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:
2,292
Reviews:
434
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
599
For Trade:
1
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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 12 OCT 2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden blonde with a thin white head and decent carbonation.

Smell: Fruity tropical hop aroma complemented by sweet pale malt aroma. Slightly muted grassy aroma possibly from Tettnanger hops.

Taste: Thin hop flavor. Grassy, a little bitter, and overall muted. Some sweetness from the pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied despite the lighter flavor profile.

Overall: I liked the composition of the Hop Ticket Session IPA better than Summer Love. This tastes a little thin to me.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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 smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent, near-white head which leaves good ring lace after each sip. The liquid is light gold and is also crystal clear.

Creamy aroma of fresh milled malt with a superb floral hop bouquet. Slightly sweet and very attractive.

The taste is hoppier than I expected from the smell. The nearly untoasted malt does provide a base but it quickly disappears to a black pepper bitterness. Full bodied for the style but also with an elevated level of carbonation. The aftertaste starts off balanced but devolves to simply the aforementioned black pepper from the hop.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Plowedown
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Friezpop
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of EinFesteBurg
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Mgrodsan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of vmdominguez
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of windypete
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JPowell712
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WuBByG999
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of roysand
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of twistwrist
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll be honest, I'm not a natural summer-beer lover. I prefer the deeper, more complex flavors of autumn and winter brews. I lean toward higher-gravity beers, so that is yet another turnoff for me regarding summery types. That said, this beer was not bad for a 5.2%, Summer Ale. It doesn't taste quite as light as most beers of this season. There is a distinctively bitter aftertaste that causes me to be of the opinion that this beer is not as refreshing as a commonplace summer brew, but it is a damn good beer for a summer/autumn hybrid. ;)

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Photo of Tjmurray386
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of aklude
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of pcrochunis
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Flavor of the Season INDEED. This american Blonde Ale is quite refreshening after an afternoon of grueling lawn mowing. Its golden amber color signifies the refreshment of youth, like that of a child's first alcoholic beverage. But the burliness of the hops reminds you that this beer is not for a child but for a man of great wisdom. With a minute hint of citrus, heaping amount of hops, and arouma that is suited for the gods, one would be a fool not to consume.

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Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of skubas86
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,292 ratings.
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