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
Ratings:
2,292
Reviews:
434
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
599
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,292 |  Reviews: 434
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premiere. Good hoppiness with a lighter mouthfeel. Seessionable alcohol. Golden with lots of white lace, a little head retention. Faintly hoppy aroma. Small tasty package, good drinkability. Carbonation right there.Something to beat the heat.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: thin head with nice lacing on a clear and bright straw colored body.

S: Very floral, nice bitterness with lemon tartness. Light grain and wheat notes.

T: again very floral with strong earthy and bitter hops. Malts and grain are weak but appreciated in the background. Mild citrus, mostly orange notes throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation with a fairly dry finish. Have to take points off here because if you are making a summer beer it needs to be more moist and refreshing.

Overall: I think American blondes are one of the more subjective styles of beer and this one is not only very good but also fairly different from others I have had. That being said it isn't the best summer beer out there fr refreshing character but it definitely has the flavor many summer brews lack.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, some grassy notes, and a citrus zest aroma. Taste is of sweet malt, grasses, and a bitter citrus zest. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good blonde ale with a nice hop presence. A good Summer beer from Victory.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very german or czech pils style summer brew. pours clear honey colored with a one inch white head and very large bubbles slowly rising to the surface. smells like german malts and bittering hops. refreshing aroma. flavor is a little bready from the malts, perhaps making this not the most appropriate style of beer for the season, but its on the lighter side of the malt spectrum and doesnt weigh it down too much. crisp hops at the end, some floral yeast in the background. feel is good, medium carbonation and a medium body, not filling, but not that light either. overall not a bad beer, but certainly not my favorite new summer offering this season.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was something I wasn't too sure about. I really wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy it and I just figured I'd give it a shot since it was new and I had never had it before. The beer poured out like a typical pilsner or lager, it had a clear yellow color with a pretty good white head. The lacing wasn't the best here. The smell was a little grassy but had a good amount of hops to balance that out. The taste was great, it had a great amount of hops and it was just very simple. The mouthfeel was really refreshing. I must have drank this within a few minutes. I would buy this again if I was planning on drink several beers in a sitting. Overall it was very good.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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 oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to enjoy a few of these beers while on the beach in the Outer Banks. Surprised to see it as a blonde ale, tasted pretty hoppy and struck me as a pale ale.. regardless, it's a delicious, refreshing beer that's well balanced and crisp with a great finish. Would definitely recommend and makes for a nice, light summer beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing tastes quite like summer like watermelon and hops. As soon as brewers figure out how to use either of these in all summertime beers then the better off our summers will be. Hey, wait- here's one...

Summer Love pours like the style's namesake perscribes- golden. And bright golden at that. Showing off those bright and shiny rays, this sunny beer sheds a creamy stark-white head and slathers the glass with random speckled lacing. Its long retention speaks slightly to the world of IPA.

Aromas of tea and cannabis leap out immediately, and with a quick follow of tobacco and marmalade. Its "blonde" character offers a tepid honey and grain support that ties all those earthy and fruity scents together.

Yet inversely, its that melange of grain, malt and honey that greets the palate first, buffering it from the spicy hops that follow. First, a citrusy component grows with pink grapefruit, oranges, juniper and lemon. As the taste turns to bitter- a spicy, woodsy and peppery notion concludes the taste, especially after the sweetness subsides. What's left is the herbal mayhem of sassafras, bark, leaf, grass and bodacious buds.

Early creaminess is the result of dissolved carbonation into residual sweetness. But once that carbonation expels and the sweetness fades, the hops dry the taste while alcohol spices things up in a minty sort of way. Leaving echoes that strike the senses as catty and chive-like though that peppery bitterness tramples on.

With all that hoppy goodness, Victory should get away from any notion of this being a Blonde Ale and would be better suited to advance the hop structure in all- aroma, flavor and bitterness and lighten the body to make Summer Love a "session" IPA. Its 3/4 there already!

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard blue branded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've really enjoyed some beers from this brewery in the past. No ABV listed on the label as far as I can tell.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2-25 finger beige colour head of decent cream, decent thickness, and above average (~3-4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear transparent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing at all. Standard fare for a blonde.

Sm: Grainy pale malts. Floral hops. Light nuts. Grassy. Dank. Lemongrass. Caramlts are dominant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Grainy malts are dominant. A twinge of lemongrass. Floral hops. Grassy malts. Pale malts. A bit of biscuit malt, perhaps. Malted barley. Clean barley. A hint of straw/hay. Simply built. Balance is there, but the simplicity of the beer makes this unimpressive. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A simple blonde with little to impress. Approachable and pleasant, but unimpressive.

Mf: Smooth. Wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick for its lack of diverse and/or deep flavour. Decent presence on the palate. Not soft. Suits the flavour profile decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable but unimpressive. It's just too generic overall. I'd bring a sixer of this to a barbecue, but otherwise I doubt I'd get it again - even if it is well priced. Very drinkable - just not exceptional. There are better beers in this style at an equal or better price point. Hides its modest ABV as well as could be expected. Another decent but not exemplary beer from Victory.

High C+

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a modest head that leaves just a few dots behind

Smell: Slightly grainy with a hint of citrusy hops

Taste: A hint of bread up front with a developing grainy aspect; in the middle, a hint of citrus balances the malt flavors; surprisingly peppery on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: For a Blonde, this is a tasty beer and would be a treat on a hot Summer day

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head that fades quickly that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not a lot going on here. A crisp mildly sweet malt smell.

Taste: Nice and crisp. Bready malt up front with a nice mild bitterness in the finish. A nice summer drinking beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice beer to drink in the warm weather. Not a lot going on, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, it pours with a thick three-finger head of white foam. Body is pale straw gold, with some lazy rising trails of upward bound carbonation. Pretty good head retention, it sticks around for the duration of the glass, and a crown of lace adorns the rim.

Grassy, yeasty nose, soft and minerally, somewhat bland.

Light in feel, "wet" and slightly watery but with a crisp hop bitterness that balances. Mildly hopped, grassy and bitter like dandelion. Lightly crackery pilsner malt flavor, dry finish. Refreshing. It has a pedestrian character though that reminds me of ballpark macros in the summer. There is some hop nuance there, and the flavors are clean, just not a lot to keep you interested. For summer bbq's this is the beer to transition your craft-novice friends, but there are far better craft blonde ales out there.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet cereal with light floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by light floral notes with some refreshing cereal with a subtle hoppy finish. There were some light unrefined grain notes that were also perceptible as the beer warmed up which I wasn’t too fond of. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as great as I was expecting based on previous ratings.

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Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple from Dyan. Thanks.

Appearance: Pale clear gold topped by a finger of suds.

Smell: Pils malt up front, and a great pils malt aroma at that. Crackery, slightly creamy but largely crisp. Hops are spicy, floral, leafy, largely German in character.

Palate: A balanced mix of crackery, crisp pils malt and zesty, floral hops wrapped up in a light body. The hops take on a spicy, slightly soapy flavor toward the finish with firm bitterness. Quite refreshing. This doesn't taste far from a pils to me, though the more neutral yeast character really allows the pils malt to shine.

Overall: Quaffable, refreshing stuff. Best no-frills summer beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,292 ratings.
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