Beer Wednesday – Summer in Memorium
Happy Beer Wednesday all! Now, as you may or may not be aware, the official end of summer is this Sunday, so to memorialize the end, I dug into my “mix six” and hauled out Victory Brewing Company’s “Summer Love” Ale.
Now, believe me, as some one who grew up outside of New York and then moved to the area between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, I have no love for Philadelphia. Also, since I’m a rabid Mets fan, I would like nothing more than for Citizen’s bank Ballpark to catch fire in the middle of the night and disappear from the face of the Earth.
That having been said, while I used to claim that Philly was nothing better than a rest stop between New York and D.C., I now know that it is home to at least one really good, vegan, brewery. Victory’s use of different hops in “Summer Love” sets it up as fragrant, and clean, with just a little bitterness at first. Totally drinkable, in part because of it’s light 5.2% ABV, “Summer Love” is light, bright, and has a clean finish with just a hint of lemon.
I would have liked the head to stick around a bit longer, as I pretty much just had time to pour it, grab my camera, and then turn around and it was gone. The mouth feel was, again, a bit thin, but not too disappointing, considering the color and how quickly the head dissipated. The color was light, but not too pale to be a blonde ale. I would believe if it had been called an American pale ale, but it certainly did deliver as a blonde ale. Not as hoppy or rich as the Uinta Monkshine, but still very tasty.
Overall, I did really like this beer, even if it was from Philly.
Enjoy the video, courtesy of Victory Brewing Company.