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Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Summer LoveSummer Love

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt: imported 2 row German malts

Hops: whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops

ABV: 5.2%

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.

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Photo of Preismj
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: copper/yellow. looks light, a touch hazy. Very fluffy cream head that sticks around, leaves little lacing.

s: pleasant aroma of citrus and pine hops. touch sweet from a dark fruit of some kind. The aroma is light on these two items...it then shifts to a scent of wet leather and funky water.

t: a bit malty without the sweet. barley and oats perhaps. get occasional hits of hoppiness and touches of fruit, but all the flavors here are fleeting and come and go. waves of floral, gumminess and orange/tropical fruit are there at times. They are good, just out of synch with each other and a touch off balance. Very average pale ale here.

m: thin. good carbonation, though. average of a pale ale, again.

o: with a name like summer love I was expecting a good session beer find for the summer. I thought this will be filled with all of my favorite things. Rather, I get a very average ale with lackluster pop on the palette and no real need to venture into Ohio beer stores on a quest to locate. It is not bad, by any mean...just very average. Not the brew I'd Love to have all Summer...I can think of several pales I'd take instead in a heartbeat. Very average here.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- yellow and clear, white head quickly fades, non impressive

Smell- slight fruit notes, mild nose, wheat mild hops, not overwhelming nose

Taste- overall flavor is just really mostly just dominate by hop bitterness riding through the mid palate and the finish, very light in terms of malt and other flavors, non complex,

Mouthfeel-very overally light and rather crisp

Drinkability/overall- its easy to drink but overally simple i would say just really one dimensional, its just a very simple hoppy beer that lacked a malt backbone which i guess makes sense for the style but just certainly nothing that wows you, inoffensive but a pass for me

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet cereal with light floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by light floral notes with some refreshing cereal with a subtle hoppy finish. There were some light unrefined grain notes that were also perceptible as the beer warmed up which I wasn’t too fond of. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as great as I was expecting based on previous ratings.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

aroma: Hops, Pine, Citrus
appearance: Yellow, little head.
taste: Nice smooth flavor. A touch of vegetable.A bit light on carbonation.A nice summer beer. Not a lot of flavor, but enough to make it a good picnic beer.
feel: Creamy.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not necessarily my style...but I will say, this is a great summer beer. Nice and light. Smooth and super easy to drink (almost too easy). Would have liked to see the flavor pop a little more though.....both on smell and taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 27, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow to golden with a short-lived fizzy white head that becomes nothing in short order.

The aroma has a breaded malt character mostly with the grassy and slightly floral hops coming up from behind. But there is also something that reminds me of river water.

Light to medium body.

The grassy and slightly floral hops are more forward in the flavor with a toasted malt character right off the bat. Lingering finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard blue branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've really enjoyed some beers from this brewery in the past. No ABV listed on the label as far as I can tell.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2-25 finger beige colour head of decent cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3-4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear transparent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing at all. Standard fare for a blonde.

Sm: Grainy pale malts. Floral hops. Light nuts. Grassy. Dank. Lemongrass. Caramlts are dominant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Grainy malts are dominant. A twinge of lemongrass. Floral hops. Grassy malts. Pale malts. A bit of biscuit malt, perhaps. Malted barley. Clean barley. A hint of straw/hay. Simply built. Balance is there, but the simplicity of the beer makes this unimpressive. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A simple blonde with little to impress. Approachable and pleasant, but unimpressive.

Mf: Smooth. Wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick for its lack of diverse and/or deep flavour. Decent presence on the palate. Not soft. Suits the flavour profile decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable but unimpressive. It's just too generic overall. I'd bring a sixer of this to a barbecue, but otherwise I doubt I'd get it again - even if it is well priced. Very drinkable - just not exceptional. There are better beers in this style at an equal or better price point. Hides its modest ABV as well as could be expected. Another decent but not exemplary beer from Victory.

High C+

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Photo of KLHBB
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, golden-greenish color with a big ole head and lots of lacing. Smells bready, tastes of hops, lemon rind, black pepper. Too bitter for my taste, thanks.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Summer Love brewed by Victory Brewing Company with an ABV 0f 5.2. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. This is an an filtered brew. To me it looks like an wheat brew. The smell is sweet and crisp. I'm picking up citrus and grains. This brew has a nice smell to it. The taste is bitter. There is a lot of hops to this brew. That is what the bitterness is coming from. After half way down it gets better. The taste is ok and I'm leaving it at that. Mouthfeel is nice and clean with a bitterness of hops. Summer Love does have some smoothness to it. overall I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5. Not the best I've had but not the worst I've had.

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Photo of etoimazo
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Victory Summer Love has an ABV of 5.2% and is referred to as a Golden Ale on the brewer’s website.

Appearance: Very pale straw color, slightly cloudy, with a thin had that laces a bit

Smell: A light malt aroma comes through first and persists through a hint of noble or European hops

Taste: Reminiscent of a Kölsch, with German hops coming through an intentionally malty profile, but hoppier. An American hop bitterness persists in the finish, but the malt backbone hangs in also. This is NOT what I expected from its light, thin pour.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly malty, a bit yeasty, and more substantial than I’d expect of an American Blonde Ale

Overall: A good beer for a summer evening – refreshing, not too distracting, and yet worth paying some attention to

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Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -14%

I had this about a week ago and likely won't have it again. I'm a big fan of other Victory offerings, but I prefer their other hoppier styles. That's not surprising since I don't usually favor blonde ales.

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Photo of djkman
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I agree with other reviews for the summer ales I have had so far, this is the hoppiest. Not a bad thing just different. There are sooooooo many out there that everybody is trying to distinguish themselves from each other.
Good brew if u r a hop man. If u r a hop man to the 10th power then
The hop devil is for you. But for a cold summer brew. I recommend this beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a decent looking one finger-ed white foamy to bubbly looking head that dissipated nicely. Lacing, eh, well, that was kinda few and far between.
The smell, on the other hand, capped some light sweet fresh grassy tones to it. A malty variety of sweet graininess slightly ran into balance it.
The taste was mainly sweet on all accounts. Low bittering grassy hops balance.
The mouthfeel sat light on the body. Carbonation runs low and caps ya in the mouth with a wonderful sessionability about it.
Overall, well, it fits all of the characteristics of the style, what does one expect. Its just nothing over the top. Hey, its a good food beer.

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Photo of Shrews
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served - bottle into a Pint Glass

Very minimal head, golden color

Citrus and grassy with plenty of bitterness in the scent.

Smooth, but crisp light malts. Taste crackers and grassy, spiced hops.

Slight carbonation and an overall very crisp feel in the mouth.

It's a decent beer for the summer. A little too bitter and grassy for my taste.

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Photo of Soonami
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A special beer brewed in collaboration with Philadelphia "With Love" tourism board, is a pale ale made with german pale malt, and locally sourced water (duh). Summer Love was very pale in color almost blonde and had a nice tuft of foam on top. In appearance it could have passed for a pilsner, which is to say too pale for a pale ale. The smell is dominated mostly by grassy hops with a little tinge of lemon--there is a bit of sulfur in the aroma as the beer warms and a bit of cooked veggie. The taste was very nice and clean with light malt flavors, crisp hops and slightly citric finish. The beer was lighter in body than I would have liked, but was easy to drink and refreshing

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Photo of mlockman
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is really a bit hoppier than I was expecting. The hoppiness leave an odd aftertaste on the palate, making the beer less refreshing than I had hoped.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz undated but recently purchased bottle.

A hazy yellow straw with a average white head that has OK duration but leaves more than average lacing.

Mild aroma, and not particularly attractive. Earthy, fruity (mainly citrus), overly floral, with some off notes.

T - has more and much better flavor than anticipated. More hop contribution than usual for style, with some malt background, a lemony tint, and a bit of yeasty fruitiness.

M - Thin, semi-watery. Good carbonation.

O - a mix of good and bad. Rather striking contrast between aroma and taste.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company, a strong seller at my local craft retailer. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.25 finger thick head, knockout lacing. Blondish amber body, how fitting.

Smells floral and citrusy

I taste floral,citrus notes with surefire hop bitterness. Also includes a general herbiness about it. Very clean finish here. This is great for my lower IBU tolerance as of this review.

As I mentioned above, a crisp and clean finish. Hop taste lingers for a very brief moment before going away.

A 3.5 overall for Summer Love, this will be a staple in my fridge these next few months. I will buy this brew again

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Photo of mountdew1
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice golden color with a 1 finger bubbly head. Head faded to a 1/8", but clung to the sides very well and was constantly refreshed from a reasonable amount of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was hoppy with a tad of sweetness, maybe vanilla and bananas. Pleasant, not overpowering in any shape or form. Taste was fairly plain, not much flavor at all. Very faint touch of lactose type sweet upfront, but that quickly gave way to a hoppy bitterness. The bitter faded with time, but wasn't replaced with much of anything. Felt a little watery in the mouth, and the carbonation was a bit sharp and overpowering tickling the tongue. Overall was a bit on the mediocre side. Not what I would imagine a summer beer to be.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a brassy gold with a moderately sized head. Smell is grainy with an odd hop smell. Hops have an herbal scent. I'm assuming that it's also the hops, but I'm picking up an odd, brothy aroma. Kind of like onion skins. Not feeling the smell. Taste is an improvement. Solid herbal/floral hops with a cracker grain malt body. Finish is clean, with slight ale yeast fruitiness. Mouthfeel is moderate overall. Overall this isn't bad, except for the weird aroma.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light straw. Clear. Frankly, kind of like lookin at a macro brew.
Smell: Grapefruit up front. Pretty simple profile.
Taste: again, prominent grapefruit, with little else.
Overall: not impressed. Pretty quaffable but even after a run in a ga. 95 degree, high humidity (perfect time to find out session drink ability), not too impressive.

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Photo of billybob
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours not quite clear very short head that faded quickly but it did leave light wispy lace. light fruity smell taste is dry and crisp leaving a slight bitter after taste which I didn't care for. its a pass for me.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow, with a half inch of white that clings some to the glass. Smell citrus, grass, biscuit, and some clove. Taste is a little different than smell, some lemon bitterness and sweeter than I would have expected, definitely more hoppy than I expected, in a odd way. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and easy enough drinking. This is unique and strangely good.

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Photo of chefelf
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It pours crystal clear with very little foam.

This beer was much lighter than I expected and a lot more bitter. Overall it was a very refreshing beer for a hot summer day. Not my favorite style but I appreciated it.

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Photo of isualum12
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I have tried for a while to get my hands on this beer including at gabf. Of course they were ha ing keg problems when we went by there. Long story short got my hands on it in a trade.

Look very cloudy yellow golden color with NOhead at all. No really nothing. There is a lot of activity coming up on the glass with the carbonization
Smell light hops
Taste- hops with orange peel on the tongue with a little bitterness at the end.

Feel. Way to carbonization for me. It hurt inside My mouth. I won't finish this beer because of the feel.
Overall it lacked what I expected. Unfortantly victory has not lived up to it for me. But hey that just my take.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,268 ratings.
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