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RATINGS: 643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (1976) - Manama, BAHRAIN - AUG 16, 2011
This summer has been stupid hot here in Philly. My go to has been PBC’s Kenzinger but I recently had a few pints of this and it just might force a rotation between the two. Bright fruits, light, crisp hops, and light grain. Finish has a nice bitter bite but not harsh. I wish the abv was a bit lower so I could do a few more in a row. Super refreshing and quite tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2011
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Crushed a few of these over the course of this infernal summer, and I have to say this is yet another killer session brew from Downington. Ostensibly a blond, sure, why not? But it’s really more like a quirky hybrid to my tastebuds, with tons of bright fruits, a nice hoppy vein, and a subtle malt base that combines into something like a very bright biere de garde or a mild, spicy/hoppy saison via APA. It is the Rawlsian overlapping consensus of summer session brews perhaps. Tasty as hell.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle. Light golden body with a fizzy, off-white head. Hop aroma of flowers, grapefruit and citrus. Notes of toaste grain, caramel. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Floral taste with some raw grain behind it. Hint of lemon and grass. Straightforward.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1472) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle. Clear, gold, light white head. Looks a lot like a euro pilsener. Light skunky hop aroma, but pleasant. Balanced palalte... Smooth but carbonated, finish has a little bitter bite. Pretty good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5118) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2011
I really liked this, probably more than I should have. It seems to be a fairly simple concept - take a thinner bodied golden and hop the crap outta it. There you go. But it served purpose - crisp, quenching, and tasty. I would’ve drank a lot of this if it were in town this summer...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1947) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2012 Draft pour at mews tavern poured a light golden in color with a small white head. Aroma has grains, flowers, some citrus, and a bit of bitterness. Mouth feel is light with good carbonation. Flavor has some grass, light citrus, mild bitter bite, and some spicy yeast. Nice and clean and very drinkable.

Rerate on a fresh bottle. Pour has a light golden color and a thin covering of white head. Aroma has bright hops, citrus, flowery, and some light sweetness. Light mouth feel and plenty of carbonation. Flavor gets a nice hops punch, creeping bitterness from the German hops, citrus, and a lingering finish. Very nice and clean and extremely drinkable. I am going to kick the score up a bit here after drinking a couple of bottles, it is much better super fresh and a wondurful summer drinker.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Pour is a nice yellow gold color with a thin white head. Nose is of light hop notes, floral almost farmhouse aromas, all very faint. Taste is very smooth light and refreshing, with notes of the smell.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Pale gold appearance with a small white head and modest lacing. Aroma of straw with some lemon in the background. Grassy, earthy malts accented withspicy, citrusy hops. Crisp, dry, light bodied mouthfeel, decently carbonated, with a short lived finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Pours a bright clear yellow with a white frothy head. Smells of slightly bitter hops, grasshopper, hay, pine, and sweet citrus fruits. Nice aroma here! Lively mouthfeel with a lightly hop character, sweet fruits and light grass. The finish is lightly bitter and holly.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drougkolya (276) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2011
Bière de style golde ale de 5.5% d’alcool, belle couleur doré, bien mousseuse, houblonné à la perfection, goût et senteur fleural. Caro à beaucoup aimé.


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