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Victory Summer Love Ale

ALC./VOL: 5.2%
IBUs: 25
COLOR: goldenrod
AROMA: overwhelming scents of strong, inviting hops
THOUGHTS: Now I’m not usually one for the light, golden ales that plague our bar taps and liquor store freezers. They just generally lack that bite, that kick in the mouth that says, “I am here and I am beer. Drink me and be drunk.”

Summertime usually consists of sticking to the heftier IPAs and Double IPAs that tend to get brewed this time of year. That is until I came across Summer Love Golden Ale by Victory. They call it a light, golden ale but it is like an IPA cross-pollinated with an ale. It’s a little deceiving at it’s 5.2% ABV, because the German hops play off the pale malts so well that it does pack a bit of initial bite that then goes down smooth, leaving another refreshment of hops (American whole flower this time) that give it a tangy bite.

All that said, it is truly one of those beers that the minute you finish you want to crack another because it’s taste is just that unique. And the best part about Summer Love is it was created by Victory back in 1999 when the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation commissioned them the essence of the City of Philadelphia in the summer. And by damn, I’d say they did an incredible job of just bottling the taste of summer because after a couple I’m ready for some whiffle ball in the backyard or a romp on the sand with a lady friend I just shared a few with at the bar…

Victory Beer Summer Love Ale reviews


let’s have a beer is a new column meant to provide my craft brew drinking habit with a purpose. From growlers to canned IPAs to beers you’ve certainly never heard of, I will sacrifice my taste buds for the pleasure of passing on knowledge of something new.

Victory Festbier

ALC./VOL: 5.6%
IBUs: 20
COLOR: copper
AROMA: flowerly with a heavy, yet smooth malt subtly with the tiniest hint of spice
THOUGHTS: Seeing how today (10/28) is National American Beer Day I figured I’d have one (or a few) of a fine American brew in the bubbler style pint glass you see below (new beer glasses to help freshen things up).

Victory is brewed in Downington, Pennsylvania (just outside of Philly, where last night I saw these guys and these guys completely blow the roof of the TLA), and is as American as breweries come. They brew all sorts of different, delectable beers, but the Victory Festbier I focus on here is a traditional Oktoberfest with a sweet spin (yes, sorry, it’s still October and I’m still drinking these month-named/festival-named beers that populate the freezers in our local liquor stores this time of year).

Festbier starts off with a sweetness, then heads into a bit of a spicy ting, and finishes off with a dry, refreshing taste that accompanies the change of this cold weather so well that you just want to go pour yourself another. A much less off-kilter Oktoberfest than something like the Magic Hat Hextober, but not so far to the traditional end of the Oktoberfest breed that it would get lost in the shuffle. On this day of celebration for fine, American craft beers and the waning days of October, it be a fine choice to warm the body.