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
Ranking:
#29,324
Reviews:
459
Ratings:
2,377
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
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105
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Photo of Shenk87
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pvibeer
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Crimson-RV
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz can herbal hops and malt balance fine beer thin mouthfeel probably a departure from the style but good beer is good beer would love to buy again

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Photo of Nass
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I agree with it being light bodied, but I do like the interesting selection of hops that were used to brew this beer, not to mention the German malts really shine in this beer. This is a smooth summer drinking blonde ale. This is a good blonde ale if you're new to the style, but I have had better. Cheers! B-

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Photo of Chris_n_Rod
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mpacheco13
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnDon
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaadams72
2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light yellow in colour, light body, not much to say here....

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Photo of Low_Hanging_Hops
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chiefz1
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Nunya
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of BeerOnTheRailing
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of alex7NYC
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tuowl74a
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of timobkg
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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Photo of Stevedore
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

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

Photo of Wizzle32
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of izraelc
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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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,377 ratings