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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.

hfmejias' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (984) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2013
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours cloudy golden with a small white head not much lacing. Aroma of hops and spices mixed with some grain. Very crisp and refreshing beer with a nice but not overpowering bitterness from hops citrus flavors balanced with grain flavors and also malts. Perfect summer beer very well crafted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
akoeninger (541) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Clear and white head. Aroma of light pale malt and faint citrus hops. Flavor is mostly pale malt, sweet and dry. There is some faint pine and citrus hops in the background. Medium light body. Very drinkable, slightly hopped aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (405) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2015
EBD 8/18/15. Clear golden pour. Normal head volume, lacing and retention. Outstanding light nose of tropical and floral hops (mango, orange, pear) with a touch of spice (pepper) over a mild biscuit. As it warms, a bit of earthy hops also appear. Heavy light body that is smooth textured, but has a slight oily aspect as well. Above normal carbonation with a good effervescence in the middle and a fairly prickly finish. Quite flavorful for a blond ale, the outstanding flavor profile is intense, somewhat complex and nicely balanced. It begins to separate in the effervescent middle yielding a blend of hop flavors detailed in the nose. The bitterness is mild and only hints at a rind quality. As the hop flavor subsides, a mild biscuit arrives to balance coupled with a subtle pepper flavor. The finish is a slow mild bitterness fade of orange rind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1390) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Sometimes a beer can be generic for the style, but at the same time a solid example of it. That’s how I feel about Victory Summer Love Ale – which is a prototypical summer seasonal with a light body and mild palette. However, there are commendable traits to this brew that earns it a decent score from me.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.29 ($0.19 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale/white gold hue with a slightly cloudy body though carbonation is consistently visible. Pours to a small, white, frothy head which laces and retains amazingly well.

Smell: Simple nose of pale malt and a hint of spicy hops.

Taste: The catch-all “Golden/Blonde Ale” style is one of my least favorites in all of beerdom. It’s rare to drink a brew that has any real nuance or creativity or distinctiveness to it. Thankfully, this beer is not the boring brew so many others tend to be, though it’s not exactly re-inventing the wheel, either. Imported German 2-row seems to be the only malt (according to their website), which gives it a familiar taste of pale malt. It does have a surprising amount of hop flavor, though. Spicy Noble hops emerge quickly creating for a bit of a rye-like taste. Simcoe gives it a bit of an earthy/herbal character and Citra creates for faint trace of lemonpeel. There’s also a trait reminiscent of dill somewhere in here, which is interesting (but not necessarily good). The palette doesn’t develop beyond these repetitive flavors, which is fine considering what this beer is and what it’s trying to be.

Drinkability: Any beer with “summer” in the name better be easy to drink, sessionable, and refreshing, right? I’d say Victory Summer Love Ale meets these requirements… mostly. The body is light to be sure with the right amount of carbonation throughout. It’s not what I would consider refreshing, though, due to the spicy/earthy/herbal character and residual aftertaste. At 5.2% ABV it’s arguable sessionable, though I don’t see why they couldn’t get the same taste out of an even lighter weight. I think this is available in cans, but if it’s not it most certainly should be.

Score: 7/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewMaster0912 (42) - Marysville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Pours a light and cloudy golden color with a medium head. Aroma is a mixtures of malts and hops/citrus. Has a smooth light citrusy tastes to it and doesn’t really leave the tongue dry. Overall it’s a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (729) - Delaware, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Appearance is very light yellow, fizzy with foam. The taste is very good.. like a light IPA. It is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
damzz (336) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Pours a clear yellow wit a white head that leaves no lacing. Nose is malt with a hint of lemon. Taste is malt, spice, slight lemon. Body is medium. A little less alc would make is a great summer session ale. 12 oz bottle and can

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (4258) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2015
Taster at GABS Melbourne 230515. Amber with a white head and a touch of sweetness in the aroma. A bit grassy but overall pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kathouse (1237) - Nevada, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Very clear, pale, with very little foam. Dry malt flavor with only a hint of hop. Leaves a residual graininess.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JDBaker11058 (1518) - Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Appearance: clear light gold, short fizzy white head. Aroma: cardboard, lemon zest, pie crust. Taste: as the aroma indicates, with a tick of light floral, grassy, and honeyed notes. Finish: finish is quick, except for a slightly unpleasant mineral astringency. Notes: Not up to their usual quality. Bottle from Total Wine & More in Fairfax, Virginia (Pickett Center).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undsioux7 (841) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2015
just ok. There is an aroma here that turns me off from the start, as with most in this style. I was hopeful, as their prima pils is one of my favorites. I wish I could identify what it is that I don’t like about these types of beers, so I could convey it better.

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