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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Photo of zoso1967
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer Love really puts the blonde in blonde ale. This beer is a straw yellow color that looks more like a light lager than even a blonde ale. The head is not quite white and very frothy. The staying power and lacing are both superb.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of cereal malt and floral hops. The hops are very flowery with a slight herbalness and there is a bit of grainy character in the aroma as well.

The flavor mimics the aroma quite well with the same mix of cereal and slightly grainy malt character married with a pleasantly floral hop mélange. This brew also has a slight lemony twinge that fits well. This beer does not have a lot going on flavor wise, but that brings us to…

The body is light with a spot on amount of carbonation that makes this a bright and refreshing drink. It finishes quite dry with a nice hop character lingering after I swallow.

This beer is obscene in its drinkability. I can see what victory was gunning for with this brew and I think they really hit the nail on the head. More flavorful than many blonde ales I have had and quite refreshing. Still, even on a hot summer day I think I could go for something with a bit more kick. I don’t see myself picking this up over Prima Pils or another quality pilsner or APA.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

708th Review on BA
Bottle to pint
12 oz

No date

App- Very clear light yellow with a two finger head that fades to a pitri dish like top. Clumps of foam all over. Nice wall of cling down the sides.

Smell- At 1st it was a bit of an APA. Then comes the lager yeast a bit grainular and a little spice.

Taste- Much more like an APA with a nice hop base and a touch of lemon. Quite refreshing and a bigger than I thought a blonde could be. A well balanced little beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A nice lemon bitter.

Drink- Tasty, balanced and a little hops bitter. It was a nice cold refreshing beer. I might go back for a six pack.

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Photo of riversider76
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a nice white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.Lots of bubbles. Aroma is of tart fruit with a hint of piney hops.Nice, but a bit weak. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is a good balance of floral hops and malts.Light bitterness. Very nice Summer(or anytime) beer.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2011-06-25 at the brewery and again on 2014-05-07 from a bottle in Columbia, PA.

A - Clear gold with a 1-finger head and light lacing.

S - Grass, mild citrus, some hop-floral and light dank. Pretty mild aroma.

T - Fruity, sweet grape, light-medium roasted grain, nice amount of sour tart and bitterness that lasts quite awhile. Not much residual sweetness.

M - Light body and heavy carbonation. Seemed like a non-sweet soda pop. Refreshing.

O - I had this side-by-side a couple of times with a Victory Headwaters and the first time, in 2011, I preferred this one because it was less malty. Tasting them again in 2014, I prefer the Headwaters because it is more malty. My tastes have been changing and I appreciate more residual sweetness than I used to. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable brew; leaning heavily towards the APA side.

Notes: On 2014-05-07 I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the Columbia Kettle Works Blonde (2014-05-03), which had a more full mouthfeel, a bit more residual sweetness and not quite as many IBUs as this Blonde. However, on 2014-05-31 after having both again, I think this is as good and have raised my rating accordingly.

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Photo of magine
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale yellow with lots of bubbles. White head is a finger thick lots of big suds make up the head. Good lace sticks the whole drink. Nice layer of lace hangs for the head. Good looks.

Brew smells of pale malts, grains, yeast. Some light lingering hops. Average pleasant nose.

Brew tastes crisp and has some peppery hops. Pale malts added with floral and earthy, grassy hops. Brew feels nice and has a slight dry aftertaste. Great for a session. Good flavors and mouthfeel.

A good, almost toned down version of their Prima Pils, a good solid session beer that would please any beer drinker. This isnt a style I would pick up and session all the time (at least at this time in my life), but is a good solid drinker. Good.

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

a: its a clear straw yellow color, with a thin 1/4 bright white head

s: straw, crackery sweet malt, a light strawberry, slight juicy toffee

t: its crisp right as it hits the tongue. taste is pale crackery malts, caramel, lemongrass, a nice (yet faint) grainy/earthy/grassy flavor. on the back is a very mellow teabag-like bitterness, with a floral hop note

m: its on the heavier side of light. medium carbonation

o: its a crisp, light, and non-offensive beer. its the kind of beer that a seasoned beer drinker, or a craft-rookie could like. as the name suggests, it definitely works for a summer afternoon. its a grainy, sweet, and light beer. easy to drink, and easy to put a few back

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Photo of IronLover
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Light straw yellow in color with poerfect clarity. Poured with a dense, foamy white head that reduced to a thick wispy cap. Big floral hop aromas up front with buttery and biscuity malt aromas beneath. Medium bodied with refreshing, tangy carbonation. Intense fLoral hop flavors that slowly taper from beginning to end with a light biscuity malt aroma. Would have liked a bit more malt presence. Finishes very clean with just a hint of bitterness. A good refreshing summer ale.

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Photo of beergod1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Huge citrus hops in the aroma with a bit of an herbal component. The taste is citrus and earthy hops with faint pale malty notes. light bitterness, and the bitterness lingers. Medium bodied. A little off balance, but good, and very interesting. Seems there is some yeasty character in there I can't describe.

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

Very solid beer. I'm not the biggest fan of this style, since it often seems like I'm just drinking a watered down IPA with zero malt, but this has enough going on to warrant drinking for me. Good balance between semi-sweet malt and flowery, citric hops. Piney hops in the aftertaste, and it finishes pretty dry. These blonde ales often tout themselves as "summer beers", but I've never really gotten that impression from them, because personally a summer beer is something refreshing and thirst quenching. This is tasty, but I wouldn't exactly characterize it as either of the attributes I just mentioned. Still worth drinking for sure, however.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel blonde ales are one of the most boring styles out there, but I decided to give this a shot as it's a Victory brew, and I've enjoyed all of their beers so far.

I poured into my Harpoon IPA pint glass - head disappears quickly but a mild film of lace remains. Gold in color with some mild carbonation.

Well, this doesn't taste like other blonde ales I've had. There's actually quite a bit of flavor to it. Almost like a "Prima Pils" light. Sharp hoppy scent - pure hop taste with a bitter finish.

It's rare that I buy a 6 pack of anything these days - I prefer mix a sixes, I did so with this and don't regret it. However, one thing I need to say - if you are looking for a "traditional" summer ale (light, easy drinking), look elsewhere. This one is highly bitter and doesn't really fit into the summer ale spectrum.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear golden yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This smells refreshing. Clean neutral maltiness. Hoppy for what it is, offering mainly floral and citrus notes. Not much else to say.

3.75 T: Tastes as refreshing as it smells. Clean neutral malts, light citrus hoppiness and a bit more floral, and a mild to moderate bitterness.

3.75 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just enough thickness in here. Light creaminess.

3.75 D: Supremely drinkable. Perfect lawnmower beer or anytime beer.

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Photo of aficionado
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very little aroma, but it has a great refreshing flavor with tons of balance. More than you would expect given the translucent yellow body and low abv%. Just the right amount of sweet to balance the hops. Sweet German 2-row pils malt, grassy hops, lemon, dry apple, and crisp grain. High carbonation and light body. Highly drinkable. One of my favorite Summer beers.

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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 beerleaguer22
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A light straw color that leaves a nice head.

S- Not overpowering at all. Light aroma of citrus and herbal hops.

T- Starts out sweet and citrusy. Faint herbal taste. Not a very hoppy beer, but it comes in at the end. Easy drinking.

O- A good smooth beer that I'd recommend. Tasty, but isn't overwhelming at all. Definitely fitting for the summer.

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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 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 HalfFull
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a clear deep straw/light golden and offers a half inch of white foam. Touch of haze and a moderate retention follow.

Aroma of nuetral grain along with some lemon and coriander/pepper spice. Light hop notes compliment the lemon pepper delivery with lemony saaz emerging more with warming along with a touch of wheaty funk.

Taste is full enough and slightly grainy. Touch of spritz and grain on the finish. Full and spicy body and feel. Very neutral as for yeast influence but clever spicing/hop influence. Warming yields more lemon and pepper upon a nice pils base. Quite drinkable and not overdone with a clean finish.

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

Summer Love pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a small white head on top. Very little lacing and steady streams of bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is light biscuit with notes of lemon.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is smooth, slightly syrupy with mild carbonation. The flavor is well balanced between grainy pale malt, biscuit and lemon citrus. It finishes mildly bitter with light floral notes.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking beer. It doesn't fill you up and is refreshing on a hot summer day.

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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 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 tgorgz
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Into a standard pint glass.

A: Straw coloured, with loads of carbonation and thick head that stays well- characteristics of a standard blonde ale.

S: Straw, some floral notes with bits of citrus. I'm getting alot of lemon and, strange as this may sound, something that resembles Juicy Fruit Gum.

T: Initially sweet, with a bite from the alcohol, followed by bitter as it moves across the palate. Balanced throughout, however. Specifically, I'm getting some hay and citrus (lemon), followed by that Juicy-fruit aftertaste- which I'm not feeling as much.

M: Light, crisp, very refreshing. The carbonation pleasingly dances on the tongue, accentuating the bitterness and hay notes.

O: A very drinkable beer- I could definitely have a few of these at the ballpark and enjoy life. This is one I feel comfortable drinking more quickly, and something to be enjoyed for beer's sake.

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Photo of gr0g
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in color, topped with two fingers of foam. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is hop forward, and there are undoubted American hops at work (checking the hop bill... Yep: Citra and Simcoe, plus Tettnang). Primarily citric character of grapefruit rind, a little bit of tangerine. Bready malt aroma.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of another Victory brew: Headwaters Pale Ale. Citric and grassy hop flavors upfront followed by crisp, light malt. APA-like bitterness levels. Light body with brisk but soft carbonation.

Hopheads should give this a look. Much more hop-forward than the usual summer seasonal blonde ale, which tend to be somewhat bland.

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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 SkeeterHawk
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up a few days ago and drank a few, so I'd better try to get a review in while I still have some.

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden yellow color with a 1/4" head of creamy white bubbles that didn't have too many bubbles rising to push it up, so it fell to a pretty solid ring within about 45 seconds or so.

Aroma: I initially got quite a bit of sweetness with some mild grainy notes, but once the head fell, you could really pick out the hops. There is a healthy dose of American hops in the later additions of their boil as they are fresh on the nose. It has a very inviting aroma.

Taste: The flavor is more bitter than I was expecting from the aroma. The hops are also a big player up front, but they pretty much stick with you the whole time to make the finish balanced slightly toward the bitter as well. There is a little bit of grainy sweetness in there to give a bit of balance, but it doesn't come out in the flavor like it does in the aroma.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. The balance is a little hoppy in the flavor for my taste, but there are no fermentation flaws or is just a recipe thing. If you really dig hoppy beers, give this one a shot as it is pretty decent for a hoppy beer.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,278 ratings.
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