Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Summer LoveSummer Love
BA SCORE
3.7/5
2,333 Ratings
Summer LoveSummer Love
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:
#28,251
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
2,333
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
622
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,333 |  Reviews: 449
Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale clear yellow, finger fluff, patchy lacing

S: malt, grassy, perhaps tad peppery

T: lemon grass, grain, mild bitter crisp finish

M: light body, solid carbonation, dry/crisp finish

O: Usually not a big fan of Blondes, but this is nice. Victory continues to impress me. Great throw in your cooler,
head to your favorite fishing hole/camp ground.
Could drink a 6 pack with ease.

YUM, WORTH TASTING!

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Photo of Drinkup27
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was more hoppy then expected but hey, it's by Victory. Not an overbearing hoppy bitterness that has left me not liking hop beers. This is tolerable for those that are not hop lovers! A great summer beer. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. See-thru straw body with a modest white head that does manage to leave a surprising amount of lace.

Surprisingly potent nose on this stuff, full of grass and grains, herbs and spice. Big noble hop character here, and big flavor profile in general. Crisp and clean grainy finish, but with an impressive 1-2 punch of Noble (grassy) and American (citrus). A great combination of quenching and flavorful, Summer Love is a standard setter in a generally weak style. Get some of this.

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent, near-white head which leaves good ring lace after each sip. The liquid is light gold and is also crystal clear.

Creamy aroma of fresh milled malt with a superb floral hop bouquet. Slightly sweet and very attractive.

The taste is hoppier than I expected from the smell. The nearly untoasted malt does provide a base but it quickly disappears to a black pepper bitterness. Full bodied for the style but also with an elevated level of carbonation. The aftertaste starts off balanced but devolves to simply the aforementioned black pepper from the hop.

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Photo of Cmmunyan
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear golden straw with a thick pillow of fluffy white head. A bit of spotty lace.

Really a great aroma here. Nice grassy hops with a little bit of a cracker aroma in the background. Hints of lemon with a little bit of a floral edge to round it out. The flavor is clean and crisp with hints of sweet fruit and crackers with a grassy hop finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Leaves a nice bitter finish. Overall this one is very impressive. One of the better summer seasonals I've had. I'm sure to grab this multiple times.

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Photo of Jstrautmann38
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden -enjoyed with octopus87 chilled from a 1/2 pint.

The color is pale golden straw color with great clarity and thick snowy cap w/ ultra fine bead. The retention is good and laces sticks well. The aroma of this blonde is full of malt aroma yet has a slight musty yeast and pleasant herbal hop aroma which is mildly sweet. The aroma is well blended with subtle pilsner malt in the nose. The feel is semi-bitter with a mild resinous tinge and this has medium carbonation with a skosh of malt sweetness that balances the light spice with w/ gentle toasted grain and mild yeast smoothness.

The taste has a lemony hop flavor which seems to originate from noble hops as the flavor is familiar and herbal with some tinges of musty yeast and pils malt fills out the body with some light sweetness augmenting the taste with a gentle sweetness and a nice tea like hop dominates with herbal and slight grassy note. the lightly toasted tinges carry on with nice dry taste in the finish. This blonde really demonstrates that a low abv beer can have a good amount of flavor, the hop presence adds the counter balance to the malt with a refreshing quality and light acidity which makes this quaffable and has a refreshing quality perfect for summer because it doesn't makes you sweat from high alcohol and this fits the style well, another high quality brew from Victory!

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

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine. Poured into a standard shaker pint...

A: Pours a pale, straw gold with a touch of haze; a cotton-white, one-finger head forms on the top and fades leaving some specks and webs of lace.

S: Light bread crust; lemon / orange zest with some grassy notes in the hop profile.

T: Snappy, cracker malt; a pinch of pepper; lemon rind and some herby hops; its got a nice, lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; crisp and refreshing.

O: Very drinkable... perhaps my new favorite summer seasonal. Light and refreshing, yet tasty... mmm.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head leaving minimal lace. Very good retention.

S: Lemonheads and orange candy, has a soda like smell at times. Solid bready malt.

T: Easy going bready malt, with a very Kolsch like flavour of golden raisins and yellow apple. Noticable grassy hop flavour, but nothing over the top. A delicate balance working here.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, smooth, a palate cleanser.

O: This is a very nice blonde ale. It has considerable Kolsch characteristics with a hoppy American twist. I wish they had this beer at the ballpark, I'd be happy.

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Photo of caahare
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wingman14
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a nice tall head that sticks around and leaves lacing. The smell is hoppy upfront, but only some aspects of the hops like pine. The weird thing is you don't get much of that in the flavor, the pine is there but not as much as the smell would suggest. The flavor starts with the small pine then moves to a slight yeast/malt combo and finishes with a slight pine, but very refreshing taste. The mouthfeel is great, smooth and refreshing, great amount of flavor but not overpowering. Overall a great beer, nice for a hot summer night. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle intom a standard pint glass, Clear gold in color, with a moderate bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Bright citrussy hops
Taste-Biscuit malt, citrus zest, soft kiss of citrussy hops. Clean finishing and very refreshing. Nice flavor and character for a lighter bodied beer. Nicely aromatic and tasty, perfect for outdoor gatherings. What a summer brew should be. I want another!

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Photo of MattFlynn410
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another high quality offering from Victory. Not too hoppy and great taste.

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Photo of womara
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HeyMarkRoss
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jdwpgh
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of colonia25
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vicotry Summer Love was commissioned by the Philadelphia Tourism Bureau (called With Love, Philadelphia XOXO) for Philly Beer Week 2010. Their hope was to create a beer with mass appeal. Draft only, though they bottled it once for Philly Beer Scene magazine.

I had a pint served at Frontier Saloon. Even though almost every beer served up in this place looks like the head is MIA, you cannot refuse Summer Love its rightful head. Simply amazing! This beer is a beautiful golden color that is as clear as can be. The thick, rich white head shows off the endless carbonation. Not to mention, it sticks all over the glass, something you don't see too often in pubs.

Even a smoke-filled saloon such as Frontier cannot mask the scent of floral, lemony hops wafting off of Summer Love. It smells like a toned down Hop Wallop. The beer is an accentuation of the All-American Citra hop.

With a smell like that, and Victory's line-up of bitter beers, I am expecting an IBU bomb! Surprise! There is no serious bitterness here. Yes, there is some hop flavor up front, but the large majority of this drink is smooth and even. A very well balanced beer!! Gentle bitterness in the finish compliments the malty middle of this beer. Tastes extra fresh.

The carbonation is quite lively, and creates a very refreshing libation. The mouthfeel is smooth and finishes dry. I find this to be quite sessionable. I could drink this all night and all the next morning....

Try this if you can find it in your local tavern.

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Photo of Philly_Philbs
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An ultimate summer beer. Light enough to pound a few if desired but still very flavorful with a nice hop of profile and bitterness. Listed as a blonde ale this beer is like a cross between a blonde ale and a pale ale.

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Photo of HGildemeister
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer with a Grilled Chicken Sandwhich!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very clear and light pale yellow color with lots of streaming carbonation, white frothy head left glass-coating lace.

S- Bug burst of citrusy hops and lemon-grass notes. It smells like Amarillo hops.

T- Big bright citrusy and grapefruit hops balanced with a really nice cracker malt backbone. Some pungent hop character on the finish, but it does not linger.

M- Super refreshing, dry, medium body, and smooth.

O- This is really nice hopped-up summer beer that is very refreshing.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,333 ratings
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