I.P.A. | Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse

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Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-11-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by unit555:
Photo of unit555
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrived with a decent head that persisted as lace on the glass all the way to the bottom. The color was between amber and red and the beer was crystal clear.

Like most of the beers I had this evening from Big Buck, this one didn;'t have much of a scent. The hoppiness came through in the initial taste but it had a "green" aftertaste that caught me by surprise.

It was clearly a well crafted brew and I think I liked it but I haven't entirely made up my mind.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.95/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the Big Buck Brewery in Grapevine, TX on 06/08/06 and reviewed on 06/14/06 based on the growler I took back to Virginia with me.

Golden with a decent light beige head, good carbonation, and nice lace. Very fresh hoppiness with a 6 day old growler ! Intense grapefruit citrus hop aroma and flavor; akin to eating a grapefruit straight up. Amazing what some brewers can accomplih with hops. Medium bodied with a wonderfully citrusy hoppy finish; maybe a touch on the light side and not quite as creamy as I like but had to find one fault !

The best IPA I've had in ages - hands down ! Is this really from Texas and a brewpub ?!?

Per Chalkboard at the Brewpub:
16.0 OG
58 IBU
6.2% ABV

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Photo of dauss
2.46/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on tap while I was up at the bar. It was way too cold. And for some stats, 58 IBUs and 6.2% ABV.

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber color with an orange tint. Small light head rests on top with good retention and good lacing.

Smell: Not much there. Grapefruit citrusy aroma, and clean.

Taste: Strong harsh upfront bitterness. No balance of hop flavor, bitterness, and malt. Had this hot lightly phenolic alcohol taste. A long lingering very bitter finish with a light astringency. There is a low to moderate carbonation with a medium body.

Notes: This was quite an awful IPA. I've made beers with twice the IBU's and it wasn't nearly as bitter. This beer needs some serious balance, more malt, and lower cohumolone hops for bittering. I've noticed other BA's had given higher ratings, I wonder if they had changed their recipe recently.

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Photo of TXHops
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big Buck's IPA pours a deep, orangey-reddish color with a large, uneven head of tan foam showing good staying power. As soon as the beer leaves the growler, an intense grapefruit aroma fills my nostrils. This isn't a grapefruity-hop aroma--it's the aroma of freshly-sliced red grapefruit--sweet and shockingly citric. The flavor is much the same--intense grapefruit with barely enough malt to keep the grapefruit from overwhelming. The beer winds up featuring four stages of flavor, after I got over the shock of such a distinct grapefruit flavor:

1) Overwhelming grapefruit--no other flavors evident. (It’s not a case of “this beer tastes a lot like grapefruit—this beer tastes EXACTLY like grapefruit.
2) A brief, lightly sweet malt middle. (not long enough for me to accurately characterize as bready, or cookieish, etc...)
3) Bitter grapefruit hoppiness (different from just citric grapefruit-this is when it actually tastes like PNW hops)
4) Long, lingering citric grapefruit. This is the same sensation I experience when drinking a small can of grapefruit juice on an airplane--the sticky citrus sweetness hangs on forever in the corners of my mouth, making me dread the pending conflict looming with my next tooth-brushing.

A fine showcase of one of the facets of American hops' distinct flavors--this is a very one-dimensional beer, but a great one for hopheads...

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hop-lovers dream. This beer has a nice golden color on top of a bold grassy aroma and strong spicy bitter hop presence. All these characteristics come together to help keep this brew sharp in the mind.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy light copper color (menu says it's unfiltered, accounting for cloudiness); nice half-inch head, and very fine lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lot of cascade-like hop aroma.

Flavor: Very citrusy hop aroma, and plenty of bitterness. A little malt sneaks through, but hops are the main focus. Lingering, bitter-dry finish.

Body: Medium-full body.

Nothing overly complex, this is nearly the quintessential American IPA, from color to bitterness to hop selection. Nice!

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back a couple growlers from Grapevine, the other their Hefe. I've never had anything from Big Buck so looking forward to this.

There is a light aroma of grapefruit and hops. Taste is outstanding. Reminds me of Hercules DIPA. Nice mouthfeel with just a little carbonation. Finishes nice crisp with some bitterness and dryness from the hops. Just a touch of sweetness really adds a nice touch. Quite drinkable and very good!

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-brown pour with a nice, frothy head -- this is an attractive beer. Nose is aromatic with lots of floral, fragrant hops including hints of orange peel and sweet malt. Lots of lacing as it goes down.

Taste is citrusy, lots of hop flavors. Bitter yet drinkable, since the bitterness never overwhelms -- a nice job of balance with the malt. Tart grapefruit flavors of fresh hops with a hint of caramel in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a medium-bodied, bready texture, very smooth. The hops bite without overwhelming makes this one of the better fresh-brewed IPA's I've ever found.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a little hazy but with a nice long lasting head. The word GRAPEFRUIT screamed at you the entire time you were drinking it. Grapefruit dominated the nose. Grapefruit stomped on the tongue. I LOVED it . The complexities of the sour and the carbonation played with the tongue and roof of the mouth. This beer was quite a delight and made the trip out there worth while.

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I.P.A. from Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
3.88 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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