BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Pours a bronze copper color with a nice tan head and decent lacing. The nose is very rich with caramel, diacetyl, honey and herbal hops. The flavor has a thick chewy diacetyl character but it works well with the crisp hop bitterness and honey sweetness that blend together towards the front of the tongue. Snappy bitterness but too much honey and diacetyl notes.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of hops, caramel, honey and spices. Flavor is bitter hops, citrus, malt, but mostly dominated by hop bitterness. Cucapa knows how to use hops........ I just wish they’d figure out how to balance the flavor with other elements.
daddyslick (36) - Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2008
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer does smell very much like honey, more so than most honey beers, sadly it has a pretty darn harsh taste. It is definitely a beer with some attitude and something that might be nice to mix up a bunch of weaker beers, but it is certainly not one I would normally recommend
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another pleasant surprise from Cucapa, I’ve had the others and liked them, and this is no exception. Deep amber color and aromas of raw honey and caramel malts and hops. First taste that hits the tongue is the hops, then the raw honeycombs, then a caramelly maltiness, very nice altogether. This is the first honey beer that actually smells and tastes of honey, but not processed honey, the real deal, like they took a behive and dumped it in the mash, this is definately a well made beer. I’d like to try it with honey BBQ chicken or ribs next time. On it’s own, it’s a full meal. Give this one a try!
Added note: for anyone not smelling or tasting honey in this, I recommend getting a jar of raw honeycomb honey, smell and then taste it.. cause it’s in the beer.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Keil’s. Medium brownish/amber in color. Slightly bready aroma. Some hoppiness and a little bit of sweetness. Spicy hop flavors. Reminds me of some type of British ale. Decent bitterness with some dryness.
bhensonb (9835) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from South Bay Drug. Amber color with a head that went away quickly. Aroma of sweet, honey, malt. Near full bodied with mild carbonation. Flavor is malt, light honey, and hop. This is a surprising ale. Honey, but not sicky sweet. Finish is neither dry nor sweet, and it’s fairly balanced. Actually pleasant to drink. A substantial ale. How unexpected.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear amber color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Aroma is light malt and a touch of floral & herbal hops. Light lacing. Flavor is light caramel malt with a small amount of honey. Bitterness lingers a tad on the palate. Medium body. As far as honey beers go, there isn’t much in this one. Since I’m not a big fan of honey, it’s a good thing. Not a bad beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma is mainly sweet and sugary with a bit of floral and a bit of caramel maltiness present. The honey is difficult to detect. Transparent copper-orange body that has a really nice slightly off-white head that lingers. Grainy, malty start with roasted notes present. Becomes quite dry and quite bitter. The honey really makes this a dry and somewhat bitter beer. There is a bit of a harsh medicinal bitterness towards the end. Nevertheless, this is a huge step up from any Mexican beer that I have had.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pour with a good head, good retention, and a standard lace job. The color is a deep golden amber. The aroma is very effective in making it’s point. This thing wreaks of honey and I mean REAL honey and a tad bit of spice. Medium nectar weight with good carbonation. Loads of honey twisted into a chunky malt backbone. A little spice comes out and then a superb bittering component kicks in balancing it all out on the finish. I really didn’t want to drink this whole 12oz bottle but it really is the best honey beer I’ve ever had. Needless to say I drank it. Great job on this one. I drank this at 55F.