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Former editor in chief of an award winning publication, avid outdoorsman, love hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, visiting state parks, published writer, avid drinker, certified bartender, beer rater and I ran a bar tending school, and blogger writing under title of the Man Can Critic 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

6/27/12 Victory Summer Love Ale

My beer of the day yesterday was Victory Summer Love Ale. I'll start out though with Monday night where the RZA attempted once again to capture the illusive three peat at Dorko's in Mount Carmel. Trivia this night was pretty difficult and the scores were low and tight after the first round. The RZA was tied for the lead and out chances seemed good. The next round started are downward spiral. Our lack of knowledge of the Choice hotel chain killed us and saying the right answer and then not putting said answer down put the nail in the coffin. We ended up tied for the last so at least we weren't in the basement by ourselves and there was still some Elder Betty in the fridge. So I at least got to have one more to remember its fantastic flavor. Yesterday me and the kids made homemade chalk boards which I later decided to use in my review. After a long day of walking about six plus miles I decided it was a great night to have a nice summer beer and what better way to go than Victory Summer Love Ale. I had read about this being the summer of lemon flavored beers so I figured I'd try one out. At first I wasn't to impressed by the heavy bitterness exacerbated by the colder than usual temperature I had the beer at but as I continued to drink and the beer warmed up the flavor got milder and it became a really enjoyable beer. I had it in a pilsner and the temperature it started out at was  39.3 degrees with an average head at 3". The head had a frothy appearance and a white color with excellent lacing. The head dissipated slowly and the carbonation was little. The color was straw with a hazy color. The aroma was a strong citrus with hints of lemon and it started out with a grapefruit taste that dissipated throughout drinking. The initial flavor was heavy and ended as light. The finish length was average with a dry mouth feel and a back tongue hit. The body lacing was excellent and overall I would say it is a really solid summer beer but totally different than the Elder Betty I had the previous night. I think this summer is really turning out a huge variety of great summer beers and with each one I drink I yearn to find the next fantastic summer brew. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly. 

Information from Victory website

With the sublime, earthy familiarity of noble, American and German hops backed up by fresh and clean German malts, Summer Love Ale® ends with a surprising burst of lemony refreshment from fistfuls of American whole flower hops. Love Summer, now.


Malts:2 row German pilsner malt
Hops:American and German whole flowers
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Available on draft and in bottles beginning May – August.

Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com

Victory Brewing Co - Summer Love Ale

Calories160Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs


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