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
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
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0
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 42
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 armock
2.25/5  rDev -33%
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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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 gordavidson
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 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 HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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 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 hopsolutely
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Tivlavrie
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of closisinthehouse
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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 standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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 Mlkluther
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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 cam477
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brownbeer
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
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 MarioM
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of frlrv1020
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Sathanas
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of scoobybrew
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
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 Natural510
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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 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 lehueve
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Honey Blonde Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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