Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Summer LoveSummer Love

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt: imported 2 row German malts

Hops: whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops

ABV: 5.2%

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.

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Photo of Myotus
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a Mikasa Ale glass. Consumed on 19Jun16.
LOOK: Two fingers of dense, white foam is formed after pouring. The large head retains its density as it dissipates to a half fingers worth of within two minutes. A moderate amount of thick lacing is left behind from the foam dissipation. Light gold in color. Rising bubbles are small in size and become scarce once the foam head settles. Lacing is high in quantity and thick.
SMELL: This has a great, balanced smell composed of mild aromas of peaches, pears, floral hops, and earthy hops harmonizing with subtle white bread, grass, grain, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine aromas.
TASTE: A fruity and hoppy balance is immediately established as mild, peach, pear, and earthy hops flow on to the palate. Mild flavors of spicy hop and grain deliver more balance as they trail right after. More hoppy and fruity goodness is presented as mild floral hop and subtle orange, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors enter while the grainy flavors grows stronger and approach the threshold of bitter. In a finally act of achieving even more balance, mild white bread and grass flavors enter as all previous flavors press on.
FEEL: The thickness of the beer is between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is high and nearly stings the tongue. Goes down rough due to the high carbonation. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness due to the large hop profile.
NOTE: A good Blonde Ale brewed by Victory. While the taste was good, I would have like to have had less grainy flavors. I feel like that hindered the profile from being great. The major downfall in this was the mouthfeel. Summer brews should be crisp and clean. The carbonation was too much while the hop profile, although lovely for the taste, caused too much dryness.

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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 StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold with loose snowy froth. 4
Clean flinty grain and flowers. 3.75
Cracker + shortbread, some grass, slight lemon, and a bit of peppery bitterness. 3.75
Round, latte chew, almost medium, crisp. 4

Bigger than expected - which is on point for a blonde. Underhopped; ditto. Well put together and unexciting - to style, in other words. 3.75

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

Tried the Summer Love at Aurelios from the can. It is another solid offering from Victory. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that left a lace. The scent had slight bitter citrus. The taste was evenly balanced and easy to drink. There was enough bitterness to make the beer interesting and was supported by citrus tones. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a very good beer heading into summer.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Completely biased review. I love everything about this beer. Takes me back to some of the best summer memories I have. Nothing amazing, nothing too fancy, just a refreshing, easy drinking beer. My go to session before i saw session as a type of beer. So pop the top on the awesome designed can, fire up your grill (charcoal of course), and enjoy your summer days off all day.

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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 BrokenEdge
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised by some of the subtleties of this beer. Body is translucent straw with a thin, fizzy head. Left some soapy lacing. Smells like corn, grass, apples, and some earthy yeast notes. Taste is sweet up front but a faint wisp of hops comes through closer to the finish. A lot of corn and grain notes like an AAL, but way more hoppy complexity. Lots of grassy and floral hops coming through, but not enough to make it overly bitter, just enough to keep it feeling light and fresh. Finishes very dry and clean. This is just a crisp, clean, refreshing ale for summertime, recommended if you like hoppy lagers/pilsners/etc.

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Photo of BWED
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher

A- Pale straw, great clarity. Foamy white head retains at one finger. Very little lacing.

S- Straw, a mild solvent (which is off), and a little toasty. Not much hop aroma.

T- Toasty malt. Hop flavor is earthy.

M- Light body, easy drinker. Dryish earthy finish.

O- Nice light blonde ale. Aroma is a little off, but a good, drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 8/24/16. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden with nice clarity and transparency; chunky eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are faint with lots of cracker and bread notes. It's slightly floral as well. Fresh grass is there too. The flavors are clean and refreshing. More fresh bread and cracker notes. Some pilsener malts in the mix. Hints of citrus. I'm picking up some lemon and lime zest along with some grapefruit. Slightly earthy. More grass. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's light with active carbonation. It's very smooth and extremely quaffable.

This is very crisp and refreshing brew. It's perfect for the summer. It might not be flashy, but it's enjoyable and well crafted.

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Photo of drmeto
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

-pours a mostly clear straw golden with a yeast film and a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus acetone
-light to medium bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Some weird off notes

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. A very flavorful ale. Has a great golden yellow color with a small white head. Aroma is of yeast and some citrus for a pretty mild smell. This beer has moderate carbonation and a semi dry finish. Very satisfying.

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

12 fl oz pour to pint glass. ABV:? BBD:11/16/15

A: Mostly clear straw yellow with slight stringy haze from bottle sediment. Lacy white foam.
S: Banana cream,malty, carrots.
T: Lemony, light, dry, slight bitterness on finish (soda water). Crackers,
M: Clean and crisp. Refreshing wet start with quick dry exit.

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Photo of Buck89
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale hazy golden yellow into a pint glass. Generous white head. Aromas of lemon, spice and bread. Taste was muted, with a subtle lemon and earthy note followed by a gentle bitterness. clean finish.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Pint glass. Watered down piss color. Smell is unpleasant. Like mouldy wheat... Taste is not to good either. Weak and watery, wheaty and grainy.... Taste like grain put into a pot with water and left in the fridge for two weeks. The only redeming quality of this beer is how refreshing it is. I could put a few on these down on a hot day just because of how thirst quenching it is. I do not reccomend and i will not buy again.

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Photo of vish747
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Victory Summer Love is average at best. I watched a YouTube video of a girl talking about how the Summer Love got her into craft beer, leading her to start a club at her college for other beer-geeks. Ironically, the Victory Hop Devil began my beer phase, and while I do respect Victory for its ability to bridge between the mass-produced and the artisanal, the Summer Love falls into the primer.

The Summer Love looks like any other summer ale or really any other beer - yellow. It smells like any light ale with a touch of hops, and it tastes like a typical summer ale. It's a lightly-hopped, pilsner/pale ale hybrid, with some small flavor and a desire to be refreshing.

Victory is a great brewery, but this beer is not worth it for any beer-geek looking for something with actual flavor and depth. Maybe it's better on tap.

Drink if you're new to craft beers and want something light yet different, or drink if you're a Victory fanboy.

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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 dgmirelli
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pour is a deeper gold than expected, smells of minerals and hops, taste has a strong carbonation, not overbearing but strong, length is solid malt to hops with a good finish but i cannot pinpoint the finish from a flavor standpoint, there is something there, feel is full and satisfying, overall enjoyable. a solid beer would consider some more

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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 CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a large fading head.
Nose shows floral, grassy, herbal and earthy hops with some soft light malt underneath hinting at honey.
Very similar flavours. The hops are more grassy rather than floral though and a biscuity malt note replaces the honey.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not necessarily my style...but I will say, this is a great summer beer. Nice and light. Smooth and super easy to drink (almost too easy). Would have liked to see the flavor pop a little more though.....both on smell and taste.

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

Very solid beer. I'm not the biggest fan of this style, since it often seems like I'm just drinking a watered down IPA with zero malt, but this has enough going on to warrant drinking for me. Good balance between semi-sweet malt and flowery, citric hops. Piney hops in the aftertaste, and it finishes pretty dry. These blonde ales often tout themselves as "summer beers", but I've never really gotten that impression from them, because personally a summer beer is something refreshing and thirst quenching. This is tasty, but I wouldn't exactly characterize it as either of the attributes I just mentioned. Still worth drinking for sure, however.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I liked the lightly fruity malty aspect of this beer but the hops just didn't seem like a good match. It's more of an herbal type with a fair amount of bitterness. There was a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

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

I agree with other reviews for the summer ales I have had so far, this is the hoppiest. Not a bad thing just different. There are sooooooo many out there that everybody is trying to distinguish themselves from each other.
Good brew if u r a hop man. If u r a hop man to the 10th power then
The hop devil is for you. But for a cold summer brew. I recommend this beer.

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