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:
#28,221
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 Urk1127
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Grapefruit. Citrus peel. Sharp. Musty. Did not like this very much. Otherwise, it's light and refreshing but odd in a way. The hops profile is just candy grapefruit here.

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Photo of Agold
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours with about a half inch of white fluffy head, which dissipates leaving some spotty lacing on the side of the glass. It is a clear brilliant golden beer. Very nice looking. There is something weird happening in the nose. Something making me think I maybe got a bad bottle. there is a little bit of an odd maybe rubberband aroma masking some grainyness and a bit of herby hops. Kind of offputting, and making me not look forward to taking that first sip. After that aroma smacked me in the face, the flavor is surprisingly not that bad. Has a lot of herbey hops and nice grainy malt character. There is a very mild mirroring of that problem from the aroma, but it is not very present. The mouthfeel isn't overly light, which makes me suspect that this is not an infection, but it is a little bit astringent. Light medium body with ok carbonation. I really don't know what to make of this beer. It didn't make me want to get another, but I would like to see if this was a bad bottle or if this is really what this beer is like.

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Photo of vish747
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Victory Summer Love is average at best. I watched a YouTube video of a girl talking about how the Summer Love got her into craft beer, leading her to start a club at her college for other beer-geeks. Ironically, the Victory Hop Devil began my beer phase, and while I do respect Victory for its ability to bridge between the mass-produced and the artisanal, the Summer Love falls into the primer.

The Summer Love looks like any other summer ale or really any other beer - yellow. It smells like any light ale with a touch of hops, and it tastes like a typical summer ale. It's a lightly-hopped, pilsner/pale ale hybrid, with some small flavor and a desire to be refreshing.

Victory is a great brewery, but this beer is not worth it for any beer-geek looking for something with actual flavor and depth. Maybe it's better on tap.

Drink if you're new to craft beers and want something light yet different, or drink if you're a Victory fanboy.

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Photo of yaksurf
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wadsey
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summer Love

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear straw/gold with a small white head that has little retention. Vibrant effervescence. 

S: Bready malts, a whiff of sulfur, lemony zest. Light spiciness, too. 

T: Relatively sweet on the front end with a toasty malt kick. Off note of paper joins hay and grass at mid palate. Sulfur shows up, too. Light bitterness tidies up mess and dares you to take another drink. 

M: Light body and medium carbonation. 

O: The more I drink the less I love Summer Love. I understand that the style calls for a malt-forward approach, but the paper and hay indicate something is amiss. 

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Photo of Nightmare1972
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kyleyhoopster
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of olimpia84
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this on tap served on a pint glass. Appearance was pale yellow and somewhat translucent; you could tell a bit of haziness through the body of the beer. Very small head that surprisingly remained for a while, excellent decorative lacing.

It was hard to judge the smell on this beer because it was very faint but from what I could gather you could tell some garden and minty aromas. Taste was also very herbal and minty, a bit medicinal as well with some metallic taste mixed into it. Decent carbonation. Overall, a decent beer to freshen up a little during hot days but lacking some tones and variety in the taste.

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Photo of harryhops
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ChristinaLynn
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Crisp hoppy ale bitter after taste not much lemon

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Photo of udfan07
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of XsoldoutX
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's an okay summer brew. I was expecting something more from Victory. Certainly not worth the $12 you'd pay for a sixer of this here in South Philly.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

Clear golden color, lager-like look. 1F bright white head, heavy web lacing.

Some mild floral hop aroma with an aroma of cheap fruit perfume.

Raw vegetable and strong mineral taste. German malts are there.

Some bitterness. It worsens as it warms and has an unpleasant finish.

It reminded me why I hadn't taken one of these in years. My bad.

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Photo of ljkelly2171
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lurkerson
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of witster18
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blondes are tough to review because there is so little to most of them, but while I think many of you might think this is harsh, there just isn't much here to set this apart.

Pours light gold... looks like a coors light...
Whispy head does not last. Taste grainey, sweet, some lemon notes and some alcohol backbone. THis may be the shortest review in history.

I have two stoudt's gold's in the fridge, thankfully...

I love Victory beers, and drinkin at the ballpark... but I'm not sure this is much better than any average adjunct lager... give me an old style at wrigley for a third the price...

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great looking blonde ale, yellow-tan and perfectly clear with plenty of rising bubbles and a big white head that had some staying power and left some lacing too.

Aroma is strangely odd, almost skunky but more like an actual skunk than a skunked beer, weirdly animalistic and heavily earthy, with some wet-dog funk. Flavor is a bit more hoppy with floral notes up front, some citrus (lemon peel) and a quite notable malt backbone, especially for a blonde ale.

Body is weirdly almost like a berliner weiss. Reasonably high carbonation keeps it bubbly.

A truly oddball and weird one. Now this was picked up as a single, so I only had one to base a review on. I'll try to pick it up again, and if there's anything not right about this particular bottle, I'll re-review the beer. But it doesn't seem like there's any infection or reason to not review the beer. The store that sold it generally takes good care of their beer. So for the moment, there you have it.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of JMS1512
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of rworkman
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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