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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,220 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1220
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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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 23:32:26 | More by Bowers-Brew
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vkv822

Oregon

3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pint glass

Clear golden yellow, foamy white head, light lacing.

Grassy, lightly citric notes. Light, crackery malt backing.

Medium body, foamy fizzy carbonation.

An easy drinking, well done summer blonde ale.
Just enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:37:15 | More by vkv822
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FriarTuck

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let me say, I went into this brew blindly and am pleasantly surprised. Not that I expect anything insignificant from Victory, but being an IPA drinker almost exclusively, I was expecting something less hoppy.

Purchased as a six pack, I poured it into an English pint glass as soon as I arrived home. Initially at two fingers of white foam, the head settled to a slight, but lingering meringue that laced the glass as the beer disappeared. Not much nose, but what was there was reminiscent of pink grapefruit. Initially, I thought I was tasting clove, but was quickly steered to a sourdough crust dryness. Mouth-feel was very welcoming with a light-medium body. Mid-palate was where I noticed the hops; that beautiful grapefruit made it's showing. Now, for an American blonde, things would usually end there, but Summer Love surprised me again with a long hoppy, slightly sweet finish.

Well played Victory. I will be stocking the "beer cellar" with more of this beautiful brew.

-FriarTuck

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 23:16:36 | More by FriarTuck
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patpbr

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Straw yellow to light gold in color without much head.
S - A little sweet with citrus and floral scents
T - Grains, citrus and some herbal flavors are all present. This is malty but has some nice hops in the mix. The floral character is a nice addition.
M - Light to Medium body and easy to drink, just a bit of hop bitterness.
O - A good summer beer. If I come across one at a ball game I would order one.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:25:04 | More by patpbr
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Danny1217

Florida

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright, pale, golden color with a white foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smell is very hop forward. Floral, spicy, citrusy hops. Not much else in the aroma.
Very clean tasting with a nice hop bitterness and flavor backing it up. No malt backbone, but that's to be expected from a blonde ale. Very crisp and refreshing. Definitely a good beer for the hot summer in Miami.

One of the better summer seasonals I have tasted, as I find most of them to be very bland. This one is almost like an IPA with a somewhat lower alcohol and less malt to make it into a more refreshing, thirst-quenching beer. I prefer it to the many bland American wheat ales coming out in summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 04:09:49 | More by Danny1217
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost a half finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is bright grapefruit and lemon.
The taste has a sharp lime bitter beginning and then mellows to the finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It has great bitterness for a blond ale. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:06:22 | More by Fatehunter
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apants007

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

a: hmmm.... looks like a pabst.... what am i getting myself into?

s: mmm... ok getting better... floral, citrus... don't judge a book by it's cover!

t: honeysuckle and grapefruit... subtle sweet with a bitter aftertaste... almost a "sweet-tarts" chalky thing... but not too much to make it weird....

mf: the chalky aftertaste is kind of a bummer... i bet this would feel great after mowing the lawn, but at inside temperature its kinda making me pucker like a cat with a new brand of food...

not a bad beer at all... wouldn't go out of my way to get it again... wouldn't think less of someone if they brought it to a bbq... wouldn't bring it to a bbq...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:41:32 | More by apants007
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dewbon

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Love this stuff , the aroma of flowery hops , just the right bite, light carbonation, lovely beer tast. I'm hooked !!! I could drink this till the cows come home. A quality session beer that will not bankrupt you. You will not tire of the taste of this lovely brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 23:38:00 | More by dewbon
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stevensd19

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Phillies game at "The Bank" on a beautiful 90 degree day a few weeks back. Really tasty stuff, perfect for summer weather, watching the game. Just enough hoppiness to satisfy but not overwhelm... Liked it so got some bottles later that were very good, just not the same as the ball park draft experience!

Try it, you'll like it. Hey, it's from Victory, great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 19:23:17 | More by stevensd19
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utopiajane

New York

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, pale straw yellow with a fine white head of soft foam that fell off rocky to a cap and ring. left lots of nice lace. Some yeast floating on top. Nose is honest and clean. Orange and lemon citrus, dank. malty grain and spice. A little pepper and floral. Slightly sweet pilsner scent. Really appetizing and continues to excite the nose as it warms with a musty quality and a little pine. Taste is light bread, malt forward and loses most of the fruit. It does give a quick but small hop bite, a little hay and earth. It finishes with pine and a little oily bitter; but not much, and wet not dry. There’s cracker in the aftertaste.

This beer had the best nose but in the drink it felt somewhat bland and muddled. It was very mild. Simple and not in a bad way. Light and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 14:12:47 | More by utopiajane
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear and straw in color, this beer is light in complexion, moderately carbonated, and is topped with a nice white head. The aroma is clean...grass and grain...not much fruit, but a moderate hop scent...peppery, but quiet. Crisp and a tad bitter. Not really sweet, but there is a flavor of malt. Medium in body...mor substantial than expected. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:34:27 | More by Suds
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale yellow with ample head. Nice lacing.

S: Slight hop aroma with a hint of citrus.

T: Lemon flavor up front. Fresh earthy hops. Touch of malting to make a really nice balance.

M: Light yet with some body - perfect for warm weather.

O: Nicely done and look forward to the yearly release.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 23:04:51 | More by Oakenator
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mattbk

New York

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, light golden, not much carbonation - fairly boring looking actually.
S: Slight grapefruit, some sweetness there maybe, not bad aroma, again, not incredibly interesting.
T: Light and crisp, same light grapefruit flavor, maybe some lemon, maybe some orange, mild but certainly present bitterness, some biscuity flavors, honeyed sweetness. Refreshing and drinkable. I like this, not super interesting, but a solid hoppy beer that doesn't slam you with bitterness. The hop flavor is a bit on the pedestrian side though.
M: Dry, a bit more carbonated than I originally thought. It is what it should be.
O: I like this beer and wil enjoy drinking it in the summer - hence the love...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:42:23 | More by mattbk
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dar482

New York

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a straw clear color with a decently sized head.

The aroma has a sweet corny grain aroma. It’s quite sweet. It’s a bit floral.

The flavor follows with that sweetness, but not cloying and quite crisp with its gentle pilsner malts. It’s very light on its body. Then there is a bit of a citrus and grapefruit bitterness at the end. The surprise is the citrus that comes in the finish that does not come through on the aroma.

I didn’t go crazy for it, but it’s quite a delicious and flavorful summer beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:59:40 | More by dar482
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lostinfla

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:48:46 | More by lostinfla
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argock

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear honey-golden with short cap of fuzzy off-white head with a skimpy bit of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Grassy and fruity citrus aroma, very nice fresh hops aroma with a little bit of lemon and floral character as well. Malt notes are small but not missing. No real yeast character as it should be.

T: A really crisp, clean beer, although the flavor is good through mid drink but misses on the bitterness (a little too bitter) and the hoppy finish (a little underhopped and really under dry-hopped) that the aromas promise. Maltiness is inobtrusive but supports the hops well with some crackery malt character.

M: Clean and crisp as the style should be with medium to medium-high carbonation and light body.

O: Not a beer I would order all that often, but at the right price point, I could see picking this up occasionally. I could see myself brewing a slightly hoppier version myself for sure, but there is no big flaw in this beer. Solid and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 03:12:25 | More by argock
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lsummers

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear and clean straw yellow with a own finger bright white head.

Smells of some grassy malty hay notes with a touch of mustiness. There's some bready sweetness in there.

Taste starts off with an herbal peppery subtle hop note mixed with a clean caramelized brown sugar malty sweetness. Touch of burnt caramel on the end.

Mouthfeel is fairly high in carbonation which helps give this beer it's initial bite feeling on the tongue. Fairly light with a touch of viscosity to give it somewhat of a thicker character than soda.

Overall, this is an ok beer but a good poolside offering. I would have this again at a BBQ on a hot day but otherwise it doesn't have the best blend of flavors for my taste. Still it's above an average beer by far.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 05:43:53 | More by lsummers
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a light completely clear straw/light gold color, shy of a finger head, minor lacing.
S - Some grains and light malt, a little yeast.
T - Tastes like a pilsner, I dont really get any of the Simcoe hops in here at all, just a little minor bite from the german hops.
M - Light, refreshing for summer.
O - Eh, could do without, but its not awful.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:56:40 | More by Omnium
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:49:44 | More by DrinkSlurm
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard blue branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've really enjoyed some beers from this brewery in the past. No ABV listed on the label as far as I can tell.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2-25 finger beige colour head of decent cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3-4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear transparent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing at all. Standard fare for a blonde.

Sm: Grainy pale malts. Floral hops. Light nuts. Grassy. Dank. Lemongrass. Caramlts are dominant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Grainy malts are dominant. A twinge of lemongrass. Floral hops. Grassy malts. Pale malts. A bit of biscuit malt, perhaps. Malted barley. Clean barley. A hint of straw/hay. Simply built. Balance is there, but the simplicity of the beer makes this unimpressive. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A simple blonde with little to impress. Approachable and pleasant, but unimpressive.

Mf: Smooth. Wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick for its lack of diverse and/or deep flavour. Decent presence on the palate. Not soft. Suits the flavour profile decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable but unimpressive. It's just too generic overall. I'd bring a sixer of this to a barbecue, but otherwise I doubt I'd get it again - even if it is well priced. Very drinkable - just not exceptional. There are better beers in this style at an equal or better price point. Hides its modest ABV as well as could be expected. Another decent but not exemplary beer from Victory.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 03:42:10 | More by kojevergas
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 23:51:37 | More by tastybeer
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BucannonXC5

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $2.29
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden hazy straw color with a finger of gray head that dissipated rather quickly. Minimal lacing, below average retention.

Smelled a surprising sharp whiff of hops up front. Seemed to be icy Cascade hops. Also some lemon grassy notes - a bit like lemon Jolly Ranchers - honey, caramel and lime. A bit like Sprit or Sierra Mist. Pretty good smell for a summer brew.

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the smell. Got those Cascade hops still and grassy hops with a bitter finish. In between was sweet alcohol, lime and pine. Later got some tangerine and slight grapefruit.

Light body. Thin texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Bitter finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing, though.

A pretty good summer beer overall, which is saying something, because most taste the same. I’d have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:35:24 | More by BucannonXC5
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mjtiernan

New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:43:19 | More by mjtiernan
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Vashtar

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

HOPS
The appearance is... Sadly, I drank it from a bottle.

The aroma is pleasant, but I couldn't detect anything special.

The taste was very hoppy. It was overpowering.

The mouthfeel was flat and thin after 8 sips

Overall, this beer was way too bitter for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:50:26 | More by Vashtar
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

While it's not quite summer anymore, it is 75 out and sunny and feels like it still is, so since the weather is giving me some summer love, I might as well drink the same.

Pours a light white fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, a little lacing slowly falling down the sides of the glass, over mostly clear straw golden yellow colored beer.

Nose is nice, some light malts, a little cracked straw, hint aromatic malt, and nice hops, noble hops, little grassy and hint fruity, just a touch tropical fruit too.

Taste starts with some bitter hops actually, a nice light spicy slightly earthy bitterness that ramps as it goes, and brings a light grassy flavor, little orange rind as well, and hint of tropical fruit. Malts add a nice backbone, blond malts for sure, with a light straw flavor pilsner malt like. Finish is big hops, fairly bitter, slight orange rind citrus and a bit more grassy hops lingering, a long bitter finish, quite bitter actually, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good. I was not expecting that hop kick, but it's a nice addition. As much as I like the hops, I personally would have liked a bit less hop in this and more malt forward, or at least more late addition hops and less bitterness. Otherwise a nice tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 20:57:34 | More by jlindros
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.