Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2014 Advent Beer 9: Cucapá Honey Amber Ale

In light of the horrendous chest cold that kept me away from work today, as well as the impending use of codeine cough syrup to actually let me get some sleep, tonight's tasting will be, regrettably, postponed.

As a placeholder, I can tell you (and show you) it is a Honey Amber Ale from a brewery called Cucapá in Mexico. They had a beer in last year's calendar, and have a splendid reputation for craft beers that sometimes include Mexican influences. In terms of honey ales, one of my faves is Killer Bee from Tin Whistle Brewing in B.C., but a German entry from a previous calendar left me completely underwhelmed, so I am approaching this one with a degree of trepidation.

But not until tomorrow.


Got to try this at dinner tonight, and it was delightful.  A clear, golden yellow, with moderate carbonation and only a bit of head, and scents of mustiness, bread and mmmaaaybe a hint of honey.

A very smooth drinking beer, more malty than hoppy, and yes, the honey does make an appearance in the after taste, but doesn't impart too much sweetness.  At 4.5% ABV, this is one of the more moderate beers from this year's calendar, and the first decent candidate for a session ale.

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