Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: Victory Summer Love Ale

Locale:  Downington, PA
Craft Circa:  1996
Style:  American Blonde Ale
ABV:  5.2%
IBUs: 25
Notables:  Summer Season

Label:  Appropriate.   Although it feels at times the NFL offseason via transactions and hard knocks gossip have overthrown Baseball as the official ‘Summer Love’ representative.  If they can replace the baseball with a football, and the silhouette of the slugger with Drew Rosenhaus comforting T.O., that would suffice.

Overall:   Quite Good.  Not quite great.  It’s 100 degrees currently and yes this photo has not been altered. 

This is in fact Chicago, and what better circumstances than to give Summer Love, this lovely American Blonde, a whirl.  Being married to one, I must have something for blondes, although this one is natural.  She’s also a Polish beauty… not the beer, my wife.  In fact this ale is a moderately attractive German Blonde as there are some sneaky German Pilsner flavors that creep up into the mix. 

If it’s possible to create White Sangria in the form of suds and ale, this is it.  I get some pears, some apples, some peaches even?  There is almost too much to intake.  There’s no consistency, however it is rather refreshing.  The heat index may play a role in the refreshment aspect, but kudos for the brew… isn’t that the point of a flavor of the season?  Again, it’s quite good, not quite great.  I would like to reference some Magical Mystery Tour into the mix proclaiming “All You Need is Love”, but I feel that Mr. Heat Miser is doing the talking and skewing the refreshment assessment of this ale.

Whenever Heat Miser skulks up, this beer serves its purpose, and that is kicking Heat Miser in the fire crotch when his reign is felt on this ehhhhem…. 100 degree June day. 

Acquisition:  6 pack $10


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