Blue Buck | Phillips Brewing Company

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Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by Metalmonk on 05-13-2009

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3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of andrenaline
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy light golden colour with a caramel hue, thin layer of head which dissipates quickly leaving no real lacing.

S - Sweet toffee malts come off the top, finishes with a clean whisp of citrus hops, some leafy greens also noticeable on this scent.

T - This one is a little different than I expected, the leafy greens are quite noticeable on the flavour, followed by a mellow hop and the toffee malts. The flavour is rather mild, and I was expecting a little more, but still rather tasty. Bit of a wheaty finish that lingers on the tongue as well.

M - This one doesn't appear overly carbonated, yet it fills the tongue on the swallow and makes for a nice full feel.

D - This one is pretty tasty. Nothing spectacular, but a tasty beer nonetheless. I'd love to taste this fresh out of the keg to see if the flavours are enhanced. Easily a sessionable beer, and recommended for anyone looking for a lighter English Pale Ale offering.

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Photo of rugbykimmie
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this is my first review, so be patient with me.

A: Light copper amber color, slight carbonation, frothy white head that quickly dissipates.

S: As soon as I opened the bottle, I was wafted with aromas of bread and a sweet toffee like scent.

T: Not quite what I expected. A lot more malty, I definitely expected more hops. A lot of malt flavors, a bit of citrus on the finish. Has an interesting sweet, wheaty presence that "sticks" to the back of my mouth and tongue.

M: A lot more watery than I like in a beer. The label says "medium bodied", I would say its leaning more toward the lighter side..but not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation level was just right, in my opinion.

D: Definitely a session beer. I could easily drink this one all night.

I'd like to have it on tap and see the difference.

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Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Blue Buck is a name that, for me, conjures thoughts of Canadian wilderness (outstretched skies and lakes, muscular wild deer) but the liquid itself looks very domesticated - figuratively and literally. The sterile cleanliness, polished highlights and pale amber colour characterize many commercial beers.

The aroma has a biscuity maltiness, steely minerality, and pleasantly floral but lightly pungent hoppiness - all the telltale signs of a classic English Pale Ale. The people at the BJCP couldn't have drawn it up much better themselves. It smells like it was brewed some 7500 kilometers east from where it actually is.

Far more mild (in every sense) than its typical West Coast counterparts, Blue Buck doesn't turn green or pink with dank tree serum or sharp citrus notes. But it does have an underlying hoppiness that is subtly fruity and adds appreciable tastes of bergamot as well as hints of marmalade and flower petals.

These flavours pair wonderfully with the overarching maltiness and its butterscotch, biscuity, wafer-like characteristics. The smack of toffee sweetness only compounds the impression that this pale ale would be an acceptable alternative to afternoon tea. It would also make a sessionable cask at the pub too.

Blue Buck is a mediocre beer but it's got everything I enjoy in an British-style pale ale. It's a good candidate to convert the mainstream beer drinker as it balances toothsome sweetness with agreeable hoppiness. While nothing to proudly hang on the wall, it's definitely worth the shot.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of trail77
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BCborn
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of agl317
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of MikeeeHo
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of dzirtbry
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of CWVegas
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of jcubz
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of Codak
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of souvenirs
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber, two fingers of head. slightly floral, a touch of honey. Mild. Smooth, not crisp. Very mild, but pleasant.

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Photo of maplesyrup76
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just around the $2.75 mark or so for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for a minute before film out. Medium to dark gold color. Filtered clear

S- Malt galore. Sweet

T- Malt bomb. WOW this is a malty beer. Not much else other than a nice selection of malt

M- A bit above average. Dry

O- Pretty good break from the everyday. At this price point I will put a case away for slow consumption as this malt bomb will work with many different foods

Food Pairing

This nice brew went very well with...... Roast beef with gravy made from the drippings with root vegetables


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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Nixon
4.92/5  rDev +35.9%
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.

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Blue Buck from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 202 ratings