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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 8, 2011
On tap at Deer Park Tavern (Victory Brewers Dinner). Pours a clear golden yellow with a bright white head that lasts with some lacing. Smell grassy hops, biscuity malt and a touch of lemony citrus. Taste has mild piney hops with some grapefruit notes. Finish is dry and crisp. Clean and refreshing flavors all the way through. Mouthfeel is light with moderate fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a dense cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweet bready notes accented by lemon rind, dry white spices, and wheaty character.. smelled like it was going to be crisp and refreshing. The flavor found bread and a pinch of honey at the core.. lemon zest and dry earthy bitterness around.. well-balanced and dry on the finish. Light-bodied and crisp on the palate.. tasty and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finhead (1483) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
A pale yellow pour with a white head. It has a slight lemon aroma mixed with a damp basement smell. The light body has a thin texture with lively carbonation. It has a grapefruit rind taste that is initially sour, then finishes mildly bitter. I’m not impressed with this beer at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1917) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Pours a lightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is citrus and floral hop with a bit of sweet malt. Flavor is malty, sweet, spicy floral hops, saltine crackers and light bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle… Clear yellow ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. Aroma-wise, peppery and floral hops mix and mingle quite well with pale grains and honey malt. Medium to full-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor offers peppery and floral hops balanced nicely by pale malts. Crisp, snappy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (5011) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
On draft at Brass Tap Wesley Chapel. Pours a light yellow with a white head. Nose is light malt, corn, yeast, lager, yeast, and hints of cracker. Flavor is similar with a light body- some sweetness, light malt, and yeast. Very nice summer light-bodied beer, akin to Summerfest. Nice session-ish beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Pours a clean light golden hue with a lasting fizzy head and pretty nice lace. The aroma is hop charged which honestly is a bit of a surprise, seems more APA/IPAish than a Blond Ale for sure, much like how Prima Pils blurs the line of hoppiness for the style. There is also some pale grains and minerally vapours under the slightly spicy, grassy and resiny hop tones. The taste is more of the same, the bittering hops lead with a nice light fruity twang and earthiness balanced by mostly clean pale base malts. Again, the taste is more akin to an APA than a Blond Ale or at least the majority of Blonde Ales you get in most areas. The mouth feel is refreshing and moderately carbonated but there is a bit of a doughy finish along with some metallic notes that kept it from a higher score. Overall this is very good brew but the hoppy notes makes me wonder how accessible this really is for the "casual beer drinkers". It is noted that I could see this fading very quickly and something you must drink now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (2168) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Light and crisp with hints of citrus and spice. A bit of hoppiness that carries through in the finish. Light enough to have a few, but substantial enough to really enjoy. A nice summer session ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fsbw21086 (426) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2011
One of the best ’summer’ beers i’ve had in a long time. Was happy to find a summer beer that focuses on crispness and good sharp taste rather than a cloudy lemon wheat beer. This beer SMELLED better than many beers, very high quality ingredients and choice hops make for a delicious beer. Excellent beer start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Tap at Stone. Cloudy yellow. Lots of floral notes, crackers, hops. Flavor is incredibly smooth and crisp. Perfect hop/malt balance.

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