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Honey Blonde Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#41,339
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
82
pDev:
13.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of armock
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
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

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of brownbeer
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of Goliath
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
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 emerge077
2.59/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of scoobybrew
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of takusan1000
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of FLima
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of HaikuBrewReview
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%

In the desert sun

An ocean of emptiness

Waters spring flowers.

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Photo of Zazzi82
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now an amber ale... Nothing wrong with this, just your average drinker.

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Photo of Suigintou92
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of EOC
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Sathanas
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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...

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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 HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Grogsky
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Caterwaul
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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Honey Blonde Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 82 ratings
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