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Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
430
Ratings:
2,245
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
29.89%
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
572
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 430 | Ratings: 2,245
Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is golden colored with pale yellow highlights. Three fingers of off white head make a fleeting appearance.

S - The first thing that I get is lemon zest. I also get some bready malt and some floral hops.

T - The taste mirrors the smell. I get lemon, some malt and some hops. I get a slight metallic aftertaste.

M - Thin to moderate

O - I am not a fan of Victory, but this is one of the better beers that I have had from them.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pure clear yellow with a half inch of sticky head with excellent sticking lacing on the sides of my glass

S - Smells pretty sweet with malts and a bit of orange peel like hops in the back round. I do get a bit of grain as well which might be from aggressive wheat backbone.

T - First sip was pretty grain forward with a mix of sweet malts then hit with a grapefruit like hop ness which is pretty sweet. It does blend pretty well and the spiciness from the wheat (or rye) is pretty constant. Very good beer.

M - A bit heavy for a season ale but it does work

Overall my favorite summer session ale hands down is the headwaters but this is a pretty good one two. Would not be offended to have a six pack in one sitting.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cracker and pils malts along with some floral hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has flavors of crackery pils malts, hints of lemon, and floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness and just a hint of pepper/spice in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, very enjoyable, and very sessionable. Nice and light and very enjoyable, goes down easy on a summer day (or evening).

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly clear yellow/gold with a bright-white head that leaves almost no lacing. Faint touches of carbonation pull through the beer, but it's not bursting with carbonation.

Smell: Apple, cereal grains, and something akin to wheat jump to the forefront. The hops are mild at best, and add a slight citrus touch to the back. It's pretty mellow overall. A little sweetness sneaks through, but it's a nice compliment to the cereal grains.

Taste: Incredibly delicate on the tongue. The finish is a nice crisp bread with some floral and citrus notes layered throughout. The other malts in the back provide a slight sweetness that prevent the beer from becoming one-dimensional bread flavor. As in the nose, a faint touch of apple sneaks through.

Mouthfeel: A little thin overall. The carbonation came through at a nice level, but the beer sat thin. A little dry on the front, but that's it.

Overall: A very solid summer beer when you're looking to break from the wheat/fruit thing. It's clean, crisp, and refreshing. Definitely another solid beer in the Victory lineup.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a very pale straw colour, you could almost indeed call it blonde. Head is firm and frothy, largely consisting of large bubbles of white. Minimal lacing, but with the very light body (appropriate), that's not unexpected. Looks decent.

Nose is crisp and hoppy, with an emphasis on the crushed green end of the spectrum, much like a pilsener in this regard. Hiding in there are slight fruit characters, but again they're sharp—lemon and a bit of grapefruit, perhaps. This mingles with a very pilsener-y grain character giving a touch of citrus and some savoury basis. Nice.

Taste is smooth and clean, with a very lagery tone to it. Crisp pilsener malt, green hops and a cleansing but mild bitterness to add brightness and crispness to the palate. It's bright, refreshing and exceptionally drinkable.

Extremely refreshing. You know, if someone said that Victory has stuck a different label on their Prima Pils, and called it an Ale I'd believe it. That's no bad thing, given that that's a great beer, but it also does feel a little like this beer is unnecessary as a result.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $2.29
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden hazy straw color with a finger of gray head that dissipated rather quickly. Minimal lacing, below average retention.

Smelled a surprising sharp whiff of hops up front. Seemed to be icy Cascade hops. Also some lemon grassy notes - a bit like lemon Jolly Ranchers - honey, caramel and lime. A bit like Sprit or Sierra Mist. Pretty good smell for a summer brew.

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the smell. Got those Cascade hops still and grassy hops with a bitter finish. In between was sweet alcohol, lime and pine. Later got some tangerine and slight grapefruit.

Light body. Thin texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Bitter finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing, though.

A pretty good summer beer overall, which is saying something, because most taste the same. I’d have it again.

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Photo of cpl78
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One review said "grassy", there is no grass in this beer! But either way. I was able to enjoy this beer out of a bottle poured into a pint glass while sitting down to a nice cheese pizza. Nice clean yellow color with a small hop content. I got a hint of bananna, I could be wrong, but I may be right? Enjoyed the lite bodied mouthfeel to the beer. Not "wheat" heavy like some summer style beers. Nice & easy drinking summer ale. Thank you Victory.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus,hints of earthiness

T-wheat malt, orange, citrus, earthiness, some bitter hop finish

F- light body with light to moderate carbonation, crisp

O- a solid summer beer with good flavor and easy drinkability

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the Summer Love at Aurelios from the can. It is another solid offering from Victory. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that left a lace. The scent had slight bitter citrus. The taste was evenly balanced and easy to drink. There was enough bitterness to make the beer interesting and was supported by citrus tones. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a very good beer heading into summer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours gold with a solid head (in my half liter glass from Denmark, which is a Carlsberg pilsner flute). looks much better my nucleated 20oz Samuel Smith tulip pint glass.

smell is clean and bland, nothing bad but nothing great.

taste is good, has a clean floral flavor. easy to drink and a good summer beer.

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Photo of almostjay
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Such an underrated beer. There is a reason why session IPAs never measure up. It's because "session" and "IPA" are two diametrically opposed concepts. What bugs me though is the fact that beers like this can fly under the radar while people continue chasing a completely unnecessary dragon.

This isn't an IPA, but it's got a nice hop bite, both noble (at the front) and American (at the finish), a feat which I find amazing. It's got a solid aroma, and great flavor all packed into a 5.2% package. This beer is absolutely perfect for summer consumption. Literally all I need in my fridge when the temp starts to rise.

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Photo of mjurney
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick bright white head.

Aroma:
Spicy, citrusy, lemony, sweet pale malts.

Taste:
Burst of hops up front, but it's not overly bitter. Spicy, citrusy, resin. Malt background, pale malt, grainy, slight sugary. Finish is a little dry. Body is light-medium, very crisp, refreshing, well carbonated.

Overall:
It's very good.

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Photo of pkalix
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a little grassy, a little pilsner-y, a little bit of adjunct, but a decent brew and easy to drink. almost some kind of vegetal and fruit flavors in there too.... foamy white head, slightly sticking to the sides. do you ever wonder if 250 characters might be too many for some brews???

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Photo of MacQ32
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very transparent light golden color with a pretty nice finger of white head, ok retention, nice lacing.

S - Smells mildly of malt sweetness, floral hops, lemon and spice.

T - Taste just like it smells but the hops are more apparent in the taste, slight malt backbone and just a touch of lemon. I'm not big on light/summer beers but for the style this is great!

M - Nearly medium bodied, nice coronation. Drinkability and taste!

O - Again, not crazy about this style but I can definitely see myself picking up some of these to share with those who arent hop heads. Really like this'n

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, without freshness info.

Pour is clear, dull golden amber. Loose, eggshell white head, Leaves some minor spots of lacing.

Light spice of peppery hops on the nose.

Pleasantly light, crisp and hopped up blond.
Quite dry, bready malts, more pepper infused hops. Quite enjoyabe, as the label says "at the ball park or under a shade tree"

A lot of flavor and character in a lighter bodied beer. Fine summer drinking.

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Photo of cokes
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny golden hued with a tight white cap that sags quickly towards the liquid and leaves spotty lacework.
Grainy nose with toasted, flaky bread notes, and a flash of honeyed graham sweetness. Hops bring earthy herbs and lemon rinds.
It rushes through the mouth with a semi-sweet Frosted Flakes burst, then settles towards lightly toasty bread. Hops are modest, but add slaking peppery and lemongrass notes.
Light bodied with a uppity carbonation that settles out over time. Though that's not much of an issue as it's hard to do anything other than pound these back. Call it a lawnmower beer and I'd cut the grass more often. It's supremely refreshing.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden road in the glass with a brilliant sharp clarity. The head is sligtht, a light beige coloring, that quickly turns to a washy covering. Inside lied a light and soft carbonation factor that rose at its leisure. The lacing was minimal, low coverage, and low appeal.

S: Upfront was fresh citrus, grapefruit of good strength. Some fresh wheat stalks and staw chimes in on the close.

T: Sweet and grainy pilsner malt with a nice dryness of straw and grapefruit. The hopping is bright and assertive on the close bringing a flowery and dry offering along with a hint of dry grassiness.

M: light bodied with a slick texture. Light carbonation presence, spicy hops on the hold, dry on the swallow.

O: Overall very drinkable, spicy and dry citrus hops work well with the grainy pilsner malt making this a great summer time crisp drinker and one I could drink all day with no complaint. Crisp lager like drinkability with a pale ale amount of hops.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of September 26, 2013 printed on the bottle, so I'm a little late on this one, but that worries me not. Picked this up as part of a mixed six pack before it was too late. And since the first snow of the year was today, I figured this one was appropriate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a light lemon colored body with two fingers of fluffy creamy bone white froth for a head. Some very fine light sediment twirling around the glass. Some bubbles lazily floating topside. Some nice head retention. Looks pretty good, no real lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is very nice. Lemongrass, some zest, citrus, grassy, herbal leafiness, some dirty earthiness, and a nice bit of musty yeast. Smells very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp yeast, bready malt, lemon zest, grassy, earthy, leafy, and herbal. Crisp and refreshing with mild hop bitterness.

M - Feel is crisp, light, mildly bitter, and refreshing. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful, easy-drinking summer beer. I definitely will look forward to picking more of this up next year. This would go great with some summer heat and some summer barbeque.

Victory Summer Love ---4/5.

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Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle,,liked the label

A- poured a clear yellow color with a white 1 finger head a decent amount of lacing on this one

S- is like a pils with noble floral hops then baked bread and sweet malts

T- very good its floral citrus hops 1st with sweet caramel malts a nice baked bread finish,trace of lemon

M- crisp and tasty with good carbonation,floral hops

O- a great summer brew that drinks like a pils nice crisp flavor highly drinkable and tasty..like a prima pils light to me

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very faintly clouded straw yellow, cap of fizzy white head gone quickly. Scent is clean and mild, notes of sweet malt, fresh dried grain, lemon, lightly floral and faintly herbal. Taste follows scent, clean and refreshing, faintly sweet and faintly lemony, touches of fresh grain, flowers and vague minty/herbal touch at the end. Lighter side of medium, moderately high carbonation. While neither bold nor standout in any one area, it is a great refreshing beer for the summer, if more widely available a case of this would be my regular tailgate/BBQ beer.

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Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DRank this from an English pub glass...

The beer is a pale yellow with a thin white head. I really don't know how to describe this smell, it is very funky and fruity, I could smell peach and mango with a light citrus accent. The taste has a very different bitterness, it is lemony and funky with flavors of mango and a bready finish. The beer is light with good moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. This is a perfect summer beer for me, lots of interesting hop flavor and very refreshing.

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Photo of ckollias
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy pale yellow hue with a white, frothy, 1-finger head that the leaves a great trial down the glass and dissipates quickly into a wispy lace.

S: Spicy crisp hop aroma.

T: Very crisp and slightly bitter. Create floral hoppy profile – almost like a mild ipa.

M:. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This brew was a pleasant surprise but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because Victory has a good beer. This brew was light and refreshing.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice soft hop presence. Fresh and enjoyable. Firm pale malt backing.
Rather cloudy yellws with small white cap.
Nice creamy feel and more of a hop forward beer than most this style. Nonetheless, balanced nicely with a slightly bigger bitterness than typical leading to a long finish. Firm malt backing but also in the flavor.
This is a pretty bold beer for style. Bigger and richer than many and more flavorful than most.
Enjoyable.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Poured a light crisp looking golden bubbly body with a frothy white head.

S - Very herbacious on the nose with notes of pepper and spice and a slight citrus fruit on the back end. Very airy and pleasant.

T & M & D - The taste is much like the nose. THe beer starts like and airy with a strong herbal body and some pepper and spice. Then it finished light and crisp with a light body and good levels of clean carbination. Very drinkable!

O - A light summer beer with interesting flavors and great character. I would enjoy these on the beach any time.

-Cheers

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Photo of Kadonny
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A yellowish straw color that is slightly murky with a two finger white fluffy head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Grainy malts, lemon and grassy hops, some yeasty notes.

T: I got the lemon, light fruit and grassy flavors first coupled with some grainy and bready sweeter malts. Some yeast flavors poke through with some pepper and spicyness on the finish. Bitterness is full at the end and it's very dry. It leaves your mouth wanting more.

M: Light to medium, bitter, very dry and no noticeable alcohol. Great drinker.

O: This is a terrific summer beer that is perfect for this time of year. It's complex enough to keep you interested, but simple enough to be able to just sit down and have a few. Very refreshing.

This is a terrific summer beer that I will surely be drinking all summer long. I really liked this one and thankfully it's all over the shelves right now.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
85 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.
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