Summer Love | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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2,325 Ratings
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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:
2,325
Reviews:
445
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
618
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,325 |  Reviews: 445
Photo of bfitzge2
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

EBD 8/18/15. Clear golden pour. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding light nose of tropical and floral hops (mango, orange, pear) with a touch of spice (pepper) over a mild biscuit. As it warms, a bit of earthy hops also appear.

Heavy light body that is smooth textured, but has a slight oily aspect as well. Above normal carbonation with a good effervescence in the middle and a fairly prickly finish.

Quite flavorful for a blond ale, the outstanding flavor profile is intense, somewhat complex and nicely balanced. It begins to separate in the effervescent middle yielding a blend of hop flavors detailed in the nose. The bitterness is mild and only hints at a rind quality. As the hop flavor subsides, a mild biscuit arrives to balance coupled with a subtle pepper flavor. The finish is a slow mild bitterness fade of orange rind.

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Photo of Dirt286
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aapike86
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tarheel219
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sparger
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xbrettfavrex
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

12 oz bottle from Fresh Market. Solid blonde, excellent easy drinking summer beer. Good for what it is.

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Photo of miguelre06
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ericstites
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really nice summer brew. Almost no smell, but some lingering flavor. Light, but not without taste.

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Photo of HunterSBeerson
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Genx
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ian_B
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Smaxy
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great session beer for summer time.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice sessionable summer ale. I was recently given a six back from a friend from Philly and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer.

It's not a crazy flavor profile that will make you ponder each ingredient, but it's by no means one note, either. Plenty of nuance from the grass and citrus. Incredibly drinkable, and exactly what I want for some pool-side or beach drinking this summer.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Lame Lame Lame Lame Lame

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Photo of videofrog
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pnelting
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Very impressed with this beer. Smell is fresh and lightly hoppy. Taste is refreshing light hops with some citrus. Very smooth. Had it on tap and from a can and tap was even better. yb

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

Photo of TopherBreski
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've been looking for every new Victory brew I can - that brewery is great!! Found this one and was excited. Look is pedestrian. Matches MHL. Smell is fantastic. Tons of hops, citrus, and yummy malts. Taste is great if you love hops but nothing else in there; not a lot of ingredients.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Straw yellow color with good clarity and a tall white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Grassy and citrusy hop aroma. Sweet malts come out a bit in the flavor. Heavily carbonated which gives it a spritzy quality. Light and drinkable. A good summertime quencher, but not much more than that.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold, with a sliver of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, perfumy & floral hops, pear

T: Follows the nose, a little dryness as well. Honey malt, floral hops and a little grassiness as this warms. Finishes crisp, dry & fruity

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, nice balance

Very drinkable old-school golden ale, refreshing, a nice beer to start a session with to be sure

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Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a mix of grassy and bitter hops. The flavor is very beery and grassy, along with a malt backbone and a long and bitter finish. Most beers that are in this style aren’t as intense as this, as this leaves them in the dust in that department.

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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,325 ratings.
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