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RATINGS: 703   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2323) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2015
Pours golden with a large fading head. Nose shows floral, grassy, herbal and earthy hops with some soft light malt underneath hinting at honey. Very similar flavours. The hops are more grassy rather than floral though and a biscuity malt note replaces the honey.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Msdrbeat (77) - - JUL 28, 2015
On tap. Tastes a bit thin. Easy to drink. Not fruit. But very nice overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (5490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Clear slightly pale golden with a thin Rocky white cap. Cracker and blonde malt nose backed by a firm west coast grapefruit and grassy hop resins. The flavor has a crisp and firm grassy and slightly piney hop flavor but then it calms down to a crisp and crackery German lagerish maltiness.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rollinsr (492) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 23, 2015
Pours light gold with no head. Aroma is estery with sweet orange and lemon. Flavor is more light citrus but with some fairly substantial biscuity malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2015
A pretty simple beer. Not much aroma, with a light, slightly effervescent body. Tasty summer beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrhopsbeertalk (215) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 8, 2015
I was a bit surprised to find this is an ale. The aroma and flavor remind me strongly of Jack’s Abby’s Hoponius Union, albeit a much lighter version. In any case, this is a mostly floral and citrus blonde with a very light body and a hint of pepperiness which normally would come from the yeast that must be instead be coming from the Noble hops or an adjunct?. The hop flavors are bit more forward than most beers of this style... which I like. But it’s a bit watery and drinks more like an older style vienna lager than expected.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
akoeninger (551) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (423) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1419) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewMaster0912 (49) - 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.


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