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Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: fido on 04-08-2007

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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 133
Photo of BeerLover99
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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.


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Photo of JeanDuteau
3.21/5  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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cucapa Obscura Cerveza.

Dark brown coloring, transparent at the foot, and sides, slim, then gone head, negligible.

Aroma: raisins, cola, nuts....pretty limp, otherwise.

Taste: Hmmm. Soft and wet. Same flavors from aroma, big on the raisins in this one, nice and malty, dark tones, black malt, but not too much in character. Nothing really does the trick in this one.

Not a bad beer, but it lack in many ways what would set it apart and make it good. Very blase', lackluster mouthfeel, unimpressive flavors...lacks carbonation, sits limp and loose. Blah.

Wish this was free, but glad it was cheap.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- deep brown with mahogany hughes and a quick fading soda like head

S- rich chocolate, nutty, and molasses

T- chocolate and hop flavors up front followed by nutty, rich sweetness and roasted malts with coffee in the after taste

M- smooth medium body

D- tasty malt flavors and easily sessionable with a good mouthfeel, overall a good choice for a brown ale though has a weak appearance

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Photo of smcolw
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts with a two-finger beige head. Recedes in a rocky fashion but it leaves no lace. The color is solid brown where some light will shine through if bright enough.

No darker malt aromas but there is plenty of chalkiness. A slight touch of alcohol.

Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation. There's a harshness to this beer from what I believe is a chocolate malt. There's a muted sourness in the background--reminds me of cherries.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The label reads "imported from Mexico". That's funny... and made me wonder if the beer actually left the country and then came back.

It pours a dark red-brown color, really nice, and creates a big 1 and half inch head which is a bit yellow-brownish. Head doesn't live long and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell is of strong malts and...almost no hops to be smelled.

Taste isn't that different. Strong sweetness coming from 4 different malts, some roasted notes and bits of caramel, which actually taste good before they cloy you. Hops provide a bit of acidity and almost no bitterness. Very poor balance, it needs more hops man!! As it warms up, notes of veggies come up in the taste, so... drink it cold.

Boasts a nice medium-light moutfeel.

Combine that mouthfeel with low ABV and you have a very drinkable session beer. But this beer is killed by it poor balance. It'll cloy you even if you drink slow enough to cover a whole meal.

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Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear reddish brown in color. A light brown head pours out huge, looking a bit fizzy initially. Somehow there's so much of it, though, that when it fades it still sits at a respectable finger and a half and is quite rocky. Oddly enough, my pint glass is still filled with liquid. The head then faces to a thick foam that remains and plenty of patchy lacing is left on the glass.
Roasted malts and barley make the core of the aroma, backed by a hint of nuts. I get only the slightest touch of caramel sweetness. Earthy hops are also strong. A slight metallic tint sits in the aroma as well.
The same nice roasted malts and barley are in the flavor balanced by a sturdy dose of hops with some nuts. It gets oddly tangy toward the middle of the sip with a mildly astringent note as well, marring the finish of what would be an otherwise good flavor if not for the fact that a funky sourness kicks in partway through. It's still better than any Mexican beer I've tried yet.
This one's on the very light side of medium in the body. A prickly carbonation makes this one lively and doesn't go too far, though it could be slightly lessened. It's fairly dry and has a mildly grainy texture.
Craft beer from Mexico? Surely not. This one is certainly a step above almost everything if not everything from Modelo, Pacifico, or any of the pretenders.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a reddish brown with a finger of light tan head that quickly dissipated. Not much aroma, some light chocolate malt. Light to medium bodied. More on the malty side with more chocolate malt. Very little hops evident. A little thin. Pretty easy drinking, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Sark
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of Rayek
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany with a slight chill haze and mild carbonation. A fizzy cream head comes and goes quickly. It does stick around as a ring at the edge of the beer. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Chocolate, molasses, and toffee dominate. A small whiff of grass provides a modicum of balance.

T: Bittersweet, with a strong flavor of molasses. A mild earthy bitterness provides fair balance against the sweetness. There's a slight mineral flavor in the background. Finishes with a linger bittersweet flavor.

M: The medium body is slightly syrupy. Carbonation feels high.

D: The low ABV makes this a beer that's easy to down. The tick body; however, makes the beer feel stronger than it is. Overall, a very decent beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle in a mixed six pack.

This pours a dark brown with reddish hues and a 1 finger head of off white foam.

The smell is light but I get a milk-like smell with some caramel malt sweetness.

The taste is *very* grainy with some roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and coffee, and a flavour there in the background, sometimes in the foreground...a sourness/tartness? Weird. It's definitely distracting me but not in such a good way. Still, overall, I'm enjoying the brew. A good effort, imho.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of rfabian
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 10 mm head that leaves light lacing. The appearance is dark brown with amber highlights. The aroma is of lightly toasted malts and a hint of earthy hops. The taste is mildly bitter with toasted malt dominating. The feel is light bodied with a slightly metallic finish.

This is a worthy and enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of cervezale
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark amber copper color. Medium head formation, medium lace retention. Aromas of dark chocolate and roasted coffee with nice hints of citrusy hops. Taste of dark bitter chocolate and semi-sweet malts well balanced with a nice amiunt of citrus hops. Nice body and good balance of the coffee-ish flavor and the hops. Good beer for a poker night with friends.

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Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with a thin beige head with decent retention.
Mild aroma with notes of nuts and milky chocolate.
Flavor with notes of chocolate, raisin, mild cinnamon, some cocoa, hints of citrusy hops, pear juice, spicy yeast and cola. Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness and some residual toasted note.
Light to medium body with proper carbonation.
This is actually an English Brown Ale with mild American hops. Thus expectations adjusted, this is refreshing, tasty, easy to drink and very well crafted. It could be less sweet and better balanced by hops, though.

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle of "American Brown Ale" enjoyed at La Internacional Cerveceria in Cozumel, MEX.

Pours with a good sized and very durable head. The aroma is lightly sweet and spicy.

This is a nice brown ale with fairly good balance overall and very good bitter-sweet balance. Unlike some recent American Browns, this ale is markedly more malty than hoppy. The flavor is good but not great and features dark brown bread with a hint of hops.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a nonic. Have been curious about this brewery for a while as the head brewer I believe used to work for Port...

Slightly murky rose ebony liquid with a thin off-white collar. No real head development or retention. Small amoeba like lacing.

Caramel malt, wet hay, light hops, and a faintly sour grain note reminiscent of rye in the nose.

Flavors closely follow the smells with the addition of an almost corn-like sweetness and a bit of what almost tastes like white cheddar.

Light-bodied, and not terribly drinkable - even with food. Lacks the nut and dark malt flavors I usually expect from this style.

Really surprised but this didn't supplant Negra Modelo for me as my go-to Mexican beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had medium brown color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: Had that typical brown ale smell of malt and nuttiness. Nice, but exactly what you'd expect.

T: Tasted of malt, that nutty quality, and a sugary quality. Good, as brown ales go.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Cucapa is head and shoulders above every other Mexican brewery. Obscura is a solid, drinkable, but unspectacular beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from Solomon420. Thanks Damian! This brewery is new to me. Into my Sam Smith nonic

A: Crystal clear dark brown with reddish brown highlights. Thin brown head that recedes to a disk fairly quickly.

S: Robust with dark caramel malts, coffee, nuts, toffee and a molasses-like sweetness. Pretty good!

T: On the palate, there's a good bit of sweetness to open things up, of a nature similar to dark liquid malt extract with molasses, toffee and coffee. Fleeting on the finish, leaving a dry and mildly bitter coffee finish

M: Light but adequate in body with solid carbonation and a decent finish

D: Fairly drinkable but the LME sweetness is a little much for me

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Photo of KingSlayer
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of dtivp
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the month selection, second round for Cucapa Brewery.

Poured a very dark brown with a small tan head, lacing remained.

Very roasted aroma of nuts and malt, some bitterness with a hint of coffee.

taste is mainly coffee and the burnt malt with a slight hint of chocolate. Slight alcohol after taste.

Smooth medium body beer with medium carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, I wouldn't go out of my way for one, however, I wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a large tan head that dissipates at an average rate. Found it strange to find sediment at the bottom.
Caramel, toasted malt and hint of cocoa.
Toasted/roasted malt and faint earthy hops to finish. Unfortunately it also has a metallic taste. I think I got a bad batch! I have had this before and remember it being good.
Light to medium body beer. Soft carbonation.
A easy drinking smooth beer. Based on the metallic taste I would give it an F but I know this beer is normally better than that.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-Sean

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Cucapá Obscura from Cucapá Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.