Honey Blonde Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

Honey Blonde AleHoney Blonde Ale
BA SCORE
3.4/5
82 Ratings
Honey Blonde AleHoney Blonde Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by fido on 04-08-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,628
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
82
pDev:
13.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of thecheapies
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Kirian
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Lgarciaosuna
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gordavidson
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Natural510
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of SilasCollins
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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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 BierFan
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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 superspak
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
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 rggggr
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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 bulldogops
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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 cam477
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of LCannon4
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ystazi
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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 KingSlayer
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jaimenavarrog
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of sherpahigh
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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