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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
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
Reviews:
432
Ratings:
2,270
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
30.16%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
589
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 432 | Ratings: 2,270
Photo of allboutbierge
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely spectacular. Only thing keeping it from 5's across the board is that its too hoppy for the style (to my understanding).

Pale golden color with ample fizzz white head and with considerable lacing. Nose is pungent and full of grassy aromas. Very crisp and earthy. Flavor is much the same with a faint citrus profile. Malt is thin but present and slightly straw like. Very very refreshing and the most enjoyable Blonde I have ever had.

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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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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 9InchNails
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 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 SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date. Threshold glass. Graded as a Blonde Ale

Appearance: Pours a pretty bright gold, with steady carbonation and one finger of white head. Very, very nice lacing. Retains a skim of white foam.

Aroma: Initially, something funky; yeasty. A mild funky/resiny hop note, very vague sour fruit note, maybe peach. As it warms the piney/resiny character increases, and the peach turns to apricot and strengthens, with a bit of mango.

Taste: A very hoppy blonde. dry, hoppy arrival. Resinous mid-palate with a vague peach/apricot note floating around in the background. Big bittering, piney finish. Very clean for an ale, and atypically hoppy. Definitely retains its ale character, no mistaking this for a lager. The taste is not appropriate for the style, but I like it better this way.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of lightweight. Solid, but not excessive carbonation. Not slick.

Overall: This isn't really a blonde ale, it's a golden colored, over-hopped pale ale. But you know what, it's perfect. I will definitely seek this out again as a summertime beer.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't have time for a full fledged review but I feel this beer is underrated and needs someone to represent. This along with Sierra Nevada Summerfest has become my go-to summer beer. Clear and refreshing but still full of flavor. If you're looking for some details maybe I'll come back later and give a proper review. I don't often pick up cases but I'm contemplating...

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Photo of Bone53
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Claddaghs

Appearance: pale golden straw color with a one finger white head

Smell: funky malt, lemon zest, grassy

Taste: funky malts upfront with a lemony hop finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with a bitter finish

Overall: Nothing to write home about. I found this to be quite funky with the hops not even able to mask it. I typically enjoy everything Victory does, but this is an exception. I'm gonna pretend I never had this offering. I'll stick to blonde women instead

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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 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 MusicaleMike
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vicotry Summer Love was commissioned by the Philadelphia Tourism Bureau (called With Love, Philadelphia XOXO) for Philly Beer Week 2010. Their hope was to create a beer with mass appeal. Draft only, though they bottled it once for Philly Beer Scene magazine.

I had a pint served at Frontier Saloon. Even though almost every beer served up in this place looks like the head is MIA, you cannot refuse Summer Love its rightful head. Simply amazing! This beer is a beautiful golden color that is as clear as can be. The thick, rich white head shows off the endless carbonation. Not to mention, it sticks all over the glass, something you don't see too often in pubs.

Even a smoke-filled saloon such as Frontier cannot mask the scent of floral, lemony hops wafting off of Summer Love. It smells like a toned down Hop Wallop. The beer is an accentuation of the All-American Citra hop.

With a smell like that, and Victory's line-up of bitter beers, I am expecting an IBU bomb! Surprise! There is no serious bitterness here. Yes, there is some hop flavor up front, but the large majority of this drink is smooth and even. A very well balanced beer!! Gentle bitterness in the finish compliments the malty middle of this beer. Tastes extra fresh.

The carbonation is quite lively, and creates a very refreshing libation. The mouthfeel is smooth and finishes dry. I find this to be quite sessionable. I could drink this all night and all the next morning....

Try this if you can find it in your local tavern.

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Photo of diamondc
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale & golden, sticky lacing, a fingers worth of foam 'til the last gulp.

S: Earthy, lemon-y, grassy, and dirty.

T: Lot of lemon, spicy, dry aftertaste. Lite Prima Pils, almost. Light biscuit-y malts, but the hops were the highlight here. Wonderful.

M: Very refreshing on a hot day here. Hoppier than most American Blonde ales, though.

O: Worthy of multiple purchases, very quaffable and flat out great.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this brew on draft. Poured a bright yellow/golden color crisp with a foamy white head. Lots of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. Smells of strong lemon zest and fresh cut grass. The flavor has some hay, grass, and lemon flavor, a hint of some grains more like cereal. Mouthfeel is pretty watery. The drinkable nature for me was hindered by the flavor. I did not really fully enjoy the flavor of the brew. I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass

A: Pours a clear gold. Very little carbonation. Nice thick white foamy head that lingers and laces.

S: Real earthy. Grassy. Hops and some citrus. A little odd.

T: You get a kick of juicy subdued hops, citrus, and sweet finish. Bready aftertaste. Starts bitter with hops and ends bready/sweet.

M: Lighter body. Dry finish. Crisp.

O: I was expecting a little more out of Victory for this one. I'm a fan of this brewery, but I would seek other brews for a Blonde.

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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 PA-hunter
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 5.2% abv

Appearance- Light yellow with a bubbly 2 finger head. Quite clear.

Smell- A blend of sweet malt along with lemon.

Taste- A sourbread-like malt flavor that has some soapiness quality about it. The hints of lemon citrus from the nose follow into the taste. The flavor ends with hop bitterness and some pepper like spice as well. The malt is strong as it even is there in the finish. Much more malty than hoppy but this is as it should be for the style.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium and dry. The carbonation makes this beer alive on the palate.

Overall- Not too much unlike a German pilsener but has qualities of an ale to it such a the hops on the back end of the taste. As being new to the blond ale style, I thought this was refeshing due to the thinner body and lemon zest it has to it. I thought the malt up front was a bit bland however, though that does not detract too much from it. Not a bad offering from Victory.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, for my #BOTG 46 I decided to take a few steps back from the bigger stouts and barleywines I seem to have been drinking lately, to something a little more appropriate for this Texas heat! It's hot here in Houston (95+ right now), and all that appeals to me is a nice, cold refreshing beer right now. So, here goes "Summer Love".

Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a clean, crisp yellow transparent color. Nice fluffy head fills the glass, leaves some lacing around the glass. Nice looking summer beer! Smell- herbal, floral hops. Almost a rosey aroma. Really nice. There is a grassy quality to it too. Taste- clean, crisp, hoppy, with a tiny bit of malt sweetness on the end. This is just so clean, crisp, refreshing. So incredibly drinkable- it has some german pilsner qualities to it, but also some really nice hop presence that you might find in a pale ale. This is just a perfect summer beer, I will be buying it all summer for sure. Well done!

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Clear, bright golden pour with a good finger's worth of bright, white head. Retention is good and eventually settles to a thin skim across the top, leaving a loose lace.

S - Aroma is, well...summery. There's a clean citrus aroma, mostly orange with bits of tropical fruits and a bit of lemon.

T&M - This brew carries an appropriate crispness to it. Flavor turns to a bit more of a lemony presence, with a citrus zing in the finish. Toasted malts seem to be in perfect balance with the hops, and provide a slightly more then light body.

O - Easy drinking, lighter alcohol level, and a fine beer for a hot summer day. Reminds me a bit of Southern Tier's Hop Sun...although I haven't had one of those this year yet.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: A very clear blonde gold color. There is a vibrantly white head of bubbles that fades fairly quickly into a thin cap. Lots of visible bubbles streaming upwards.

S: Light and grainy smell. Very mild notes of herbal or floral hops.

T: Light grain carries a bigger dose of herbal and pine hops than I had expected. The bitterness really lingers.

M: Thin and crisp, just a little bit watery. Fairly abundant sharp carbonation.

O: A light, crisp beer just a little too bitter to be truly refreshing. Lingering alcohol heat and pine in the aftertaste cut down on drinkability. Definitely a good choice with a few different beers, but wouldn't be a good session beer.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It smells pretty floral and a bit like grapefruit for a summer beer and has sweet grainy smells that I'm used to getting in good European beers. The taste is surprisingly really smooth and actually pretty sweet graininess up front and in the middle and then all of a sudden the bitterness of the hops evolves on the back of your tongue more and more as you drink it. The hops also give off a grapefruit almost lemon like flavor with a sharp fruity bitterness.

its not too bitter and like I said perfectly balanced with the delicious sweet grain malts. It's like their Headwaters Pale Ale but this is a bit sweeter, grainier and has a slightly different hop taste but not too different of one. At first I thought this beer would be boring or uneventful since its just a standard blonde ale but the hop flavors bitterness and that wonderful sweetness really round the beer out into a fantastic sessionable summer beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear yellow with a big, fluffy white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Fresh zesty orange, citrus oils, orange blossom/floral, cracker malt, lemon, grass, pungent dankness and wet herbs. Citra and Simcoe are both very prominent.

T: Tons of fresh squeezed orange juice, bitter orange pith, zippy citrus oil, lemon, hints of pineapple, cracker, bordering on biscuit malt, with a lightly bitter but balanced dank, grassy finish, minerally water, some earth, with lingering citrus and basil/cilantro flavors.

F: Medium-light body, well-carbonated, almost creamy, crisply carbonated, dry, and chuggable.

O: Combines the best worlds of hoppy pilsner and blonde ale. And excellent showcase of hop flavors, and crisp summer refresher.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I liked the lightly fruity malty aspect of this beer but the hops just didn't seem like a good match. It's more of an herbal type with a fair amount of bitterness. There was a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

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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 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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Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,270 ratings.
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