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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%
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
572
For Trade:
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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 10/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold, with a tight bright-white head of foam. This stays thick and foamy, drenching the sides of the glass with a rich coating of sudsy lace. The aroma smells fresh, grassy, and citric, with a dash of light spiciness, and sweet doughy sugars that sits underneath. This is pleasant enough.

The taste is citrusy (I’m getting a lot of lemon flavor coming out here on cask); with an overall leafy feeling bitterness that drives this. Malts have a bit of a neutral sweet graininess to them underneath the hops but that citric snap has the most strength here, finishing this dry and spicy with a touch of lingering rind. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a VERY mellow feeling crisp creaminess to this that prickles the tongue just enough but is overall extremely slick on the palate.

I’m always up for trying different beers on cask here at Victory, as you never know how some are going to translate, and this was no different. While it may have lost some of its crispness in translation, it definitely opened up the hop profile a bit more, with extra citrus flavors and a touch more aggressiveness shining through here. I can’t really say if I liked this more than my experiences with the draft or bottled versions of this but I’m glad that I gave it a shot, as it ended up being flavorful and easy drinking enough to keep me happy on this visit.

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Photo of Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in my beerfridge for quit a while now and after an oatmeal stout i wanted to try this one. This is a very surprising beer!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks ok, nice yellow (a bit cloudy) fluid and a nice two finger head. Little carbonation.

Smell is wonderfull. Hoppy and crisp together. Very drinkable beer with no complcations at all. Wish i had a few more of these beers in my fridge!

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Photo of Beaver13
2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is honey, malts and a little noble hops.

The flavor is grainy malts and grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK subdued hoppier blonde ale. Not too exciting.

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Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would have called this a Kölsch, but it's an intriguing and flavorful light beer in any case. Quite hoppy for its light frame. A brambly, sharp, and somewhat acidic taste that is very refreshing. Quite perfumey flavor that carries through to the really powerful nose. Big biscuit flavor, but sharpened up by the hops rather than mellowed by malt, which is doesn't show much of. Light golden, lots of creamy carbonation, which is a plus for me in this style.

Missed this one in Philadelphia last June so was happy to see it show up in six-packs in San Diego at the Super Junior beer museum. One of my favorite lighter beers I've tried this summer.

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Photo of witster18
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blondes are tough to review because there is so little to most of them, but while I think many of you might think this is harsh, there just isn't much here to set this apart.

Pours light gold... looks like a coors light...
Whispy head does not last. Taste grainey, sweet, some lemon notes and some alcohol backbone. THis may be the shortest review in history.

I have two stoudt's gold's in the fridge, thankfully...

I love Victory beers, and drinkin at the ballpark... but I'm not sure this is much better than any average adjunct lager... give me an old style at wrigley for a third the price...

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted several weeks ago - reviewed from notes:

Pours hazy - almost cloudy - light golden with a white head that thins and stays. A respectable amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with a light herbal touch.

The taste is bready with a hint of sweetness. A bitter-ish herbal touch in the finish leaves it refreshingly dry.

It is appropriately light-bodied.

It's a decent blonde ale - I would say a bit better than average. It has a nice balance to it.

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

on tap at devils den in philly - served from firkin

Pours a bubbly, clear golden color with a huge, fluffy head. Slowly dissolves, leaving curtains and patches of lacing, nice retention too.

Scents of lemon peel and grassy hops. Some faint spice and straw with biscuit-like malt.

Touch of floral hops up front before a nice dosing of lemon peel. Zesty and refreshing, some grassy tones. Thinner malt backbone with some biscuit and bready tones. Finishes dry and a little bitter.

Lighter medium body, milder carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Crazy drinkable, decent flavor, and one of the better blonde ales I've had recently.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a clear straw yellow with a typical white head - not inspiring, but never judge a book by its cover! Strong aroma is malty with a yeasty undertone and hints of citrus and hops. Sunny flavor has a malty core and a strong, slightly sour citrus note, as well as hints of hops and apple. Average-bodied texture has a nice tingle to it. Great for summer, or saying goodbye to the bloomin' hot weather.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw/light golden color. Big, fluffy white head (a couple fingers) has good retention. There's a tiny bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Mild aroma of grasses and hops.

Taste: Light, grassy malts nicely balanced against mild hop flavors. There's a bit of lemon at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. A bit more substantive than I would've imagined. Just the right amount of carbonation. Somewhat crisp.

Drinkability: A very (too?) drinkable summertime ale. Moderate ABV.

Very pleasant blonde ale; not a style I'd normally get, but I really appreciate the hops here: not overly strong, but plenty to taste.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pale crystal clear yellow. Average white head that fades to a film retaining on top.
Aroma is grassy, floral hops. Apricot and light fruity aromas.
taste is a lot bigger and hoppier than I expected. Yum. Lemony with a hint of some German-style malts to make this kind of resemble and pilsener.
Grainy and lively carbonation. Finish is crisp and refreshing. Great hop character. This is a great summer beer. I'll have to stock up on some of this next year.

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

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, golden yellow with a fluffy white head that laced well. Light aroma, floral, organic and hoppy. Light taste, grassy, floral, lemon zest, refreshingly hoppy and flavorful without being strong at all. Light-bodied and drinkable.

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Photo of Retail1LO
1.87/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Beer Store in Southampton. This stuff looks like a pilsner, smells like cat piss, tastes like a mass produced BMC product. I had to power through this one. God is this gross. I'm not quite sure where this went wrong, or if this is just the epitome of a beer that's just "not my type'l but there's no love lost here.

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Photo of Dan3279
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Review from notes)

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a nice straw colored body that had a thick white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was on the mild side with a bit of bread and sweet notes. The taste was good with a bit of citrus and bread notes. It was a medium bodied beer that was a bit heavy on the carbonation side. This is a great summer beer that is crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day.

medium body, heavy on the carbonated side, crisp and refreshing
Great summer beer

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Photo of GreenGrowler
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could this be the greatest summer beer? Quite possibly in my opinion. It seems as though it is dry hopped, I could be wrong but it has a nice cloudy look which is usually apparent in dry hopped beers. It is crisp, refreshing, a bit lemony. The thing with summer beers is a lot of time you lose the hops and just get the wheat. This is not a wheat beer but a summer ale. And it has a nice mellow hoppiness which is surprising. It must be the noble hops, I'm not sure but I could just stick my head mouth under the tap, open up and say ahhh! Especially on a hot humid summer night. If you ever see it, try it, you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of zoso1967
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer Love really puts the blonde in blonde ale. This beer is a straw yellow color that looks more like a light lager than even a blonde ale. The head is not quite white and very frothy. The staying power and lacing are both superb.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of cereal malt and floral hops. The hops are very flowery with a slight herbalness and there is a bit of grainy character in the aroma as well.

The flavor mimics the aroma quite well with the same mix of cereal and slightly grainy malt character married with a pleasantly floral hop mélange. This brew also has a slight lemony twinge that fits well. This beer does not have a lot going on flavor wise, but that brings us to…

The body is light with a spot on amount of carbonation that makes this a bright and refreshing drink. It finishes quite dry with a nice hop character lingering after I swallow.

This beer is obscene in its drinkability. I can see what victory was gunning for with this brew and I think they really hit the nail on the head. More flavorful than many blonde ales I have had and quite refreshing. Still, even on a hot summer day I think I could go for something with a bit more kick. I don’t see myself picking this up over Prima Pils or another quality pilsner or APA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, some grassy notes, and a citrus zest aroma. Taste is of sweet malt, grasses, and a bitter citrus zest. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good blonde ale with a nice hop presence. A good Summer beer from Victory.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Mostly clear light gold color. Small white head that does not last.

Slight lemon zest aroma with a little of a earthy tone.

Taste is slightly lemon with a slight hops background. A smooth beer with little aftertaste.

A decent summer brew. Not something I would seek out again but did enjoy what I had.

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Photo of skibumma70
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great summer ale. Strong citrus (grapefruit/lemon zest) and grassy flavor work for this refreshing blonde ale. I had a few of these on a very hot 90 degree day mowing my lawn, and it was one of the most refreshing beers I have ever had on a hot day. The mouthfeel was smooth, refreshing, and easy to drink. Carbonation was lively, but just right for this style. Overall, just a great summer ale. Highly recommended, and you will love the dog days of summer with Summer Love from Victory.

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Photo of dennarb
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a beer that goes better with a good burger. Despite the silly name this is a remarkably well wrought beer. The pour is a bright yellow with a little cloudiness revealing the unfiltered yeast. The head is white and becomes lacy in a few minutes. The aroma is a pretty subtle combination of lemony and herbal notes. But the taste is where this beer excels. The fine hops that are so prominent in Victory's Hop Devil are beautifully rounded off with malt and bread and a little lemon combination that is really satisfying and refreshing. The only problem with this blonde ale is that you have a hard time not having another as soon as your glass is empty.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet cereal with light floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by light floral notes with some refreshing cereal with a subtle hoppy finish. There were some light unrefined grain notes that were also perceptible as the beer warmed up which I wasn’t too fond of. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as great as I was expecting based on previous ratings.

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Photo of magnj
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Light straw body has a bit of haze with a small but persistent head that leaves a bit of lacing on the way down.

S - Clean mild nose is vaguely herbal and floral and gets a bit malty and bready as it warms up.

T - Herbal with some lemon up front, turns to a clean and slightly bitter body. Ends a bit grainy and subtly fruity. A challenging beer, tasty but subtle.

M/D - Medium body may be a little low on carbonation. Nice beer, but I wish it ended a bit drier/crisper.

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Photo of olimpia84
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this on tap served on a pint glass. Appearance was pale yellow and somewhat translucent; you could tell a bit of haziness through the body of the beer. Very small head that surprisingly remained for a while, excellent decorative lacing.

It was hard to judge the smell on this beer because it was very faint but from what I could gather you could tell some garden and minty aromas. Taste was also very herbal and minty, a bit medicinal as well with some metallic taste mixed into it. Decent carbonation. Overall, a decent beer to freshen up a little during hot days but lacking some tones and variety in the taste.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, won in beer tasting at ABC. Fresh, malty aroma. Flavors are crisp, clean and bright, with a breezy freshness. Surprised at how flavorful this beer is. Where most Golden Ales are listless, flawed, too chewy or with distracting side notes, this one is very drinkable. Nice hoppy flavor mid-taste. Light-to-medium body. Average carbonation. Clean finish. I really look forward to each sip. Solid work. I had not been a big fan of victory til now, but I think more of them after this offering.

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

Light golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. Crisp, clean flavor

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

A: Pale straw with just a hint of richness to the hue. Bright and clear with a few small brisk bubbles rising to join the white head of modest size. Settles pretty quick to a skim but leave fairly plentiful lacing.

S: Bready / biscuity fresh milled grain with a touch of sweetness. Hops come through herbal but pretty light and clean. I get some else too, sort of yeasty & metallic that. I can’t really place it and don’t much care for it.

T: Much hoppier. Herbal & grassy – vaguely tea-like (but not astringent). Through the middle there is some spice and a faint touch of mint. At the backend there is an earthy undertone. Malts are biscuity and crackery, soflty grainy – more pale than pils – with just a hint of sweetness. Enough going on to pique the interest with out distracting. There are hints of golden fruits hiding at the edges and a soft lemon in the finish. A nice mix of Kolsch, Blonde, and Pils aspects.

M: A tad under medium body with enough CO2 to make it nicely crisp. Opens smooth and ends with a firm herbal drying. Refreshing.

D: No gimmicks, just well done and supremely drinkable summer time beer – or anytime beer. Other than the slight off-note in the nose, I really like it.

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