Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Summer LoveSummer Love

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt: imported 2 row German malts

Hops: whole flower Tettnang Tettnang, Simcoe and Citra hops

ABV: 5.2%

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.

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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.


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Poured a light crisp looking golden bubbly body with a frothy white head.

S - Very herbacious on the nose with notes of pepper and spice and a slight citrus fruit on the back end. Very airy and pleasant.

T & M & D - The taste is much like the nose. THe beer starts like and airy with a strong herbal body and some pepper and spice. Then it finished light and crisp with a light body and good levels of clean carbination. Very drinkable!

O - A light summer beer with interesting flavors and great character. I would enjoy these on the beach any time.


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Photo of Jenkster4
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice blond color, with about three fingers worth of hear.

Nose: Got some floral hops along with some grainy earthiness, pretty nice smelling brew.

Taste: It's a pretty zesty one. I got some spice there, a tad bit of tart ( not much). Nice balance between the malts and hops.

Mouth: Nice for a summer beer. Easy drinking.

Overall: This is is a sure shot for a nice refreshing summer brew. It's balanced, light enough, and tasty. I'd get this one again.

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Photo of Wadsey
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summer Love

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear straw/gold with a small white head that has little retention. Vibrant effervescence. 

S: Bready malts, a whiff of sulfur, lemony zest. Light spiciness, too. 

T: Relatively sweet on the front end with a toasty malt kick. Off note of paper joins hay and grass at mid palate. Sulfur shows up, too. Light bitterness tidies up mess and dares you to take another drink. 

M: Light body and medium carbonation. 

O: The more I drink the less I love Summer Love. I understand that the style calls for a malt-forward approach, but the paper and hay indicate something is amiss. 

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Summer Love pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a small white head on top. Very little lacing and steady streams of bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is light biscuit with notes of lemon.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is smooth, slightly syrupy with mild carbonation. The flavor is well balanced between grainy pale malt, biscuit and lemon citrus. It finishes mildly bitter with light floral notes.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking beer. It doesn't fill you up and is refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thins to a light layer leaving just a few spots of lacing.

S - grass and citrus blend, you can tell this beer is fresh and hoppy.

T - the balance is perfect as the sweetness of malt is met with the bitterness of hops finishing a bit dry and tart.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp, refreshing feel.

O - a very good summer beer.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours clear golden with a half finger of white head.

S: Light cereal grains, lemon, and coriander.

T: Light cereal grains, lemon, and coriander.

M: The body is light with a crisp and clean finish.

O: This is highly drinkable but it's too similar to the rest of the boring Summer brews.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a nice fluffy white head.

The smell is of sweet malt and fresh grain. The freshness of the ingredients stand out in the nose.

The sweet malt up front leads to citrus and peaches with the citrus flowing to the finish and pine ending the show.

The feel is light without being boring. Good body with good carbonation.

Overall, another good brew from Victory. Refreshing with good flavor.

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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 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 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 beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden road in the glass with a brilliant sharp clarity. The head is sligtht, a light beige coloring, that quickly turns to a washy covering. Inside lied a light and soft carbonation factor that rose at its leisure. The lacing was minimal, low coverage, and low appeal.

S: Upfront was fresh citrus, grapefruit of good strength. Some fresh wheat stalks and staw chimes in on the close.

T: Sweet and grainy pilsner malt with a nice dryness of straw and grapefruit. The hopping is bright and assertive on the close bringing a flowery and dry offering along with a hint of dry grassiness.

M: light bodied with a slick texture. Light carbonation presence, spicy hops on the hold, dry on the swallow.

O: Overall very drinkable, spicy and dry citrus hops work well with the grainy pilsner malt making this a great summer time crisp drinker and one I could drink all day with no complaint. Crisp lager like drinkability with a pale ale amount of hops.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a bright golden straw color. clear, with white 1/2" head that fades. aroma of light hops and lemon zest. taste has got more of a hop bite than most summer seasonals, yet it is still easy drinking. the citrus is there in the finish. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

overall, one of the better summer beers I've had.

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head that fades quickly that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not a lot going on here. A crisp mildly sweet malt smell.

Taste: Nice and crisp. Bready malt up front with a nice mild bitterness in the finish. A nice summer drinking beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice beer to drink in the warm weather. Not a lot going on, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack of this at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge over the weekend since I heard good things about this and this was one of the few summer beers available that I had yet to drink. This was really enjoyable for a Blonde and it was refreshing not only to have one of these during this hot weather, but to find something during the season that didn't feel watered down!

Nice gold hue to this with a head that lasted for quite a while to go along with it. The lacing and aroma weren't present but that's about all that this beer lacked. The mouthfeel and taste were one of the more amazing ones that I've had in any beer lately, as the straw that was felt up front slowly gave way to a slight wheat presence, followed by some banana and clove, and a finish of bright, grassy hops. Quite a few reviewers have said that this "tastes like summer" and amazingly, that's a good way to put it. The balance and carbonation are there but the latter isn't strong enough to detract from the flavor.

Even if this was a bit stronger in the alcohol department, I could have easily had another one in my sitting. This beer reminded me of sunny days and a fresh-cut lawn without the humidity and dehydration that ruins so many outdoor ventures in the Summer. If you're a fan lighter beers that don't taste light or a seasonal worthy of you're hard-earned money, you owe it to yourself to go out and get this. It is that good!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly clear yellow/gold with a bright-white head that leaves almost no lacing. Faint touches of carbonation pull through the beer, but it's not bursting with carbonation.

Smell: Apple, cereal grains, and something akin to wheat jump to the forefront. The hops are mild at best, and add a slight citrus touch to the back. It's pretty mellow overall. A little sweetness sneaks through, but it's a nice compliment to the cereal grains.

Taste: Incredibly delicate on the tongue. The finish is a nice crisp bread with some floral and citrus notes layered throughout. The other malts in the back provide a slight sweetness that prevent the beer from becoming one-dimensional bread flavor. As in the nose, a faint touch of apple sneaks through.

Mouthfeel: A little thin overall. The carbonation came through at a nice level, but the beer sat thin. A little dry on the front, but that's it.

Overall: A very solid summer beer when you're looking to break from the wheat/fruit thing. It's clean, crisp, and refreshing. Definitely another solid beer in the Victory lineup.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin white cap throughout. The nose brings a bit of light citrus hops and a slight floral character. Light grain is there as well. Flavor is slightly bready and grainy with some slight hop flavor. Body is light and crisp with good carbonation and a light bitterness to the finish. Well done.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden -enjoyed with octopus87 chilled from a 1/2 pint.

The color is pale golden straw color with great clarity and thick snowy cap w/ ultra fine bead. The retention is good and laces sticks well. The aroma of this blonde is full of malt aroma yet has a slight musty yeast and pleasant herbal hop aroma which is mildly sweet. The aroma is well blended with subtle pilsner malt in the nose. The feel is semi-bitter with a mild resinous tinge and this has medium carbonation with a skosh of malt sweetness that balances the light spice with w/ gentle toasted grain and mild yeast smoothness.

The taste has a lemony hop flavor which seems to originate from noble hops as the flavor is familiar and herbal with some tinges of musty yeast and pils malt fills out the body with some light sweetness augmenting the taste with a gentle sweetness and a nice tea like hop dominates with herbal and slight grassy note. the lightly toasted tinges carry on with nice dry taste in the finish. This blonde really demonstrates that a low abv beer can have a good amount of flavor, the hop presence adds the counter balance to the malt with a refreshing quality and light acidity which makes this quaffable and has a refreshing quality perfect for summer because it doesn't makes you sweat from high alcohol and this fits the style well, another high quality brew from Victory!

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

from 12 oz bottle,,liked the label

A- poured a clear yellow color with a white 1 finger head a decent amount of lacing on this one

S- is like a pils with noble floral hops then baked bread and sweet malts

T- very good its floral citrus hops 1st with sweet caramel malts a nice baked bread finish,trace of lemon

M- crisp and tasty with good carbonation,floral hops

O- a great summer brew that drinks like a pils nice crisp flavor highly drinkable and a prima pils light to me

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

DRank this from an English pub glass...

The beer is a pale yellow with a thin white head. I really don't know how to describe this smell, it is very funky and fruity, I could smell peach and mango with a light citrus accent. The taste has a very different bitterness, it is lemony and funky with flavors of mango and a bready finish. The beer is light with good moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. This is a perfect summer beer for me, lots of interesting hop flavor and very refreshing.

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Photo of fsvan
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass on a hot, hot summer afternoon. Cool label, with summer things on it. Baseball, fishin', girl in bikini, etc.

A- Pale, straw yellow. Nice carbonation leading to white head that sits at half a finger or so.

S- Nice cracker-like malt. A tinge of hop bitterness. If someone told me this was a pils, from the smell and appearance of it, I wouldn't argue.

T- It has a pils like cracker quality in taste, but it isn't as pronounced as in a pils, or as in the nose. There's a light fruitiness on the finish that is very hard to nail down.

M- Nice and light. Easy drinking. Just how it should be.

O- I try to review beers by style, and this is a very nice, light, flavorful summer beer. As the bottle implies, this would be perfect for a summer pic nic, day at the beach or ball park, etc.

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

The beer poured a nice light yellow color that produced a very nice 2-finger, foamy head that was decently retained. The aroma of the beer was a little weaker than expected, but still good...some citrus hops mixed together with a bready component. The taste of the beer is of the quality that one would expect from this brewery, a nice strong flavor that follows the nose well. A nice does of fruitiness and bready malts. The beer was crisp, clean and very enjoyable as I sat on my back porch in the 100 degree heat of Georgia in the summer. The beer did finish with a light bitterness and I did feel that the beer was perhaps a bit over-carbonated, but it did not really detract from the enjoyment of the beer. Overall, as stated before, another quality beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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

Poured from my growler into a pint glass that I got filled from Joe Canal's Liquor outlet.

Light straw body color with a very white foamy head. Slow moving sporadic bubbles.

Mostly citrus hops with a background of bread. Not bad smelling at all.

Wow! Very tasty! Citrus hops upfront, some pine, fruity sweetness pops in the middle with breadiness at the end. I detect a little bit of pepper, maybe? This is a quality tasty brew!

Light body, easy drinking, feels nice in the mouth. Medium to high carbonation but doesn't disrupt the feel.

What a refreshing brew! Very tasty! So easy to drink, I had to tell myself not to drink it all up in one sitting. Probably the best summer seasonal this year!

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Photo of shand
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours fairly clear golden blonde color with a tiny cap. The aroma is bready hops, citrus, and hops. It never quite comes together properly, there's really no synergy on the nose. The taste is better, there's nice grassy and floral hops, some lemon, and bready malts. Very refreshing, with a nice hop kick. The mouthfeel is solid, it's well-carbonated and goes down easily. The drinkability is quite good, this one is really easy to drink. Overall, an enjoyable summer beer from Victory, it's delicious, easy-drinking, and has a nice hop kick to keep things interesting.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best by date of 12/13/11? as i recall.
A: pale straw gold, clear. bone-white head dissipates to a ring of lace.
S: pale, biscuity, doughy malts and noble hops-lemony, grassy, earthy/spicy.
T: very refreshing. lighlty sweet bready malts are smoothly cleaned out by a smooth hop bitterness. finishes crisp and dry.
M: light bodied but not overly so, frothy. begs another sip in the hot weather.
O: really liked this but would have loved it with different hops-citra or amarillo possibly.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,282 ratings.
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