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Blue Buck - Phillips Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Blue Buck is a legendary beast known to grant those that see him good fortune and safe travels! A deep amber coloured beer, the Blue Buck has a crisp finish featuring a delicate hop aroma. Certainly seeing the Blue Buck on bottle grants the drinker a great experience! Worth searching for.

(Beer added by: Metalmonk on 05-13-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

yancot, Feb 06, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, from slim pickings at a Kamloops cold beer and wine store on the way to some rustic rural BC summertime adventurin'.

This beer pours a clear, slightly glassy medium golden amber hue, with one hefty finger of frothy, foamy off-white head, which renders some nicely splattered, broken webbed lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of sweet caramel, biscuity malt, a bit of fondant, some mild citrus rind, and herbal, grassy, and faintly piney hops. The taste is light bready, grainy malt, a touch of toffee sweetness, some middling citrus notes, and soft earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the light side, the body a somewhat shallow medium weight, and decently smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt swaying in a demure hoppy breeze.

The marketing shtick professes this as Phillips' 'Session Ale', and I pretty much have to agree. This sixer was a nice accompaniment to a night of campfire and food cooked on a stick, but could be equally enjoyed in more urban variations on the theme.

biboergosum, Jun 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

MikeeeHo, Apr 03, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright white head floats atop a copper-gold color with remarkable clarity and healthy lace stickage.

Aroma has a very English-y malt slant, some biscuit/bread, with the hops having a polite fruity character.

Flavor? See Smell. Pretty much as-advertised-to-the-nose flavor, with malt-forward breadiness and fruity hops in the background. Lightly buttery and a little toffee too, but generally simple and solid--no more, no less.

Carbonated. Not overly so, but there's not much more to report. Just a tingly dance on the tongue with a light to medium body.

Very much an easy drinker, but hardly outstanding. They claim it's their "session ale" on the label, and if that's what they were going for, they're were successful enough.

Metalmonk, May 13, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

CWVegas, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

jcubz, Jul 17, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear bubbly light copper, short white head didn't last long
S - very bready malt with some toasty hints, some earthy peat hops, light pepperiness
T - toasty bread malts are balanced nicely by earthy leafy hop flavours, with some light citrus and pepper notes
M - a little more carbonated that I like in an ale, but otherwise smooth fullness with a little bitter
D - besides the carbonation, i find this to have a good flavour balance and a somewhat refreshing easy drinking quality, a worthy beer

joemcgrath27, Aug 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

maplesyrup76, Oct 07, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours an amber gold with a finger of bubbly, off white head that fades quickly.

Smell. Sweet caramel malt, some citrusy hops and a little honey.

Taste, Caramel, nice mild fruity hop bite, a little honey and light toasted grain. A little bitter at the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-low smooth carbonation, lighter body.

Overall. A good tasting beer, but nothing about it really stands out. Would drink this at the bar again, but probably wouldn't buy any to take home.

Rutager, Mar 20, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this stuff! I live in Seattle and have had it when I've gone to Victoria. Bard and Banker and Irish Times pubs both serve it on tap.

I really like the flavor of malt and to me Blue Buck presents it as well as, or better than, any beer I've tasted. The hop level is just right too to balance it out. The level of carbonation is correct--not too gassy. And the color is right on for an English style pale ale.

From my recent visit to Victoria I brought home a 6-pack of bottles. The beer is almost just as good in the bottle as it was on tap and the cardboard box type container is a great way to package beer.

I wish I could get this beer in the Seattle area.

Nixon, Oct 13, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Sneevel, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

pudoo, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

adhallick, Aug 04, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap, pours into a nonic pint glass a copper color with light head. Revisiting this after being somewhat impressed in a blind tasting against other light-ish ales.

Nothing of real note in the nose. Light caramel malts....

Taste is easily on the light side. Buttery notes, caramel malts, the faintest of bittering hops (less than I remember from the bottle), biscuity. Thin body, carbonation is ok.

Not as impressed as I remember being. This is one of Phillips "for-the-masses" beer (along with Slipstream) and while it's certainly drinkable, there's not enough here to purposefully bring me back.

ritzkiss, May 17, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

S_Dal, Aug 07, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of IllNate, 341ml into a pint glass. Thanks Nathan!

Pours a translucent golden amber, with a finger or two of white head settling to a collar; a few bubble remain. Some light citrus hops in the nose, some toffee malt and some grain and breadiness is evident. Taste is decent, some light hopping and nuts are here to before the malt takes over. More breadiness as well. Carbonation is quite high, almost fizzy at points and this detracts slightly. But this is Phillips' proclaimed "session ale" and serves well in the drinkability department, easily sessionable and not too complex. Works for what it is.

liamt07, Sep 17, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

curtismontcalm, May 06, 2013
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Blue Buck from Phillips Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.