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Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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119 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%


Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fido on 04-08-2007)
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stoutman

Michigan

3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Almost no head and no retention to what little there is. Clear and mahogany colored. Aroma is brown sugar and roasted nuts with some oranges. Well hopped that is not noted in the aroma. Peat smoke and bakers chocolate flavors. This could be a sweet lager with the addition of the chocolate. That chocolate is bitter and dry. A bit grainy and thin but still a decent ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:33:55 | More by stoutman
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JeanDuteau

Alberta (Canada)

3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Day 3 beer of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar (one beer a day for all of Advent!)

A nice mid-to-dark brown colour with a reasonable head that dissipates quickly leaving only a bit of a lace. It smells of caramel with a hint of citrus. The taste gives you more of the caramel but the bitterness of the hops comes through as well. It had a slightly oily taste which was not pleasant at first but since it did not linger, I did not take a lot off my mark for it. It had a decent hit in the mouth.

I would not seek this out again, but I would not turn it away if served it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 05:32:51 | More by JeanDuteau
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, day 3 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. 4.8% ABV on this one, with a newer (than the one on here, at least) label, depicting, I think, some native Mexican art.

This beer pours a clear, fairly dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent gnarled tree growth lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.

It smells of gritty, crackery caramel malt, oily bar-top nuts, weak bittersweet cocoa, a bit of cold coffee, dark sugar reduction, and a plain earthy, mineral-like dryness. The taste is bready caramel malt, Toffifay candies, a bit of sweetened black tea, and more very soft earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite understated, and barely noticeable for the most part, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, with a small stab at a nutty creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuttiness all carrying on.

One of the better beers that I've had from this Baja Californian brewer, if a little unbalanced towards the sweet side, but there's no lack of overall flavour here. More of a dessert accompaniment, I would imagine, perhaps a nutty brownie or the like (and not just 'cause I have some of that left over from lunch!)

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 05:06:05 | More by biboergosum
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Sark

Montana

3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- pours with a huge 4 finger explosive head, tan in color, the brew itself is a red-brown

Smell- slightly roasted malts, chocolate and toffee sweetness mixed with a bit note of butterscotch, slight hop

Taste- sweet chocolate up front, roasted malt, little cidery on the finish with a low hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- watery feel, medium body with a fast fade

Overall- a better Mexican beer I've had, but a bit too sweet without a balance

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 13:57:09 | More by Sark
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a becker.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Lots of effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Dissipates fairly quickly. Sporadicly distributed, yet thick, lacing.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, and yams.

T: Roasted malt flavor with bitter pecan shells. Tinge of sweet tea....?

M: Light and a little shallow. Has a synthetic sort of sweetness that lingers on the palate.

D: Session style. Although, it has something of an off-putting nature, that might slow the pace.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent head, lots of carbonation, and fair lacing. Nose is a little off... roasted grains, and a strange sweetness. Roasted malt flavor, bittered with pecans and a touch of sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 04:43:31 | More by bmwats
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light brown with little head.

S - Nutty, fresh baked bread, chocolate, brown sugar. Seems like a light spicing, maybe even mole like, but can't put my finger on it. Very light.

T - Nutty, toasty, bready malt, light chocolate, same light spice I get in the aroma. Even light flavor than aroma.

M - Light and almost thin.

D - Somewhat bland. Had one at a Mexican restaurant and it paired very nicely with Mexican food.

Serving type: can

05-11-2013 01:30:59 | More by brewcrew76
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Foggy brown beer with yellow highlights and a sudsy head about two fingers thick. Aroma is faint but primarily smoky caramel. The flavor, on the contrary, is quite robust. Tart berry and chocolate with undertones of creamy caramel. Its body does not feel heavy, despite the dark color and thick suds.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 18:46:06 | More by keeganfrank
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe my batch is fresher than the majority of the people here? I don’t know. I quite like it. Appearance: Filtered, ruby black/brown color. Two fingers of a light brown head. Looks pretty nice.

Smell: Dirty caramel malts, with some spicy, chocolate notes. Smells pretty nice.

Taste/feel: It’s the smell in taste-form. Really smooth drinking at a pretty measly 4.8%, and I’m actually quite pleased with this beer. Drinkable, and a very respectable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:22:05 | More by Alextricity
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Obscura opens to a nose that is fairly equally divided between citrusy hops and ash. The former bring bright pink grapefruit, lemon/lime, and grapefruit rind, with lighter touches of pine resin, and the latter add light, but definitely present hints of ash and black malt. The combination is strange, the hops definitely geared toward the more citrusy side, and the ash adding a layer of burnt grain that bounces off of the hops, not quite working with them, but still somehow complementing them. There are also good touches of brown sugar, as well as orange, white grape, and apricot fruit esters, and hints of burnt toast and Grape Nuts cereal. As a whole, this is one of the more unique aromas on the market, and almost has a kitchen sink effect, as if a whole bunch of leftover ingredients from several styles of beer were simply thrown into a pot, and then super-hopped. The result is clashing, but at the same time, intriguing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the same mixed hop-and-ash note noted in the nose, but the hops are even more pronounced and citrusy here, with huge lemon/lime flavors mixing with pink grapefruit, and only slight touches of grapefruit rind and pine. These react strangely to the ashy, coffee ground-laden, black malt-like background, much the same way fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and coffee would, not quite meshing, but just intriguing enough to make you want to go back for a second sip. In that second sip, the flavors continue unabated, battling with each other, the tongue unsure quite what to do. There are supporting notes in here, including brown breads, biscuits, and hints of apricot and orange fruit esters, but it’s mainly hops and ash that win out. Late in the mouthful the ash actually wins out in the battle, flooding the tastebuds with ash and black malt. The aftertaste features a continuation of these ashy notes, with hops making a comeback as the ash dies off, and the hop notes linger for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue.

Overall, there is much about this beer that is interesting, and by themselves, the hoppy notes and ashy notes would be quite nice. The combination of the two, however, doesn’t quite work, with sourness, bitterness, and sugary citrus flavors clashing wildly with ash and black malt. The result is still drinkable, but strange.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 20:29:28 | More by jondeelee
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KingSlayer

California

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. bottle sticker reads legend: 2009 silver beer cup, guadalajara.
a bit of research revelead that this brew also won gold medal at 2007 world beer championship.

poured a deep brown semi translucent liquid, 2 and a half beige loose head formed, little to mid retention, no lacing, visible carbonation. nice handsome swirl at top of the liquid at all times.

nose composed of sweet roasted malts, hints of coffee, faint dark chocolate, brown sugar.

initial porter-like assault sweet chocolate, butterscotch and cappuccino flavor, very very quicky subsides and evolves into a dry bitter composition, butterscotch retronasal, mild bitter coffee lasting end palate. bitter hops predominance nice if u like hoppy beers.

medium body, nice adequate carbonation, creamy silky finish if let resting on the mouth.

this beer was a pleasant suprise to try. would like a more pronounced nose, but the foundation of it is good. nice brew a little bit on the hoppy side.

EDIT 2: i previously had a past shelf life bottle that ruined the experience for me with a nasty vinegar flavor, im re-reviewing with a brand new fresh bottle. bad point for cucapa for not printing the expiration date on the bottle though.
Anyway this time i enjoyed the beer, it feels like a weak porter with strong hops. liked it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 20:46:35 | More by KingSlayer
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a twelve ounce can.

Ruby color with a bronze tinge to it. Two finger, khaki head after the pour, recedes to a nice layer of foam . Really like the bubbling.

Nice toasted malt aroma makes me think of nutty bread crust. There's also a tart, bloddy aroma that sort of ruins it for me.

The flavor starts off with some blood, then the toasty, somewhat nutty, malt flavors come around. Its a little tart. The palate is somewhat acidic. I think I got my hopes up when I bought this Mexican brown ale.

Serving type: can

12-19-2012 01:48:07 | More by scruffwhor
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy amber brown in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark and nutty malts in the nose along with some notes of raisins.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some additional hints of chocolate flavors towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. Nothing really stands out about the taste as being interesting, although it is a cut above many of the other beers I’ve had from Mexico.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 01:20:03 | More by metter98
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My first beer from this brewery, and my first Mexican beer not from one of the two giants.

Pours a deep reddish brown, clear despite the dark color. Barely a trace of head, even with an aggressive pour, and what's there is quickly gone. Where's the head? I hope that's not a sign that it's undercarbed.

Smell is rather faint, but what I can get is sweet and sugary. Brown sugar and plums dominate.

Taste is fairly bland, and doesn't carry much of those malts I picked up in the smell. There's a twinge of dark fruit, but mostly I get a dry, leafy, slightly bitter hop flavor. Not what I was expecting, and not bad, but not especially tasty.

Mouthfeel is okay, maybe. It feels a little oily, slick in a way that I don't really like. And the carbonation is definitely on the low side. Surprisingly dry in the finish.

This beer is meh. Maybe meh minus. There's nothing really bad about it, but I can't find anything particularly good about it either.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 03:32:58 | More by zeledonia
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Craft beer from Mexico? We shall see. Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Strange cinnamon-like spiciness is the strongest aroma. After that, there's toastiness and a dry graininess.

2.5 T: Super dry. Toasty with a slight roastiness. Grainy.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation. No creaminess at all.

2.5 D: Pretty mediocre. Nothing about this makes me want to drink it again.

Serving type: can

03-15-2012 21:50:31 | More by DavoleBomb
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Giggy

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can, so I was quite surprised to see this pour a beautiful dark orangish brown. A off-white head formed but it didn't last long.

S: Very powerful dark grains like barley and toasted goodness.

T: Pronounced roasted malty flavor, coffee, roasted nuts, pepper, and a sweet under note.

M: Medium body. Light mouthfeel in comparison to it's appearance .

O: Was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 21:51:02 | More by Giggy
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samie85

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear tawny brown color with a half finger of head.

S-Chocolate with some roast and almost citrusy note.

T-Citrus and light bitterness with some light chocolate notes.

M-Slick and light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking but the flavor profile was not what i expecting at all. I was not expecting the hop profile of this.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 02:18:41 | More by samie85
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StJamesGate

New York

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown that goes amber in light with a creamy, fast fading taupe head that trails. Apple and cinnamon nose with some brown bread.
Toasted nut and unripe pear with nutmeg hops.
Clean linger. Crisp, light, a bit thin.

Bright and spicy brown ale, like apple strudel. The spices are nearly enough to push it towards winter warmer. Reminiscent of Moose Drool for drinkability. Too light, but enough to pique interest in Mexican craft.

Serving type: can

01-09-2012 13:06:02 | More by StJamesGate
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great look, with a tall mocha head that has great stick and lacing. Superb, and really stands out from the other Mexican obscura beers.

Nose is muffled, but includes a faint metallic tint to the malts and a whiff of spicing as well.

The flavor also includes a metallic note, but enough roasted malt is added to the toasted, caramel notes to be considered quite good. There's some faint Christmas spicing towards the back end and the body is creamy with high carbonation.

Best of a lackluster style. Definitely worth a look though.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:06:49 | More by BretSikkink
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large mug.

A: Both body and head have a slight reddish hue. Head was small (possibly too light of a pour on my part) but has good staying power. Overall body is perfectly clear with a medium brownish-red coloring.

S: The aroma is great, like candy. A rich nutty maltyness floats away from this one. Maybe just a slight toast as well.

T: A nice amount of flavor considering the slightly lower abv. Nutty, malty notes, but maybe a little too sweet. A little more bitterness would be welcome.

M: Overall nice, but might be a little slick?

O: This would make a great session beer. It has good flavor and finishes fairly clean, though the mysterious mouthfeel might ware on you.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 02:58:08 | More by 51mmz0rz
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep brown body, trace head, zero lacing

S: smoked, woodsy, nutty, hint of figs/dates

T: sweet smoked, fruit, malt, semi-dry woodsy finish

M: light/med body, light carbonation, slight tongue prick, mild
semi-dry mouth

O: Great to see Mexico experimenting, but this
beer just needs more body for where all the flavor
intentions lie.

INTERESTING, NOT A MUST HAVE!

Serving type: can

06-19-2011 19:30:47 | More by BeerLover99
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bunbury

Panama

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one on my visit to Mexico City -March 2010, the bottle has a Silver 2009 award with the small title of "Liquid Craftsmanship" and dark beer been my favorite I decided to give this one a shot.

Pours great into a tulip glass and to my amaze those two head finger disappeared in a blink of an eye ... or probably two.

Taste is not at strong as I expected but it does have a coffee aspect within the first glance then is just a watery dark beer.

I've tried many 4,8% dark beers and this one is just not up to the standards, not bad though Im glad to have found this one instead of the always-no-thanks Corona or XX dos Equis, this really turns up a notch in Mexican beer production.

Smell: not that dark, more like a strong Amber
Drinkability: very low, I believe after 2 of this it will be difficult to plunge any more.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 18:29:48 | More by bunbury
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Chaz

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant, chestnut-amber in color, topped with a darker-tan head. Head exhibits good lacing and average duration.

Nose is very lightly hoppy up front, but there's more interesting things goin' on with the malts: sweetish and fruity, but also with notes of hazelnut and very light caramel and toffee.

On the first sip there's a sour, tangy, vegetal character that is almost completely off-putting*. Nut and toffee notes from the nose are here, but they are buried beneath the sour tangy, almost completely obscured. Sweetish, but not in a way that I was expecting. Lingering sweetness sort of saves the day, here, and although I'd been tempted to drain-pour, this one improved as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is average.

Not a great beer, but not altogether terrible, either, and worth a shot -- thankfully, this one was a stray single ; )

* No production or best-by code found on the can.

Serving type: can

04-06-2011 19:02:01 | More by Chaz
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hickmancase

California

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Total Wine poured into a pint glass.

A: Brown with a reddish tint. Very smooth pour resulting in no head even though I tried for one.

S:

T: Couldn't put my tongue on it at first, so to speak. I thought it was more like a red ale. However, eventually I realized that what I was tasting was the sourness. Checked BA and it looks like I'm not the only one getting this. Dry on the finish.

M: Not as smooth as the strange pour led me to believe.

D: Wouldn't do this again. Too sour for a brown but too mild for a sour.

5/10

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 20:14:12 | More by hickmancase
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- The 1-finger tan head drops a little too quickly to a full lace, but a little shake or swirl will bring it back. The body is a little hazy and thoroughly brown. Good rings were left on the glass.

S- Quite sweet initially, maybe even berry-like. There was a combination of chocolate and brown sugar with hints of molasses or even maple syrup. The chocolate and brown sugar really stood out as the beer warmed.

T- A little roasty grain. Caramel sweetness. Chocolate notes. Hopped just enough to take the sweet edge of things. I don't know if sour is the right term, but a bit of "twang" permiates the flavor. It's a little long in the finish.

M- Fairly significant carbonation provides a real bite. Pretty light bodied otherwise.

D- Something I'm glad I tried, but not something I'd seek out. As far as an American Brown Ale, it's a little lacking. That said, it's nice to see a Mexican beer that isn't a blonde lager. If this was on the beer list next to the usual suspects of Mexican beer, it would definitely get the nod.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 00:07:15 | More by GRPunk
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Saw this on the shelves at the bottle shop, have yet to try a "Mexican craft beer," figured I'd give it a go.

Poured into a tulip pint: Half-finger of nicely formed, creamy, khaki head over brown that's dark enough to round up to black, with nice plum highlights.

Hmm, signs of infection here? Tart green apple & cherry smell. That's really about all I'm getting.

Same in the taste, with a roasty/astringent underpinning. Ends with a metallic tap water kind of taste. *shudder*

Medium-thin, astringent, metallic. Not real good.

And we have a winner! I'm assuming this bottle was infected, having some real problems here. Don't know if the problem was in the handling - it was kept at room temperature - though it was in brown glass with no date, so I'm gonna hold the brewer responsible for this one. I'd be willing to try it again, if I could be assured a good bottle, but this isn't happening.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:31:47 | More by OneDropSoup
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Cucapá Obscura from Cucapá Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.