Summer Love Ale

American Blonde Ale Victory Brewing Company

3.5

Summer Love Ale, an American Blonde Ale by Victory Brewing Company

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Summer Love Ale is an American Blonde Ale brewed by Victory Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The Blonde Ale pours a brilliantly clear pale gold and is topped by a thick cap of rocky, white foam. The head shows excellent retention and leaves behind patches of lace and residue on the sides while a few bubbles stream upward in the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is fragrant with a scent of bright floral hops and a hint of grain. There’s an earthy character that emerges as the beer warms.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of cracker malt that transitions to a mild hoppiness that’s floral and peppery. There’s also a light lemon citrus and their combined bitterness lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth with a medium-light body and less-than-moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry with a mild astringency.

Overall

The Blonde presents well and its aroma is strong and quite pleasant. The clean palate is quite nice and very evenly balanced. However, the carbonation is a little light and its feel could use a bit more pep. Otherwise, the Summer Love Ale is a smooth and refreshing easy drinker that’s almost perfect for the hot summer months.

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About the American Blonde Ale

The American Blonde Ale is often the least complicated style offered by a brewery. As such, it’s easy to drink and approachable. It’s a refreshing brew with a clean palate that lacks any harsh or challenging flavors. It’s a preferred offering by many smaller breweries that don’t produce lagers.