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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2011
12oz Bottle, purchased at Zenoís - State College, PA. Fresh, malty aroma. Flavors are crisp, clean and bright, with a palpable rich freshness that makes it quite quaffable. Where most Golden Ales are listless, flawed, too chewy or flavorless, this one brings flavor to the table with big drinkability and enough intrigue to brink you back. Solid work. What I image Sparkling Ale or English table beer might really be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Draft on tap at Whole Foods (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice golden yellow hue, a nice glow, but transparent. Gentle carbonation with a frothy decent bright white head that dies to a small film, laces small. Aromas are fairly clean, some gentle grassy hops, faint florals, and crisp cereal grains, bread dough. Clean. Initial is lighter bodied preaching some healthier hops than anticipated, with grass and florals, some spicy yeast, bread dough, and some fruity lemons, faint apple appeal. Into the backend lingering yeast and dry hops, lightly bitter but fairly earthy. Bread dough, some yeast, bread dough, a touch of apple fruit. Finish throws some lingering florals and dry hops, light yeast. The beer offers considerably more than the aroma and appearance let on. A very nice summer beer. It isnít complex, but definitely does the job. Sessionable, flavorful. Delightful summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 On tap: The aroma consists of grass, light floral notes, and a touch of honey. Itís a transparent gold with a small white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The flavor starts with a quick light dose of honey and a touch of lemon. The finish has light-moderate grass and floral notes. Light bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, reminds he a little of Quinnanan Falls Lager by Bellís. Itís been a while since Iíve had that...so I could be off, but itís the first thing that comes to minds when drinking this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (1018) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Spicy great ale. Not so appealing light yellow color with little head. Spice saved this brew. Great cold!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
aroma is clean, salty wheat fields. fresh farmland breeze. appearance is polished lightened yellow, decent legs, filmy, wispy head. flavor is neutral bitterness without flavor to its character...lemon pith later revealed and even hints of lime zest. mouthfeel is ultra dry and crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4867) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Bright golden in color, thin fizzy white head. Very clear. The smell is floral, basic, hops. Taste is malts, floral, very basic. Clean and refreshing. Good lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3008) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2011
12 oz.bottle. $2 single @ Lemon Tree. Pours a standard gold or blond color, with just a touch of haze. Direct pour kicks up a manageable bubbly head. Smell has some pleasant light malts. Taste is much more hop forward than is usual for this style,and itís impressive. They mention only German hops, and Iím for that, but this is either loaded with green hops or thereís some American Cascades in there. Or a recessive malt profile just brings the hops up front. Quite tasty summer beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle sample at the summer beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 7/7/11. Clear yellow pour with a thin white head. Malty nose thatís more dank and funky than crisp, like youíd expect from a summer beer. Malty flavor with some crisp hops and a bit of sweetness before a bitter and very thin finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2011
One of the better so called summer beers. Nicely balanced hop and malt give it a unique flavor. Beer drinkers should enjoy this offering even though it may not be as hoppy as most experts like. A thirst quenching pleasant tasting offering from Victory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Sampled on 7/11/2011. This blonde/golden ale pours a medium yellow gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is cereal, fruity and sweet with some citrusy hops. A medium to light bodied blonde ale. The malts are cereal, grainy, fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Nice lively carbonation. Crisp and clean, light and refreshing. Nice summer beer, has a nice hoppy finish to that its all that bitter, Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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