Saturday, March 31, 2018

Victory Summer Love Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Enjoy by date: 8/5/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 18A Blonde Ale

AROMA: Moderate hop aroma of lemonpeel and pine.  Moderate clean, slightly sweet, pils malt presence. Faint fruity esters; otherwise clean fermentation. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear golden hue (2-4 SRM). Moderately-large white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Soft malty impression all around. Reminiscent of a pilsner, but less raw malt taste. Slightly sweet honey-like flavor in second half which lingers into the aftertaste. Hops are firm enough to notice with a citrusy/piney/spicy flavor and moderate dry bitterness. Slightly spicy hop flavor lingers briefly in the aftertaste. Faint fruity esters; otherwise clean fermentation. Palette is extremely well-balanced and relatively robust, but not to the point of exceeding style guidelines. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Quite sessionable at 5.2% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Yes, there is such thing as a World Class blonde ale. More flavorful than most, yet still a truly drinker-friendly blonde. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 47/50

NOTE: See my 2015 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/07/victory-summer-love-ale.html

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