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Summer Love - Victory Brewing Company

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411 Reviews
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Reviews: 411
Hads: 2,142
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 30.16%
Wants: 80
Gots: 489 | 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

Malt: imported 2 row German malts

Hops: whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops

ABV: 5.2%

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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Reviews: 411 | Hads: 2,142
Photo of nimrod979
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pale crystal clear yellow. Average white head that fades to a film retaining on top.
Aroma is grassy, floral hops. Apricot and light fruity aromas.
taste is a lot bigger and hoppier than I expected. Yum. Lemony with a hint of some German-style malts to make this kind of resemble and pilsener.
Grainy and lively carbonation. Finish is crisp and refreshing. Great hop character. This is a great summer beer. I'll have to stock up on some of this next year.

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Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wow, that is a gorgeous hue. Honey gold and about as clear as I've ever seen a beer in my life. No joke. In my Delirium Tremens glass I was able to magnify the label on the bottle and read it as if it was huge print. Beautiful. The head is a little disappointing though. A vigorous pour left only about one finger or less of head. It's white with great lacing but the retention is fantastic.

S: Well you get two things. A big grassy, slightly dank hop aroma which is awesome. The malts come off as lightly caramel and mostly bready with some light grain aromas. The hops really take the forefront and smell really leafy. Some light citrus.

T: It definitely smells different than it tastes, which isn't a bad thing at all. Rereading the American Blonde Ale category I see that it fits nicely. There is a huge malt presence, mostly biscuity with some of that light grain. There's enough of a hop presence to balance out though. Much more citrus comes out here but some of that more leafy flavor exists too. The finish is just lightly bitter.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation. Maybe medium to light

O: Wow, this is a refreshing and tasty beer! This is perfectly suited for a hot ballgame. It does remind me of some of the Kolsch's that I've had but definitely an American one

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Photo of Caveworm
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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

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Photo of maedhros09
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I liked the lightly fruity malty aspect of this beer but the hops just didn't seem like a good match. It's more of an herbal type with a fair amount of bitterness. There was a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not necessarily my style...but I will say, this is a great summer beer. Nice and light. Smooth and super easy to drink (almost too easy). Would have liked to see the flavor pop a little more though.....both on smell and taste.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a lovely wheat yellow crowned with a full one finer white head or snowy white. Lots and lots and lots of carbonation.

S: There’s some dry hay, fresh cut grass and then a nice aroma of hops pours in. Apple skins, grape, and a touch of lemon, too.

T: Lightly hoppy up front with some light pine notes that segue into apples, a touch of pear and lemon, and then ending a dry grassy note.

M: Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Nice and refreshing.

O: This may actually be the best lawnmower beer. Light, refreshing, and with a good hop dosage to give it some zest.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've been looking for every new Victory brew I can - that brewery is great!! Found this one and was excited. Look is pedestrian. Matches MHL. Smell is fantastic. Tons of hops, citrus, and yummy malts. Taste is great if you love hops but nothing else in there; not a lot of ingredients.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
With a normal pour, this brew formed a massive foamy head. Yellow/gold in color with high clarity. Smell is somewhat nuetral and muted. A little bit of sweet malt scent. Flavor is much better than the nose. The palate is balanced nicely between sweet malts and citrus hops. There is also a noticeable twang that separates this ale from pilsners. Finishes crisp with a soft hop bitterness. Pretty nice summer ale here and is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of raznug
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw color and is topped with 1” of angel white colored head that clings to the glass and leaves lacing part of the way down the glass.
Smell Summer Love has a nice blend of malt and hops that I can smell tastefully in the aroma.
Taste: The taste is not quite as good as the aroma but the blend of malt and hops is well down just seems a little water down.
Mouthfeel: This is light bodied beer that when served the proper temp can make for a nice tasty pint while relaxing on your porch after mowing your lawn on a hot Ohio day.

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Photo of jancona
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful light straw color and abundant lacing. Smell is floral hops and lemon candy. Taste follows with a very dry, bitter finish. Good session beer!

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Photo of magnj
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Light straw body has a bit of haze with a small but persistent head that leaves a bit of lacing on the way down.

S - Clean mild nose is vaguely herbal and floral and gets a bit malty and bready as it warms up.

T - Herbal with some lemon up front, turns to a clean and slightly bitter body. Ends a bit grainy and subtly fruity. A challenging beer, tasty but subtle.

M/D - Medium body may be a little low on carbonation. Nice beer, but I wish it ended a bit drier/crisper.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass.

A. Clear, very clear golden yellow colour, Plenty of white foam at first but it vanishes pretty quickly and leaves a ring of bubbles around the glass.

S. Grain, some malty sweetness, a little bubblegum even, but muted once the head's gone.

T. For a blonde ale this has more going on that I would have expected. There's some sweetness in the taste but also much more hop character than I'm used to for the style, which is a plus I think. A nice bitterness around the edges of the tongue and a citrusy, grapefruit finish.

M. Light, refreshing, nice carbonation without being too prickly.

O. A really nice summer beer and one that I'd seek out again.

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Photo of treque
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A; a completely traslucent beer, the head is white, small and dissipates quickly, there is a few carb, the beer is yellow in color

s: nice hops aroma, floral, citrusy and some pinus

T: refreshing, a little bit dry at the end, medium body, good bitterness

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Photo of witster18
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blondes are tough to review because there is so little to most of them, but while I think many of you might think this is harsh, there just isn't much here to set this apart.

Pours light gold... looks like a coors light...
Whispy head does not last. Taste grainey, sweet, some lemon notes and some alcohol backbone. THis may be the shortest review in history.

I have two stoudt's gold's in the fridge, thankfully...

I love Victory beers, and drinkin at the ballpark... but I'm not sure this is much better than any average adjunct lager... give me an old style at wrigley for a third the price...

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH bowed pint glass a light gold with several fingers of smooth white head.

Nose has a hit of pine and citric hops with some earthiness.

A sip is crisp with medium to light body, medium carbonation. Light malts and a subtle spiciness. Nice finish - almost herbal - refreshing and clean.

Pretty tasty, sessionable. Not a bad summer beer.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory never lets the beer snobs down, and this is once again a nice showing.

Pours a bright golden yellow color with a nice amount of head for a lighter ale.

Smell is citrus zest, orange and tangy with some hops.

Taste is smooth, as a summer ale should be. A nice amount of hops as well.

Overall, a great summer brew. Up there with Sierra Nevada's Summerfest in my opinion.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a golden straw, with an average sized head that fades quickly. The smell wonderfully balanced, reminding me of a fruit cocktail of pears, apples, and peaches. The taste leans toward citrus and floral hops, with a malty sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but this is to be expected from a light-bodied summer ale. Makes a great summertime beer; pairs great with a baseball game.

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

Appearance: Pours a light gold with a substantial head, pretty representative of the style. Lacing forms throughout the tasting.
Smell: Grainy with an herbal, slightly spicy hop presence upon opening.
Taste: Grainy malts walk hand in hand with bittering hops. These hops have earthy, spicy attributes. A very mild alcohol warmth lingers long after the tasting. Finishes clean and somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium feel. Dryness upon finish.
Overall: Unique blonde ale- more hops than the typical blonde ale in my opinion. Not sure if this would serve as a optimal summer thirst-buster, but a good experience nonetheless.

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Photo of jsulko
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Mostly clear light gold color. Small white head that does not last.

Slight lemon zest aroma with a little of a earthy tone.

Taste is slightly lemon with a slight hops background. A smooth beer with little aftertaste.

A decent summer brew. Not something I would seek out again but did enjoy what I had.

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Photo of dcook11
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Gorgeous straw color with an ample two finger bright white head. Apple juice like body. Sea foam lacing. Some carbonation.

S- Fresh cut grass. Hops. a touch of skunk. Very much reminds me of Saison Du Pont. Excellent aroma.

T- Hops (pine forward). Faint grassyness. Honestly not much else. Based on the smell, I expected more complexity.

M- Relatively full bodied for a 5 percent.

O- Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw blonde with polished copper highlights. In the right light, there's a hint of green. A foamy, loosely packed head soon settles down into a halo of tights bubbles at the top of the glass. Good active carbonation in the glass too.

Aroma is remarkably unique; a marriage of noble and citrusy hops. Fresh cut grass, candied papaya, tangelo, and peach wave by on a breeze. Lovely.

Taste brings on notes of freshly-baked bread; yeasty, malty, and just slightly sour. The hops keep a wonderful balance, ensuring that what could be an overly sweet beer stays in check. Incredibly easygoing, refreshing, and simple.

Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit higher, but is fine and foamy as is. Would have liked to see it a bit tighter.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer for hot weather, providing refreshment and flavor at the same time. Sign me up for a sixer.

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Photo of isualum12
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I have tried for a while to get my hands on this beer including at gabf. Of course they were ha ing keg problems when we went by there. Long story short got my hands on it in a trade.

Look very cloudy yellow golden color with NOhead at all. No really nothing. There is a lot of activity coming up on the glass with the carbonization
Smell light hops
Taste- hops with orange peel on the tongue with a little bitterness at the end.

Feel. Way to carbonization for me. It hurt inside My mouth. I won't finish this beer because of the feel.
Overall it lacked what I expected. Unfortantly victory has not lived up to it for me. But hey that just my take.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date. Threshold glass. Graded as a Blonde Ale

Appearance: Pours a pretty bright gold, with steady carbonation and one finger of white head. Very, very nice lacing. Retains a skim of white foam.

Aroma: Initially, something funky; yeasty. A mild funky/resiny hop note, very vague sour fruit note, maybe peach. As it warms the piney/resiny character increases, and the peach turns to apricot and strengthens, with a bit of mango.

Taste: A very hoppy blonde. dry, hoppy arrival. Resinous mid-palate with a vague peach/apricot note floating around in the background. Big bittering, piney finish. Very clean for an ale, and atypically hoppy. Definitely retains its ale character, no mistaking this for a lager. The taste is not appropriate for the style, but I like it better this way.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of lightweight. Solid, but not excessive carbonation. Not slick.

Overall: This isn't really a blonde ale, it's a golden colored, over-hopped pale ale. But you know what, it's perfect. I will definitely seek this out again as a summertime beer.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an outstanding summer pale ale. i would love to see this on the shelf everyday, in 12 packs and cans of course would be apropos.

pours a refined pale yellow, clear with a decent carbonation. the thin white head sticks around a little.

the overall effect for me is a Pils/Pale cross breed -- "american blond" doesn't really cut it for me, as the yeast is really low profile... the aroma is very mellow and grassy, leading us to the lovely dry crisp brew we get. apple crisp... slightly sour, hint of caramel, and the dry from what must be a cool blend of malts with a dose of pils.... maybe even a little wheat malt thrown in.

the hops are pils mellow like saaz or something that just buzzes perfectly.

highly sessionable, give me more summer love please!

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.