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Honey Blonde Ale - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Honey Blonde AleHoney Blonde Ale

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 76
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website

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 Goliath
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of basi76
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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...

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Photo of BierFan
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of david131
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of cervezale
4.2/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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Photo of RunDWP
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good beer with a coppery color and moderate foam, the logo have some ladles of honey; in the smell are honey, malts and citrus essences; the taste is very good, combines some candy with an accentuated bitterness; has an infusion of honey; the mouthfeel is bittersweet and fizzy; the drinkability its just ok, will be a lot better with more alcohol content.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a bottle of Cucapa Honey at Tres Hermanas in Sacramento.

Light brown with less than a finger of off-white head. Though right away I need to blame the bartender for slamming the beer down on the counter and muffing the head experience just a bit. Basic sweet malty aromas but nothing overwhelming. Honey and hop flavors--I imagined chomping on bees while drinking this beer. I was really surprised by the hops, but I shouldn't have been considering the description right on the bottle. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Overall an enjoyable brew that I would be more than delighted to include in a session. A friend who was sick pointed out that this beer was good for a sore throat, which seems like an added bonus, no?

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours medium amber with decent white head that retains ok. Nose has some metallic prickly components and a whiff of honey. Palate has cereal grain, BMC-malt like character, with unpleasant but light hops to balance it out. Not as much honey as one would expect.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm happy to have found another Cucapá beer. a lighter beer made with honey...that sounds refreshing after tasting many palate wrecking brews last night. On to the beer:

This beer pours a copper color...and appears copper in the glass with orange hues. Fuzzy little head on top. I can't say I'm impressed with the nose...for one it's low on power. Second and third, the mild hop aroma is too green and it has an odd huskiness. Proceeding on to taste...there's a strong hop flavor (bitter citrus) in this brew. light malt in the begining, the hops smackdown the palate, making it hard to believe this isn't an IPA. Yes, you can find the honey if you look hard enough. There isn't much complexity in here as the hops (bitter citrus) continue the beatdown.

Don't let the "honey" label fool you, this is nothing like an Oregon Honeybeer. The surprisingly high hop bitterness in this light ale sometimes make it a challenge to get down. in short, a low gravity beer for hopheads.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a bit darker than your typical honey beer with a rich, reddish amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lightly herbal hops, a touch of caramel malt toasted character and perhaps a touch of light, berry fruitiness in the finish. This has no real honey nose to it, and is surprisingly herbal hop focused considering that most honey beers are completely devoid of any hop character at all.

Lightly sweet up front, but a bitter hop note easily keeps this in check along with an herbal hop flavor. The bitterness lingers on in the finish with quite a bite to it. The aggressive hop notes certainly dominate, but there is a substantial use of crystal malts here with flavors of toasty grain and caramelized malt sugars playing a significant, if only supporting role. The crystal malt keeps the hops just in check and some honey flavors would help this be more balanced, but these are strangely lacking. When I am not so focused on the lingering hop bitterness in the finish I do get flashes of sweet honey flavors in the finish, but they are certainly not a substantial part of the flavor profile.

An interesting take on the typically hop-less Honey beer. This is perhaps a bit too aggressively hoppy as it can get a bit astringent and even a bit harsh at times. The hops even get in the way of being able to notice the honey flavors and aromatics, which are almost non-existent. The beer isn't nearly as bad as all this, but somehow I find myself a bit disappointed that this wasn't another standard, crappy, simplistic honey beer; this is actually a decent Pale Ale and in a blind tasting would do at least half well as one (though incredibly poorly as a Honey Beer). The bottom line is that if I was in the mood for a Honey beer I wouldn't get this & if I was in the mood for a Pale Ale, I still wouldn't get this.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, the second of two Cucapá brews picked up on a late March trip to the San Diego area. With a straightforward name like 'Honey', that label (not the same as pictured above) better not have to remind me of the 'theme', yet still there are wildflowers and honey sticks and busy little bees hovering around the edges. Poured to a 'Widmer' pint glass.

A: Less pale colored than a typical 'Blonde Ale', this is a warm amber orange. Quite clear, with plenty of carbonation at first, dwindling to a few random stragglers. Heads starts fluffy and creamy white, dropping from 1-finger to a thin veil within a minute or two. Modest stripes of jagged lace.

S: A really likable burst of honey, sweet and floral, wafts from the glass upfront; also a little fruitiness, apples and melons, shares the spotlight. Too bad the aroma doesn't last, because it's pretty wonderful those first few minutes. Hidden behind the ambrosia scents are fairly plain, doughy malts and a light caramel - not much else. Still that temporary but bold honey makes this better than 'average'.

T: Floral honey and light, sweet fruit yield to a grassy and spicy hopping that balances beautifully this little ale. After a few sips, the pithy bittering starts to pick up and complements the caramel maltiness. The 'honey' component seems to drift in and out from sip to sip, creating an interesting drinking experience - what will this mouthful taste like?

M: Zesty, but light. Carbonation seems light and finish holds a mostly clean, drying bitterness that's a little green, a little chalky. Very nice hop/malt balance.

D: A very nice session beer, with a perfectly low ABV and appealing flavor. Honey is AN element but not THE element - the end result reminds me of a mild English Bitter or English Pale Ale. Certainly there will be detractors who find this 'boring', but I'm growing to be a huge fan of the subtle but flavorful 'session' brew and this is one I'd love to have again. Another Cucapá winner in my book...

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark amber colored ale with a pale tan colored head. To me the color of this beer is actually red and I would have classified this as a honey beer or a red ale.

The smell is sweet and a little fruity. The major scent here is malt and what smells like rye to me. The honey smells like the remains of buckwheat honey which explains the rye aroma. Slightly musty and sweet and sour like well rye added to beer.

The taste starts out sweet and stoutly bitter with a little sweet and sour at the start. Spicy in the mouth this does make me believe there is rye in the grain bill of this beer. Fruity with some caramel and burnt sugar flavors, this is quite a complex beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK I admit I am shocked by this beer. This is VERY good beer outstanding in fact. Complex beer with no faults at all. Possibly the best beer Mexico and the best one I have tasted. WOW sums this beer up best; this is a beer that is in the Stone and Three Floyd's level of quality.

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Photo of fido
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cucapá Honey pours a nice golden color with nice head and almost no lacing; Smell is very good, sweet and caramel aroma; Taste is sweet, caramel flavor with a touch of mango and honey; Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation and Very drinkable.

I enjoyed this one very much.


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