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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 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 brewdlyhooked13
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - mahogany brown with a thin, partial cover of light mocha. No lace.

Aroma - starts with a touch of roasted grain, sets up with a somewhat odd odor of sour maple syrup or something.

Taste - brief toasty grain, followed all too soon by a sour kind of hoppiness. Gives the beer an earthy bend, which I guess is okay for a brown ale, but I was hoping for a mild, lightly toasty one to sit by the fire with. I don't care for the acidic/tart bit much, although the funk is not totally offputting. More roast character with warming, which I like.

Mouthfeel - smooth, good crispness, well done.

Drinkability - although I warmed up to it at length, not a repeat buy. I like my session beers to be good to go rather than require a can or two to get me used to it. This tastes like a beer that has just started to turn. FT - 5 cans of Obscura... (850 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reddish brown. Smells like grain and earthy hops. Not much head to it.

Kind of a bland, somewhat too earthy and almost sour flavor. A bit weird, actually. I'm not sure what it tastes like. Grain laden wheat chaff, perhaps? Just a strange beer, not really a brown ale, but not like much else I've had.

Thin mouthfeel. This brewery makes better. (354 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)

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 charlzm
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 02/14/09.

Pours a clear, deep brown with mahogany highlights. A one finger off-white head disappears almost immediately, leaving a very fine skin of foam. No bubbles to be seen in the glass.

Aroma is sweet with notes of honey and pitted fruits. Apricots, even?

Beer is quite sweet. A little nut flavor, but not much. Honey and sweet apricot. Some fig flavor as well. There is an unexpected and short-lived bitter finish which seems to be due mainly to burnt malt. It actually works. A bit of drying parch on the tongue and alcohol warming in the belly.

Unexpectedly flavorful, the only ding against the drinkability of this beer is its close to cloying sweetness. (676 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color, with ruby highlights-Moderate head, with a quickly fading head of foam
Aroma-Roasted malt
Taste-roasted malt, weak black coffee,anstingent, dry finish.
Overall, a decent offering. An easy drinking brown suitable to warmer weather. (302 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this brew yields a deep reddish brown pour with a half inch head.

Smell is initially of caramelized malts and a touch of hops. This opens up and yields a bit of dried fruit and coffee.

A relatively light body and mouthfeel for the appearance with a light to moderate carbonation, offering a nice tingly finish. Tastes of rich malt and chocolate, yet I don't really get a sense of this being too sweet. Light hops on the close. Feel and drinkability are good with a nice balance of carbonation, sweetness and ABV. (541 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 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 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 augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of Beejay
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice dark brown color, deep red with light coming through it. Decent off white head that dissipates to a thin layer.

S: Sweet malt, raisons, and maple syrup. Nice simple and clean.

T: Slightly tart with dark roasted malt flavor. There is a bit of yeast in there. Not digging the tartness in this.

M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation, and leaves a bit of a funk in the finish.

D: Didn't really enjoy this, so no. Not really per se. (445 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head crests close to two fingers, however, loose enough to dissipate with haste, deep tan in color, thin sheets fall down the glass walls rather than more sticky lacing. Cloudy brown liquid, has enough orange tint give it a rust water look, through it all a steady stream of bubbles remains visible. Curious sour edge to the nose, close to vinous, metal to mineral water, cocoa and chocolate powder dry, cinnamon, mixed grains and granola, cherry, red grape to apple fruit scents, it's not lean overall but chooses to express itself with few words. Medium-bodied, sourness the major factor here too, the carbonation needs to chill some, keeps its weight even as flavors fade. Emphasis on grape, apple, cherry, cranberry fruit, less earth to metal, softened by the chocolate powder. Sour oranges there too, just hard to avoid sourness. Barley and lentils, not close to herbaceous. This is certainly a unique take on the style, happy to have tried a bottle but no need to seek out more. (988 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle tried 21 Oct 2008.

Used a shaker pint glass. Pours with a small tan head. Dark brown color with ruby highlights. Smells of rum, licorice, ethanol, roasty. Aroma is better than the taste. Starts light, slightly roasty, like cold coffee. Moderate ethanol and some chocolate through the middle. Finishes a bit acrid. Thin body, almost watery.

Would have liked a bit more caramel malt in this one. (410 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 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 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 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 Goliath
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that appears clear ruby in the light. There is a pathetic showing of foamy off white head on an aggressive pour that quickly dissipates and leaves nothing behind.

The nose is ok. There's a bit of caramel and grain, but not much else.

The taste is not the best. There's a bitter roasted coffee note, and damn near close to nothing else. Doesn't really strike me as much of a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a light carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly low in my opinion. The flavor profile is not that great which really doesn't make me want to go back for more. The ABV is low which can make for a sessionable beer, but I'm just not getting that here. It's just a poor showing. (713 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 GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying it's exciting to see beers from Mexico which have color and substance and flavor. In fact this is the first craft beer I've ever had from Mexico.

Poured a meager 1" head which quickly dissipated to lace. Dark in color almost like a stout and flavor likewise was similar to a mild stout but with a lighter body. Smell and taste both had touch of sour almost like a drop of Flemish sour.

Anyway, a big step up from forgettable weak Mexican beers, but nowhere close to the craft beers from the States or from European classics.

But keep up the good work Cucapa. (584 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)

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