With Summer Love, Victory Brewing Company was swinging for the fences.
Brewed for the first time six years ago in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp., this beer was tasked with the lofty goal of spreading Philadelphia’s brand of brotherly love across the country.
I had the chance of trying Victory’s Summer Love a few times over the years, but never with the intent of writing a review.
In the light of my window, the beer’s color and shine not unlike the summer sun, I am excited to finally have a hold of this seasonal brew once again.
As I pour into my chilled glass, the clean white head is quick to dissipate. It certainly looks as refreshing as it is described in their promotional materials.
With a grassy, citrusy scent, it seems like the perfect pair for a summer afternoon – whether mowing the lawn, grilling some burgers, or sitting on the beach.
The flavor is mild with light notes of pepper and lemon zest, but grows a more complex malty depth as you taste.
The beer is well carbonated, felt for a while after tasting, but never overwhelming. Combined with an almost slippery mouthfeel, the taste of the beer lingers in your mouth – not a bad thing.
Has Victory succeeded with spreading brotherly love across the country?
If you are up-to-date on U.S. politics, maybe not – but as far as beer goes, I feel that in Summer Love, Victory has a winner, bound to remain in their brewery portfolio for years to come.
This is an outstanding neutral beer that you don’t ever have to think twice about.
- ABV: 5.2%
- IBU: 25
- Style: American Blonde Ale
- Taste: Citrus, Malty depth mid-palate
- Rating: 4.5/5
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