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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 | 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:
430
Ratings:
2,245
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
29.89%
 
 
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Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. There was a very small white head on it that didn’t linger long. Nice aroma to this one. Floral, grassy, hint of lemon in the back ground. The taste is good. Slightly lighter body, just a faint whiff of bitterness and a slight dryness. Slight lemon flavor, with grassy a slight graininess. Very crisp and refreshing. An excellent summer choice!

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Photo of victory4me
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear golden with a two finger head that settles to a foamy coating of bubbles. Aroma is above average for the style. Floral hop bouquet with little sweetness.

Taste is really refreshing and enjoyable. Dominated by citrusy and slightly bitter hops. Lemon and tangy with a very dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a lingering prickliness.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable summer ale without the absurd spice and citrus additions we so often see within the seasonal style. Let the malt and hops do the talking. Victorious.

I could drink a lot of these.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, light golden body with a smallish suds layer.

Smell: Cleanly grainy, with notes of simple garden flowers, light citrus, and a pinch of piquant white pepper, though it grows ever more lemony as it warms. So I say let this sucker warm up a smidge.

Taste: Lightly grainy malts, with no more than a bit of sweetness imparted overall. Floral, peppery hops with a bit of lemon rind and, for just a half second, some fresh Valencia orange juice. Moderate pinch of hop bitterness, too. Dry, relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Works for me! Am I a terrible person to suggest this tastes like a light golden ale version of the Prima?

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Could not find a bottled-on date.

Aroma: Smells silimar to a pilsner. Green grassy, herbal hops, combined w/ sweet, light golden graham cereal grains.

Appearance: Clear, golden body, sparkling w/ effervesence. Bright white 2 finger collar of foam settles to one. Excellent lacing.

Flavor: Bright citrus and grassy hop notes. Bitterness is somewhat subdued compared to a pilsner. Very light cereal grain. Clean, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation combines with a light body, even for the style.

Overall: Very highly-drinkable. Enough hop flavor to keep the beer from being boring, and the body of the beer almost teeters on the brink of being watery. If Victory was shooting for a summer gateway and/or high-end lawnmower beer, they hit the target straight-on.

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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 billab914
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a light golden color with a modest bubbly head to it. Good head retention and great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice hoppiness to it right off the bat. I get a floral, juicy, slightly citrusy flavor. A little bit of a light, grainy, malty flavor to it as well. The hoppiness was nice for the style.

The taste also has a very bright and floral hoppiness to it throughout the flavor. I get more of a juicy, tropical fruit flavor to the hops up front, while a little bit of a bitter, grapefruit like flavor comes out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer and one of the best I've had of the style. The hoppiness was very nice in it, especially for the lower abv. I was definitely impressed with this beer relative to it's style and abv.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a golden straw, with an average sized head that fades quickly. The smell wonderfully balanced, reminding me of a fruit cocktail of pears, apples, and peaches. The taste leans toward citrus and floral hops, with a malty sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but this is to be expected from a light-bodied summer ale. Makes a great summertime beer; pairs great with a baseball game.

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

Pours to a frothy white head and symmetrical lacing. Color is , well... Blonde. Aroma is grassy, grapefruit hops and pale malt. Flavor is same as aroma with a nice crisp refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is light. Overall a hoppy blonde who treats you right.

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

Pours crystal clear light yellow color that’s almost colorless with a huge 2 fluffy foamy snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells like grains, floral hops, lemon zest, wheat or yeast (hard to tell), sweet malt, light caramel, a little husk and some grass or other earthy notes. Smells like a nice big backyard and was quite inviting and enjoyable, especially since I thought the nose would be dull.

Also shocked by the flavor, as this was much tastier than it looked; a blend of floral hops, lemon zest, citrus hops, grains, wheat, sweet malt, light caramel, husk, grass, tea leaf, earthy notes and mild spices which add up to an extremely refreshing beer that’s perfect for summer. Hops add nice flavor and bitterness, while the malt and grains bring the sweetness and balance to make this a session beer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and zesty with a lemon pucker, light carbonation, a light body and an herbal essence that tingles as it fades slightly bitter and on the dry side.

A real nice summer treat, this was perfect to throw back and enjoy. Very above average taste, and while not the most complex of beers it is a stand-out as far as summer beers. Forget the style, think beer to drink all day and night at a party which has much better flavor than a macro brew. I’ll definitely seek this out in the summer again.

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

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright golden yellow color slightly darker than a Pils. There is a 1/4” head that recedes relatively soon but leaves a ring and speckles of lacing. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing for the first half of the beer and the ring persists longer.

Smell: The aromas include some light malt, some floral and earthiness from the hops. The earthy aroma is also seems to contain a touch of lemon zest.

Taste: The flavors are quite nice here in that the initial impression is of a sweet malt that soon gives way to a growing hop presence that includes some floral notes, some light traces of earthiness and pepper and a touch of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is fairly long and emphasizes the hops but the light “kick” from the hops is soft and pleasant and dry at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I initially wasn’t expecting much from this beer but was quite pleased at how much I enjoyed it. It was both something nice to drink on its own, and I’ll be happy to do so again, and it was a pleasure to pair with food. My overall impression is that this is a winner. While it may not be world class it is quite good, quite enjoyable, and I’ll be having it again. Definitely a beer for a summer party and to enjoy with a light meal.

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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 johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a pretty clear deep straw color with a good sized tightly bubbled white head that recedes to form a cap on top. Aromas of bready and light caramel malts with a solid floral spicy hop to counter. The flavor is rich sweet bready malts with a bit of earthy spicy hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Wow I really enjoyed this beer! Extremely clean, simple, but quite flavorful at the same time.

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

Ok - this is the summer of Blonde love for me...
Consumed 7/1
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, light golden/deep straw yellow color with a two finger of foamy, white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves intermitent rings of wispy lacing.

S: Nose is nose is grainy, grassy and piney with a some fruity notes.

T: Taste starts starts slight grassy that builds to stronger grassy notes with a mild mango taste. Some slight caramel malts come through that really bring out the fruit notes. Finish is a hay, earthy hop profile with a good dose of grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slickly, oily rich feel.

O: Goes down very easily, very tasty, somewhat filling, low kick, nice representation of style. Blondes are starting to make presence in the northeast which I welcome - far too little attention has been given to this style. This is totally one that I'd drink of this style on the regular!

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Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a bright, clear golden yellow with exceedingly bright white head. Nice head retention with some moderate lacing.

Smell is hoppier than expected for a blonde ale. Grassy hops, biscuity malt and a touch of lemony citrus aroma. Real clean and refreshing smelling beer.

Taste is also quite clean and refreshing. Some mild piney hops and some grapefruit notes as well. Finish is dry and crisp. Nice tasting beer top to bottom.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Carbonation is moderate and adds a some playful fizz to each sip.

Overall, a really nice summer offering from Victory. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Will be adding Summer Love to my summer beer rotation.

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

Summer Love has a crisp, golden body with fairly active carbonation bubbles. The small white head is pretty solid looking and leaves some good lacing behind.

Lemony hops and cereal-like grains mix in the nose to create a pleasant aroma.

I liked Summer Love from the first sip, it is crisp and refreshing. Grainy, cereal-flavored malts mix with just a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. The hop profile adds a little bit of bitterness, and a lot of grass and lemon. The flavors are well-balanced, but skewed a little bit to the hoppy side.

Summer Love has just enough body to keep things together here.

Victory makes lots of great beer, and Summer Love is no exception.

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

Hey, what's going on here. This is way too good for ths style. Maybe we should call it American American Blonde Ale. Like other things American, it has a lot going on.

The taste and aftertaste in particular are more robust and complex than expected. It reall works nicely.

Today was Victory day - trying a number of Victory's that I had not previously recorded on BA, and the three I had all were better than expected. Well done.

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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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Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wow, that is a gorgeous hue. Honey gold and about as clear as I've ever seen a beer in my life. No joke. In my Delirium Tremens glass I was able to magnify the label on the bottle and read it as if it was huge print. Beautiful. The head is a little disappointing though. A vigorous pour left only about one finger or less of head. It's white with great lacing but the retention is fantastic.

S: Well you get two things. A big grassy, slightly dank hop aroma which is awesome. The malts come off as lightly caramel and mostly bready with some light grain aromas. The hops really take the forefront and smell really leafy. Some light citrus.

T: It definitely smells different than it tastes, which isn't a bad thing at all. Rereading the American Blonde Ale category I see that it fits nicely. There is a huge malt presence, mostly biscuity with some of that light grain. There's enough of a hop presence to balance out though. Much more citrus comes out here but some of that more leafy flavor exists too. The finish is just lightly bitter.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation. Maybe medium to light

O: Wow, this is a refreshing and tasty beer! This is perfectly suited for a hot ballgame. It does remind me of some of the Kolsch's that I've had but definitely an American one

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

Had this on-tap at paradise by the slice.
It had a nice golden straw color body with a nice 2"white head that lay down quickly. The smell was very citrus (lemon and lime). The taste is the same as the smell lemon tasting with a hint of lime and a little bit of malt but just a little bit. The mouth feel is great and overall a very refreshing beer.

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

Snappy. Grassy! Light bodied but full flavored. Grainy malts up the middle. Mild, crisp bitterness keeps me sipping -reminds me of a lighter version of the hop profile they used for Prima Pils. Effervescent. Perfect, but dangerous summer beer. 5.2% doesn't seem like much. But, on a hot summer day? A cookout? I could drink these as if they were a 4%ish session beer, alll day, and end up feeling very poorly at the end of the day. Might be my new favorite summer beer.

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

Pretty good summertime beer! Served with a nice white, medium sized, foamy head that settled down to a light cover and lots of lace. Color was a clear amber yellow with some bubble trails. Aroma was grain, malt, fresh cut grass, and a little fresh hop. Flavor was very similar to nose. Body is good and so is carbonation. Was a little sharp on the tongue. Finish is medium long and like flavor. Session beer.

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

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly vigorous pour into the upright tulip results in an inch of marshmallow-like white foam atop a clear gold body; pretty good retention, but not as much lace as I'd like. Good looking Blonde.

S: Smells like a nice Pils without the lager yeast: clean, biscuity malt and moderate Noble hoppiness - very herbal, lightly earthy. Simple and good.

T: Much like the nose, I'm getting a pleasant balance of clean pilsner malt and fairly intense European hops. Quite noticeable bitterness on the finish - not quite enough to be astringent, but it's right on the borderline. Long, bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. I'm a fan.

M: Fairly light-bodied and exploding with creamy carbonation. Lively and refreshing, if a bit over the top with the effervescence.

O: I like it, but it seems overdone for the style: the combination of extra-light malt and fairly aggressive hops makes it refreshing, but potentially too intense for someone trying to use Blondes as a stepping stone to more flavorful styles. If you want interesting flavor, this is the place to be in this style; if you want something that's just hugely drinkable without being boring, I'd recommend Narragansett Summer.

Cheers!

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

Had to have a summery beer today.

Pour is bright yellow with a thick foamy white head. nice carbonation.

The smell kind of reminds me of Narragansett Summer. I get a light, sweet base beer with a hint of bitter hop. Just a touch of lemon dry hop.

Very light up front. Its super light base malt, with a sharp herbal medicinal hop. Just a bit of lemon and lemon peel, just enough. Very balanced and light feeling, with the medicinal hop going through the finish. Doesnt finish as clean as I expected (which is the only problem I find with the beer).

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Uh, yellow fizzy beer, golden, white 1/2 head. Looks much like a pilsner.

Smell - Malts, wheat, some hops are there. Earthy, grassy, floral. Some lemon and spices mixed in.

Taste - Starts off bitter and maltish like a pale ale. Has floral hops that give it a sort of belgium flavor to it. Has a carmal flavor mixed in with the spices.

Mouthfeel - Mildly bitterness from the hops. Not much overload on the mouth or palette. Mouth recovers pretty quick.

Overall - Solid and easy to drink. About as good as any other blonde ale out there. Not as smooth as most, has some hops to it, but other then that, a great summer drinker.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
85 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.
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