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Cucapá Honey - Cucapá Brewing Company

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79
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: fido on 04-08-2007)
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Caterwaul, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

MemphisKev, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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...

hopsolutely, May 30, 2011
Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

farrago, May 14, 2011
Photo of tubacharlie
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

tubacharlie, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Brenden, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Cylinsier, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of karait95
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

karait95, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

hosehead83, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

avalon07, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Natural510
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Natural510, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

brownbeer, May 04, 2010
Photo of armock
2.23/5  rDev -34.8%
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

armock, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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.

HalfFull, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of scoobybrew
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

scoobybrew, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of emerge077
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

emerge077, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Goliath
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly clouded amber color with a thin quarter inch off white head sitting on top. There is poor head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is weak. There's indeed a bit of honey, but nothing spectacular. Some raw grain quickly follows, but where are the hops the bottle talks about?

The taste is just weird. There's a light bitterness and an herbal quality to it as well. It's got a muddled hop presence with no distinct flavor other than bitterness. The presence of honey is somewhat apparent, but I think I'm trying to hard to find it. Seriously, to me this is a failure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is on the low end. The beer is sessionable in terms of ABV, however the flavor profile doesn't encourage me to keep drinking. I consider this beer to be a failure basically and wouldn't really recommend it to anyone.

Goliath, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of basi76
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one in mexico city, it was introduced to me by my friend bastien who owns a world beer parlor in colonia roma called "La Belga" (the belgium), i was surprised by this one, specially because honey beer isn´t one of my favorite styles, i had only tried one from J.W. Dundee´s variety pack that i got a hold off from HEB and i really wasn´t impressed at all, but cucapa´s honey beer had a lot of character in it, i think, it actually seemed more like an american pale ale to me, but only a little bit sweeter, but o.k. overall, very descent mexican brew, i´ll try it again! and looking forward to try their other styles...

basi76, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin off-white head. Light amber/orange body. Appropriately looks like honey.

Smell: Mainly fruity hops. Pineapple, citrus, and mint? Most honey beers that I've had are rather bland. This one, so far, is proving to be the exception.

Taste: Minty hops with a little honey sweetness. Medium bitterness. Nothing exceptional, but it is better than other examples of the style.

BierFan, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of david131
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A pretty, deep orange with many streams of carbonation. The head is very thin and settles to a thin ring.

S- Fruit, caramel, honey, and maybe some oats.

T- Sweet and fruity. The honey brings a unique aspect to the beer. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, oddly.

M- Slightly astringent and the carbonation is surprisingly light- based upon how active it was in the appearance.

D- An alright beer that is a bit sweet. Worth a try, even if it just to try a beer with some honey added.

david131, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a huge white foam head.

Smells like yeast and honey. Yeah, this smells like the real deal. If you want a honey beer, this is probably your messiah.

Taste is syrupy sweet with honey and malt, some yeasty breadiness, and more honey. I've been pretty impressed with cucapa brewing, and this is no exception. A honey beer isn't exactly my cup of tea, but I appreciate the effort.

Nice mouthfeel.

Overlord, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of cervezale
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber color with good head retention and good lace formation. Aromas of sweet malts, honey and median citrus, limes, lemons. Very well defined taste of honey - malts and very well balanced with a nice amount of citrus hops. Good bitterness of limes, oranges and lemons tastes. The lemon tea with honey found its perfect nemesis. Very good beer. Excellent for carne asada and those hot summer days.

cervezale, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle also purchased at Hi-Times for two dollars from the clearance rack, my bottle said eight percent ABV, split with Noah and Kathleen, poured into an oversized wine glass last night

A-Golden yellowish orange color, 1 1/2 inch soapy white head, some retention, not much lacing
S-Honey, sweet yeast, cloying malts, faint hoppiness, and sugar
T-Starts off with tons of honey, soft malt and hops in the middle balancing each other outs, lots of honey in the finish as well, gets sweeter as it warms, never gets over the top sweet though, still feels pretty light somehow too
M-SWeet, yeasty, and tagy mouthfeel, thin to medium to bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers a good amount of time for a blonde
D-Could have drank the majority of this bottle on my own, pretty light, honey can be a bit filling at times but it stays pretty smooth for how sweet of a beer it is

First beer I have tasted from this Mexican craft brewery and it was quite good, I wish I would have bought more for this price, nice beer to drink in the warmer months, look forward to exploring more of their lineup in the future, worth trying

Floydster, May 25, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another solid offering I've tried recently from Cucapa'. The beer pours a nice, shiny tan color with a nice foamy head and some decent sheeting and lacework on the glass. Slight aroma of floral honey. I think they show decent restraint with adding the honey to the malt. You can detect its floral sweetness, and adds to the malt rather than distracting you from it. Finishes with a earthy hop bitterness. Decent heft and carbonation in the mouth feel, and very smooth and enjoyable.

RunDWP, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Tolnik
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising enough a mexican beer that isn't the same old taste that is a typical mexican beer. The head that pours off this amberish colored beer is excellent. While the smell does have the tones of a mexican beer the taste doesn't fallow suit. The beer has hints of honey while it doesn't overwelm the palate. Overall an excellent beer to try. And if you love a mexican beer then I would suggest this beer to try.

Tolnik, Apr 07, 2009
Cucapá Honey from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.