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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:
432
Ratings:
2,270
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
30.16%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
589
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 432 | Ratings: 2,270
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront herbal hop and a bready malt.

The taste consisted of a full herbal hop spice, biscuity grain and touch of caramel at the finish.

The mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

Overall a very easy to drink APA with an excellent use of hops.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

RB

12oz from Brewers Haven.. Clear straw golden, wispy white head... Grainy pale malt and light grassy hops. Sorta sweet finish... No flaws really, but just nothing I will ever seek out again.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.75

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head leaving minimal lace. Very good retention.

S: Lemonheads and orange candy, has a soda like smell at times. Solid bready malt.

T: Easy going bready malt, with a very Kolsch like flavour of golden raisins and yellow apple. Noticable grassy hop flavour, but nothing over the top. A delicate balance working here.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, smooth, a palate cleanser.

O: This is a very nice blonde ale. It has considerable Kolsch characteristics with a hoppy American twist. I wish they had this beer at the ballpark, I'd be happy.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: straw yellow hue with a touch of haze and a good effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam that didn't stick around terribly long. Decent for the style.

Smell: grainy and slightly floral; it almost seems like there's some light spicing here, maybe? It's quite refreshing.

Taste: much like the aroma with a slightly grainy and quite floral flavor. It works for me in this style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and surprising creaminess, especially for the style. Actually, it's quite amazing. Love it!

Overall: a highly drinkable and refreshing summer ale. Recommended.

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

For the style, this is very good. Pours a pale golden with excellent clarity and a decent head that sticks around as a cap. Some scant lacing. Light breadiness in the nose, a touch of lemony citrus, and some yeastiness. Pretty light. The taste is similar to the aroma, with some light breadiness, a touch of citrus, and some leafy bitterness as well. Smooth, a bit soft, and some light, late fruitiness on the finish. Not bad.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 27, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow to golden with a short-lived fizzy white head that becomes nothing in short order.

The aroma has a breaded malt character mostly with the grassy and slightly floral hops coming up from behind. But there is also something that reminds me of river water.

Light to medium body.

The grassy and slightly floral hops are more forward in the flavor with a toasted malt character right off the bat. Lingering finish.

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Photo of dar482
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a straw clear color with a decently sized head.

The aroma has a sweet corny grain aroma. It’s quite sweet. It’s a bit floral.

The flavor follows with that sweetness, but not cloying and quite crisp with its gentle pilsner malts. It’s very light on its body. Then there is a bit of a citrus and grapefruit bitterness at the end. The surprise is the citrus that comes in the finish that does not come through on the aroma.

I didn’t go crazy for it, but it’s quite a delicious and flavorful summer beer. Recommended.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a very pale straw colour, you could almost indeed call it blonde. Head is firm and frothy, largely consisting of large bubbles of white. Minimal lacing, but with the very light body (appropriate), that's not unexpected. Looks decent.

Nose is crisp and hoppy, with an emphasis on the crushed green end of the spectrum, much like a pilsener in this regard. Hiding in there are slight fruit characters, but again they're sharp—lemon and a bit of grapefruit, perhaps. This mingles with a very pilsener-y grain character giving a touch of citrus and some savoury basis. Nice.

Taste is smooth and clean, with a very lagery tone to it. Crisp pilsener malt, green hops and a cleansing but mild bitterness to add brightness and crispness to the palate. It's bright, refreshing and exceptionally drinkable.

Extremely refreshing. You know, if someone said that Victory has stuck a different label on their Prima Pils, and called it an Ale I'd believe it. That's no bad thing, given that that's a great beer, but it also does feel a little like this beer is unnecessary as a result.

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Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap.

Earthy floral hop aroma with hints of grass, straw, hay and pale malt. Subtle spice along with some crisp, light and citrus fruit.

Medium bodied with a good balance of floral, bitter hops, pale malt, spice and fruit notes. Crisp hop bite up front that provides some dry bitterness and compliments the earthy grass and straw notes. This is countered by the sweet malt and hints of apple, pear and lemon. Well balanced and easy to drink, especially during the warmer months. I was a little nervous by the initial appearance but this beer is pretty complex and flavorful. Pretty nice for this time of year.

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

A: Golden road in the glass with a brilliant sharp clarity. The head is sligtht, a light beige coloring, that quickly turns to a washy covering. Inside lied a light and soft carbonation factor that rose at its leisure. The lacing was minimal, low coverage, and low appeal.

S: Upfront was fresh citrus, grapefruit of good strength. Some fresh wheat stalks and staw chimes in on the close.

T: Sweet and grainy pilsner malt with a nice dryness of straw and grapefruit. The hopping is bright and assertive on the close bringing a flowery and dry offering along with a hint of dry grassiness.

M: light bodied with a slick texture. Light carbonation presence, spicy hops on the hold, dry on the swallow.

O: Overall very drinkable, spicy and dry citrus hops work well with the grainy pilsner malt making this a great summer time crisp drinker and one I could drink all day with no complaint. Crisp lager like drinkability with a pale ale amount of hops.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Listed here as a Blonde Ale, this beer seemed to be very Kolsch-like to me. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clear, but slightly hazy, straw yellow with 1/2 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left very light lacing.

The aroma had nice earthy grains and gentle hops, it smelled almost Pilsener like to me. The flavors had the same grains across the front and middle of the tongue and a nice tangy hop bite at the rear.

The body was light and good carbonation helped carry the flavors across. The beer was slightly sticky at the end however. Drinkability was very good, this could slip down your throat effortlessly all day long. Overall, a very good brew. I think the brewers hit their target for this beer dead-on. Worth trying.

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

On-tap in a tumbler.

A: A little dark for a blonde ale, this is more amber than not. Despite the darker hues, the ale is translucent. A thin white head comes along.

S: Malty, the nose is very grainy with a mild citrus in tow. The maltiness stands out, adding depth.

T: Grainy, darker biscuit flavors are the primary flavor. Citrus is a soft add-on, a flavor element but not the star of the show. Very drinkable.

M: A good way to start the day, mild with a nice malty/citrusy blast.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Clear gold colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread/grains, grapefruit, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit, floral notes and a graininess. It ends with hoppy floral aftertaste.

Overall - Really good and very refreshing. Reminds me a bit of sierra nevada's pale ale. I'd drink it again anytime - a great session beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours straw gold with a slight haze and a thin white foam collar.
S: Has a real fresh cut grass to wet hay nose with some graham cracker and ligh fruit.
T: Very crisp with a big fresh light malt palate. Spicy, herbasl with some caramel and light biscuit to light cracker in the background and then it presents some tropical fruit with some melon.
F: Refreshing, above carbonation and medium light body.
O: A sessionable refreshing full flavored beer that is easy to drink a lot of.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a transparent pale golden color. Vigorous bubbles dance in the glass. A big, fluffy, off-white cap forms and retains. The head really sticks around. Moderate lacing.

S-Pale malts and some fresh yet light hops. The hops are clean and floral. A tad sweet. A bit of soapiness too. Lemons too. Not bad.

T-The taste is quite crisp. It has two separate components. First, a decent punch of Pilsner-like hops hits the palate. Following the hops comes a soft, sweet finish.Still remains quite crisp however. A biscuity tone as well.

M-The feel is good but not the highlight of the beer. The carbonation is surprisingly mellow.

O/D-For a summer Blonde Ale, I will compare it to Ipswich Summer. I personally find Ipswich Summer to be the superior brew. I enjoy the hop flavors more in the Ipswich. I also think that the mouthfeel here is not as good as it could be. Summer brews need a good feel, and this one is adequate at best. Not bad, not very memorable, glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of barczar
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates.

Cracker-like malt, grain, floral and earthy hops, a touch of dankness and citrus form the aroma.

Flavor reveals floral hops, a grainy malt backbone, and finishes fairly bitter, grassy, and dry. Light grapefruit pith adds complexity. The balance is toward bittering and grassy, earthy hops..

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation, and slight astringency at the finish.

More bitter than I prefer, but more complex than I anticipated. Very refreshing brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, label says enjoy by October 17, 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet malt, lemon peel and some light piney/grassy hops. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it's all sweet malt, lemon peel and pine/grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew, and a good brew for a hot day. I'd buy this again, $8.99 a sixer isn't a bad price for this brew. I think it's worth trying.

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

On tap.

A - Bright gold pour with a dense, but thin head and lacing, moderate carbonation.

S - Earthy, grassy lemon, citrus.

T - Follows the nose with earthy, grassy, lemon, and citrus donating throughout. Ends with some crisp lemon citrus tart bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium body with creamy carbonation.

O - Crisp and refreshing, perfect for warm weather.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pure clear yellow with a half inch of sticky head with excellent sticking lacing on the sides of my glass

S - Smells pretty sweet with malts and a bit of orange peel like hops in the back round. I do get a bit of grain as well which might be from aggressive wheat backbone.

T - First sip was pretty grain forward with a mix of sweet malts then hit with a grapefruit like hop ness which is pretty sweet. It does blend pretty well and the spiciness from the wheat (or rye) is pretty constant. Very good beer.

M - A bit heavy for a season ale but it does work

Overall my favorite summer session ale hands down is the headwaters but this is a pretty good one two. Would not be offended to have a six pack in one sitting.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a somewhat hazy texture. There was a big, fluffy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, almost fruity aroma with this beer.

T: Tasted of malt, a grassy component, light fruit, and a slight hoppy tinge. An interesting flavor, and definitely more complex and flavorful than most American Blonde Ales.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a solid, light, airy, and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear hay color with great bubbling, a nice head, good foamage, and lace. This beer looks inviting and awesome!

Smells SUPER crisp and grassy. Lots of German and Czech hops I assume. Crisp, mild malt aroma of water crackers. Smells like a great lawnmower ale.

Palate is sharp and astringent upfront, and slowly fades through to teh finish. Super grassy and citric peel hops. Smooth, light toasty cracker malts. I would think this is a pilsner from the look, smell and taste of it. Either way, this is a hoppy, astrungent, lawnmower, baseball game in the garage beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, light yellow in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: piney and citrus hops

Taste: piney hops with some grassiness

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, bitter, but not overly so with light sweetness in the back

Overall: Very drinkable, bitter beer that I see as a good lawnmower beer. I could have a couple or just as well pass. Decent, not great

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

Pours a very faintly clouded straw yellow, cap of fizzy white head gone quickly. Scent is clean and mild, notes of sweet malt, fresh dried grain, lemon, lightly floral and faintly herbal. Taste follows scent, clean and refreshing, faintly sweet and faintly lemony, touches of fresh grain, flowers and vague minty/herbal touch at the end. Lighter side of medium, moderately high carbonation. While neither bold nor standout in any one area, it is a great refreshing beer for the summer, if more widely available a case of this would be my regular tailgate/BBQ beer.

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Photo of mltobin
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been seeing this on the shelves this summer, so finally picked up a single bottle when I saw it in the fridge at a store in CT.

Appearance is a bright yellow tone with a thin white head that leaves some lace after taking a couple sips. This one is more aromatic than other blonde ales with a nice lemon zest to it and some white bread. It has a taste of hops, citrus and grass. This has a body that is a bit thin, but finishes crisp. A very good beer for a warm summer day.

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

Clear, bright yellow with a thin layer of fine white bubbles coating the top of the beer. Decent head retention with some short-lived spotty lacing. Hoppy aroma, a combination of floral and mild citrus, more zesty than juicy. There was a little bit of a cereal grain smell too, but very mild and only noticeable once the beer had warmed. It was pleasantly bitter, not overpowering but balanced in this direction rather than towards malt sweetness. More of the same floral and citrus zest hop character, biscuity malt and a hint of herbal hops lingered in the finish. Refreshing. Light bodied with moderate carbonation composed of fine bubbles, a little dry. Quite good overall and it tasted really fresh and lively.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,270 ratings.
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