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RATINGS: 771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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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3.4
JRock72 (605) - - JUL 26, 2011
Same bottle as pictured. Poured light yellow with small head. Light body, aroma and flavour is mostly of light wheat/grain. Smooth finish.

3.9
RGDave (113) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
On tap. Clean lines. Beer pours golden with a red tint; lively head. Aroma is wheaty but mild. Good head retention. Taste is clean with a nice flavor profile into a medium body; smooth finish with a clean aftertaste - excellent summer beer; very impressed with the 2011 version!

3.3
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear gold and lively with a fluffy 2-finger beige head that falls slowly. Aromas of mild wheat, light tropical fruit (guava), some grass and hay, and a little cheddar cheese? Hmm. Flavor is light bitter grass and tropical fruit, with slight tart fruitiness. Lively, smooth, and refreshing, and really pretty drinkable on a hot day. Good. [741]

3.5
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours out a yellow color with a thick white head on it. Smell is hoppy, grassy, with a little bit of corn / malt smell. Taste is smooth and easy to drink. A pretty good session style beer that doesnt try too hard to be something it isnt. Good enough for me.

3.5
cbfobes (2885) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
12oz bottle, pours a clear light golden/yellow with a soapy white head, aroma is sweet with notes of lemon and grass, flavor is crisp and clean with a hint of fruit and hops in the finish, really pretty enjoyable for what it is, perfect for a hot summer day.

2.7
obguthr (6585) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Hay and dandelion aroma. Clear yellow, thin head. Lilly flavor, very dry. Marigold finish. Very floral, bitter, off balance. Could really use a greater malt presence.Its more like drinking vase water than beer, and therefore, not something I particularly want in the summer.

3.9
SanfordBrewer (1634) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Translucent gold with a thin white head, sticky medium body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: lots of lemony Noble hops, and sweet pale malt.

Taste: lots of lemony herbal hops, and a bit of pale malt.

The yeast is pretty clean. The hops are great (Perle?), and though German in origin, certainly not German in usage. "Accesible for casual beer drinkers" –I don’t think so. This is a west coast pale ale made with German hops. It could use a bit more malt for balance.

3.4
smith4498 (3670) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle from Harvard’s in Augusta. Pours clear golden color with white head. Aromas of caramel and earthy hops with some fruitiness. Lightly sweet fruity flavor with some biscuit malt and earthy hops. Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

3.3
bhensonb (15601) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours gold with a creamy/bubbly white head. Strong citric hop aroma. Med body. Flavor is light grapefruit/citrus/herb/spice over a little light caramel. It’s quite dry. Amazing flavor for a light summer beer. Must be the water.

4.1
ganache (6029) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle. Nose of citric pale malt with nice bready noble efficiency (Hallertauer?) and some surprising PNW grapefruit and orange peel (they’re right to call it exciting!). Clear golden with a sudsy cream head. Watery thin body with a malty body and nice celery and stinging citrus hops, sunny and resolving to a bready finish. Lemon and cracker and a hint of hoppy spice on the sides. Clean and lively, with just a tad more alcohol than I usually find in this sort of offering; a bit of hop weariness on the tongue after significant volume, but this is still insanely drinkable. Surprised at how awesome this is, and thinking I want to splurge on a case.


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