Blue Buck
Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.

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Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
British Columbia, Canada
English Pale Ale
Ranked #72
Ranked #25,629
3.62 | pDev: 12.15%
Oct 21, 2023
May 13, 2009
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.
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I am trying a can of this beer at the Marriott Courtyard in Nanaimo, BC. It poured a clear copper with thin white ring head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had malt and bittering hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bright malt base with grain and bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.
Oct 21, 2023
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Reviewed by NeilSilber1 from California

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours golden copper with slight fading white head. Malty notes that tickle the tongue with tiny bubble carbonation and strong bready notes on the nose. Decent easy drinking English pale ale on draught at Tap & Barrel Bridges in Vancouver on Granville Island HH. Decent local micro ale at 5% ABV.
Jul 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can at fridge temp. Really nice and refreshing. Slight toffee, some grains, and a nice thick layer of malts. Super smooth aftertaste - mostly malts. Would definitely buy again.
Jun 21, 2023
Rated: 3.72 by wildvanisle from Canada (BC)

Feb 01, 2023
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Reviewed by charleskimmle from Canada (BC)

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Full flavoured and full bodied beer, but not what I look for in an "ale". Really seems to be more like a westcoast pale ale. Significant hop expression, fairly astringent, not what I'd consider easy drinking. Would go well with spicy food. definitely not what I seek in a plain "ale", it's definitely not mild and nutty like an english brown ale. At ~20cad for 15 it's an interesting bargain, but at the price a six pack or one goes for, i'd just choose an IPA over it in most scenarios. If I consider it a pale ale, it's a solid pale ale.
Jan 15, 2023
Rated: 4.2 by Tadhg67 from Canada (AB)

Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I bought a can at the beerstore in Ontario 473ml at 5%.
poured a 2finger head into glass.
caramel taste with a medium bitterness.
sweet and light lager beer .
overall a very refreshing and crispy beer.
Sep 18, 2021
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Reviewed by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Blue Buck pours into my glass clear and the color of polished copper. Thin streams of CO2 support a dense, off white head with decent retention.
Up front, Blue Buck's aroma starts out malty; sort of a combination of caramel and crushed grain. Aromas of bread dough come out in the center, smoothing out those initial aromas somewhat. The doughy character combines with something smelling of fondant, of all things. These combine together well enough before moving into a finish that is peppery European hops.
My first sip reveals up front graininess, leading into barely present flavors of caramel. After the caramel, graininess becomes a more pleasant flavor of toasted grain. The caramel flavor intensifies a bit, cutting through the overall graininess before moving into a lasting bitter finish. Somehow there's a hint of sweetness providing a subtle through note as well.
All things considered, Blue Buck is not bad. I find there could be room for improvement on one main front with this beer. Mainly, the flavors could have less graininess, more malt, and maybe some fruit esters. All things being equal, maybe a little more hop presence wouldn't hurt either.
Jan 24, 2021
Rated: 3.62 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Jan 14, 2021
Rated: 3.58 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Feb 03, 2020
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Da Boss enjoyed an imperial pint which i finished the last 1/3rd of it in Victoria BC for a happy hour price of $5.50 CD.

Beer was served dark orange with a nice white head with the original service.

Nose was pretty mellow with some light citrus but not much else.

Taste was very well balanced but lacking some popping caramel malt and citrus i would expect for the style. Bitterness was 2/10.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing special. But it was enjoyed with a wonderful late glorious spring day in Victoria so it is all good!
May 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
From a flight at Rogue kitchen and Wet Bar.
Blue Buck isa decently balanced pale with a dry finish; but not too hoppy, just subtle... like brewed in the Mother Country.
I went on Phillips website and apparently it was founded on credit cards in 2001... So many things are possible with persistence.... including good beer.
Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by DNFriesen from Canada (AB)

Jun 13, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by kwjd from Canada (ON)

Mar 14, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Amber orange and filtered with lots of fast rising, small bubbled carbonation. Topped with a finger of off white head.

Smells of toasted malts, and light caramel.

Tastes of caramel and toasted malts. Slightly sweet, with a very light hop note.

Smooth, light weight body and lots of carbonation.

Really good brew. Exceeded my expectations as I was mostly purchasing it based on the cool can I found in The Beer Store. Drinking by the frozen lake, Dec 18th, 2017.
Dec 18, 2017
Rated: 4.39 by dustin6185 from Canada (BC)

Dec 06, 2017
Rated: 3.16 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Sep 13, 2017
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Reviewed by pootz from Canada (ON)

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Can and on tap - the canned version is a disappointed - amber-gold , small off white head, aromas of caramel, some earthy hop notes and light sweetness - medium body, smooth, soft mouth feel - flavor is malt forward with caramel malts dominating and a nice but understated earthy-woody tone from the hops - finish is long, wet, clean and verging on sweet. - decent drink but I wouldn’t session the canned version. Amber ales are a catch-all category for brewers to run sweet caramel malts forward but this is toned back enough to make it drinkable - maybe 2 or 3
Aug 09, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by goalie35 from Canada (AB)

Aug 02, 2017
Rated: 3.51 by Mousel from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
Blue Buck from Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
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