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Cucapá Obscura - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website
Mexico

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: 87 | Hads: 132
Photo of LennyOvies
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L- Clear brown body and a beautiful creamy head.
S- Toasted malt with a sweet-dry hint.
T- Toasted/sweet alternating flavor with some added bitterness.
F- Smooth and crisp.
O- My favorite beer from Cucapa, not the best ever but really good. (240 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has an aroma of malt and cocoa, not to bad.
Appearance- This beer pours a reddish-brown with a large off-white head.
Taste- Has a sweet caramel malt flavor, a tad to sweet for me
Palate- A medium bodied and moderately carbonated
Overall- First beer from this brewer, pretty good. I will definitely try other offerings from Cucapa. (382 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Brilliant chestnut, ½” off-white head, dissipates to a film, good lacing Smell: Malty sweetness, dried fruit, faint chocolate.
Taste: rich malt, traces of dark dried fruit, a little chocolate sweetness throughout, not a lot of hops.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium to medium full body, dry finish.
Overall: Drinkable but somewhat on the sweet side. (372 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle found in a small wine market, Cabo San Lucas. A reddish root beer brown with three fingers of fluffy beige head. Pleasantly sweet aroma that evokes rum-soaked raisins, slightly soured molasses, cinnamon, and ripe pears ... Tons of sweet malts with subtle yeast character. Thick, sweet, and moderately fruity with low-grade carbonation. Much diacetyl character like its pale ale stablemate, ample rum raisin flavor with added chocolate syrup, pear, and cherry notes. Features the same unique cinnamon-like spice element. Finish is where any hops are first ascertained, slightly herbal and nutty in a way that recalls peanut butter. Enjoyable under the circumstances. In my view the balance is out of whack, overly sweet and in need of a few roasted notes or some added hop character. Great full and smooth mouthfeel though. Coats the palate. This brewery has morphed in my mind since trying their American IPA, which was solidly executed but safe. Their other brews have a peculiar sweet brown spice character than I can appreciate. (1,038 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.18/5  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. (370 characters)

Photo of JeanDuteau
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  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!) (1,276 characters)

Photo of Sark
3.41/5  rDev 0%
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 (448 characters)

Photo of bmwats
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.52/5  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. (466 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (2,398 characters)

Photo of KingSlayer
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,305 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Giggy
3.92/5  rDev +15%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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! (371 characters)

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Cucapá Obscura from Cucapá Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.