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:
2,312
Reviews:
440
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
613
For Trade:
1
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Photo of suckaj
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Mantooth
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour at the wonderful Duckworth's, Park Road in Charlotte, NC...

Pours a lovely golden color with sticky white lacing. Super light brew - and dry as a bone. At 5.2% this is a great little session ale, easy enough for everyone and complex enough that I found it entertaining. Very nice summer brew - if you're going to be out on a boat, at the beach, wherever - this wouldn't be a bad choice. Give it a shot - nice beer.

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Photo of DrMindbender
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of September 26, 2013 printed on the bottle, so I'm a little late on this one, but that worries me not. Picked this up as part of a mixed six pack before it was too late. And since the first snow of the year was today, I figured this one was appropriate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a light lemon colored body with two fingers of fluffy creamy bone white froth for a head. Some very fine light sediment twirling around the glass. Some bubbles lazily floating topside. Some nice head retention. Looks pretty good, no real lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is very nice. Lemongrass, some zest, citrus, grassy, herbal leafiness, some dirty earthiness, and a nice bit of musty yeast. Smells very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp yeast, bready malt, lemon zest, grassy, earthy, leafy, and herbal. Crisp and refreshing with mild hop bitterness.

M - Feel is crisp, light, mildly bitter, and refreshing. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful, easy-drinking summer beer. I definitely will look forward to picking more of this up next year. This would go great with some summer heat and some summer barbeque.

Victory Summer Love ---4/5.

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Photo of AMCimpi
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A buddy brought over a selection of Victory last night. I am assuming it’s from a recent Victory Variety pack, but I can’t be sure. After looking over the label several times I do NOT see a best by date on the bottle.

Good looking beer. Perfect 2 finger head that is sudsy and bright white. The beer is a very bright and crystal clear gold color. Just a bubble or two escape. Some sudsy lace clings in clumps.

Aroma is light, fresh, grassy. Surprisingly floral.

My first impression is that this is hoppier than I imagined and is very fresh. A very light cracker/bready malt flavor that’s just lighty toasted. Very subtle. The citrus/floral hops are center stage and steal the show. If this had a touch more bready character it would be awesome. Almost a SN Summerfest. Just not quite.

Light, crisp and refreshing. Yep, that works for an American Blonde and a beer designed for Summer consumption.
For what this is meant to be, this pretty much nails the style. Well done.

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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly vigorous pour into the upright tulip results in an inch of marshmallow-like white foam atop a clear gold body; pretty good retention, but not as much lace as I'd like. Good looking Blonde.

S: Smells like a nice Pils without the lager yeast: clean, biscuity malt and moderate Noble hoppiness - very herbal, lightly earthy. Simple and good.

T: Much like the nose, I'm getting a pleasant balance of clean pilsner malt and fairly intense European hops. Quite noticeable bitterness on the finish - not quite enough to be astringent, but it's right on the borderline. Long, bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. I'm a fan.

M: Fairly light-bodied and exploding with creamy carbonation. Lively and refreshing, if a bit over the top with the effervescence.

O: I like it, but it seems overdone for the style: the combination of extra-light malt and fairly aggressive hops makes it refreshing, but potentially too intense for someone trying to use Blondes as a stepping stone to more flavorful styles. If you want interesting flavor, this is the place to be in this style; if you want something that's just hugely drinkable without being boring, I'd recommend Narragansett Summer.

Cheers!

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Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer Love is light yellow or straw color. It’s very clear and looks light gold when held to light. A white head tops it, and rises to about a finger and a half in height. It recedes to a surface covering rather quickly, but leaves a moderate web of sticky lace behind.

The nose is good. It kicks off with grainy notes. They’re fairly prominent throughout. A whiff of sweet malt follows. Lemon is noted about midway through. Hops are more prominent than you might expect. They smell quite grassy and floral. There’s a bit of a spicy scent that I can’t quite put my finger on. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. It’s rather straight forward and simple, but it smells good.

The flavor is likewise good. It’s a little sweet and malty up front. Grainy, grassy, and earthy notes emerge and resonate throughout. In part, hops are responsible for some of those flavors. Noble hops are definitely in the mix. Their classic grassy, floral flavor is strong. They add a bit of a bitter kick, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s just enough to make things really buzz. Alcohol is buried. Finishes grassy, a little bitter, and dry.

Summer Love has a light-medium body. Carbonation is quite active, and is a little buzzy. It’s not quite smooth, but it does go down easily. I could gladly handle a few of these.

Victory Brewing seems to be heading in an interesting direction releasing beers such as Summer Love and Headwaters Pale Ale. Rather than going more extreme, they seem to be going for more mass market appeal with smaller, simpler, more drinkable beers. I’m good with that. Summer Love is good beer (as is Headwaters). Summer Love really is a nice, drinkable beer to kick back with this time of year. I’m enjoying it. Easy recommendation.

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

Sunny golden hued with a tight white cap that sags quickly towards the liquid and leaves spotty lacework.
Grainy nose with toasted, flaky bread notes, and a flash of honeyed graham sweetness. Hops bring earthy herbs and lemon rinds.
It rushes through the mouth with a semi-sweet Frosted Flakes burst, then settles towards lightly toasty bread. Hops are modest, but add slaking peppery and lemongrass notes.
Light bodied with a uppity carbonation that settles out over time. Though that's not much of an issue as it's hard to do anything other than pound these back. Call it a lawnmower beer and I'd cut the grass more often. It's supremely refreshing.

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Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Lovely85
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JoeMans
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. There was a very small white head on it that didn’t linger long. Nice aroma to this one. Floral, grassy, hint of lemon in the back ground. The taste is good. Slightly lighter body, just a faint whiff of bitterness and a slight dryness. Slight lemon flavor, with grassy a slight graininess. Very crisp and refreshing. An excellent summer choice!

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear light yellow color that’s almost colorless with a huge 2 fluffy foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells like grains, floral hops, lemon zest, wheat or yeast (hard to tell), sweet malt, light caramel, a little husk and some grass or other earthy notes. Smells like a nice big backyard and was quite inviting and enjoyable, especially since I thought the nose would be dull.

Also shocked by the flavor, as this was much tastier than it looked; a blend of floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, grains, wheat, sweet malt, light caramel, husk, grass, tea leaf, earthy notes and mild spices which add up to an extremely refreshing beer that’s perfect for summer. Hops add nice flavor and bitterness, while the malt and grains bring the sweetness and balance to make this a session beer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and zesty with a lemon pucker, light carbonation, a light body and an herbal essence that tingles as it fades slightly bitter and on the dry side.

A real nice summer treat, this was perfect to throw back and enjoy. Very above average taste, and while not the most complex of beers it is a stand-out as far as summer beers. Forget the style, think beer to drink all day and night at a party which has much better flavor than a macro brew. I’ll definitely seek this out in the summer again.

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

Nice soft hop presence. Fresh and enjoyable. Firm pale malt backing.
Rather cloudy yellws with small white cap.
Nice creamy feel and more of a hop forward beer than most this style. Nonetheless, balanced nicely with a slightly bigger bitterness than typical leading to a long finish. Firm malt backing but also in the flavor.
This is a pretty bold beer for style. Bigger and richer than many and more flavorful than most.
Enjoyable.

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Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BdM
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Holland
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

708th Review on BA
Bottle to pint
12 oz

No date

App- Very clear light yellow with a two finger head that fades to a pitri dish like top. Clumps of foam all over. Nice wall of cling down the sides.

Smell- At 1st it was a bit of an APA. Then comes the lager yeast a bit grainular and a little spice.

Taste- Much more like an APA with a nice hop base and a touch of lemon. Quite refreshing and a bigger than I thought a blonde could be. A well balanced little beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A nice lemon bitter.

Drink- Tasty, balanced and a little hops bitter. It was a nice cold refreshing beer. I might go back for a six pack.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,312 ratings.
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