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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company
Mexico
cucapa.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by fido on 04-08-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
81
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 81
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 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 Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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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 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 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.

¡Salud!

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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 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 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 farrago
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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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 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 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 biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

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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 zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

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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 karait95
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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