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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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1,594 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 48
Gots: 144 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Soonami on 07-11-2010)
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-12-2012 05:21:17 | More by mikeburd1128
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-08-2012 16:31:44 | More by LJWalker
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Uh, yellow fizzy beer, golden, white 1/2 head. Looks much like a pilsner.

Smell - Malts, wheat, some hops are there. Earthy, grassy, floral. Some lemon and spices mixed in.

Taste - Starts off bitter and maltish like a pale ale. Has floral hops that give it a sort of belgium flavor to it. Has a carmal flavor mixed in with the spices.

Mouthfeel - Mildly bitterness from the hops. Not much overload on the mouth or palette. Mouth recovers pretty quick.

Overall - Solid and easy to drink. About as good as any other blonde ale out there. Not as smooth as most, has some hops to it, but other then that, a great summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 05:48:13 | More by wvsabbath
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-24-2012 00:58:46 | More by jrohrbacher
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khargro2

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

03-25-2013 00:23:29 | More by khargro2
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-07-2013 18:59:40 | More by DeutschesBier
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nice, clean, golden ale immediately invites with a rich head of fine white foam and spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma? Crisp and delightful, with plenty of fresh citrus hops and even a trace of fruit.

I get more of the hoppiness in the taste, but this one isn't bitter or harsh at all. There seems to be hints of citrus and even apricot in there. A delicious and palate-pleasing summer brew with tons of nuance and flavor, all the while remaining light and drinkable. Winner!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 06:46:51 | More by secondtooth
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-01-2012 01:19:48 | More by brandon911
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-01-2014 21:58:55 | More by thinwhiteduke
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bcsbeer

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-05-2012 05:36:38 | More by bcsbeer
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-08-2013 01:04:53 | More by Kerrie
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farrago

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little less than a finger of clean white foam, mostly smaller to medium sized bubbles, above average retention for what head is there, in turn the lacing is wispy but lingers in thin lines across the glass sides. Bright golden colored liquid with loose bubbles percolating throughout, light metallic reflective sheen, no real hue change at the rims or glass bottom. The nose is full of pepper, rye, pumpernickel and then dried flowers, dried oranges, lemongrass and a forgiving overall herbal bite, hints of apricot or peach fruit, while there’s no clear malty sweet element it doesn’t seem one-sided. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has some serious churn to it and gives it more energy than creaminess. Lots of green matter, earth and twigs/bark while remaining quaffable and never bitter. Pepper and some cumin to coriander, the flowers and mixed white citrus too dry to soak in. Pear, peach, apricot fruit more skin and pit than juice. Unprocessed grains and wheat germ around. When it’s ice cold it is thirst slaking and has the scrubbing power to remind you it’s there with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:57:25 | More by farrago
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up a few days ago and drank a few, so I'd better try to get a review in while I still have some.

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden yellow color with a 1/4" head of creamy white bubbles that didn't have too many bubbles rising to push it up, so it fell to a pretty solid ring within about 45 seconds or so.

Aroma: I initially got quite a bit of sweetness with some mild grainy notes, but once the head fell, you could really pick out the hops. There is a healthy dose of American hops in the later additions of their boil as they are fresh on the nose. It has a very inviting aroma.

Taste: The flavor is more bitter than I was expecting from the aroma. The hops are also a big player up front, but they pretty much stick with you the whole time to make the finish balanced slightly toward the bitter as well. There is a little bit of grainy sweetness in there to give a bit of balance, but it doesn't come out in the flavor like it does in the aroma.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. The balance is a little hoppy in the flavor for my taste, but there are no fermentation flaws or anything...it is just a recipe thing. If you really dig hoppy beers, give this one a shot as it is pretty decent for a hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:44:04 | More by SkeeterHawk
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-26-2014 21:12:32 | More by DIPAFAN
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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..

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 02:58:24 | More by hopsolutely
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-28-2013 01:27:25 | More by FLBeerGuy
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-11-2013 00:21:22 | More by MacStinson
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Danny1217

Florida

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Danobold

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-25-2012 02:19:29 | More by Danobold
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socon67

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours straw yellow with a soapy white foam on top. decent lacing on the glass. Small bubbles of carbonation move to the top.

S - Some scent of fresh hops. Also a mild citrus flavor.

T - Very refreshing flavor from a beer that is great for the warm months. Subdued hop profile, and a mild citrus tartness in the finish.

M - Awesomely sesionable. Does not feel watery despite the relaxed flavors. Easily a beer you can sit back and watch the tide roll in with.

O - A solid seasonal from Victory. Perfect beach beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 15:05:08 | More by socon67
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

05-12-2013 19:57:23 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-20-2014 04:15:20 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-13-2012 02:00:02 | More by BeerOps
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Fresh bottle
A - Clear gold, fluffy white head that has good retention and some lacing.

S/T - Hops are up front on this one. Pine, a little grapefruit, but as it warms, cat piss-soaked carpet starts to emerge and totally takes away from the rest of the drink.

M - Light body, crisp clean dry finish.

O - Ugh. Started out well, but barely drinkable by the end. Maybe I'm super sensitive to a hop variety they used in this, or just cat piss in general, because I'm surprised not many other reviewers have picked it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 13:05:49 | More by garuda
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,594 ratings.