Honey Blonde Ale | Cucapá Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company
Mexico
cucapa.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by fido on 04-08-2007

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82
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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 emerge077
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
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 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 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 ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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 Derek
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 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 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 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 FLima
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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 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 tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Zazzi82
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of elNopalero
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
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 ystazi
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 thecheapies
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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 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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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Honey Blonde Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
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