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
Ratings:
2,312
Reviews:
440
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
613
For Trade:
1
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pale gold
Smell: piney, citrusy hops nose, but not overwhelming.
Taste: The taste matches the nose- refreshing flavours and nicely hoppy, but not overly so
Mouthfeel: light enough to be refreshing, but nowhere near light enough to be bland.

Overall: Victory Summer Love may approach the Platonic Ideal of a summer beer.

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Photo of dewbon
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Love this stuff , the aroma of flowery hops , just the right bite, light carbonation, lovely beer tast. I'm hooked !!! I could drink this till the cows come home. A quality session beer that will not bankrupt you. You will not tire of the taste of this lovely brew.

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4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit, citrus smell and flavors. Nice backside sweetness and not bitterness. Good mouthfeel and appropriate. Mild bitterness

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Photo of MrOH
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear yellow with a single finger of thick white head. Pretty good retention. Nice slippery rings of lace.

Citrusy american hops, some grass, pungent. A bit of nondescript malt underneath.

Light citrus hops, clean malt flavor, crisp finish. Absolutely perfect for a summer beer.

Light bodied, good carbonation.

I wish this was as cheap as Bud, I'd drink it all G-D summer long. The best commercial lawnmower beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 120z bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with "Imported 2 row German malts, whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops" 5.2% ABV

Pours out to a slightly hazy very pale golden, forming a tall rocky white head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose on this bottle is slightly skunked, but I don't mind. No DMS. No diacetyl. One can still get a delicate crackery malt base and perfumy fresh green hops. Wonderful nose. Smells like a great German Pils. Mouthfeel is very soft with a very light, crisp and clean body. The taste is wonderful, and a recap of the aroma. Wonderfully balanced bitterness with great hop character and great delicate malt character.

This is a fantastic beer. Expertly crafted and brewed. I would call it a German Pils with the added pungency of Simcoe and Citra. Totally love it. I could drink a 6'er of this easy during a day at the beach or an outdoor barbecue with family and friends. Highly recommended.

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4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely spectacular. Only thing keeping it from 5's across the board is that its too hoppy for the style (to my understanding).

Pale golden color with ample fizzz white head and with considerable lacing. Nose is pungent and full of grassy aromas. Very crisp and earthy. Flavor is much the same with a faint citrus profile. Malt is thin but present and slightly straw like. Very very refreshing and the most enjoyable Blonde I have ever had.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer from the local beer store, never even heard of this beer before I bought it, and I usually keep up on this stuff! Now, I can't have a proper summer without this unique and refreshing beer in my life!

A - Pours a golden yellow with some deep bronze hues and a very nice foamy head on top that left lots of lacing on my pint glass. Lots of carbonation, but nothing overkill, it all goes great together.

S - Incredibly unique scent. Smells, well, like summer. Picking up some scents of peanuts and some salty buttery popcorn maybe, almost a cracker jack-y kinda scent. Don't forget the citrus, some pine, that relaxing grassy scent and of course THE HOPS! Oh boy, those noble hops smell great with the other scents. Wish they'd make a candle out of this smell so I could have it in my house.

T - Very deep and complex. Sharp bite from the hops and citrus, some buttery saltiness from what honestly tastes like peanuts and popcorn, and that nice refreshing almost IPA-like finish. Great beer for a hot summer day.

M - Nothing too impressive here, feels like a typical beer. Some frothiness, a little bit of velvety smoothness, but other than that it feels like a standard beer.

O - Victory's done it again! I've yet to have a bad beer from Victory, and this one keeps that streak going! Perfect for a hot summer day, it really does taste like they've bottled summer itself up into a bottle, and I don't feel as though I can officially have a "good" summer any longer until I grab a case of this to drink. Great beer!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks the part, a clear and even brilliant bright gold. Bubbling activity never really ceases. A dense, fluffy and creamy pillow of pure white head grows about three fingers high before settling but never dying. Plenty of patching is left clinging to the glass as the beer recedes.
While this style doesn't lemd itself to hoppiness. that actually makes this beer the hoppiest blonde I've ever had. It's floral and grassy with no astringency or harshness to the bitterness, fresh and green and just raw enough without being too leafy. It drinks like a lager but with a lot more flavor than is typical. As boasted, there's also lots of balance; a dryish malts presence that leans crackery but with a bit of biscuit lends great support. It's got a grassiness that I can only describe as summery. This beer was perfectly crafted to scream summer. Do I think this is the best style? No. Do I think this is the best American Blonde ale I've ever had? Yes. It's difficult to imagine what more one can do with the style.
The above translates to the feel as well; this is an extremely light style that drives brewers to make a beer that's just thin. This one, though, is light without giving anything up. Crispness never fades off, and it remains very smooth all the way as well. Not perfect, but perhaps perfect for the style.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,312 ratings.
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