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
Reviews:
434
Ratings:
2,282
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
594
For Trade:
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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a finger of fluffy white head. Light aroma and taste of lemon zest, mint and slight flowery herbs, backed by a mild hop bitterness. Dry, crisp finish. Light bodied. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love opens with a malty nose that bears strong notes of wet wheat, sourdough bread, floury baguette, and hay. Added to these is a strong lemon-scented hop aroma, tinged with small touches of grapefruit rind and pine. Some apricot fruit esters lay just beneath the surface. As a whole, the nose is decent, and the aromas present in good strength, but I find the lemon-and-bread combination to be slightly overpowering and off-balance, somewhat like lemon-scented Pledge sprayed in the air of an active bakery. This is not to say the aromas are off-putting, but they don’t quite seem to mesh together here.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the same lemon-and-bread combination noted above, though the hops here are tinged with a more bitter shot of pine, grapefruit rind, and dandelion stem. The malts bring floury baguette and toast crust, with peppery touches and hints of apricot. There’s also a strong wheat stalk presence here, like hay straw held in the mouth, which lends the beer a bitter and dried-stem taste. The aftertaste is a bitter lemon rind and dandelion stem hop blast, with some breads remaining, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I can appreciate the lightness of this beer, since it is meant to be summer fare, and while the flavors are present in good strength, the beer as a whole doesn’t seem to mesh well. There’s simply too many lemon and dried hay flavors in here, and they get in the way of everything else. The extra-bitter aftertaste is also strange, drying out the mouth and leaving the drinker wanting another sip to refresh the palate. I’d imagine this beer would be great with a good barbecued burger or a hot dog, but as a stand-alone beverage it doesn’t quite balance out.

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

12 oz bottle. No codes to be found on bottle. Neat label art.

Pours crystal-clear, lite-yellow. A very slightly off-white head patches the glass well. Smell is mild biscuit and mineral. A decent amount of noble bitterness at the top, dissolving into that mild malt base, including the mineral. Aftertaste is grassy and bitter, even a tad sour. An easy drinker. Tastes like a light beer, but that's alright for summer..

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Photo of Retail1LO
1.87/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Beer Store in Southampton. This stuff looks like a pilsner, smells like cat piss, tastes like a mass produced BMC product. I had to power through this one. God is this gross. I'm not quite sure where this went wrong, or if this is just the epitome of a beer that's just "not my type'l but there's no love lost here.

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Photo of mjurney
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick bright white head.

Aroma:
Spicy, citrusy, lemony, sweet pale malts.

Taste:
Burst of hops up front, but it's not overly bitter. Spicy, citrusy, resin. Malt background, pale malt, grainy, slight sugary. Finish is a little dry. Body is light-medium, very crisp, refreshing, well carbonated.

Overall:
It's very good.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case at my local distributor. This beer pours a clear light gold with excellent carbonation and small white head. Smells of floral and faint citrus hops. A little lemon character is in there. Tastes crisp, light and refreshing with a kiss of bitterness at the end. Kind of has a Granny Smith apple taste to it (which I really dig). An awesome session beer. Takes a couple of beers to get accustomed to, but in no time I found myself flying through these. I think I just found my new go-to beer for the summer! Another great job by Victory.

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Photo of Premo88
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(enjoy by 8 Sept. 2015 printed on label)

L: clear yellow, very pale and misty-looking despite being quite clear; thick head of white foam about 1-inch tall off a hard pour, shrinks down quickly but keeps a full cap of soapy thick foam with a triple-thick collar; some sticking but no lacing

S: sweet grain, corn, creamed corn; sour grain takes over a lot of the sweetness; as I get 1/3 in, the hop notes begin showing up, very light grassiness, green onion, maybe a bit of black pepper

T: damn ... very grainy and very bitter for the style, a hop-bite of impressive proportion tasting like earth/dirt and maybe a pinch of pepper; the bitterness is stout and lingers well into the aftertaste; very little of the sweet/creamed corn aroma in the flavor at first, but as it warms, the sweetness begins showing through, almost into a bready malt flavor; about 1/3 into it, the American hops begin kicking in a faint citrus note (lemon, lime)

F: fantastic ... light, crisp and easy going down; not watery despite being very, very light

O: the hoppiest blonde ale I've tried so far with a hop bite formidable up front and in the back end; the IBU number for this is likely low, but it comes off as a 60-70+ IBU brew ... with such a light malt profile, the hops really shine here, and the Tettnang hops really tame the American Simcoe and Citra and mix into a floral yet still very Old World taste. One of the best summer seasonals I've come across.

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Photo of atr2605
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours slightly hazy straw color with a sudsy white head with nice retention
S-wheat, lemon, hint of spice
T-wheat malt is met with a spicy pine hop bitterness with lemon in the finish
M-light bodied
O-nice light bodied very drinkable summer beer. Perfect for a hot summer day

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Photo of Agold
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours with about a half inch of white fluffy head, which dissipates leaving some spotty lacing on the side of the glass. It is a clear brilliant golden beer. Very nice looking. There is something weird happening in the nose. Something making me think I maybe got a bad bottle. there is a little bit of an odd maybe rubberband aroma masking some grainyness and a bit of herby hops. Kind of offputting, and making me not look forward to taking that first sip. After that aroma smacked me in the face, the flavor is surprisingly not that bad. Has a lot of herbey hops and nice grainy malt character. There is a very mild mirroring of that problem from the aroma, but it is not very present. The mouthfeel isn't overly light, which makes me suspect that this is not an infection, but it is a little bit astringent. Light medium body with ok carbonation. I really don't know what to make of this beer. It didn't make me want to get another, but I would like to see if this was a bad bottle or if this is really what this beer is like.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-yellow hue with a fluffy white head that settles quickly, leaving behind just a thin film on the surface. Lacing is quite nice, and glides down the surface of the glass. The nose has some fruity elements, along with cracker and toast, followed by grassy hop character and a citric tinge. Flavor profile is very similar. Starts cracker-like up front, with some honey notes, followed by some fruity undertones on the mid-palate, finishing quite dry, with floral, grassy notes.

This beer is light, but has a ton of flavor and a very clean mouthfeel. Summer Love is a perfect name to describe this beer. Incredibly easy to drink, and very thirst-quenching. Another fine effort by Bill and Ron. While we have Victory in Minnesota, why have I not seen this until a recent trip across the border into Wisconsin?

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Summer Love brewed by Victory Brewing Company with an ABV 0f 5.2. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. This is an an filtered brew. To me it looks like an wheat brew. The smell is sweet and crisp. I'm picking up citrus and grains. This brew has a nice smell to it. The taste is bitter. There is a lot of hops to this brew. That is what the bitterness is coming from. After half way down it gets better. The taste is ok and I'm leaving it at that. Mouthfeel is nice and clean with a bitterness of hops. Summer Love does have some smoothness to it. overall I'm giving this brew a 3.25 out of 5. Not the best I've had but not the worst I've had.

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Photo of magine
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale yellow with lots of bubbles. White head is a finger thick lots of big suds make up the head. Good lace sticks the whole drink. Nice layer of lace hangs for the head. Good looks.

Brew smells of pale malts, grains, yeast. Some light lingering hops. Average pleasant nose.

Brew tastes crisp and has some peppery hops. Pale malts added with floral and earthy, grassy hops. Brew feels nice and has a slight dry aftertaste. Great for a session. Good flavors and mouthfeel.

A good, almost toned down version of their Prima Pils, a good solid session beer that would please any beer drinker. This isnt a style I would pick up and session all the time (at least at this time in my life), but is a good solid drinker. Good.

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Photo of mlockman
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is really a bit hoppier than I was expecting. The hoppiness leave an odd aftertaste on the palate, making the beer less refreshing than I had hoped.

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Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine. Poured into a standard shaker pint...

A: Pours a pale, straw gold with a touch of haze; a cotton-white, one-finger head forms on the top and fades leaving some specks and webs of lace.

S: Light bread crust; lemon / orange zest with some grassy notes in the hop profile.

T: Snappy, cracker malt; a pinch of pepper; lemon rind and some herby hops; its got a nice, lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied; high carbonation; crisp and refreshing.

O: Very drinkable... perhaps my new favorite summer seasonal. Light and refreshing, yet tasty... mmm.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [2.50] Pours out a pale yellow color. The beer had some head but it was gone instantly. The beer looks like dirty water a bit. Visually not the most striking beer. I can't find the ABV listed - or a date code. Bad marks all around.

S: [3.50] Pine, citrus, some wheat aromas. The smell is actually really pleasant.

T: [3.75] There is a lemony like almost a Shandy flavor to the whole thing - but not quite that pronounced. There is a decent amount of hop presence, not bitter, but it makes an appearance at the party. There are same caramel malt tones in the mid palate too.

M: [3.50] The beer is medium in body and has elevated carbonation but it adds to the "summer" beer feel.

O: [3.50] Very nice dock beer. Really nice flavors and drinkability. I would have another and share them at a picnic.

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

Bright medium gold with a fluffy white cap. Nose is bright and juicy, pleasant hops and some orange pulp, everything pleasantly restrained. Mouth is steadily and lightly bitter throughout, straightforward, through a fairly long finish. Light cereal grains and a touch of citrus. Light and pleasant, refreshing. Crisp and snappy, definitely has an edge like a pils but the nose is more pale ale.

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Photo of burnstar
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear straw with a big persistent head. Smell is mild but has a nice citrus hop note which I really like. Taste is very well balanced. Moderate light malt sweetness. Herbal hops- again a slight citrus note, and clean sharp bitterness through the finish. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Sessionable. Really great for what it is. Somehow I did end up drinking this while watching a baseball game which I think is ideal. Very nice summer beer.

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Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DRank this from an English pub glass...

The beer is a pale yellow with a thin white head. I really don't know how to describe this smell, it is very funky and fruity, I could smell peach and mango with a light citrus accent. The taste has a very different bitterness, it is lemony and funky with flavors of mango and a bready finish. The beer is light with good moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. This is a perfect summer beer for me, lots of interesting hop flavor and very refreshing.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -14%

I had this about a week ago and likely won't have it again. I'm a big fan of other Victory offerings, but I prefer their other hoppier styles. That's not surprising since I don't usually favor blonde ales.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Girlfriend got me a single of this in a mixed pack, actually drank it on the beach.

I must say for a Summer/Blonde its pretty tastey. Seemed to have a little bit of a noble hop bite, kinda grassy, which I dug, nice and carbonated, much tastier than a Bud/PBR/ect. Had a more present malt body than would be expected, nice and bready. I probably would normally purchase something local/cheaper if going in this category but its one of the better "summer beers" out there. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; small head that quickly dissipates; slight lacing

S: smells like dried tropical fruit to me; smells great

T: light malts with some biscuit notes; hoppy bitterness that would be refreshing in summer heat

F: fairly thin

O: not bad overall

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Photo of gr0g
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in color, topped with two fingers of foam. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is hop forward, and there are undoubted American hops at work (checking the hop bill... Yep: Citra and Simcoe, plus Tettnang). Primarily citric character of grapefruit rind, a little bit of tangerine. Bready malt aroma.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of another Victory brew: Headwaters Pale Ale. Citric and grassy hop flavors upfront followed by crisp, light malt. APA-like bitterness levels. Light body with brisk but soft carbonation.

Hopheads should give this a look. Much more hop-forward than the usual summer seasonal blonde ale, which tend to be somewhat bland.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden and pale yellow with good clarity and a thin white head that reduced down quickly. Moderate hop aroma, yeast, grass, and some lemon rind. Has a nice crisp mouthfeel and drinks light bodied. Good balance of hops and malt characteristics and finishes juicy on the palate. A nice summer session ale.

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Photo of beergod1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Huge citrus hops in the aroma with a bit of an herbal component. The taste is citrus and earthy hops with faint pale malty notes. light bitterness, and the bitterness lingers. Medium bodied. A little off balance, but good, and very interesting. Seems there is some yeasty character in there I can't describe.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours clear golden with a half finger of white head.

S: Light cereal grains, lemon, and coriander.

T: Light cereal grains, lemon, and coriander.

M: The body is light with a crisp and clean finish.

O: This is highly drinkable but it's too similar to the rest of the boring Summer brews.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,282 ratings.
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