Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Reviews: 462 | Ratings: 2,386
Photo of good_to_sea
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Clear, light golden/amber with a thick, creamy white head. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell: Sweet, fruity malt aroma mixed with earthy hops.
Taste: Herbal, slightly spicy hop bitterness mixed with sweet, bready malt flavor and some citrus fruit. Really nice bitterness.
Feel: Thin-bodied, light to medium carbonation.
Overall: Pleasant, tasty, and drinkable. I love the bitter hop flavor in this beer. Looking forward to picking this one up again.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a small white head. Smells of sweet wheat and slight fruitiness. Tastes of sweet wheat and slight fruitiness, especially banana. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of Crimson-RV
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz can herbal hops and malt balance fine beer thin mouthfeel probably a departure from the style but good beer is good beer would love to buy again

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Photo of Nass
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I agree with it being light bodied, but I do like the interesting selection of hops that were used to brew this beer, not to mention the German malts really shine in this beer. This is a smooth summer drinking blonde ale. This is a good blonde ale if you're new to the style, but I have had better. Cheers! B-

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Photo of BeerOnTheRailing
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Summer Love, not to be confused with Donna Summer, or Love To Love You Baby.
Ah, remember your first summer love? Neither do I but I’m sure she still carries a torch for me. Or, more likely a torch and pitchfork. Just kidding, I’m sure she is lovely. Don’t tell her where I live, whoever she is.
Summer Love Golden Ale is by Victory Brewing Company in PA. It is composed of ”noble European hops backed up by fresh, clean German malts” . “Refreshing and aromatic golden ale Enticing earthy and citrusy hop aromas give way to flavors of lemon and pine.”
It comes in at 5.2ABV, slightly above the average brew and is very crisp with a slightly malt ale flavor. There is definitely a bit of lemon scent and taste. The pine may be the last note, I’m not sure. I don’t eat a lot of pine. It is a golden colored beauty.
I’m strangely attracted to beers with blue labeling. This one is a shade that reminds you of being at the lake, the pool or “down the shore”. It also brings to mind the summer sky, on those days without the chemtrails. It also has the golden sun and some squiggly things below which I’m reluctant to guess at because of the summer and the love and all.
This is unfortunately a seasonal brew so like that love you found one summer, this one too must go back home until next year. But you’ll be waiting. A refreshing, easy drinking brew. Thumbs up Victory Brewing.

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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 Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. Slightly cloudy golden yellow body, one finger white head, good retention on a medium collar, fair bit of lacing. Smell is straw, toasted grain, a bit of resin, hay, slight citrus and lemon. Flavour follows, toasted grain, straw, slight resin, citrus. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, refreshing, a good one to drink on a 90 degree day like this.

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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 EMV
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Light grains and noble hops. Smells like a lager.

T/F: Follows the nose. Light crackery grains.. mild citrus hops without being overly bitter. Clean and crisp. Light bodied... well carbonated.

O: As intended... an easy drinking summer beer. Light and flavorful. Tasted great after the 1st lawn mow of the season.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

L---Light golden color. Completely clear. Thick white head faded quickly, but still left a lot of lacing.

S---Citrus/lemon is most noticeable. There are both hops and malts apparent.

T---Very well balanced between hops & malts. A bit of lemon. Crisp & clean, like a summer beer should be

F---Feels like a summer beer. Not heavy. Quenching & leaves you wanting another.

O---A quality offering by Victory. It just showed up on tap at a local bar I go to weekly. I hope it stays there all spring & summer. I'll definitely have a few more.

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Photo of CoryIanShafer
2.03/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Smells of soap and berries, nothing else, piss yellow, nice color, stiff, crunchy white head, smelling caster sugars, i taste water and soap, extremely bitter, cannot even finish

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Photo of basaywhat
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a straw or light golden color with a nice white head that doesn't last long. Nice crisp malt aroma. Biscuit taste, the hop flavor is a nice bitterness that adds to the crispness.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light yellow with mild persistent lacing.
Smell is grassy with some citrus to it.
Taste is light malt followed by a more than expected citrus/lemon hop finish.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very easy ale to drink, crisp but smooth...

Victory Brewing really puts out some solid brews and Summer Love is no exception. Easy on the eyes with its bright yellow-hues, white head, and a small amount of lacing, it looks the part of a summer beer. The smell has a hoppy and floral character without being to obnoixious with a mouthfeel that simply makes it easy to session these one after the other. The ale was very light on taste but if kept really cold, it would hit the spot on a hot summer's day. Definitely one I can still enjoy here in our "entended" summer....

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Citrus lemon smell,taste was identical. This was very hop forward with a grain cereal background. As it warmed it became even more bitter which lingered long in the aftertaste

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold bit of a straw color large bubbles and I bought a one-finger head which slowly dissipates not much lacing on the glass but a little tiny taste with a little bit of citrus lemon is stronger than I would like but still not bad perfect for summer.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a clear golden color with a nice finger and a half of soapy white head comprised of large bubbles.

Smell is piney fresh with a lemon like citrus scent coming out from the beer.

The taste really follows the nose with that light lemon with a hint of pine bitters.

The mouth is fairly light with a bit of a wet finish.

Overall this would make for a refreshing summer beer. With a low ABV if this was to be found in a nice six pack capacity this would qualify as a craft lawnmower beer. Maybe even paired with a nice light salad I can see this beer pulling that off nicely.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a bright, sunny gold with a creamy, half inch, tight, bright white head. A significant amount of effervescence is present cascading from the base of the glass to the bottom of the cap. Nose is clean and subdued - hints of grassy and earthy notes. Taste follows nose - clean and crackers. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall - simple, clean and lacking complexity but spot on for the style and would pair well with food (e.g. burgers, wings, pizza, etc.).

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

I must admit, I really enjoy the simple golden ale's of summer. Something refreshing and tasty.

Straight gold color, good carbonation creates and supports a well retained white foam cap. Decent lace and constant coverage.

The aroma has a very nice, mildly fruity hop thing happening. Light, snappy and slightly sweet malt mixed with some light, lemmon and citrus hop effect as well.

The flavor of this blonde or golden ale has more complexity than your average version. A snappy, super crisp and clean mouthfeel and taste has the malt hitting you first. A few layers of sweet corn, golden wheat and barley are very up front. But, the hops are not to be outshined. German Tettanang and American whole cone flowers give a much more robust and complex hop edge. Big, earthy, grassy, herbal hops come forward from the Greman side, then very light and juicy, zesty fruits hit you American style. Mostly earthy and herbal, grainy flavor's pop out most with a decent, dry-earthy bitterness in the finish

My favorite aspects are the very lively and jazzy mouthfeel, super light body with an almost unreal flavor complexity for the style. The blend and unique earthy flavor's from the hops goes beyond what is expected. The malt is high quality and delivers excellent base flavor's and balance.

Snag one for the pool side party, snag one for the long hike but make sure you take time to ponder the subtle comlexity.

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Photo of Charliethebrit
4.94/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic for the type of beer that it is. It is a German style brewed by an ale. And it is a surprising success. I was scared at the name. I bought a 12 pack, because the mix pack 12 pack was sold out. But this is an extra pale ale and it is a rare and exemplary find of this style of ale. It has that superb refreshing crispness, like you get with the finest lagers, but also at the same time, you get the wonderful fulless of a quality light ale. That's it, that sums it up for me. Best served at 40 deg F. It is a style found in remote parts of England and it makes sense that Victory is one of my favorite breweries, ever since I lived in Philadelphia.

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Photo of rrebold
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully clean noble hop/citrus hop combo. Exceptionally refreshing with solid malt backbone. Dig it, this beer should get more respect; the IPA only crowd may not approve.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a yellow/orange colored body that yielded a soft white fizzy one finger head that died within twenty seconds. A very light spotty lacing was left with no rings. Fast rising carbonation was seen. The smell was centered around the hops and grass. Some light citrus and caramel came out as the beer warmed. The taste was exactly the same as the smell, nothing different. The palate was light with a decent amount of carbonation felt and it almost came out a bit too harsh. There was a bitter finish. This was very drinkable. Overall, I liked this, I would definitely get it again.

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Photo of lastmango
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright amber with a one finger pure white head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing is present. Floral and citrus aroma. Taste is sweet and crisp with a pronounced grapefruit rind hoppiness on the end, which was a little too bitter for me. Well carbonated and medium light body.

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Photo of puck1225
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass. A bright clear yellow color with a nice white head and lacing. The smell is clean, sweet and citrusy. The taste has lime and lemon notes with a touch of hoppy bitterness. A nice summer beer.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

See through yellow look to this beer. Ok, sort of a take on the scent of a European pale with a malt scent highlighted by some floral hops. Ok, What I like about the flavor is that it adds more citrus and still has the floral bite similar to its euro brethren. Really carbonated and thin beer. Actually good stuff with some lasting bitterness.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,386 ratings