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RATINGS: 741   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pressboxjoe (395) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Bottle. There is some rosey floral quality to the aroma. Aroma and visuals match the expectation of a summery golden ale but flavor is a wallop of piney hops. But is also sweet, crisp and refreshing. Carbonation gives it a bit of a soda feeling. Easy to guzzle. I’ll be a happy man to find this at any picnic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1972) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2011
This was really nice for what it ia., light and refreshing with a grassy hop kick and a surprisingly bitter bite. Some nice malty sweetness. A great summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2106) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2011
12oz bottle...very bright yellow color with decent last head. the taste was crisp and clean. tasting the malty sweetness and the medium bite of hops with a splash of lemon. not a bad summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7798) - Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2011
7/1/11. On tap. Clear, very light golden pour with a frothy white head that sticks and laces pretty well, surprisingly. Plain aroma of grass and pale malts with a hint of lemon peel. Big pale malt flavor that reminds me of a pilsner, along with grassy hops and a slight finish of lemon and cream. Really not bad for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
[Bottle] Clear straw appearance, decent head retention. Plenty of hop fruitiness on the nose. Light palate, hops are big with some tingling spice.Hops dominate, but more spicy than bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2011
12 ounce bottle

I am glad I only a single because this beer just did not do it for me. Whether it was the style, my mood, or something else I just was left with a disinterested impression. Perhaps I should have waited a few weeks for the humidity and temperature to raise before opening it.

Aroma and appearance - The transparent golden body bubbled like ginger ale. The fast fading white head was light and frothy. Overall it looks like a standard fizzy pale ale. Wet cheerios accented by a used urinal cake somehow dampen the mood. Stale lemons are not much help. This is the perfect lawn mower beer.

Flavor and palate - Bland watery lemonade, old yeast, and a handful of noble hops try to entertain. However they fall short as the result is safe, palateable, but ultimately unremarkable. The only redeeming feature is a trace of rye in the finish. Perhaps the intent was to be safe but I find myself yearning more for a bitter or ESB than these golden ales with no character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
12oz bottle, no date. Clear medium yellow with a big two finger eggshell head, pretty good retention. Floral and green herbal spicy hop notes abound in the nose with a solid cracker malt base. Flavor follows suit with just a tinge of citrus hops. Dry finish, scant honey sweetness. Bitterness peaked at a 3 in the finish. Moderate carbonation with a light body. Wow was this good and refreshing. If this was year round it would compete with fresh Prima for my two main Victory brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle. spicy with lots of coriander and grapefruit. cloudy with heavily active carbonation up to a firm white head. Dry and spicy. Mild hop bitterness which gets a little astringent in the finish. Nonetheless a very tasty very. Very crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5031) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Whole Foods Market, DC sixer ($10): Whenever I see a new Victory beer, I hesitate for a split second and then promptly buy it. Aside of feeling some hometown pride, I know that I will be seldom if ever disappointed. Anyway, this beer was no exception to the general rule. In any case, this beer pours a golden color with a minimal head that dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is rock solid. It comes out with subtle but flavorful German hops, with a mild bread and malt background. In drinking the beer, there is little complexity; instead, there is only perfect balancing and well thought out flavor. Bitter, but only a little bit. No sweetness. Nothing abrasive here at all, just good summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
I’m not used to Victory churning out a tamed down beer. This one is. It’s good though. Very crisp, light and just enough hops to give it a good taste. There’s not much that can beat Victory’s hoppy beers, when you want something lighter, this is it.

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