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RATINGS: 710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Brewed locally at the Victory Brewery in Chester County, the Summer of Love Ale is a golden ale made with pale malts, German hops and Brandywine River water. This specific style of beer was chosen because it has a broad appeal and will be accessible for casual beer drinkers, but will still retain exciting hop notes.

The brew has a vibrant and refreshing pale color derived from its lean and refreshing malt body. And the initially floral aroma of hops segues into a well integrated, refreshing hop dryness of European heritage.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on the day of my bachelor party after a 5 mile run. Appearance is a nice very slightly cloudy gold with a moderate white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is very citrusy, slight crisp, but also contains the yeast strain found w/ most blond ales. It really smells delicious. Taste is pretty good, not as bitter as the aroma gives off, not really bitter at all actually, goes down pretty smooth with a light hay malt and yeast presence. It’s pretty good stuff, typically not the biggest fan of these brews but this one is going down nicely.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear medium yellow with a chunky creamy head. Amazing head retention and lacing. Smells absolutely fabulous. Tons of citrus and flowers. Grape, bubblegum, along with some grass and pine. This really might be one of the best smelling beers I have ever had. Nice floral and citrus up front on the taste along with a little bit of light bread. High bitterness takes hold almost immediately and lasts through the finish. Finishes quite clean and dry. Overall, what an excellent beer! The aroma is just out of this world. My one complaint would be the bitterness feels a little too much for the style but it is a mild complaint. Unfortunately I can’t buy this in my area but I am definitely stocking up on my next trip out of town.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2479) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle. Golf course. Pours a golden color with a very large fluffy white head. Well balanced and earthy with green and floral hops, a caramel backbone and a lingering finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (1010) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Yellow /gold, foamy white head with decent lacing. Serious grapefruit in the nose. Sweet malt across the tongue supported by a medium body. The middle to the end is accentuated by a nice, but not overpowering, hop bitterness. Finish is hoppy, but balanced. Really nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (756) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Pours a clear yellow with a nice white head. Citrus aroma of grapefruit, lemon, grass and orange. Taste is not quite as citrus as the aroma. It still contains a good deal of these impressions, but it has more of a hoppy character and has a sort of peppery bite. Lemon flavor stands out among the citrus. Light in body and thin in texture with a bitter finish. Very crisp to drink. Perfect for summer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boxofrane (2445) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours straw yellow with a finger of white head that hangs a bit, leaves a little lacing. Aroma is pretty flat but has a little hay scent. Taste is pretty light and resembles a kolsch.but has a little bitterness on the finish. This is a little over-hyped in my opinion but very drinkable for the summer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (6932) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Pours a light gold .. medium head, ood solid lacing .. . amazing rock solid bitterness, perfect mouthfeel for a blonde! .. . i had heard a couple of good things about this beer, and it surpasses the talk- an awesome awesome summer session brew, i will buy this again!! .. . . i been using this athlete’s foot cream for 30 years! fast acting my ass!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Tap at Victory. Clear, pale yellow with ample white head. Smell is immediately spicy/fresh hops with that slightly skunk/cat pee (in a good way) characteristic, like the hops in NB’s Ranger. Taste is hops up front with a nice, smooth, slightly sweet pale malt flavor and a silky but firm hop bitterness. None of that industrial, added on bitterness that seems more and more common. Dry finish. This is an excellent offering from Victory.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2012 draft at The Kitchen Upstairs. lightly hazed gold body with a white head. medium-light bodied, dry, prickly and bitter throughout with soft carbonation and not-so-soft grain husks. noble hops are appropriately pungent and grassy with earthy spice and tingly phenols and acids. dried egg shell yeast character is a little too bold for my tastes, but otherwise this presents itself as a well-hopped golden/pale ale with german-influenced hop character. too astringent from a high hop rate, dry body and no lagering. reminds me a lot of the American-hopped Hungarian lager "Keserű Méz", funny enough.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1342) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle, light golden color, little head. Aroma is slight floral/citrus, grains, lemon. Light body, slick texture. Ave carbonation. This is pretty smooth, not much flavor, but pretty smooth. Thats about it.


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