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:
2,300
Reviews:
437
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
605
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,300 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of rramsey
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mule420
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Coopersbeer
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's a pretty good beer. Doesn't stand out but doesn't fall short either.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

CAN
Bright gold with loose snowy froth. 4
Clean flinty grain and flowers. 3.75
Cracker + shortbread, some grass, slight lemon, and a bit of peppery bitterness. 3.75
Round, latte chew, almost medium, crisp. 4

Bigger than expected - which is on point for a blonde. Underhopped; ditto. Well put together and unexciting - to style, in other words. 3.75

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Photo of donspublic
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a clear straw yellow with a typical white head - not inspiring, but never judge a book by its cover! Strong aroma is malty with a yeasty undertone and hints of citrus and hops. Sunny flavor has a malty core and a strong, slightly sour citrus note, as well as hints of hops and apple. Average-bodied texture has a nice tingle to it. Great for summer, or saying goodbye to the bloomin' hot weather.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a crystal clear golden straw color with a thin layer of head that dissipated rapidly. The nose is lightly malty and the maltiness is also lightly present in the flavor profile. This offering is light-bodied. The finish has a semi-dry bitterness from the hops which appears to grow more hoppy as one moves down the glass.

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Photo of Wjmckeown
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FriarTuck
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let me say, I went into this brew blindly and am pleasantly surprised. Not that I expect anything insignificant from Victory, but being an IPA drinker almost exclusively, I was expecting something less hoppy.

Purchased as a six pack, I poured it into an English pint glass as soon as I arrived home. Initially at two fingers of white foam, the head settled to a slight, but lingering meringue that laced the glass as the beer disappeared. Not much nose, but what was there was reminiscent of pink grapefruit. Initially, I thought I was tasting clove, but was quickly steered to a sourdough crust dryness. Mouth-feel was very welcoming with a light-medium body. Mid-palate was where I noticed the hops; that beautiful grapefruit made it's showing. Now, for an American blonde, things would usually end there, but Summer Love surprised me again with a long hoppy, slightly sweet finish.

Well played Victory. I will be stocking the "beer cellar" with more of this beautiful brew.

-FriarTuck

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a modest head that leaves just a few dots behind

Smell: Slightly grainy with a hint of citrusy hops

Taste: A hint of bread up front with a developing grainy aspect; in the middle, a hint of citrus balances the malt flavors; surprisingly peppery on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: For a Blonde, this is a tasty beer and would be a treat on a hot Summer day

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love is a great seasonal offering from Victory Brewing. It has the flavor and robustness of an ale but is smooth like a lager. The pour is a great tan color with a white heqd of mediu, bubbles. The head is about one finger amf turns to wisps as you drink, but laces the glass for the whole beer.

The smell is spot on with peppery amd spicy hops dominating. A light yeast aroma can be detected but it mostly the aroma hops from the brew.

The taste is slightly sweet on the tongue with a hop spice toward the end. The hops linger lightly aftet the sip and leave a nice clean aftertaste.

Summer Love has a great summer beer mouthfeel. It is smooth but not thin and doesn't leave a sticky aftertaste. Good for lunch, dinner, or a session!

Summer Love is a great summer offering from Victory. The taste is good and well balanced. The beer is smooth but not thin and can serve as a refresher or a session beer. If you come across this brew in any form during it's short summer "vacation", be sure to grab one and experience the Love!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/01/12 notes, Had in LBI, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pour a of hazy yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, bready malts, grains, and some wheat. Citrus is light, but nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, grains, wheat, floral hops, and some earthy notes. Some honey as well. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is very smooth.

o - Overall a pretty nice blonde ale that is smooth and easy to drink. Lots of citrus to it, especially in the taste. Would definitely have it again sometime; a good summer beer.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The citra and simcoe hops tie into the smooth malt finish nicely.

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Photo of fredgirl13
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kgammell1
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ALLISON01
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Axic10
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery after the Saison du Buff Brewmasters' Lunch. Served in a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a thin layer of head on top.

Smell: Nose is slightly spicy with a distinct grassy aroma. Very clean smelling.

Taste: Malty, grass/hay taste and a slight yeast flavor comes through on this.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: This was a very enjoyable beer that helped almost cleanse my palate after the three course lunch with three different styles of beer. It was a refreshing on a day that was too hot for me (high 80's). I can see myself drinking this at cookouts through the summer. Nothing spectacular, but not bad at all.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The hottest days of the year are gone, but this beer is still in season to me. Cheers.

The Best By date is only a month away from now (“Enjoy by: Sep 18 2012”), so it’s not perfectly fresh – fresh enough, though, for Victory’s standards, which I trust.

A: Pale golden-yellow with only a touch of bubbly head; there’s hardly any bubbles there at all. Only a slight, white layer of creamy fizz stands now, and with only a few strings of lace. Average macro-brew presentation, but with a bit more retention.

S: Soft citrus, orange zest, and basil-like herbal aromas over a widespread scent of toasted wheat bread. Smells like a pilsner, with all of its husky graininess and diminished hop presence.

T: Hop-forward, bread-based, and pleasantly simple, this beer has nearly everything I want in this style. A salty, lemony, Noble hop-style taste stands tall from beginning to end, dropping only to let the grains have a moment – crackers, light toffee, and a hint of yeasty biscuit dough. More lemon on the back end, finishing with a clean aftertaste of semi-dry grasses.

M: Pretty watered-down in the feel, as there’s not a lot of fizzy carbonation; what little bubbliness is there could be considered soft above all else. I guess you could characterize it as refreshing on a hot day (and that’s the point, anyway).

O: If you ever wanted a beer that is simply straight, no-frills, German-style drinkability, this one’s for you. It’s not going to win any medals or satisfy a palate that’s looking for complexity, but it does do exactly what it advertises: drink smooth and tasty on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing tastes quite like summer like watermelon and hops. As soon as brewers figure out how to use either of these in all summertime beers then the better off our summers will be. Hey, wait- here's one...

Summer Love pours like the style's namesake perscribes- golden. And bright golden at that. Showing off those bright and shiny rays, this sunny beer sheds a creamy stark-white head and slathers the glass with random speckled lacing. Its long retention speaks slightly to the world of IPA.

Aromas of tea and cannabis leap out immediately, and with a quick follow of tobacco and marmalade. Its "blonde" character offers a tepid honey and grain support that ties all those earthy and fruity scents together.

Yet inversely, its that melange of grain, malt and honey that greets the palate first, buffering it from the spicy hops that follow. First, a citrusy component grows with pink grapefruit, oranges, juniper and lemon. As the taste turns to bitter- a spicy, woodsy and peppery notion concludes the taste, especially after the sweetness subsides. What's left is the herbal mayhem of sassafras, bark, leaf, grass and bodacious buds.

Early creaminess is the result of dissolved carbonation into residual sweetness. But once that carbonation expels and the sweetness fades, the hops dry the taste while alcohol spices things up in a minty sort of way. Leaving echoes that strike the senses as catty and chive-like though that peppery bitterness tramples on.

With all that hoppy goodness, Victory should get away from any notion of this being a Blonde Ale and would be better suited to advance the hop structure in all- aroma, flavor and bitterness and lighten the body to make Summer Love a "session" IPA. Its 3/4 there already!

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Photo of Budlum
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a finger of fluffy white head. Light aroma and taste of lemon zest, mint and slight flowery herbs, backed by a mild hop bitterness. Dry, crisp finish. Light bodied. Pretty refreshing.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,300 ratings.
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