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RATINGS: 779   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Clear straw colored, quickly dissipating white head. Aroma full of grassy, wood-like hop aromas. Lively carbonation. Grassy, floral hops backed by a thin malt profile. Slight lingering mineral bitterness. A nice warm weather session beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle with no date.

A: Crystal clear golden body, active carbonation, and a thick white pillowy head.

S: Earthy floral notes, not much else.

T: Rather bitter from start to finish, dry lean body with lots of earthy floral notes.

M: Light and crisp body.

O: This is decent, but a bit dry from start to finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MisterDenson (78) - Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Rating #50 for 2012 12oz bottle cold, from a snifter glass. Aroma was cat pee heavy in urea. Clear yellow beer 1/4 inch head, almost no lacing. Taste, cat pee with a bitter finish. Palate, medium carbonation, smooth finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Pours a clear yellow with thin frothy white head. Aroma is very floral with a mix of wet leaves, spruce and caramel. Flavor is grapefruit and sourdough. Body is light and crisp with active carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1295) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2012
(bottle) Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head and decent lacing. Aroma contains plenty of fresh hoppiness, with scents of lemon, cut grass, and flowers with only a faint glimmer of a bready, crackeresque undercurrent beneath the freshness. The flavor is even more well put together, with some faint pale malt sweetness initially hitting the tongue before quickly transitioning to a dry, crackery, and crisp mineral water finish. Lemon zest here too. Some lingering and lightly spicy bitterness clings on after the crispness subsides, which further enhances the finish. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is lively. Overall this is a perfectly appropriate beer for the summer months, and that finish really shined through.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2012
12oz into a pint. This is the best summer beer ever. Hoppy right from the front, this is no dull dimmer. Theres a bite that brings one back for more and leaves one wondering if this is an ipa hybrid or just a very fine summer brew. Quite nice. Color is lemonade gold with hay, and sunshine mixed in. Taste is hoppy all over, wheat filled and particuarlly enjoyable. This is the beer for summers to come.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2012
APPEARANCE: Pours a pale lemon yellow color with a good 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Good clarity reveals a multitude of bubbles soaring up towards the top of the beer. Pretty decent retention, but the lacing is even better.

AROMA: Citrus, Toasted Grain, Lemongrass, and Dried Hay.

TASTE: Nice citrus bite up front followed by some grassy hop flavor. Im getting some grainy flavors in there as well. Both the citrus and hops show up for a second go-round providing a refreshing lemony snap on the back-end. Theres some lingering bitterness on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Fairly light body with a moderate (and slightly fizzy) level of carbonation.

MOREYS BOTTOM LINE: Without a doubt one of my favorite summer beers. Ultra-drinkable, yet full of flavor. At 5.2% its pretty session-friendly too. If Im reviewing to style (which I am), I cant imagine there being a much better Blonde Ale than this one right here. Victory has done for Blonde Ales what they did for Pilsners. Highly recommended!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Draft at Jerrys. Pale gold with big, foamy, white head / Elegant, floral nose of bread, honey, and citrus / Medium body, lush and creamy but understated and stylish with superb balance and bitter finish / Flavors of pear, honeydew, orange, resin, hay, soap, and dry hops / Relative to a golden ale, this is just absolutely perfect.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foulkamania (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2012 does not count
Crisp summer beer. A little more hops than expected, but not overwhelming. Good for backyard grilling. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Pours gold with a white head. Smells of resiny hops, spicy, some floral elements. Tastes of dry malt, some bitterness on the finish, some nice peppery spicy hoppy notes. Enjoyable summer beer.


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