Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Summer LoveSummer Love

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 434 | Ratings: 2,282
Photo of Vetbidder
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

See through yellow look to this beer. Ok, sort of a take on the scent of a European pale with a malt scent highlighted by some floral hops. Ok, What I like about the flavor is that it adds more citrus and still has the floral bite similar to its euro brethren. Really carbonated and thin beer. Actually good stuff with some lasting bitterness.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; small head that quickly dissipates; slight lacing

S: smells like dried tropical fruit to me; smells great

T: light malts with some biscuit notes; hoppy bitterness that would be refreshing in summer heat

F: fairly thin

O: not bad overall

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Photo of KMillard
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

German Malt flavor nice balance to moderate hops. Most summer micro lagers have light body, little malt flavor and bright, bold, heavy hops. Good beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear yellow with a big, fluffy white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Fresh zesty orange, citrus oils, orange blossom/floral, cracker malt, lemon, grass, pungent dankness and wet herbs. Citra and Simcoe are both very prominent.

T: Tons of fresh squeezed orange juice, bitter orange pith, zippy citrus oil, lemon, hints of pineapple, cracker, bordering on biscuit malt, with a lightly bitter but balanced dank, grassy finish, minerally water, some earth, with lingering citrus and basil/cilantro flavors.

F: Medium-light body, well-carbonated, almost creamy, crisply carbonated, dry, and chuggable.

O: Combines the best worlds of hoppy pilsner and blonde ale. And excellent showcase of hop flavors, and crisp summer refresher.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome looking brew, sick lacing. light aromas of malts, earth, pine and grass on the nose. palate is floral, pine, slightly spicy hops that are complimented by sweet bready malts. overall a tasty easy drinker thats perfect for summer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

aroma: Hops, Pine, Citrus
appearance: Yellow, little head.
taste: Nice smooth flavor. A touch of vegetable.A bit light on carbonation.A nice summer beer. Not a lot of flavor, but enough to make it a good picnic beer.
feel: Creamy.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a finger of fluffy white head. Light aroma and taste of lemon zest, mint and slight flowery herbs, backed by a mild hop bitterness. Dry, crisp finish. Light bodied. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of erk0607
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Crisp golden ale, white, large foam head, decent lacing, all of which lasts for a while.
Smell: Lemony, hoppy, possibly a bit of malt and some other spices
Taste: Bitterness from the hops, lemon/lemongrass on the tongue, various spices that compliment the lemony zest, and hops! Not overbearing, but definitely present
Feel: Lighter bodied, refreshing, definitely well carbonated, coats your mouth
Overall: Pretty good! Good summer beer (what a naming coincidence!). Might get again if I wanted a good standby or wanted to introduce someone to slightly crafty beers.

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Photo of billybob
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours not quite clear very short head that faded quickly but it did leave light wispy lace. light fruity smell taste is dry and crisp leaving a slight bitter after taste which I didn't care for. its a pass for me.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a bar. It was served in a pint glass. It pours a clear, golden straw color with a thin, milk-white head and modest lacing. The smell is rather subdued with citrus, grass, and a whiff of hops. The primary tastes are cracker and citrus with a pleasant hoppy finish. This ale is medium-bodied but light and refreshing to drink with an ABV of 5.2% Overall, while not particularly memorable, it is a nice beer to drink in a cool bar on a hot day.

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Photo of Myotus
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 19Jun16.
LOOK: Two fingers of dense, white foam is formed after pouring. The large head retains its density as it dissipates to a half fingers worth of within two minutes. A moderate amount of thick lacing is left behind from the foam dissipation. Light gold in color. Rising bubbles are small in size and become scarce once the foam head settles. Lacing is high in quantity and thick.
SMELL: This has a great, balanced smell composed of mild aromas of peaches, pears, floral hops, and earthy hops harmonizing with subtle white bread, grass, grain, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine aromas.
TASTE: A fruity and hoppy balance is immediately established as mild, peach, pear, and earthy hops flow on to the palate. Mild flavors of spicy hop and grain deliver more balance as they trail right after. More hoppy and fruity goodness is presented as mild floral hop and subtle orange, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors enter while the grainy flavors grows stronger and approach the threshold of bitter. In a finally act of achieving even more balance, mild white bread and grass flavors enter as all previous flavors press on.
FEEL: The thickness of the beer is between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is high and nearly stings the tongue. Goes down rough due to the high carbonation. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness due to the large hop profile.
NOTE: A good Blonde Ale brewed by Victory. While the taste was good, I would have like to have had less grainy flavors. I feel like that hindered the profile from being great. The major downfall in this was the mouthfeel. Summer brews should be crisp and clean. The carbonation was too much while the hop profile, although lovely for the taste, caused too much dryness.

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Photo of mlockman
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is really a bit hoppier than I was expecting. The hoppiness leave an odd aftertaste on the palate, making the beer less refreshing than I had hoped.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold with loose snowy froth. 4
Clean flinty grain and flowers. 3.75
Cracker + shortbread, some grass, slight lemon, and a bit of peppery bitterness. 3.75
Round, latte chew, almost medium, crisp. 4

Bigger than expected - which is on point for a blonde. Underhopped; ditto. Well put together and unexciting - to style, in other words. 3.75

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Bright gold pour with a dense, but thin head and lacing, moderate carbonation.

S - Earthy, grassy lemon, citrus.

T - Follows the nose with earthy, grassy, lemon, and citrus donating throughout. Ends with some crisp lemon citrus tart bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium body with creamy carbonation.

O - Crisp and refreshing, perfect for warm weather.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the Summer Love at Aurelios from the can. It is another solid offering from Victory. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that left a lace. The scent had slight bitter citrus. The taste was evenly balanced and easy to drink. There was enough bitterness to make the beer interesting and was supported by citrus tones. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a very good beer heading into summer.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Completely biased review. I love everything about this beer. Takes me back to some of the best summer memories I have. Nothing amazing, nothing too fancy, just a refreshing, easy drinking beer. My go to session before i saw session as a type of beer. So pop the top on the awesome designed can, fire up your grill (charcoal of course), and enjoy your summer days off all day.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into tulip glass:

This beer is pretty much the definition of an average craft beer. It's got a decent, one finger head that lingers for a minute or two, it's got some nice light hop aroma, with a lot more cracker and bready notes. The taste is very, very basic.....lots of dry, crackery malt, with some earthy hops as well. It's a nice alternative to a macro at a cookout or at the beach, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised by some of the subtleties of this beer. Body is translucent straw with a thin, fizzy head. Left some soapy lacing. Smells like corn, grass, apples, and some earthy yeast notes. Taste is sweet up front but a faint wisp of hops comes through closer to the finish. A lot of corn and grain notes like an AAL, but way more hoppy complexity. Lots of grassy and floral hops coming through, but not enough to make it overly bitter, just enough to keep it feeling light and fresh. Finishes very dry and clean. This is just a crisp, clean, refreshing ale for summertime, recommended if you like hoppy lagers/pilsners/etc.

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Photo of BWED
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher

A- Pale straw, great clarity. Foamy white head retains at one finger. Very little lacing.

S- Straw, a mild solvent (which is off), and a little toasty. Not much hop aroma.

T- Toasty malt. Hop flavor is earthy.

M- Light body, easy drinker. Dryish earthy finish.

O- Nice light blonde ale. Aroma is a little off, but a good, drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 8/24/16. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden with nice clarity and transparency; chunky eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are faint with lots of cracker and bread notes. It's slightly floral as well. Fresh grass is there too. The flavors are clean and refreshing. More fresh bread and cracker notes. Some pilsener malts in the mix. Hints of citrus. I'm picking up some lemon and lime zest along with some grapefruit. Slightly earthy. More grass. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's light with active carbonation. It's very smooth and extremely quaffable.

This is very crisp and refreshing brew. It's perfect for the summer. It might not be flashy, but it's enjoyable and well crafted.

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Photo of drmeto
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

-pours a mostly clear straw golden with a yeast film and a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus acetone
-light to medium bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Some weird off notes

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. A very flavorful ale. Has a great golden yellow color with a small white head. Aroma is of yeast and some citrus for a pretty mild smell. This beer has moderate carbonation and a semi dry finish. Very satisfying.

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Photo of abastias
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz pour to pint glass. ABV:? BBD:11/16/15

A: Mostly clear straw yellow with slight stringy haze from bottle sediment. Lacy white foam.
S: Banana cream,malty, carrots.
T: Lemony, light, dry, slight bitterness on finish (soda water). Crackers,
M: Clean and crisp. Refreshing wet start with quick dry exit.

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Photo of Buck89
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale hazy golden yellow into a pint glass. Generous white head. Aromas of lemon, spice and bread. Taste was muted, with a subtle lemon and earthy note followed by a gentle bitterness. clean finish.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Pint glass. Watered down piss color. Smell is unpleasant. Like mouldy wheat... Taste is not to good either. Weak and watery, wheaty and grainy.... Taste like grain put into a pot with water and left in the fridge for two weeks. The only redeming quality of this beer is how refreshing it is. I could put a few on these down on a hot day just because of how thirst quenching it is. I do not reccomend and i will not buy again.

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