Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
#28,434
Reviews:
457
Ratings:
2,369
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
639
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,369 |  Reviews: 457
Photo of timmy2b
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Beerchaeology
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

05/22/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nothing special. Hops are upfront which leaves me out of the favorable group. Ahhh...yes...summer love. Soon to be forgotten.

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Photo of Kornoms
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of OtisCampbell007
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of timobkg
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Summer Love pours a light yellow with a nice head that lingers and displays plenty of lacing.

The aroma brings to mind wheat fields, grass, and black pepper. It's an aroma I typically associate with pilsners.

The taste is bitter with a hint of lemon on the finish. There's not and more to it, it's pretty bland otherwise. It's again very reminiscent of pilsners that I've had, but more bitter.

Overall, I'm disappointed. Summer Love ale is a bland and bitter ale that smells and tastes like a pilsner. If I wanted that, I would just drink a pilsner.

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Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of MIKESTARR01
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of jtennyson99
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of CAC329
2.51/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looked like it was going to be a great refreshing summer ale but it was just average with an odd aftertaste.

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Photo of petersonmatt22
2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of izraelc
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours so pale it's almost clear. Thin head. No smell. Tastes very bland with a bitter finish. No remarkable characteristics. I expect better from Victory.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bitterness. Not much else. Could be one of those gateway brews!

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Photo of garuda
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Fresh bottle
A - Clear gold, fluffy white head that has good retention and some lacing.

S/T - Hops are up front on this one. Pine, a little grapefruit, but as it warms, cat piss-soaked carpet starts to emerge and totally takes away from the rest of the drink.

M - Light body, crisp clean dry finish.

O - Ugh. Started out well, but barely drinkable by the end. Maybe I'm super sensitive to a hop variety they used in this, or just cat piss in general, because I'm surprised not many other reviewers have picked it out.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.57/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: August 1, 2014... GLASSWARE: pint... OCCASION: finding a new favorite show in Drunk History at State College...APPEARANCE: pale, almost wan, weak yellow car body; pillowy white, single-finger head that thins rather quickly... AROMA: sharp banana; damp yeasts with some funk--a wet blanket? noticeably light malt scents--not very alluring ... PALATE: medium-bodied; oily and palpably gritty; smooths out over the course of the glass draining; refreshing overall ... TASTE: light, spritzy lemon; a bit doughy for an ale; the funk in the aroma bleeds into the taste--odd dish detergent lingers... OVERALL: an oddly spotty offering from Victory--sharp and slightly abrasive with the overall experience rounding out the profile with some acceptance, but a mix of scents and tastes that do not seem to coexist peacefully... light enough to fit the season, but not large enough to occupy attention or demand a revisit....

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Photo of lakamoso
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not horrible, not great, very average

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Photo of tubeyes
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Light yellow, limited carbonation, clear, little head.
S- Sweet, soapy, floral
T- Sweet, soapy, astringent
M- Light then leaves slight aftertaste
O- Soaptastic but not too bad, had on tap in an American Shaker at OSDH in Denton.
[from note, drank 7/1/12]

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2.64/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Vashtar
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

HOPS
The appearance is... Sadly, I drank it from a bottle.

The aroma is pleasant, but I couldn't detect anything special.

The taste was very hoppy. It was overpowering.

The mouthfeel was flat and thin after 8 sips

Overall, this beer was way too bitter for me.

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Photo of chiefz1
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Vestlake
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Guden
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of chim52chim
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Larrydoherty
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,369 ratings