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:
2,324
Reviews:
445
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
618
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,324 |  Reviews: 445
Photo of Categart
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 confer
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a perfect summer beer. Lightly hopped and very refreshing

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Photo of dcook11
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Gorgeous straw color with an ample two finger bright white head. Apple juice like body. Sea foam lacing. Some carbonation.

S- Fresh cut grass. Hops. a touch of skunk. Very much reminds me of Saison Du Pont. Excellent aroma.

T- Hops (pine forward). Faint grassyness. Honestly not much else. Based on the smell, I expected more complexity.

M- Relatively full bodied for a 5 percent.

O- Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of TaylorBrake
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of JJOVa
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zeplover2010
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

light, refreshing, been a summer staple ever since I first had it

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Photo of Oakenator
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale yellow with ample head. Nice lacing.

S: Slight hop aroma with a hint of citrus.

T: Lemon flavor up front. Fresh earthy hops. Touch of malting to make a really nice balance.

M: Light yet with some body - perfect for warm weather.

O: Nicely done and look forward to the yearly release.

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Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A very pale clear yellow with a two finger white head.

S- Nice mild crisp hop aroma, getting nice pine and earthy note, spices, sweet malts.

T- Close the smell, malts and hops are well balanced, nice hint of spices.

M- Smooth, light, refreshing, great for a hot summer day.

O- This is a great beer for summer. It is smooth, has a lot of flavor, and would be easy to drink a few in one sitting. I picked up a bottle because it was something I hadn't seem before from Victory and I will definitely be picking up more this summer.

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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 Hyptochrons
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome looking brew, sick lacing. light aromas of malts, earth, pine and grass on the nose. palate is floral, pine, slightly spicy hops that are complimented by sweet bready malts. overall a tasty easy drinker thats perfect for summer.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint a clear light golden with a sticky 1/2 finger bone white head.Citric and herbal hops dominate the nose along with a toasted malt base,really liked the big play on the hops.Flavors of citrusy hops provide the main flavor component along with light herbalness,a dryer toasty malt base holds true to the finish.This is a great summer beer,a great hop profile and very drinkable,well done Victory.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Leesville Tap Room.

A - copper gold with a thin white head that has no retention

S - piny, herbal hop notes

T - piny, herbal, spicy, citrusy hop character with some faint malts in the background

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer for a summer offering. It has a solid hop character and great drinkinability. I'll definitely try this out again.

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Photo of cbo2122
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer lives up to it's summertime name. Opposed to other beer that like to bog down their summer brews with honey and fruit this beer is crisp and refreshing, something you come to expect and want in an American Blonde. It looks smells and feels like summer. The tastes is nicely complemented by all of these, especially the carbonation. It tastes fresh with the right amount of hoppy tones. Just a classic summertime beer for the old open drink repeat ritual.

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Photo of pt_
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a review as much as a comment - this was my go-to beer last summer but have been unable to find it in 2012. It is what a summer ale shopuld be... light but hoppy. Refreshing but not too filling. I miss it. In the meantime I will be cooling down with new holland white hatter. Although completly different styles they are very similar.

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Photo of mdr4669
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Crisp yellow body with about 1 finger of thick frothy head that leaves thick lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: Zesty lemon, and fresh cut grass, with some mild grains.

Taste: Really starts with a kick of lemon tartness, I don't really get as much freshness in the taste as I did in the smell, but it's still crisp and refreshing.

MF: Light and fresh, very crisp, clean and easy to drink, a favorable summer flavor, that imho beats the heck out of most.

OA: One of the better summer style ales I've had in a while, It's a good brew and I am sure it will find it's place in my cooler again.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-yellow hue with a fluffy white head that settles quickly, leaving behind just a thin film on the surface. Lacing is quite nice, and glides down the surface of the glass. The nose has some fruity elements, along with cracker and toast, followed by grassy hop character and a citric tinge. Flavor profile is very similar. Starts cracker-like up front, with some honey notes, followed by some fruity undertones on the mid-palate, finishing quite dry, with floral, grassy notes.

This beer is light, but has a ton of flavor and a very clean mouthfeel. Summer Love is a perfect name to describe this beer. Incredibly easy to drink, and very thirst-quenching. Another fine effort by Bill and Ron. While we have Victory in Minnesota, why have I not seen this until a recent trip across the border into Wisconsin?

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Photo of ed_loves_ipa
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium gold with a decent white head. Some spotty lace.

I disagree with how this is categorized -- I think this is Kolsch. I'm getting the grapevine in the nose, faint as it is. Nice light malt, some green leaf, some mineral.

Light malt, with some grain and husk bitterness. Good balance for this one. Not too bitter, and nothing overbearing with sweetness or fruit. No boiled malt either. The grain, a touch of hops with some green bitterness and a pleasant malt/light bitter finish. My new summer beer.

Lighter bodied, but still something there. Good carbonation.

Wonderful summer brew, one of the better attempts out there. I'm a bit reluctant to give this a higher overall grade as I just bought a single. I'd want to see how this rolls after 2-3. Very worthy.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of torr99
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adkirkish
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow and clear, wispy stark white head, slight persistance.

A: pale malts, clean herbal hop aroma, no esthers, no offs.

F: slight (sweet) blonde malt but then clean herbal hops round out the taste. Balance is toward the hops. Finish is slight hop bitterness, but clean and refreshing.

M: light med body and mouthfeel, medium high carbonation. No alcohol warmth.

O: this is a great clean and fresh summer beer. Not heavy on the palate, but with a good dose of hop bitterne ss, with a steady malt backing. Pairs perfectly with a cheesesteak? You betcha!! Cheers to the boys up in PA.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale clear yellow, finger fluff, patchy lacing

S: malt, grassy, perhaps tad peppery

T: lemon grass, grain, mild bitter crisp finish

M: light body, solid carbonation, dry/crisp finish

O: Usually not a big fan of Blondes, but this is nice. Victory continues to impress me. Great throw in your cooler,
head to your favorite fishing hole/camp ground.
Could drink a 6 pack with ease.

YUM, WORTH TASTING!

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,324 ratings.
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