Purchased in a 473 ml can from Bucky's local liquor store, today's review is of Blue Buck by Phillips Brewing Company of Victoria, BC. ‘Best Before' date of November 29, 2015 printed on the bottom of the can, and 5.0% alcohol by volume. Selling for $2.75 at the time of writing.
Blue Buck poured a clear amber/orange colour with plenty of visible carbonation bubbles, and 3/4” of creamy off-white head with decent retention. Fading over 3-4 minutes, the head fizzled to a thin collar and film which left a surprising quantity of lacing down the glass given its modest fuel source. Its aroma was a mix of caramel and sweet orange, with undertones of lemon. The flavour was sweet caramel up front, followed by orange and lemon citrus, with a very mild bitterness in the finish…pretty tasty stuff. Light-to-medium bodied with a crisp carbonation and creamy mouthfeel for as long as its foam survived. Quite enjoyable, but not in that Tier 1 of craft beers is the verdict on this brew from Canada's west coast.
Rating: 7.91 / 10
One of Bucky's entourage visited Phillips Brewery and provided this review:
"I recently had the opportunity to try a local beer while in Vancouver Island, BC. We were in an Irish pub in Victoria and our waitress recommended Blue Buck English Pale Ale from Phillips Brewery. The beer arrived at our table and I immediately noticed it had a nice, dark amber colour, with a small off-whitish head. The beer's aroma was lightly caramel with a hint of honey, simply light and refreshing. The taste was creamy, with a hint of hops and earthiness. Flavour is extremely well balanced and consistent, overall was very pleasurable to drink."