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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
80
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 80
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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 takusan1000
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
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 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 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 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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Honey Blonde Ale from Cucapá Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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