that this beer is not as refreshing as a commonplace summer brew, but it is a damn good beer for a summer/autumn hybrid. ;) (543 characters)

Photo of pcrochunis
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Flavor of the Season INDEED. This american Blonde Ale is quite refreshening after an afternoon of grueling lawn mowing. Its golden amber color signifies the refreshment of youth, like that of a child's first alcoholic beverage. But the burliness of the hops reminds you that this beer is not for a child but for a man of great wisdom. With a minute hint of citrus, heaping amount of hops, and arouma that is suited for the gods, one would be a fool not to consume. (464 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 nicholas2121
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Summer Love brewed by Victory Brewing Company with an ABV 0f 5.2. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. This is an an filtered brew. To me it looks like an wheat brew. The smell is sweet and crisp. I'm picking up citrus and grains. This brew has a nice smell to it. The taste is bitter. There is a lot of hops to this brew. That is what the bitterness is coming from. After half way down it gets better. The taste is ok and I'm leaving it at that. Mouthfeel is nice and clean with a bitterness of hops. Summer Love does have some smoothness to it. overall I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5. Not the best I've had but not the worst I've had. (671 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice clear golden yellow with a thick white head that leaves a nice lacing. Looks great.

Smell: Citrusy, floral, some hops.

Taste: Great test right off the bat. Floral comes first, then some citrus and hops. Matches the smell.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: This is a great summer beer for me. I am a big fan. Easy to drink and reminds me of the summer. I will definitely have it again. (457 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company, a strong seller at my local craft retailer. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.25 finger thick head, knockout lacing. Blondish amber body, how fitting.

Smells floral and citrusy

I taste floral,citrus notes with surefire hop bitterness. Also includes a general herbiness about it. Very clean finish here. This is great for my lower IBU tolerance as of this review.

As I mentioned above, a crisp and clean finish. Hop taste lingers for a very brief moment before going away.

A 3.5 overall for Summer Love, this will be a staple in my fridge these next few months. I will buy this brew again (661 characters)

Photo of crag
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If Victory was to make a "lawnmower" beer this would be it. Total thirst quencher. A high degree of drink-ability. Perfect for a hot mid summer cool down. Yes, it's an ale but compared to Victory's other offerings thus beer is muted which will make it appealing to the lager crowds and dare I say even the mainstream Budweiser swilling types. (342 characters)

Photo of clh323
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really simple, I like this beer. It's pour, it's smell and it's taste. It is to me what a American summer ale should taste like. Nice job Victory. Hard to find here in northeast Ohio so I bought all they had which was basically a case. Ordering me some more though. Have others to try though but will gladly nurse these. (320 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 5.2% abv

Appearance- Light yellow with a bubbly 2 finger head. Quite clear.

Smell- A blend of sweet malt along with lemon.

Taste- A sourbread-like malt flavor that has some soapiness quality about it. The hints of lemon citrus from the nose follow into the taste. The flavor ends with hop bitterness and some pepper like spice as well. The malt is strong as it even is there in the finish. Much more malty than hoppy but this is as it should be for the style.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium and dry. The carbonation makes this beer alive on the palate.

Overall- Not too much unlike a German pilsener but has qualities of an ale to it such a the hops on the back end of the taste. As being new to the blond ale style, I thought this was refeshing due to the thinner body and lemon zest it has to it. I thought the malt up front was a bit bland however, though that does not detract too much from it. Not a bad offering from Victory. (958 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great looking blonde ale, yellow-tan and perfectly clear with plenty of rising bubbles and a big white head that had some staying power and left some lacing too.

Aroma is strangely odd, almost skunky but more like an actual skunk than a skunked beer, weirdly animalistic and heavily earthy, with some wet-dog funk. Flavor is a bit more hoppy with floral notes up front, some citrus (lemon peel) and a quite notable malt backbone, especially for a blonde ale.

Body is weirdly almost like a berliner weiss. Reasonably high carbonation keeps it bubbly.

A truly oddball and weird one. Now this was picked up as a single, so I only had one to base a review on. I'll try to pick it up again, and if there's anything not right about this particular bottle, I'll re-review the beer. But it doesn't seem like there's any infection or reason to not review the beer. The store that sold it generally takes good care of their beer. So for the moment, there you have it. (963 characters)

Photo of ZagZagg
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Willybecher Glass

A: Golden straw colored brew that produces a thin white head with moderate retention and meager lacing, appearance suggests filtering. High level of clarity allowing the light to pass readily - Looks light and refreshing, inviting onlookers to sip at a certain speed.

S: Initially yeasty bringing twangs of hop and lemon citrus. Light fresh florals impart a clean earthiness that is reminiscent of a garden in springtime. The nose combines a flirtatious citrus zest with mellow grounded golden malt. Overall very pleasing.

T: Opens softy with an all malt presentation, its clean and the carbonation is well suited. Ever so bitter hops elevate themselves on the palate showcasing wild flowers, citrus peel, and hints of coriander. The opening is pleasant, but has a hindered transition into the middle mouth. Mid mouth is slightly bland, dominated by the German malt and underwhelming hop presence. Arid notes of dry grass, clean ginger, juniper, bits of honey and yeast. Muted sweetness finishes off the flavors and departs with a parched astringency.

M: A highlight; sporting well suited carbonation and medium body that eloquently combine to yield a few clean, refreshing, and drinkable beer.

O: Never been a huge blonde fan. This beer has high drinkability and that’s its selling point in my opinion. The aroma is nice and it presents strongly, but fails to fully come to fruition. This brew is ideal for whetting the whistle and fits the bill for summer drinking. If you cross paths with this beer, plan on having a few, I don’t believe it’s meant for sipping. (1,615 characters)

Photo of ferociouswalrus
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had this in what seems to be its intended setting... at a picnic in a park by the water on one of the first nice days of summer. It did the trick, but wasn't anything particularly special. It has the same strong floral hoppiness going on as many other "summer" brews, though there isn't quite as much fruitiness as you sometimes get from blonde ales. One thing I'll say for it is it didn't lose flavor as I drank it, as some beers do on hot summer days. (453 characters)

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

(strangely, no best by date on label - poured into an Innis & Gunn stemmed fluted goblet)

A: clear-filtered sunshine yellow liquid with an open-structured, spongy white foam that lasts for a couple minutes after the initial pour... after the foam died a bit, the remaining pour brings a hilly crest above the glass, pillowy in form

S: soapy-flowery German hops come to the fore - I wanna say similar in character to their Hop Wallop - zesty, almost saffron spiciness in there as well (the Simcoe?)... background of lemon peel, and perhaps a faint pilsner malt deep down... the Citra may only provide a delicate, spruce-y highlight

T: zippy-hoppy up front, a touch of honeyish malt, and then it just drops off dry with that perfumy, soapy-floral element wafting on the palate... with subsequent sips, the spicy, piney, soft bitterness of the hops take over... the malt stays a bit back coming across with a mild, dry shortbread flavor... sort of a lemon meringue real late in the aftertaste

M: this drinks like a mix between a German and Czech pils - somewhat sharp-drop dryness mixed with a chalky-soft, fluffy, and fuller malt body... the hops seem to project a menthol cooling sensation

O: I feel like I've had this beer before - Victory tweaked some older recipe to create this... they do well with their German ingredients, adding a touch of this US hop and that... I could see drinking 2-3 of these at a BBQ this summer (1,429 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a little grassy, a little pilsner-y, a little bit of adjunct, but a decent brew and easy to drink. almost some kind of vegetal and fruit flavors in there too.... foamy white head, slightly sticking to the sides. do you ever wonder if 250 characters might be too many for some brews??? (284 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have had many times, most recently at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left.
S: Light biscuit malts up front. Then a bit of sweet malts, and lingering bitter and grassy hops.
T: Some caramel sweetness, some biscuit malts, plenty of lingering bitterness. Grassy, floral, lightly spicy. The bitterness is just a bit to abrasive and strong for me though
M/D: A light body with nice carbonation. Fairly smooth at the same time. Not hard to drink. I can put a few away in a sitting.

Not bad at all, but I find the bitterness a bit strong for my tastes. A good summer beer, but not one of my favorites from this brewery. (725 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Brown Bottle. Enjoy By on Bottle.

A: Pours a clear bright gold. Medium creamy white head. Small to zero retention,
with little lacing.

S: Floral hops. Spices. Wheat. Grains. Tea. Honey.

T/M: Hops. Bitter and spicy. Malts are grainy. Light citrus, orange and grapefruit.
Starts sweet then turns bitter with hops and spices. Has a cream feel at first but
the spices and hops soon take over making the feel more dry and bitter.

O: This Blonde Ale is leaning towards an IPA. Needs a lighter body if it wants to be
considered more than an average summer ale. It's still easy enough to drink on
those hot summer days. Taste is good.

Cheers! (649 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing tastes quite like summer like watermelon and hops. As soon as brewers figure out how to use either of these in all summertime beers then the better off our summers will be. Hey, wait- here's one...

Summer Love pours like the style's namesake perscribes- golden. And bright golden at that. Showing off those bright and shiny rays, this sunny beer sheds a creamy stark-white head and slathers the glass with random speckled lacing. Its long retention speaks slightly to the world of IPA.

Aromas of tea and cannabis leap out immediately, and with a quick follow of tobacco and marmalade. Its "blonde" character offers a tepid honey and grain support that ties all those earthy and fruity scents together.

Yet inversely, its that melange of grain, malt and honey that greets the palate first, buffering it from the spicy hops that follow. First, a citrusy component grows with pink grapefruit, oranges, juniper and lemon. As the taste turns to bitter- a spicy, woodsy and peppery notion concludes the taste, especially after the sweetness subsides. What's left is the herbal mayhem of sassafras, bark, leaf, grass and bodacious buds.

Early creaminess is the result of dissolved carbonation into residual sweetness. But once that carbonation expels and the sweetness fades, the hops dry the taste while alcohol spices things up in a minty sort of way. Leaving echoes that strike the senses as catty and chive-like though that peppery bitterness tramples on.

With all that hoppy goodness, Victory should get away from any notion of this being a Blonde Ale and would be better suited to advance the hop structure in all- aroma, flavor and bitterness and lighten the body to make Summer Love a "session" IPA. Its 3/4 there already! (1,736 characters)

Photo of djfried
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle that I purchased as part of a build your own 6-pack, I poured this beer into a beer mug.

A- This beer is a nice light yellow color with a light to moderate white head with hardly any lacing as I began to drink this beer down.

S- The smell of this beer ok it is pretty on par with the smell that you would expect from a beer of this kind which was an earthy smell with hints of citrus and a bit of yeast scent as well.

T- This beer tastes very good, it is almost exactly what I would want to drink on a hot summer day at a barbeque or ball game. It tastes similar to the smell with the addition to a bit of hoppiness which is a nice refreshing addition.

M- A sip of this beer has a feeling of a little bit of carbonation which feels nice on the tongue and that amount of hoppiness does not leave your mouth overly dry which is essential for a summer beer.

Overall, this is a good looking and tasting beer that would certainly quench your thirst on a warm summer day. While it doesn't do anything particularly special or different it stays true to its style and was an overall enjoyable drinking experience.

Victory Summer Love - 3.5/5 (1,165 characters)

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

Pours to a frothy white head and symmetrical lacing. Color is , well... Blonde. Aroma is grassy, grapefruit hops and pale malt. Flavor is same as aroma with a nice crisp refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is light. Overall a hoppy blonde who treats you right. (253 characters)

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