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Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Soonami on 07-11-2010

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Reviews: 421 | Ratings: 2,198
Photo of genitempo
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I'm giving this a near perfect appearance simply based on the design work. The label yells "SUMMER BEER!". Very comfortable, nostalgic type face and symbols. I actually wished I would have sipped this beer from the bottle and not poured it into a pint glass. Pours easy, thin gold with a light, soapy head. Minimal lace.

S: I caught some pepper on the nose, maybe a little floral push, but nothing that drives.

T: Tuned well. Floral and citrus arrangement that goes from broad to sharp at a good pace. Turns off very well.

MF: Light and fluffy, not too pushy with the carbonation but it definitely makes an appearance.

O: The Summer Love is the summer session. Although the ABV pushes a little bit out of the range of a true session, the beer is drinkable, tasty, and doesn't sit too heavy in the belly. The brew sets out to conquer the summer, and it comes out with a victory.

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Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Normally an advocate of all that is Victory, this beer was unimpressive. Not bad, just unimpressive. A slightly cloudy amber ale that smells and tastes just like any other ale. Unlike most summer seasonals that lean on the sweet side or at least citrusy, this ale does very little to stray from a basic ale. In fact, I'd imagine in a taste test it would not taste all that much different from Victory Lager, one of their staples. All in all not bad at all, in fact pretty good, but as a seasonal it is lacking in being something special.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, light yellow in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: piney and citrus hops

Taste: piney hops with some grassiness

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, bitter, but not overly so with light sweetness in the back

Overall: Very drinkable, bitter beer that I see as a good lawnmower beer. I could have a couple or just as well pass. Decent, not great

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy golden with some haze. Foam disappears. Light malt smell. Light malty taste. Subtle buried hop. Mild bittering. Light carbonation. Blonde ale with some real body, not at all watery. Nice flavorful summer beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of crisp frothy virginal white colored head... Fairly decent retention gives way to a full veil of lace and a slight collar... A very light pale gold color... Minimal carbonation who's bubbles are been in size and have a pretty quick pace... Uber clean... I don't think that I've ever seen a more translucent brew...

S - Lemon... Orange zest... Some candied sugars... Honey... A mix of toasted and bready malts... Subtle grassy notes... A very minimal hop presence...

T - Lemon... Lots of grainy malts... Some subtle floral notes... A very subtle earthy hop presence on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Very light carbonation... Clean... Crisp... A slightly dry, slightly bitter finish...

D - Basic... Simple... Straight-forward... Not too shabby... No complaints, but I'm not sure I recommend nor seek out again in the future... Additionally, I love the label...

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Summer Love pours a typical bright strawery yellow color, with a smaller head, but nicer then most other blond ales. For a blond ale there is a stronger smell, it smells crisp and just a tad hoppy. It has a dry flavor, kinda of like a straw flavor, or a cheap wheat like flavors, the hops just peak a little bit, which is nice. Stronger flavor for a blonde ale, decent carbonation. Overall I found it alright, better then some other blonde ales with a stronger flavor, but I just didnt find this very enjoyable.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very transparent light golden color with a pretty nice finger of white head, ok retention, nice lacing.

S - Smells mildly of malt sweetness, floral hops, lemon and spice.

T - Taste just like it smells but the hops are more apparent in the taste, slight malt backbone and just a touch of lemon. I'm not big on light/summer beers but for the style this is great!

M - Nearly medium bodied, nice coronation. Drinkability and taste!

O - Again, not crazy about this style but I can definitely see myself picking up some of these to share with those who arent hop heads. Really like this'n

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a firm two finger cap that recedes a little too quick. Some sporadic lacing shows the sip marks.

The aroma is of bitter German hops and lightly toasted biscuits. Crisp and earthy with a touch of lemon.

Crisp, earthy hops, a touch of lemon over a bed of lightly toasted biscuity malt. A bit of an herbal, ganja-like quality as well. This beer may well be my new lawnmower beer.

Light bodied, refreshing, crisp and dry in the finish. A mild bitterness builds a fine bed for any hophead.

Overall, this beer is exactly as advertised. According to the label, this beer was brewed to be consumed during a baseball game on a hot summer day. I have to admit, that sitting in the heat at the ballpark or while at home cutting the lawn, this beer is perfect.

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Photo of victory4me
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear golden with a two finger head that settles to a foamy coating of bubbles. Aroma is above average for the style. Floral hop bouquet with little sweetness.

Taste is really refreshing and enjoyable. Dominated by citrusy and slightly bitter hops. Lemon and tangy with a very dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a lingering prickliness.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable summer ale without the absurd spice and citrus additions we so often see within the seasonal style. Let the malt and hops do the talking. Victorious.

I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premiere. Good hoppiness with a lighter mouthfeel. Seessionable alcohol. Golden with lots of white lace, a little head retention. Faintly hoppy aroma. Small tasty package, good drinkability. Carbonation right there.Something to beat the heat.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is crystal clear and light yellow in color, with an inch of fluffy white head that leaves ample lacing on the pint glass. An outstanding appearance. The aroma is of grain and earthy hops. The flavor offers grain and a pilsner like taste. The finish brings some nice hop bitterness. I am really enjoying this beer. Just got done mowing the lawn and popped this, and it has greatly exceeded my expectations. Overall, a really solid brew. I wish I had a few more in the fridge. I would buy a sixer of this.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2011-06-25 at the brewery and again on 2014-05-07 from a bottle in Columbia, PA.

A - Clear gold with a 1-finger head and light lacing.

S - Grass, mild citrus, some hop-floral and light dank. Pretty mild aroma.

T - Fruity, sweet grape, light-medium roasted grain, nice amount of sour tart and bitterness that lasts quite awhile. Not much residual sweetness.

M - Light body and heavy carbonation. Seemed like a non-sweet soda pop. Refreshing.

O - I had this side-by-side a couple of times with a Victory Headwaters and the first time, in 2011, I preferred this one because it was less malty. Tasting them again in 2014, I prefer the Headwaters because it is more malty. My tastes have been changing and I appreciate more residual sweetness than I used to. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable brew; leaning heavily towards the APA side.

Notes: On 2014-05-07 I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the Columbia Kettle Works Blonde (2014-05-03), which had a more full mouthfeel, a bit more residual sweetness and not quite as many IBUs as this Blonde. However, on 2014-05-31 after having both again, I think this is as good and have raised my rating accordingly.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was something I wasn't too sure about. I really wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy it and I just figured I'd give it a shot since it was new and I had never had it before. The beer poured out like a typical pilsner or lager, it had a clear yellow color with a pretty good white head. The lacing wasn't the best here. The smell was a little grassy but had a good amount of hops to balance that out. The taste was great, it had a great amount of hops and it was just very simple. The mouthfeel was really refreshing. I must have drank this within a few minutes. I would buy this again if I was planning on drink several beers in a sitting. Overall it was very good.

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Photo of Star80
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice golden blonde color, with a frothy, white lacy head. Smells like some floral tropical fruits, some herbal hops, and vaguely sweet malts. Just from the smell it could be a DIPA, but it tastes different. I am getting some nice bitter orange zest, some puckering lemon and spicey, herbal hops with a touch of bitter aspirin too but not in an off putting way. Wow! This is a very bold flavorful beer for such a low abv brew. Malts are slightly sweet and give balance to all the hops, almost like a wheat beer in its crispness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated which is great for a hot Fourth of July Day. You know I was looking for ever elusive Gumballhead and decided to grab another six-pack of these and these have more than fit the bill for a refreshing, crisp, bold and hoppy low abv summer beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle intom a standard pint glass, Clear gold in color, with a moderate bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Bright citrussy hops
Taste-Biscuit malt, citrus zest, soft kiss of citrussy hops. Clean finishing and very refreshing. Nice flavor and character for a lighter bodied beer. Nicely aromatic and tasty, perfect for outdoor gatherings. What a summer brew should be. I want another!

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale and crystal clear yellow with a big and fluffy white head on top. It dissapates somewhat rapidly, but leaves some nice lacing. Malty and hoppy on the nose, more on the citrus hop side. Also a small barley malt note in the back.

As far as summer ales go, this one is really well done. Its meant to be easy to drink, a thirst quencher, and a really well-balanced beer. It achieves all of these with ease. It starts with a nice clean taste of barley, wheat and maybe corn, followed by a healthy hit of some bitter pine or citrus hops. Definitely some grapefruit in there, hiding in the bitterness. The beer goes down so easily that its perfect for a hot summer day. Its one of those simple beers that beer snobs like us can sit there and analyze and pick out the complexities, and still enjoy the heck out of it. This is another really good beer from Victory. They do some pretty awesome stuff with hops.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, label says enjoy by October 17, 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet malt, lemon peel and some light piney/grassy hops. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's all sweet malt, lemon peel and pine/grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew, and a good brew for a hot day. I'd buy this again, $8.99 a sixer isn't a bad price for this brew. I think it's worth trying.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a somewhat hazy texture. There was a big, fluffy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, almost fruity aroma with this beer.

T: Tasted of malt, a grassy component, light fruit, and a slight hoppy tinge. An interesting flavor, and definitely more complex and flavorful than most American Blonde Ales.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a solid, light, airy, and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of cpl78
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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..

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Photo of wingman14
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of mdr4669
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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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.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
85 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.