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Cucapá Honey - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 76
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: fido on 04-08-2007

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 76
Photo of FLima
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a thin head that keeps a constant plate.
Light aroma with notes of bread and butter and faint honey.
Flavor is a bit more interesting with its spicy hops/yeast, perfume, dough, papaya, honey is quite faint, drops of fresh orange juice and pears. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Fruity Blond Ale with a bit of honey and mild spices. Gets more interesting once it warms up. (439 characters)

Photo of LennyOvies
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Yellowish amber body with a great creamy white head.
S- Sweet honey aroma just as expected.
T- Fresh and solid malt flavor, with a sweet hint, a bit underwhelming.
F- Light, crisp.
O- Aroma opened great but the taste was underwhelming, just a tad sweeter than a common blonde or amber. (288 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's OK. Absolutely no bitterness. Goes down with a little more noticeability than most Mexican lagers. Might buy again due to limited selection. Sweet but gives a dry aftertaste. (179 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Apariencia: Color ámbar, dorado con concentraciones marrón. Corona de espuma muy leve y de poca retención. Cerveza Filtrada.

Aroma: Aroma a lúpulo americano y maltas base. Notas de caramelo, azúcar quemada.

Sabor: Notas de miel y condimentos. Muy marcado sabor metálico con aspecto astringente. Amargor bajo en el retrogusto.

Sensación: Cuerpo bajo con carbonatación baja.

General: Una cerveza que presenta notas desagradables, quizá por el lote que probamos. (472 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head which dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing.

Nose has bready malt with some sweetness.

Taste smooth and creamy with a malt backbone and the sweetness of the honey at the finish. I've had honey beers before and this is the first time I found the honey actually prevalent.

Overall not bad. It's a little sweet for me. (371 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

I enjoyed last year's offerings from Cucapa, so I was excited to see this come out of my Advent Calendar for day 9. In general, I'm not a big fan of blondes (beers or otherwise), so I was glad to see the addition of honey to this brew. This is a very respectable and drinkable ale - the honey adds a nice balance without being cloying. I could see myself enjoying several of these while deep sea fishing off the Baja coast - talk about positive imaging! (453 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, day 9 of the 2014 Craft Beer Advent calendar. Hmmm...more out of season beer for a winter/holiday themed collection, no?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar roiling sea froth lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of, well, earthy and floral honey, bready, doughy pale malt, bruised apples and pears, a hint of musty yeast, and a bit of bitter herbal grassiness. The taste is more bready, lightly crackery pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, a hovering floral honey character, kind of tart, bordering on sour orchard fruit, and a gritty, yet understated yeastiness.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, barely a careless whisper arising here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too tacky to be denoted as all that smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the doughy malt and interminable honey carrying the day.

Yeah, not a particularly robust style for starters, but these Mexican craft brewers do take a good running start at it - the honey is at least genuinely represented, and the malty doughiness that I've come to expect in a blonde ale of the (north) American variety is certainly present and accounted for. While still plain, and pretty much inappropriate for an ADVENT calendar, I could see this playing well enough in the summertime patio scene. (1,417 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cucapa Honey

Has weird suspended sediment amidst a deep honey amber color. Head is thin, coarse, and small.

Thinner malts represented. Some nectary honey and light toastiness. Light hops in the nose with a slight pine character.

Waxy honeycomb, citrus, stone fruit, thin old malts, and mild bitterness. Might not be that fresh. Mexican beer is still searching for greatness. Rather typical low-tier ale feel. Needs conditioning. Carbonation is a plus, however. Nothing to go back to. (486 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, honey, apple, pear, toast, toffee, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance of malt and fruity notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, honey, bread, toast, toffee, floral, grass, apple, pear, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, bread, toast, toffee, floral, apple, pear, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice and pleasant balance of malt and fruity flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish, as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very solid session amber ale. Solid robustness and balance of malt, hop, and fruity flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering. (1,164 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger head of bubbly white foam. It left some residual sudsy trails.

S - It smelled of honey and caramel with a floral touch.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and honey with a slight bitter bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This a nice blonde ale. Good honey flavor. (373 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A Mexican microbrew? Chido! And imported by a hometown distro (Kalamazoo Michigan what!) so I had no excuse not to try it. Unfortunately, this one left me feeling like it was more of a major bleah.

(This review is for their honey amber. The bottle I have is different than that pictured, which isn’t unusual, but from what I can tell it should be the same beer.)

This honey amber ale pours a caramel-gold color with very thin foam. There’s a musty yeasty/estery aroma with the slightest hint of clover honey. Tastes like a very lousy amber—bland, flat, almost nonexistent flavors followed by a lousy, nearly skunky, horrible finish. Pass. (646 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Expectations were high as all other Cucapa beers tried thus far have been excellent, but this is not up to their level.

Pours a clear, dark golden amber with a good head. Decent carbonation and pleasant mouthfeel. The honey is definitely pronounced in both aroma and taste, although there is dryness paired with its underlying sweetness.

Personally I wouldn't have classified it as a "blonde", but I'm not entirely certain what style it does represent. A "simple" ale, lacking the complexity and flavours of some of Cucapa's other offerings... (546 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finger’s worth of tan to eggshell white foam, a lot of larger bubbles which hampers retention, thin and wispy lacing doesn’t gain much traction either. Orange colored liquid with more of a brown influence than red, subtle yellowing around the rims, not hazy but there is a translucent semi-opacity, no beads but plenty of loose bubbles floating around inside. The nose is fresh with a firm and steady lift, the honey is gentle and not a huge presence, you almost get more chocolate and caramel, mixes in lemon drop candy and pressed flowers, some breadiness, apricot and yellow apple fruit, more sweet grains than grasses and little bitterness. Medium-bodied, the honey steps to the fore here, especially as supported by lemon and orange citrus. Glazed brown bread, more cocoa than chocolate, clear expression of butterscotch and caramel. The carbonation is above average with distracting. The peach, apricot, apple fruit peters out by the finish where it’s more minerally and close to earthy. Still, no green or herbal qualities. Good balance, never gets too sweet as to lose its more refreshing qualities. Nothing remarkable but quite drinkable, could throw a few down in a sitting. (1,190 characters)

Photo of tubacharlie
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cream colored head about one finger high tops this brew, which is a dark honey color and very clear. The head settles to a silky smooth, light skim that is refreshed by active carbonation. Good adhesion to the sides of the glass as the beer is drawn down by consumption.

Maybe it's the inference from the label, but the flowery scent of honey seems to float above the aroma of malted grain.

The flavor is well balanced, with a good hop presence and plenty of grain. A slight sweetness up front is immediately challenged by the bold bitterness of hops framed by a mellow, bread and yeast body. Pleasant afterglow as the bitterness recedes, leaving a hint of honey and malt. (676 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep golden amber color. A fluffy white head forms about two fingers high and dissipates slowly, leaving moderate lacing on the glass.
There are some gains in here behind a sturdily malty base. Honey is present but not overbearing. It's a bit of a struggle to detect the aromas, but they are noticeable and actually quite good.
The honey in the flavor doesn't come off too sweet or straightforward, allowing the malts to come on the forefront and kicking in on the end of the sip and the aftertaste more strongly. A note of hops is present as well, balancing caramel and honey with soft floral notes. Well done.
This brew's got a nice, thick mouthfeel with a medium body and a very nice robustness. Carbonation is light, and this one is rich and smooth.
This is a very good beer from Cucapa, and I'm interested in trying more. I found this to be brewed better than the obscura. (892 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle

Pours slightly hazy with a deep honey gold color, slightly off-white head is just shy of an inch but dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells of grassy grains and a bit of honey citrus sweetness.

Taste is the same, fresh grain with a bit of honey sweetness to it, plus mild citrus tartness.

Feels moderate, fluffy carbonation throughout.

Good sipper, wish the taste was a little stronger, otherwise easy enough to drink. Probably better with food than solo. (470 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Really nice amber color with a prominent head that dissipates slowly leaving behind a lot of traces sticked on the glass, medium carbonation and big with medium bubbles.

S: Intense malty smell with a faint caramel aroma.

F: Full barely flavor with some bitterness and very little sweetness, somehow hops.

M: A good dry ending with but not to easy to drink, medium refreshing and medium body. (397 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber/gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Biscuit, sweet malt notes
Taste-Muted malt, a little honey sweetness, faint hop note, all in a vanishing finish that leaves almost no flavor.
Overall, a so-so brew, not really worth a revisit. (308 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dull yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet malt, honey and a yeasty quality.

T: Tasted of sweet malt and biscuits up front with a nice dose of honey in the finish. Like most blonde ales, this one doesn't the most complex of flavors, but it is still enjoyable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable blonde ale. (517 characters)

Photo of Natural510
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, not dating
Pours a medium-dark amber-bronze color with small amount of creamy head; solid ring of lacing remains upon dissipation.
Honey-sweet malt to the nose; the yeast is apparent in the aroma as well.
Bulk of flavor is a malt, heavy on the biscuit note, backed by the honey and a bit of harsh astringency from the hops & yeast. Honey, thankfully, is not overwhelming or overly sweet.
No real complaints in mouthfeel & body. Not too thin, and up to standard with the style.
Nothing too extraordinary here. Like the pale ale, it could use a bit more balance (the yeast/hops provide a similar harshness, which may mellow after, say, a month on the shelf). Otherwise a decent drinker, and preferable option should this start to show up at your local cantina/taqueria. (780 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The label reads "Mexican Craft Beer".

It pours an orangy honeyish color without much head.

I think I somehow liked the Obscura better than this one. The taste, which is similar to the Obscura, is metallic, unsettlingly bland, and it makes me grimace when I taste it. It finishes dry with a mild hoppiness, which trys to redeem it, but falls short.

Overall, this beer is dysfunctional and not worth drinking, for me. (418 characters)

Photo of armock
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured a copper color with a thin off white head with no lacing

S - Is of grainy malt some honey and oxidation

T - The oxidation is killing this beer not really sure it was a good one to begin with but it tastes like wet cardboard and grainy malt

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This just isn't a very good tasting beer that is taking some effort to drink therefore its not something that I would seek out (447 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass, this brew pours a hazy honey golden with a thin light cap. Not much for retention though a light surface film sticks around.

Some neutral malts on the nose softened with a touch of honey but limited by a hint of oxidation or perhaps the honey notes are a bit too charred, as the color is somewhat dark for the style. Bit thin overall and not very refined, touch of citric spice with warming.

Flavor is somewhat sweet with honey and lemon/orange on the finish. Carbonation is rather light. Decent feel, lightly coarse, and with a ubiquitious cooked honey sense in the background. Long finish of lemon honey gives the beer a nice close. Still a bit askew. (694 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - copper color with a decent head that settles into a well retained lacing

S - faint malt aroma, slight oxidation

T - strong grainy character with a bit of oxidation, sharp hop on the finish, but with modest bitterness

M - medium to light body with high carbonation and some lingering astringency

D - This is not a very good blonde ale - not a good 'beer' for that matter. It's somewhat harsh and slightly oxidized. Even past the oxidation, there's not much that interests me - BUT that slight oxidation is probably ruining this gentle style that doesn't age well. (570 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$2.39 Single from Food N' Fermentation in Godfrey IL.
New beer in Illinois i've never seen...

Poured into a rinsed stange glass this generated a foamy head, lasting momentarily before the first sip, then deflating in a cascade of lacing. Thick ring of foam that flecks randomly inside the glass. Deep gold, almost red in indirect light.

Aroma is odd, sweet tea-like and buttery... candy corn?

Taste is similarly tea-like, suggesting faded hops. Hard to pick up any honey flavor here. Real gross aftertaste. Seltzer carbonation, and weird off flavors of corn and play doh. Blehhhh.

This may have been mistreated on the way to Illinois... but as this is it's first appearance, it's just sad. (696 characters)

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Cucapá Honey from Cucapá Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.