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:
2,266
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
30.16%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
584
For Trade:
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Reviews: 432 | Ratings: 2,266
Photo of Andrewharemza
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold with no head. Aroma is estery with sweet orange and lemon. Flavor is more light citrus but with some fairly substantial biscuity malt.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden and pale yellow with good clarity and a thin white head that reduced down quickly. Moderate hop aroma, yeast, grass, and some lemon rind. Has a nice crisp mouthfeel and drinks light bodied. Good balance of hops and malt characteristics and finishes juicy on the palate. A nice summer session ale.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a clear straw color with a small white head, some of which lasts as a collar. There is also some light lacing. Good carbonation.

The smell is malty with floral hops mixed in. There appear to be some light peppery hops as well. The smell is crisp and clean, very lager like.

The taste follow the nose with strong malts and light hops mixed together; no particular taste stands out. I guess you could say it is well blended. There is a soapy, anti-stringent finish and yet there is also a crisp, clean lager like element.

Overall there is a lot going on here and I can't figure out exactly what it is. This is a very drinkable hot day, at the beach beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: straw yellow hue with a touch of haze and a good effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam that didn't stick around terribly long. Decent for the style.

Smell: grainy and slightly floral; it almost seems like there's some light spicing here, maybe? It's quite refreshing.

Taste: much like the aroma with a slightly grainy and quite floral flavor. It works for me in this style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and surprising creaminess, especially for the style. Actually, it's quite amazing. Love it!

Overall: a highly drinkable and refreshing summer ale. Recommended.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, golden-greenish color with a big ole head and lots of lacing. Smells bready, tastes of hops, lemon rind, black pepper. Too bitter for my taste, thanks.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Biscuity, with a hint of fruity, grassy, and floral hops. Looks brilliant in the glass, billowing head with a clear gold body. Dry finish, overall a solid example of the style and very fitting for the season.

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Photo of JeffKowalek
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- solid look. Would look again.
S-lemon. Not as strong as pine-sol.
T-fruity, semi bitter. Grapefruit taste with a hint of lemon.
F- feels like a beer. A bit too frothy.

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Photo of Jojosaute
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a golden yellow. Bright color. 1 finger head.
S- I sorta get where people say it smells of hay but I smell a sour spoiled sent. Like a sour fairy smell. I have only smelled sweet hay.
T- a little tang. A little wheat beer flavor to me minus the clove and orange taste.
M- nothing to really get excited about here.
O- not for me. But don't want to skewer it here. I'm sure plenty of people could get into it. I don't like the taste.

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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 XsoldoutX
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's an okay summer brew. I was expecting something more from Victory. Certainly not worth the $12 you'd pay for a sixer of this here in South Philly.

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Photo of jancona
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful light straw color and abundant lacing. Smell is floral hops and lemon candy. Taste follows with a very dry, bitter finish. Good session beer!

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

a: its a clear straw yellow color, with a thin 1/4 bright white head

s: straw, crackery sweet malt, a light strawberry, slight juicy toffee

t: its crisp right as it hits the tongue. taste is pale crackery malts, caramel, lemongrass, a nice (yet faint) grainy/earthy/grassy flavor. on the back is a very mellow teabag-like bitterness, with a floral hop note

m: its on the heavier side of light. medium carbonation

o: its a crisp, light, and non-offensive beer. its the kind of beer that a seasoned beer drinker, or a craft-rookie could like. as the name suggests, it definitely works for a summer afternoon. its a grainy, sweet, and light beer. easy to drink, and easy to put a few back

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

RB

12oz from Brewers Haven.. Clear straw golden, wispy white head... Grainy pale malt and light grassy hops. Sorta sweet finish... No flaws really, but just nothing I will ever seek out again.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.75

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Photo of Drinkup27
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was more hoppy then expected but hey, it's by Victory. Not an overbearing hoppy bitterness that has left me not liking hop beers. This is tolerable for those that are not hop lovers! A great summer beer. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of almostjay
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Such an underrated beer. There is a reason why session IPAs never measure up. It's because "session" and "IPA" are two diametrically opposed concepts. What bugs me though is the fact that beers like this can fly under the radar while people continue chasing a completely unnecessary dragon.

This isn't an IPA, but it's got a nice hop bite, both noble (at the front) and American (at the finish), a feat which I find amazing. It's got a solid aroma, and great flavor all packed into a 5.2% package. This beer is absolutely perfect for summer consumption. Literally all I need in my fridge when the temp starts to rise.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a moderate foam head and a sudsy lace that retains well.
A citric aroma first hits the nose. This is followed by sweet honey malts, a floral aroma and some fresh cut hay towards the end.
Although there is some light honey malt backbone, this drink seems to be more hops forward. The hops are prickly, piny and peppery. They are moderately bitter and leave an aftertaste. The body feels light. The carbonation is tingly.
Summer love indeed! This brew is aptly named as it is crisp and refreshing; a great summer drink.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours gold with a solid head (in my half liter glass from Denmark, which is a Carlsberg pilsner flute). looks much better my nucleated 20oz Samuel Smith tulip pint glass.

smell is clean and bland, nothing bad but nothing great.

taste is good, has a clean floral flavor. easy to drink and a good summer beer.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -14%

I had this about a week ago and likely won't have it again. I'm a big fan of other Victory offerings, but I prefer their other hoppier styles. That's not surprising since I don't usually favor blonde ales.

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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Picked up a single in early June from Total Wine for $1.99. Enjoy By 9-9-2014.

Beer poured golden with an OK white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose has hints of citrus on top of the malt bill.

Taste was surprisingly hop forward. Floral and citrus are meld in nicely with the malt bill but linger in the after taste. Well done.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and refreshing.

Overall this is a really nice summer beer. Light and refreshing but a lot of flavor. Nicely done.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.06/5  rDev -19%

BB 20 Nov 14 bottle at 40degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of light malt
Head small (1.2 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 4 mm ring and broken I mm layer
Lacing virtually none – very few very small islands of tiny bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor of lightly toasted malt, slight hops bitterness; no hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3.06. Final weighted score: 3.0625
An OK ale, nothing special.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very clear and light pale yellow color with lots of streaming carbonation, white frothy head left glass-coating lace.

S- Bug burst of citrusy hops and lemon-grass notes. It smells like Amarillo hops.

T- Big bright citrusy and grapefruit hops balanced with a really nice cracker malt backbone. Some pungent hop character on the finish, but it does not linger.

M- Super refreshing, dry, medium body, and smooth.

O- This is really nice hopped-up summer beer that is very refreshing.

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Photo of etoimazo
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Victory Summer Love has an ABV of 5.2% and is referred to as a Golden Ale on the brewer’s website.

Appearance: Very pale straw color, slightly cloudy, with a thin had that laces a bit

Smell: A light malt aroma comes through first and persists through a hint of noble or European hops

Taste: Reminiscent of a Kölsch, with German hops coming through an intentionally malty profile, but hoppier. An American hop bitterness persists in the finish, but the malt backbone hangs in also. This is NOT what I expected from its light, thin pour.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly malty, a bit yeasty, and more substantial than I’d expect of an American Blonde Ale

Overall: A good beer for a summer evening – refreshing, not too distracting, and yet worth paying some attention to

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Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

05/22/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nothing special. Hops are upfront which leaves me out of the favorable group. Ahhh...yes...summer love. Soon to be forgotten.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.57/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: August 1, 2014... GLASSWARE: pint... OCCASION: finding a new favorite show in Drunk History at State College...APPEARANCE: pale, almost wan, weak yellow car body; pillowy white, single-finger head that thins rather quickly... AROMA: sharp banana; damp yeasts with some funk--a wet blanket? noticeably light malt scents--not very alluring ... PALATE: medium-bodied; oily and palpably gritty; smooths out over the course of the glass draining; refreshing overall ... TASTE: light, spritzy lemon; a bit doughy for an ale; the funk in the aroma bleeds into the taste--odd dish detergent lingers... OVERALL: an oddly spotty offering from Victory--sharp and slightly abrasive with the overall experience rounding out the profile with some acceptance, but a mix of scents and tastes that do not seem to coexist peacefully... light enough to fit the season, but not large enough to occupy attention or demand a revisit....

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Photo of Mantooth
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour at the wonderful Duckworth's, Park Road in Charlotte, NC...

Pours a lovely golden color with sticky white lacing. Super light brew - and dry as a bone. At 5.2% this is a great little session ale, easy enough for everyone and complex enough that I found it entertaining. Very nice summer brew - if you're going to be out on a boat, at the beach, wherever - this wouldn't be a bad choice. Give it a shot - nice beer.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,266 ratings.
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