Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
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#32,817
Reviews:
457
Ratings:
2,365
pDev:
13.24%
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3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
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Summer Love, not to be confused with Donna Summer, or Love To Love You Baby.
Ah, remember your first summer love? Neither do I but I’m sure she still carries a torch for me. Or, more likely a torch and pitchfork. Just kidding, I’m sure she is lovely. Don’t tell her where I live, whoever she is.
Summer Love Golden Ale is by Victory Brewing Company in PA. It is composed of ”noble European hops backed up by fresh, clean German malts” . “Refreshing and aromatic golden ale Enticing earthy and citrusy hop aromas give way to flavors of lemon and pine.”
It comes in at 5.2ABV, slightly above the average brew and is very crisp with a slightly malt ale flavor. There is definitely a bit of lemon scent and taste. The pine may be the last note, I’m not sure. I don’t eat a lot of pine. It is a golden colored beauty.
I’m strangely attracted to beers with blue labeling. This one is a shade that reminds you of being at the lake, the pool or “down the shore”. It also brings to mind the summer sky, on those days without the chemtrails. It also has the golden sun and some squiggly things below which I’m reluctant to guess at because of the summer and the love and all.
This is unfortunately a seasonal brew so like that love you found one summer, this one too must go back home until next year. But you’ll be waiting. A refreshing, easy drinking brew. Thumbs up Victory Brewing.

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3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Summer Love pours a light yellow with a nice head that lingers and displays plenty of lacing.

The aroma brings to mind wheat fields, grass, and black pepper. It's an aroma I typically associate with pilsners.

The taste is bitter with a hint of lemon on the finish. There's not and more to it, it's pretty bland otherwise. It's again very reminiscent of pilsners that I've had, but more bitter.

Overall, I'm disappointed. Summer Love ale is a bland and bitter ale that smells and tastes like a pilsner. If I wanted that, I would just drink a pilsner.

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3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. Slightly cloudy golden yellow body, one finger white head, good retention on a medium collar, fair bit of lacing. Smell is straw, toasted grain, a bit of resin, hay, slight citrus and lemon. Flavour follows, toasted grain, straw, slight resin, citrus. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, refreshing, a good one to drink on a 90 degree day like this.

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3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.14/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours so pale it's almost clear. Thin head. No smell. Tastes very bland with a bitter finish. No remarkable characteristics. I expect better from Victory.

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3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Light grains and noble hops. Smells like a lager.

T/F: Follows the nose. Light crackery grains.. mild citrus hops without being overly bitter. Clean and crisp. Light bodied... well carbonated.

O: As intended... an easy drinking summer beer. Light and flavorful. Tasted great after the 1st lawn mow of the season.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

L---Light golden color. Completely clear. Thick white head faded quickly, but still left a lot of lacing.

S---Citrus/lemon is most noticeable. There are both hops and malts apparent.

T---Very well balanced between hops & malts. A bit of lemon. Crisp & clean, like a summer beer should be

F---Feels like a summer beer. Not heavy. Quenching & leaves you wanting another.

O---A quality offering by Victory. It just showed up on tap at a local bar I go to weekly. I hope it stays there all spring & summer. I'll definitely have a few more.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,365 ratings