Beer Review: CERVECERÍA DE COLIMA CAYACO TROPICAL LAGER

Beer Review: CERVECERÍA DE COLIMA CAYACO TROPICAL LAGER

Cervecería de Colima’s Cayaco Tropical Lager presents itself as a delightful pale straw color with a subtle haze. The beer boasts an impressive, meringue-like head that lingers briefly before gracefully dissipating. A visually appealing start, to say the least.

Aroma

Upon uncapping the 12oz can, the immediate olfactory experience is a blend of fresh sourdough and invigorating Meyer lemon. As one delves deeper into the aroma, additional layers of fragrance emerge. Notes of sweet yellow melon, persimmon, crisp ionized air, honeydew rind, and hints of lime blossom honey intermingle, creating an intricate bouquet. Occasional wisps of pilsner malt make fleeting appearances, adding to the complexity.

Taste

Cayaco’s taste profile is marked by its ultra-light body, owing to its low ABV and the incorporation of rice in the brewing process. The sweetness level falls within the mid-range spectrum, with subtle traces of creamed corn arising from the pilsner malt. While the overall bitterness could stand to be a touch more pronounced, it’s evident that this beer prioritizes refreshment. Clean and remarkably bright in flavor, Cayaco fulfills its mission of being incredibly thirst-quenching. Fleeting honeydew notes leave you yearning for another sip. The mouthfeel is gentle and inviting, devoid of the rough edges that occasionally plague lighter lagers. Rather than an adjunct pale lager, it often evokes thoughts of a petite saison.

Mouthfeel

Cayaco’s mouthfeel is a standout feature, characterized by its soft and welcoming texture. It lacks the usual harshness found in many light lagers, making for an exceptionally smooth drinking experience.

Overall

Cervecería de Colima’s Cayaco Tropical Lager is nothing short of phenomenal and deserves recognition as a world-class pale lager. It flawlessly embodies the “tropical lager” category, outshining most American-made “Mexican-style” lagers on the market. It even manages to make Stone’s Tropic of Thunder Tropical Lager appear somewhat feeble by comparison. This beer, without a doubt, ranks among the best I’ve had in 2019. I sincerely hope it gains traction in the U.S. market, as it eliminates the guesswork involved in defining the ideal Mexican-style lager.

Similar Beers

For those seeking a comparable experience, consider Sierra Nevada Sierraveza as a close match to the excellence showcased by Cayaco.