Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

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431
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2,256
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
29.89%
 
 
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Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a tumbler.

A: A little dark for a blonde ale, this is more amber than not. Despite the darker hues, the ale is translucent. A thin white head comes along.

S: Malty, the nose is very grainy with a mild citrus in tow. The maltiness stands out, adding depth.

T: Grainy, darker biscuit flavors are the primary flavor. Citrus is a soft add-on, a flavor element but not the star of the show. Very drinkable.

M: A good way to start the day, mild with a nice malty/citrusy blast.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very german or czech pils style summer brew. pours clear honey colored with a one inch white head and very large bubbles slowly rising to the surface. smells like german malts and bittering hops. refreshing aroma. flavor is a little bready from the malts, perhaps making this not the most appropriate style of beer for the season, but its on the lighter side of the malt spectrum and doesnt weigh it down too much. crisp hops at the end, some floral yeast in the background. feel is good, medium carbonation and a medium body, not filling, but not that light either. overall not a bad beer, but certainly not my favorite new summer offering this season.

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Photo of barczar
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates.

Cracker-like malt, grain, floral and earthy hops, a touch of dankness and citrus form the aroma.

Flavor reveals floral hops, a grainy malt backbone, and finishes fairly bitter, grassy, and dry. Light grapefruit pith adds complexity. The balance is toward bittering and grassy, earthy hops..

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation, and slight astringency at the finish.

More bitter than I prefer, but more complex than I anticipated. Very refreshing brew.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Uber pale straw yellow body with a creamy white head. Decent size and retention of the cap. Spotty, light lace around the glass.

S- Light citrus fruit and floral hops on top of a pale malt backbone. Also some grass and pine.

T- Pale cereal grain caramel malt backbone with a pretty nice hop presence above it. Hops are mostly floral and earthy but also lend citrus and pine hints.

MF- Light, highly carbonated body. A small bitterness finishes the ale off.

Not far from what one would expect from a summer ale. For a Blonde Ale it brings nice malt and hop flavor. As usual, most Victory beers are worth a try, especially for the low price.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass

A: Pours a clear gold. Very little carbonation. Nice thick white foamy head that lingers and laces.

S: Real earthy. Grassy. Hops and some citrus. A little odd.

T: You get a kick of juicy subdued hops, citrus, and sweet finish. Bready aftertaste. Starts bitter with hops and ends bready/sweet.

M: Lighter body. Dry finish. Crisp.

O: I was expecting a little more out of Victory for this one. I'm a fan of this brewery, but I would seek other brews for a Blonde.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Listed here as a Blonde Ale, this beer seemed to be very Kolsch-like to me. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clear, but slightly hazy, straw yellow with 1/2 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left very light lacing.

The aroma had nice earthy grains and gentle hops, it smelled almost Pilsener like to me. The flavors had the same grains across the front and middle of the tongue and a nice tangy hop bite at the rear.

The body was light and good carbonation helped carry the flavors across. The beer was slightly sticky at the end however. Drinkability was very good, this could slip down your throat effortlessly all day long. Overall, a very good brew. I think the brewers hit their target for this beer dead-on. Worth trying.

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Photo of dnphoto
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deceptively straw yellow. Big foamy head.Smells very much like a pilsner, with big German aromatics. First sip is slightlly astringent, bitter hops. Maybe Saaz or Centennial, but mostly for flavor. Makes way to a sweet, but still light malt body. Best parts about this beer is 1. it is consistent, & 2. it doesn't taste like a blonde ale. It's more like a light hoppy pilsner with and American twist. For a summer seasonal, there sure are worse beers.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have had many times, most recently at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a perfectly clear straw yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left.
S: Light biscuit malts up front. Then a bit of sweet malts, and lingering bitter and grassy hops.
T: Some caramel sweetness, some biscuit malts, plenty of lingering bitterness. Grassy, floral, lightly spicy. The bitterness is just a bit to abrasive and strong for me though
M/D: A light body with nice carbonation. Fairly smooth at the same time. Not hard to drink. I can put a few away in a sitting.

Not bad at all, but I find the bitterness a bit strong for my tastes. A good summer beer, but not one of my favorites from this brewery.

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Photo of NODAK
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma has a tart citrus note in it along with some wet grain paired with it.

Taste starts out citric with a bit of tartness (lime?) to it. Along with it, there is a little peppery spiciness present and a note of cereal grains. The hops assert themselves with a mild, but stingy bitterness at the finish. A little citrus hangs around after the swallow.

Pretty good summer brew here. Nothing fancy or exciting, but it has more character than many summer beers.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale gold, practically cam call this fizzy and yellow?! Two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention, decent lacing.

Smells of lemon peel, wet grass, and floral hops.

Taste is exactly what I expected from the nose-- very light malt, some lemon and grass notes with a floral hop presence and bitter bite. The body is overcarbonated with a fizzy seltzer feel. The aftertaste has a light hint of sourmash, but I chalk that up to the lemony flavor. The body is insanely light!

Overall, this isn't bad. It isn't the best I've had in the style, but it is very easy to drink, and I'd certainly prefer this over a BMC lager! Still though, I'd prefer Gossamer or Bombshell Blonde.

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Photo of BWED
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher

A- Pale straw, great clarity. Foamy white head retains at one finger. Very little lacing.

S- Straw, a mild solvent (which is off), and a little toasty. Not much hop aroma.

T- Toasty malt. Hop flavor is earthy.

M- Light body, easy drinker. Dryish earthy finish.

O- Nice light blonde ale. Aroma is a little off, but a good, drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of socon67
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours straw yellow with a soapy white foam on top. decent lacing on the glass. Small bubbles of carbonation move to the top.

S - Some scent of fresh hops. Also a mild citrus flavor.

T - Very refreshing flavor from a beer that is great for the warm months. Subdued hop profile, and a mild citrus tartness in the finish.

M - Awesomely sesionable. Does not feel watery despite the relaxed flavors. Easily a beer you can sit back and watch the tide roll in with.

O - A solid seasonal from Victory. Perfect beach beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 8/24/16. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden with nice clarity and transparency; chunky eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are faint with lots of cracker and bread notes. It's slightly floral as well. Fresh grass is there too. The flavors are clean and refreshing. More fresh bread and cracker notes. Some pilsener malts in the mix. Hints of citrus. I'm picking up some lemon and lime zest along with some grapefruit. Slightly earthy. More grass. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's light with active carbonation. It's very smooth and extremely quaffable.

This is very crisp and refreshing brew. It's perfect for the summer. It might not be flashy, but it's enjoyable and well crafted.

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Willybecher Glass

A: Golden straw colored brew that produces a thin white head with moderate retention and meager lacing, appearance suggests filtering. High level of clarity allowing the light to pass readily - Looks light and refreshing, inviting onlookers to sip at a certain speed.

S: Initially yeasty bringing twangs of hop and lemon citrus. Light fresh florals impart a clean earthiness that is reminiscent of a garden in springtime. The nose combines a flirtatious citrus zest with mellow grounded golden malt. Overall very pleasing.

T: Opens softy with an all malt presentation, its clean and the carbonation is well suited. Ever so bitter hops elevate themselves on the palate showcasing wild flowers, citrus peel, and hints of coriander. The opening is pleasant, but has a hindered transition into the middle mouth. Mid mouth is slightly bland, dominated by the German malt and underwhelming hop presence. Arid notes of dry grass, clean ginger, juniper, bits of honey and yeast. Muted sweetness finishes off the flavors and departs with a parched astringency.

M: A highlight; sporting well suited carbonation and medium body that eloquently combine to yield a few clean, refreshing, and drinkable beer.

O: Never been a huge blonde fan. This beer has high drinkability and that’s its selling point in my opinion. The aroma is nice and it presents strongly, but fails to fully come to fruition. This brew is ideal for whetting the whistle and fits the bill for summer drinking. If you cross paths with this beer, plan on having a few, I don’t believe it’s meant for sipping.

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Photo of JNewbs
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold, clear, some lacing but not too much. Fairly standard though I expected a little haze.

S - Definitely had a little funk. Mild citrus, light hops and some grassy notes.

T - A little bit light in this department. I expected a strong flavor but just got a little bit of sweet fruitiness and some light hops.

M - Light body, but had a nice crisp finish. Lots of carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's the summer and while I may not be in love, I do not feel like drinking big beers.

From the bottle: " All of this talk about peanuts and Cracker Jacks can really make you thirsty. Especially in a town like Philadelphia where we flock to the ballpark like birds coming home from winter vacation. There's no better place to sip a Victory Summer Love, our refreshing ale brewed in Downingtown, just outside of Philadelphia, than in the warm summer sun, waiting to catch a glimpse of greatness (or a foul ball). Whether you're reading this label behind home plate or under a shady tree by the river, we hope that these pale malts and German hops help connect you to the magic that is Summer Love. With Love, [undersigned] The Brewmasters of Victory Bill, Ron & Philadelphia XOXO [heart]".

Even with a relatively gentle pour, I still wound up with two-plus fingers of dense, bone-white head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy lemon-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrus hoppiness and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were quite evident on the tongue. In fact, perhaps more than I would have preferred. If it is to be a summer blonde, I prefer a little more subtlety and yet recently I have been feeling more and more like Victory's beers are over the top, especially regarding their use of hops. And that from a hophead! I do not know whether it is on their end or mine, but as a consumer, I am not as pleased as in the past. The finish was quite dry and somewhat refreshing, but I just felt like it needed to be better offset with the malts that they mentioned. That, or tone down the hops ... Wait, did I really just type that?!?

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a bright golden straw color. clear, with white 1/2" head that fades. aroma of light hops and lemon zest. taste has got more of a hop bite than most summer seasonals, yet it is still easy drinking. the citrus is there in the finish. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

overall, one of the better summer beers I've had.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Arrives in a liter mug, clear, bright, dark yellow with a creamy white head. Awesome lace, fabulous retention.
Smell is hops, malt, some grapefruit. Hops is strongest but not overpowering.
Taste is in line with the smell. Hops first followed by malt and a touch of wood. The same grapefruit note from the hops is here as well as a floral presence. Balance is good.
Medium plus body with a solid, tangy effervescence. Smoother than expected, and pleasantly so.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting at Krugels Georgetown Deli

A - clear golden straw color, bubbles rising gently in taster cup

S - hoppy, but not in an in-your-face ipa kinda way (which I happen to love) but still rather nice

T - follows the scent uniformly, extremely drinkable if you love hoppy session beers

M - thin-ish, but in a good way that you'd expect from this style

O - This is a great lawn mowing beer. Extremely sessionable. Well done Victory!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

RB

12oz from Brewers Haven.. Clear straw golden, wispy white head... Grainy pale malt and light grassy hops. Sorta sweet finish... No flaws really, but just nothing I will ever seek out again.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.75

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. Crisp, clean flavor

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Photo of BigCheese
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Girlfriend got me a single of this in a mixed pack, actually drank it on the beach.

I must say for a Summer/Blonde its pretty tastey. Seemed to have a little bit of a noble hop bite, kinda grassy, which I dug, nice and carbonated, much tastier than a Bud/PBR/ect. Had a more present malt body than would be expected, nice and bready. I probably would normally purchase something local/cheaper if going in this category but its one of the better "summer beers" out there. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a regular glass.

A: Pours a medium straw color with amazing clarity. Lots of effervescent carbonation trails rise upward in this. The head is a three finger white color with impressive retention and a light texture. Intermittent but thick lacing is left on the glass.

S: This has a similar aroma to Prima Pils - strong grassy hops, some lemon zest, and backing pils malts. But there's also an unmistakable fruitiness to it that reminds me it's not a lager.

T: First sips are strong with initial lemongrass. The malt backbone here is too subtle, but the hops do a good job of not overpowering things. The finish is almost too neutrally dry at first - but the hops do a solid job of accumulating on the palate without become. The lightest hint of fruit esters pop up right after the mid-taste, giving it another subtle layer of flavor. Refreshing and easy to drink, just like a blonde ale should be.

M: What a light, spritzy beer. The texture and carbonation are nearly perfect, with just enough finishing dryness keeping it nice and drinkable.

O: Pretty damn good. This is the kind of beer that knows what it is, and knows what it isn't...drink it on a hot summer day (cough) without a care in the world, and it'll treat you like a champ.

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Photo of daniellebelle
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

While I'm enjoying it on my couch, I can imagine it'd be best enjoyed out in the sun. I loved the taste but I wasn't as keen on the way it felt in my mouth. a little dryer than I like. I loved the sweet and airy flavor, and it has a fun bottle! Definitely something I'd drink again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of crisp frothy virginal white colored head... Fairly decent retention gives way to a full veil of lace and a slight collar... A very light pale gold color... Minimal carbonation who's bubbles are been in size and have a pretty quick pace... Uber clean... I don't think that I've ever seen a more translucent brew...

S - Lemon... Orange zest... Some candied sugars... Honey... A mix of toasted and bready malts... Subtle grassy notes... A very minimal hop presence...

T - Lemon... Lots of grainy malts... Some subtle floral notes... A very subtle earthy hop presence on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Very light carbonation... Clean... Crisp... A slightly dry, slightly bitter finish...

D - Basic... Simple... Straight-forward... Not too shabby... No complaints, but I'm not sure I recommend nor seek out again in the future... Additionally, I love the label...

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
85 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.
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