Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Resin and moss, quite dank and hoppy.
Ap: Clear straw- golden - big and airy white head - sudsy - with really good retention.
T: Moss and resin flavors dominate up front, very hoppy - transitions into a light and semi-sweet cracker maltiness - bitterness is medium-high, but very clean and soft.
P: Medium-high bitterness with a slightly slick mouthfeel - finish is fairly dry, thanks in part to the hops.
O: An aggressive, and hoppy, blond ale - both quenching and flavorful.
skibumma70 (30) - USA - AUG 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
kramer (5064) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours a clear yellow body with a small fizzy white head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is light and very clean with bready pale malt, a little crackery malt, and a nice moderate hoppiness. At times Iím getting a little bit of a soapy note though. The flavor is nicely hoppy for a Golden Ale, grassy and floral with just enough bitterness. Dry crackery maltiness really makes for a crisp and refreshing summer beer. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy with some nice lingering bitterness on the back end. This is really quite good, one of the best Golden Ales Iíve had to date.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at The Distillery in Savannah, GA. Gold color and served with an ultra thin head on top. Not much sticks around. Buttery flavor with toffee notes, lightly toasted bread, sweet corn, grain, very mild hop bitterness. Not really into the buttery/toffee thing going on here. This was thirst quenching in the middle of a hot day but not much more than that.
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at flying saucer. Pours a clear yellow gold with small frothy white head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is bready malt and wet dog. Thin moutfeel with a light wheat flavor and citrus. Crisp finish, a good blond from Victory.
theisti (3276) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shaker pint draft at the Gingerman in New York City. Pour is a slight haze yellow golden with a smallish off white head. Aroma is grassy, even catty hops, along with a hint of pine and a bright cracker malt. The flavor revereses this a bit with the malt coming forward, its fresh and crackery crisp. The hops are present, showing the grassy and catty elements of the nose. Palate is light to medium bodied, nice carbonation level and a clean mineral finish. Overall, a bright clean beer.
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 wasnít too fond of. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but not as great as I was expecting based on previous ratings.
Ron (2650) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I just had to get one of these while at BOTW. Pours a pale straw color with creamy white head that fades, but sticks around. Aroma is grainy with Belgium yeast. Taste is more the same with a lingering bitterness. Palate is thin with a dry finish.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Not a fan of the style, but this was nice. More hops than are common in the style. Sort of a German American Ale or like an ale and a lager had a baby. A decent transitional beer for macro drinkers, but I think itís more of an easy-drinker for the beer geek.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a sparkling, clear, light yellow with beautiful carbonation and a small to average, slightly off-white head that mostly lasted and left good lacing. The aroma was light to moderate light-colored bread and biscuit; moderate to heavy grassy hops; and lighter citrus, floral and perfume hops. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and moderate to heavily bitter with a fairly long duration. There was pale malts, biscuits, white bread, flora, perfume and grassy hops along with some metallic hops, cookies, slight lemon and a hint of honey. The light to medium body was leaning to medium and had a fairly dry, but slightly sryrupy by the end texture with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.
chickenflea (344) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.