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RATINGS: 646   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
shrubber85 (7557) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle. Powdery floral and light grapefruit peel aroma. Golden yellow color with large head. Sweet light malt and moderately bitter grapefruit/pine hops flavor. Palate on the light side. Okay - light on the malt but strong hops presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1365) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Viewed through the prism of a refreshing summer blonde ale, itís difficult to see this beer as anything less than stellar. Hay/grassy hops, sweet malt that isnít overwhelming, and a generally light body that is perfect for the style. When you want more from less, this is a good option.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6438) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours light golden with a thick white head and a floral aroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor with a spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JRock72 (605) - - JUL 26, 2011
Same bottle as pictured. Poured light yellow with small head. Light body, aroma and flavour is mostly of light wheat/grain. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
On tap. Clean lines. Beer pours golden with a red tint; lively head. Aroma is wheaty but mild. Good head retention. Taste is clean with a nice flavor profile into a medium body; smooth finish with a clean aftertaste - excellent summer beer; very impressed with the 2011 version!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear gold and lively with a fluffy 2-finger beige head that falls slowly. Aromas of mild wheat, light tropical fruit (guava), some grass and hay, and a little cheddar cheese? Hmm. Flavor is light bitter grass and tropical fruit, with slight tart fruitiness. Lively, smooth, and refreshing, and really pretty drinkable on a hot day. Good. [741]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours out a yellow color with a thick white head on it. Smell is hoppy, grassy, with a little bit of corn / malt smell. Taste is smooth and easy to drink. A pretty good session style beer that doesnt try too hard to be something it isnt. Good enough for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2290) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2011
12oz bottle, pours a clear light golden/yellow with a soapy white head, aroma is sweet with notes of lemon and grass, flavor is crisp and clean with a hint of fruit and hops in the finish, really pretty enjoyable for what it is, perfect for a hot summer day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Hay and dandelion aroma. Clear yellow, thin head. Lilly flavor, very dry. Marigold finish. Very floral, bitter, off balance. Could really use a greater malt presence.Its more like drinking vase water than beer, and therefore, not something I particularly want in the summer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Translucent gold with a thin white head, sticky medium body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: lots of lemony Noble hops, and sweet pale malt.

Taste: lots of lemony herbal hops, and a bit of pale malt.

The yeast is pretty clean. The hops are great (Perle?), and though German in origin, certainly not German in usage. "Accesible for casual beer drinkers" ĖI donít think so. This is a west coast pale ale made with German hops. It could use a bit more malt for balance.

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