Phillips Blue Buck Ale

With a name like Blue Buck you would expect mediocrity at best.  This emerges at first looking dull and boring.  Not much fizz, the colour is blah, and ther aroma is virtually non-existent, save a hint of citrus.

However, like a sleek missile of simple yet effective design, the Blue Buck ale can take you wherever you want to go.

What Phillips has delivered is a nice mild session ale with a clean finish, just sweet enough to appreciate for the whole afternoon.

This is definitely worth a try, and if you want to break your gib/ok springs pale ale routine, you could mellow it down with this.

Also, if you drink a lot of lager, you may just be able to stomach the jump without even noticing.

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

Phillips Gentleman Jim’s Real Ginger Ale

I walked past the case many times. Done up to look like a circus side-show carriage, the Phillips taster pack is loaded with imagery and phrases that Would make PT Barnum proud.

I really liked the last Phillips beer I reviewed, so I decided to try this strange collage.

It’s 10 pm and I just got home from an X-ray seminar. After looking at black and white slides for three hours, the case and labels are even more exhilarating.

I went to the fridge and randomly chose the Gentleman Jim’s Ginger Ale.

Well, this beer really isn’t good. It is flat, smells intensely like Ginger (of course) and tastes awful.

I have a sneaking suspicion that my wife won’t even sleep next to me tonight.

Perhaps, just maybe this could be tolerable with some sushi.

No, changed my mind it sucks.

The aftertaste is a weird dry bitter taste, like Ginger rinds, with a sugary finish.

There is a glimmer of appreciation for the fact that they tried something different, but in this case it failed miserably.

With each sip however, all my will to give it any score of positivity is completely broken.

[xrr rating=0/5]

Big Rock Brewing Grasshopper

Grasshopper is a very popular beer around here, and is the first beer I have tasted from Alberta’s Big Rock Brewing.

And why am I reviewing it in October, well that’s a really good question everybody!!  Like my last entry, I reviewed this in August, but forgot to publish it… Yup, hey listen, it’s not like I am getting paid to do this..;)

The best way to describe grasshopper is “delighfully average.”  It definitely looks and tastes different from other wheat beers.  It has a nice citrus aroma and citrus taste, but lacked anything to make it really stand out.

Perhaps the issue was freshness, maybe I just wasn’t in the mood.  I did drink all six of the beers over the course of a few days, and I just couldn’t shake that bored feeling.

Thank you for reading everyone!

[xrr rating=3.25/5]