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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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1,796 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 48
Gots: 219 | 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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Ratings: 1,796 | Reviews: 366 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I learned something new today. Read more than the front label when trying a beer. This might take longer to drink with Russian River or Stone... but then you won't be confused with your first drink.

I read ale, but with my first pull I got some pilsner flavor. That was from the funky german hops. This is another good example of a cross bred beer.

The characteristics of this beer are very good for a blond. The coloring and head are perfect. The head is very light. The bubbles are light, and the body is enjoyably thin. The flavors are decently complex for a blond. I can't tell the ABV, but I am guessing that the alcohol content makes this drinkable all day. I am just sorry that I only bought one small bottle to try.

ummswimmin, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev +7.8%

jplopez21, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Keith_R, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

khargro2, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of bum732
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Bright citrus, lemon peel, tangerine, slightly resiny.

L: Creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Solid lacing, golden yellow.

T: Hoppy, resiny up front with a clean, semi-sweet malt backbone. Medium resiny bitterness with a slight grainy maltiness, very light. Grapefruit peel dryness in the finish, with a fairly long finish on the palate.

M: Medium light body, fairly crisp. Medium carbonation.

Just delicious, light bodied, but quite hoppy brew. Love the hops in this, very bright and clean. Perfect for the summer.

bum732, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

bubseymour, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Zachtheporter, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
4/5  rDev +7.8%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Rekrule, May 13, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Oct 01 2012

A: Pours a pale golden color with 2 fingers worth of sticky head

S: Some earthy and spicy hops open up, along with pale malts and very light lemon

T: Follows the nose, mostly spicy hops and grassy hops with a nice malty balance and some lemon peel

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good, crisp summer beer that certainly drinks like a blonde but has plenty of flavor. Solid brew

BEERMILER12, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ssimpson89, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +7.8%

nh2032, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Kerrie
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Kerrie, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DIPAFAN, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +7.8%

brandon911, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

hosehead83, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light gold with thin white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Crackers, grass, apple and grapefruit. Somewhat spicy,

Taste: Nice barely sweet base of apple, grass, and crackers. The hops are fairly assertive for the light body, somewhat spicy and floral, with some grapefruit as well.

Feel: Light body with a moderately high level of carbonation, but surprisingly creamy. Very dry finish.

Overall: For a Blonde Ale, this really is a home run. Almost comes across as a blend of a Kolsch ad an IPA.

bsp77, May 25, 2012
Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jacewg, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

BeerHunter76, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

wvsabbath, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7.8%

FLBeerGuy, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours fairly clear golden blonde color with a tiny cap. The aroma is bready hops, citrus, and hops. It never quite comes together properly, there's really no synergy on the nose. The taste is better, there's nice grassy and floral hops, some lemon, and bready malts. Very refreshing, with a nice hop kick. The mouthfeel is solid, it's well-carbonated and goes down easily. The drinkability is quite good, this one is really easy to drink. Overall, an enjoyable summer beer from Victory, it's delicious, easy-drinking, and has a nice hop kick to keep things interesting.

shand, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

rderedin, Jun 18, 2013
Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.