Cajica Honey Ale | Bogota Beer Company

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Cajica Honey AleCajica Honey Ale

Brewed by:
Bogota Beer Company

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
It is our blonde, soft and refreshing beer. With a generous addition of organic honey. Very balanced. 2 weeks of maturation.

Added by Andreji on 06-22-2010

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 22
Photo of Andreji
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although i've tasted this a million times it seems so far i've not reviewed it and being a decent BBC beer it warrants being included. Especially being the latest year-round addition and available botttled.

Cajicá seems like a lighter, summer-ish beer, definetly not the farthest fetched one but with a solid taste and a light feel.

Pour is quite translucent ,borderline koelsch like with a crispy thin white head, very active entrails, carbonated in appearance farily well.

Smell has the slightest hints of sweet malts and rather mild hops. somewhat burnt caramel-like, akin to the honey in its name (cajicá miel=honey).

Taste isn't the "honeyiest" of beers but it's a nice all-mild blend: soft malty feel rather borderline sweet (but seemingly not forced to be sweet but rather sweet as a consequence of its subtleness), borderline bitter. i know it sounds bland but it really has a creamy, soft taste well balanced with a light body and good carbonation making it of choice on a sunny day.

Not a bad beer, not the top of the BBC either.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ABV noted as 5.3%
Picked up this brew as part of a sixer that included Monserrate Roja and Candalaria Classica as well as a stylin' BBC imperial pint with the old pick-em-up truck on it. Let's give this last selection of the sixer a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of honey, imagine that, as well as some malting. Pours into my trusty SAPP to a very weak honey yellow with a wispy head that lasts only seconds. Taste is a very balanced combination of honey sweetness and medium bitter hops. The taste is consistent throughout with the aftertaste being only a little sweeter that the initial impression. Better than I anticipated, a good brew for lighter fare and again a great brew for warmer weather or a sunbaked afternoon in SF de Bogota.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden – almost yellow, bright and clear, lots & lots of streams of small bubbles rise to a small white head that settles quickly to a skim that sticks around pretty well and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Softly grainy malts with a hint of cracker/biscuit, a touch of sweetness, & a quite slight & vague honey impression. Hint of grassy & pleasantly lemony citrus hops. Light for strength, but otherwise not too bad.

T: Crackery & grainy malts are largely on the front end with a bit of biscuit & a touch of sweetness. Hops are grassy & leafy with quite mild bittering. They push through in the middle & linger & grow into the finish. Very minimal honey impression. Sounds simple & basic (and maybe it is), but it is quite nice.

M: A tiny bit under medium body. Obvious carbonation is finely textured, soft & cushiony, and provides a lot of the largely pleasant & relaxed mouthfeel. There is a hint of sugars on the lips, but a grassy, hoppy finish that only manages to slowly go semi-dry.

D: Honey seems to have been used more to lighten the body & flavor while bumping the gravity. Not a lot of honey on the flavor anyway. Still it is quite tasty otherwise, very pleasant, and easy drinking. Good hot-day-sitting-in-the-shade type of beer.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light pale golden color. Aroma is pislner malts with a hint of sweetness. Flavor is a little less malty than the nose with a honey finish. Not as sweet as expected but has a touch of sweetness. The honey helps give the beer a little body. Overall a pretty light beer with not much going on.

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Photo of FLima
2.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow color with lots of thick head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of malt and shy notes of honey.
Light flavor of malt and honey, but here the latter is clearly felt. Mild on hops and dry aftertaste.
Interesting idea but they should have been bolder, taste is too weak in both malt and honey. Well behind for instance from Fullers Honey Dew.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.41/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale colour, shimmering champagne hue. Rim of lace stands in for head. Bit thin-looking and very light, but OK.

Smells very grainy and sweet. A bit of hot booze as well. Yeah, maybe a touch of spice but mostly a bit bland and simple.

Tastes pretty bland and uninteresting too. Cereal, some notes of corn. Finishes very early though - light and thin, which I'm actually glad about, since it would be cloyingly sweet if those cereal notes kept going. As it is, it's just nothing, though.

Bit of body to it, but a little thin. Not too bad, but not great.

Certainly nothing special or interesting here.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.38/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml brown bottle with lurid orange label. Given to me by my good mate Pete, selected because I've not had a beer from Colombia before.

Pours a very clear, very light and rather insipid yellow colour. Head is a mat of large bubbles which form more like spit than a proper beer head. Carbonation is pretty fine, at least, and the lacing forms in tiny specks. The clarity is quite spectacular, but otherwise, it's a pretty disappointing looking beer.

Nose is weak and yeasty, with an undertone of oxidised wine. Slight pongy fermented honey character, but not a lot. There's more of a bread and yeast character which dominates, some wet cardboard and a mealy cereal character. It's quite unpleasant, really.

Taste is weak, but it somewhat improves the overall experience. Light mild fermented honey, and a slight vegetative twang on the back palate. Some of the yeast characters sneak in towards the back, but mostly, it's flat, dry, watery and forgettable.

Feel is smooth and lacking carbonation: at the very least, I prefer it this way to having it overcarbed as well.

No, it's not a good beer, or an interesting beer. It's just pretty damn weak. The only thing going for it is that it's my first beer from Colombia. But it's a pretty lacklustre beginning to the relationship.

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Cajica Honey Ale from Bogota Beer Company
3.15 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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