Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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:
431
Ratings:
2,256
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
29.89%
 
 
Wants:
94
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581
For Trade:
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Reviews: 431 | Ratings: 2,256
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 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 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 fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brilliantly clear like apple juice, same color. Snow white head, nice lacing. Lovely aroma like spearmint, fresh hay. Taste is slightly spicy likea hybrid of German and West Coast Hops. Original, Summery, delicious.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours gold with a solid head (in my half liter glass from Denmark, which is a Carlsberg pilsner flute). looks much better my nucleated 20oz Samuel Smith tulip pint glass.

smell is clean and bland, nothing bad but nothing great.

taste is good, has a clean floral flavor. easy to drink and a good summer beer.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a bar. It was served in a pint glass. It pours a clear, golden straw color with a thin, milk-white head and modest lacing. The smell is rather subdued with citrus, grass, and a whiff of hops. The primary tastes are cracker and citrus with a pleasant hoppy finish. This ale is medium-bodied but light and refreshing to drink with an ABV of 5.2% Overall, while not particularly memorable, it is a nice beer to drink in a cool bar on a hot day.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TheElectricOne
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into tulip glass:

This beer is pretty much the definition of an average craft beer. It's got a decent, one finger head that lingers for a minute or two, it's got some nice light hop aroma, with a lot more cracker and bready notes. The taste is very, very basic.....lots of dry, crackery malt, with some earthy hops as well. It's a nice alternative to a macro at a cookout or at the beach, but not something I'd seek out.

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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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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a decent looking one finger-ed white foamy to bubbly looking head that dissipated nicely. Lacing, eh, well, that was kinda few and far between.
The smell, on the other hand, capped some light sweet fresh grassy tones to it. A malty variety of sweet graininess slightly ran into balance it.
The taste was mainly sweet on all accounts. Low bittering grassy hops balance.
The mouthfeel sat light on the body. Carbonation runs low and caps ya in the mouth with a wonderful sessionability about it.
Overall, well, it fits all of the characteristics of the style, what does one expect. Its just nothing over the top. Hey, its a good food beer.

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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 mountdew1
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice golden color with a 1 finger bubbly head. Head faded to a 1/8", but clung to the sides very well and was constantly refreshed from a reasonable amount of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was hoppy with a tad of sweetness, maybe vanilla and bananas. Pleasant, not overpowering in any shape or form. Taste was fairly plain, not much flavor at all. Very faint touch of lactose type sweet upfront, but that quickly gave way to a hoppy bitterness. The bitter faded with time, but wasn't replaced with much of anything. Felt a little watery in the mouth, and the carbonation was a bit sharp and overpowering tickling the tongue. Overall was a bit on the mediocre side. Not what I would imagine a summer beer to be.

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

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: hazy and yellow with golden highlights. A nice creamy white head dissipated leaving intricate lacing on the glass.

The aroma was a fresh whiff of sweet malts and mild bittersweet fruit.

The flavor has a pleasant punch of citrus and tangerine with a gentle lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

The body is somewhat light and the mouthfeel is zesty and rather thin which is rather typical for this refreshing style of ale. The flavor on the palate is slightly astringent by short-lived.

I could not think of a better ale to have on a warm summer evening. While the ale is not complex, it has a solid flavor profile and remains thirst quenching from start to finish.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

**
05/22/2013
aroma: Hops, Pine, Citrus
appearance: Yellow, little head.
taste: Nice smooth flavor. A touch of vegetable.A bit light on carbonation.A nice summer beer. Not a lot of flavor, but enough to make it a good picnic beer.
feel: Creamy.
**

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
85 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.
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