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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1668) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is honey, malts and a little noble hops.

The flavor is grainy malts and grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK subdued hoppier blonde ale. Not too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (8461) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet honey and earthy biscuit. The flavor is very smooth and easygoing; some honey, light citrus, some rose petal. Nice. Brandywine River? Oh man, isn’t that in the Shire?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2011
12oz flute. Pours brilliantly clear straw colour with a foamy, whispy white head that somehow leaves good concentric rings of lacing. Aroma suggests floral, herbal hops and subtle cereal grainy, light malt sweetness. Good bitterness right off the bat, and very dry in the finish, leaving me wanting another sip as soon as it’s gone. The hoppy bouquet is pleasing to say the least. Bright, vibrant, absent of all sulfur compounds, or below my threshold at least. Not grassy, no misplaced dankness or musty earthiness. Just bright, clean bitter and floral hops. Finish leaves me wanting a little more malt, but that’s my only complaint. Fizzy carbonation, light bodied and has a long residence time for slightly astringent bitterness. Light, almost airy texture. One of the best summer slammers out there. Had to go for this with the recent resurgence of hot temps here in the hell hole some call the Mid-Atlantic states. RATE TO STYLE esse!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
almost clear yellow, medium white head, somewhat lacy. nose is yeasty with a trace of citrus. yeasty flavor, with very slight citric highlights. light bodied, clean finish. there was a nice hop presence, but it was not as bitter as i prefer. sample provided by my friend quint on a rafting trip in wisconsin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5170) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Comes out of the bottle a clear straw yellow with a typical white head - not inspiring, but never judge a book by its cover! Strong aroma is malty with a yeasty undertone and hints of citrus and hops. Sunny flavor has a malty core and a strong, slightly sour citrus note, as well as hints of hops and apple. Average-bodied texture has a nice tingle to it. Great for summer, or saying goodbye to the bloomin’ hot weather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (1776) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pours a golden yellow with a whit head with deccent lacing. aroma is of biscuit malts. grass. floral citrus, and pine. flaovor is of sweet malts, biscuit, citrus, and pine resin . has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry, bitter, long finnish. overall, a very good blonde and most likly the best summer ale ever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2814) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Medium statured white head with good retention and a fair lace. Boring pale gold color. Pleasent nose of grass and lemons, pale bready malts. Light body, soft carbonation, light acidity and a hint juicey, nice. Nice grainy malts, light citrus and dry yeasty notes, bready with a hint of earth and a little noble hoppyness. Dry lightly fruity finish makes for an enjoyable easy quaffer. Solid! Bottle from statelineliquors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle. Pale crystal clear yellow. Average white head that fades to a film retaining on top. Aroma is grassy, floral hops. Apricot and light fruity aromas. taste is a lot bigger and hoppier than I expected. Yum. Lemony with a hint of some German-style malts to make this kind of resemble and pilsener. Grainy and lively carbonation. Finish is crisp and refreshing. Great hop character. This is a great summer beer. I’ll have to stock up on some of this next year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2200) - 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 (7508) - 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.

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