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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:
431
Ratings:
2,247
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
29.97%
 
 
Wants:
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572
For Trade:
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Reviews: 431 | Ratings: 2,247
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Uh, yellow fizzy beer, golden, white 1/2 head. Looks much like a pilsner.

Smell - Malts, wheat, some hops are there. Earthy, grassy, floral. Some lemon and spices mixed in.

Taste - Starts off bitter and maltish like a pale ale. Has floral hops that give it a sort of belgium flavor to it. Has a carmal flavor mixed in with the spices.

Mouthfeel - Mildly bitterness from the hops. Not much overload on the mouth or palette. Mouth recovers pretty quick.

Overall - Solid and easy to drink. About as good as any other blonde ale out there. Not as smooth as most, has some hops to it, but other then that, a great summer drinker.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I learned something new today. Read more than the front label when trying a beer. This might take longer to drink with Russian River or Stone... but then you won't be confused with your first drink.

I read ale, but with my first pull I got some pilsner flavor. That was from the funky german hops. This is another good example of a cross bred beer.

The characteristics of this beer are very good for a blond. The coloring and head are perfect. The head is very light. The bubbles are light, and the body is enjoyably thin. The flavors are decently complex for a blond. I can't tell the ABV, but I am guessing that the alcohol content makes this drinkable all day. I am just sorry that I only bought one small bottle to try.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear-golden body with soft white head.

S - Pear and lemon notes.

T - Very clean and smooth with a nice tartness. Small hop notes at the finish.

M - Slides over the tongue and down the throat with ease, almost too much ease.

O - Very drinkable session beer. It's not meant to overwhelm the senses, and isn't for sitting down and sipping. This beer is meant for drinking quickly and often. I can feel the summer love. Prost!

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a thin off-white head. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoke in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall flavor is very smoky, but it isn't too heavy.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the smoky aroma and taste is not overpowering.

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Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would have called this a Kölsch, but it's an intriguing and flavorful light beer in any case. Quite hoppy for its light frame. A brambly, sharp, and somewhat acidic taste that is very refreshing. Quite perfumey flavor that carries through to the really powerful nose. Big biscuit flavor, but sharpened up by the hops rather than mellowed by malt, which is doesn't show much of. Light golden, lots of creamy carbonation, which is a plus for me in this style.

Missed this one in Philadelphia last June so was happy to see it show up in six-packs in San Diego at the Super Junior beer museum. One of my favorite lighter beers I've tried this summer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
Enjoy By: 10 Jul 2016

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some citrus notes. The taste is pretty nice malty, nice hop note, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a very tasty thirst quencher.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a firm two finger cap that recedes a little too quick. Some sporadic lacing shows the sip marks.

The aroma is of bitter German hops and lightly toasted biscuits. Crisp and earthy with a touch of lemon.

Crisp, earthy hops, a touch of lemon over a bed of lightly toasted biscuity malt. A bit of an herbal, ganja-like quality as well. This beer may well be my new lawnmower beer.

Light bodied, refreshing, crisp and dry in the finish. A mild bitterness builds a fine bed for any hophead.

Overall, this beer is exactly as advertised. According to the label, this beer was brewed to be consumed during a baseball game on a hot summer day. I have to admit, that sitting in the heat at the ballpark or while at home cutting the lawn, this beer is perfect.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, best before 10/11/12.

Pours a crystal clear golden blonde with a tight, white and frothy head. Average retention, with some lacing.

The aroma is hoppy and clean. Grassy and redolent of Noble-type hops.

Flavor is light, clean and well-balanced, with a surprisingly solid bitterness. Cracker-like malty notes pair well with lightly floral and citrusy hops. Reminds me of a German Kölsch, but one I'd actually want to drink a lot of! Highly drinkable with a light, smooth mouthfeel and a dry, bitter finish.

I think I've found one of my new favorite beers for the summer. Well done Victory.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Victory Summer Love Ale is a super clear, pale yellow ale with an airy white head that has good retention and lacing. It has a very citrusy, orange aroma with a note of light grain. It smells a little sweet. It's medium-light bodied and very smooth with a crisp, dry finish. It's lightly bittered and quite flavorful. It tastes like light grain with a good amount of orange and grapefruit. The balance is perfect. It's incredibly quenching. This is everything a summer ale should be.

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Photo of plfahey
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden-yellow in color with absolutely brilliant clarity. Moderate white head with fine bubbles and decent retention.

Aroma-Very interesting hop aroma-Floral, earthy, but also a bit catty and piney. Also has some noble hop notes. Malt profile shows notes of grain and unsalted crackers, and is very clean. Intriguing for sure.

Flavor-Clean and crisp malt shows up first, with grainy, crackery flavors. Moderately strong hop flavors follow, first floral and noble, then catty, citric, and piney, and then again floral on the way out, with moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste is distinctly hoppy (floral and noble), with a slight hint of malt sweetness. On the whole, I find it rather enjoyable.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the tongue but is not astringent.

I think this is a pretty damn good summer seasonal-it reminds me a little bit of Victory's Prima Pils with some American hops tossed in. Yummy, thirst quenching, and easy drinking. I'll definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best by date of 12/13/11? as i recall.
A: pale straw gold, clear. bone-white head dissipates to a ring of lace.
S: pale, biscuity, doughy malts and noble hops-lemony, grassy, earthy/spicy.
T: very refreshing. lighlty sweet bready malts are smoothly cleaned out by a smooth hop bitterness. finishes crisp and dry.
M: light bodied but not overly so, frothy. begs another sip in the hot weather.
O: really liked this but would have loved it with different hops-citra or amarillo possibly.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw/light golden color. Big, fluffy white head (a couple fingers) has good retention. There's a tiny bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Mild aroma of grasses and hops.

Taste: Light, grassy malts nicely balanced against mild hop flavors. There's a bit of lemon at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. A bit more substantive than I would've imagined. Just the right amount of carbonation. Somewhat crisp.

Drinkability: A very (too?) drinkable summertime ale. Moderate ABV.

Very pleasant blonde ale; not a style I'd normally get, but I really appreciate the hops here: not overly strong, but plenty to taste.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Nice inch thick white foamy head sits on a golden color. Really fantastic hop grassy crisp grain aroma. Nice crisp malty flavor with great floral and fruity notes. Its very well balanced and a super easy drinker. One of my go to summer session brews. Wish they would make a double version...
You really never find this much flavor in a blonde too often.

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Photo of CMG-PSU
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Again... these summer brews are so good I'd drink them all year round! I do concede this particular brew is particularly good - outside -&- hot - very refreshing with a grapefruit finish.

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Photo of lostinfla
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very pleasantly suprised with this one!

Bottle into a pint glass. Quickly dissappearing white head that left a nice lacey ring behind. Color was as advertised - blond and very clear with very small, tight carbonation bubbles.
The smell caught me right away - great pine / citrus aroma with just enough malt to make it great. Very fresh smelling !
Taste was smooth with just the right amount of bite that lingered for a few seconds but was not at all overwhelming. Light bodied and went down easy.
This one is exactly what the doctor ordered for summertime quaffing. Light, piney and easy to enjoy!

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Can’t find a bottle date, but since it’s nearly November this one might be past its prime.

A: I can see why this is a blonde! Very pale hazy straw color. Nice white head with big bubbles and lots of lacing.

S: Some grassiness and tropical fruit...apricot and mango. Some spiciness. Really a nice smelling beer.

T: Well if it’s past its prime then I can’t really tell. Everything from the aroma comes into play in the flavor, plus there’s a good amount of bready grain added.

M: It’s nicely refreshing and makes you want to take another sip. Finish is a tad dry which I think is part of what draws me into wanting to immediately take another drink. On the watery side with some nice scrubbing bubbles.

O: I had this on draft over the summer with some oysters and was surprised by how much I liked it. I’ll be picking this up again when the warm weather returns.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color. White head with ok retention and some lace strings. Many many little rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet fresh grains and citrus in the background. Smells juicy but not nessecarily with fruitiness. Very simple yet well done. Clean, crisp and super fresh.

T: Matching the smell very well, the taste is packed with fresh grains, some citrus and also peppery spice.

M: Nice smooth, swirly feeling beer. Body is on the medium side. Texture is a weee bit resinsy-dry feeling.

O: A solid choice for an outside pleasant weather beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow, clear body, and stark white head.

The smell is light fresh grass and floral hops, with a strong grain malt presence.

Nice and bright flavors. The scale tips slightly on the malt side. The malts are grainy and buttery. The hops are grassy.

Mouthfeel is extremely crisp and refreshing. It has a light body and really makes this a perfect hot weather beer.

This may have become my summer grass cutting beer this year. It's not something I'd pick if I'm sitting down to really get into a beer, but it's perfect for bbqs or working outside.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a light gold with a small white head. Fairly good retention.

Smells like lemon and bready malts.

Taste is a lot bigger than I expected. Great lemon/citrus hop flavor with a touch of bread throughout. Finishes spicy and very crisp and clean. Almost more of a characteristic of a good German pils.

Mouthfeel is very light with high carbonation levels.

Overall a very refreshing crisp beer. I've heard good things about this and wasn't disappointed. One of the better summer beers I've had. Definitely more flavor than your average summer ale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin white cap throughout. The nose brings a bit of light citrus hops and a slight floral character. Light grain is there as well. Flavor is slightly bready and grainy with some slight hop flavor. Body is light and crisp with good carbonation and a light bitterness to the finish. Well done.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(strangely, no best by date on label - poured into an Innis & Gunn stemmed fluted goblet)

A: clear-filtered sunshine yellow liquid with an open-structured, spongy white foam that lasts for a couple minutes after the initial pour... after the foam died a bit, the remaining pour brings a hilly crest above the glass, pillowy in form

S: soapy-flowery German hops come to the fore - I wanna say similar in character to their Hop Wallop - zesty, almost saffron spiciness in there as well (the Simcoe?)... background of lemon peel, and perhaps a faint pilsner malt deep down... the Citra may only provide a delicate, spruce-y highlight

T: zippy-hoppy up front, a touch of honeyish malt, and then it just drops off dry with that perfumy, soapy-floral element wafting on the palate... with subsequent sips, the spicy, piney, soft bitterness of the hops take over... the malt stays a bit back coming across with a mild, dry shortbread flavor... sort of a lemon meringue real late in the aftertaste

M: this drinks like a mix between a German and Czech pils - somewhat sharp-drop dryness mixed with a chalky-soft, fluffy, and fuller malt body... the hops seem to project a menthol cooling sensation

O: I feel like I've had this beer before - Victory tweaked some older recipe to create this... they do well with their German ingredients, adding a touch of this US hop and that... I could see drinking 2-3 of these at a BBQ this summer

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Photo of chickenflea
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, won in beer tasting at ABC. Fresh, malty aroma. Flavors are crisp, clean and bright, with a breezy freshness. Surprised at how flavorful this beer is. Where most Golden Ales are listless, flawed, too chewy or with distracting side notes, this one is very drinkable. Nice hoppy flavor mid-taste. Light-to-medium body. Average carbonation. Clean finish. I really look forward to each sip. Solid work. I had not been a big fan of victory til now, but I think more of them after this offering.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale and crystal clear yellow with a big and fluffy white head on top. It dissapates somewhat rapidly, but leaves some nice lacing. Malty and hoppy on the nose, more on the citrus hop side. Also a small barley malt note in the back.

As far as summer ales go, this one is really well done. Its meant to be easy to drink, a thirst quencher, and a really well-balanced beer. It achieves all of these with ease. It starts with a nice clean taste of barley, wheat and maybe corn, followed by a healthy hit of some bitter pine or citrus hops. Definitely some grapefruit in there, hiding in the bitterness. The beer goes down so easily that its perfect for a hot summer day. Its one of those simple beers that beer snobs like us can sit there and analyze and pick out the complexities, and still enjoy the heck out of it. This is another really good beer from Victory. They do some pretty awesome stuff with hops.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pour is a deeper gold than expected, smells of minerals and hops, taste has a strong carbonation, not overbearing but strong, length is solid malt to hops with a good finish but i cannot pinpoint the finish from a flavor standpoint, there is something there, feel is full and satisfying, overall enjoyable. a solid beer would consider some more

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Dull golden with a slight chill haze. Fluffy white head retains better than expected. It settles after a bit, but holds at a quarter inch. Foamy patches of lacing cling stubbornly to the glass.

S: Delicately hoppy nose divulges aromas of green grass, pithy white grapefruit, crushed mango, and spicy herb. Malts bring a soft biscuit and dough scent. Very clean. A nice nose. Kind of fun, but not overstated.

T: Hoppy up front. Grassy, a bit oily, herbal and spicy. Light touch of white grapefruit pith. Lots of hop flavor, but the bitterness is tame enough. Soft grainy malt base. Very clean. Grainy finish with lingering spicy hops.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy texture is cut by mildly enamel-grating hop oils and a crisp bite of carbonation.

O: This is a little darling of a beer. It strikes the perfect balance between flavor and simple drinkability. It's just a fun and easy beer to drink, and that's exactly what you want in a summer seasonal. One of the better blondes I've had in a while.

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