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Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.7/5
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2,334 Ratings
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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:
#28,888
Reviews:
450
Ratings:
2,334
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
624
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,334 |  Reviews: 450
Photo of doowhat
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of E-McFarden
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith27614
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TS057
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nishriver
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JArt
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of N8dogg44
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briandaube
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of micropale
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Caesars0331
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Very solid beer. I'm not the biggest fan of this style, since it often seems like I'm just drinking a watered down IPA with zero malt, but this has enough going on to warrant drinking for me. Good balance between semi-sweet malt and flowery, citric hops. Piney hops in the aftertaste, and it finishes pretty dry. These blonde ales often tout themselves as "summer beers", but I've never really gotten that impression from them, because personally a summer beer is something refreshing and thirst quenching. This is tasty, but I wouldn't exactly characterize it as either of the attributes I just mentioned. Still worth drinking for sure, however.

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Photo of hkyplyr73
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hoppier than i had expected

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Photo of Eman17
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of maedhros09
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I liked the lightly fruity malty aspect of this beer but the hops just didn't seem like a good match. It's more of an herbal type with a fair amount of bitterness. There was a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

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

Photo of rjs246
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This was fine but there just isn't a lot going on here. Sort of meh all around.

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Photo of nodder
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Lightman
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djkman
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,334 ratings
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