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:
432
Ratings:
2,265
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
30.16%
 
 
Wants:
94
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583
For Trade:
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Reviews: 432 | Ratings: 2,265
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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Photo of Antc2382
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very different for a summer ale. It's a bit heavier with a malt forward that is typical to regular ales. It has an almost salty end to it. I like the complexity of this summer choice.

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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 delta490
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a slightly cloudy pale gold with a thinner cap of lightly foamy white head. There is decent retention and small amounts of small sticky lacing. The aroma is mild with some light biscuit malts and earthy hops. The taste is much more present and it reminds of a pilsner brewed with ale yeast. There are strong grassy and earthy hops but an equally robust bready quality balances it and comes out on the finish. A nice light, crisp body with a little hops bite on the finish and decent carbonation.

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Photo of bassboneman
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a decent summer beer.
I got this with Captain Lawrence SunBlock...
Suffice to say...Summer Love saved the day... sunblock was a drain beer :o(


Sam

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

EBD 8/18/15. Clear golden pour. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding light nose of tropical and floral hops (mango, orange, pear) with a touch of spice (pepper) over a mild biscuit. As it warms, a bit of earthy hops also appear.

Heavy light body that is smooth textured, but has a slight oily aspect as well. Above normal carbonation with a good effervescence in the middle and a fairly prickly finish.

Quite flavorful for a blond ale, the outstanding flavor profile is intense, somewhat complex and nicely balanced. It begins to separate in the effervescent middle yielding a blend of hop flavors detailed in the nose. The bitterness is mild and only hints at a rind quality. As the hop flavor subsides, a mild biscuit arrives to balance coupled with a subtle pepper flavor. The finish is a slow mild bitterness fade of orange rind.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice sessionable summer ale. I was recently given a six back from a friend from Philly and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer.

It's not a crazy flavor profile that will make you ponder each ingredient, but it's by no means one note, either. Plenty of nuance from the grass and citrus. Incredibly drinkable, and exactly what I want for some pool-side or beach drinking this summer.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very impressed with this beer. Smell is fresh and lightly hoppy. Taste is refreshing light hops with some citrus. Very smooth. Had it on tap and from a can and tap was even better. yb

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've been looking for every new Victory brew I can - that brewery is great!! Found this one and was excited. Look is pedestrian. Matches MHL. Smell is fantastic. Tons of hops, citrus, and yummy malts. Taste is great if you love hops but nothing else in there; not a lot of ingredients.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Straw yellow color with good clarity and a tall white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Grassy and citrusy hop aroma. Sweet malts come out a bit in the flavor. Heavily carbonated which gives it a spritzy quality. Light and drinkable. A good summertime quencher, but not much more than that.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold, with a sliver of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, perfumy & floral hops, pear

T: Follows the nose, a little dryness as well. Honey malt, floral hops and a little grassiness as this warms. Finishes crisp, dry & fruity

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable old-school golden ale, refreshing, a nice beer to start a session with to be sure

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

Aroma is a mix of grassy and bitter hops. The flavor is very beery and grassy, along with a malt backbone and a long and bitter finish. Most beers that are in this style aren’t as intense as this, as this leaves them in the dust in that department.

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Photo of CMG-PSU
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Again... these summer brews are so good I'd drink them all year round! I do concede this particular brew is particularly good - outside -&- hot - very refreshing with a grapefruit finish.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

L - golden amber color with large-bubble foam dome. Bubbles trickling up the glass

S - Citrusy hops aroma with malts just coming through

T - Citrus grapefruit up front, malt in the middle, with a bitter finish

F - Carbonation buzz during and after the sip. Bit of a slow-sipper

O - Not quite familiar with blonde ales, but from my tasting it is a bit like a maltier pale ale. I do like the bitter-hop finish at the end because...hops. Very good Philly summer beer.

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Photo of classixIII
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold, big foamy head. Citrus, floral, some yeast overall refreshing smell. I prefer a little less hops in the blonde ale, but I could drink more.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden color with a good head of foam and decent lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Yeast, floral hops, a hint of citrus.

Taste: Malt, floral hops, lemon zest, and some grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Basically a well-hopped lager. It’s tough to find Victory out here on the left coast, so naturally I had to snap it up. I miss their V12s and pale ales.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

Clear golden color, lager-like look. 1F bright white head, heavy web lacing.

Some mild floral hop aroma with an aroma of cheap fruit perfume.

Raw vegetable and strong mineral taste. German malts are there.

Some bitterness. It worsens as it warms and has an unpleasant finish.

It reminded me why I hadn't taken one of these in years. My bad.

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

No bottle date. Threshold glass. Graded as a Blonde Ale

Appearance: Pours a pretty bright gold, with steady carbonation and one finger of white head. Very, very nice lacing. Retains a skim of white foam.

Aroma: Initially, something funky; yeasty. A mild funky/resiny hop note, very vague sour fruit note, maybe peach. As it warms the piney/resiny character increases, and the peach turns to apricot and strengthens, with a bit of mango.

Taste: A very hoppy blonde. dry, hoppy arrival. Resinous mid-palate with a vague peach/apricot note floating around in the background. Big bittering, piney finish. Very clean for an ale, and atypically hoppy. Definitely retains its ale character, no mistaking this for a lager. The taste is not appropriate for the style, but I like it better this way.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of lightweight. Solid, but not excessive carbonation. Not slick.

Overall: This isn't really a blonde ale, it's a golden colored, over-hopped pale ale. But you know what, it's perfect. I will definitely seek this out again as a summertime beer.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,265 ratings.
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